I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I have always enjoyed needle arts and have been a quilter, and a teacher of quilting, for the past twenty years. I have periodically nurtured a small pattern business which I will introduce to this blog over time.
Our Friday night program went on as scheduled because the weather was still pretty nice. Our speaker was Joe Phillips, a local Broken Arrow citizen who shared his love of quilt collecting and needlework. His quilts were for the most part family quilts and he knew time lines and people who made them. The one above is a drunkard's path pattern. Joe said he had looked at it over the years and has finally decided that while the pieces are right, it is put together wrong. I have examined my pictures and sometimes I think he is right and sometimes I think he is not. What I do know is that when a two color quilt is made of red and green close in value, the two colors conflict. They vie for attention and the result is what you see. Great quilt. let me know what you think. More later.
Friday march 27, 2009 and I was on my way with my husband to Broken Arrow Oklahoma. I always look forward to MOKA (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas). We now meet three times a year to share quilts, to study quilts and to learn as much as possible about women's history surrounding quilts. This meeting was to be about quilts made during the depression. We were aware that there would be weather today and the above photo was taken at eight this morning. The white spots are not reflections, the flakes were very large most of the day. The Oklahoma group did a fantastic job under less that optimal conditions. First of all, because of bad weather, the members from Kansas did not attend. They were dealing with their own weather. I am the only Missouri member and their were only four women from Arkansas. We had around thirty when we are used to anywhere between fifty to eighty. Their speaker for Saturday could not get to the meeting. Nevertheless acting with grace under fire, they put together a great program, including a morning of quilt study, using family quilts brought to share. My hat's off to you Oklahoma. Over the next few days I will share pictures and more information. This is a fabulous group. You should join us.
I was reminded by a friend that it has been a long time since my last post. The reason for that is I am waiting to hear from a blog designer to help me make my blog a thing of beauty! Well I guess we will see.
However, in the meantime, I know that at least one person has expectations of me and so I will try to be more vigilant about posting. So, tonight I want to talk about a quilt that has been on the frame longer than I am prepared to say. But, at last, I can say that it really is almost finished. I am quilting the final border of this 82" square. The eighteen inch blocks are the result of teaching a Piece o' cake designs block of the month at the request of friends. The center medallion and borders are my own design using elements from the blocks to tie them into the rest of the quilt. My incentive to finally finish comes from my desire to enter "In My Garden," AKA "The Endless Garden," AKA "Never Again," in Amador Valley Quilters show in Pleasanton CA. I have been a member almost from the beginning of the guild. "Never Again" refers to my ill fated decision to quilt twice around every appliqued element!!!
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy sharing it with you