Today, our month long holiday treats at work, started with this cute cake pop. I didn't eat it because I thought it was so cute and had to save it to put on my blog. Sara made this reindeer cake pop and now has set the bar pretty high for the rest of us. I have to get my cookbooks out and start my search. I have a week to think of something. If anyone has ideas, I'm all ears!
elinor peace bailey was in Seward, Nebraska at the Udder Store to teach a class on making crows. I wasn't able to participate in the class, but I heard it was lots of fun. elinor's classes are always fun and inspirational. I did get to see some of elinor's most recent projects. She was working on the bag below. The front on the bag has some of her drawings on fabric. The top of the bag she used a knitted felted scarf.
I love how she uses doilies and bits and pieces of trim and lace. Everything she makes is colorful and cheerful. It was fun to hear the customer's comments and elionor telling them, you can't be afraid to make a mistake. You just have to try.
elinor was making a dove out of an embroidered dresser scarf she purchased at a second hand store. I thought it turned out great and gave it new life, but there was discussion on the black eyelashes. They were removed and elinor even covered all the black embroidery. It was fun to see her work through her process of making the dove.
Below is a photo of Roxann O'Hare. She is one of the shop owners along with her husband, Rich, at the Udder Store in Seward, Nebraska. It is the sister shop of the Cosmic Cow in Lincoln, Nebraska. Roxann was very busy the whole day, except at the end of the day when she got to work on her icicles. She is going to have icicles in the shop windows in January.
elinor painted Rich's work boots. Now they are a giant pincushion and tool holder.
elinor always has a sketchbook. She uses old books and turns them into works of art. I always enjoy looking at them. Her drawings are so fun. We are so lucky Nebraska is one of elinor's favorite places to visit. Every time she comes I'm inspired!!
My sister and I ran a 5K this morning called the Turkey Trot, before Thanksgiving dinner. Connie ran a good race and I trotted along. I did have an improvement on my time. My finishing time was 31:34 and my average mile was 10:11. There were a lot of runners dressing in costumes. My favorite was a family dressed in turkey costumes and the dad was dressed as a hunter. Other runners were dressed in aprons and carried wire whisks and another group had a craft evening and sewed turkeys on their shirts. Lots of ideas for next year!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne Wells. Some of her quilts are currently on display at the International Quilt Study Center. She was in Lincoln to do a special showing of her Seven Deadly Sins. The first and least deadly of the sins is "Lust," created in July 2005. There's a cow in the upper right of the quilt that is the animal symbol for lust (Maybe because they have such long eyelashes).
Yvonne talked about how she started making quilts in 1979. They were putting an addition on their house and the fireplace wasn't putting out enough heat. She was cold, so she made a quilt to keep her warm. The kind of quilt you start in the morning and use at the end of the day.
Yvonne has had no training in quilting. She says it doesn't matter to her, and what you see is what you get. Her quilting has served her well.
Above are two of her social/political quilts. One of them is a quilt about her first trip to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty. The quilt is called, Being in Total Control of Herself. The second quilt is called, Civil Rights in the South.
Below are some of her religious quilts. Moses brought the ten commandments from the mount and the crucifixion. Yvonne is a religious person and most of her quilts have three triangles, or like in the seven deadly sins, there were three birds. This symbolizes the Trinity.
When Yvonne looked at the Noah's Ark quilt, made in 1988, she smiled and said this is one of my favorite quilts. She pointed out that Noah has already got is wife in the ark and the last of the animals are coming.
She loaned her Michael Jackson quilt to the Quilt Center for the Quilted Messages exhibit. The quilt is so timely right now, with Michael Jackson's doctor's trial in the news. It was very colorful, and fun to hear her tell the story of the quilt and all the symbols in the quilt.
Yvonne talked about using what she had on hand, what people have given her, and finding something on a walk she could use in her quilts. In the Michael Jackson quilt, she used one of her skirts on the top of the quilt. She thought it was perfect for Neverland Ranch. She said she uses anything see can stick a needle in and can be used to tell a story.
I loved her self portrait quilt. It was so bright it just popped out. I thought it was beautiful! It's full of symbols and says a lot about Yvonne. The quilt shows her desire to create and her mind is ever changing. Fabric satisfies her and celebrates her heritage.
The last quilt is called, Going Home. She told her story about this quilt, explaining how lots of times kids are part of a group and get into things they shouldn't, but hopefully in time a person will decide it's time to go home and not be part of the group any more. You don't have to follow the crowd. Do the right thing.
I was honored to hear the stories behind Yvonne Wells' quilts. It's true, every quilt has a story. Yvonne said she can look at her quilts and remember how she felt at the time she was making the quilts. It had been a long time since she had seen the quilts in the collection, now on display at the International Quilt Study Center, and she was touched to see them again. The Nebraska Humanity Council brought in Yvonne Wells to talk about her quilts and I'm so thankful I got to meet her! She is a true artist.
I've been working on my cow from Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland's book, Out of the Box with Easy Blocks. I used black and white fabric from Kensington for Quilted Treasures and Floral Fusion by Maywood Studios. I cut out and hand appliqued the flowers and stems my cow is eating. The floral fabrics I purchased on my bus trip I took in September. I purchased the floral fabrics at the Quilt Shop in Wakefield, Nebraska. The cloud fabric I also purchased in Wakefield.
Next, I'm going to work on making the letters to go around the cow. I was inspired by a children's poem by Robert Louis Stevenson about cows.
My cow all black and white,
I love with all my heart,
She eats the meadow flowers,
and walks among the grass.
That's a lot of letters. It will take me a while and I have to figure out how big to make them so each line fits on a side of the quilt.
I purchased these buttons for eyes a couple of weeks ago. I got them at half price, and I was happy because they were a bit expensive at regular price. I'm still searching for the buttons for my cow's udder. They need to be just as special.
Below are the pumpkins and gourds I received in my fall swap from Mary Lou's yahoo group. I'm really pleased with them and I have to think about how I'm going to use them. They are all really beautiful. I know I'm going to make a fall quilt, so I can use it longer in the season. Thank you so much to my group members, I love them!! And, a big thank you to Molly Evangelisti in California for organizing the swap!
I have been making two ornaments to give away this weekend at a Pre-Holiday event. I've made the owl before using the pattern from Robyn at Daisy Quilts and I think they are really fun to make. I also made a flower like ornament inspired by Sue Spargo. They are both made out of wool and I only used embroidery floss to embellish them.