Education, art and other things.

Last week Lyric Kinard came to lecture and teach at Riverwalk Quilters Guild. It was a pleasure to be able to have her come and stay in our home for a few days.

Lyric lectured on Elements of Art for Quilters at the Tuesday night Guild meeting and then taught a 6 hour class  on the Wednesday. We learnt about texture, line, shape, motion and color with some fun and creative challenges. It was good to spend some time focused on the exercises. I have lots of ideas for future projects in my new sketch book…

Here are Lyric and Cheryl after the class…


Lyric’s flight back home to North Carolina wasn’t until Thursday evening so the next day Dorothy joined us for a little road trip up to Milwaukee.

We arrived at the Art Museum in time to witness the midday closing and re-opening of the “wings” of the Burke Brise Soleil above the Windhover hall. We wrapped up warm for the 8 minutes outside on the bridge!!

Inside, the exhibition, On Site: Chakaia Booker was in its last few days. The large black sculptures made of automobile tires looked spectacular in the bright white hallway of the museum.

Thursday happened to be the opening day for the museum’s new Frank LLoyd Wright exhibition so we were able to enjoy a lecture from a man who had been an apprentice at Taliesin West for the last 10 years of the architect’s life before joining the crowd to view the exhibition itself.

It was an educational few days and we got to the airport in time too!!


After all that art it was back to work and I set to making a little sample for Pieceful Heart Fabrics. This is March from the Nancy Halvorsen book Count on It

I made April too but I forgot to snap a picture before I delivered it to the store.

I have finished my first Imperial Blooms block of the Month…

I decided Sue Spargo wouldn’t mind too much if I made my own additions to her pattern so I added some beads which you can see in this close up photograph…

And then on Tuesday afternoon I just needed to sew some big bits of fabric together! I drew up a simple design to use the fat quarter bundle I bought at Birch fabrics in California and made this top…

I was able to get an extra half yard of the chocolate Kona solid and a lovely piece of blue flannel for a backing so it will become a 42″ square quilt in the next few days…


On Wednesday I made the pilgrimage to Rockford to visit Benjamin and his parents. Benjamin and I went for a walk.

The melting snow left lots of puddles for me to splash through in my waterproof boots and also made for some lovely reflections.

Before I set off to come home Benjamin modeled the new sweater and helmet set I made last weekend.

He is very patient with his daft grandma. I do sometimes wonder what he is thinking. I am sure he will tell me soon enough!!

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