Hold that Take Down….

July 5, 2009

"Be" the water fairy

BE, the Water Fairy, 18″ tall
Doll Challenge

Funny incident happened when we went to take down our Art of Cloth” show this past Thurs.

I had just taken one piece down when a few ladies came wondering in apologizing and begging us to not take down the show till they had a chance to walked it.

Apparently they got the date wrong for viewing. So the five of us stood back and the 3 ladies had the place to themselves. They stayed for about 45 minutes, really studying pieces, talking amongst themselves and asking each of us questions about certain pieces.

We let them take as much time as they needed. They were very pleased and congratulated us on a “fine show”.

Now how cool is that?


See ya next time “In the Hayloft”


Gallery Opening Reception

June 14, 2009

art of cloth

I am so pleased with the very successful gallery showing we had Friday night. Jean, DeLane, Christine, Judy and I had a blast!

It was the first showing for most of us and we are very proud of the work we accomplished. It was a bit strange watching people walk around looking at our work and actually discussing what caught their eye, knowing that I was part of what they had come to see. I was absolutely fascinated by the fact that people wanted to see AND actually showed up to see our art.

Thank you to everyone who came out to cheers us on and thanks also to all the well wishers who couldn’t make it, we felt your love and support from far away.

Now I suppose you want to see some pics huh? I have to tell you that I didn’t get many pics (was too busy looking around and talking) so there are only a few.

Well, as they say, on with the show….

jean wall

Some of Jean’s work…..as she describes her work, it’s a twist on the traditional….


delane wall

Pieces from Delane….and her feet quilt got quite a bit of attention. It’s fantastic close up…..


christine wall

Christines work…wish I got a close-up of the piece on the right…it a great landscape with lots of depth…..


judy wall

Judy’s pieces reflect nature in it’s finest, the black and white is a large painted one….


my wall w fam

I rarely show pics of my family but this is the only one where you can see my work.I will head back to the gallery in a few days to take some more pics. It was hard trying to get some good ones that night cause I either forgot to click away or couldn’t get a good enough angle.

My art quilts are in the background and the journals I am way too crazy about these days are on a pedestal in front of me. And of course, you can see the outfit I finally chose to wear….everyone said it looked very “arty”. Colours were definitely me.

BTW, that’s hubby, my daughter and my youngest son in the pic. Oldest son had disappeared to somewhere else by then.


The Round Robin (RR) Challenge….this RR was a little bit different. We each cut up a 24 x 36 sheet into what ever shape we chose but only containing 5 pieces. Then the whole thing rotated and each person made a section. We did not have to put it back together the same way and you can see that DeLane (the jacket) and I (lower right corner) chose to use our sections in……let’s say, different ways. Love how each piece turned out.

jean doll delane jacket

Jean’s doll “Rose” from the doll challenge and a close-up of DeLane’s challenge jacket from the RR challenge….



And some the the guest mingling around.

The show will be hanging at Lincoln Cultural Center till July 3rd so please take a moment to go and see it. If you so choose to travel from afar to see out work then by all means come on down…hee hee.

Will be posting more pics son, I’d like to show more close-ups of our work. Thanks for stopping by.



See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,

addendum: does anyone know how to get the pics to enlarge when you click on them…there seems to be no ryhme or reason why my pics are sometime clickable in my posts. The pics in this post are not unfortunately.

First Bit of News

May 17, 2009

These last few months have been very busy for me. An art group I belong to has a gallery showing coming up in June and I’ve been busy making some new pieces and working on our most recent group challenge. This one is big and oh so very cool even if I say so myself.

I’m so excited! This will be my first gallery show and you betcha I’m darned excited. We are each busy finishing up loose ends and getting the news out.

If you are in the area and would like to attend (which I just know you’re aching to do). The show  entitled “The Art of Cloth” will hang at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton, NC (403 E Main Street), Our pieces will hang from June 3rd to July 2nd.

Opening repception is  June 12th at 6:30 p.m. We’d love to have you join us then. 

Also, I have finished my first newsletter and will be sending that out within the next few days. If you are not on my email list and would like to join and have a hunkering to get my newsletter send me an email at: grace (at) redbarn-studio (dot) com. (sorry, this is not a link).

Do you know the reason most people are writing their emails like this now?. If it’s written as a link then lovely spammers, (who BTW only have our best interest at heart…yeh right!) send out feelers to store your email addy and send you loads of yucky stuff you would never have need for especially if you are female….wink, wink. 

And would you believe I have more news to come….but I have to upload some more photos for that post. Stay tuned.


See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,

March 1, 2009

FAB Work

Some exciting news….my art group, FAB, has a gallery showing in June where we will each be showcasing our own work and the group challenges we have all worked on.

We recently decided to do a collaborative art cloth challenge. We would each make 24 small art quilts, decide which ones we would use and stitch them together to make one large piece.

We originally started last August with over 4o yds of fabric we hand dyed in two colours….fuchia and turquoise and all the shades of the two mixed. Our next two sessions were overdying and surface design.

After that it was up to each of us to just have at it, using any techniques we chose…..the only no-no was we were not allowed to use any realistic images in any one piece.


I struggled for a bit trying to see what my muse told me about these fabrics.  Finally over a 5 day span I finally found my mojo and came up with these 17 pieces (above).

At our monthly meeting last month we brought all the pieces we had finished thus far. All I can say is Wow…..what a job we have accomplished!


I am so proud of what we have done with this challenge and  can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I will be posting details about our gallery showing closer to the date.  If you are in the area we’d love to have you join us for the opening reception.

See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,

A Special Handmade Journal

December 20, 2008


I had to let you see the journal that started it all.

The one I made a for a very special friend. She was my pick for the FAB secret Santa gift exchange (BTW, this one measures 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) .

For the journal’s cover and inner lining I used two different rust batik fabrics that cover hard binder boards on the inside.


Judy’s journal contains 4 signatures ( see I know bookbinding speak now…cool huh?), filled to the brim with beautiful writing paper, 90 lb water colour paper (cause I know she loves to paint), 70 lb bristol drawing paper and funky scrapbook papers.


The signatures are hand sewn to the spine and, for fun, I tied a fringe of colourful ribbons to the stitching  and glued down four large beads  on the front.


The journal when closed is wrapped with a caramel coloured suede cording attached at the back cover. Love this kind of closure!

I so hope she enjoys using it cause I sure had fun making it for her.

Happy Journaling !

See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,