I was recently asked, “What do you do other than quilting.” While I don’t spend 100% of my time quilting, I probably spend 75%. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for anything else. The other 25% is filled with housecleaning, family, exercise, golf, yard maintenance, cooking. Between the quilts I want to make and the longarm business, there just isn’t much time left.
Recently I took 3 days to meet my brother in Asheville, NC. He drove his rv to Lake Powathan campground and I joined him there. We had a great time. Ate at several interesting and healthy places, walked a lot up and down the hills of downtown Asheville, and talked and talked. It was good to reconnect face to face rather than just talk over the phone.
I went to the Blue Spiral Fine Art and Craft Gallery to see the work of Elizabeth Barton. Their website has pictures of what she has at the gallery. (http://bluespiral1.com/Master-HTML/artist/barton_elizab_10696/home.htm). To me, she takes objects (such as houses) and turns them into a slightly abstract design but still retains enough of the original form to make them recognizable and then adds the “feel” of the piece. I’ve been taking a class at Quilt University from her and though I haven’t made much progress towards my own quilt, it has opened my eyes to some different ways of looking at things.
I also saw the work of Olena Nebuchadnezzar. Wow. She is an artist who translates what she observes in nature to fabric. Click on http://bluespiral1.com/Master-HTML/artist/nebuch_olena_14241/home.htm to see her work. Amazing. I think my brother got a greater appreciation for quilting as art as we stood there and looked at these works of art.
Here my brother and I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a peanut butter cookie while taking a rest before continuing our exploring Asheville.
One night I cooked at the campsite. I used a dutch oven which I had only used once before when my husband and I were rving. I used way to many coals and the beans stuck to the oven. It was good but the bottom was burned. I was surprised how easily it cleaned up though.
A post isn’t complete without a picture of a quilt. This is a heart quilt that was made by the quilting ladies in my church for the pastor’s wife because she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
I used the Hearts-A-Flutter pantograph on this. Craig and I made the blue and yellow block and we both quilted it.
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