Recently I made a quilt for a traveling exhibit “Living Colour” for the Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, called “Joya de la Selva” (Jewel of the Jungle). It’s of a giant leaf hopper that I saw in my friend’s backyard in Quintana Roo, Mexico, near the Belize border.
The entire leaf hopper is beaded. It took forever! Then I sewed vertical lines with some slightly shiny silvery thread that made it look like rain, and then for the raindrops I sewed some clear faceted beads with an AB finish on the leaves and flowers, and along the top of the green vertical inner border. It looked so cool. Sort of like looking into a jungle through an open window.
I didn’t want to send it off, but I did. It will be auctioned off (along with 49 others) to benefit the guild’s operating budget. I hope it makes mucho mulah! It is beautiful.
I am also making a quilt that I designed called “Tea is for the Birds” which I will be entering into their 2008 quilt show in Seattle. This quilt show has previously taken place biennially, but this year will be the first of the now annual event. It’s a great show. I’ve been to many of the large shows: Houston, Pacific International, Road to California, etc. and none can begin to compare with the class act that the APNQ
(Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters) manages to put together for the Northwest to enjoy.
Here is a picture of the quilt I hope to be entering:
Here is a detail of the center block:
It took me forever to piece the backgrounds for the applique and the borders. I must be crazy, because I HATE piecing! I’m trying really hard to embrace it. I’m even taking a class to make a quilt that is entirely pieced. We’ll see how long I last!
I thought I was exaggerating about those polymer granules, and I was actually totally minimizing their ability to absorb water and swell. I said they would swell to 50x their original size, and it’s really 400x!! They actually get cooler as they evaporate, and will keep cool for 2 or 3 days! The neck coolers sound like a really good thing for the soldiers, so I’m going to make a BUNCH more.
Today we spent the day sewing up neckbands for the Marines who are currently sweltering in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bands are about 40″ long, with the back 16″ of the neckbands sewn into four-4″ compartments. About a half-teaspoon of those polymer granules (the ones that you can put in soil to retain moisture) are put into each 4″ compartment. When they are soaked in water, the granules swell to something like 50 times their size (I might be exaggerating here, but they do swell up a lot), and help the Marines to stay cool. The temperatures there are consistently over 100 F degrees, and have you seen all the gear they have to wear?? I can’t even imagine wearing all of that in ANY kind of weather.
We’re also making 7″ round-shaped thingies with the same stuff in them so that they can put those on top of their heads inside their helmets. Those should feel pretty nice, or at least give them a little relief. What a job they’ve got, huh?
That our soldiers (and soldiers from the “coalition of the willing”) should be dumped right in the center of harm’s way by a bunch of privileged cowards who never served in the military makes my blood boil. I hope they are all tried for war crimes in the Hague. Or for treason right here in the good ol’ USA. Assholes. And 4000+ of our brave soldiers have been killed for such a pathetic president’s legacy? I hope history is as brutal to him as he, his rich friends, Halliburton and all of the corrupt lobbyists have been to our country.
Uh… I think it may be time for another chill pill.
Although the name of her company, From My Heart to Your Hands, is a mouthful, Lori Smith is my current favorite applique designer. I hadn’t seen her work until I went to Quilt Market in Portland a few weeks ago. Spent quite a bit of time in her booth, and there was A LOT to look at! She uses the same palette that I’m always drawn to, so maybe it was the familiarity of what I saw that made it so appealing. Needless to say, I bought lots of her patterns while there.
Here is one of her little applique patterns that I’m working on right now.
Lori’s was just one of the many booths I visited, as I was given a task to find applique patterns for the quilt shop that I teach at, Finally Together Quilts in Lebanon, OR. It was SUCH a chore! The owners gave me a big wad of money and let me loose! Fun, fun!
Market was great. My friend Penny flew up from San Jose, and we had a great time. Thought at some point someone would escort us out of the building for causing too much trouble, but we lucked out. I met lots of new people, saw lots of old friends from Santa Cruz, and saw so much neat stuff! It was quite an experience.
Some of the other booths I “discovered” were Sue Spargo’s Folk Art Quilts, The Laundry Basket, and Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.
My passion is FABRIC and THREADS, BEADS and BUTTONS. I make lots of things with them: quilts, wall hangings, postcards and temari. I love KNITTING, and I especially love knitting SOCKS! There is nothing in the world like a pair of handknit socks. Yes, I suppose I’m easily amused, but then again, I could be watching daytime TV!