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Sunday, November 25, 2007

AQT 2008 Pictures

Beautiful Lake Tahoe. We went down to the lake for lunch one day.

Notice our lime green badge holders? These were in honor of Libby Lehman who celebrated her birthday there. Lime green is her favorite color.

The Lonliest Road in America - Highway 50.

The famous Highway 50 "Shoe Tree". Out in the middle of nowhere is this cottonwood tree covered with hundreds of pairs of shoes.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Back from AQT

Well, I didn't post anything while I was at Art Quilt Tahoe for several reasons. First of all, I was so busy there really wasn't time. On top of that, I just wasn't sure what to post. The class I took was a real disappointment.

In spite of that I had a great time. It is such a beautiful place. The best part, of course, is the people. Spending time with old friends and getting to meet new is a good reason in itself to go.

I've already signed up for next year for Rayna Gillman's class. I've heard such good things about her, and I love her work. You can see some of it at her website: http://www.studio78.net/

Thursday, November 8, 2007

My Quilts in Quilter's Newsletter

I'm a member of an outstanding art quilt guild called AQuA (Art Quilt Association). We are the group featured in Reader's Quilt Show for the December issue of Quilter's Newsletter. What a thrill! I am fortunate to have three pieces in the article. For more of our group's work go to http://www.theartquiltassociation.com/
"Southern Cross"
"TXTure: Hidden Messages in Fiber"

For detail photos of each block of "TXTure": http://community.webshots.com/user/caroleobrien

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Some New Books

To support my art habit I manage an independent book store. Books were my first passion, before I started quilting, and the marriage of quilting and books is a match made in heaven for me - not to mention overflowing bookshelves! I've received three new books recently that look really good that I'd like to share.

The first is "Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts by Cyndy Lyle Rymer with Lynn Koolish. This looks like it has a lot of outstanding and creative information for incorporating digital imagery into textiles. It's available for purchase November 13th.

The second book is "Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration From Working Artists" by Rice Freeman-Zachery. This is a beautiful book just to look at. Many of the artists included are textile or mixed media artists.

The third title is "The Painted Quilt: Paint and Print Techniques for Color on Quilts" by Linda and Laura Kemshall. It has beautiful photographs in it and seems to cover quite a good variety of techniques.

If you want to get these, or any other books, I encourage you all to check with your local independent bookstore. That is, if you still have one in your area. So many have gone out of business in recent years. Those of us left work hard to keep going and really appreciate the support of our loyal customers!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Art Quilt Tahoe

I am so excited to be going to AQT again this year! I went last year and enjoyed it so much, but didn't think I would be able to go this year. I am so grateful to my friends for not giving up on persuading me to go again. I'm really ready for a week off. I'm taking "The Digital Quilt" from Lura Schwarz Smith and Kirby Smith.

Last year I took class from Gerry Chase. She is such a good teacher and nice person. I'm sorry she doesn't teach very much. Here are some pictures from last year.

The first picture is the Squaw Valley lodge where we stayed. The second picture is of the fabric I painted in Gerry's class.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hello, Quiltart List Members

Here is my Journal Quilt for 2007. The statement is listed below. I'm glad you figured out where I misplaced my link and came to visit. Thank you!