NOTE: As this time we still don’t know when we’re moving. Please watch your email (if you’re on our Yahoo group) or check our website here before the next meeting for any developments.
Dear Ocean Waves members,
January is always a busy month for me personally. I spend four days up at West Palm Beach for the Mancuso World Quilt Show. An old Ocean Waves / Rookie member flies down from Chicago (Mary Radnor) and we DO the Mancuso Show. This year was no exception. The quilts were phenomenal! We take a few classes, buy a few NEEDED things (of course), and I take all the pictures my camera will hold. When I get back to Miami I download them, save them in file folders labeled ‘Stitching Ideas', 'Color Ideas', 'Pattern Ideas' and a few others. When I am stuck on how to quilt a top, I refer back to these photos, or when I want to find something to do with all the scraps - this is the place I go. We had a few members with quilts displayed which is always exciting to see, I can't imagine how they feel seeing their own work hanging so beautiful, creative and majestic for all to appreciate. Our Miami Art Quilters once again were over the top with their large display, Marie Flanagan's Baltimore Appliqué was outstanding, and Deda Maldonado’s group of art quilters from Brazil was touching with their stories on their quilt exhibit on 'Memories'. Quilts from all over the world in so many languages and yet, the medium of fabric and thread brings us all together into one family. We, Ocean Waves, are so lucky to have so many talented and gifted quilters as members and we are all so proud of you for your hard work and we thank you for sharing your quilts with all of us. You inspire us.
From Mancuso, I head over to Bradenton to meet up with my sister, brother and his wife for our annual Kruse Kids reunion. They are now all official Snow Birds and I am happy to be able to see them once a year. My sister waited until the 15th to ask me to help her with a quilt top she had started a couple of years ago –a Jelly Roll top. What could be hard about that - right? So here's the other shoe - she wanted the borders MITERED! Have you ever heard of such a thing? I hadn't. So off to the sewing room I went and like the hairdressers and make up people in the movie "Pocket full of Miracles" where Apple Annie emerges from the bedroom all decked out - I emerged from the sewing room at 3:00 AM holding Lorna's quilt top with her two borders MITERED beautifully. I may have done them a little unconventionally, but they are done. My math teachers would be proud.
So Friday noon I head for Miami to help Molly start setting up for the luncheon. I get a flat tire on Alligator Alley. Change it, get back on the road in record time. TaDa! Only to find that Molly has everything under her calm control! Good Job Molly and what a GREAT luncheon! Thank you so much Molly Gonzalez and Yvonne Emannuelli. What an awesome job you did. The room, table decorations (loved the balloons) and baskets were a huge hit. The Hat parade was a huge hit and so many winning categories!!
A special ‘congratulations' to Yvonne Emmanuelli on winning the What Women Do challenge! Good Job.
Wasn't Rose Hughes a great speaker and teacher! Loved her color wheel demo (minus the mishap). For once even Earl 'got it'! Her quilts were so beautiful. Then Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday we got to sit under Rose's teaching for embroidery embellishing and a little creative artistic drawing with reverse appliqué, appliqué and couching. I think we all went home with new tips and techniques to make our quilts and art pieces more intriguing.
What a wonderful start to a new year. Quilts, classes, sharing and fun! This is going to be a great year! I hope to see each of you at our February meeting!