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Many of you know that I consider myself a “lucky lizard.” I love lizards, rocks and petroglyphs. Here I am with a lizard petroglyph in the Three Rivers PetroglyphSite in New Mexico, which has an amazing collection of over 22,000 petroglyphs!
After a workshop in Albuquerque with the wonderful quilters of the New Mexico Quilters Association, my husband and I enjoyed a mini vacation in New Mexico and Texas. The beautiful scenery and bright colors will continue to inspire me for this coming year.
NEW QUILT "A Village for All Seasons" (2017)
(approx 44” x 60”…not yet trimmed and bound)
I started this Happy Village on November 22, 2016 and am just now finishing with the quilting (mid February). The idea was to create a village that gradated from Winter to Spring to Summer to Fall in colors and values. The trees would also change for each season….bare trees in Winter, new foliage in Spring, full foliage in Summer then the colorful leaves of Fall.
This is by far the largest village I have made. It was quite a challenge!
Here’s how it started. First, the river was collaged with horizontal strips…..ice to blue river to sandy path.
Second, all the basic shapes (pages 4-5 in Happy Villages book)
are collaged by season, value and color.
It doesn’t look like a village yet!
Third, the roof tops are added.
It’s starting to look a little bit like a village now.
Fourth, windows and doors are added.
Fifth, added three trees for each season. The Spring, Summer and Fall trees will get leaves.
Notice the yellow bridge….. it got replaced by a smaller black bridge. Such a major demolition project, yet the reconstruction process was so easy in fabric!!
Fun with the details. Birdhouses, a lizard weathervane, tire swing, red canoe, beach umbrellas, etc.
Getting ready to lay down the tulle (very fine netting) to cover the entire surface.
Thread basting and quilting are next. Since I’m still working on this piece, you can see the finished quilt with details of the quilting in the Spring newsletter.
SOLO EXHIBIT – “Quilts from the Garden”
April 1 – April 26, 2017 Southbury Library, Southbury, Connecticut Gloria Cachion Gallery and Brown Room
To welcome Spring I have chosen 17 of my quilts that were inspired by the garden or nature. The quilts range in time from 1999 to 2015 and range in techniques from hand applique, photo transfer, curved piecing, raw edge collage, my layered topstitching technique and couched yarn applique.
If you live in the area, please stop by and view the exhibit, which will include an ongoing digital slide presentation of my work in the Brown Room.
Positive Energy #5 (For Sale) - (2012 -40” x 54”) layered topstitch piecing technique with color tissue paper sun prints.
Many of the quilts feature my “color tissue paper sun print fabrics.”
If you haven't watched it already, check out my YouTube Channel for a 20 minute tutorial on how to make your own sun print fabrics with color tissue paper
Here is a sneak peek of three other quilts that will be on display in the exhibit.
Think Pink (For Sale) (2009 -15” x 15”)
photo transfers of a rose and text, fabric collage with a layer of tulle
Dogwood Acres (NFS) (1999 - 43” x 43”)
hand applique, piecing, and photo transfers
Willow (NFS) (2000 – 38” x 57”)
Teaching Calendars for 2017 - 2018
The New Year started out with a trip to New Mexico in January to teach a Happy Villages workshop in Albuquerque. Soon I will be on my way to Virginia to teach at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton.
I look forward to meeting you (or seeing you again!) at one of these venues.
If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, please contact the guild or organization to get prices and registration information. If you need help contacting one of the venues, just let me know and I would be happy to give you the name of my contact person.
2017 Calendar *new or updated since Fall 2016 newsletter New Mexico Quilter’s Association, Albuquerque Jan 22-23 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture and Happy Villages workshop) Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton VA Feb. 23-26 (Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views, Random Roses) Friendship Knot Quilters, Williamstown, MA March 11 (Quilted Waves Vest workshop) *Gold Coast Quilter’s Guild, Boca Raton, FL March 21-22 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes Lecture and Happy Villages workshop) *Southbury Public Library, Southbury, CT April 1 -26, Solo Exhibit – “Quilts from the Garden” Wiltwyck Quilter’s Guild, Lake Katrine, NY April 8 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes AM lecture and Layered Log Cabin PM 3 Hour workshop)….and again on May 20 for Quilted Vest workshop. *Silver City Quilt Guild, Taunton, MA April 17-18 (oops!My Edges are Showing lecture, Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views workshop) *Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center (store), Merrimac, MA April 19-20 MA (4/19 Accidental Landscapes: Beaches, 4/20 Layered Log Cabin workshop) Women of the West (WOW) Medina, MN April 24 (Still Makin’ Waves eve/am lectures, Random Roses workshop) James River Quilters, Gales Ferry, CT May 2 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes EVE. lecture) Village Quilters, Loudon, TN May 11-12 (5/12 AM:oops! My Edges are Showing lecture, 5/11:Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views 6 hour workshop 5/12PM: Random Roses 3 hour workshop) Wiltwyck Quilter’s Guild, Lake Katrine, NY May 20 (Quilted Waves Vest 6 hour workshop) *Prairie Quilt Guild, Wichita, KS June 13-14 ( Still Makin’ Waves am/pm lectures and Happy Villages workshop) Clamshell Quilt Guild, Waterford, CT June 22 (6/21 Still Makin’ Waves lecture, 6/22Random Rose workshop) Mid-Appalachian Quilters, Inc Annual Educational Seminar, Emmitsburg, MD July 14-16 (7/14 Accidental Landscape:Beaches, 7/15 Happy Villages, 7/16 Random Rose Runner) North Louisiana Quilters Guild, Monroe, LA July 27-29 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture, Happy Villages workshop, Accidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop) Cypress Creek Quilters Guild, Tampa, FL Sept. 11-12 (eve. lecture and workshop TBD) Faithful Circle Quilters, Columbia, MD Oct 7-9: 10/7 Scrappy Layered Log Cabin workshop, 10/8 Happy Villages, 10/9 Eve. Still Makin’ Waves lecture. Milltown Quilters, Columbia, MD Oct. 9 (oops! My Edges are Showing! AM lecture/ 3 hour PM Mountain Views workshop) Four County Quilters Guild, Mt. Airy, MD Oct. 10 (eve. Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture) Needlechasers, Chevy Chase, MD Oct. 11-12 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture/Happy Villages 6 hour workshop on 11/12) Friendship Quilters, Linthicum, MD Oct 12 Evening (Still Makin’ Waves Lecture)
2018 Calendar *new or updated since Fall 2016 newsletter Quilting by the Bay (store), Panama City, FL Jan. 19-21 (Happy Villages, Accidental Landscape: Beaches, Layered Log Cabin workshops) AQS QuiltWeek, Daytona Beach, FL Feb. 28 – March 3 (workshops TBD) *Colorado Quilting Council, location TBD March 24-25 (lecture and workshop TBD) Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild Peconic, NY April 13-14 (lecture and workshop TBD) *Long Island Quilters Society, Freeport, NY April 15-16 (4/15 workshop/4/16 am lecture) TBD) Savannah Quilt Guild, Savannah, GA May 11/12 (Still Makin’ Waves lecture and Accidental Landscapes:Beaches workshop) Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT June 21-24 (workshops TBD) Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters, MI July 17 (lecture and workshop TBD) Maine Quilts, Augusta, ME July 26-28 (3workshops TBD) Belknap Mill Quilters Guild, Gilford, NH Sept. 12-13 (lecture and workshop TBD) *Coastal Carolina Quilters, Surfside Beach, SC Sept. 17/18 (lecture and workshop TBD) *Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild, Roswell, GA Oct. 4-5 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)
The lucky lizard finds a Lucky Lizard store in Austin, Texas!!!
All the best to you until our creative paths cross in the future!