Monday, August 24, 2015

Timeout and Boxes!

Ok, I took a timeout from everything, friends, quilts, dusting, ..... well just about everything.  That is what burn out does to you.  I have finally realized that I can't do everything that others want me to do.  I have done everything that I want to do and right now that is a timeout!  I did make 2 Comfort quilts from old blocks that others had made and somehow I put them together in a way that is comforting, nor beautiful, but representing the energy of others, together in two quilt!

I made another vertical fabric quilt, #3, in a series of leftover UFO fabric from 2002 and still have more fabric, it appears to be growing on one of my shelves,  and generating somewhere in my studio!

Speaking of my studio I rearranged again so I could actually see things.  You try working in a 10' by 10' space with 2 windows, 3 major doorways, main bathroom, living room and the outside,  and sew where the fabric is 9' feet high and cavelike!  It is beautiful with the Loons  visiting 15' away,  the fish jumping and the waves lapping against the deck, pure bliss.

On a funny note, the reason I  partly named this blog  partly Boxes is my 4 oldest  grandchildren,  9 to 6, the other 2 are too young, yet, have been sleeping in boxes for a few weeks.  Yes, they seem to be preparing for being displaced and the duct tape industry is flourishing.  My son told me, his oldest son can't live without duct tape and recycled materials.  He even made a horse that they ride around the house!  Kids today are not afraid to experiment and recycle!  Such a great world they will be creating.

It has been a challenging summer!  When you choose to opt out of everything. others have issues.  All I know is that all of us need a timeout, especially when having to do things that are just too ....
So I will never plan 2 quilt shows in a month,   maybe never plan another one, ever, never let others dictate how something is completed and never take time away from my family and my time to create, again.  It drains the creative juices that fuel and inspire us.  It sends us down the path of a timeout!

So a new Material Girls year is beginning with many challenges overcome, a new time to regenerate and reconnect with all the disconnect!  But.............. time out was unexpected joy!

Next speaking engagement will be the Leominster Art Association, Ma a varied group working in all mediums but especially photography and paint ing.  What to say?!!!!  Life always evolves in new paths and our art goes the way of the want and need to create, the need to finish, the need to move on, the need to just do.
Sunsets every night, why would you be anywhere else!

Frozen princesses that I made a deal with!  I buy costumes for one year instead of making!

2 double chins, newest grandson, a bruiser!~

Comfort quilt #1, don't critique!

Comfort quilt #2, what would you do with blocks from assorted people from 10 years ago?

Back of quilt for #3 vertical lines fabric from2002!

Fort of same quilt and still an interesting interpretation of what to do with striped fabric!
Time out almost over and I will be better.  Liar, liar pants on fire./........

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Material Girls Quilt Guild Quilt Show, June 26 and 27, 2015

Colorful Creations
Quilt Show
June 26th – 27th 2015
Friday 9am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 3pm Men and Children 12 and under FREE With accompanied, paid admission $7.00 Admission fee
Show Features
Display of Member Quilts Vendors
Yard Sale Scissor Sharpening
Light Refreshments Quilts of Valor booth And more!
Being Held at:
St. Leo’s School Auditorium
120 Main Street Leominster, MA. 01453 Handicapped Accessible
Take Route 2 to Exit 31A.
Follow Route 12 South toward Leominster Center.
St Leo’s will be on your right Approximately 1.3 miles from Route 2.
Parking in both front and back of the church and the school.
For more information 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Quilting, Me and always different trunk show part 2


After posting the original blog I received an email saying that I was very misleading in the why the "modern" quilters left this guild and I apologize for any wrong impressions.  Unfortunately that comment was made generically.

I stand corrected that I should not  have generalized about any individuals who leave a guild as I belong to three guilds and there are many reasons why they leave.

I have removed that portion of the blog so not offend anyone as that is not my intention.    Quilters should have fun and be about the art of quilting that we are so fortunate to have!  I have seen  issues  of members leaving in my other guilds and as a current President of a guild and past president of another it is always appreciated by us to know why people leave so we can change and be more friendly.


I have done many Selvedge Queen shows lately, 4, and the last 2 have been different!  One set up their room as a Runway and one had so much enthusiasm,  that it took my breath, my voice, away so I got an opportunity to take more pictures and my Daughter- in-law, Nadine, came and took a video of it!  Everything seems to be video or UTube today?

It was a small group, 40 members, with some meeting at night and others on a different day in the morning to accommodate their members schedule.   I will send pictures so the members who were not  present can see the program.

Art 101, for those of us who never took art courses  uses the  principles of: perspective, form, line, shape, texture, color, focal point, pattern, balance and contrast.  No matter what or how or why we create an element of these is seen to the viewer!  This guild's show and tell really showcased this!

It was a wonderful show at the Souhegan Valley Quilters Guild speaker night!  Join them as they are a wonderful and inspiring guild and also much so fun!  I will show you!

With only 20 members present I was unsure of how many models I was going to have.  The Program Chair had 2 lined up.  I need four or five to show all 60 garments and quilts and selvedge stuff.  So, after I spoke for 15 minutes about why I do this, the first 2  stood up, and then four, and then 9, almost half of those present.  They put on all al the garments, pranced around, and were done  the runway show in 15 minutes and then I had 40 minutes to talk and talk I did and then some, about the 'Who, What. Why of being a Selvedge Queen" so it was a wonderful night of laughter and a new experience for me to see so many people wearing my garments at the same time.

I love the unexepected! Don't you!

Garments explained

Me of course, self portrait!

Trunk shown garments shown in the suitcases

Unworn but explained!

The other stuff

The models

The audience, unsure or what is coming

72 yards of fabric in that long one!

More models

The prancing starts!

How to win an election dominate by men!

Be a Bees queen!

Ok out of context but I drive when not doing a Trunk show!  vroom.............

Daughter- in- law-Nadine, a pack horse as she has 3 kids, one a 3 4 month old, and does it in 4" heel boots, not sure how!

Sert up

OK me again.  I have made at least 5 quilts about me!  I have a UFO that I gave to members of one of guilds to showcase me!  Maybe this summer I will be brave enough to finish!

Need to hire me for explanation about that dress

Anniversity vest, "Dancing Thrue Life"

Selvedge queen need a hat, a crown or...........lover of Wicked and Wizard of OZ

models are multiplying 

Do elephants fly?

OK geese at my camp the next day, so many more.......

I am my mother after all!

1st dress it took 6 years 

mother and daughter!

Hearing impaired family motto

Grandchildren and me

Many books with Selvedge covers to show al I have done and have left to do!




Newest vest with collar, an alligator!

Fund raising quilt for enviornmental group in my town, WEST, and a friend won it and the organizer wants another one as it was based on a photo taken by her husband, wo I loved, such a kind giving person and helped me  forever, and when life calms down another on will be created, differently!
A life filled with inspiration, love, and commitments, plus introspection is wonderful!
Let the sun shine in!!!!