Saturday, August 20, 2011

Texas Monthly!!

Hats off to Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes for some fabulous publicity for their new book, Lone Stars III:  A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 in Texas Monthly.  The article is an eight page spread called, Common Threads, in the September issue.  I was a bit surprised to find that my quilt, Little Cities, was published as part of the article on the book, p. 151.  I am quite pleased, to say the least!  The article talks about the book and shows a preview of 10 quilts, so I am very happy to be included in this selection!!
I will say also that this is not my first time to be in Texas Monthly.  Only the first time, my name did not get in.  I only mention this because of the irony that connects the two stories.  In the Feb, 1992 issue, I was photographed taking part in a rockclimbing competition at Hueco Tanks Texas State Park.  I had skipped out of my day job with the excuse of "being sick", and spent the day driving the 12 hours to El Paso, TX with a friend.  The next day we got up early and climbed all day.  Neither of us placed very high in the competition, but we were both happy to be there climbing such exquisite rock and great company of the other climbers.  Fantastic party that night, and then a 12 hour drive home on Sunday.  What are the odds, that on the one day you skip out of work, your photo is published in a high profile magazine???  Either I wasn't recognized at work, or I was forgiven.  But the picture was great!!  Check out those crazy tights!

And how is this related to the first half of my story??  Well, I was fortunate enough to have 2 quilts chosen to be in Lone Stars III, the other is my quilt called, A Few of My Favorite Things, a quilt about my love for rockclimbing!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Twinkle Quilt Completed!
I am so happy to finish my daughter's quilt for her before school started.  Whew!  Just in time!  The binding is on and the quilt is now on her bed.  I had a great time making it for her. She loves it and is looking forward to when it is cooler and she can use it!  Austin is still blazing hot setting new heat records every day.
Full view of Twinkle Quilt
Close up of the itajame of this cute animal print she loved!
Back side of Twinkle Quilt showing the quilting motif
Close up of a Twinkle Quilt showing some of the dye combinations and quilting.

You can see more about the process of making this quilt and itajame here and here.

Monday, August 01, 2011

SAQA Gallery
This month my quilt, Doors Across Austin, will be featured in the SAQA Gallery exhibit called This Land is Your Land.  I am proud that my quilt was chosen for this on-line exhibit!  And as we all struggle with so many things in our lives, this quilt is dedicated to my son and his life (and ours) with autism.
detail of Doors Across Austin