Saturday, August 18, 2018

When in LaGrange...

If you ever find yourself in LaGrange, Texas, a visit to the Quilt Museum is definitely worthy of a stop.  Located about an hour’s drive southeast of Austin, the current exhibit through September is a collection of quilts by one of my favorite quilt designers, Sue Garman.   I had the privilege of meeting Sue and attending one of her workshops a few years ago.  Bob generously took me on a road trip Friday and it was a wonderful day.

The museum does not allow visitors to take photographs, but the staff will take one picture of each visitor in front of any quilt they choose.  Some of my favorites were hung from the ceiling and I couldn’t get close to them, but I finally chose this one.

Sadly, Sue died in January, 2017.   Information about her life and work can be seen at this link on The Quilt Show site.  If you click on the Smilebox link at the bottom of the page, you can see pictures of her studio beginning with slide #14.

Her quilts can be seen at the Come Quilt site.

As a side note:  LaGrange’s other claim to fame was the Chicken Ranch which ceased operations in 1973 and is now in ruins.  It was the inspiration for the musical “Best Little Whore House in Texas.”

Today I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to see this lovely quilt collection in person.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Change of Direction

Other projects, including my hexagons, have been set aside while I work on an applique section of my guild’s next donation quilt.  

It’s been a long time since I did any applique, let alone something with shapes this challenging.  I’ve been making test pieces of some of the units before using a Kaffe fabric for the actual project.  We were given our choice of any hand-applique technique.  My preference is prepared edge rather than needle turn.

Fifteen more anti-ouch pouches went to the guild meeting with me yesterday.  I’m closing in on my goal of 100 this year.