CQFA meeting. I think I like it even better now that I've quilted it. And I certainly like it better than what it started as before the four CQFA artists got ahold of it.
I'll post an overall finished picture of this when I get the binding done. Hopefully it will have a name by then too, because Round Robin In A Day 2 is not doing it for me.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
This is the story of Rainbow Crow, a Lenape Indian legend.
When the earth was young, Rainbow Crow had the most beautiful plumage and sweetest song of all birds. The land was warm, but it began to snow and all animals did not know how to live in the snow. Rainbow Crow flew to Sky Spirit for help.
Sky Spirit gave Crow the gift of fire. Rainbow Crow flew to earth with a stick of fire. The smoke darkened his feathers and burned his throat. When he landed on earth, fire melted the snow and all animals were warmed.
Crow wept. His sweet song was now a rough "caw" and his beautiful feathers were black. Sky Spirit came to Crow and said, "For your selflessness and generosity I give you the gift of freedom. You will never be hunted, for your meat is burned and smoky, your feathers are black and will not be wanted, and your voice is not sweet and soothing. But when the sun shines, all will see the rainbow in your plumage."
Crow was content.
Thanks again Dolly!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
There are just so many variables for our human perception of the sun's daily series work. We really are lucky aren't we?
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Some random picture from The Forbidden City in Beijing. This was the sun set towards the end of our day there. Shows the pollution pretty well, the sky reminded me of when we have forest fires in our area.
The moat outside the Forbidden City walls is huge, we were close to the center of one side when I took this picture. Yes it was completely frozen over, and no, nobody was ice-skating on it. Alex bought one of the ubiquitous face masks at a 7-11, it worked well for the pollution and the cold.
One of the corner towers as seen from outside the city walls. It really reminded me of something made out of Legos until you look closer and see all the curves and intricate designs.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
CQFA retreat in Half Moon Bay. It was a successful retreat for me, I brought the right amount of stuff (instead of way too much), had enough interesting fabrics to work with and was inspired by all the others around me busily working on all their own projects. I worked on quilting something from last year's retreat (Back right side), made a collaged quilt with old calendar towels and started quilting it (back left), finished quilting the recent round robin in a day project from the last CQFA meeting (that's in the left front), assembled a top inspired by Hong Kong (center front), assembled a remnant fabric plus special hand-dyes top which needs to be quilted now (right front). Once all of these are done done I'll post better pictures of each one with closeups. Promise.
I really was inspired to get so much work accomplished, it felt really good to concentrate on making new things in a room full of fun people to talk too.
Here is my friend Jaye hard at work on her FOTY (Fabric Of The Year) quilt. This year the shape is triangles. She spent a whole lot of time arranging them to get the color effect she wanted and then was painstakingly sewing them together in groups. Not all together by the time the retreat ended so we helped pin everything in place to the flannel design wall so she could roll it up and take it home. That's a pretty handy thing those portable design walls.
I wish I'd taken more pictures of what everyone was working on, but I guess I was immersed in making my own stuff this year. Can't wait for next year's retreat!
Monday, February 06, 2012
Come Quilt With Me that friend Jaye and I are using for a our next hey-cut-me-one-of-those-out-of-your-fabrics-when-you-feel-like-it quilts. She's already cut me a huge stack to work with, so we're on our way. It's a pretty easy block to put together, once I figured out how the markings on the the corner worked.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
All We Ever Hoped For Was The Dawn." I should have taken this picture after the page was flattened out after drying, it looks so funny like this.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Sleep, Sleep Through the Night
And may your dreams be realized
If the thundercloud passes rain
So let it rain
Let it rain
Rain on me
So let it be
So let it be
In case you've never heard the song, give a listen, it is not your usual U2 song, and it starts out very very quietly.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Words in the margin say: Dragonfly says. Words in the collage say This Could Be A Good Time.
Which is one of my favorite lines from a great song called "High Sierra Morning" by Diane Patterson off her new CD World Awake. I had just gotten to see her perform live, and this song was one of the ones stuck in my head (in a good way!)
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Holy Cow! I finally finished a quilt! It's been a while, so this is a big deal here in High-Fiber-Content-Land . A long, long time ago, I received a gallon zip-lock bag filled with fabrics,trims, beads and other bits, also known as a "Baggo" (a bag-o-stuff). And I was to make a quilt out of it for an unknown member of one of the online fiber groups I belong to (Hi FiberPirates). I also sent in a bag of my own stuff and had already received an utterly fabulous quilt back. So this quilt is long overdue. I actually made most of it in January. As in January 2011. Ahem. But then it sat there for a long time, because it was done to a certain point, and it just wasn't working past that, and I was just plain stuck. I hardly ever get stuck like that. But there it was. For months.
The whole quilt came about because of the Tangerine Sours Altoids tin she sent some of the embellishments in, it really got designed all around it. And several times I almost pitched that idea, of having the lid be on the quilt, but as you can see it survived. As an aside, boy was that ever fun when I was flattening it...My teenager came running, rather alarmed at all the racket, "Mom, what are you doing?" I paused, with hammer raised, grinning "Making stuff." heh.
So now on to finishing more quilts...
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Blow Me Away
Is Your Tank Half Empty or Half Full?