Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We Have Arrived in Paducah....

We arrived in Paducah, Ky for our 2 week residency at A.I.R. Studio late on Sunday, managed to unload our vehicles before the rains came but not much more before falling into bed.  Here is a peak at what things looked like when we woke up and what we managed to get accomplished before joining PFA (Paducah Fiber Artists) at their monthly meeting held at Bryer Patch Studio for the last time.  It was a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones, interesting conversations/information and tons of laughter.

Lots of blank walls yet, maybe after lunch we will hang some quilts and artwork......

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Awesome Quilt Using our Osnaburg!

Soooooo.......I guess you can tell we fell off our Tuesday and Thursday blogging schedule quite a bit.  We have been running around like crazy which is a great problem to have.  The bad problem is that not everything is getting done....like the blogging.  We are seriously thinking we need more helping hands then we already have.....once again a great problem to have.  These next two weeks we are home and gearing up for our time as artists-in-residence in Paducah, KY at the end of the month.  We are doing a lot of dyeing but every once in a while you have to sit down right?  Well this is what I found when I sat down to check our email....

This quilt designed by Reets' Rags to Stitches titled Jump for Joy uses a several colors of our osnaburg.  It gives the quilt a great texture!  We thought it was absolutely adorable and we are making one up in a little brighter colorway.  Once we do we will have a kit available for purchase.  In the meantime, you can purchase the pattern directly from Reets'.  She is fabulous so we hope several of you go to her website and support her great designs. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sometimes Rejection Is a Good Thing.....

We decided to collaborate on a new piece of work for possible inclusion in a book, you saw a sneak peak back on February 6th.  The piece was finished on time, a miracle all on it's own and submitted.  Over 200 artists submitted their work for consideration. 
 As we were photographing it one of us commented on how great it would look hanging in our booth, the thought of waiting until the publication of the book seemed daunting, but submit it we did.  It was not chosen and you know that was okay with us.....there is a first time for everything....never in all the years of submitting work have I ever been so relieved not to have been chosen.  Crazy!
It made it's debut in Hampton, VA at Mid-Atlantic, then was shown in our booth at Mt. Dora, FL, those of you who will be attending the Vintage View Quilt Show in Raleigh, NC this coming weekend will be able to see it up close and personal.  Looks much better in person....the main color just didn't photograph well (could be a reason for rejection).  You can see how we used our hand-dyed burlap...even the sparkle burlap, cheesecloth and hand-dyed kona. 

We decided we like it so much we are thinking of collaborating on a couple of similar pieces before we go to A.I.R. Studio in Paducah, KY....wishful thinking at it's best.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

We are still kicking in Hampton, VA

Somehow a couple weeks just sailed right on past us without a chance to write.  The weather threw off our dyeing schedule just a wee bit.  The product couldn't get delivered and then when it did most were missing items!  Oh well....means they will have to be dyed here in March!  We've been having so much fun with the new items.....Rayon Seam Binding, Sari Silk Ribbon, Sparkly Burlap, and more.  They've been well received here at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival so that makes us very happy!

We have more sparkly burlap headed in so we'll be working on those numbers for those that missed it.  

Here's some of the photos from our road trip.

We have a new booth size so that we can spread out some. I think it is working great for us.

It certainly has allowed the modern quilt area to shine.  The Visions of Purple quilt kit is sold out.  Hopefully we will have replacements on that by Raleigh.  I'll do my best in the dye studio.

We introduced a few new colors in Bindles.  That book you see in the back is fabulous!!!  We can't keep it in stock.  It is out yet again.  Too quick a turn around to get any more for Mt Dora but we will have some again in Raleigh, NC.

We LOVE seeing what people do with our items!  This show has been amazing for it.  We got to see a group challenge where they used a lot of our items.  Gotta admit.....dyed batting stitched right in as if it were a regular fabric makes quite a statement in a mini quilt and carrier rods heavily embroidered before being put on the quilt are gorgeous!  There has also been a group with a paint chip challenge shopping in our booth.  Hopefully next year we will see the results of that challenge too.  

All of a sudden I looked up from the register and spied this bag!!!!  It was made by Angie Fowler using 2 of our Thermofax Screens!  Isn't it just amazing.  The tree print actually was created by a photo taken in Hampton, VA our first year so quite fitting that she bought the screen then carried the bag at this show!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Waiting for the Thaw.......

We heard we would get more later on Tuesday through Wednesday night, but you know down here in the South you really learn to take that with a grain of salt.....well....after the recent Atlanta Snow-apocalypse it seems everyone heeded the warnings.  Everyone around us stayed put yesterday as sleet fell for most of the day, then sometime after dark the snow did fall.  We are grateful that the wind seems to have died down here because with the weight of ice and snow on the trees we could have a real mess.  Also grateful that we retained power throughout this mess.  Saying that, it sure is pretty to look at....so long as I am "not" required to go out in it....

 I can say nothing is getting done....no orders can be shipped, no product that was due in can be received, we did wash out everything that was sitting in dye for fear we would loose power; however it is not drying in the dye studio (more on this is a minute) and unlike the day before I'm not sure where to hang it.  At this point we are worried about how much we will have for our upcoming month of shows because we had set this time aside for just that reason....to pump up the numbers.  
Now about that dye studio....we had discussed putting in a wall unit heater I must say I looked at my DH and wondered if he had lost a screw, this is the south we never get that cold to warrant an expense like that.....can you tell I'm eating crow!  Honestly I figured a portable electric space heater would do the trick, wonder how many layers I'll be wearing today to cut up burlap and I will be working around all this.

Cabin fever isn't just affecting the "humans" in this house.....
and this is a dog with taste, that's silk she is wearing....hmmmm.....wonder what she got into...?
This one is watching reality TV.....the kids sledding down the street are better than nothing!
Guess we will keep waiting for the thaw....hoping that 70% rain Friday doesn't fall when it's 31 degrees!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wintery Weather Mix & Proud Mama Moment.....

Here in Atlanta today we have had rain, sleet, snow and apprehension over what will come tonight.  I'm a little slow in posting today, because we were dyeing and washing out fibers till late last night, because....now don't laugh....we went to the grocery store in the middle of the day.  Not necessarily for milk and bread, even though we did come home with some bread.....no 1% milk where we were....honestly it was for Costco chicken salad, then soda, Margarita mix(essential if iced in) and Color Catchers.  You know the important stuff!  This morning I went to the hand specialist so I can keep these old hands ticking....as my sweet sister says....it sucks to get old.  Now for the good stuff, photos of new stuff and what happens in cold weather.

We usually heat the dye studio with a space heater, however it just does not seem practical during yet another cold snap.....so here is how "creative thinkers" solve the problem.     
And when "all" the door frames over tile are full, what do you do.....
When these came down and got twisted they certainly look like "candy", eye candy that is...
Shhhhh! Don't tell DD, but here is a peek at our newest product line....how yummy is this.....as I was dyeing it I kept hoping the color would remain as vibrant as when I put it on....think I got my wish.
Now drum roll please.......DD will be teaching 2 classes at International Quilt Festival-Houston this fall.  She had a moment when she realized that the first time she attended festival she was 18 years old and now 18 years later she would be teaching there.  Okay that dates both of us, doesn't it?

She will be teaching around the country this year.  First she will be teaching Watercolor Landscapes (photo of the tree) at Mancuso's Quiltfest Destination-Savannah the last week of March.  Then at their Denver National Quilt Festival IX in May she will be teaching Watercolor Landscapes and her Mixed Media Collage class.

In June she will be teaching both the Watercolor Landscape class and her Mixed Media Collage class at the International Quilt Festival-Chicago June 19th through the 21st.
That's all for this Proud Mama for today!

Come back on Thursday to see how we fare tomorrow, they are telling us to collect flashlights, candles, extra blankets and more due to the coating of ice that will be on power lines and trees.  In our neighborhood we have underground power but that doesn't always save us from trees coming down on major lines supplying us, so we await what this crazy winter has in store for us once again.....I thought we lived in the Deep South!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

From Sun-Up to Sun-Down......

We left Tucson on Sunday morning before dawn, I do have a saying for that but I am refraining at this time, to say mornings are not my favorite time of the day is an understatement.  However, DD is a morning person, thank goodness or we would never get anywhere before midnight.  Somewhere in Arizona...just a touch of light....
Finally somewhere in New Mexico it finally lightens up even more, maybe I can keep my eyes open now!
Whoopee! The lights of Atlanta are calling my name, I may be tired of sitting in this car, but I am wide awake.  This skyline is a welcome sight.
Now for a little sneak peak at our creative collaboration first DD put together the panels and a little stitching to hold everything together.  Then she is passing them off to me to add texture and embroidery stitches.
Time to unload the car, take a count of things so we know what to dye, put everything away and get busy prepping for our upcoming shows.  We also made a long "To-Do" list during all those road hours, so stay tuned for new pieces, patterns and class announcements.