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A retired art teacher who has found a new life in fiber arts!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Art Quilters Around the World

    Every other month,  a blog that I have joined, Art Quilters Around the World, has a challenge given by various members.  The latest Challenge, which was due to be posted on July 31, is titled "Reuse, Recycle, Reduce".  One stipulation was to use only materials which we already had....no purchasing of anything new!! So one day when my daughter who is also a member of the AQATW was over, we were talking about what we were going to do. We went through a bunch of stuff I had leftover from other projects. And with her encouragement, I decided what I wanted to do.
      I used a block made for an exercise on color my studioQ group did a few years back, where we created a paper sketch then made a block of fabric from our sketch.  Then I had this big pile of fabric flowers I made for something else and had a whole bunch left over....combining the two I made my challenge quilt for the 3 R's!  For more great quilts made by my fellow art quilters around the world...click on the above link!
Paper sketch 
Block made from sketch
A pile of fabric flowers 
Start of my block for the 3 R's Challenge 
My final quilt for the Challenge- 3R's

Monday, July 28, 2014

Memory Monday #66

    Another really big highlight for the NYC trip was going to Radio City Music Hall! The whole group of us went to that!  How exciting was that!!  The premiere for "Marjorie Morningstar" was being held there....not the star-attended premiere, but Radio City was the only place in the world it was being shown for a short period...and WE got to be the first to see it...along with a few hundred others!
Poster from "Marjorie Morningstar"

From the 1950s
And the Rockettes...not exactly the costumes we saw because I'm pretty sure they had on hats of some kind
   Was that a thrill for all of us!!  And the perfect movie for a bunch of star-struck teenage girls. Natalie Wood at that time was one of our all time favorites! And many of us had read the book which made the whole experience even more meaningful!
Written in 1955

Monday, July 21, 2014

Memory Monday # 65

    Senior Trip to New York City...The Big Apple!! Other than the train trip to NYC, I really don't remember where we stayed, how we got from Grand Central Station to our hotel, etc. But I do remember a few isolated incidents...for example...Times Square!  we had heard about Times Square all our young lives but we thought it should be a "SQUARE".  We knew about squares...we had a square at home with our county court house in the middle!
    So to our surprise Times Square is a commercial location!!  It is kind of amazing that through the day, we had some free time to kind of do what we wanted within reason.  So shopping was a biggy for the girls. We were amazed by the racks of clothes being wheeled down the street...and the crowds...and the noise!  Thrilling for some...not so much for others...ME!  It was exciting, but still, being the shy country chick, it was not my favorite thing!!
Times Square...1050s
     I remember buying a pair of high heels...they were three inches high! And were beautiful...were fabric...flowers!  And I think I may have worn them once when I got back home! (I was 5'9" in high school so 3" heels were a bit extreme!)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Memory Monday # 64

    Senior Year...graduation!!  And now "adulthood" is upon us!  What a great time we all had that year!  In the 1950's only about 10% of a graduating class would go on to college.  Most would get jobs, join the military, or get married!
    But first...a few final flings! Each Senior class would have worked for four years, making money to help pay for the Senior Trip.  Our class of  exactly 100 students had made enough money (with a little fee for each from our parents) to go to NEW YORK CITY!  We were traveling from Springfield, Illinois to Grand Central Station, NY by train.  This was a pretty common school trip to make...and the trains had travel plans for these occasions!  We had two cars on the train...one for girls and one for boys!!  And for the probably  80 of us who went we would have had probably eight adult couples (16 total) to go as chaperones!  Most of these couples were our teachers and their spouses.
     We drove the 70 miles to Springfield on school buses...our parents seeing us off at the high school meeting place.  Now, this has been over 50 years ago so my memories of the entire trip are in bits and pieces!  This was the first train trip for most of us...we had packed lots of snacks to take...and we did eat in a diner car, but it seems like it catered to our age group, not the white table cloth/china and silver diners that come to mind of the era.
     And of course there was a lot of laughter and games and very little sleep!  When it was time to sleep...according to the chaperones...the girls were to stay in their car and the boys in theirs! Of course, sleep did not come but we did quiet down...because of the admonishment of the chaperones!  Previous plans had been made...how to get past them...and sometime in the night... a couple of we girls sneaked up to the boys' car...only because there was a heated game of poker going on...(no money involved)...before we had to split and we wanted to continue it!  That seemed to work pretty well...until we got caught!  One of my favorite teachers found us playing cards and really yelled at me!!!  I had never heard him raise his voice before....but in retrospect, I can see why he did!!!
A Passenger train from the '50s!
    Next week, I'll share a bit more of teenagers from rural America in New York City!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

studioQ June meeting

     My art quilters' group met today..last Monday in June.  We often meet at the Cabbage Rose quilt shop in Fort Worth, TX.  It is a lovely shop and just the nicest people there.  It just loaded with fabulous fabric, great sales, etc.. And they have a classroom that people like us can meet in when there is no scheduled class.  We will either do a potluck or go out for lunch after we do our "Show and Tell" and talking.
     Today, eight of our ten were at the meeting..everybody had a lot to talk about and a lot to show!  We have just a couple more of our Color Chip Challenge to do and today, we did the colors given to us by Susan.
Susan's color chips-top/ my fabric-bottom
My Process
My finished block-21"x 21"-I have plans to do a border in black and some wool applique .
Beth's paper rendition of color chip challenge

Rhonda's CCC

Heather's CCC

Wendy's CCC

Kay's CCC
And we had some other wonderful works of are too....Rhonda and I are doing quilts for the Modern Quilt Challenge, using Michael Miller selected fabric. And everybody else had various items to share.
     I am kind of working on a series..using squares...this one is "A Round Peg in a 
Square Hole"!
My first attempt of the Modern Quilt challenge...did not like it at all!  So I deconstructed it and...
..put it back together. I am happier with this  (sorry for the blurry pic!) ..will do some heavy duty quilting on it!

Rhonda's Modern Quilt Challenge

Heather showing a past CCC

And another past CCC by Heather

A colorful quilt by Kay

And Bethany with the start of a quilt
You can also see the great classroom Cabbage Rose has to share with patrons....and our potluck lunch on the table behind her!
     I love these gals!!!  They have really helped get me through some rough times whether they know it or not!!!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Memory Monday # 63

     Another big formal dance we had in the winter was the Sweetheart Ball.  This dance was sponsored by the FHA, (the Future Homemakers of America). We also had the FTA (Future Teachers of America) and the FFA (Future Farmers of America)...but this dance was the ladies night!!  It was kind of like a Sadie Hawkins' Dance because the girls would invite the boys!  Now back in the 1950's girls weren't as forward as today, so this was an accepted big deal...a chance for the girls to let their wishes be known!!!
     I wasn't really dating anyone special at that time...my personality was such that I had a LOT of good friends...boys and girls...but I was not really into romantic liaisons! My friends all insisted I invite someone to go...so I got up the nerve to ask a guy who had graduated a couple of years before me...he WAS really cute so a couple of weeks before the dance, my gal pals and I drove out to his house which was out in the country.
Illinois Snowstorm-1958
      It had been snowing all week..drifts everywhere, but we were persistent...as we got to his house, it was snowing and blowing like crazy!  We honked until he came out...my gal pals shoved me out of the car...he and I stood in the blowing wind and I asked him to go with me to the Sweetheart Ball!  He probably said yes just to get out of the weather!
      Actually we had a good time and he and I dated some that summer when he was home from college!  The year I asked him to the dance, he was going to a local college and living at home.
      Looking back and knowing how I HATE to drive in bad weather, I had forgotten how as teenagers, we were just like the Mailman..."Snow nor rain nor dark of night will keep us from our destination!" (or something like that!)

Friday, June 27, 2014

More Memories and Family Visits

     Last week my two daughters and I drove to Illinois...first stop, Pittsfield...to visit my brother and SIL.  Jack took us to a great restaurant on the Illinois River...so much fun! And great food!!
Corncob burner at restaurant which used to be an old mill
My two daughters right and left, my brother and sil, my cousin Fran in chair
     The next day my girls and I walked the town where I grew up and went down memory lane as I pointed out the sites to them!  We did eat breakfast at the Cardinal Inn and had grilled rolls (see earlier blog!) Then after lunch with Jack and Sandi, we drove north to my niece's house where we spent the night.  She had a cookout for us with all the family she could round up.
They have a lovely 8 acres with a stocked pond..catfish and bass..this one is going back after pictures!
Kids on pond with a paddle boat...a great vacation spot!!
     And a brunch the next morning with a couple more family members who could not make it the night before!
The six cousins
And more!  Not everyone was there but almost!
     Then we loaded back up and drove to my husband's home in Missouri.  His mother at 95 is still living so one of our main purposes in going back was to have a memorial service..a Celebration of Life...for him as his mother and many relatives and friends were not able to make it to the service we had here in Texas.
     My SIL and grandkids also drove up to meet us there...another fabulous time had by all!  That Saturday night, we all had dinner together then most of us went out to the farm where Dick had grown up.  My girls and I have a plan for the "Final Farewell Tour for Dick Dodds"...we have several containers of ashes to scatter and this is the first leg of the tour!  We drove up Walnut Hill in a couple of trucks...and walked part of the way to the top.  It was a beautiful evening...sunsetting as we got there...After a few words I scattered his ashes around; many of the kids had never been up there so I think it will be very memorable for them!  It was actually my favorite part of the whole weekend.

And six more cousins...other side of the family..a different generation!
    The next day, we held the service at a little country church...many family and friends were there.  There were classmates of Dick's from high school, friends from college, and my brother, Sandi and cousin Fran came over from Illinois....also many relatives and neighbors....a very nice afternoon. The minister of the church there...long time resident and  family friend...moderated a very meaningful service full of memories. We served light snacks afterwards so everyone could have a visit.
     We all headed back to my mother in law's apartment to change clothes and get some family pictures! That evening, we all headed to the Burger Bar...a favorite local stop for hamburgers and milkshakes/ice cream...a habitual visit every time! 

My MIL, Dorothy and her grandchildren
And with grandchildren and great grandchildren minus one!  One little guy just was not going to be in the picture!!!  It was getting late!!! And he was probably hungry!
     The next day, Marti and her family headed back to Texas and Andrea and I headed to Bentonville, Arkansas.  She had never seen Crystal Bridges so we decided to take a little detour...will blog about that later! Andrea also has written a blog about our trip from a little different perspective...you can see what she has to say by going to this link!