Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Quilt Studio Tour

Studio tours are such fun. Everyone has their own way of organizing things and it's fun to learn from them.

For now, I am just going to post the photos so that at least you can see them. I'll add captions when I have more time.

Our first stop was Barbara Gonce's house.  Unfortunately, I had no time to take photos of her gorgeous yard and greenhouse. I'll have to go back and do that another time.

After breaking into car-pool groups at Woodman Hall, our car full headed for Barbara Gonce's studio. We started in the basement to see her marvelous fabric storage area but I was so busy looking at fabric I forgot to get out my camera. In the following photo we are upstairs in her sewing room.

Yes, we even went into the Master Bedroom and examined the quilt on the bed!  There is an interesting story to this quilt too which barb will have to add to the post for you.

Now we enter Joanne Bryant's home and studio space.

Joanne uses small containers (above) to organize and keep separate the many little pieces cut for a such as Double Wedding ring. Whatever the pattern, it was a  great idea to help sort so many small pieces and keep them in line.  Otherwise, you know what mischief such small pieces of fabric can get into when your back is turned.

Above is her drop leaf cutting table on wheels from Koala. There is a drawer at each end PLUS a storage cabinet!  This I MUST look into!

Her very friendly kitty who was more than willing to have his belly rubbed by any willing hand. Quite unusual for a cat.

So much lovely art to look at in everyone's homes!

Loved the "sewer's" jacket. I assume she wears it when it is chilly in the sewing room and doesn't bother to de-thread it. Why would you?  You'd just "thread it up" again the next time you sewed!

Our next adventure took place at Barbara Carver's home. Spent a lot of time in the garden here with an unexpected leaf blowing demonstration by Becki's visiting mother -in-law, Ruth from PA, who passed on to us a trick her grandfather had shown her as a child. I call it "making a frog's tongue" just because it is green but of course it is nothing like a  frog's tongue

Ruth demonstrates the "frog tongue" below.  Someone tell us the name of the plant used?  You have to know juste where to break it from the plant and then how to create a seal as you blow.  Frankly, I was expecting her to make it whistle.

Some of the beautiful colors in Barb's garden.

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