28 Jan

Check us out

No Crafturday post today. I’ve been in Art Quilt mode but don’t have anything ready to show and haven’t had time for any crafty diversions. BUT… the current issue of Quilting Arts (Feb/March 2012) magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it includes a lovely Q&A with all of us members of Twelve by Twelve!

12 Nov

IQF Houston: part 4

We interrupt the pretty quilts for some shopping and a giveaway!

First off, Lark Books is having a giveaway, and one of the books is ours! For a chance to win Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge, or several other books (the Masters 2 book is chock full of pretty and inspiring artwork) just go to Lark’s blog here, and leave a comment by 9pm EST on November the 18th.

While any comment is fine, Lark is particularly curious about your favorite fabrics and what you plan to make with them…which leads nicely into showing off my Houston purchases.

Batting swatch book and non-woven samples for my reference library
My first task was to find wool batting. I am on a quest to find the best one for me. I had mixed results with Quilter’s Dream, but heard rave reviews of Mathilda’s Own. I couldn’t find any of that, but did like what I saw and heard of Hobbs, and picked up an awesome sampler of Pellon battings for my quilting students to fondle (BTW, they loved the feel of the bamboo batting).

Marcia Derse Fabrics
On my way back from the batting outing, I passed Marcia Derse’s booth. well, pass is wrong since really, I had to stop in and buy. I’ve admired her hand dyed pieces and simple aesthetic for several years and now that her fabrics are available as quality yardage, I’m all in. I’m not the only one either, I think at least four Twelves made purchases as well, and while there, I ran in to Victoria of Bumble Beans and had a bloggy buddy moment.

Oakshott Fabrics
While looking at the World of Beauty quilts, I overheard one quiltmaker mention that she uses Oakshott shot cotton fabrics and that one of the vendors was selling them. “Shot” fabrics use different colored threads for the warp and the weft, resulting in a lovely shimmer depending on how the light hits them. I had a few Oakshott samples from Europe and loved, loved, loved them, so off I was in a flash to go find the vendor. I hit the jackpot and refilled my stash!

Radially dyed Fabrics from Artspoken Yardage
And look what I happened upon returning from the booth with the shot cottons. I couldn’t possibly pass up the radially dyed fabrics I’ve been admiring in so many Hawaiian quilts. Now I just need to figure out exactly what I’ll make with them — traditional Hawaiian, or something closer to my usual work?

Cool jewelry from fabric scraps
Finally, I bought some cool jewelry. It’s made similarly to polymer clay milifiori work, but with a variety of fibers. I’m looking forward to wearing these.

08 Nov

IQF Houston: Part 1

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the International Quilt Festival in Houston is no exception. Like last year, I’ll break down my experience into several posts.

First, the most important and bestest reason to go this year: to see the Twelve by Twelve exhibit and to meet eight of the other eleven twelves, many of whom I’d never met in person!

Our exhibit area was two bracket shaped “walls” of drapes facing each other to form somewhat of a room. Flanking each side of the entrance were informational signs and our boldest Colorplay sets. It invited people in perfectly.

Twelve by Twelve Special Exhibit at IQF Houston

The big sign explained the project and credited our sponsor, The Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection as without Del’s support and enthusiasm the exhibit probably wouldn’t have happened. The other side plugged our book, which was a much bigger hit than we anticipated.

Twelve by Twelve Special Exhibit at IQF Houston

In fact, the whole experience was more than we anticipated. I expected people to walk through and say that it was nice, but I was blown away by how many people said it was the best exhibit in the whole show! Inside the exhibit were all the Theme series quilts and two tables for us to sit at and sign books or rest our feet. For the most part though, we were up and chatting with all the viewers. The more we told our story, the better people liked the work.

Twelve by Twelve Special Exhibit at IQF Houston

There was a steady stream of people all day every day, admiring our work. Amazing.

Twelve by Twelve Special Exhibit at IQF Houston

One outer wall showing Colorplay quilts.

Twelve by Twelve Special Exhibit at IQF Houston

We all took turns signing books at the Quilting Books Unlimited booth. Cathy Neri is so enthusiastic about our book and it was great teamwork to share book sales with her.

IQF Houston 2011

In our “off” hours we had the best time hanging out together, be it at dinner in a restaurant, in the hotel bar/breakfast room/lounge, or in one of our rooms.

9 of 12 Twelve by Twelve members meet in Houston
Dinner our first night: Karen, Terri (almost hidden), Nikki, Diane, Brenda, Terry, Deborah, and Gerrie. It’s worthwhile to click on everyone’s links and see their photos and commentary as well. I ended up not getting any pictures of myself, or more importantly, the paper stand-ins of the three Twelves who couldn’t be present that Gerrie made and we took with us most everywhere we went.

9 of 12 Twelve by Twelve members meet in Houston
Dinner our third night: Deborah, Diane, Terri, Karen (behind the wine), Brenda, Gerrie (behind Terry), Terry, and Nikki.

9 of 12 Twelve by Twelve members meet in Houston

Deep in discussion in the lounge: Diane, Nikki, and Gerrie

We exchanged gifts one night and Nikki made us each journals with hand painted paper and beaded spines. Not sure what prompted Deborah to rub the beads on her cheek but it was pretty funny when we all followed suit.

9 of 12 Twelve by Twelve members meet in Houston

Diane, Terri, and Deborah

Technology ruled and kept us (mostly) in touch with each other, those buying our books, and the outside world.

9 of 12 Twelve by Twelve members meet in Houston

Brenda and Diane reading lovely comments on Facebook, and keeping track of expenses on the iPad.

Compared to last year when I made sure to see every exhibit and walk each vendor row, this time I was perfectly content to stay in out Twelve by Twelve area and get to know my old friends a bit better and to interact with our surprisingly enthusiastic viewers. I have some quilt photos and purchases that I’ll share in the next posts, but really, the best part of the experience was hanging with the Twelves! I miss my sisters (and Quilt Mom) already.

15 Oct

Tune in

Hey Twelve by Twelve fans — my quilt mom, and the grand dame of our group, Gerrie Congdon, will be on the Pat Sloan radio show Monday the 17th at 4pm Eastern Standard Time. Of course, that’s live — once it’s aired, you can listen anytime.

I don’t know exactly what they will talk about, but I suspect that excitement about our exhibit and meet-up at the Houston quilt festival will come up! Woo hoo!

01 Sep

Enjoy Delicious Twelve Brand Oranges!

If that sounds like an advertisement it is because it is. Orange crate labels were my inspiration for the 12th of the Twelve by Twelve Colorplay series quilts. Because my concept and imagery was pretty straightforward on this challenge, I decided to try some very new to me surface design techniques to bring it to fuition. It was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but also worth it as I am quite pleased with the final result. The process is here,  here, here and here, and be sure to check out the final art quilt here.