second quarter's FAL. Triangle Study is done. I like how different it looks after being squared-up and faced. I'll confess I had a hard time deciding which way was "up" which made me hesitate to sew on the hanging sleeve. Nothing permanent, just some hand stitching to switch it if I change my mind.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
Here's the second group of ten of my ICAD efforts.
Graphite pencil and colored pencil
Collage, water color pencils, colored pencils
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Yesterday, I was approaching the end of yet another terrific book by Barbara Kingsolver, "Unsheltered" when this quote used in the story brought me to tears:
"I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep." ~ From "My Antonia" by Willa Cather
Something tells me that I need to re-read "My Ántonia" as it has been quite a while...
And what do you know, last year was the centennial of the book being published. Maybe I'll read all three of the trilogy, O Pioneers and Song of the Lark.
This is probably my favorite quote from Cather:
"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."
I'm reading a whole lot of books right now, several trips to the library, and all of a sudden I have a stack to get through:
Looking at my goodreads "currently reading" list, I haven't been checking off all the ones I've read. Time for some housekeeping I think. I've been on goodreads for 12 years now, it's been a great tool for keeping track of my reading habits.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Inchmahome Priory. It was one of my favorite things we did on that trip, it was just lovely out there, quiet, warm and beautiful.
Some of the grave slabs had celtic knots.
This one was really striking and clear.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
One of the most recent calls for quilts I thought was interesting and worth pursuing is the: Century of Women's Progress Quilt Challenge. The deadline is next year in January, so you (and I!) have plenty time to participate. About half of the quilts accepted will be displayed at the EBHQ show in the Bay Area in March 2020.
I'm not sure what subject I'll pursue, they have a great resource page with all sorts of thought-provoking book, website and video suggestions
Monday, June 17, 2019
Here's the Father's Day connection, I made this recipe, for Rhubarb-Almond Coffee Cake (no coffee involved, just the type of cake). Oh boy was it ever good. I used more sliced almonds than called for, and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top.
The two fathers involved loved it, (my dad and DH) and since I cooked it in pie plates instead of cake pans, they were almost fooled into believing it was a pie. A long going argument in our family, I will always choose cake over pie, and thus that's what I like to make. Everyone else is the reverse case, but I almost fooled them this time.
So the leaves to the rhubarb are amazing and huge. I had to take a picture of them.to this, you can polish stainless steel pots, and make a natural pesticide.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Chawne Kimber with SBAMQG. It was called "Improvisational Hand Quilting". What a great teacher (she's a math professor so she knows how to teach!) she is, I'd say jump at the chance if you see her teaching near you.
Even though I've been quilting for a long time, I have never taken a hand quilting class. And I really don't like doing much handwork. But after learning what she taught us, I can see why people really enjoy hand quilting so much. I found it to be very soothing and still creative.
Maybe it doesn't end up quite as perfect doing it this way, but it certainly has character and shows "the hand of the artist". In my opinion, that's kind of the point if you're doing alllll that handwork! I liked trying following some marked designs, like the circles, and then also free-handing the swoopy shape above.
I feel pretty good about how this is looking, even on the back.
Practice practice practice.