Monday, June 04, 2007

I have been working like a mad woman, these past couple of weeks, trying to get everything I could possibly get done prior to my shoulder surgery, which is 730 tomorrow morning.
The quilt below was made by Diann, one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet. She has been a volunteer in our family waiting area for the last several years. Recently she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I asked her if there was any way I might help, & she left this quilt top in my mail box at work. I took it home & quilted it, put a sleeve on the back,

sewed a heart button in the center of each of the star blocks,

& bound it with the green, & made the piping from the print. Diann was very happy with it.
My studio had gotten messier, & messier, until I got to a point, I just couldn't function in there.
These are my before pictures,
& my shame.
But between working days, & doctore appointments, I pecked away at getiing it reorganized, & cleaned up. The pink & turquoise bag under the ironing board is my bag all packed & ready for my over night stay in the hospital tomorrow night.

The yellow & red fabric on the chair in front of my felting maching, is a shibori piece that & bought in Seattle.
The table above still has a few things I need to sort through, but I've run out of steam, & need to get to bed before it gets much later, as I've got to get up at 445 in the morning to shower again, & get myself to the hospital, to get my block & be ready for the surgery.
I know I's said I was done with my vacation photos, but I'd forgotten about our stop in LaConner, at the quilt museum.

They were happy to allow me to take pictures.
The exhibit on the 2nd floor was a collaboration between Gewn Marston, & Freddy Moran.
The colors were bright & wild, & the quilts were a bit jarring, but fun.

There were lots of Madonnas present (& of course they made me think of Debra).

On the top floor was both my & Warren's favorite part of the exhibits. Marrianne Burr.
She was there, hand stitching another piece, & chatting with everyone. She was a very sweet lady, & her work was stunning. My very favorite pice was this white bowl, It was loaded with pearls & beads, & shi-sha mirrors (which I've always liked).
This red bowl was pretty too. The little red wooly balls added a lot of dimension.

The works exhibited were all made between 2004 & 2007 . She has completed & earned a City & Guilds diploma.

The majority of her work is hand stitching.

I loved her work. Now that really is all of my vacation!


Vicki W said...

I hope your surgery goes quickly and smoothly! You sewing room looks so cozy and fun and those pics from the museum are awesome! Thanks for sharing them.

Allison Ann Aller said...

You are one brave woman showing your studio "before" pictures! But the "after" shows what a stimulating place it must be to work in.
What you did with your friend's quilt was truly special...
Loved seeing the pics from the Connor..looks like they framed that crazy quilt, I wonder why?
Great seeing that lady's work too...

Will be thinking of you as you recover!

Dale Anne said...

I hope your surgery goes well Debra and you are home recuperating very soon....and back into your LOVELY studio!!!
I enjoyed all your vacation photos.

computerpeach said...

Thank you for reminding me about the quilt museum. I completely forgot that I want to see that before we move - it would be a shame to be so close to it and not even see it.

Barbara C said...

I hope your surgery goes well. Thanks for all the great eye-candy. Those madonnas are an inspiration.

Helen Suzanne said...

Dearest Deb, I haven't read blogs for ages so didn't realise you were heading for surgery. Take care of yourself and mend well - I'll be thinking of you.

Shirley Goodwin said...

Hope all went well and you're now recovering after a successful op. I thought your studio looked wonderful before!

I don't have dyslexia, but I often catch sight of a headline or something and read it wrong - then I'm always disappointed as the REAl words are never as interesting!

Jane Ann said...

My, my, what a jam-packed post! First, the quilt you finished for your friend is a double gift to her--the quilt and your devotion to it.

Second, I can't believe the museum let you photograph the Marston/Moran quilts. The AQS Museum in Paducah wouldn't let me. :-(

Third, I hope all went well in surgery and that you're already on the road to recovery.

Micki said...

I hope the surgery was a success and wish you a speedy recovery. You did a wonderful job on Dianns quilt. Marianne's work is just stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Granny Fran said...

Thinking about you and hope you are recuperating quickly and fairly painlessly. Wonderful blog today full of so much beauty!

Rian said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hope everything went well and your shoulder will be all better now.

Dianne said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery after your surgery, so we can see lots more of your lovely work. Great pics form the museum - I think my favourite would be the cream bowl too - it's gorgeous!!