Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday: Make it U, friends, Surviving the Runway and Pokey's Surprise Birthday Party

Saturday I taught a Make it University workshop using DeColorourant, a product used to discharge color from fabric using an iron. I have an article on DeColorourant in Quilting Arts magazine after the new year. 
Hanging with Friends
Melly, Rice and I ran into Jamie and Leslie on their way to open studios and had to stop for a photo

In the afternoon, I had my first real down time of the week and spent some time with Melly Testa and Rice Freeman-Zachery.

Surviving the Runway

Click on photo!
Saturday night was the last Surviving the Runway and Melly was the star of the show, so happy to be back with all her friends and cancer free and we were so thrilled to celebrate with her.

The theme was creating a fascinator/ hat out of a cheap black flocked plastic bowler hat with a variety of supplies like craft foam, duct tape, paint, glue, ribbons, feathers and pipe cleaners in less than an hour. Music is playing and there are challenges such as doing a curtsy or dance to get extra supplies for your hat.

Cheryl Sleboda
Melly and I getting our groove on
Catherine Redford, the winner

Now the fun really begins
Following Surviving the Runway, we walked over to the park for Gala on the Green where we ate BBQ brisket and danced some more and after an hour, much to Pokey's disappointment, several of us made excuses to leave early.

We then gathered for a surprise birthday party for Pokey. This was a pretty elaborate party that we began planning several months ago. We had the QA crew in on it to make sure we got Pokey over to the party.

As many of you know Jamie Fingal is a mad Barbie collector and she and Leslie have been using a couple Barbie alter egos in their travels over the last year.

This spurred the idea of planning a special calendar for Pokey with each of us creating a scene for each month with a Barbie alter ego and some way that Quilting Arts has been part of our life, whether it was reading the magazine, incorporating a project from an article or teaching a workshop at MIU. There is even a page with the whole Quilting Arts/ Cloth Paper Scissors staff as Barbies.

Jamie and Leslie set a beautiful table with all the Barbies in the center in various poses and Barbie party favors.

It was a fabulous party, celebrating friendship, Pokey's 40th birthday and our years working with her as the editor of Quilting Arts.

Farewell Houston, it was a fantastic week, looking forward to next year!

Head over to Melly Testa's blog to see her zipper pouch mania tutorial.


  1. Judy! This is such a fun post and I was laughing when I clicked Melly's photo and she started dancing! (Thanks Nina!) So much to celebrate this year and the Barbies were fantastic! I am sad that Pokey is leaving Interweave, but happy for her at the same time. I spent the evening with you! Yep, I got out all your videos to refresh my memory and begin to make some fiesta ornaments. Your videos are so very good, thank you! Wishing you a fun filled weekend.

  2. Oh, thanks so much Jeannie!

  3. It looks like you and your students had so much fun!

  4. What a fun group of creative folks to hang out with!

  5. Party on Ladies!!!! Blessings to you all! Peace, Mary Helen

  6. OMG! Barbie Judy looks just like you! I love Melly's happy dance too. :-)

  7. Dance Melly Dance!

    I've seen various photos of the barbies at the party on different blogs and facebook and it's great to hear the story of why they were there. I love the barbie calendar idea! What a fun fun evening!


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