Month: March 2008

My Houston Quilt Odyssey

The latest Quilters companion is out… I wrote an article, My Houston Quilt Odyssey I decided to look at the Quilt Convention a little differently this time…."I’ve taken a longer route home from Houston this year. I was Teaching and Lecturing across the US.  Many of the students in my audience had also just returned from Houston and in the interests of the article I asked them their opinion." ……. I interviewed booth and store owners, shoppers, white glove ladies and exhibitors.  You will even learn the rules on hiring a scooter for the day…. !!!!!

Similar borders.

I put the borders on this quilt in the same manner as used in the the cactus quilt.Each border is actually appliquéd down…. The scaly border was cut around each outside scale and stitched with monofilnament, the final border was appliquéd on with a blanket stitch.

Border process.

I added the checkered border first..It reminds me of the mosaic tiles I saw in Mexico. However, lets make it more interesting.,.I cut a 1” strip of fusible web and ironed it to the top of the strip of check fabric.I cut along the edge of the pattern tin the fabric to give me an interesting texture. The top and bottom strips in blue, also come from the images I saw on some of the buildings in Mexico… I didn’t have a pattern, so it comes from my imaginationI added a 3” strip fusible web to a strip of blue fabric. I folded it in four and drew a pattern…  three of the images fitted into the 4th fold of the strip… With sharp scissors I cut out the pattern through the four thicknesses…I wasn’t too fussy about the shape being perfect… The strip at the bottom is the reverse of the top strip… so one cutting line gives you 2 borders….!!! The other two borders were cut in the same way….. Don’t you love …

How do we get old?

3 years ago, after a visit to my parents I was suddenly hit with the realization that they were old.I drove the hour trip home and my thoughts were more on Mum and Dad than concentrating on the road.  At dinner that night…. I just quietly announced "I think Mum and Dad have got old"They suddenly looked old. My Dad was angry that his hands shook. Dad, the artist who made the finest instruments could no longer hold those delicate tools.When did Mum begin to have problems walking….?Why hadn’t I noticed it before? How could I miss such a fundamental change?Did degeneration really happen that quickly or did I miss something important because of my busy life? Since that awakening, Dad has passed away in tragic circumstances and Mum has been ill for many, many months.I visited her last week after being away for 6 weeks and I almost didn’t recognize her…. I see her feebly walking the passage on her walking frame and I want to shout…. "That’s not my Mother" …… I spent …

"One night I went for a walk by the sea, along the empty shore. The deep blue sky was flecked with clouds of a blue deeper than the fundamental blue of intense cobalt, and other of a clearer blue, like the whiteness of the milky way. …….." Vincent Van Gogh.I can imagine Vincent Van Gogh striding along the beach, looking to the sky, spanning the water, he noted details that many of us miss. He shared his ideas with wisdom and imagination. "Creativity is about imagination and yet it’s about reality too."  Danny Gregory.

I’ve had along day.

This is the way I feel tonight, I’ve been working since 4.30 am. I needed to fit in a days work before 10.00 am when my friends were due to arrive for a day of quilting. Four of us have been working on a project for the past several years. It is now up on the wall for the first time and looking darn good…. This project has been an experiment in design, innovation and creativity… I’ve enjoyed working with my friends and part of each of us will always reside in our special quilt. (By the way….. it’s not foo foo, like my angel here…. She was part of a story I wrote many years ago….but she looks like I feel)