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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yellow Stuff

What would we do without our rotary cutters? "Back in the day" we cut each piece with a scissors, and often not too accurately. With a rotary cutter all straight line (or gently curved) pieces are cut precisely and quickly. Let me emphasize quickly because, in a moment, this razor sharp tool can become a hazard.

Recently I was--unwisely--rotary cutting while watching a favorite HGTV show. What's the rule? Never take your eyes off the cutter when you're using it. Well, I violated that rule and paid the price with a deep slice to my index finger and nail. My neighbor, who is a nurse, patched me up and declared it would not require stitches.

So this is simply a public announcement for safety first . . . and gratitude for how efficient rotary cutters are when used properly!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rare Birds

I am pleased to announce that Rare Birds received third place in the Art Whimsical category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston! The show runs this week Nov 3-6.

As part of a group that meets monthly to network, share and critique our work, I have learned so much from the talent and vision of these gifted quilt artists. Wanting to highlight the unique character of each one, I chose to depict our group as whimsical birds. From left to right we are:

Each bird has unique character:
Denise is drawn to native American art in her painted figurative quilts.
I like yellow and have a sewing background.
Annette loves purple and is a figurative painter.
Beth hosts our group, is an RN and cat lover.
Ann likes coneflowers, gingko leaves and her cat, Oreo.
Robbi is known for her brightly colored gear quilts.

That's the tip of the iceberg, but it gives you a peek at these rare birds. Google their names and you will learn much and be inspired on their websites.