Saturday, March 29, 2008

Elm Creek news ....


If you are making Sylvia's Bridal Quilt, I read on Jennifer Chiaverini's blog that she is taking down the patterns on 3/31. Quickly, go to the site & save the pdf files!!
Did anybody get their next in the series book yet? I'm on the request list at the public library
Hope this is a GREAT read!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Buddy, without his bandage. DH & I struggled to remove his bandage. So far, so good.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Call for Quilt Blocks

Deep River County Park
9410 Old Lincoln Highway
Hobart, IN 46342

For 20+ years, The staff at Wood's Historic Grist Mill (located in Deep River County Park) have collected quilt blocks for an annual Friendship Quilt.

The 2008 Friendship Quilt block is titled, "Lotsa Potsa Flowers". Deadline is July 27, 2008. To obtain a pattern, just call 219.947.1958.

During the year, they display the completed Friendship Quilts in the Grist Mill. The collected blocks are sewn together creating the quilt top, sandwiched with batting, put on a large frame, and hand quilted by volunteers during monthly Quilting Bees.

I have participated in recent years. With the pattern, I make TWO blocks and submit the best one!! These are pictures of quilt blocks from past friendship quilts:

The "Goodie Jars in Grandma's Pantry" block. There were enough blocks submitted to create TWO quilts. 2004 & 2005.

Shoo-Fly Quilt Block, 2001 Friendship Quilt

1998 Friendship Quilt block "CORN"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Japanese Prints

I enjoyed a recent visit to the Brauer Museum of Art. There was an exhibition of the Japanese Prints from their Permanent Collection.

Of the many prints in the exhibit, I think this one was my favorite. Noah's Ark, Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)

There were several prints of Last Supper, by Sadao Watanabe. Each unique and interesting! I found this web site which has several pictures of prints ... AND this web site provides more information on Sadao Watanabe.

I was thrilled to see the Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984) 1947 Calendar. The colors were bright - the motifs and numbers were brilliant!!! I wasn't able to find a photo (on-line); however, I did find this web site which shows several of the calendar folios.

I was drawn to this print, too. It is Quiet Rain by Kaoru Kawano (1916-1965). The title, the print, something about it just moved me.

The exhibit closes on March 23rd. Well worth the trip to Valparaiso University : )

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Art-O-Mat + exhibits

I visited the Brauer Museum of Art earlier this afternoon. They have had an exhibit of Japanese Prints on display since December 7, 2007 -- and it is a 10-15 minute drove from my house -- and I decided I wanted to see the prints BEFORE they closed the exhibit down on March 23rd.

When I came home, I realized, my post about Chicago -- in February was in DRAFT form. I never finished it -- or published the post!

Can we pretend it is February? Here is the post:

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This is a picture of the Art-O-Mat machine I visited in Chicago, IL

The Cultural Affairs Department of Chicago
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL

What fun to find a cigarette machine - stocked with ART!!! I bought a $5.00 token from the Gift Shop & selected:

"Lively, multi-media creations with patterns, textures, and metallics."

by Paula Yardley Griffin

More Art-O-Mat Photos: LINK HERE

Maybe next time I visit Chicago, I'll have to stop by again and see what new & exciting pocket art is available : ) I'm thinking my visit into the city may have been the cause of the relapse in this cold ... I thought I was pretty much ok & on the mend ... and may have over-done it. I visited Millenium Park, during the sleet & rain storm, yeah, of course - typical February weather in Chicago -- because I just HAD TO SEE the Ice Museum. Yes, well worth it. A wall of ice in different colors. And the weather just enhanced the beauty. Tons of photographs HERE.

I did enjoy the The E. M. Bakwin Collection of Indonesian Textiles exhibit PLUS, had a ticket to view the Homer & Hopper Exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago.

I hope to get back into the city to see the The Keiskamma Altarpiece, March 27 - May 11, 2008. Maybe visit City Stitcher, a needlepoint store. And, would like to see the Embroidered Myths and Everyday Stories exhibit. Big plans ... looking forward to another trek : )