Month: April 2009

Road trip

Carrizozo click the word to be taken to the gallery. Sometimes when I'm taking photos, I really have to put a lot of effort in to make them work…..Then again, I have days when everything works in my favor, light, environment, and the luxury of time. And so it was in Carrizozo today. Some 60 miles from Alamogordo New Mexico, the town of Carrizozo gained notoriety for its links to the notorious "Billy the Kid"Nestled next to the railroad, the town plays host to huge lumbering freight trains that signal their  arrival with the shrill wheels on metal and the distinguishable sound of the signal. The backdrop of huge mountain ranges rise up from the flat yellow plains to surround the town. I had visited  before, several years ago and I was looking forward to visiting again, but I was disappointed that the two shops I wanted to see were closed, in fact, one has completely disappeared. I parked the car in a side street and decided to walk. It was hot, 92 deg and …

Pondering.?

I've been thinking, and thinking, the idea just doesn't go away…. the thought  keeps popping into my mind like one of those balloons in a cartoon. We need something NEW for quilting.I did some drawings on the plane yesterday….. and I think I almost have it !!!!!! PIECING.APPLIQUE.ART BASEDQUILTING The frame is empty at the moment…. but I think I have an idea to put in there….!!!

There is a new video up on the Quilt Show today. The quilt show Video – Israel It's part of my journey in Israel. I have more to share, interviews and film, but we only make short ones for the program. I had so many people talk to me about the program, it seems there are lots of people watching and enjoying the tours. I urge you to go have a loot at the Quilt Show, there is so much on there for quilters to share…. Ricky and Alex are legends.!!!! I'm now in Albuquerque New Mexico.I was sure pleased to put my feet on the ground this afternoon. I left the hotel at 5.30, It was pitch dark and pouring with rain and even though I only had to travel 5 miles to drive, I was a little nervous about missing the turnoff. I think the flight was the worst I have ever been on. It was a small plane and the flight normally takes 35 minutes, today it dragged out for 1 hour …

A more relaxed day.

A chat on skype with family and a late breakfast in lovely surroundings was the beginning of a more restful day today. Business on the computer took up an hour or so, and then I was free. Now, I just happen to be in a hotel over the road from Hancocks of Paducah. !!!! I actually did a little reconnaissance in the store yesterday and it's a little like walking into a treasure trove…. I walked the aisles and made my choices. This fabric for a dress for Tilly, this series for a small Bayeux project, bright textures for the collage quilts, beautiful fabric for the scrap book quilts, class sample fabric….  everything had a purpose. To be honest, I really don't buy fabric without a purpose anymore. Surprise, they shipped it for me as well…. so it's already on it's way home. The place is just huge, 1000's of bolts of fabric. The ones pictured above are to take to the next event, but the Moda fabric I purchased for 3 special projects are …

It's taken a while to put this  video up….. I just took my tiny little hand flip video and went for a walk, occasionally the wind catches the microphone, but I think you will  be able to get a feeling of Paducah…. it was just 7.30, no one was around and it was quite pleasant really. I had to serate it into two  videos, because it was too large a file to make one video…. so watch page one and then scroll to page 3 for the continuation of the walk if you are interested. In fact, I had booked to stay at the convention centre for the two days after the event,  but everyone had left and because it had only been open for the duration of the quilt show, it suddenly became an empty shell with me rattling around in it… SO, I was able to shift out today when I picked up my car. Right opposite this wonderful hotel is the famous "Hancocks of Paducah", I'll photograph it tomorrow to share with …

A pain in the arm

A lot has happened since I wrote.I had a trip to the emergency room after a fall in class this afternoon(I did finish the class first though) I caught my foot in a sewing machine cord across the walkway when I was running from place to place in class. Bang, flat on my face. ************!!!!!! My glasses cut into my face, the knees were cut, my right shoulder is black and my right arm has a swelling as big as an egg and as blue as an eggplant. Fortunately nothing is broken. Other than that, class was super once again…. I had the nicest students….. I'm sorry, I intended to photograph again this evening, but I missed out due to circumstances beyond my control. Yesterday I mentioned I was going to the presentations, I also said I was tired…. I lasted till 9.30 and still hadn't eaten, so I left to find something to eat only to realize that I had left my purse in my bag in class. "Oh, I'll get room service" Not …

I'm exhausted. I've just finished teaching for the day and the class was fabulous, the adrenalin is still whizzing round and round the system. It was a 5.30 am start this morning, I had breakfast with friends and then to work at 7.30… Right now I need to eat, because lunch time was a whirl and I didn't have time for sustenance, I think I need chocolate and a glass of Baileys on Ice.In fact, I got lost in the building trying to evade the huge crowd… people walk so slow….I ended up coming down the fire escape and walking out through the kitchen, I just waved and said "Hi" to the startled staff…."Where did she come from? they said…. but I just smiled and walked through… they are probably still  wondering. This evening is the presentation evening and a dinner so I'm taking a few minutes to relax by hitting the keys of the computer. I dashed into the quilt show after class to take some photos ~ just 15 minutes, I rushed here …

A walk down town.

Paducah Photos The link above is to today's' photos. It's getting difficult to get service with wireless, the more people using it the weaker it gets, so I'm not sure how much longer I have the internet, it will be like cutting off my arm. I had the morning to browse, it was a late start, but I was down town round 11.00, it was cool with the wind whipping off the River. Bus loads of ladies were arriving by the minute and the town was buzzing. I visited the gallery of  Sharon Linn I really like her illustrations, and I hope to get back and do an interview with her later in the week. I visited the Kirchhoff's Bakery and Deli  Established 1873, it was absolutely packed with visitors…Stepping into Kirchhoff's Bakery is like stepping back in time…This Paducah baking tradition spans 5 generations.In 1873, a young Prussian immigrant, Franz Kirchhoff, embarked on a dream. He and his young bride, Hannah Baumer, opened Kirchhoff's Bakery in a small building in downtown Paducah. In the …