The Dusty Trail Goes To Houston

I so excited.. I just can’t hide it …
The Dusty Trail has been selected as a finalist to be exhibited at the 2010 International Quilting Association Festival/Houston in the annual IQA Fall Judged Show.

The Dusty Trail
White cotton dyed and painted, free motion threadwork and quilting, raw edge applique, trapunto and hand embroidery
100 hours of painting , 500 hours sewing …

The Cowpoke knows the end result of this horse round-up.

We however do not know what is over the next hill or beyond the horizon. For some their life path it has been clear, for others it has been The Dusty Trail

The Cowboy is Ed Peterson on his 1948 horse round-up Alberta/Saskatchewan.

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I Am In Design Mode

Besides getting my quilt done, I have been designing a few things
There are these two tote bags that I have designed for my class at A Quilter’s Retreat May 2011.
For creating the model of the larger bag I decided to use some of Ricky Tim’s fabric.
I chose a fairly dark blue with a bit of black and his black with a slightly bluish gray dyed fabric.
The larger tote is painted with a dark background.  The smaller tote I want to use white cotton paint/dyed to enhance this bag.

This is a sketch of the projects that we will be working on at the retreat. I had to add the fairy cause the retreat is very close to Ferndale, Ca
Next week I am going to be posting The Dusty Trail
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I am Whole

On Saturday June 19th I tested for my 3rd Dan in TaeKwonDo.
It was a great day, I am so lucky to have Mr. JJ Lee in my life.
Mr Lee tested six of us for 5 hours and have I learned so much from him. I am going to the Do Jang tonight to get started.  I want to work on my running jumping frontkicks, and my sidekicks.
My patterns I thought were just Ok , one-step sparring pretty good, sparring OK, breaking … well,… requires work …alot of work. I do not know whether I passed … yet I would do it all again.
I was worried that I would injure myself yet I am quite good , a little sore yet whole.

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Hello Again I am Back

I have been a quilting
The Dusty Trail 62″X38″is nearly complete
When I look at this quilt , I do not know what to expect . It is so different to all my others. Very subtle
Oh, I have to thank Heather at Superior Threads. All the thread colours that she picked out for me in Houston, those ended up being the threads colours I use on The Dusty Trail
I used a lot of the bottom line on the top and bottom. Works really well as the thread is very fine so it blends right in and is very subtle (I know I used that word again yet it fits with what it looks like)
Oh, on the threadwork for the foreground grass and weeds I used some varigated Superior threads. I like the effect a little bit of shine and variation in colour showing movement
100 hours for the painting, white cotton fabric dyed and painted, 500 hours and counting for threadwork, quilting,trapunto, raw edge applique, hand-sewing
I called the quilt The Dusty Trail because when I was working on it I cried a lot. At times I even had to stop quilting so that my eyes would clear. This quilt triggered something in me, I started receiving images of my past as I worked.
I think it could be something to do with the colours, I love the combination of colours in this quilt
The cowpoke knows the end result to this particular roundup
In our lives here on earth they can be challenging and some even with hard lessons, we do not know what is over the next hill or what is on the horizon
For some it has been The Dusty Trail

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The Quilting is Nearly Done

Time flies when you are having fun. I have almost finished the quilting on The Quilt With No Name. Actually feels kind of strange. The painting was a month , the threadwork was a month and the quilting the same. I found that quilting is much more intense on the old body though especially the neck. The Quilt looks good .
Oh I received Grandmother’s Legacy back from Paducah. I received wonderful comments from the judges. Thank you
I sent off some info to Dixie McBride at A Quilter’s Retreat . I can paint anything you can throw at me yet ask me to write a class discription or bio for myself and it becomes my own stonewall in front of me. Dixie I believe is fixing my class discription so that everyone can understand. Thank you
I am so excited about Quilter’s retreat. For a couple of weeks I have been working on designing some really cool decorative blocks. I have designed in my head two really funtional tote bags as well, both are for the class as part of their Kit . Also the Kit will contain Angel Paint and two brushes
I talked to Jackie Haliburton of Angel Paint about all the paint that she is going to ship, great lady to talk to.
Oh , I think I got most of the dandelions pulled in the front yard . Harvested the ones closest to the house for tea
The apple trees are out and beautiful . The plum flowered a little I think she is taking a break this year . Have to get the potatoes in …

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The Sun is Shining

It has been awhile seen I posted anything .
We were out in Cherryville yesterday , what a great day
 I did some quilting before I left though . It takes me 1 1/2 hours to sew from one side to the other so I am doing 1 1/2 inches of quilt in that time . Patience Gail. I have 13 inches left to do ( Approx size 61″X46″) So 13 ” by 61 “
I do not know if that makes any sense .
I have been designing some cool stuff lately , a plan is developing in my head as to what I am going to use them for . Possibly for my classes The Art of Painting on Fabric . Something to go in the kit
I hope to also design a series of crossstitch patterns , that is for the future

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The Quilting of The Quilt With no Name

I am almost finished the quilting of the sky .
The quilting is so relaxing and almost comforting . The quilt starts to lie flat and feel as though it is becoming complete . Felling good…
                                                The back fabric

                                                  Quilting the sky



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Short Week

It feels like we just got home from Vancouver . Wonderful Easter
This week though was about getting all the jobs that were suppose to be done over the weekend complete
Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel and I am going to quilt today ya!!!
Actually the quilting is looking good . The dyed and painted back fabric looks like old barn wood. With the quilting it is giving the back fabric the grain of the wood effect
I am loving Superior Thread it is so…smooth
Photos soon

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Another Day in Vancouver

The wind is a little calmer than it was yesterday . The sun actually came out
I am surrounded with family ,  the kitchen has been my friend all afternoon . The food was great , Lindsey did a good job. 13 people for supper
I hope to do some drawing either tonight or tomorrow , I feel that I have to get back to it soon
I prefer hiding in the bedroom every once and awhile , that is why I am writing this now
I showed Brynlee and my Brother my sketch for Th Three Sister’s Three , they like it

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Easter in Vancouver

The wind is blowing and it is cool outside actually quite a switch from Vernon.
The Quilt With No Name I left at home cause it is already to start quilting TQWNN is ready and waiting.It feels very strange to be away from home and my art work . I brought a few things with me to work on yet it is not the same . When I am at home almost every room contains some art project that I am working on . Basically I just go from one room to another . My quilting studio is the old dining room , I love where it is situated in the house cause I can close the door and it is very private and quiet
I think I am going to do some sketching today , I am hoping to come up with some good designs for my The Art of Drawing on Fabric kit that I am working on . I have a few but they are not doing anything for me at the moment . I also want to design some new Stain-glass quilt patterns . I have four that I will be putting them on my blog soon . Swan Lake , Iris , Double Your Blessings and Panda Reflections
Happy Easter

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