Perceptions

things aren't always as they seem


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

looking out a barred window in the Llano, Texas jail

From inside the Llano, Texas jail. I was on a tour of the jail in May with the Austin chapter of the American Sewing Guild. We were in Llano on a day trip and the jail was one of the tourist sites that we visited.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Postaday2011 #312

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Quilt Festival 2011

Scarlet Today booth at the 2011 Houston International Quilt Festival

Scarlet Today booth

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Field trip! Two friends and I drove to Houston for the 2011 Houston International Quilt Festival. It’s like a giant candy store for fabric addicts. We walked around for hours, dividing our time between the vendors and the quilt display. Those quilts are all works of art! Did I mention that it was crowded at the festival? ┬áIt is probably the largest gathering in the world of women in one place at one time.

A good time was had by all.

Postaday2011 #311


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Mystery Block 3

Mystery block 3 with batik fabrics

Batik fabrics

Here are my two versions of Mystery Block 3, for the block-of-the-month program at B&B Quilting & Gifts in Buda. Mystery blocks 1 and 2 were different sizes: different from each other, different from the expected outcome. Maybe the third time’s the charm? I’ve decided to be an optimist for the third set and not even measure them until it comes time to put the quilt top together.

It took me three quarters of the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars football game to sew the batik version. I kept sewing the half-square triangles to the solid squares in the wrong direction. For the civil war reproduction version, I had just congratulated myself for not doing that only to get up to press it and notice that I had sewn the second row upside down. Back to the seam ripper. Sigh.

Mystery block 3 with civil war reproduction fabrics

Civil war reproduction fabrics

Postaday2011 #305


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Molly’s Sisters

Six dolls

Photo by Marge Carson

Here are Molly’s gorgeous doll sisters, from the Austin Fiber Artists workshop that I took from Barbara Johnston at the end of September.

On the left is Sadie, followed by Janie, who looks like a dancer. Then there is Molly (I’m sure you recognize her by now). Next to Molly is a shy lass, whose name is not known yet. If you look closely, you can see that she is holding a small Christmas tree. Then there is Lillian with her arms crossed and on the far right is Lucy.

At the Austin Fiber Artists meeting, we always have show-and-tell before we get down to business. Of the doll making workshop attendees, six of us brought our dolls, so we did a group show-and-tell. You can see how different the dolls are even though they are all from the same pattern and same workshop.

They are marvelous!

Postaday2011 #297