Portraits of Flora

Quilt Dots! Round 2

I am very happy to announce that Quilt Dots has created a second collection of Timna Tarr Quilt Dots - sets of 6 and 9 pins and magnets.  I just love this collection. It's very representative of my quilt life - from traditional to pretty modern - but apparently I like to to use the same colors across the board!

Timna Tarr Tied Together 9

My newest finished piece, "Tied Together", is even represented.

Tied Together

Quilt Dots is giving away patterns, fabrics, and many Quilt Dots products this week. Click here, to enter! You can also read a short interview with me, and then you will know why I took this photo a few days ago.

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Home Sweet Home

Coincidentally Catena, Yolk Music and Portraits of Flora all returned from their various travels today! It has been about 10 months since I have seen Portraits of Flora. Even though I did not miss it, I am very happy to see it again! The back surprised me - I had forgotten what it looked like.

This quilt has also been on my mind as it was published in the July/August 2012 issue of Quiltmania Magazine which hit US stores this week.

Thanks to Dini Bouwers de Zwart for her kind words and for including Portraits of Flora in her review of the Open European Quilt Championships 2012.

Houston Roundup

It's been an action packed week. We had a freak snow storm which included 8" of snow before Halloween and knocked out our power for 4 days. In the middle of the power outage my husband and I got on a plane to Houston for the International Quilt Festival. I packed for 80 degree weather while it was 53 degrees in my house. Let's just say that I brought a very odd assortment of clothes on the trip. The Festival is the biggest quilt show in the country, and the second biggest convention in the city of Houston right behind the Offshore Technology Conference. There is something like 11 football fields of quilts and vendors - it is Disneyland for quilters. I made it there on Tuesday afternoon so that I could attend the awards ceremony on Tuesday night. This is the line to get into the ceremony.

And here I am accepting my award after "O Happy Day" won second place in the Art-Abstract, Large category. Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics for sponsoring the category! I was starstruck sitting in the "winners" section. Many well-known and influential quilters were accepting awards that night as well. A list of the winners and their quilts is here.

Tuesday night my husband, Linda Warren, and I went out for dinner and had a celebratory beer.

Now at this point you would think that I would post some photos of quilts from the show. I can't. I guess I was so busy looking at quilts and talking to other quilters that I did not take pictures. I will have to borrow some of Linda's pictures, since I know she took some.

What I did do:

*Bought more fabric and notions.

*Found the longarm machine of my dreams. But since the machine costs more than my car did, and I already have a longarm that works just fine, I won't be purchasing it any time in the near future.

*Was interviewed by a woman who is writing her graduate thesis on the Modern Quilt movement.

*Saw some friends that I only see at quilt shows.

*Met so many nice women (and a few men) who were happy to chat about quilting and to share their experiences and knowledge.

*And I bought a few more of these bags, since they were in the "Clearance" souvenir section!

I did get a photo of one of my favorite quilts in the show, "Ramble" by Kieko Kitada of Hamura, Tokyo. The goldfish fabric is from a child's kimono.

Now it's back to real life - like cleaning out a fridge that didn't have power for four days. And tomorrow I'll get back to work quilting.

Quilt Scene Magazine

For a couple of weeks I have been stalking the guy who puts out the magazines at my local big-box-book-store.  I've been not-so-patiently waiting for the new IQF Quilt Scene magazine to hit the shelves. In August I sent my quilt "Portraits of Flora" to Quilting Arts Magazine, so it could get its portrait taken for the magazine. Here it is on page 84, right next to Jeanne Brenner and Marueen O'Doogan's quilt "The Secret Life of Dancing Tulips".

The magazine is full of beautiful and inspiring quilts that I can't wait to see next week in Houston. Thanks to my mom and dad who will be taking care of my kid, house, and cat (in that order), so my husband and I can ogle the quilts in person.