Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hello everyone...

It's been a while since my last post. Not sure which excuse to use, so I won't. :)

Wanted to share a couple of small art quilts my friend, Vicki and I pieced while we were in Michigan at Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat back in early September. It was our first time to attend the retreat which focused on "small studies" this year. We started by piecing small units of solid fabrics with the occasional print added. Sometimes the units were "auditioned" before sewing together into a larger study. Vicki and I decided to engage each other with a "color challenge". It was fun choosing colors we knew were not favorites of the other, adding a print and then presenting the packets of fabric we were to use in this challege. 

Here's the small art quilt (14" x 13") Vicki pieced, quilted and gave to me using the lime green and oranges I love but she doesn't ... I love the curves pieced into the bordered and enhanced with her stitches!
 And, who doesn't like a beautiful Kaffe Fasset print.... I love the back almost as much as the front!
I finally finished my part of our challenge last night with the binding and embellishing of my small quilt  (12" x 8") made using the fabric Vicki picked. If you look closely, you can see the pink-haired maiden I stitched into the quilt.
 Here's the back. Now, I need to pop this into the mail to my BFF.

November is turning out to be a busy month for us which is good. Last week we had a couple of friends, Diane and Joyce, visit us here in northeastern Oklahoma. They had never been here before, so it was fun trying to think of places to visit that was uniquely Oklahoma. One day we took them to Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Woolaroc (which stands for WOOds, LAkes, and ROCks) was the country home of Frank Phillips, oilman and founder of Phillips Petroleum (Phillips 66 gasoline). It's an awesome place to soak up some "Oklahoma" flavor ... there's an impressive collection of western art and the surrounding 3700 acres of rolling hills. lakes and rock outcroppings are lovely any time of the year. Here's some photos from our visit to Woolaroc. of my favorite animals...
A herd of American elk roam the park...
Such a sweet young deer...
Thanks for coming to visit us, Diane and Joyce....we loved having you and hope you come back soon!

I appreciate you visiting my blog and want to say thank you for  your comments....hope each of you are having a lovely fall. 

PS: Thanks, Karen for your kind e-mail concerning my absence from the blog world.


Jennifer said...

Oh wow, what beautiful country.....even a couple of Aussie emus! I love your and your friend's quilts, they are great.

Tiziana said...

A beautiful post full of wonderful colors!!! Love the quilts, they are an explosion of life!
I've been impressed by the animals and hills that you've incredible wildlife! Ciao, Tiziana

Patty Biermans said...

Great pictures!!! I only know Oklahoma from the old song in a movie :)). hugzz..peebee

Karen L R said...

welcome back!

LOVE those two pics of the plains. the colors are breathtaking.

and, of course, the wee quilts are gorgeous.