Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

Posted March 10th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Birds, Christmas, Exhibitions, Garden, Other Artists, Quilt Events, Teaching

eri Kellett’s amazing “Stars with Flair” adapted from a pattern by Christine Kennedy.  Quilted by Deborah Norris

Best of Show, “Flowers for Jacob” by Melanie Paul honors the memory of her beloved Great Pyrenes, Jacob.

“Christmas Garden” by June Alston.  June began with Valori Wells’ “Wrenly” collection in Christmas colors.  When she saw the “Paducah Pickle Dish” pattern by Kathryn Patterson, she decided fabric and pattern were a match.  I think she’s right!

Donna Hartenstine’s “Staring Contest with an Italian Grasshopper”, my favorite in the “Postcards from the Garden” guild challenge.

Below, is Danielle Barr’s “Some of My Favorite Things”

Patti Bethune’s “Flower Power” was awarded “Best Use of Color”

I spent a delightful afternoon at my guild’s annual show, Through the Garden Gate. I wasn’t chairing a committee this year nor had I entered a quilt.  It was great to be able to stroll through the show, taking it all in, visiting with friends.  The Charlotte Quilters’ Guild is loaded with talent, as you can see.  Watch for more photos tomorrow!

Susan Edmonson’s “Twigs and Tweets”

Posted March 10th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Birds, Exhibitions, Other Artists, Quilt Events, Uncategorized, Vintage

Susan holds a copy of her book, “Twigs and Tweets”

Charlotte Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show, “Through the Garden Gate”

My super talented friend Susan Edmonson has a new book!  “Twigs and Tweets” is hot off the press.  It features 15 of Susan’s designs plus options for more.  As you can see from her booth display, Susan is super talented with a delightful, whimsical folk-art sense of style.  Her things are unique, equisitely detailed and full of surprise.

Passionate Roots by Susan Edmonson.

Her words:  “This mixed media book was created for my “Stitched with Creativity” retreat from 2012.  My inspiration was from all that the trees have to teach us.””

I’ve known Susan for well over 25 years.  We met through our quilt guild, but became friends when I was a dealer at the antiques fair, and Susan was my best button customer.

Along with friend Kristie Steiner, Susan hosts an annual “Stitched with Creativity” retreat.  For further information on the retreats or Susan’s new book, contact her here:  sedmonson@windstream.net or visit her website:  http://susanedmonsondesigns.com/ Read more about Susan in this recent article from The Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/17/3603194/susan-edmonson.html


Posted March 8th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Garden, Other Artists

Have an old window?

I saw this on a recent trip to our Habitat for Humanity store.  The orchid photos are framed in an old six-pane window!   How cool is that?

The beautiful purples and greens work well together, and of course I’ve always loved that acid green wall color.  What inspires you?


Posted January 9th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in My Photography, Other Artists, Uncategorized

Sunset near Lake Norman

In going through picture files on my computer today, I found a photo I hadn’t posted.  I’d been shopping the day it was taken, and came out of the store just in time to catch this shot.  Luckily, I had my good camera with me.

One of my goals for 2013 is to become an at least competent photographer.  I know I have neither the talent nor the training to be really good, like DH and the kids (click on  http://mattandsuzie.com/ or http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=28734 )  but I’d love to have a better batting average than 2 or 3 good shots out of a hundred.  The only way to get there is to shoot, shoot, shoot.

Bartered Art

Posted March 12th, 2012 by Ellen and filed in Other Artists

Mixed Media Pin by PJ Howard created completely from recycled materials

I’ve long admired the fun and quirky work of fiber artist PJ Howard.    In chatting with PJ, recently,  I told her I’d always wanted to buy a piece of her art.  Minutes later she handed me the above pin.  I love it and  don’t know how she knew my favorite color is purple!  She wouldn’t let me buy the pin,  but asked for a handkerchief from my vintage textile collection in return.  “Printed or white and lacy?” I asked.  :White and lacy” was the response.  White and lacy it shall be.

To read more about PJ and the fiber art group to which she belongs, click here: