Month: October 2012

Houston first Day

Wooow, its been a long day without coffee… what made me forget to imbibe. We were traveling most of the day and now we're in housed in our hotel in Houston ready for the festivities to begin. flying out of El Paso I don't know if you can tell, but I get soooo excited coming to Houston. The view from our window. Everything is ready for the next few days even the clothes are pressed, hanging ready. I've hugged a dozen people, met dear friends from Dubai, Ana from Brazil, and buddy Di from Aus. We had a riotous time in the executive club with even more more buddies and we've only been here a few hours. Kay England gave me a wonderful suggestion for new glasses… at least the sides should be red and white stripe with pointy feet over the ears. !!!! I have a friend who makes Elton Johns glasses and it will be on to do list when I get home… for sure. Right now I'm watching "Outback Hunter" filmed in …

What make a great instructor.

  This excerpt, in part was taken from an article in the Artist Daily and I agree with it completely. What make a great instructor. The first trait: the instructor's work has to not only be technically sound but it also has to move you. You can't learn from someone who doesn't believe in their art but it's even more difficult if you don't believe in their art–at the very least, you need to be interested enough to want to learn more about it. The way an instructor teaches how to think makes a big difference. And most of all, a great instructor whatever–shares what they know. This is the crux of finding great  instruction. You want someone who doesn't hold back and answers questions as well as offers assessments openly and thoughtfully. Share knowledge is the key for me…. sometimes Tutors share, other times, it's like pulling teeth.

History and Culture.

Eugene Manlove Rhodes. I've never heard of him before, but today I joined Dr David Townsend and Mr Pete Eidenbach and about 15 others as they shared poetry and prose written in almost illegible and writing some 80 years ago. He was a story teller of note with an urge to share the world he lived in with all who would listen. We sat in a tree rimmed circle at the foot of his grave and listened as these learned me shared his thoughts.   Dr David Townsend Mr Pete Eidenbach   My glowing face tells me we were sitting outside in the sun high in the San Andres Mountains at about 9000 feet. It was a unique experience. Keith and I loved every minute of it. We had our moda table accessories, (because we are quilters) delicious sandwiches and water to sup on as we listened to the words of  a long departed storyteller who sought to share the ideals of the average South Western rancher. We drove in convoy through the White sands …

Yesterday was an extraordinary day.

Yesterday was an extraordinary day. I was even too numb to write the blog last night. It was the USA launch of the The Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet. I slept fitfully. What if no one turned up. Do I have enough books? The difficulty was the main delivery, some 2,500 books are still on the way, so we flew in a few boxes, just as we did for our Guild launch. The wonderful Miss Rainee had the atrium decorated in orange with yellow flower decorations, there was  coffee on the boil and delicious cookies. The gals from Las Cruses But we were not disappointed… we sold out quickly and added many more orders to the books. The gals came from all over and it was an emotional and  rewarding experience. Rose from El Paso Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Yes, I know the haircut is short….. far tooooooo short.  I think the hairdresser slipped with the scissors and clippers. I said, please don't cut it too short… specially the sides. After she had …

Sewing it forward.

Paying it forward. What does it mean? We  sat around the table tonight and discussed the subject, every one has a different view of what it means. Paying It forward, – My theory is that it's doing something for someone else without asking anything in return. However, one would hope that "Someone" would continue the momentum. So at a brain storming event today we thought up Sewing it forward. With that in mind. How many of you have old sewing machines stashed in your cupboard? I have lot of Antique ones I need to get rid of… but I do have about 3 others that are just sitting there. They haven't been used in years and its such a waste….but I've never thought about it like that before. So do you live in New Mexico? Want to donate an old sewing machine or two for our children's program? Sew it forward? If you can donate an old machine in working order we would be forever in your debt. We figure we need about 20 (or …

Who would imagine

8.30 pm, and we've been busy all day. As many of you know I'm involved with The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts. Its a quilt event supported by the 1st National Bank and I donate my time. Its a program developed 3 years ago and we've raised over $45,000 for the children of the community here in Alamogordo. Keith and I toured some areas where children are receiving services in the community. Food programs, counseling, drug and Alcohol awareness and day care. It was a humbling experience. Next was lunch and a presentation for Kiwanis and then a meeting with the Mayor regarding our program in the future. Tomorrow is the book launch, a percentage of funds from my book will also assist our event. Who would imagine that quilting would take you down this road.    

“just my place”

It was chilly this morning and we had an early start to the radio station for an interview… Then a good ol' country breakfast of eggs, biscuits and gravy and off to another station for the next chat. This time Keith was in the studio and he was a bit nervous.I think you could say he's a 'radio virgin.' Tomorrow, a meeting with the Mayor,  a talk for Kiwanis and a tour of a children's program CHINS (Children in need of services) so its going to be a busy day. Lisa and I have been finalizing  our Thelma and Louise trip for next year, but we did have time to pop into the Antique mall for a bit of quilt therapy. I bought some props. An antique baby gown of the finest cotton as inspiration and application, baby buttons and 2 old antique baby dolls for a quilt in the "Ripped from Reality" series.For the princely sum of $11 The series will be called "just my place" The  image will be quilted into the baby …

This was its first reveal of the book here in the USA

It's just like coming home when I arrive in Alamogordo. I love the sky, I love the light and I love the people. This is my mojo. I went to the bank this morning to see what my schedule for the week entailed and I was sitting talking to my adviser, we both looked at the schedule and exclaimed…. XXXXXX Whoops.!!!! Here I was in my sneakers and 'Pam' clothes and I had to be at the library to read to the children…. (15 minutes earlier) We raced out the door…. and a phone call was made to tell them I was on the way and 5 minutes later I was reading the story of the Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet to the group of the most gorgeous children. I was introduced as the Author and then there was a demonstration on a globe of how far we had to fly. I told them they give you pajamas with Kangaroos on the front of them when its time to sleep….their little eyes got wider and …