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The Quilt is in the Mail

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

There was a time when I made fiber postcards almost every day. For a year, I sent a fiber postcard for every event in the lives of family and friends. It was fun, but I have not done them in a long time.

I decided it would be fun to make a thank you card for the hosts of our boat ride and yacht club dinner while we were in Long Beach. They are the owners of Corky, the poodle prince, that Del Thomas spends lots of time with. I thought it would be fun to put them in their Duffy boat.

I also made this sunflower card which is a go to design for me, using my silk scraps.

I have been procrastinating on the rainbow fabric piece. Not sure what I am going to do and I don’t want to do too much cutting.

It is the last day of July and here is the last magenta 3 x 3. I used a lot of little scraps on this one.

And here is the July set.

I think I will go to the cool side for the next color.

Over the Rainbow

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I have been playing with my rainbow fabrics for the Rhythm and Hues piece. I was not sure what to do for the background, but now I am thinking the darker rainbow will work for the background with maybe some black thrown in.

The morning was spent on my computer doing SDA work. If you are reading this and are a member of SDA, look for an important e-mail tomorrow. Just saying!

I wanted to tell you about a book that I downloaded to the Kindle App on my iPad. It is titled, Journey to Abstraction, by Sue St. John.

It is nicely illustrated with abstract works of art with a play by play of how it was created by the artist. The last section of the book has 4 step by step demonstrations that you can do to create your own mixed media piece.

Here is one of the tips from the author:

Find Shapes and Patterns:
Shapes and patterns are elemental to the abstract artist. In order to paint abstract, you must teach yourself to observe the shapes and patterns in the world. As you go about your daily activities, notice the shapes around you- the triangles in the roof tiles, the spheres in the fruit dangling from a tree, or the free form shapes the shadows of tree branches and leaves make on the sidewalk.

I read most of the book on my flight to and from Long Beach. I was not enthralled with all of the illustrations, but found many that spoke to me.

Here are yesterday and today’s 3 x3. Almost time to pick the next tertiary color!

Back to the Olympics. I sure hate how they are covered. I wish we could see them in real time. Instead we are spoon fed what NBC wants us to see when they want us to see it.

Home again, Home again!

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I am home from my whirlwind trip to IQF Long Beach. It was such fun, especially after Karen and Terry arrived on Friday to keep me company. We were so excited to hear the wonderful comments about our Twelve by Twelve exhibit. I loved hanging out there, listening to the comments. Sometimes I would introduce myself and then I would be held captive to answer questions!!

Here is a photo of the three of us with Del, taken on Friday. Del was so thrilled with the reception the exhibit received. I am so happy we did her proud.

On Friday night, Del and her friends, Sherry and Jim who live on the water in Long Beach, treated us to a Duffy boat ride and dinner at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Here is the boat. It is electric and very comfy.

Here are some of the sights seen from the boat. A putt putt boat with a mutt.

And a person powered Gondola:

It was high tide so we often had to turn around because we could not get under a bridge. We enjoyed navigating the canals of Naples and looking at all the beautiful homes.

Yesterday before I left, I saw this sight out my window:

It was a canopy for an Indian wedding. When I was waiting in the lobby, I saw drool worthy Indian saris on beautiful women. The men were wearing some cool outfits, too.

I arrived home last evening and Steph and Jack and Miles picked me up and we stopped for dinner at one of Miles’ favorite restaurants. Steve was at an anniversary party for friends that I had to miss because I got in too late and Mia is in San Francisco with Lisa and Clay. She will be attending the Young Artists Program at California College of Art for the next two weeks. She is having quite the summer.

Today, I spent some quality time with Mr C and Scooter who seemed to have missed me!!

I was excited to find this fabric from Frieda Anderson when I got home. I am going to use it for a piece for our Rhythm and Hues show.

I am only one day behind with my 3 x 3s. Here are two more.

IQF Long Beach

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

I flew to Long Beach today to see the Twelve by 12 Quilts and the Rituals exhibit. Seeing our quilts all together took my breath away, again.

It is always fun to interact with people viewing our quilts. Several told me it was the best exhibit in the show.

I love this poster with all of our photos.

Del Thomas, who is our angel for sponsoring the exhibit in the three IQF venues, was here tonight and I snapped this photo of her with the quilts.

I have a quilt in the Rituals exhibit. Photos are not allowed, but Leslie Jenison, one of the curators, took this photo of me with the Scooter and Mr C quilt.

I have a nice room on the lower floor of the Hyatt, overlooking the lagoon. It is very peaceful and quiet and since I have some SDA work to do, it is nice to have this space to myself. Here is my view.

This is yesterday’s 3 x 3. There won’t be any more until I get back home.

I have to get to work and then get some sleep. I am on duty at 9:30 in the morning at the SAQA booth.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012