Sunday, July 31, 2011

Welcome Sara!

Mavens, we now have our 13th member, Sara, from Houston.  Several of us in our MM group have been fellow students with Sara at Quilting Adventures in New Braunfels, TX, for the past several springs.  Carolyn was in the same class with Sara (and with Patti!) last March, and recently Carolyn suggested her name to me as a potential member.  I emailed her, and today I've received a reply from her, saying that she would love to join us.

She is now in the process of going through the red tape of becoming an author on this blog, but I wanted to pass on the good news to you now.  Soon, hopefully, she will be composing her first post, to tell all of us a bit about her.

Meanwhile, I toyed with the idea of re-naming our group, and in a way I have--see the box at the right!  But I hesitated to change our "official" name, since I feared that doing so might mean that several of us might have trouble finding us again!

But I have added Sara to the official list of group members at the right, and I changed the description of our blog to the top box, where you see our sub-title displayed.

And now here is out revised schedule, with Sara added:




(1) Carolyn chooses theme #1 in July, 2011, for September, 2011's quilt.
(2) Linda chooses theme #2 on Sept. 15, 2011, for November, 2011's quilt.
(3) Jane chooses theme #3 on Nov. 15, 2011, for January, 2012's quilt.
(4) Judy chooses theme #4 on Jan. 15, 2012,  for March, 2012's quilt.
(5) Rita chooses theme #5 on Mar. 15, 2012, for May, 2012's quilt.
(6) Patti chooses theme #6 on May 15, 2012, for July 2012's quilt.
(7) Andrea chooses theme #7 on July 15, 2012, for Sept. 2012's quilt.
(8) Alice chooses theme #8 for on Sept. 15, 2012,  Nov. 2012's quilt.
(9) Petra chooses theme #9 on Nov. 15, 2012,  for Jan 2013's quilt.
(10)  Kym chooses theme #10 on Jan. 15 2013 for March 2013's quilt
(11) Barbara chooses theme #11 on Mar. 15, 2013, for May, 2013's quilt
(12) Kathy chooses theme #12 on May 15, 2013, for July, 2013's quilt
(13)  Sara chooses theme #13 on July 15, for September, 2013's quilt

Friday, July 29, 2011

SAQA: a good membership

Hi MMs,
    I just joined SAQA Studio Art Quilt Associates. Recently a member, Susan McCraw loaned me several issues of SAQA to peruse and I was sold on the group. SAQA's website and offerings are terrific.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Excitement from Carolyn

Guess what? I am going to Boston in late August for a nursing class reunion in nearby Rockport, and Andrea, Linda and I have planned a meeting. It will be so exciting to meet two East coast members of the Material Mavens! We will be sure to make a photo of the three of us and post it on our blog. I'm sure we will discuss how we are coming along on our HARMONY quilts - without giving away our designs, of course. This will be so much fun! I hope more of us will have the opportunity to meet as time goes by!

Alice's News and Doings

Lake Michigan Beach Boys (this is my quilt; I made
a duplicate for my daughter).  You may click to enlarge.
I was so delighted to check my administrator's page to discover that Petra is now an "author"!  That means that all of us except for our newest member, Kathy, are officially authors of our group blog.  I really goofed with Petra!  I kept inviting her to be an author, and I kept wondering where she was and why she had not accepted the invitation.  Well, guess what, I had typed her email address in wrong.  So she never got all my invitations!  But all is well now, after I discovered my goof.  So good to see Petra's name listed as an author!

I'm still busy with my various birthday projects and am anticipating a visit from all the children and grandchildren, a mini reunion and surprise birthday party for my oldest sister, a small dinner party here at our home, and of course much commotion and fun with the four grandchildren.  (And much cooking and cleaning up, etc. etc.)  After two weeks of that, I will then be driving with my youngest daughter and her two boys to Michigan, flying from there to California.  My reason for that trip is to help my other daughter's mother in law take care of our shared grandchildren,  while daughter and her husband go on an extended trip.

So!  I really need to get my Harmony quilt done before Aug. 11, when all the hordes descend.  I finished the portrait quilt for our youngest daughter's birthday, and am coming along well on the traditional quilt for my sister's.  I am so eager to finish that one so that I can get to work on Harmony! I'll "decorate" this post with the quilt top of my own quilt, a duplicate of our daughter's quilt; hers is now being quilted by our fellow Maven, Judy!  The portrait portrays youngest daughter's two boys on the left oldest daughter's son on the right.  It was based on a photo taken five years ago this summer, at Lake Michigan.  And, yes, soon Ill need to do a portrait quilt for the other daughter, of her son and daughter!

Hope that all of you are well and are as excited about our group as I am!  I am so curious:  has anyone finished Harmony yet?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

From Alice: Our Updated Schedule

Material Mavens: I should have added this to my post that I just published.  Now that Kathy has joined us, here is our updated schedule for themes:


(1) Carolyn chooses theme #1 on July 15, for the quilt due on Sept. 15, 2011.
(2) Linda chooses theme #2 on Sept. 15, 2011, for November, 2011's quilt.
(3) Jane chooses theme #3 on Nov. 15, 2011, for January, 2012's quilt.
(4) Judy chooses theme #4 on Jan. 15, 2012,  for March, 2012's quilt.
(5) Rita chooses theme #5 on Mar. 15, 2012, for May, 2012's quilt.
(6) Patti chooses theme #6 on May 15, 2012, for July 2012's quilt.
(7) Andrea chooses theme #7 on July 15, 2012, for Sept. 2012's quilt.
(8) Alice chooses theme #8 for on Sept. 15, 2012,  Nov. 2012's quilt.
(9) Petra chooses theme #9 on Nov. 15, 2012,  for Jan 2013's quilt.
(10)  Kym chooses theme #10 on Jan. 15 2013 for March 2013's quilt
(11) Barbara chooses theme #11 on Mar. 15, 2013, for May, 2013's quilt
(12) Kathy chooses theme #12 on May 15, 2013, for July, 2013's quilt

Can you believe that now we have ourselves a schedule through two years from this coming July! I find that both amazing and exciting.  Are any or all of you now working on your Harmony quilts?  I've got some ideas that I think are good, but so far, they just reside in my brain, though I did find some fabric yesterday that would be perfect for one of these.  I am suspecting about myself that I might actually make 2 or 3 Harmony quilts and then choose my favorite one for September 15's BIG REVEAL.


Grace and peace to all!

From Alice: Now We are Twelve!

Mavens, I've got some good news!  We have a 12th member!  Her name is Kathy and she's brand new to our quilt guild and in fact, brand new to Texas.  She comes originally from Alaska.  She introduced herself to us at guild as an art quilter and was eager to find other art quilters in our guild.  She showed us three of her quilts.

I discussed her with Rita, and she agreed with me that Kathy would be great for our Material Mavens group.  I emailed her to invite her, and she's now looked over our blog and that of the original Twelvers, and she is most excited to join us.

I'll wait and let her tell you more about herself, when she writes her first post!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Linda and Andrea play and post



In 100 degree heat, nothing compared to Tx, Linda traveled to Andrea's studio where the two are exploring blogging and dyeing fabric. You should see Andrea's beautiful fabrics. She cut her strips first before dyeing for more interesting textures and believes this is a good discovery.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rita - A Word of Truth?

Our guild speaker last evening was a delightful lady (The Bead Lady) that does gorgeous Crazy Quilts.  On one of her heavily embellished quilts was a small printed saying that spoke to me and my very literal mind.  It said, "Confidence in nonsense is a requirement of the creative process."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Linda, thank you for asking to see my Four Seasons Panels.  This photo is showing them where they will permanently live, in a beautiful new home near Lexington, Kentucky.  They were done using the technique originated by Noriko Endo from Japan which she calls Confetti Naturescapes.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Andrea - My Creative Journey So Far, or How One Thing Leads To Another!

Hi,

I live in a town a few miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. I have a BFA from Hartford
Art School of The University Of Hartford. After being laid-off from a job in Hartford
I returned to MA. to ( I thought temporarily! ) help manage 2 family businesses: real estate & a data processing service company. Thirty three years later I was very fortunate to be able to "transition" ( I don't like to say retire ) into pursuing my creativity full time.
I have always loved photography and in college discovered a passion for silkscreening.
A friend in the U.K. wrote me one Christmas ( 1992 or '93 ) about how she had become "quite keen on American patchwork". I had no idea at the time just how that simple statement would send me on a completely different & unexpected creative path! I came across an ad for a travel company in N.H. that specializes in, at that time, quilt & craft tours in the U.S. I decided to take their tour to Amish country which included the Lancaster quilt show where my love affair with fabric started. I really had
no intention of ever trying to make a quilt as I found the size of them so overwhelming. However, my new "hobby" of collecting fabric continued when I returned from my trip,and at some point decided that I either stop buying fabric, or learn how to make something with them. As it turned out, a new quilt shop had recently opened in my town and were offering a hand-pieced sampler lap quilt class.
I couldn't believe how much I loved the process of cutting up the fabric, re-assembling the parts and then stitching them back together. This gave me "permission" to buy
MORE fabric! The next class I took was a machine piecing class: that abruptly ended my hand-piecing. In the late 1990's I took a class from Natasha Kempers-Cullen using thickened fiber reactive dyes to silkscreen, stamp and paint on fabric. That allowed me to combine my ( too long abandoned ) love of silkscreening with quilting.
I still love making traditional bed quilts, but I am mostly interested in "finding my creative voice" through my fiber pieces/art quilts that using fabrics that I have created.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Perhaps Best Not to Choose These Themes????

I was looking through my TWELVE BY TWELVE book this afternoon, and it suddenly occurred to me: It is highly probable that not everyone in our group has seen this book.  For that reason, it seemed prudent to me to list the themes that the original group used.  To "reuse" a theme would not be a terrible thing, except for those of us (like me!) who know the book almost too well,  and who then might be overly-influenced by the quilts that portrayed that theme.

Some of you might disagree with me; if so, let me know.  But just in case we are all in agreement about this, here is the list of themes that that original group used and that were published in their book:

dandelion
chocolate
community
water
illumination
shelter
mathematics
chairs
window
identity
passion
twelve

I of course can be over-ridden on this "rule", but if all agree that we'd be wise to steer clear of those themes, well, there they are!

Do, please, speak up, though, if you disagree and feel that we could use one of theirs and come up with totally different quilts!

And while we are on the subject of the original group, all of you might find it fascinating to visit their group blog.  On this current go-round, they are basing their quilts on colors chosen by the members.  This will take you to their quilts based on GRAY (or GREY as our friends from Scotland likely spell it!)

http://twelveby12.blogspot.com/


And then, each of those 12 members has her own blog, which would be fun to look at as well:





A Note About Carolyn


Greetings Everyone,

As some of the others have done, I thought it would be nice to share a bit about myself.

I've lived in Dallas, TX for about 40 years, and am the mother of two lovely daughters (in Houston and Austin) and a grandmother to three. My first quilt was 24 years ago when I made a baby quilt for my first grandchild who is now married and recently moved to Dallas (much to our delight!). I am a registered nurse, but have also worked in education and retired from advertising. I know, it's a strange twist in careers!

Today my life centers around my husband, a college professor, my kids/grandkids, my church, and my hobbies - quilting, gardening and playing the dulcimer. I have only one my quilts hanging in my home (see photo if I can figure out how to do this). It's my most recent quilt, and my first art quilt (well almost). I've made about 8 or so quilts for my daughters and grandchildren.

I'm in this group because I am bored with traditional quilts, and much prefer and appreciate a "free spirit" when it comes to quilting. I am NOT an artist. I have no skills in drawing or painting. I have not experimented with a host of quilting techniques. BUT, I am eager to focus my energy on the creative process, to learn as I go, and to embrace the challenge of working with all of you.

I think this will be an exciting adventure!






Creative idea's-Judy

This group is definitely something I have been hungry for. When I was growing up and we had a project to work on, we would brainstorm at the supper table. Idea's flew around the table. With 5 kids and 4 of them girls we came up with some fun things. One year I was the "hill" for my little brother and sister who were "Jack and Jill" in the Halloween parade. The next year I was a "ufo" and that wasn't an "unfinished object" from quilting. I have the picture to prove that I was an extraterrestrial being in a space ship. What is great is seeing the purple socks I was wearing :)

Carolyn, and I believe Kym is in the Dallas area. I will be speaking at the Arlington quilt guild tonight. I know this is short notice, but if you can make it, it would be fun to see you. It is held at the Bob Duncan Community Center.

I am working on making my website more current and up to date on the things I am doing. This blog and the things I have learned to do on the computer at work have helped me see the computer as a good tool instead of an overwhelming place that confuses me. It is nice to see how much I have learned. Of course my son in Santa Fe, NM got a call from me last night as a cry for help. I could hear him sigh even though he tried not to. He is my computer/graphic designer guru.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hi Quilters!

I'm delighted & privileged to be a member of the Material Mavens!

I've sewn & embroidered for almost as long as I can remember. I did City & Guilds of London Certificates in Creative Embroidery some years ago & I've been teaching leisure classes since then. My enthusiasm & excitement for quilting arrived gradually over the last few years as I visited various Quilt Shows, especially the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham in England which I believe is now the biggest show in Europe.

I think "Harmony" is a most appropriate first theme for us - I'm looking forward to getting to know you all and working with you in harmony for a long time!

Jane

Ever Onward: Linda Hicks

Painters are moving into the quilting world and I am one of them.

I had never considered entering the art world, but wanted and trained to be a teacher of English and history. I write about my checkered career in "About Me" at my website. I post at least weekly to my blogl  Blogging is a great motivator!
There are exciting/challenging things happening around every corner in quilting and I want to be there. I find the two 12 x 12 groups I belong to
feed each other. Ever onward in harmony.I look forward to learning and being inspired by all of you.

Quilting Keeps Me Sane from Kym Rock

I have been so busy lately, but wanted to stop a minute........think harmony.......and introduce myself a bit better than done previously. I am a very busy 50 something year old with grown kids (6), 3 grandkids and my youngest almost out of college. I love quilting for my family. It's gotten a bit crazy as one of them is always getting married, having babies, graduating from college or something wonderful (I am very blessed) that, in their minds, is worthy of a quilt. I work long hours for a magazine with a somewhat younger group who are also always having babies, which I try very hard to celebrate with a quilt. They have come to expect one and I hate to disappoint them! What makes me super excited about all this is that I will be able to take a break from "required sewing" and quilt something I want to do for myself. Harmony.....perfect for my busy life. I just hope to keep up with the group. I began quilting about 30 years ago and have done it since then to slow my life down and relax. It is my passion and I'm thrilled to be part of this fun group.

Carolyn: The Theme is Posted

Hi Material Mavens,

Our first theme is HARMONY.

I wanted a theme that expressed my experience at a conference at Ghost Ranch (New Mexico) in June. Ghost Ranch is the home of that wonderful artist, Georgia O'Keefe.

I also wanted a theme that was broad enough for all of you to work with. I narrowed down my words to about 6. Then, I pared the list down to two words. I knew I had the right word when I received an email just yesterday from a person from Scotland announcing the title of his new book which included the word HARMONY.

I have no idea what direction the design for my quilt will take. So, like you, I will have to let the creative process unfold.

I'm excited about our collaboration and am looking forward to seeing the results of our collective efforts on September 15.

Cheers!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Alice: Obsessed with Quilting!

I remember precisely when I made up my mind that one day I would learn to quilt.  Years ago my husband and I were invited to dinner at a new friend's house, and the wife took me on a house-tour.  Every bed in the house was graced with a quilt that she had made.  I told myself then, "Someday, I'm going to make quilts.  And then every bed in our house will have a quilt made by me!"

Well, that's not yet happened!   I made my first quilt, machine pieced but hand-quilted, between 1990 and 1993, working on it only in the summers, since I was still teaching full time.  In 1999, newly retired, I began quilting in earnest.  Many of my quilts have been given to others.  I have several wall hanging quilts in our home--including my few art quilts.  But none of the beds in our home has made-by-me bed quilts!

I've sewn for almost as long as I can remember,  and some of my earliest memories are of sitting with friend Kitty out on a quilt under a tree in the hot Texas summers (prior to air conditioning!), sewing rather sloppy doll clothes.  As a teen I made many of my own garments, and once I married and the children came along, I sewed for them and myself until I went back to teaching full time.

I discovered art quilting some four years ago.  I feel as if I have one foot in art quilting and the other in traditional, which I still love.  I NEED this group to spur me on to make more art quilts, to experiment, to risk, to dare, to rev up my creative juices.  I am excited and can hardly wait until tomorrow, when Carolyn will announce our theme!

Judy-A little quilt crazy

To say I am a little quilt crazy is true. I've tried all kinds of crafts and I enjoy them, but when I found quilting it took over, literally. My husband and 3 sons know more about quilting, quilt patterns, techniques, and any quilt related equipment needed, then some quilters do. They have put up with my sewing machine, cutting and ironing station in the living room for over15 plus years. Now I even have an 8 foot by 8 foot design wall in there. Only our youngest sons room, (he is 20) doesn't have anything related to quilting in it except the quilts made for him. When he discovered quilt batting under his bed one day he brought it out to me and said,"What is this doing in my room?" Poor him, I now have taught his girlfriend to quilt:) I am excited about this journey we are starting. I am also nervous, but I know it will be a learning and freeing experience.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rita - A little about me

I have been a forever sewer, learning to hem dishtowels from feed sacks on a tredle sewing maching at about age 6.  I made most of the clothing for my daughter and myself for many years and then I retired and discovered I much preferred to make flat things.  I retired from teaching after 36 years, teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.  I still enjoy the revelation of not having to do lesson plans or grading papers.  I have only recently jumped into the art quilt world, having just completed a series of four 40x40 panels of the Four Seasons in the style of Confetti Naturescapes. The panels are based on a photo of the forested backyard of dear friends near Lexington Kentucky. I am excited to be a part of this distinguished group from which I know I will learn much more than I will ever contribute.

Greetings from Rita and Alice

Rita and Alice




Alice is over at Rita's house this morning, helping her learn to upload photos etc., in preparation for the September 15th reveal of our quilts.  Hope all of you are having a good day!  Bye for now.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Greetings from Barbara

Hello to the Mavens! Yes, Alice, I am Barbara Friedman from San Diego, CA. I have been quilting since 1985. I love to push the traditional pattern with bold fabrics. I have taken sketching and watercolor journaling classes and will be using my sketches in my art quilts (that's the plan!) I have a flickr site where you can see some of my sketches and a couple of quilts. When you are on flickr.com, my site is BarbaraF2010. My part time job is working with adults with Acquired Brain Injury and for this month I am teaching young children to knit in a summer school program.

And Still Another Post from Alice!

Art quilting friends, we now have another member of our group!  Her first name is Barbara, but I don't yet know her last name or where she lives.  She's another one of Carolyn's recruits.  Carolyn got her name from fiber artist Sue Benner, sent me her email address (and another, actually) on to me.  I emailed her with an invitation to join, she replied immediately, and so, here is the revised schedule with BARBARA added to the end!


(1) Carolyn chooses theme #1 on July 15, for the quilt due on Sept. 15, 2011.
(2) Linda chooses theme #2 on Sept. 15, 2011, for November, 2011's quilt.
(3) Jane chooses theme #3 on Nov. 15, 2011, for January, 2012's quilt.
(4) Judy chooses theme #4 on Jan. 15, 2012,  for March, 2012's quilt.
(5) Rita chooses theme #5 on Mar. 15, 2012, for May, 2012's quilt.
(6) Patti chooses theme #6 on May 15, 2012, for July 2012's quilt.
(7) Andrea chooses theme #7 on July 15, 2012, for Sept. 2012's quilt.
(8) Alice chooses theme #8 for on Sept. 15, 2012,  Nov. 2012's quilt.
(9) Petra chooses theme #9 on Nov. 15, 2012,  for Jan 2013's quilt.
(10)  Kym chooses theme #10 on Jan. 15 2013 for March 2013's quilt
(11) Barbara chooses theme #11 on Mar. 15, 2013, for May, 2013's quilt

Can you believe that we now have over two years of quilt themes now assigned?  How exciting is that?  I can hardly wait, too, for Monday to come so that we can all read what Carolyn's theme is for our first quilt.  I am really pleased, as well, that more and more of our group have bitten the bullet to figure out how to become authors and have written their first posts.

Still haven't heard from Petra and Jane about any attempts they've made to join Google and become authors here!


Linda and Andrea have invited another quilter to join, from Australia.  (Forgive me if I am repeating myself!)  If she says yes and the other recommendation from Sue Benner does, too, se will have a Lucky 13!   

The Theme is Jelling!

Hi Material Mavens,

Okay, I'm zero-ing in on THE FIRST THEME of our quilting blog. Two themes keep swirling around in my head, and they're making me dizzy! It's pressure time for me!

Get on board, oh creative ones! I'll announce my final decision on MONDAY, JULY 11th.
Look for it then!

Rita- First time blogging

I think I did it! Am excited about this new adventure.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Well, I finally managed to get this worked out and am so excited to be part of this creative group. Can't wait to see the first theme so I can get a feel of the scope when choosing mine.......to be honest, I am glad it appears to be a bit further in the calendar so I can think of a fun one. Again, looking forward to creating and seeing all the wonderful quilts this year. Thanks Carolyn.

Another Greeting from Alice!

Friends, I have added Kym to our schedule.  Here it is:


(1) Carolyn chooses theme #1 on July 15, for the quilt due on Sept. 15, 2011.
(2) Linda chooses theme #2 on Sept. 15, 2011, for November, 2011's quilt.
(3) Jane chooses theme #3 on Nov. 15, 2011, for January, 2012's quilt.
(4) Judy chooses theme #4 on Jan. 15, 2012,  for March, 2012's quilt.
(5) Rita chooses theme #5 on Mar. 15, 2012, for May, 2012's quilt.
(6) Patti chooses theme #6 on May 15, 2012, for July 2012's quilt.
(7) Andrea chooses theme #7 on July 15, 2012, for Sept. 2012's quilt.
(8) Alice chooses theme #8 for on Sept. 15, 2012,  Nov. 2012's quilt.
(9) Petra chooses theme #9 on Nov. 15, 2012,  for Jan 2013's quilt.
(10)  Kym chooses theme #10 on Jan. 15 2013 for March 2013's quilt

A bit of exciting news:  Carolyn's friend Sue Benner (a wonderfully talented fiber artist in Dallas) has suggested two additional names as potential members.  I have emailed them.  I'll be in touch via email to let you know if they join us.  If so, I'll then add their names to our schedule!

Hello from Carolyn

I've narrowed down to two themes - look for it soon!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Member to the Group - Patti Brooks

I am finally checking in with the group. I am in New England for a post-retirement month. I am spending the first two weeks in Southern N. H. at a small lake. I retired after 17 years as a social worker in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While I loved the work, the increasing volume without help got to me. Seemed like a good time to retire. Looking forward to our theme. Patti

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Please ignore the post just under this.  The one called "Testing the Process."  Well, you can read it if you want to, but I (as a fictitious person) was testing how easy it is to sign up as an author.  Very easy!  You start the process by going to the email that I sent to you, inviting you to be an author on this blog.  Once you open THAT email, you click on the link to the blog.  Join Google, if you haven't already.  Then sign in with your regular email address and a password, and then you will be able to post here.

And this is where you will post in September, when we all post pictures of our first quilts and tell everyone a bit about them.  I can hardly wait!

Can't wait, too, to hear from Carolyn about what our first theme will be!

To our American members, Happy 4th!  To our gals from Scotland--continue to enjoy your cool summer and think of us in Texas who are broiling in the heat!  Bye for now, Alice.