I recently taped an episode of TheQuiltShow.com with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Subscribers to that website got to see that episode last week. Many thanks to those of you that sent kind words through email and Facebook.
Photo by Gregory Case
Now, I can share a link to that show with the rest of you. Click on the link here and you can watch too.
This link will work until May 11, so make a cup of tea and sit back to enjoy.
Let me know what you think Also, for those of you that subscribe to The Quilt Show, I have a new series of lessons in the “Classroom” section of the website. This course is on “Contemporary Batik” If you’ve ever wanted to try batik, but were afraid of the mess, check out this class. It will be FUN, and EASY!! http://thequiltshow.com/learn/classrooms FTI: you have to be a subscriber to the website to access this class.
This is the week that the crew from TheQuiltShow.com comes to Denver to tape their next season of shows. I was the guest artist on their first show in the new studio. I’ve been to several tapings before, but there is nothing like being on the other side of the camera. My husband , parents and sister were able to come and support me and help calm my nerves. Here are a few shots from behind the scenes.
I’ve just returned from the Festival of Quilts inBirmingham, England. It was fabulous. Some of you know that attended last year and arrived expecting to see my quilt, Turkish Bread Boys on display, only to discover that it never arrived. Well, this year it did and the Boys took second place in the Pictorial Quilt category.
Once again, I traveled by myself and that enabled me to stumble into some great experiences. The first night in my hotel I met two quilters from Ireland who knew me from The Quilt Show website. Rita and Janet were warm and friendly and had a great enthusiasm for quilting and more than a few questions related to the topic “What is up with those Americans”. They led me to other TQS people who invited me to dinner. This was a group of people from 5-6 different countries who had only known each other through a
quilt chat room until they came together at the festival. We spent the evening telling stories, laughing, and sharing ideas. I have to ask, “How often does something like that happen?” Not often enough in my life.
Finally, it’s done! I finished the stitching and added a little extra to give context and a resting space. I was a bit nervous about adding a neutral background around the Boys, but, in the end, felt that the panel was just too intense and needed some space for the eye to rest. I struggled with how much space to add. If you add too much space, you lose intensity. However, I also know that if it isn’t enough, then the piece actually looks wimpy and weak. I turned the original panel askew to keep the added space small but powerful. I think that turning the boys uphill makes them stronger. Imagine the same panel turned downhill–they would appear to be coasters. This is better.
I shared the piece with some friends and colleagues. What was most interesting to them was the historical context of the image. The inspiration for this piece was a photo found in the archives of the History Colorado Museum in Denver. The Fowler Sextuplet was the first bicycle built for 6. It was brought to the Denver Cycle Show in 1896 to race against the Empire State Express. I’ve spent a good bit of time researching, but can’t find any information as to who won the race. I hope this doesn’t mean they all crashed and burned.
The Bike Boys paused for a photo that submits them to a fiber art competition in Houston. Let’s keep our collective fingers crossed that they have a more notable finish in that competition.
This has been a BIG week. I traveled to Paducah this week with my parents, Willis and Dixie, for the AQS Quilt Week festivities. I received a first prize in the Small Wall Quilt, Pictorial category for my “Panning for Gold,” and met lots of wonderful quilters. We were actually in Paducah for just over 24 hours, but, thanks to Dixie on a motorized scooter, we barely stopped moving.
Lunch on the Curb
Lea with parents in Paducah
In spite of the out of town time, I still made progress on thread painting the Bike Boys. I now have the first 2 guys stitched. With a win at Paducah, I’m energized to get this piece done in time to submit to the show in Houston in November.
This is the front man. I’m not totally satisfied with his face. I’might give him a mustache.
Here is the second man. I rather like him, but I will need to do some additional shaping of the hat after I stitch the background figure. Below, see the 2 guys together.
It has been an exciting couple of weeks, but I’ve made precious little progress on the bike boys. Last week I made a quick 5-day trip to London to drop off a couple of quilts and to reconnect with 2 good friends that I met 20 years ago in Turkey. Of course the days before a trip like that are full of preparation=no quilt work. The trip included high tea at the Goring Hotel, a musical, “From Here to Eternity” at the Shaftsbury Theatre, a new hairdo at the salon in Selfridges, and a bit of shopping on Oxford St. Then, the next couple of days are all about recovery and getting the sleep schedule back in place=no quilt work.
On Tuesday, I received the exciting news that my quilt “Panning for Gold” had won the prize for “Best of Show from a First Time Entrant” at the Road to California Quilt Show. I’ve never actually been to this show, so I thought this was a great excuse to check in out in person. Working out travel details and preparing for a substitute teacher at school took up the next couple of days=no quilt work.
With a flight delay, I found myself home with a day to work in the studio. However, with a deadline looming for the SAQA trunk show, I sprung into action on a different piece: “A Horse of Course”
Me, I’ve been all over the map these last 2 weeks, but the Bike Boys are going nowhere.