Here and There: Works by the Manhattan Quilt Guild

Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson

Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson0

The National Quilt Museum is holding this gorgeous exhibition by the Manhattan Quilt Guild from August 12th to November 15th 2016.

I am very drawn to this quilt Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson. Not sure if it is the repetition of shapes, the colour choices, the off center design, the overlay of lines, or the whole kit and caboodle. Likely the latter!

Just a lovely piece.

ArtReach Gallery, Portland, OR

Fabrications opened at the ArtReach Gallery in downtown Portland. The pieces for the show were selected from quilts made by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.

Two of my fractal quilts are showing at the Fabrications exhibition.The Cliffs of Progress and Lydia. Both are fractal based designs.

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

The Festival of Quilts 2016

The Festival of Quilts, UK

The Festival of Quilts, UK

I remember when this quilt show was held at the Alexandra Palace in North London. Now it’s at the NEC in Birmingham. I’ve been to both venues and enjoyed spending the day at each.

The Festival is on from 11th to 14th August. I love the European wording – Patchwork and Quilting show. In America we don’t use the patchwork bit so much.

Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore

Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore

This year the SAQA exhibition ‘Celebrating Silver‘ is showing. This is such a fun piece – Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore.

Lemon Zest Bracelet

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Going through my bag of finished beadwork I found this cute, colourful bracelet. It was made for the annual My Lovely Beads Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest in 2013.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

It is 7¾” long from end to end. It is fastened with a folding circle which slips through the end loop and then opens up to hold the bracelet together.

Made with seed beads and emerald glass crystals using cubic right angle weave and brick stitch.

Bead Storage

Beaders spend a great deal of time trying to organise and store their beads. Various companies have produced every kind of box, container, tray etc. Some of which I do use. However, I find the simplest solution is to put similar coloured and sized seed beads in the pockets of a see through over-the-door shoe rack. This way I can see what shades I am missing – ie. at the moment there’s a gap in neutral colours. I think when I go to bead trade shows or shops I get drawn into the ‘gimmee, gimmee bright colours’ and forget they really shine against a neutral.

On one side of the door I keep the size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. On the other I put the size 15/0 which I often use and have many more than the larger sizes.

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

I’m not kidding – this system really works for me. I can stand in front of the rack and easily pick out the colours for a project. AND, I can make a note of missing colours. Aha – another good excuse to buy more beads!

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

I have a feeling I may have already posted this bracelet before I rewrote my website. So apologies if you’ve seen this before.

Of course, you can never get enough of a good thing!

This bling bracelet is made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Cubic right angle stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. The bracelet is 7¼” long from end to end.

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Making Our Mark opening at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, Oregon

Fractal Ribbons by Rose Rushbrooke

Fractal Ribbons by Rose Rushbrooke

Haven’t been to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon before so this was a bucket list place to go. It was the opening of our High Fiber Diet group show ‘Making Our Mark’. I managed to squeak in my piece ‘Fractal Ribbons‘.

Long way out there – right out in the country. Definitely a destination place. It was lovely for me to see all the pieces together. Mainly because I have been a member of this group for over a year and haven’t seen very many of the artists’ pieces. For once I could pore over each quilt for as long as I wanted.

The fun part was looking for the ‘mark’. Which is a design we all had to incorporate into our pieces. Sometimes not so easy to find!

I snapped some pix of all the pieces. Not best quality as taken on a phone but does give a good idea of how this ‘neutral’ exhibition looked.

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Truthfully can say I didn’t have a favourite quilt. They were all really cool – and I’m not just saying that!

Portland Bead Society traveling exhibition – Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Blue Segment”

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

The Portland Bead Society has an annual challenge. Once all the pieces are in, judged, and awarded, then they go on display. This year the show is going to 8 libraries. Have a look at the slideshow of pieces entered.

Here is a description of the theme and a list of where the show will be displayed.