Thursday, November 24, 2011


What an adventure! My friend Sandy Branjord and I went to Houston for the first time. We each had gotten juried into SAQA's Sense of Adventure exhibit which will travel for two years, and since we were going for the opening of that, we entered World of Beauty and were fortunate to get pieces in that exhibit as well. We were there for four days and had the privilege of talking about our pieces during the gallery talks. We volunteered in the SAQA booth each day and enjoyed meeting many of the artists we have become familiar with in the SAQA books and other art quilt books. How fun it was to autograph our pages in the Sense of Adventure catalog. We felt "famous" for a couple of days. Then home to being "just us" again. Of course we brought home some treasures to use in our future projects.... thread, fabric, embellishments. We barely scratched the surface of the hundreds of vendors.

After coming home, I was notified that my Sense of Adventure piece, "Escape" sold. The new owner will not be able to have it until the show finishes travelling in a couple of years. I think I met her at the show. After I write her I'll know for sure. 

The other two pieces I had in the show were "Scottish Thistle" and "Sol y Sombra". A couple of days ago I was notified that "Scottish Thistle" sold! How amazing is that!

This is "Scottish Thistle":

This is "Sol y Sombra":

This is "Sense of Adventure":

This is Sandy in front of "Mirage" in the embellishment category:

And this is a far away view (and I got in trouble for taking it) of Sandy's "La Fete":

Her piece is at the far left in the row of Sense of Adventure pieces in the back of the picture. And this is what it looks like:

We made friends with Marianne Williamson, one of the artists in Sense of Adventure, who had about 5 pieces in the show and two of the pieces were in Sense of Adventure. I wasn't allowed to take a picture but should have grabbed her and taken it with her permission.. oh well.

And we met Betty Busby who is coming to Phoenix for the Chandler Art Quilts XVI. Here is Betty standing in front of a landscape piece in one of the art quilt exhibits:

We are really looking forward to her visit. We're going to play with a new silk painting technique. One of her pieces is the postcard piece for the Art Quilts XVI show.

Sandy and I got into the show ....This is mine called "Memory, Threads and Bursts". It is painted canvas with organza, satin, mulberry paper, silk carrier rods, painted fusible batting and ribbons applied to it before quilting.

I don't have a picture of Sandy's.  And our friend, Frances Murphy got a piece into the show and I don't have a pic of that either...You'll have to go to the show to see them! The artists' reception is Dec. 2 from 7-9 at the Chandler Center for the Arts and Visions Gallery. Would love to see you there

Today's adventure was finishing another painting that I wouldn't mind getting back from the client so I could quilt it and enter it in something. I'll just have to paint another one!  Here it is above:

Now it's time to make lefse for this afternoon's Thanksgiving celebration at my daughter Cari's.. 

Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!