Friday, March 21, 2014

Grand-baby quilt

I just finished a baby quilt for my friend Karen, who's become a grandmother at the age of 50. I'm a couple of years older than she is, and my own sons (ages 23, 19 and 14) are SO far from settling down and becoming fathers that it's hard for me to believe she's already onto this wonderful stage. She's beyond thrilled, of course.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Getting excited for our big show

It's only a little over two weeks until my quilt guild's big quilt show, which we hold every other year. It's in a fantastic location this year, in the Marriott hotel just on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. This is the first time in years we've had the show in a location that can be easily accessed by public transportation. We'll have over 100 quilts on display (and 3 of them will have been made by me!)
I hope you'll come if you are in town---you won't regret it!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quilt Cam!

I'm watching Bonnie Hunter sew and chat into her camera in her basement sewing studio while I hand-sew the binding on my sunflower quilt. I'm hooked on quilt cam. It's pretty random---she doesn't have a schedule of dates for upcoming quilt cam sessions----you just need to watch Bonnie's website, Quiltville, for her announcements of upcoming sessions.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lovely Video on the value of making things by hand

My friend and fellow-quilter Judy Speezak brought this video to my was posted by public radio talk show host Krista Tippit on her "On Being" blog and features Renate Hiller, the fiber artist, talking about how creating useful and beautiful things with our hands connects us to each other and increases our awareness and mindfulness. Since I'm a yoga teacher and practitioner as well as a quilter, it was right up my alley.  Click here to watch the 4-minute video.
     I'm so pleased to report that I was one of the winners of the bead-on-a-string blocks in the Block Lotto drawing for March. Woo hoo! These are interesting blocks. It's a little hard to imagine how I'll use them---but maybe they'd make an interesting border? I'm looking forward to playing with them when they arrive.
    I neglected to post a photo of the last 4 blocks I made, so here it is:
Thanks for visiting, and stay warm. Here in NYC we're getting very tired of the cold, and more than a little grumpy. Another 8 to 12 inches of snow is supposed to start falling later this afternoon. Enough!