Friday, May 18, 2018

Inspiration From Life

At every turn there was a ruin but also quilt inspiration in Italy!
Here are a few photos I'm mulling around for inspiration for my "Italy" quilt.

The next few photos were from the Vatican floor. 









A random building in Florence. 
Isn't that building adorable??



From our balcony in Manarola.

Our Airbnb in Rome. 

Natures color combinations always work!

 Look at the wine bottle label? That's got to be in indication of the fantastic trip ahead. (and it was!)

My Instagram feed for the week.

Make it a wonderful weekend!



Monday, May 14, 2018

Sharing Quilts

I got permission to share my friend, Susan McDermott's, wonderful personal quilts.


 Susan writes:
"Over There" was a commemorative quilt to honor her Father- In- Law who served in WWI.
The center of the quilt is the flag families put in their windows to show they had a son in the war. Owen’s father was raised in an orphanage so no one had a flag for him. I made it to commemorate 100 years since America entered the war, 1917.
 The backing is just amazing with photos and memories of Frank McDermott. 
I love everything about this quilt!

Susan showed me the next quilt last summer and I asked her if I could share it on my blog and she said when she got a better photo. Well, I finally got that photo! 
The name of the quilt is 29. 29 boxes plus the two with our little badges.


Each green box represents a year. Each black square represents one mountain hiked, one of the 48 4000 footers in NH.
The two red patches are what Owen and I earned from the AMC for our efforts.
The top says McDermott, right....New Hampshire, bottom....1987-2015 and the left....4000 footers.
On the back I have a copy of our application to the AMC to be admitted in to the 4000 footers club. Just received certificates which will also go on the back.
It took a long time to make this quilt and a long time to hike the mountains.....29 years.


Susan did the wonderful quilting as well.

I just love it! The very first time I met Susan, her and her husband were just returning from a hike! I don't know if it was one of these, but I liked her hiking spunk.

Great job on the hikes, Susan and Owen and the lovely commemorative  quilt, Susan. Thanks for letting me share them on my blog.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Creativity

At the recent guild meeting in Victoria I picked up a SAQA journal. (Studio Art Quilts Associates)  As I was on the plane home I came across an interesting article by Quinn McDonald called Learning from failure not as painful as it sounds. 
The premise of the article was dealing with rejection, whether it was from a show judge or not getting into a juried show.

This was the part that struck a cord with me,
 " The reason to create, to practice, to struggle with your creative urge is to express creativity and make meaning in your life. That is the prime directive of the creative soul- make meaning. It is the process of creating that lifts the soul, not the price tag. "

I have a personal belief system that gives me meaning in life. But the creative quilter part of me agrees with this!
Did anyone ever asked Michelangelo, "Don't you have enough paintings? Or sculptures?"
I know many people still consider quilts, a blanket to keep us warm. Ah, yes, it does that, but oh, it is so much more. We are putting our creative soul into the quilts we make.

Having to choose what quilts to bring to TX was like choosing a favorite child! LOL
Even if we use someone's pattern, we are still taking it and making it our own.

Just food for thought today, friends.

I'll leave you with this.

As I was preparing this post to publish when I was gone, I realized I'll be in Florence, Italy on my birthday, which is tomorrow! I can't think of a more creative, amazing place to celebrate!


Arrivederci, bellissimi amici!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dear Daughter blocks 9-12

Gay has posted the next set of blocks for this awesome sampler quilt.  Get yours free for one month HERE.
Thank you Gay  for your excellent patterns!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 7, 2018

First Friday Exhibit at Quiltworks

I was in Bend on Friday but too early for the evening celebration, but the quilts were up and almost ready for  public viewing. I loved the exhibit this month! If you have time, please read the bio's. They are two friends who met when they lived in Oregon, but separated, but continued to quilt together. You know how I feel about quilting and friendships! It tugs on my heart.








 These little baskets were adorable and my favorite. 










I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I did. 

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