Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

2012 Cotton Corner Quilt Show

Just a hint of what's in store for you today and tomorrow at the West Monroe Convention Center.  We hope to see you all there!

Feature quilter, Jeanette Rolen, has an array of art displayed.....each one a masterpiece.

A block from her black, white and red.  Just a treat to see this quilt from across the room and up close.    It is bold and beautiful but still has that soft, feel good quality. 

A vertical arrangement of birds and birdhouses, flowers and angels!

and one of my personal favorites is Jeanette's hand dyed,  thread sketched landscape. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dorothy Williams....Creator of Wearable Art

Linda Sivils, museum curator, holds "Voice of the Flowers;" Dorothy Williams, the creator of the wearable art pieces, holds "Picasso," and Kathleen Heiden, an assistant professor of merchandising and consumer studies, holds "Dinosaurs" and "Diamonds R Back." Williams has donated the four pieces to Tech's Museum of Fashion and Textiles. / Courtesy photo

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech's Museum of Fashion and Textiles just became a bit more colorful.
Dorothy Williams, a Monroe resident, has donated four pieces of wearable art she created throughout the years. The clothing pieces have been appraised at $5,500 for one piece and $11,000 for the other three.
The four pieces include her "Picasso," based on the artist's "Girl Before a Mirror;" "Diamonds R Back," a baseball-themed ensemble; "Dinosaurs," which includes the names of some of the dinosaurs; and "Voice of the Flowers," which includes 40 colors of silk.
"I really felt they needed to be donated to an established museum, where they wouldn't be tossed," Williams said. "I'm a 1953 graduate, so I felt that Tech was the place."
She said "Picasso," which she started in May 1998 and finished in January 1999, was her favorite piece.
"This one will always tug at my heart," she said.
"Diamonds R Back" includes 64 cheering fans, whose faces were hand-embroidered and their bodies were appliqued. It took 350 hours to create.
"I put my quilting friends from Florida in there," Williams said. "It was quite an undertaking, but it took the least amount of time."
The inspiration for "Dinosaurs" came from a random encounter with a child at a bakery, she said.
"I was at the bakery, and this little boy was with his mother," Williams said. "He had a dinosaur book that said paleontologists now thought dinosaurs were colorful. So I made my dinosaurs colorful."
Linda Sivils, the museum's curator, said Williams' pieces would be studied in a fashion and design class this spring.
"She's very creative and very artistic," Sivils said. "She's done a lot of things besides garments, and she hand-makes everything herself. They are more of pieces of art than fashion. They're really quite interesting."

Dorothy....I am sure that all  who know you know of your talents and are as proud as I am that your art will be displayed, enjoyed and cherished by all who visit The Tech Museum.  Hey...this calls for a road trip! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Did you know "The Quilt Show" has free shows

and here is a great show with quilt designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  She is absolutely wonderful with mixing different fabric types, patterns and colors and has great tips and tricks for triangles and strips.    Hurry....her free show won't stay around forever.  But, there will always be more.   The Quilt Show....hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

Edyta has two books in print (perhaps more, but I know of these two)  - Hop To It and Friendship Strips & Scraps - and she also has individual quilt patterns available and 12-month calendars with quilt patterns. 

I heart free on Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

We heart Valentine's Day

And it's not too late to stitch one out for the heart of your life.  Here's the free pattern from Terri Stegmiller at  Stegart......coming our way through Quilt Inspiration.

Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 11, 2012

No Invitation Required: Just Save The Dates

to be sure you don't forget to visit the more than 200 quilts that will be on display at the Miller-Bowie Quilt Show April 13 -14 in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Click on the link to visit their website, get forms to enter a quilt and see list of vendors who will be there.  Go ahead and jot down the location and set your GPS.   

 The raffle quilt - Winter Snow - it's a beauty! 


Monday, February 6, 2012

Half-Square Triangles....tried and true

My days are filled with Sunshine.  What a meeting we had.  I think my Half-Square Program (hereinafter known as HSTs) was a success  and to help me accomplish that are some of my fellow quilter friends with their HST quilts. 

Theresa LeBlanc's two color HST quilt

and Lil Griffin's HST quilt in shades of green (as in money).  Same pattern, but what a different look with different fabric selections and borders.

Dorothy Williams told us she was inspired to make her HST quilt while still living in Florida. 

Lyndae Gilbert's red white and blue:  A Debbie Maddy HST pattern without the use of Y-seams!
Looks beautiful with the good ole USA red white and blue on the wall.  For this pattern and more Calico Carriage Quilt Designs, go here!

Pat Seager's star burst HSTs.  This is definitely a scrap-happy, scrap-buster quilt! 

and Ginger McNeal was energized this week.  She said this one in batik was just too easy.  Here's the pattern.....You zig, I'll zag! A Moda Bake Shop pattern

Susanne Walker shared her mug rugs....they are little, but large!   Razzle Dazzle and Fine Line threads from Superior Threads. Susanne highly recommends this company, not only for their superior quality thread, but for the technical know-how this company shares with us.  Great information Susanne....thanks!   

Now I'm off to do more quilting.  A Tuesday Bees retreat through Thursday.....YES!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dianne Springer's Scrap-O-Lator Quilts & More

Dianne Springer has been published....and we quilters are lovin' her Scrap-O-Lator Quilts & More published by AQS Publishing.

Save the Date:  Dianne will be visiting and sharing her book and her love of quilting with North Louisiana Quilters Guild Sunshine Chapter on March 1.   Join us for her book review and project demo at the Carolyn Rose Strauss Rehabilitation Center Dining Hall on Ferrand Street in Monroe.   The program begins at 1:30 p.m., but you'll want to come early to visit with Dianne and get a taste of her zest for life.   Let's give Dianne of Dianne Springer Designs a huge Monroe welcome.