Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Romania 1

Just came back from 5 days in Romania. I loved every minute of it. What is not to love about spend some time with great friends on a beautiful country? Photos in future post. Waiting on DH to do some fancy "stitch" with them.
On the right are some future crafts projects. Romanian fabrics, ribbons, and magazine. I love the ribbon with the colors of the flag. The white paper is from the Peasant's Museum in Bucharest. I bought small pottery items there (not on the picture) and my friend gave me the most gorgeous blouse from the gift shop. This is a must see museum.
When I travel I like to read the "Lonely Planet" guide books. They are very "cranky" on their reviews of everything. So you are prepared; but you also realize that, most time, it is not so bad. I also like Ricky Stevens guide books.
I am glad I did read the Lonely guide (thanks CH library). I am very ignorant on Eastern European EVERYTHING; and the book was wonderful to get the basics.
Just want to say: Romanian people, my hats off to you! Thanks for such great memories.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Donation projects done

Sorry about these photos. My camera will will not stay on. It turns itself off and it will not even close the lens. The batteries are fine. New batteries will not make it work either. So, these photos are all I can do for now. The crocus quilt and the clutch will be donations for the silent auctions at the DOQ quilt show October 22-24 on Bay 7, American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Hours: 10:00-6:00; but on Sunday only to 5:00PM. Admission $5.
Both auctions will benefit cancer research.
The Crocus quilt is a pattern by Eileen Bahring Sullivan publish in 1998. It came from the estate of Shirley W. a friend that lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. The donation for the sale of this quilt and others will go to breast cancer research.
The clutch bag is from Anna at noodleheads blog. She has a great tutorial. I love the pink zipper that you cannot see in this picture;-( Need to read the manual and see if I can fix this problem.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

This quilt in progress is made from a package of 40, 10" squares donated to us by the Robert Kaufman company. Thank you R.K. and John for getting the fabric to us. It is lots of fun to work on this quilt. The use of these fabrics in a project is our challenge for our October meeting. The fabric line is "Glam Garden." The light fabric I added from my stash of fabrics. I still have 5 squares left and I will make another small quilt with it. The blocks are 8" and the quilt is 40" x 40". This is the size that works well for the top of my stairs.
DH saw this quilt and said "India." He has been to India for work a few times and love the place and people. He said it reminded him of the colors of India.
Oh, the messy studio was organized after I saw these pictures and decided it was time to organize it :-)
In addition, I have to make a 12" block and it will be put together with blocks from other members of the guild for a donation quilt. Better get busy.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quilts at the museum

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC had invited the Durham Orange Quilt Guild to have a show of quilts with animal theme this summer (2010). No domesticated animals to be displayed. I have submitted 2 quilts. "School day" based on the work on symmetry by Ruth McDowell and my "Hungry Caterpillar" based on the book by Eric Carle. The fish quilt I drew to make small fish than Ruth has on her book; and they don't have the 3-D fins that Ruth designed. The caterpillar I also drew from the pictures on the book.
I had fun making these quilts and hope that it was fun for the visitors of the museum to see our quilts. This is a great museum to visit, specially with your little ones.

Wool BOM- Moon Garden

Lisa Bongean is starting a new BOM called Moon Garden. It will be 12 baskets. Block size about 16" -17" light wool on dark cotton ...