Sunday, November 30, 2008

After the Trunk Show

Marcia, at the right, with some of her Rochester area quilting friends who braved snowy roads to come to Auburn and watch the Trunk Show. Starting at the left -- Pat Berardi, Pat Pauly, Nancy Hicks, and Barb Seils -- all women of similar interests and wonderful talents, who often work together in our studio.

Bill and friend Lloyd Berardi are in attendance to help load the quilts in our vehicle, and also enjoyed the presentation. They both increased their knowledge of the art quilt world.

Marcia is interviewed after the show by Mindy Donnelly, a reporter for Auburn's The Citizen. The article will appear in the Monday edition of the paper.

Marcia interacts with members of the audience as they examine her quilts "up close and personal." The juried exhibit was on the first floor of the museum, and the trunk show was held in classroom space on the second floor. Marcia had two of her Jet Trail quilts in the exhibition on display through January 4, 2009.

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Trunk Show at Schweinfurth

Today was Marcia's Trunk Show, held in conjunction with the Quilts=Art=Quilts show at the Schweinfurth. Here, Marcia is introduced by museum staff member, Stephanie Schuster.
The presentation consisted of over 56 quilts and tops. Thanks go to our friend, Priscilla Kibbee, who chronciled each piece as it was presented. Following are 3 of the first pieces shown - but go to to see the whole show.

This Blooming 9-Patch was started in a class by Carol Soderlund, and is destined to be quilted and used on one of our king-sized beds.

The white-gloved volunteer helpers were provided by the Museum and did a wonderful job.

Tracy's Dahlia was shown at the Patchwork International Quilt show in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2002. It is currently in the proud possession of our friend, Tracy Kleinbach, who kindly let us borrow it back for the trunk show.

This quilt top is also due to be quilted in the near future and destined for another of our king-sized beds. It is from a pattern called Yikes! and was started in a class at Patricia's Fabric Store in East Rochester.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Finishing Tops

This quilt is part of the "Slashed" series. Squares were first made from chunks of different colors of fabric. Those squares were then cut through and resewn together -- then cut through and sewn together again.

The quilting was done in an outline of some of the major shapes with invisible thread.

(Slashed #3 41 x 46)

This quilt was started in a workshop with Karen Eckmeier. The edges of the curved shapes are folded under and then top stitched.

Of course, I like it just because it just happens to be made with turquoise fabrics.

("Slot Canyons" 21 x 21)
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting Ready

I've started organizing the quilts I would like to bring to the trunk show that I'll be doing at the Schweinfurth Museum on the 30th. This has involved finishing the quilting on some of the tops and doing the bindings/facings.

In some cases, I thought it might be interesting to look at the origins of a quilt. For instance, this black and white piece (17" x 24") was created improvisationally from cut up shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles).

And this quilt (40 x 40) was made by loosely following the pattern of the black and white piece, while skewing some of the shapes.

I quilted it on my long-arm machine.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Schweinfurth & Suki

Pat Berardi, Nancy Hicks, and I went to the Schweinfurth Museum today for the trunk show by Barbara Conte-Gaugal. Barbara started her presentation from her "car door" --- which she said was only appropriate since she does so much sewing while her husband drives. We saw lots of her wonderful work and enjoyed her witty commentary.

Pat posed for me in front of her quilt, "Stripes Squared." It is displayed beautifully on a wall by itself at the end of one of the side rooms.

For Suki's fans, here a couple of current pictures of her relaxing in the studio.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

New water pump

As befits "country folks," we get our water supply from a well in the front yard and a working cistern that captures rain water from the eaves along the roof edge. The well head is opened and the line to the house is disconnected as the first step in the replacement process.

The pump is 75 feet deep and provides a never-ending supply of water. The well was moved in 1992 and a new pump added at that time. With an average life of 12 years, we decided to replace the current system before trouble ensued. Our long-time plumber and friend, Jim Burgio, and his son, Matt (in the background), along with his helper, Rodney, replaced pump, line, and electric wiring. All went well, and were soon back in operation.

Jim and Matt insulated the drain from the roof to the cistern. The cold winter rains and melting snow cause condensation on the pvc pipe as it traverses the warm cellar ceiling, causing drips along the way. This should solve the problem! We'll see...
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Janet at GVQC

Janet Root presented a trunk show of her work at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club meeting and showed us more than 30 of her quilts. My apologies to Janet for the fuzzy pictures which I took from my seat in the audience..

Here are just a few pictures of her wonderful work.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Genesee Valley Quilt Club

The highlight of the monthly meeting of the Club is the Show & Tell portion.

This is Priscilla Kibbee's wonderful dress and coat which just returned from touring for 2 years with the Bernina Fashion Show. See her website for much better pictures....
Lisa Feor made this quilt for her daughter.

There were other great quilts, and I'm sorry I don't remember the names of the quilters. But here are a few pictures for your enjoyment....

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