During the summer months, it is difficult for my Meemaw friends to meet. We are all involved with granny duty and family trips and events. The four of us finally were able to meet today. Of course, we started out with lunch. We took our calendars to plan our fall walks, trips, and craft days. Then we went to the Witte Museum to see the Portraits in Courage exhibit. I must say I was skeptical about what to expect, since I had seen the earlier art produced by George Bush. It turns out that visiting the exhibit was a deeply moving experience.
I do believe GWB captured the essence of these service members and warriors. There was something about the eyes in these portraits that made me feel the presence of the individuals. The museum allowed photos, so I thought I would share.
We also visited the Confluence and Culture Exhibit, which celebrates the 300 year history of San Antonio.
There was quilt on display. It was made by Maria Antonia Ruiz Herrera, who was the daughter of Jose Francisco Ruiz and Blas Maria Herrera. This was a prominent Tejano family during the battle for independence from Mexico. The time period for this quilt was 1870-1880. The minute stitches were even and precise. The needle turn applique was perfect.
One of my friends went into the museum gift shop to purchase some silver charms of the San Antonio Missions. I walked in with her, only to look… but this angel caught my eye.
This angel is part of a series named Chulada. It was made in Mexico. I just love the colors, the shape, the face…everything! My mother used to call my grandmother, La Chula… the pretty one…so I just had to have this.
I have been trying to design a colorful, cultural quilt. La Chulada just might be the inspiration I need.
Since we were in Brackenridge Park, we stopped by the Conservancy Office to visit with Lynn Osborne Bobbit, the executive director. The office was closed, but we could see the quilt that we made for the Conservancy hanging on the wall. It felt so good to see it displayed.
This was us when we delivered the quilt to Lynne earlier this year.
In previous posts, I talked about a project that I proposed to four of my buddies.
My friend Jeana Kubik offered to donate her long arm services.
We called ourselves the Brack Pack.
We had visited the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, and I thought it would be a great to make a quilt that tells the story of this beautiful, people’s park in San Antonio.
I purchased a pattern by Debbie Grifka that I thought could represent the river and the park.
We had fun fabric shopping at Creations in Kerrville.
The people at the conservancy gave us the photos, and my friend’s brother printed them for us.
This project gave us the opportunity to meet, sew, and have many lunches.
I picked the quilt up from Jeana this past week.
Today, I was able to add the label and bind the quilt.
The five of us will be presenting it to the Brackenridge Conservancy on November 30.
Of course, a celebration lunch is planned.
My friends and I had quite a day yesterday.
Our goal was to get the photos of the park printed on fabric printing paper.
We went to the Conservancy to get the photos from them and use the printer in the office.
We had Ink Jet photo fabric and the office had a Laser printer!
We ended up using my friend’s printer.
Next step: Applique
I am so happy to report that my friends and I finished piecing the top of the Brackenridge Quilt.
We worked from 9:30-4:30, taking an hour break for lunch.
After a first few minutes of too many cooks in the kitchen, we got the team work rolling.
Next week, we will meet to choose the photos of the park that we plan to use on the quilt.
We are still looking and thinking of ways to applique the photos.
I love “working” with these three ladies!
Today was the second time the Brack Pack met to work on the Brackenridge Park Quilt Project.
I worked with these ladies at Fox Run Elementary.
They were great to work with in a school setting, and they are great to work with on a quilt project.
In fact, they are just a fun group of friends.
Our goals for today were :
- Study the overview
- Cut Strips
- Eat lunch
- Sub-cut Strips
- Have Fun
With pattern and plans in hand, The Brack Pack Quilt Group traveled to Creations of Kerrville.
We had been waiting, not so patiently, for this day.
Next week, the real work will begin.
I thought I would share a video of this day.
River Run Pattern by Esch House Quilts
My friends and I have formed a quilting group, the Brack Pack, for this Brackenridge Park Conservancy project.
We met last week to start our planning; and today, Marti and I met with Jeana.
Jeana is so helpful with ideas and suggestions.
She has also volunteered to long arm the quilt for us. Yay!
Today, the three of us decided that Batiks would be best for this quilt.
We will be quilting photos of the park onto this quilt.
At first, we had thought of applique, but now we will piece them into the quilt.
How we are going to do this has been left up to me…yikes!
Jeana gave me some suggestions, so I am going to make a practice piece to see if I can do it.
I couldn’t make it to the meeting Marti scheduled with Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, the executive director of the conservancy.
Marti reported that Lynn and her staff are all excited about this quilt.
So are we!
Usually, my friends just run the other way when I come up with an idea.
But this time, we are all on board.
We will go to Creations, a fabric shop in Kerrville, Texas, on April 28th.
We heard they have a good selection of Batiks.
We also just want to go have lunch in Kerrville!
Tomorrow is a sister day in Kyle, Texas.
I am picking up my older sister and driving to Kyle to meet our youngest sister for her birthday lunch.
We will be eating at Garcia’s Restaurant…yummy!