Bubbly Blonde Heads to Madtown!!

Bubbly Blonde has been juried into the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison WI which is Sept. 8-10, 2011. I made this quilt because I love the 1960s fashions-Twiggy, pop art, Gucci prints, crazy eyelashes and frosty lipstick. I didn't plan a secondary them of circles but it just happened. I used an awesome Kaffe Fassett circular print and started cutting it up and appliquing it around the quilt. About the time I was going to quilt this piece I received a judge's comment about me not quilting enough on the face of the woman in that quilt. I purposely leave certain areas to show depth and dimensions but since she was a traditional quilter...I have a rebellious side that said "I'll show you quilting on the face!!" so I went nuts and the close-up view shows the details. I have flowers, rainbows, sunrises etc. Very free spirited!! I embellished with pale yellow nail polish, vinyl for the earring, large sequins from Christmas garland, Shiva Paintstiks and glitter. I have not had this quilt at a show yet besides my local library gallery so I am excited to display it and the Madison show and for the judges to be amused!! Those poor ladies just don't always get my vision and that's part of the mystery of my work. I hope everyone can attend this regional quilt show sponsored by Nancy's Notions is wonderful!!

Convergence Class Sample

I hope to teach a Convergence construction class at Quilter's Haven Quilt Shop in Menominee MI and this is my class sample. I had attempted to teach this class before and the owner thought people are afraid of it thinking it is too difficult. I want to show it is easy with straight stitiching and rotary cutting. My sample is in fabrics more subdued that I would normally chose with contrasting borders. I fussy cut Kaffe flowers and fused them to the top of the quilt. I embellished the quilt with some fun felt flowers I found at Joanns and a few rhinestones and glliter nail polish. I liked the contrast of the fuzzy felt and the shiny rhinestones/glitter. The weather here in the upper midwest has gone from beautiful sunshine and above normal temps to damp, rainy and foggy. I have managed to get the mother of all head colds. This cold has caused me to miss work and not be in my studio until late yesterday. I think I'm going to be able to taste my food today and not have to blow my nose every second.