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Not quilting, something else.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of writing, writing, writing (it’s that secret project thing I can’t talk about … argh!) It’s going well, but not being able to share leaves much to be desired for blog subject matter.

S0, I’ve also been knitting, and at least I can talk about that. I knit mostly in the evenings, in front of the TV. I also knit with my wonderful group of knitting friends, all of whom happen to live in my building. We use the community room to meet  three evenings a week (yes, we really like each other), usually getting together for a couple of hours before our husbands come home and stop by to pick us up on their way home from the train. It’s fun to meet and not have to worry about going out in bad weather, and last night, one of the members even brought along a bottle of wine and some glasses to celebrate a special accomplishment at her workplace. It was fun, but we didn’t get very much knitting done! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of intelligent and interesting women to spend time with on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Having them here makes me never want to move out of this building, even though I really do miss having a garden. The building has lovely grounds which right now are featuring gorgeous flowering trees, hyacinths, tulips and daffodils . . . but still, it’s a lot different from having your own garden.

I don’t want to put up any photos of my knitting, since this blog is really about my fabric art. But, if you are a knitter, and you are a member of ravelry (over one million strong!) please stop by my projects page to see what I’m working on. My name on ravelry is elizquilt. While you’re there, shout out and say hello, and by all means, friend me!  If you don’t know about ravelry, and you are a knitter, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. What are you waiting for?  Join up, it’s great fun!

Featured Artist!

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I am thrilled to be the featured artist on the SAQA New York blog.  You can visit the blog directly by clicking here.  If you do visit, please leave a comment . . . I would be so pleased!

What a nice honor it is to be recognized by this fabulous group.  Studio Art Quilt Associates is a terrific organization with many dedicated members who work hard to promote art quilting.  A heart-felt thanks to my friend Susan Schrott, the new SAQA NY Co-representative for Southern New York.

A day with the Pelham Quilters

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Saturday was a very special day, because I got to spend it with my buddies, the Pelham Quilters! It was the first time I have “officially” taught my new Improvisational Flowing Lines workshop, and I have to say, it went off pretty well! I have test-run the workshop with my friends in the past (they are my usual willing guinea pigs!). My friend Susan really took off with the technique, incorporating it into her beautiful quilts. My friends Linda and Georgia had a good time learning the technique, but as yet, have not completed their tops.

The ladies of the Pelham guild were very enthusiastic about learning this new-to-them technique, and had all sorts of ideas about how they were going to incorporate it into their own work. Here are some photos that I took during the workshop . . .

This first one shows a very happy Lorraine, the guild president, fondling the beautiful flowing lines that she created:

And here is Millie, hard at work piecing at her machine:

In the next photo are Doris and Evelyn at the cutting table, both seriously contemplating their next cut . . .

And next is Jean, hard at work at her machine.

Here is my friend Renee Fleuranges-Valdes, rotary cutter in hand, ready to add to her beautiful, colorful and soft flowing lines.  See that big smile on her pretty face? It was there ALL day! Renee wrote about her experience at the workshop on her blog. where she had some very kind things to say about me and the workshop — Thank you, Renee, you made my day!


Here’s Lorraine again. She took to the improvisational technique of cutting and quilting like a duck to water. With her background in fashion sewing, she was very comfortable cutting and sewing curves. She had no trouble “loosening up” and choosing from her pile of beautiful fabrics with wild abandon!

Here’s a photo of  Millie’s piece, as she contemplated whether or not to add a some four patches in with her flowing lines — she later decided to go ahead and piece them in, and the result was amazing, as you will see in the group shot at the end of this post.  Aren’t her colors just gorgeous?

And here is the group, proudly showing off their beautiful work. I was so impressed with how each woman made the technique her own by using her own palette of fabrics and colors.

By the way, see what Millie did by adding traditional 4-patches? She’s over on the far left of the above photo. What a creative way to incorporate her own touch into the piece! Doris, standing just to the right of Millie, used just a small amount of bright yellow in her piece, which she appliqued on to her strips before piecing them in.  Cheryl, standing on the far right of the photo, turned her piece 90 degrees and added a strip down the center. It will be one side of a tote bag. Jean, kneeling in front of Cheryl, used beautiful fabrics in earthy colors to make a piece that is so appealing, and so very different from the others!

I’m thrilled that the workshop was a success! I want to thank the wonderful Pelham quilters for their enthusiasm. Also, thanks for the really good snacks. Lorraine is a fantastic baker — her brownies were delicious, and oh, that banana chiffon cake — yummy!!!

Venetian Lace is subversive — who knew?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed With Needles is the extremely cool blog of Dawn Goldsmith.  I’m so honored that Dawn has featured my quilt “Venetian Lace #1” on the sidebar of her blog.  She had such nice things to say about the series, too. Thank you, Dawn!

Do check out her blog, which she describes as “a writer’s look at the quilting and quilt art community and anything else fabric”.  She features frequent guest bloggers from the quilting world. (She’s asked me to be one, and I really have to get to work on that!) Dawn has a knack for collecting interesting and fun information and I adore the title of her blog — how great is “women armed with needles” I ask you? What an image it conjures in my mind!

Needlepoint lace

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

A few years ago, I traveled to Venice, Italy to learn to make needlepoint lace the way it is traditionally made on the island of Burano. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I learned a lot about the part of the world my parents came from, I learned a lot about myself, and I learned to make “punto in aria” lace. Much of  what I learned during that visit to my favorite place in the world has been “translated” into my current quilt series.

Today, I ran across a great website with an online tutorial on creating needlepoint lace. Although the technique I learned in Venice is slightly different, the website below covers the basic steps for making lace on a solid paper foundation, using mostly blanket-stitches to create the designs. It’s a wonderful tutorial that’s worth a look. Check it out.

Needlepoint Lace Tutorial « textile dreams – fibery wake up.

Storage in the studio, good news . . . and zebras!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Two of my very favorite guys (my husband and my youngest son) worked hard today to transport my heavy shelving units into my studio. I spent the day filling them back up with all of my beading “gear”. As you can see from the photo below, the shelves fill up the empty back corner very nicely and provide some much-needed storage space.

The front area of my studio is now filled with two closed units and two open ones. The open ones will be used to display some of my finished jewelry as well as my beloved zebra collection. I really missed my zebras while they were in storage. It’s wonderful to have them back out again where they can be admired!
I haven’t finished arranging all the shelves yet, because we left the studio to have a very special celebration. Today, Andrew was formally accepted into Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. His dad and I are so very proud of him … he worked hard to finish up his last semester at Landmark College on a good note against some very tough odds. He impressed the Green Mountain admissions office with his determination and grit. What a guy! Go, Andrew!
While we’re busy celebrating Andrew’s success at a local restaurant here in Vermont, my oldest son, Jordan, is flying over the north pole, on his way to Hong Kong to visit with our cousins for a few weeks. Then, he will continue his trip to Shanghai, where he’ll be studying Chinese economics and Mandarin. He’ll be blogging about his trip at his own blog, Anthem. I’m so excited for him!
As for me, tomorrow, I’m driving down to NY to meet with my salon sisters. I’m really looking forward to seeing them all, getting some big hugs, seeing what they’ve been up to, and showing them what I’ve been up to in my lonely studio.
I have some other plans while I’m down in Westchester county … but I’m not going to tell you what they are — I’ll surprise you with something special when I return on Friday!

Responding to comments

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I thought it might be easier to respond to all of the comments I’ve received here in a new post, rather than within the comments, where they might get overlooked.

Susan: My dear, you are such a great cheerleader. Thank you for your constant, unwavering support. It is very, very much appreciated!
Jeri: You’re a very good cheerleader, too! Yes, I will bring the piece on the design wall to the next salon meeting. And thank you.
Renee: I will go home sometimes, I promise. You are welcome to come and join me anytime!
Lynn: The light fixture is from ikea. I bought it ages ago, but never seemed to find the right place to hang it. We came across it in storage while we were pulling out the furniture. It was like a new discovery. I love it, too! And for the support you’ve shown me and my quilting — thank you, thank you, thank you.
Doberlady: Thank you so much, my dear neighbor. I don’t care where I live, you are still my neighbor in my heart. I miss you. Oh, and by the way, the outlets are fabulous! Recently, some brand new ones opened up: Lily Pulitzer, Kenneth Cole and Kate Spade! And there are the old favorites, too: Carters, Burburry, Zales, Gap, Garnet Hill, etc, etc…. Come on up and visit!!!
Laurie: So good to hear from you! I’m glad your goddess skills stayed with you. Keep it up!
Brenda: Thanks!
Vivien: Thank you so much for the support and caring!
Marty’s Musings: Thanks, Marty!
Thanks to all of you for being there, for reading and for your support! Much love to you!