Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Our Quilt is going to America!

Whoa, life has got a bit crazy lately and is unlikely to recover for a couple of weeks.

The quilt Janice and I made for the Human Rights Challenge, (which won one of 2 awards and which you can read about on this blog) is currently being exhibited in Parliament until the end of next week. I attended the opening reception on Monday evening, very nice (Bellamy's does a very nice line in nibbles, including a 'melt in the mouth' beef fillet steak bite.) I found out that the two winning quilts are being sent to the USA to the State University of Michigan Museum's upcoming exhibition called "Quilts and Human Rights" (Jan 15 to May 15, 2008.) What a lovely surprise for us! Apparently we were supposed to already know about this, but due to a glitch in an email addy the correspondence got sent into the ether, never to return! Now all I have to do is win Lotto on Saturday!!

I have my rookie quilt class to teach tomorrow night and I need to buy a new iron to replace the one that died last week.

It is Cotton On Quilters' end of year meeting on Saturday and I want to hunt out some decorations for the lunch.

I haven't done my junior reports which are due Friday.

I haven't done 2 lots of marking which are not urgent but need to be done by the end of this week (ahem maybe the beginning of next week - the reports have a higher priority!)

Saturday of next week I am travelling to Wellington again to meet up with Linda from Canada, who is visiting New Zealand and who I am taking on a quilty shopping trip. We have only 'met' on-line so it will be fun to meet up in person.

After that it will be the last week of term and Junior Prizegiving and then I need to give my house a cleaning blast. That'll take us up to Christmas.

Somewhere in there my son (he of honey bunch fame) needs to have a 17th birthday celebration of some kind.

As for quilting content, I have:

(a) finished the letters for my Lazy Gal Winter Class quilt:
(b) done a test block for Cotton On Quilters' new banner:
Isn't this a cool block? Janice designed it for us on EQ6. My test block doesn't look very square. I think its the way I smoothed it onto the design wall. One down, 47 to go!

(c) finished the third applique test block using the ladder stitch method. Can't show you a photo 'cos Im soaking it to try and get out the supposedly washable kids' felt pen - well, what do I expect with red I ask myself. I'll have to get the napisan out to see if that will help. As far as the method goes I found it took me twice as long as the freezer paper method. Maybe because the daisy flower shape has 8 inward curves. No hand applique method is going to be quick, I suspect.

Well, that is enough content for about 4 post's worth. You are getting it all at once 'cos I know I wont get blogging again until at least next week (see above!)


CONNIE W said...

How lovely that your quilt is coming to America. Congratulations!

Janice said...

Just a wee clarification - I didn't design the block, I designed the banner. Was the block hard to make up? did you have to starch it to glory?

kirsty said...

Hey cool! Your quilt is so powerful, Helen. I saw it again in the article in the current issue of Quilter's Companion (which I bought out of self-interest because one of mine is in it in an ad!). Hope that Lotto ticket comes good :)

meggie said...

Wow, you deserve the Lotto win!
Congratulations on your very powerful quilt. I am always amazed at how very strong women can be, once they realise they can be free!

Nellie's Needles said...

It's wonderful that quilt is "on tour". I hope it continues to find venues of exposure. Well done!

Shelina said...

Congratulations on your quilt tour. It is deserving of the honor.
That is a pretty block, and a pretty banner.
I hope you have a great time at the class and the year end quilters meeting.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Hi Helen
I'm so pleased for you to hear that your quilt has made such an impact. I watched the progress of the quilt when you were making it, and remember thinking how brave you were to get that stuff from your past "out there". Good for you, and I hope that the whole process has helped you to put that part of your life in perspective, because I don't think you are that person anymore.

teodo said...

HAPPY 2008 - FELICE 2008

ciao ciao