The show yesterday was really good, well worth the drive. I must make a point of attending more of these small galleries. The gallery is two white walled rooms in a large factory. No immediate roof to the rooms, white walls about 8 feet tall, a couple of big factory size windows and old, rough wooden floors. Excellent setting.
It was a multi media presentation by several artists who all have studios in the building. All the work was based on the building itself. One of the favourites was the olden wooden staircase in the centre of the building. There were acrylic painting, manipulated photos, as well as needlework that depicted the steps and the huge red fire door that could be rolled across to close it off. Sorry I don't have pictures, I didn't think it was proper to take them.
I have mentioned my online group, the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild before. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary. A couple of the members have been working on celebration activities. I really enjoy working on group projects, even when we are challenged by distance. Our BOM (block of the month program) being an ongoing one.
While shopping two weeks ago I came across a terrific sale and bought 6 yards of this heart printed fabric. The piece shown to the left if approximately 13 inches by 13 inches. I made the offer to the group, sight unseen, that I would send a piece to each member who wanted, they are to use the fabric to make a 12 1/2 inch block and mail it back to me. I will then draw the name of a winner of the blocks.
The response has been wonderful. 26 ladies have signed up to join in the fun. We did this once before and received amazing blocks. Oh, I should show you that fabric. It was a Mediterranean type fabric. The second picture shows that fabric. I think that piece is about 18 inches wide by 10 inches tall. Following are the blocks that were submitted, all measure 12 1/2 inches unfinished.
I still have lots of fabric and would like to spread the fun even further. I will send out pieces of fabric to 4 readers who post a comment about this project and who go to my profile, find my email and send me a private message with their mailing address. International involvement is encouraged. After you have made your block, be sure to create a post in your blog with a link to mine and we'll show off the results. Of course you get to keep your block. If you are in Canada, you can join the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild and have the chance to win a share of the blocks (there will be enough blocks for at least 2 winners).
I did get a bit of work done on the Nautical quilt, but no new picture. I was mainly doing little bits here and there so that I could roll it again.