Seasons: There Are Four ~

Every season has its color and rural Autumn color is spectacular ~ 
 The crispness of the cool sky brings out the best of the drabness of the old barn in its dress of rust and aged wood
surrounded by leafless trees,  cut hay and withering grass.

The Colors of Rural Autumn:  Marty Mason


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Marty Mason

Happy Thanksgiving from a quilter's point of view.  One of my favorite vintage quilts I saw while at Houston Quilt Festival, 2014.....artfully draped over a prop in one of the vendor's booths. 


I'm having a snack attack!

Do I multi-task?   If I'm quilting:  YES.  I do enjoy having more than one delicious snack right at my fingertips to grab and stich on.  It's my snack attack buffet.   I enjoy gathering fabrics that might add to one project or the other  'cause one never knows when the attack might hit!

Here's Snack No. 1 all packaged and ready to bite into:

modern, improvisational - orange peel quilt block - Marty Mason
I've made up a few orange peel blocks in various fabrics to keep me reminded of where this idea is going.  It ultimately will be a modern improvisational orange peel quilt! 

 Snack Attack No. 2 will crunch down to be a very liberated quilt top.....not sure if this is trip around the world, log cabin, courthouse steps!!!!  I just know that these blocks are very much to my liking.   

modern, improvisational, quilt.  Mix of fabric...........Marty Mason

Snack Attack No. 3:

he block I'm calling "Fields and Streams" .........Marty Mason
I made a couple of blocks like this and added them to one of the Louisiana Traveling progress.  And, I called my block "Fields and Streams".  This block didn't make the cut for the traveling quilt, so I'll just enjoy it in a quilt of my own....somewhere down the road. 
Snack Attack No. 4....well, of course, you all know a house block when you see one.  A quilter friend and I want to exchange house blocks.  I got two made, one for her and one for me....then ran out of time.  If the clock keeps ticking, we'll eventually get back on track and crunch down on this fun swap-a-house-block-project.
house blocks for block swap - Marty Mason

And finally, Snack Attack No. 5 has made it to the design wall.  Very minimal, very modern, very much me.

modern, minimal quilt on design wall.......Marty Mason
Hope you enjoy your treats as much as I do mine. 

I'm not leaving this room.........

..............UNTIL I post on my poor, unattended blog!

It's not that I haven't been inspired

At the Art Tour

or that I don't have something to blog about

Street Musicians

or that I don't have enough pictures to add interest to my post

Street Musicians 

or that my life is uneventful

Abandoned Building in Parthenon, Arkansas


It's just........well, what can I say!  I just haven't posted lately. 

On The Road Again


What do you mean?

You really mean it?
October has come and gone?
October, Where did you go?

October, 2015, Quilter's Calendar - a quilt made by Marty Mason
Since I'm well into the next month, may as well look forward ~
and rejoice

In A Safe Place ~

I've been rambling around in my pictures,
where I thought I would be safe.....
this morning.....
but I got lost in the many thousands.....
of pictures
in one file or another.

Communal bird bath

Crane on the Bayou Mason

To Me

Italian Barber

By A Thread !

Butterfly Sipping

In A Fog!

Genuine Fiesta coffee mugs

Apple trio

Dogwood with wooden egg cup

Sunflower teepees

bee sipping flower nectar
I'm in a safe place, where are you?

It was a trip ~

A once in a lifetime trip for me - a trip to the Houston Quilt Festival,
where they were celebrating their 40 years of great quilts. 

I walked in the door and saw
  A most spectacular display of red and white quilts from around the world.
Breathtaking ~

Houston Quilt Festival 2014 Celebrating 40 Years of Great Quilts

My most favorite quilt on display was entitled Fade Into Gray
pieced and quilted by Stephanie Ruyle, Denver, Colorado

My favorite quilt at Houston Quilt Festival 2014:  Fade Into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle

My favorite quilt at Houston Quilt Festival 2014:  Fade Into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle

A favorite quilt series of sixteen by Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella Quilt Display:  Houston Quilt Festival 2014

A most fun time watching the people - 
A lady in a most thoughtful mood drinking in the beauty of Yvonne's collection. 
Houston Quilt Festival 2014

Oh, what a most delightful surprise
to see my lone start quilt hanging in
Hannah's booth

My Lone Star Quilt hanging in Hannah's Booth - Marty Mason

One of my favorite vendors:  Color by Hand -
where I left a bundle, but didn't come home empty-handed!
Color by Hand:  where I left a bundle, but didn't come home empty-handed!
A most unforgettable view:  only a portion of the more than 1100 vendor booths....Oh, My!
A picture taken through a mezzanine porthole ~
Houston Quilt Festival 2014

Home again, but still thinking about the Houston Quilt Festival, 2014.

I revisited some Kaffe Fabric

Just a few wonderful choices of which I had not too much was gathered and put into a quilt top.....

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason

quilted it up

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason

and decided that I needed to revisit this one.  Something about it just wasn't to my liking

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason
so, I chopped, sliced and diced and re-attached. 

No, it's still not to my liking.  Perhaps I should have left it alone.  Perhaps I should have chopped, sliced and diced even more.  Perhaps I'm giving this one way to much attention. 

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason

What I really think is that I should revisit this one at a later time.  Perhaps this one would make that  oversize tote I've been needing!  That day will surely come....on the next visit. 


When ACTUALLY, I think it's hip to be a square quilt ~

There are some who say they don't like square quilts.  While I might not want to try to cover my queen size bed with a square quilt, there are places that square quilts really work....for instance, hanging on the wall, or in this case, the clothes line! 

A quilt by Marty Mason.....It's hip to be square.
Beautifully displayed hanging off my old iron bed footboard in the guest bedroom.
a square quilt by Marty Mason:  "It's hip to be square"
Or thrown over the rocker on my back patio. 
a square quilt by Marty Mason:  "It's hip to be square"
What the heck, I love it on a quilt stand too
when not in use anywhere else on the property
a square quilt by Marty Mason:  "It's hip to be square"
Yes, wherever it hangs, it makes the statement
"It's hip to be square!"
A quilt by Marty Mason.....It's hip to be square.

a square quilt by Marty Mason:  "It's hip to be square"

Travel to Louisiana for Satsumas

 We are getting down to the finish line with the Louisiana traveling quilt.  Kelly's has just left the house on to the next quilter to add another block. 

I had to really think about this one.  "Louisiana" is the theme Kelly decided each of us should consider when adding our blocks to her quilt.   I live here so this should be easy yet when I received her quilt, I was at a loss - not because I don't know about my state, but because there was so much extreme applique and English paper-piecing.  I went into overwhelm at the intricate detail and beauty of each block.   There was the  red stick (Baton Rouge), New Orleans superdome and the intricate fleur de lis and all those French Quarter street signs....okay, time to take a deep breath and get control.  No one said I had to add a block that imitates all the other blocks. 

So, digging deep into my knowledge of Louisiana and also being determined to add an improvisational-style block, I came up with the orange peel block pattern, added a few flying geese and scraps of this 'n that for fillers. 

Kelly's Louisiana Traveling Quilt - improv orange peel added by Marty Mason

Kelly's Louisiana Traveling Quilt - improv orange peel added by Marty Mason

Kelly's Louisiana Traveling Quilt - improv orange peel added by Marty Mason

Now, a little history.  The Satsuma trees were exported to the West from Satsuma Province in Japan and produce a fruit that is about the size of the mandarin orange.  Groves started by Jesuits in the 18th century in Plaquemines Parish have continued to the present day.   Satsuma groves flourish across the southern part of Louisiana.   So, Kelly, there you have it.....the orange peel pieced in a very modern improvisational style is my addition to your Louisiana traveling quilt. 


I'm a wee bit behind....but getting closer to the finish line

It's been a whirlwind month.

My "Inspired By A Nine-Patch" workshop went off without a hitch.  Fourteen energized quilters joined in the fun and we filled the day making nine-patch blocks, slicing them up, down, in and out, until we began to feel the improvisational 9-patch love.

"Inspired by a nine-patch" workshop at Quilters Guild Acadienne

Some of us stopped to figure it out! before proceeding.

Stella stopped to figure it out
Some talked
Some listened

Some of us talked, some of us listened

Some smiled and stitched the day away.  Catch a glimpse of Gerry's fabric.  Oh, man!

Gerry smiled as she stitched.  Catch a glimpse at her fabric!!

 I'm coveting Debbie's red and black mix.  What a bold and beautiful statement this is making on her design wall.

Debbie Theriot chose delicious red and black fabrics....making quite the statement on her design wall

And Janet's background was just perfect for her traditional setting. Love it.

Janet's background is a great color, so different for her traditonal setting
Liz decided to use only Kaffe Fassett fabric.....lucky girl won as a door prize. 
I touched her, hoping the luck would pass to me!
Liz Breaux using only Kaffe Fassett fabric - beautiful

All fourteen quilters had made a vastly different  fabric selection for the workshop.  It just made my day to see how everyone's quilt top came together in either a traditional or modern double-disappearing nine-patch design.