Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Renee's sewing journey

Sorry for the lapse in blogging, but I have been busy sewing, creating art, and networking for my business.  Of recent important news I am currently involved in a business course at Marist College through the Women's Enterprise Development Center.  This has been a very exciting step for me in helping to develop my business plans and goals.
I have also been creating landscape and art quilts for my portfolio.  I continue to sell at various art venues and museum gift shops.  A piece of my work was recently represented at FIT in Manhattan by the QuiltAlliance.org.   As a member of this organization I take part in their yearly Quilters Take Manhattan event.  This year I was honored to be in the same company and room with so many talented artists.  Hearing a lecture/talk by Hollis Chatelain and seeing her work in person is simply a visual joy that stirs emotions and feeds the soul.  Her work is divine like--and takes your breath away.
In other news on my journey --I will be a vendor the following venues:
The Community Friends Handcraft Artisan Show on Sarurday Oct. 26th 10:00. --4:00
Located at the East Fishkill Community Center, 890 Route 82, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.
Also on Saturday,  Nov. 9th I will be at the Mesier Homestead holiday fair in the village of  Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 10:00--4:00
I continue to evolve and grow with my business journey, and would love to have you join me on the ride!
I continue to enjoy sewing/quilting home decor items, baby quilts, and landscape/art quilts.
Sewing , quilting and creating art is my passion! I will continue to keep you posted on all the new adventures my journey takes me to.  My blog will always keep you up to date on my agenda, as well as connect you to other people, places and events art related!
Best Regards,
And as usual---Happy Stitchin'
Renee pasquale

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sew sorry .......

Sorry for the delay in updating my postings, been busy with lots and lots stuff!  Currently, we are in the middle of a major heat wave, that frankly makes it difficult to feel very productive.  We are also in the middle of a major home renovation---thus explaining my posting delays-----
Just to catch everyone up---I attended the Country Living  fair in Rhinebeck, New York, in June.
What a FABULOUS event ---everything country,from furnishings to antiques to collectibles to craft items, sewing embellishments--you name it ---it was probably there!  Cari Cluksey from HGTV (Cash and Cari show) was a vendor and also gave a lecture on Re-purposing! I got to meet her and take a photo with her, she's real sweet and just the same as she is on TV.  Country Living Magazine sponsors this mega event in many cities around the U.S., but this was their first local show---based on the turnout ---they say they plan on doing it again next June.  it's held on the Dutchess Fairgroinds, I Rhinebeck New York, and it's truly not to be missed!  Yes I did buy lots of goodies and treasures , some purchases were justified as they were for my business---lovely antique linens to repurpose into pillows, fun vintage trimmings!   I even  purchased a fabulous old cradle to be used as a prop --when displaying my items at various shows I hope to be attending this fall.  Can't justify that old rocking chair pincushion as a business expense ---but couldn't resist it for my sewing room!  Be sure to attend next year!
Also in June was the wine and cheese reception for the opening of the Bleachery Exhibit at the Mesier Homestead.  We had a nice turn-out.  Beth Devine, Vice President of the Wappingers Falls Historical Society gave a lovely overview of the history of the Bleachery, other guest speakers were in attendance, although it rained very heavy that evening it did not dampen the excitement of the event!  This exhibit will continue to remain available for viewing, if you have not seen the exhibit ,do consider putting it on your calendar .  The Mesier Homestead will be open on the following dates:
Sunday August 11th   1-4
Sunday September 8th. 1-4
Tour guides will available to provide tours and history of the home as well as the Bleachery exhibit.
The gift shop will be open during these hours as well.  Please stop by to see a selection of charming and handmade items.  All proceeds benefit the preservation of Mesier Homestead.
Friends of Clermont museum in Rhinebeck N.Y.  Will soon be displaying many of my handcrafted items in their gift shop.  I will keep you posted on this.
In other exciting news to report.  My quilt called "Extra, Extra, Read All About It" was donated to the Quilt Alliance Organization.  This organization works to preserve, document, and share quilt information.  Check out their website: www.quiltalliance.org
My quilt will be traveling and on view at many venues across the country.  It will be on display at the Quilters Take Manhattan event Sept. 28th at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) @ 227 West 27th Street at 7th ave.  New York, New York
on Nov.8th my quilt will be auctioned on E-bay, with all proceeds benefiting the quilt alliance. I will be keeping everyone updated with details as they become available.
I will continue to update my show schedule, as of now I will be at the Mesier Homestead holiday craft show on Nov. 9th 2013.  This is a beautiful event , in such a lovely setting.  The home will be all dressed for the holidays, classic holiday tunes will fill the air, and some very special gourmet lunch items will be available for your dining pleasure!  Some of the areas finest local artisans and craft vendors will have unique and one of a kind treasures available for your holiday shopping.  Mark your calendars for this great festive event!  Check out the website:  www.wappingershistoricslsociety.org
hour,tours,and events are posted.
I am also continuing to grow my business with special orders and commission work.  If you envision a special item you would like to have made, perhaps a special baby quilt for that new born, or room decor, including nursery decor,vintage pillows---just e-mail me with your ideas, and I will see what I could do to help.  I'm hoping to have more items listed on my Etsy shop in the near future.
I am currently working on several landscape quilts which are always fun to create.  One will be entered in a contest for the Grand Central Terminals 100th -Anniversary.  Will keep you posted on this as more information becomes available.
As you can see Reneesews has been "sew busy" ---Well that's about it for now --will post again soon as more things develop.
Keep cool
be happy,
And as always may your life be stitched with joy!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Renee Continues on Her Historical Journey with a Modern Twist

Hi everyone
Hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather and getting ready for a relaxing summer.  My busy journey continues with several exciting things----first,  in the next few weeks my work will be displayed for sale in the gift shop at the Friends Of Clermont Historical Site and Museum.   The museum, historical site, and mansion are located in beautiful Germantown , minutes from Rhinebeck,New York.  You can spend the day strolling the mansion and enjoying the grounds and breathtaking views.

For more information visit their website:    www.friendsofclermont.org

I will post info when my items are available in the shop!

I am continuing my involvement with the Wappingers historical Society as well---working at the gift shop---and happy to report my items have had much positive response, and are producing nice sales for the museum.  I am also continuing to research their quilt, textile, sewing items .  The fabulous "Bleachery Exhibit" official opening will take place on Friday June 7th 2013 @ 7pm.
Again, this exhibit provides an historic timeline of how the small village of wappingers falls played such a significant role in textile history.

I am also a member of the Quilt Alliance---a wonderful organization whose mission is to document and preserve the history of  quilts, and their makers both historical and modern day.  I am happy to report I have donated a quilt for their 20th anniversary quilt contest.  I am really pleased with my creation!  It will travel and be displayed at several venues including the Sewing and Quilt Expo, and at the Fashion Institute of Technology--"Quilters Take Manhattan" event in Sept 2013.  All the contest quilts will then be auctioned on E-Bay. All proceeds made from the auction will go directly to the Quilt Alliance to fund their mission many wonderful events and projects. I will post more info on this as the time gets closer.
visit their website: QuiltAlliance.org
I love sewing and creating my art for museums and historical sites,  and also love the modern twist to many of my items.  Will soon be listing more interesting venues where you can find "reneesews" creations!  Don't forget to save the date Saturday November 9th 2013 I will be at Mesier Homestead
Craft Show from 9-4.  A variety of wonderful artisans will be available for your holiday/gift shopping--the home will be decorated, holiday music will fill the air, and delicious lunch items will be available for purchase ----please join us!
well as you can see reneesews has been a busy beaver, and continues to thrive and enjoy her journey!
Check back often for more updates, and remember to contact me with any artistic creation you would like to have commissioned by me.   Fabulous tooth fairy pillows, throw pillows made from antique/vintage fabric, as well as baby quilts, and shadow box art are in the works ----stayed tuned!
Happy Sewing

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Victorian Tea

Sunday May 5th was the 5th annual Victorian Tea @ the wappingers falls historical society, Mesier Homestead.  What a divine day!  Weather cooperated and all the ladies came dressed in their finest and looked absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks to all of my friends who came out to join in the fun!
Funds raised will be used for preservation of the homestead and preservation of local history.
Please go to the website for more info.  www.wappingershistoricalsociety.org.   The Mesier
Homestead is open for tours one Sunday a month--check the schedule---private tours can be arranged
Please consider visiting the Homestead which dates back to 1741.  The current exhibit "Dutchess Bleachery Exhibit"---traces the time-line of how a small village played such a significant role in textile history.  The homestead/museum displays several examples of  cloth,textiles,quilts,sewing notions, and historical fashion of a bygone era.  In the gift shop you will find many of my handmade items reflecting the era of the home--from tea mats to tea cup pincushions, to quilted wall hangings and shadow box art, you are sure to find a special treasure for yourself or a unique gift for that special someone!  Join us at the homestead to re-live history, and ensure its preservation for the future!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Victorian tea

Hi Everyone,
Hope all shared wonderful Passover and Easter holidays with those they love and cherish!   After what seemed like a long winter, I wish all a renewed, refreshed, and inspiring spring!

As I have mentioned in the past, I have become involved with my local historical society:  Wappingers Historical Society- in Wapppingers Falls, NY
The society is dedicated to preserving our local history, which includes Mesier Park and Homestead Museum located in the village of Wappingers falls, New York.
I have become involved on several levels:  Sewing draperies/curtains for the Homestead Museum, and attending training for educational tours.
I am also pleased to announce that several of my handmade items will be represented for sale in the museum gift shop.  Items for sale have historical significance to the history of the homestead and surrounding communities.  Also for sale are wonderful prints And books, many by local artists/authors.
opening day for the season will be April 14th 2013---- be sure to mark your calendars!
The new museum Exhibit: The History Of The Dutchess Bleachery ---- is a fascinating historical time-line of how the small village of Wappingers Falls, played such an important role in textile history and manufacturing.
Please check out the website: www.Wappingershistoricalsociety.org

Friday, March 15, 2013

Reneesews and sews and sews and sews!!!

hi everyone --------Well, I guess from the title you figured out what I've been up to----yes I've been stitchin'!!!  Here's what I've accomplished-----made another pair of  curtains for the historical society, just a few more to complete and the whole first floor will be done!
Completed  my red and pink sweet baby quilt--looks really charming---love those embroidery stitches!   Hope to have it up on Etsy real soon!
Shipped off a baby quilt that I completed for a charity for children in need at St. Luke's Hospital.  This charity drive is being run by Victoria Findlay Wolfe of BumbleBeans.com .   She is a wonderful quilter, with amazing free spirit.  She produces very happy quilts with powerful use of color and design.  Plus she pays it forward with many acts of kindness and charity.  Check her out on the web.
Well gotta get back to sewing,and sewing, and still more sewing!
Will post soon, with more sewing adventures, until then, and as always
Laugh(even at yourself), be happy, and keep stitchin'
Warmest Regards,

Friday, March 1, 2013

Quilt show adventure

hi everyone----yesterday I ventured off to New Jersey for the quiltfest in somerset.  Lots of inspiration,and a fun trip---okay so here's the low-down:  Some masterful works and really special talent in the exhibit hall.  I particularly fell in love with an Asian beauty---fabulous creative design, beautiful workmanship.  It was also nice to see some modern work displayed as well.  A beautiful exhibit from the Hoffman challenge of handmade dolls.  Great to see some embellished and amazing art quilts as well.  Vendor mall could make one take a second mortgage!!!   The temptation to purchase treasures calls to you in every direction!!!  Okay, so what did I cave into: First, just so you know, I absolutely melt fot antique/vintage textiles and trims.  With that said, several vendors were selling just that!  I purchased beautiful old trims for pillows dolls and who knows where else they will be lucky enough to land on.  The vendor explained these trims were salvaged from old ,beyond repair quilts and other textile items.  I LOVE it when something so beautiful is salvaged,and will have an opportunity for "new life".    Continuing on---yep, you guessed more purchases included an old lace doily , an old linen/embroidered dresser set ----oh so sweet with bubble gum pink beautifully embroidered stitches!  Something that could not be passed up was a beautiful ,finely stitched quilt block from around 1870.  How special is that!  Old wooden thread spools from fabric/sewing mills that are no longer in business, and reproduction charming 1930's fabric rounded out my days shopping!!!   Lucky I had to leave to make my bus to travel back home, otherwise I would have really gone broke!  Actually a few hours more would have been nice to explore the exhibits and maybe attend more demo's /lectures----ya know ---renee never gets enough!!!    Soon I will be preparing for my annual Vermont festival trip----can't wait
hope all had a happy day,
As always,
Let out your inner creative being, be happy, and keep stitchin'