Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday: Lecture, Interview, Reception, Dinner

Waiting for the lecture to begin
 On friday my day began with giving a power point lecture called Making an Award Winning Artquilt (and everything that can go wrong in the process).

It's an information packed lecture showing a series of quilts from start to finish, how I pull together a concept with imagery to create a design, products that I prefer and why, funny (but not so much at the time) stories about mishaps and problems I ran into and how I resolved them.

After the lecture, I always bring out Primordial Sea since a large portion of the lecture is about making this quilt.

listening to a question from the audience after the lecture

SOS Interview
Awkward moments, waiting to start
In the afternoon I had a Quilters Alliance Save our Stories interview, that will go into the historical quilting archives and stored at the Library of Congress.

Lone Star Reception
Frances Alford, Leslie Jenison, Rachel Parris, Jamie Fingal, Kathy York, Sherry McCauley & me
Rachel holding the book
In the evening Karey Bresenhan hosted a wonderful reception to kick off the exhibits that go along with the beautiful, and big!, Lonestars lll book at festival and the new Texas Quilt Museum opening in La Grange next week.

I have two quilts in the book and exhibits that were made during my years living in Austin, TX. This is where I first became friends with Frances, Kathy and Sherry, we were all part of the same art quilt group and created a significant series of group quilts with a number of group members, exploring various themes based on color studies to begin with and eventually incorporating a variety of subject matter.

Dinner at 8

Our dinners always begin with a beautiful toast that Rachel leads about strong women.

Rachel, Deb Boschert, Jamie
Deb, Jamie, Linda Minton, Terry Grant
Frances, Gerrie Congdon, Susan Bruebaker Knapp, Leslie
Leslie, Barb Forrister, Susan Fletcher King
Guest appearance by Napkin head
Gerrie being a newbie to the dinner @ 8 gatherings takes a moment
to gather herself, lol

 Late night antics with roomies
Melly Testa pouncing on Jane La Fazio 
Melly sharing the love
It was great having Jane as my roommate in Houston during the week and then having Melly join us on friday and saturday nights was AWESOME!

Hop on over to Tracie Lyn Huskamp's blog to check out her tutorial.


  1. LOL! I had a great time at dinner. Thanks for good memories.

  2. What a wonderful tribute to strong, FUN, and creative women! My favorite photos are of Gerrie laughing and of Melly being Melly. Thanks for sharing such a special time.

  3. Joy Joy Joy!!!! What a great group of friends!!! Peace, Mary Helen

  4. That daughter of yours gets some great photos...and whoever was the bedroom paparazzi is in trouble!
    great time, and your post captured it all beautifully.

  5. Oh my gosh! Those last photos look like so much fun!


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