Is there anything more fun than sharing what you love with someone you love? Roxann thought this was gorgeous. I do too. In fact, as colors go, I love that color for furniture. That blue, mustard, red and lime green.
As usual, got to love rows of colored things. These are the beads again.
This is the shrine of all shrines. Next time, I am bringing a cot. I want to wake up to this
Flags, be still my heart.
One of the sales people did this with a paper fold out ball and colored paper. We love the idea.
I want this whole thing but I bought two in lime green. Tassels in so may colors, it hurts to leave them.
There it was. The necklace that illustrated the inevitable: "We could do that." Have to have a finishable project to remember the visit. Cargo, in the Pearl District, has some fabulous hand crafted jewelry. So we made ours with inchies. I love those things and Roxann thought she had to make some so she could love them too. Here is her rendition, neat and clean
And here is mine, much less neat, but we love our differences.
I wore mine to Church and Roxann wore hers on her trip home.
When I fell in love with Nebraska, Roxann O'Hare was one of the reasons. At the time of our meeting, she owned The Quilt Basket in Lincoln. The basket part of the shop's name had to do with Roxann's love of basket making. From the moment we met in Dodge at Vogies, we were firm friends. June Vogeltance, Rox and I found plenty to do. After she let go of her shop and went to banking and then printing, no year was complete without a get together. And then she and her husband, Rich, bought a building in Havelock with Rich's brother. Maybe a hand dying outlet for herself. That turned into much more than that partnership could handle, so the O'Hares bought and gutted another building. This was to be a gift shop with a few bolts of fabric. Well, that didn't last long. Then after five years, a building in Seward, Nebraska fell into their hands. It had belonged to Marion Fonzler who taught sewing and carried lines of full fabric: Thus the Comic Cow and The Udder Store were born. Great shops attract marvelous people. Here's a dear friend, Dianne Young, who drove down from Seattle to be with us.
The day after we picked Roxann up at the airport, we met Maureen for a Maureen
type tour of Portland. She is such a bit of sunshine that we came away all aglow.
Here we are with one of Portland's decorated horses.
Sharing the world with my friend helped me to see a thousand things anew. A sure shot camera let us capture curves and stairs so we can remember the joy of sharing.
Got a note and some pictures from Wendy Bates and her friends who made a mess of Chicken Shamen. What a treat to see them all the way from Market Basworth, England. Thanks for letting me see the gang. epb
Barbara Neil did this quilt. The front of the quilt looks like blue prints, it's very architectural, so she quilted the Capitol dome on it. She drew it without a pattern. I was blown away. What I need to do is start all over again and gain some new skills.
This is a quilt done with tiny scraps of silkie fabric inder netting and then quilted.
We have selected a challenge for 2013. We are to create a three piece series. I have my idea already and now all I have to do is to begin. Beginning is the hard part because I am a compulsive finisher. So if I begin it, then I have to finish it. Of course, then we have to ask a big question: what shall I do with it? Ah,we'll think about that tomorrow. Meanwhile I have the all grey fabric I need. I love collecting all the stuff.
Here are several of the things that the gals from The Art Quilt Group did with the inchies we traded. These inchies look great displayed on a manzanita branch.
Piecing and tassels and twigs again to hold this piece: it makes a great wall piece.
Now this one is unexpected. This is a hat. I may have to make one using a slightly different approach.
This quilt reminds me of ones I have seen displaying pins.
I found this layered box at Craft Warehouse and painted the top boxes as I might a canvas. Then I put inchies in the boxes. I adore tiny things in compartments.
Underneath the painted compartments are even more for hidden surprises. Now don't you just love to uncover stuff you forgot you buried? That is too fun.
On the other hand you can put the inchies on to orphan blocks.
I love the stick wrapped in yarn and the tassels. This suggest that the piece was created for the the inchies and not the other way around.
This quilt has curves that make it move. I love the colors.
These inchies went on a journal cover
Another journal that is somewhat simpler.
Here's another banner and the inchies under this photo are hexagons and they really are one inch. Not me, I would never take this project on. I draw the line at doing the same thing over and over again, much less if it's an inch square. But this was a fun show and tell.
I have a friend who has been an interior designer for years and did a lot of architectural drawings which he has kept. The last time we were together I asked him what he planned to do with them. It turns out that he planned to get rid of them so I asked for one and promised I would send him my experiment. Here it is and off it has gone. I used some hand dyed illustrations that I got at Scrap in Portland and Portfolio water based oil pastels. I sent along a box of those for him to play with.