Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Class Accomplished

The winter session of my Quilting class ended with a bang last night. We had a wonderful pot-luck dinner, prizes, and lots of fun and laughs. Joan Willey won the block drawing for the second time in a row!!

Above is Catherine with her very first quilt that she completed this session - binding and all!

Above is Lori's version of the denim quilt that I taught a couple of sessions ago. She used some wonderful indigo fabrics with dark denim yardage to a very nice effect. She had some unfortunate issues with fraying, but I still love how it turned out.

Below are two small quilts that Joan Weaver quilted herself on the longarm machine at Always Quilting in San Mateo. Nice job on those!

See you all in a couple of weeks for the Spring session!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Fabric Thumb Tacks

Who would have thought that they'd be this easy... Check out a free tutorial on how to make these over at How About Orange.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Birthday to Bach!

b 03/21/1685 d 07/28/1750

Many years ago, practically a lifetime ago, I was a classical guitarist. I had many concert pieces memorized, and I suppose I could have gone far in that field. But I was very young and when I lost my teacher, I just let it go. It is very sad to me now, but to pick it up again would be to start from square one.

What does this have to do with J.S. Bach, you ask? Well back in the days of the great composers, there wasn't such a thing as "classical guitar", and therefore no music was written specifically for it. There was, however, such a thing as the cello, and very much music was written for it. Bach wrote quite a bit cello music, which was later transcribed for the guitar. Of all of the pieces I learned, I always liked the Bach music the best. I have therefore declared him my Favorite Composer. Take a moment to sit back and listen to a little Bach today. I know I will.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More Applique Cats

The scale may be a little off, but here are three more of the applique cats (shown in Applique Cats 1 and Applique Cats 2) that I started working on a while back. Three more to go and I can piece them into the quilt top in a modular fashion. I'm really on a roll with these. I love hand-appliqued quilts and for years thought I could never do it, but I decided to try a new technique and it was not as difficult as I thought it would be.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Adventures of Bear

Well, Bear isn't 100%, but he is feeling much, much better. He's gained all of the weight back (and then some) and seems pretty happy -- and purr-y. He even FINALLY used his hammock the other day. We had to take a picture to commemorate the event of him actually using something we got for him. However, I think he might be taking advantage of his illness knowing that he will get lots of love and pets. Below I was trying to put the binding on another fabric picture frame and he absolutely HAD to sit on my lap. He couldn't even wait for me to pull a quilt all of the way over me before he plopped down and fell asleep. By the way, pay no attention to the pile of fabric sitting next to me. Just my latest quilt show acquisitions...

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Big Read

The Big Read is taking place this month! As a community, Redwood City is reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This program is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the biggest local sponsor is Montalvo Arts Center. They have really gone all-out in presenting this event. There are copies of this book all over the city, in shops and restaurants, and even randomly placed on park and bus benches. The idea is to give out the book for free, have people read it, and pass it on. I found out about it last month and so Lance and I grabbed copies and got to reading. I had never read the book before, but it had been on my "want to read someday" list from way back. I even had an old copy of it in a box of books. We both finished it in time for the kick-off gala at the old restored courthouse in downtown Redwood City last Friday night. It was a very nice reception with lots of local names. The mayor, former mayor, city council members, and even Assemblyman Ira Ruskin were in attendance. There was food and music and, in keeping with the theme of the book, a booth where you could write down and submit a personal rememberance of a time when you personally felt censored. Our attendance was somewhat spur-of-the-moment, so unfortuantely I didn't have my camera on me, but the restored courthouse was spectacular.
There will be over 40 events this month related to The Big Read, including drop-in book discussions, screenings of the film, an interview with Ray Bradbury via satellite, and a street fair at Courthouse Square on the last day fo the month. How exciting to live in a city participating in this event!! Find out more info at The Big Read.