Archive for November 30, 2012

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

I love ART MUSEUMS!  So, I was very excited to get to visit the newest one in the region, Crystal Bridges in Bentonville Arkansas

There is so much inspiration to be found from other artists, no matter their medium!

Here were a few of my favorites of that day!

Devorah Sperber started with spools of thread, lots of them!

Her piece requires a viewing lens, and here’s what you get! Delightful!

American Gothic 2

Here were a couple of other great ones!  I think I was interested in portraits of women this day. 

John Singer Sargent – Mary Chamberlain

Norman Rockwell – Rosie The Riveter

Will Barnet – Woman Reading (me every night, only my cat is black!)

And my Lily! :)

Then there was this!  Really weird!

Evan Penny – Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be. Variation #2

It was funny that there were no barriers around any of the artwork.  A kindly guard asks you in the beginning to stay back from the artwork.  But there was no way any of these guys were getting any closer!  hahahah!

We had a great trip and I recommend you check it out if you ever get to Northwest Arkansas!  Thank you Alice Walton! 

 

Cutest Baby Apron, aka BAPRON :)

I recently ran across a link to this great on-line tutorial for a BAPRON – that’s Baby+Apron, on the ROBERT KAUFMAN web site.  I carry a lot of Robert Kaufman fabrics!  I couldn’t choose just one, and there are so many cute fabrics in MODA, Michael Miller, Quilting Treasures, etc.  Just browse my web site!
While a pillow case nicely accommodates a larger print, this project is a darling way to use a smaller, or medium size novelty print!  And they make great GIFTS too! :)
I do not have the pattern to sell, as it is copyright protected, even though it is being offered for FREE.  You must go to the web site for the complete tutorial and to download the pattern:

http://www.CraftinessIsNotOptional.com/2011/05/bapron-tutorial.html

We carry a fantastic SUPER-SOFTLY WHITE FLANNEL that is perfect for backing BAPRONS.  

http://www.sewnatural.net/nli.asp?iid=33262

Because I anticipate these being washed repeatedly, I did pre-shrink the fabrics before starting.  I do not always pre-shrink the fabric being used for the bias binding because it will not really shrink the same, being on the bias.

We have loads of novelty fabrics that will make DARLING BIBS or BAPRONS!  I used a FAT QUARTER when I just wanted to make one.  You can make 3 with a half yard or have enough to make bias for a different bib.

Have fun with this!  Let me know what you come up with!

Small Business Saturday Spent at Walmart Headquarters

It was with great irony Lily & I realized that on Small Business Saturday we were in the “mother ship” of the big-box “virus” that has single-handedly meant the demise of so many Small Businesses and Main Streets across America.  And on the very day that all were being encouraged to support small businesses for at least one day, I found myself visiting the physical center of this global phenom!  Hmmmmm. . . how did this happen?  At least I wasn’t buying anything.  Call it Research & Development!  LOL

The day before I’d done what I always do: sought out the local quilt shop!  And spent my money there!

Lily, Francis, Randy & I took a quick trip to NW Arkansas so that R & F could attend the Arkansas/LSU football game Friday afternoon. 

Lily & I had a great time in Historic Downtown Rogers, where we met Mary & her mother Clarice who run a combination quilt shop/yarn shop in a charming historic building.  The Rabbit’s Lair is a great shop if you are ever in the area.  We really liked their new BOM which you can see on their web site.  I bought some laminated Jo Morton fabric to re-cover a couple of folding chair seats.  Mary quipped, “Don’t you have any fabric in YOUR shop?!”

They have an especially nice selection of wool & wool kits.  (I bought one of those too.)  Mary kept stitching the whole time we were visiting.  Talk about valuable, friendly, “R & D”.  We really had a great time sharing ideas & comparing notes.  She was using a product that I’ve never used, didn’t recognize, and after questioning, I realized that I do sell it!  LOL  Next project!

On Saturday morning we decided to venture into Historic Downtown Bentonville.  We visited the Walmart Museum, drove past the Home Office buildings, which are very, very ordinary (homely)!  Then we went to Crystal Bridges, Museum of American Art.  It is a wonderful treat!  It is worth a trip to Bentonville.

The Museum, founded in 2005 by Alice Walton, takes its name from nearby Crystal Spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds house galleries, a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall, restaurant and more.  After we viewed the galleries, we walked the Art Trail outside, and then hiked the Tulip Trail back to the parking lot.  Beautiful setting!  Great collection of art.  What a great day!

Meanwhile, I have to thank my fantastic staff who manned both stores so I could do this family get-away & all our great customers who always support SMALL BUSINESSES, and Small Business Saturday too!  I know you appreciate that we offer top quality products, great variety, fair prices and the voice of experience every day. 

And you seemed to enjoy scooping up more than a few fat quarters at bargain prices.  Thanks again for your continued support.  :)