Thursday, March 29, 2012

Old Tyme Day

It's that time again! Sharing quilting with the third graders at Lewisville Elementary. Thanks Bonnie for being my sidekick today and bringing your amazing antique quilts! It's a special day for the kids...and it's fun to watch their little minds at work :) Admittedly I miss's a great school full of wonderful teachers who always find creative ways to engage the kids in learning new things.

During Old Tyme Day they have numerous stations through which the kids rotate and have hands-on activities, such as candle making, tin punching, butter making, quilting...a one room schoolhouse, blacksmithing (demo) and much more. All part of their early American history studies. What fun!

(photo courtesy of Bonnie W. Hunter)

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Look at the Quilt Show

What a whirlwind the last five days have been...but what fun! It was the biennial Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild Show, themed this time "The Art of Comfort." There were around 145 gorgeous quilts on display judged by Linda Fiedler and Linda Cantrell. There were lots of great vendors too and the BIGGEST guild boutique I've seen since I've been a member (it was amazing!). The show chairs were my bee-mates Laura Patridge and Lisa Alley and they did the most fabulous job ...the venue was beautiful and well attended. Hats off to them for making it all happen!

I jumped into the vendor arena for the first time with my hand dyed fabrics and handcrafted buttons and was very lucky to have the best booth neighbors. They were so kind and fun to hang around! They were Annie's Keepsakes (wool felt, rovings, patterns, tools etc.), Shakerwood Woolens (hand dyed felted wool, patterns, threads), Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm (yummy yarns and rovings), and Karen Gray Design (fresh modern quilt fabrics, patterns, etc.She has a shop in Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem).  I didn't really have much time to visit the other vendors but my favorite LQS was there - Sew Original of Winston-Salem...they were demo'ing one of the Bernina embroidery machines, making these really cute "Hot Stuff" coffee sleeves (and you know I love coffee!). Next to them were Justi Ard of Witch Hazel Handmades (she makes cool glass pendants encasing all kinds of images), and the newest Bernina dealership, Studio Stitch of Greensboro.

Do visit their websites and see all the wonderful things they offer!

Here is a look at just a few of the quilts and scenes around the show:

The Flower Garden
By Jane Houser, Quilted by Theresa DeWalt
Best Long Arm Quilting, Best Hand Applique, Viewer's Choice, and 1st place in  its category

Southern Comfort
By The Beecassos
Row 1: Linda Worsley, Sara Nutter, Cathy Bogan
Row 2: Wanda Norman, Karen Fridy, Vickie Clontz
Row 3: Joan Lowder, Gail McNeill, Penny Sharp
Row 4: Marlene Land
First Place, Red and White Challenge, Judge's Choice Award

Top: Night With Sunflowers by Anna Reich, 1st place Art Quilts
Bottom: Shimmering Vine by Penny Sharp

The Art Quilts!
I won third place for "How Do You See Me"(winking at you now, bottom left), and Honorables for "Cracks Where the Light Gets In" and "Kay Oss". The portrait piece top left is also mine.

This One's Mine
By Gina Boone
Best of Show!

Butterfly Garden
By Susie Oulette, Quilted by Winnie McCrary

Bali Dancing
By Debra Voigt

Hop To It
By Carmen Cannon, Quilted by Jan Strubble

The Red and White Challenge
(I especially love the upper right with sewing terms made by Ava Lewandowski)

Left: Southern Star by Lisa Alley, quilted by Gina Boone
Right: Tinker Belle's Neighborhood by Rosann Davis, quilted by Rosemary Cushman

(I'm guessing this must be Tinker Belle :)

Christmas Quilt by Anna Reich

Part of my booth - handcrafted buttons

More of my booth - hand dyes and patterns

View from my booth
(Shakerwood Woolens has such a pretty booth!)

In my fortune cookie Saturday night...that pretty much sums it up :)

Now it's time to unpack, clean up, regroup, and get ready for the next adventure!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild


The Art of Comfort Quilt Show

March 16-18

Friday, 10am-7pm ~ Saturday, 10am-6:00pm ~ Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm

The Village Inn Golf & Conference Center in Clemmons, NC.

Over 140 judged quilts on display with exciting vendors, 
a gorgeous raffle quilt and more!

Admission: $5.00
Gorgeous Raffle Quilt made by Gina Boone
(a Judy Niemeyer pattern)

It's almost time!! I've been up to my elbows in dye and buttons...I'm going to be a vendor at the show with my hand dyed fabrics and more! I'm also in charge of hanging the show. And I'm helping in the judging room as a holder. Show set up, judging, hanging, and vendor set up all take place on Thursday. And I've had 4 interior design clients pop up needing rush work done. Grateful for the work, not so much for the timing! :) But it's all good. That's why I haven't been posting this week. I've been spinning platters overflowing with too much fun! Oh, and of course, it's baseball and soccer season too. Whee!!

So I'll be MIA from here until the show is over...but tune in then. There will be lots to show and tell and a couple of weeks worth of catching up to do. 

See you then!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Featured Artist Friday - 1st Friday Gallery Hop

Spring seems to be making it's way into the Piedmont which, if the rain holds off, will make for a GREAT evening in the Arts District tonight! So this week's featured artist is really many...all of those whose work is in the Arts District of Winston-Salem. After all, it is the City of the Arts!

I'm missing the necessary info to do a full introduction on one particular artist, but since she is having her debut exhibit tonight I have to give her a shout out. She is Emily Beroth... a very young and enterprising artist with the personality and imagination of at least four people put together. Emily creates "cap people"...little 3D pieces made out of container caps. They are fabulous!

Her exhibit will be in the studio of Mary Bailey Thomas. If you are local to the Winston-Salem area come on out to First Friday Gallery Hop on Trade Street and enjoy an evening of great art, music, and more. There is a new gallery to explore - Delurk Gallery - in addition to the many other existing galleries, shops, and restaurants. It's always fun!

Be sure to go see Emily's exhibit. I can't wait! And tune in again for a proper introduction of this up and coming young artist...