Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Project....and Off to Houston!

Thank you EVERYONE for your kind congratulations on my book. It means a lot to me! I can't wait for you to see it.

Meanwhile, I am so looking forward to teaching at the Crazy Quilt Adventure being put on by Maureen Greeson and Susan Elliot next April (see sidebar of this blog).
I have completed my class sample for my 3-D Flowers class, and here it is!

We won't get this much done in a one-day class, but students will learn how to make everything that is shown here--except those wee butterflies and the cut apart lace daisies, which are made by Simplicity and were purchased. It is going to be a lot of fun.

I want this sample to be in the context of a full-blown crazy quilt wall-hanging, so have made some pieced borders for it.

This seems to be my format of choice these days, a central image with a crazy quilt border. I have a project like it in my book, too. ;-)
It was so nice to be able to dig through my lace and use a bunch of it here, including this lovely hand-crocheted motif that Monica Kowarick sent me all the way from Greece.

She is so talented.

I wanted lots of interest in the borders, but it had to be textural more than colorful as I didn't want anything to compete with the flowers in the center. The seams will be in neutral tans and whites, I think, and the inner perimeter around the center will be blue, added last.

I had to get this done today as I am leaving for Houston tomorrow!
I'll get to see my dear friend Debra...we are going to the event at Festival Tuesday night, the luncheon on Wednesday, and Preview Night that evening.
Then I'll move to a hotel with my roommates and fellow Alliance for American Quilts board members, Amy Milne and Meg Cox.

Thursday-Saturday noon I'll be at the Alliance's fabulous exhibit on the show floor, "If These Quilts Could Talk", which features a sampling of the quilts and interviews in our Save Our Stories project on the website.
They are very, very moving stories and awesome quilts. It is a terrific exhibit and I hope those of you at Festival will make sure to see it.

Meanwhile, the bidding is going on hot and heavy at the Alliance's "New from Old" contest quilts over on Ebay, so do click on over and do some shopping! This is our main fundraiser of the year. There are three more groups of quilts being auctioned over the next three weeks, too.

I plan on blogging my impressions from Festival...not sure what the policy is on photographing the show quilts--I will if allowed. Otherwise, there will be much else to share...

Next stop, Texas!


Unknown said...

Allie, I am staying home and looking forward to your blogs about the show, the quilts, and the rest of the excitement.

Karla Hartzog said...

Wow, Allison! Congratulations on your book and your trip to Houston!
Your work is, of course, gorgeous, and I am really inspired by your "Portraits of Place" article in CQMagOnLine! Thank you!!! Karla

Conni said...

Beautiful sample! Have a safe and wonderfully productive and inspiring trip!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

"So near, and yet so far" Oh how I wish I were mobile enough to go over to Houston to see you - or to have you here in Austin for a visit!! Have fun, and take pretty pictures please.

Summerset said...

Pretty! Enjoy the show!

Jane said...

Have a great time at the show Allie

Marty52 said...

Oh, Allie, I love those flowers... I am so excited to see what we will be learning! WooHoo!

Judy S. said...

Safe travels, Allie. Lucky you to be leaving this icky weather! Hope you have a chance to soak up some Texan sun!

Suzanne Kistler said...

Congratulations on the book AND the winning quilt at Houston! What a wonderful year for you, to be sure!

Pamela Kellogg said...

Oh, Allie, this is so beautiful! But of course it is! All of your work is pure eye candy. And congratulations on your book! Another must have for my collection. Can't wait to see it Allie. Love & hugs! PS - Still in awe of your fearless use of color! ;)