Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

I know this is coming late, but Happy Holidays to everyone and Happy New Year! I have had to work during a lot of it, but I am happy about it. I have a lot of plans this coming year, which means having the money to accomplish them. I hope everyone finds what they are looking for this upcoming year!

Lakeside Quilt Guild

I first connected with the Lakeside Quilt Guild earlier this year during the Hyde Park Quilt Show. It is held every year in April on the corner of Blackstone and 55th Street. I thought there was nothing better. Quilts and tea! Now, though, someone who works at the Quilter’s Trunk just informed me that the Lakeside Quilt Guild has hand quilters. I learned all of this when I was purchasing my new Mary Fons fabric. The Mary Fons fabric collection came out a couple weeks ago. The employee cutting my fabric is a member of both Needles and Threads Quilt Guild and Lakeside Quilt Guild. The Quilter’s Trunk sent me an e mail yesterday informing me about the challenge. The Lakeside Quilt Guild actually met at a time that worked around my work schedule. I am grateful because I am obsessed with the grandmother’s flower garden quilt. However, I have had a hard time finding hand quilters who can tell me how to move beyond basing hexagons.  Lakeside Guild 1Lakeside Guild 2Lakeside Guild 3

The Art Institute of Chicago

Russian Tea Room 3A lot of people do not know that the Art Institute of Chicago has a textile arts portion. They seem to know all about the other areas, but not the textiles area. If you are able to go, please make a plan to see it. As a textile artist, I must say it has never failed to disappoint me. Just down the street is one of the best Blick’s Stores in the Chicago land area. Even their textiles portion is actually quite nice. I haven’t seen a textiles portion in any other Blick’s within the Chicago land area except for the one down the street from the Art Institute of Chicago. While you are at it, going to the Russian Tea Time afterwards is always a wonderful treat. It’s an ideal artist date for someone like me.

Blick'sThe Art Institute of ChicagoThe Russian Tea Room 1The Russian Tea Room 2