Sunday, October 10, 2010


I intended to post at the beginning of the month. If I don't hurry up, it'll be November.

At the last Moda U Saturday, we were fortunate to have Deb Strain speak to us about the process of how she designs fabric lines and how she began her career. She's been designing for Moda for 13 years and is a talented and very friendly woman. An added bonus was a display of paper items with artwork done by Deb. These included calendars, note pads, bookmarks, recipe cards, etc. She didn't have nearly as much to take back with her when the day was over.

My LQS is starting three new groups. As Stacy tells us, a group has 'a guide on the side, not a sage on the stage' as in a class or club. Group One is The Thursday Morning Divas. This should be a fun time making bright and happy little projects. The second group is Quilt Red which will involve hand work of any kind. We'll be sharing and helping each other learn new techniques and just spending quality time together working with our hands. The third group is Wilma's Woolies. This one hasn't met yet, but will be making things from wool.

Since the Civil War Tribute Club is coming to an end, we have two new clubs starting in January. One is Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle and the other is a BOM that I can't remember the name of right now.

Jim, JJ and I spent last Monday in Grand Rapids viewing many of the entries in the 2010 ArtPrize. Amazing doesn't even come close to the right word to describe this event. The weather was perfect for walking downtown (five hours) and we saw many of the over 1700 exhibits. Chris LaPorte, formerly from Bay City and now living in Grand Rapids, won the top prize money of $250,000 with his 28 foot long pencil drawing (The Cavalry) taken from an old photo found in his father's home. You can read about it here.

The weather outside this past week has been wonderful. It could stay this way for many more weeks if I had my way.


LuAnn said...

It sounds like you have an active group of quilters where you live. We are both lucky in that because I know some people are "lone quilters". The Art Prize walk sounds fun. The weather is so beautiful to do those kind of things.

Greenmare said...

I'm a bit jealous of your quilting group! and yes, I totally agree on the weather! stay like this until right after Thanksgiving!

julieQ said...

I am glad you got to hear her speak...enjoy your group!!

Quilter Kathy said...

I would love to join the prairie women's sewing circle!
It's a bit far to come by covered wagon LOL!
I looked up the art site and the entries were amazing!

Finn said...

Oh I do wish I was close enough to attend the Prairie Womens sewing circle...that would be such fun! Seems you still getting out and about and having fun doing it. Off to another season of too many quilts not enough time. Hugs, Finn