Monday, May 31, 2010

"Twilight Descends" going to the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon

This is a piece of my art quilt "Twilight Descends." It's going to be shown at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. It's the largest outdoor quilt show in the world displaying over 1000 quilts on the second Saturday of July, every year. They hang quilts on the buildings, over porch railings and on fences and it looks really great. But don't take my word for it, here are photos from the last few years.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tips for Using Blogger

Me with "All the Colors" at the Springfield Museum of Art's Annual Members' Juried Exhibition last month.

I can't believe it's been a whole year since I started this blog. This is my 65th post, which means I'm posting more than one per week, and I have 39 wonderful followers, over half of whom I've never met. There have been an average of 10 people per day looking at the blog.

In that time I've picked up a few tricks, here are two of them:  

Loading multiple photos in the order you want them.

Decide what photos you want to use before you start a new post and load up the photos in reverse order, so the photo you want to be last in your post is the first photo you attach.

For multiple photos, after the first one is selected (but before you click on "Upload Image") select "Add Another Image" then find the photo you want to be second to the last, and so on. The photo you want to appear first on the blog will be the last one you load. (Thanks to Lisa Q. who gave me this tip.)

Copying and pasting text.

When I first started this blog, I know I was able to copy and paste in the Compose view, but somewhere along the way, I lost that option. Maybe it's a different version of Windows, or maybe I'm using a different browser, but I can no longer paste into the Compose view.

So now if I want to paste text, I'll write "HERE" in the Compose view, then change to the Edit Html view, find where I typed the word "HERE" and paste the text over it, go back to the Compose view and there's the text that I pasted.

Do you have any tips that you want to share? If so, post them in the comments section.

"Along Buck Creek" a raganon for the Springfield Museum of Art

Last Fall, the Springfield (Ohio) Museum of Art had an exhibit of quilts and artwork by Aminah Robinson, a Columbus artist. The collection was called "Along Water Street." I was one of the docents during the event and you can read more about it here.

There were 8-10 schools who brought students to see the exhibit and while the kids were here we also had them make a clothespin doll. A large "RagGanNon" canvas was painting with cloth glued on it to represent all of the schools that participated, the museum, and Buck Creek, which runs behind the museum. (A "RagGanNon" is a large piece that keeps growing in size because it keeps ragging on and on).

This week myself and some of the other docents went to the museum to sew the 400+ clothespin dolls onto the canvas. The canvas will now travel to the schools that participated and then hopefully will find a more permanent home.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Miami Valley Quilters' Guild Quilt Show

The (mostly) empty room.

Setting up the stands and poles to hang the quilts.
Putting hangers on the quilts and hanging them.

The show "QUILTS: Traditional, Innovative & Challenging" is open this coming Fri., May 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., May 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is at the Greene County Fairgrounds Assembly Hall located at 120 Fairgrounds Road in Xenia, Ohio. Admission is $5, the building is handicap accessible and there is ample free parking.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Twilight Descends

"Twilight Descends" is my latest art quilt. This original design is my interpretation of “Aerial Perspective” which is how atmospheric conditions influence our perception of objects in the distance. As objects get further away, they appear lighter in tone, which is why the “mountains” in the background are lighter in color that the “mountains” in the foreground.
This photo by Fred Parker is an excellent example of Aerial Perspective and it is used here with his permission (thanks Fred!).

This quilt measures 42" wide and 40.5" tall and is made using 63 batik squares that were part of a batik block swap I participated in. The black fabric is also a batik and is a nice, deep black because it has blue tones in it. It is going to make its debut at the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild's quilt show this weekend (see post below).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Quilts! Traditional, Innovative and Challenging" the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild Quilt Show


I did not make this beautiful quilt, "Shadow of the Bear". It is 84" x 104" and was pieced by Miami Valley Quilters' Guild members Billie Ferguson and Pam Bohnke and machine quilted by Chris Landis. It will be raffled off this coming weekend at the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild quilt show. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and can be requested by e-mailing: mvqgoh@aol.com

The show "QUILTS: Traditional, Innovative & Challenging" is open this coming Fri., May 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., May 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is at the Greene County Fairgrounds Assembly Hall located at 120 Fairgrounds Road in Xenia, Ohio. Admission is $5, the building is handicap accessible and there is ample free parking.

Along with work by members of the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild, there will be a Raffle Quilt, Demonstrations, Vendors, Boutique and Concessions.

I have several quilts that I'm entering, so if you go to the show be sure to look for them.