Jan 19 2012

Now, That’s Some Lace!


I’m sure you’ve all had one of those serendipitous events.  You know, you planned for one thing and it just wasn’t meant to be, but then you got to do or learn something you never would have done in a million years.

For me it was visiting the Lace Study Center at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia.  First, I wasn’t planning to be in Australia, and second, I’m not a lace person.  A little background: I’ve never been a lace person.  I remember when I was a little girl, if my mom bought me anything with lace, I’d get my scissors and cut it off.  No scratchy stuff for me!  Training bra with lace?  Get out the scissors.  Let me clear up another thing. The Powerhouse Museum isn’t a museum about electricity; the building was the former powerhouse.  It’s got a bit of everything.  My friend saw that there was a lace study center and wanted to see it.  Of course it wasn’t scheduled to be open—it was just a happy accident.  Now that place has some lace!  We must have spent hours pulling open the drawers , looking at all the pieces.  The volunteers were so generous with their knowledge, and we got quite an education.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Amazing Lace

I think if my mom had bought me a dress with the car lace on it, I would have let it stay. The second piece was part of the Powerhouse Museum 2nd International Lace for Fashion Award (2002, I think).  It was made with a hot glue gun.  Yep, you read that right—hot glue. I’m sure that would not have made me “itchy.”

Glue Lace

Which brings me to part two of this post.  Don’t ask me how, but somehow in my web surfing today, I ended up at the Lace Study Center website.  Wouldn’t you know, it’s time for the Lace Exhibition.  This time it’s called Love Lace. If you can’t get to Sydney this year, pop on over to the website and see the amazing pieces they’ve got on display.  If you find yourself hooked, like I was, watch the interview with the exhibition designers Camilla Block and Neil Durbach.  You’ll see not only the amazing pieces but the exhibition space. With portholes in the walls, the exhibition space is, like the lace it contains, an open-work structure.  But the sinuous walls make wonderful backgrounds for the shadows cast by these amazing pieces of art.  You’ll wish you had some of this lace in your home.


Jan 10 2012

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow


As we start this new year – and Kris’s 54th birthday today (whew!) – Deb started looking around for inspiration that will keep us happy and young. We can’t wait until we don’t have to explain our wardrobes or our love of boas (in the case of Deb) or all things pink (in the case of Kris). We’re already working on our advanced style! May 2012 be the best year yet! By the way, in the still below, Kris would be the one in red, and Deb would be the one in purple!

Jan 4 2012

Mapping the Family-Part I


The Toyamas pose with their quilt (if you click on the image!)

On January 18th, we are going to be teaching a workshop for the River City Quilters’ Guild based on the commission quilt we finished in October.  I just realized we had not posted a photo of the finished commission, so people who weren’t at the RCQG show or meeting wouldn’t know what we’re talking about.  I guess we didn’t post because we were waiting to have the quilt professionally photographed.  Well, we still haven’t, but we have an appointment with the photographer after the workshop.  In the meantime,  here is a bad snapshot of Mapping the Family.  We’ll tell you all about the name and the story behind the quilt in another post.  We just wanted to tempt you to take the workshop.  As of this post, there are still a few spots open, so if you want to join in on the fun, here are the details.

Watercolor Quilts with Batiks
Watercolor quilts are beautiful to look at and fun to make. Batik fabrics are stunning in their variety of pattern and color variations. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what kind of watercolor quilt you could create with batik fabrics? We’ve come up with a simple method of creating batik watercolor quilts that will allow you to focus on the technique of moving from one hue to another. The raw edges give these watercolor quilts a modern twist. In this workshop, we will create a 20” x 30” quilt made of 2 ½” batik squares.  So that you will spend your time creating, instead of cutting and fusing, you will be able to choose pre-cut, pre-fused squares to complete your quilt. Yep, we did the tedious work for you.   I guess it was really our way of getting “up close and personal” with all the fabulous batik fabrics.  I think we each said, “This one is my favorite,” about a hundred times.   Our comment about the other 80 or so was, “I don’t really like this one, but it will make a great transition between blue and brown.”  Visit the RCQG website for registration information.

If you just want to stop in to say hi, we’ll be the guest speakers at the RCQG meeting on Tuesday evening, January 17th.  Come along as we recount our story from our first collaboration to exhibiting in NYC. Learn how the River City Quilters’ Guild always seems to be there for us at critical moments.  Sentimental Journey: The Pixeladies and RCQG is a program of quilts, storytelling, and the role of local quilt guilds in the support of artists and entrepreneurs.