Friday, May 9, 2008

Another Retreat....Premier Estates

Wow... it seems I'm getting lazy with my blogging and need to make some improvements. I can't believe it's been ten days since I posted. My last project was the CD pincushion and I really enjoyed making it. Some of you have asked for directions and Jules will be writing an article for CQMagOnline. Be sure and check the July issue for details.

May 26 our local CQ group will leave for Premier Estates in Wallis, TX. It's a wonderful restored manor house built in the late 1800's. The outhouse, potting shed and stables are still standing and add to the beauty of the surroundings.

Last year we were so excited to have dear friend Victoria Adams Brown of Ribbonsmyth join us. When it comes to my love of silk ribbon embroidery, Vic is my mentor.

I took several classes from her the year I went to Omaha and in later years attended other classes in Dallas. She is such a talented artist and a real blessing in my life. I owe so much to Vic and Jan for teaching me this wonderful art of crazy quilting.

Pictured on the left is Jules and Vic sitting at their workstations.. See how wonderful the room is equipped. Those large floor to ceiling windows are wonderful as well.

On the right is Jan busy at work on her project. We always laugh at the things we pack and take to retreat. What one doesn't have the other one will.

Melanie, Lynnis and Vic are dyeing silk velvet and ribbons on the outside veranda. As you can see from the picture on the left it's already dark outside. We never let the time of day interfere with our fun. That overhead light was a blessing.

With an outhouse on the property who could resist the following pictures. Jules, Vic, and I were the only ones willing to do these wonderful poses. We are well-equipped with toilet tissue and excellent reading material...Vic's wonderful books: The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery and The New Ribbon Embroidery.

I've gained lots of experience through Vic. Pictured here are the four ArtBras I created for her WTWW foundation. What a creative idea she had for bringing awareness to the issues of breast cancer. The funds generated from calendar sales were donated to various breast cancer centers. I've had many laughs about showing people my work. Let me just say this small town in Texas is not ready for ArtBras.

The beading on "Opposites Attract" was done by my dear friend Debi. She worked with only a freehand drawing I gave her and created these wonderful birds.
The Arrington Breast Cancer Center in Lubbock hosted the ArtBras at their symposium in 2006. Julie and I were in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all these wonderful creations in person. Lubbock is Vic's hometown and she was honored for all the untold hours she spent in organizing and creating these wonderful ArtBras and the calendars. Pictured on the left is Vic as she speaks to the group and presents a check to this wonderful cancer center.

Well enough's time to get busy and accomplish something.


Vickie said...

barbara, u b the best!

Leonie said...

What wonderful memories Barbara - the pics show just how much fun you all had together.
I hope this year is equally fantastic. Have fun, be safe and enjoy yourselves!

Ribbonwiz said...

Love the pics of the girls going into the outhouse.
I have a small collection of pottery Aussie out houses..