Month: July 2011

As predicted I had a super day. It's late and I'm sitting here and there are simply times that I can't express my self. Just helped Tilly with her new reader, she held it up to the computer so I could help her with her reading……. and now it's time  to sleep.!!!!!        

IQA Long Beach

What are these gals laughing at…. it's all a bit too much fun really. I'm so lucky to have  wonderful friends to share quilting with me and still keep coming back….!!!!! During lunch hour today I ran down to the show floor to photograph. The place was buzzing, in fact at 10.00 am when the doors opened the entrance line was out the door. 100's of vendors, 100's of quilts on show, thousands of people buying everything from fabric to shoes…. and I was amongst the throng. Did I buy more shoes?  -  love them. Shredded Sari's, did I buy more.? Vintage French and English fabric…. do I need it? Interesting people. Amazing things to see and share It's a real buzz and walking the floor is exhilarating, even though I only had the lunch hour. I had to eat raisin bran  10 minutes before we had to be back in class because I was so busy. I highlight a stunning quilt, 'Spring Nouveau' by Heidi Lund, Bremerton Washington. and   This is a link …

International Quilt Festival Long Beach

I arrived in Long Beach this afternoon. The Quilt Festival begins tomorrow and I will take photos to share during the day. The flags are flying This amazing quilt is in the Foyer Will the food court cope this year This image is seen from the hotel We're by the Ocean so I have great opportunity to photograph I met this guy on the dock. I love this too. The QE II is there too.  

A good day.

Well, I'm still finishing off the roasted seaweed and mixing it with the breakfast cereal and coffee I bought today…. There's no law to say you can't eat cereal for dinner… (specially when you travel) After the events of yesterday I was a bit concerned what the day would bring today. I mentioned that I dropped my brand new Ipad 2 when I was in South Africa… it smashed the screen very dramatically and it was with trepidation I took it to the Apple Store today. They took the smashed one and gave me a new one… I was so thrilled I anticipated a long wait for the repair. I bought a screw driver and super glue and repaired the wheel on my case…so I feel much happier with life right now. In discussing the Ipad… I share with you some of the things I was working on while flying yesterday. I use the Ipad to manipulate my photos and now I intend to print the fabric and use it for the background of a …

Seaweed, coffee and a health bar.

It's almost 10.00 pm and the heart has finally stopped racing. I'm dining on roasted seaweed, coffee and a health bar for dinner. The trip from Alamogordo to LAX went well.  (sort of) The hostie was the interesting, I happended to be right at the front… it looked as if she was a puppet going through the safety routine.. she forgot where she was in the dialogue and was putting the mask on when the man in the speaker was talking about the seat belt…, she stopped and checked her phone in the middle of the recitation… no one could see her but me cos she ducked behind the door….!!! Remember all phones were supposed to be switched off!!! We were taking off and she's checking her emails….!!! We landed at a satellite hub and it was certainly interesting…we had to catch a bus to pick up our luggage and there we were amongst the planes taking off. Row after row of humongous planes took off right in front of us… I hoped the bus …

Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

One of the most fascinating part of our trip was to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Two of the exhibitions were outstandin, but I'm having a problem uploading photos so I did it in my gallery… We could have stayed there all day, but we only had 3 hours because we had other museums to see. If you are ever in this vicinity… please take the time to view it. Material World presents a tantalizing glimpse into the Museum of International Folk Art's largest collection of textiles and costumes stored in 57 closets and numerous trunks and drawers. The 138 rarely-seen items in this exhibition highlight the remarkable breadth and depth of 20,000 objects ranging from everyday household articles to elaborately detailed ceremonial wear in the Museum's textile collection. View the images in my gallery. The other exhibition we enjoyed was:- The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Natural Disaster explores how folk artists have helped their communities recover from four recent natural disasters: the Haitian Earthquake; Hurricane …

As I write this note I’m traveling down highway 380 from San Antonio to Carrizozo  New Mexico. In the distance there are blue mountains rising from flat earth and the road is dead straight  disappearing into the horizon with  predicable  perspective. The yellow line flicks past the car and draws us homeward. Clouds are heavy with rain  and have dropped their bounty in small pockets.  In between the clouds are turquoise patches of sky giving the promise of a spectacular sunset. The smell of pinon pine and cedar after the rain is strong  in the air. We’ve just eaten Green Chili cheeseburger at  The famous Owl Bar and Grill San Antonio, our joint opinion is it was a disappointing  experience and most of the food was left there. The temperature has dropped 20 degrees in the past 20 minutes, 98 to 78. For two busy gals this has been a dream trip…. expensive, but still a dream…..we’ve got to the stage in life that we need good quality accommodation, transport and food. So it has a …

Taos Pueblo.

It'd hard to keep up on the blog with all we've done, and I'm a few days behind with descriptions of the things we've seen. We visited Taos and the Pueblo, it has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.   See images in my Gallery I was a little surprised that there were shops within the peublo but then again I didn't do my homework properly. The buildings, made of adobe blend seamlesnessly with the earth. The thick rounded textured walls gave wonderful textures…. got to put them into fabric.   Why are the colors so pleasing in this photo….well, I've examined them, I've taken 3 turquoise and 3 tan and they are opposites on the the color wheel…they compliment each other so well. I'm not too sure what I will design from this visit…. I love the colors so I might just go with that…. Maybe a fabric design.