Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Odds and Ends

Well, I'm not going to Houston (but it's fun to read the adventures of people who are there), and I'm not going to my guild retreat this weekend. Instead we are having house guests, old friends who are coming for a few days. It's a case of wanting to be two or three people! Saturday the guys will go to the football game, and Jean and I are driving into Chicago to see the SOFA show. SOFA stands for Sculpture Objects Functional Art, and as you can see from the link it's a super-duper art show with galleries from all over the world displaying artists' work. Last time I went, one of the galleries had some quilts by Nancy Crow, so that was interesting. Everything is great fun to look at, especially the jewelry, and totally unaffordable for most of us. The place is always packed with affluent looking, artsily dressed types, which is also great for people watching.

I've also been working slowly on the orchid quilt. I didn't like the whole fabric background, so I changed to blocks, which seemed like a good idea at the time and was much easier to work with, but when put together seem too stark. So I'm auditioning this striped, woodsy looking fabric for sash and border, and I think I like it. It blends the colors and restores some of the mysterious quality that I lost in the changes. The shapes in the left border may be appliqued on. This is still brewing because I don't have time to think about it at the moment. In this picture the color scheme sure looks like the 70's, doesn't it? Not so much in reality, I think.


And finally--I checked an interesting book out of the library: Quilting Masterclass from That Patchwork Place. It's a collection of quilts, mostly contemporary and "arty", by various quilters, with some comments about technique (although not as much as blurbs for the book promise). I loved the book. There are familiar quilts from familiar names like Judy Dales, Katie P. M., Carol Bryer Fallert, Ruth McDowell, but there are many others from the U.S. as well as the U.K., Australia, and South Africa that were unfamiliar to me. It's always good to get out of the rut created by looking at the same quilt magazines, patterns, and even some shows, to form a fresh perspective. I highly recommend this book.

10 comments:

jenclair said...

I am so enjoying watching the process, the vision and re-vision of this quilt. I love the direction in which you are headed now...the mysterious quality is definitely increasing.

Nellie's Needles said...

Have a fun time at the SOFA show. I wish it were going on during the times I'm up north.

This setting for the orchids is interesting on this more traditional type patchwork background. However, I very much liked the other one. I saw depth and mystery in the whole cloth background in the photo on your previous post.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Love the design and colors of your orchid quilt.

I am planning on going to SOFA on Friday. I wish I could go on Saturday so I could met up with you to say Hi.

Is it ok for me to wear jeans?

McIrish Annie said...

Kay, I admire your stick-to-it ness with the orchids. I like the block format and think the sashing will definitely work.

Granny Fran said...

I like where you are going with the orchids. There is an interesting article and photo of Ghost Orchids in Florida in the Nov./Dec. Audubon Magazine. Is that what your orchids are? I thought of your piece when I read the article.

Deb H said...

Your "Orchids" is progressing beutifully. It looks so rich & elegant.

Frederique said...

Very beautiful quilt, I love the colors, and of course the orchids.
Thanks for the book, it seems very interesting.

Deb Geyer said...

I like what you are doing with the orchids!!

Rian said...

I have that book, Quilting Masterclass. It is truly a wonderful book. The Orchids quilt is really percolating along! I like the setting and I don't think it looks like 70s at all. It's looking good!

Debra Spincic said...

I like the direction of your orchid quilt too!