David and I are thrilled to be included in this exhibit in San Pedro at the Loft. We hope that you will be able to attend the show sometime during its run. Let us know what you think of the show!
This was the first quilt that David and I made together. This was made in 1992 for his grandmother's 92nd birthday. We presented it to her in January 1993 on her special day. We have recently gotten it back from his parents. It was fun to see it again and be able to put it on our bed for the coming cooler weather.
David cut the strips of fabric and I sewed the top. We had it machine quilted by a local quilter in the Baptist fan design. I am happy to report that we still both like the quilt and I think that it doesn't look too dated and it actually looks great with one of my more 'modern' pieces that I have on display. This is the barn raising layout of the log cabin pattern.
Have you made a family quilt? Do you still have it or get to see it? Let us know, we would love to hear about it.
"Dog Gone" by David Charity to be included in a feature article in Quilter's Newsletter!
Pretty exciting. We got the formal notification that one of David's cartoon quilts, Dog Gone, will be part of a feature for the magazine,Oct/Nov 2016 Quilter's Newsletter issue. They picked up the quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museums exhibit of "No Girls Allowed". The official notice stated "We've slated quilts from the exhibit to be the Readers' Quilt Show in the December/January issue of Quilters Newsletter." but because of the sad news of the magazine going out of print, they moved it up.
David is happy that another one of his cartoon quilts will be featured in a magazine. He has another cartoon quilt on the design wall that he is working on completing for a deadline in July. My personal feeling is that they keep getting better at capturing not only the personality of the Basenji, but of the other characters in the quilt.
Stay tuned for some glimpses of what he is working on now...
David and I spent some time in Prescott for our summer vacation. It was fabulous, we had a great time doing a couple of hikes and eating pie from The Rustic Pie Company. Had to do the hikes to burn off a few of the calories. We made sure that we left home in time to arrive in Prescott before they closed for the day. Our first stop, even before we checked into our hotel. Yes, that good.
We happened to plan our vacation during Prescott's rodeo week. We made sure to get tickets and enjoy some bronc and bull riding (the bulls won, 8-0) as well as calf roping, barrel racing and bull dogging. Fun times and a great way to spend an evening outdoors. We also got to sample some of the local rodeo food and it was a fabulous pulled pork sandwich from .
We found some beautiful areas and I did some painting with my watercolors but I did not do the scenery justice. More practice is definitely needed. I am planning on using several of the photos I took as inspiration for some upcoming pieces.
We hiked Thumb Butte (easy side) and also Lynx Lake area. Thumb Butte has a memorial for the firefighters that lost their lives in a local fire. The Prescott Costco had the book about the Yarnell Hill fire (My Lost Brothers) and I purchased it.
If you are a Costco member I recommend visiting the local store for the vacation area. I picked up some 'local flavor' reading material and was very happy I did.
What are your travel plans for the summer?
I have been working madly this weekend to get a new design uploaded to Spoonflower. This is another black and white piece that I will be adding color to after I receive it in hand. My hope is that I will be working on two pieces for the upcoming SAQA exhibits of Tranquility and Turmoil.
Tranquility is due to be submitted in January and Turmoil is due in February. In between I need to get photos reviewed and/or taken so that David can submit work to the "No Girls Allowed" exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Guess what I will be doing on my next off Friday?
What an awesome artist reception we had at Soft Expressions on Saturday, January 10th. I want to thank all of our friends for coming out and supporting us. It was incredible to see all the people who braved the rain to come see our exhibit. Not only did we get to see several of our local Temecula Valley friends, but also some of our artist friends that we haven't seen in a while. I want to thank all the Quilts on the Wall artists who came to the exhibit after the meeting.
I am so glad that you also supported Soft Expressions with your supply purchases. Sharla is very kind to open her store and gallery for us on a weekend. Here are a few pictures that I took at the show. I only wish you had eaten more cookies!
David has been featured in Denver's WestWord on-line news blog.
We were very excited when we got the request for the interview and then when Kyle called, he spent 45 minutes on the phone with David. I read the article today and I was impressed with the thoroughness of the article.
I hope you enjoy the article.
What a great day David and I had yesterday. We did a mini-vacation day where we did nothing that had to do with "real life".
After David's bike ride we headed down to San Diego and stopped at Pita's Mediterranean Grill for lunch. It is one of our favorite places to eat and we always get the lamb salad. It was excellent.
Next we headed to the Visions Art Museum to see what was on display there. Unfortunately they are installing the new exhibit and the Del Thomas Collection will not be open until next weekend. We did peek around the ladder to see a couple of the quilts. For the few that we were able to see, it is going to be a great show and we will have to make time to go back to see it. We did get to see the critique group exhibit in the main hall and it was inspiring. Lisa Yoder was there so we were able to catch up on what is going on with her and also the museum. A very fun time.
From there we headed to Rosie's Calico Cupboard! Awesome. I hardly ever have the chance to shop there since moving north so it was exciting. David had fabrics to pick up for a new fabric as he has been burning through his blacks and whites. I just picked up some because they were pretty. Not only does Rosie's have a great selection of fabric but she has the best prices around.
After enjoying our shopping spree (see photo above) we headed over to the Grossmont Shopping Center to listen to The Vinyl Pirates play. They are a great band that plays a wide variety of music. George, the drummer, has been a long time friend of Davids. I took a (not quite so good) video of them playing "Frankenstein". We enjoyed listening to them for a couple of hours on the patio of The Copper Pan. They have an excellent looking menu but I had my heart set on Fuddrucker's. I used to LOVE their steak sandwich and cheesy (I like the jalapeno version) fries and I am happy to report that they are still just as good as I remembered.
That was the conclusion of our vacation day. Heading home we listened to Rascal Flatts and enjoyed talking about the fun we had and our plans for the fabric we purchased.
6 quilts from Maps exhibit
David and I attended the Quilts, Inc Long Beach show Aug 2 - Aug 4, 2013. We attended the event on Friday and Saturday. As always it was a wonderful show with great quilts and vendors. We saw many inspiring quilts and purchased a few new pieces of fabric.
One of the events that we attended was the docent tour of the SAQA Seasonal Palette exhibit. We were fortunate to have Kathleen McCabe as our docent. She gave some wonderful insight on each of the 38 pieces in the exhibit. Photography was not allowed. The quilts are fabulous and the techniques are varied and creative. I recommend seeing this exhibit if you get a chance. SAQA has a Seasonal Palette book.
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Southern California. We work our jobs by day and create our art by night.