Month: October 2010

Halloween

It's very late and I'm sitting the lobby finishing off the presentation for tomorrow… it's going to be a busy day and then I have to get my head around Houston.!!!! The rest of the team flew in from Thailand and Vietnam today and tomorrow the real work begins. However, I took a little time off work to walk downtown and photograph the Halloween celebrations. It was just fabulous. Parents clutched the hands of their children dressed in their finest and scariest halloween outfits. Almost every business in the main street gave out treats and the queues were long. Most people were patient and there was great camaraderie in the group. The local bikers group manned the intersections and held the cars at bay to allow the pedestrians across the road. There was a feeling of frivolity and everyone was smiling…. there were 1000's out on the pavement and I loved every minute of it. With bags full of candy, and a great deal of bravery on the part of the smallest children they left …

Travel – you need to be prepared for anything. No 2.

Well I made it to Arkansas despite the security at the airport  because of the EXPLOSIVES FOUND: "Obama Calls Bomb Scare a 'Credible' Terror Threat" Many planes had been diverted in the past few days due to the severe weather disrupting travel throughout the States. I'm here in Little Rock with a full team of hotel advisors to the new hotel which will be the home of the "School of Textile Art." amongst other things. The Thai and Vietnamese decorators fly in tomorrow….and we'll meet with the ladies from the local guilds and the managers. It's really exciting to be able to put this together. This is the view as I landed…. there were wonderful contours in the fields… but I didn't get the camera out quick enough…. Just like a living quilt. I aso found this picture on a poster as I was waiting to get on the plane…. I just love it… I looked at if for ages…

Diversity.

A quiet evening in the hotel room and I just finished this picture for my homework.         “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” Diversity in teaching means that I finish  my class with the satisfaction that I've shared almost everything I know about quilting with my students… After fond farewells and a lot of hugs the ladies packed up and braved the wintry winds and rain to pack the cars for their long trips home. A steady trickle of locals appeared at the hotel with small bags and a look of resignation… many will be without power for days… so have taken the opportunity to stay at the hotel. I have an early flight to Arkansas tomorrow…. so i have a day of travel tomorrow.

what a day.

It began well, the sun was shining. Keith and I went to Big Boy to dine on poached eggs on rye and then back to the hotel to begin at 9.00. We were well into the swing of things when the wind began to whip up. You couldn't walk out the door without being blown  down the pavement. At 11.15. the power went out and remained out till almost 9.30 pm We had an inventive class in the afternoon, drawing, cutting applique and looking at fabric, we lost a bit of precious time and worked until we lost the daylight. We all bought flashlights and went out to a diner for dinner…our worries forgotten as we tucked into our food.  I was convinced the power would be on when we got back, but all was in darkness still. So we played scrabble and cribbage by candle light…. (another use for the ipad) and had a fabulous time…. I makes you think that at times we need to look a little further than our quilting for …

http://blip.tv/play/AYHIsF8C   In class yesterday my students told me of a wonderful barn trail in the Michigan.  So I did a little investigating and this is what I found…Next year I will try to find them and film then for you. Surrounded almost entirely by the deep blue water of Grand Traverse Bay, the long narrow Old Mission Peninsula is best known for its stunning views, picturesque orchards and award-winning wines. But the Peninsula is also saturated with history. Home to the region’s first permanent settlement, its 18-mile length is dotted with picturesque farms, schoolhouses, homes and churches. And with the possible exception of its cozy two-story lighthouse, the most iconic structures on the Peninsula are its many barns, enduring reminders of rural culture in this rapidly gentrifying landscape of wineries, vacation homes and beaches.“All these people who came out to Old Mission came from somewhere else and made something out of nothing,” says Traverse City resident Evelyn Johnson, a retired kindergarten teacher who became interested in barns when her children purchased an old barn …

travelling and drawing.

We traveled all day yesterday. LA, Chicago, Traverse city and finally Grayling. We arrived in the dark, rain and fog. We had to change the body clock once again… 3 hours this time, it takes a little getting used to. I got a lot of work done on the plane, I finished the film, and  will have it up in an hour or so… It must be funny for people around me… I can't help myself moving to the music as I edit… the film has to fit in with the rhythm…. so I have to move to it too. I finished my leaf drawing for my class. Yes, it would look good in a quilt. Yes, I could draw it on fabric, just as I have on paper… So taking this class extends my capabilities… you never know what you can do until you try. OK, I can draw, but I've never used watercolors before… and I'm doing it on the road… Sometimes in class my students are afraid… "oooooh, I can't do that" …

Catching up.

  Capturing the Day, San Diego Zoo. Sorry folks the video took too long to complete so take a look at the album    You will find a lot of textures amongst the photos. Lots of creative inspiration. Today, we  did the tourist thing… a tour of LA. I found it quite interesting, but then again I'm not a good tourist. I took notes on what I need to visit again. I sort of find being a tourist a little degrading, you loose the power to make decisions for yourself because correctly you are limited to a time schedule. Folks on the bus photographing the "Hollywood sign"  Venice Beach is really sad, however, I enjoyed the graffiti. I love good graffiti… this one even has it's own attendant The meeting place…. but just where is it? Patchwork towels. This face, who is it? it looks down from the gaudiest of restaurants. I wonder what stories it could tell. Now this guy was really cute, I love his hair and his outfit standing amongst the stars in …