May 29 2013

Quilt National Part II


Here it is, our Quilt National entry. It’s called “American Still Life: The Weight of the Nation”:


You can click on the thumbnail to see the larger image. We wanted to create a still life. It seems as if every artist tries at one time or another to create a still life, but we were faced with a dilemma: how to create a still life that our generation would understand. Well, we decided that people would understand a still life that dealt with our American eating habits and their consequences: diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. Our label reads: No the irony was not lost on the artists who a) were able to use the labels from the food they ate themselves and b) met each other about 50 lbs. ago . . . each!


Deidre Adams took this photo of us at the opening. We were pretty excited to see our work hanging in the exhibition. It does look different in a gallery setting. Click here to go to Deidre’s blog and view more images.


One of our favorite coincidences of the opening (and there were many) was the opportunity to hang out with new friends and speak German for an evening. We enjoyed some after-dinner cocktails and great conversation with  Brigitte Kopp and Rita Merten, two of the QN artists. Wow! They had thought-provoking work in the exhibition. We were joined by Rita’s husband, Ulli. What fun to talk about art and hear different perspectives from artists working in different countries. We’d like to brag that we closed the place down, but let’s face it, they kicked us out at 11 pm, so it’s not like we broke any records. We’ll post about our favorite pieces from QN ’13 in our next post.


May 28 2013

Book Giveaway – We Have A Winner!


We had fun reading what people would wrap in a furoshiki. We randomly drew a winner. Congratulations to Sharon, who said: “I would wrap my daughter’s birthday present, because I know when she gives me mine she would reuse it to wrap my present!” Hey, that sounds good to us! Our favorite wrap is the two-bottle wrap – so fast, so easy, so beautiful! We hope you continue to have fun using furoshiki for wrapping gifts and everyday items. Click here if you want to order your own copy from Amazon.

This two-bottle wrap is using one of our designs

This two-bottle wrap is using one of our designs

May 23 2013

Road Trip to Quilt National Part I


We made it to Pendleton, IN after spending an hour on the tarmac in Chicago, trying to avoid getting hit by lightening. We are spending a great time with our dear friend, Sherry Boram, enjoying a relaxing stay before the hullabaloo starts in Athens, OH. And what better way to start than with food.



Yes, Good’s Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Store is fabulous! We got to sample the Hawaiian lava salted caramel chocolates. Yes, we have some for the road. Yes, we’re saving the double chocolate nutty fudge cake ice cream for dessert! But, gee whiz, dinner won’t be for a few hours, so Sherry insisted we eat a bite for lunch at the best bbq in Indiana!



And we didn’t even have to leave the car! And how fun was it to just chow down at Fall Creek in the middle of town.


And staying at Sherry’s is like living in an art museum. Here is one little sample of art postcards she collects:


We don’t want to leave!! However, we get to come back on our way home from Quilt National. We’ll post again soon!


May 20 2013

Celebrate Radio And Win A Book!


Our segment on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio is today! You can listen live at 4 p.m. ET or wait for the recording to be posted. Click here to listen. We had so much fun chatting with Pat Sloan, that we wanted to celebrate the show with you. Pat asked us a lot of questions about our book, Furoshiki Fabric Wraps: Simple, Reusable, Beautiful.

Furoshiki means "bath spread"

Furoshiki means “bath spread”

She was very intrigued with the idea of taking a square of fabric (you can tell she knows her audience well!) and wrapping it just right to carry a boatload of stuff. And, if you wrapped just right, you could carry the boat, too! Anyway, we’d love to know what you would want to wrap up. Just leave a comment on what you would wrap up by Monday, May 27, 2013. We’ll draw a name from all the entries and give away a copy of our book. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!


May 14 2013

Tech Tuesday: Try The Radio!


We just finished taping our segment for next Monday’s edition of American Patchwork and Quilting Radio. We hope you’ll “tune” in then. Okay, so it’s not your grandparents’ radio. You can listen to the show live via your computer, listen to previous broadcasts, or download different shows via iTunes (for free!).

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio PixieLadies guest

So, what was it like to tape a radio show, you ask? Well, Pat Sloan, the host, is a professional. We had already exchanged a number of emails before the show and knew exactly what she was going to talk about. All the technical details were spelled out, and we were called promptly. A good model to follow. Did we spill any beans about all the skeletons in our closets? Well, no, but we did talk about the fabric stash we have there! And come back on Monday – we’ll have a surprise for you!