Month: March 2013

March 31st, 2013

Edward the Confessor, King of England Written on 27 March 2013 by Archivist in Nobility Edward the Confessor Susan Abernethy joins the Medieval Archives with another great post. Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like Susan on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Edward the Confessor was the last Anglo-Saxon king who could trace his ancestry back to King Alfred the Great and King Cerdic of Wessex. He was the great-great-great-great grandson of Alfred and he died childless, leaving England open to conquest from overseas. Edward’s father was Aethelred the Unready, the hapless king who was besieged by the Vikings on all coasts. In 1002, he was widowed and contracted a marriage with Emma, the sister of Richard, Duke of Normandy. Edward was born at Islip in Oxfordshire within the first two years of his parents wedding. Edward’s mother was a formidable woman but his father was not someone he could look up to and he …

On my way home.

view from my window in New Orleans. Of course this is not a ship view. Taken a few minutes ago it places me firmly on land and I've been working almost all day to catch up on a week of internet deprivation.  I know its supposed to be good for me to be away from the computer, but really I'm not buying it. I know eating broccoli is good for me too… but I've never felt the need to consume it with gusto. Experience makes you wiser for the wear…. give me the Internet !!!! I suppose you are all sick of me waxing lyrical about the tour, but it has been one of the best. I made the comment yesterday, 4000 people, and I didn't see a disgruntled person the entire time. So that makes 7 days of smiles. Its a great place to teach quilting. The roar of the waves through the open door on the balcony is gone, replaced by CNN news. Friend Lisa who was my class assistant is winging her …

no more posts from sea.

I missed the blog last night, due to slow internet. Well that was my excuse, but in fact, I also sort of hit the wall after dinner. I did a bit of a fun run for 4 miles to find the camera shop… I’m not used to such energetic enterprises loaded down with the back pack and the in the heat of the day I thought I was pretty darn clever, but the end of the day was a bit of a surprise. I needed to sleep!!!!But we got to do some interesting things.A visit to the mangroves was one of them. We have 993 kms to sail back to New Orleans and it will take two days to get there. We’ve had a day in Cozumel, Mexico today and Lisa and I just decided to walk the city rather than take a tour.There were 4 other ships in port and it was like an entire city descending on the area.People poured out of the bowels of the ship and walked right into the arms …

Quilting in the carribean

Its warm and sunny and the light in now pure gold with the promise of an impending sunset. The air is sweet with unfamiliar aromas and the breeze is warm and soothing as it swirls around you. We’ve been sitting on out balcony watching the loading of the ship process. Strands of passengers weave their way back to this mighty vessel. I’m sure many of them had adventures today. Our trip out today was a little disappointing and I guess its just that I had an expectation of a similar shore trip to last time and indeed it was vastly different. We visited a school but sadly the students were on holidays. It was the size of my studio and we told that 48 children from 4 to 6 attended it.   Set in a rural background amidst green fields the school was cluttered and unkempt but obviously there is a strong feeling of affection for the students due to the comments written in books and on the walls and on the artwork hanging at …

Quiting and Cruising.

2 full day of classes, 84 ladies, 4 classes we've had a fabulous time. Now I have 3 days off to play. Its hard to imagine that we will actually be in Jamaica tomorrow. This cruise is a Craftsy Cruise and implemented by Sew Many Places. I’ve had an opportunity to meet the Craftsy  Crew, they are young vibrant and looking for new ideas. They are bringing quilting to you over the internet and its growing at a rapid rate. They have a huge staff and the average age is that of my children. Its what’s needed in the industry, young blood. Jim West runs a fabulous tour. He’s works magic and makes everyone on the tour feel special. I’ve not had time to write, but I hope to take a lot of photos over the next few days. I’ll be looking for inspiration for my next Caribbean quilt, and I hope to buy some added pieces for the recently finished Caribbean quilt. This ship, Navigator of the seas is 15 stories high and looks …

Delights

One of my delights this trip has been to have my buddy Lisa along as my helper on the cruise. I’ve done this many times, but this is her first event and she’s so excited.To see her so delight is worth a mint. We have a great cabin with a balcony where we can sit and enjoy the passing view. I’ve got Hayden compositions playing, the box of books and pens arrived safely to our cabin a few minutes ago and we have everything put away and ready for class tomorrow. Tonight I meet the other Teachers, Craftsy  Staff and the students. There are 4000 people on board and 86 of them are quilters so its been spot the quilter for the past four hours. “Attention” quilter to the right.. or “Quilter coming towards us”… OK so tonight it will be time to see if we were correct. Each cruise is different. In fact Keith has been with me on all the others, but I think the fact that the football has begun at home …

Swamps and Bourbon Street.

I can't help myself. My photos are always taken with a view to create  -  (something) and it becomes a bit of an obsession. Will I put it into thread form? Will I use it for decoration in the house, or sometimes, I just plain like the feel of the image presented. I combine color and form, perspective and presence in my head at a fast rate and then snap with the camera, the heart beats a little faster and its an exciting experience. Its not new, I've composed images all my life, however with the new cameras and computers you can change the image to fit the mood and genre you enjoy. These are some of the images I took last night. I love shop windows and at night the light allows you to  capture  interesting colors without the reflection of a day time scape. Dusk is tricky time to photograph but you get interesting vistas. You can peer through the windows of well lit restaurants. Or capture a vision of a performer by …

creating a pieced quilt from a photograph.

Its still dark. The quiet of the morning blankets the atmosphere. Its going to be in interesting day we're going into the swamps today. I didn't have time to finish the blog yesterday, I just ran out of time. A trip to the Audubon butterfly farm to get photos for the grandies gave me some wonderful photos       This butterfly translates to the quilt. I took this image and put it into an app called pixl. You have to manipulate it to get the effect you need, but I think I might try to do a quilt similar to this, I would change the colors, but I think the effect is interesting. The large black and white spaces leave room to quilt interesting contours, the grey in the half squares add shading to give a softer effect. Its an interesting concept.         Related articles Yet another creative day. Still quilting. Winning Quilts and show observation. My Quilting Quandry.

Beignets and baking the food of Lousiana.

English: "Life" Order of beignets with powdered sugar, Café du Monde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today I'm shifting to another hotel and my buddy Lisa will fly in to begin our tour. The other Hilton is just a block away. This one was booked out for the 6 days I needed so I have 3 days in each. I've spent the morning working on the computer and I have an hour before checkout so hopefully I can get the blog done in that time. Its raining today and not at all cold but I've put the shorts in storage for a day or so. Yesterday I went on one of those hop on, hop off busses and it was only $10 for the day why? because she recognised immediatley that I was a 'senior' Oh dear, the time has come. To add insult to injury, so did the attendant at the butterfly house. !!!! Morning tea is really not necessary, but when you see goodies like these Beignets you just need to sample them. Originally they …

Capturing the day in New Orleans

Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans: Krewe of Kosmic Debris revelers on Frenchmen Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I had my first day of relaxation today for probably 5 weeks or so. I arrived here in New Orleans at about 12.30 pm last night and I wasn't too tired till I hit the pillow. I crashed. I don't think I  moved until 8.00 am. There is a sense of disorientation when you arrive at night and you wake up in no ones land so to speak. I had to work on projects and papers until 11.30 and finally I was able to go out. The Hotel is right on the river and I have a view of the boats and ferries plowing through the swift moving Mississippi river.  Name origin: Ojibwe word misi-ziibi, meaning "Great River", or gichi-ziibi, meaning "Big River" I wasn't too sure what to expect of the city. I know it can be dangerous in some areas, raunchy in others and artistic to the extreme. To be honest I experienced all of those categories …