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May 2, 2009

Old Coats & Clark Poster,Sunshine Class,A Bit of Nostagia,A Quilted Gas Station,Color Fix for Today

Crossing my fingers....I truly believe that winter is behind us here in northeast Pennsylvania! WooHoo!!! That makes me so happy. Spring gives me that feeling of a fresh start. Time to purge old stuff that has been around all winter. I took this photo at the garden center. Johnny Jump-ups are my most favorite little flower. So colorful, so happy and they stay around until the autumn.
I ran across this old Coats and Clark thread poster. I wonder what came to mind when this artist created it. A monkey, cat and fish? Now what does that have to do with thread?
Sunshine and Stained Glass
Another fun and sunny class. I love seeing all the different "sunshines" that come about. Such a nice and simple class and the end results are always stunning. Great going girls!

Now listen up....if you are taking a class with me, don't pack up so fast at the end of class! I "LOVE" taking pics, especially when we all put out quilt tops on the wall of fame...but you all get the gist...there were a full 24 sunshine tops on the wall.....but I was a little slow getting my camera out this time!!!
A Bit of Nostalgia
Remember chewing gum as a kid and saving all those wrappers to make the gum chain? I especially liked the striped gum with the striped colored wrappers. I remember making my chain all summer long....I wonder what ever happened to all my chains? But look!!! Look at what you now can do w
ith these chains....pretty cool huh?

A Quilted Gas Station?
The Gas Station Project

The first project of the International Fiber Collaborative was to provide an opportunity for people who enjoyed working with fiber arts, whether professional artists, hobbyists or students, to come together from all over the world to express their concern about the worlds extreme dependency on oil. The project was called the World Reclamation Art Project (W.R.A.P.), otherwise known as the Gas Station Project. Participants crocheted, knitted, stitched, patched, or collaged 3 foot square fiber panels that expressed each participants concern about the topic. Simply by designing and creating these panels and participating in this project, they were expressing their concern about this important subject to all nations. All of the panels were then sewn together to completely cover an abandoned gas station in central New York State.
To read more about this, click here.
I just love when people get together, work with colors and textures and create something wonderful. Don't you? Have you been a part of anything like this? Let me know!

So as I wind up my day and ready to power down my computer, I wonder if any of you have done some awesome stuff related to quilting. Have you made anything out of the ordinary that is quilted? Email me a pic and let me know. I am always looking for the unique stuff out there! So ask your friends or rat them out if you know of something they have made....quilted toilet seat covers? Ummmm...quilted lampshades?
Till the next time........Linda
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April 29, 2009

Your Quote, Tippy Toes,Cool Quilty Things,Your Color Fix for Today

Your Quote for Today
I thought I would begin with a quote today. How many times do we "think" about what our dreams are? Perhaps we write them in a journal or tell our friends. Time passes, it passes much to quickly if we don't at least begin a tiny step towards making our dreams come true. So today, think about your dreams or goals and then take some kind of little action to at least start the ball rolling!
I love teaching this class ( well, I love them all), but I love watching my students get that peaceful, relaxed feeling that comes over them. I don't know what makes fairies "extra" special, but they don't allow anxiety or stress come through the class room door. All they allow is fun, laughter and imagination....

I love show and tell after a workshop. I love it most when the class is so excited to show their projects and here is one of my students putting in some last mitue applique stitches to her quilt top in order to show her at the guild's show and tell! This San Antonio, TX guild has some great ladies and the quilts I got to see were "WOWZERS!!!" All I could do was say" WOW!"
And here she is...all finished up and ready to show!

I was treated so well, my program chair showed me some great places in San Antonio. We went to the bar where the film "Michael" with John Travolta was shot....if you remember, towards the end, John Travolta is dancing with those big wings! And we wnet to The Alamo and The River Walk. (pics below)

"Holding Grandmothers Quilt" East Wall was painted by Mr. Gensler with assistnace from people in the community. According to Mr. Ellis. Improvement in the neighborhood has prompted a local developer to plan 52 new homes, 2 of which are rising across the street from the murals. Each mural in the city costs about $25,000 to paint.
Photo: Jack Ramsdale, courtesy of City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Don't you just love this painted table that has this quilt theme on it??? Makes me want to paint quilts now!
What a great way to make shades!! I love it and of course we all know that the designs are endless. I stamp this "green" a great way to use up scraps!

And as always, thank you so much for stopping by and looking, reading and leaving comments. I love reading your comment, it helps me know what your likes are and keeps me on track! If you like my blog, let your friends know and spread the word. If you would like to follow, just click on right side where it says "Follow me" or just check back never know what will show up here!
Much love, Linda

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