Monday, July 21, 2014

QuiltCon 2015 Quilt Show - Call for Entries

I know you haven't been hiding under a rock, so you know about this, Right.


Aside from the convention itself, QuiltCon is looking for a few good quilts...and by good, I mean, show-worthy, innovative, exciting, nail-biting quilts (don't ask me what that last one means).

If you are a MQG member, this is a great opportunity to show the community what you already know...that you are a kick-ass Quilter.  Plus, it's a great way to show the wider quilting community the variety of modern quilts that are out there.  Remember, you are helping to build the modern aesthetic library.

Entries opened on July 1st and close November 30th, and are open to all MQG members.

Oh, one more think...did I mention prizes.

That got your attention, now didn't it.

You can learn everything you need to know by heading over to the official QuiltCon webpage.

I haven't decided yet when I'll be entering, although I know that I'll be crossing my fingers when the time comes hoping that something gets to make the trek to Austin.

I'll be there, will you?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Creative Saturdays

A few weeks ago, I packed up some quilts, books, paper, and glue-sticks...and headed to the St. Louis Science Center.  This time I was invited to be a part of their Creative Saturday series.

Of course, I had to get that's not everyday that your name is on a sign; much less one where the main attraction is Dinosaurs.

I setup my display; where I would be discussing pattern design, and sat down for what I had hoped would be a busy day.

Things didn't go quite as planned.......................

I'm passionate about quilting; but when THIS is literally 10 feet away, I wouldn't want to hear about quilting either.  

This ridiculously cool T-Rex made entirely of salvaged metal from scrapyards stole the show [by Sculptor, John Payne].  I mean, he had to be 30-40 feet long and what's even better...he actually moved.  By pulling a lever, you could make this Dinosaur move...get it Dinosaurs in Motion.

The day wasn't a complete bust, I did have a few curious visitors and had time enough to design a few quilt concepts along the way.  One quilt design was even inspired by my bony Jurassic neighbor, we'll see if it makes it off the page and into fabric form anytime soon.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Slowly; but surely

So, you know that bedroom remodel that I started in October's still not done.  I know, I know. Yet, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to an extended 4th of July holiday.

Just a reminder...this is what the corner of the room looked like back in 2007.  Lovely isn't it?

What you are actually seeing on the left is the wall that was behind an enormous, poorly built cabinet which stretched from floor to ceiling.  There are about 3 layers of wallpaper and two of paint on that wall.  The wall to the right has the same; but it also includes a terrible top layer of popcorn texture; which was very prominent during the 70s and 80s.  The ceiling is a grid of ceiling tiles more suited for an office building then a home.

While the next photo is seven years later, don't mistake that for working at a sloth's pace. Renovation didn't actually start until Fall 2013 (and yes for you doing the math, that means I lived in the room for 6 years looking like the above).  It wasn't easy to do; but when you buy an 1880's farmhouse, you know going in that nothing is going to happen fast.  This isn't HGTV.

The renovation started with demo of the ceiling and carpet.  The big project was creating my amazingly-cool pallet ceiling.  I then repaired all of the walls and skim-coated them, followed by two coats of paint. The room by the way measures 12ft x 13ft.  A new floor was added and then things got busy around these parts and everything came to a screeching halt...until this past weekend, when I and my construction crew (Dad) got back to work.

The photo below is of the same corner, albeit it a slightly different angle.  It's not done of course.  I still have lots of paint touch-up to do, caulking, and of course decorating; but that flickering light is growing brighter.

There are so many quirky (and me) things that I've done or will be doing to this room, I cannot wait to finally step back and take it all in.

For now, these snapshots will have to do.

So, have you done any renovation work recently?