The Internet honestly I never would have thought I would say this, but it is a blessing. I am about to share with you links to incredible quilt articles, full of love, care, photos and inspiration and mindful thoughts for you to ponder and enjoy over the Thanksgiving break. (I know some of you are saying A break- what's that?) I could say that too, but I won't. I am going to take a break, consciously setting my work and demands aside for a couple of days. If it feels really good, maybe three days!
I am headed to San Diego to view three quilt exhibits. The main event however is a phenom of avant garde art quilts at Visions. Visions is a juried exhibit. Something like 564 quilted works of art were entered and 41 were chosen. The museum in Oceanside, CA, is tiny, and this limits the number that can be shown. It's a lovely setting and shows the quilts off well. And let's face it, getting your quilt accepted is even more of a coo with odds like that.
Riding on Thermals
by Rose Hughes
Exhibited at PIQF 2008
To learn more about becoming a quilt artist, meet Rose Hughes, maker of this velvet and silk quilt, December 3, on Women On Quilts You can see more of her quilts on this page too.
So - Take your time, pour a glass of whatever you love to sip, put on some soothing music, light a scented candle, and begin to embrace the variety below. I recently discovered a musical group or orchestra really called State of Grace which I love to listen to as I work. Few words, mostly heavenly music. Very inspiring. It's published by Windham. Don't confuse it with their State of Grace 2, it's not as soothing IMHO. While I'm sharing, have you discovered the exquisite scented candle made by W&M Co.? Wow, scented meets it's match. I bought mine at Home Goods in the Silicon Valley, but it's a chain of stores.
http://www.selvedge.org/default.aspx 1924 video about the wool manufacturing process step by step in Australia
http://www.pintangle.com/journal/2008/11/21/another-2-diamond-blocks-done.html crazy quilt embroidery stitching
and http://www.pintangle.com/journal/2008/11/23/how-to-transfer-embroidery-patterns-to-fabric.html hot to transfer embroidery patterns to fabric
http://lucyquilting.blogspot.com/ "Quilting with the Past"about making reproduction quilts mostly
http://www.gwenmagee.com/portfolio.html Gwendolyn Magee, Art quilter, some are statements on slavery, intense & speak volumes
http://www.needlenthread.com/2008/11/art-of-embroiderer-museum-exhibit.html antique embroidery on clothing at Kent Museum
http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/category/interviews scroll down and down through the posts to see the photos mostly, but they grab you to also read text. Warning- no quilts, yet.
Marshall county dump quilts http://pennysanford.typepad.com/penny_sanford_porcelains_/2008/04/finally-the-sto.html
Judy's frugal link http://www.womenfolk.com/frugal_quilting/
Selvage jacket Calendar Pages
http://calenderpages.blogspot.com/ and http://calenderpages.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html and http://calenderpages.blogspot.com/2008/11/jacket-finished.html
http://charmsofdays.com/ Lots of feedsack photos intermingled
http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com./default.htm be sure to click on the Gallery tab to see previous winning quilts
http://lynnewsnyder.blogspot.com/2008/11/lunch-at-quiltlers.html the Provo quilter country charm
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/389492_caps26.html inspiring story about teen girl helping homeless, quilts mentioned just once
http://scrapsandthreadtales.blogspot.com/ scroll down for location pictures on this woman's travel
I have enjoyed our journey together this year. Thank you for being with me on it. Each of you are a gift to me. Together we hold the thread that forms the circle of quilters spirits around the world.
Piece to you and those you quilt with,