blogging and talking about design Ideas

I’ve been trying to add photos to my album blog for days… its takes so long to download so I just gave up and I will have wait until we hit the road in a weeks time (that is if we get good internet).


 On the list for publication right now are:-


  • The images of our Southern New Mexico Quilt Festival.
  • The Art of Gordon Snidow. – Crazy Quilt.
  • Collecting and using old quilts.
  • Shoe Designs for quilters.
  • Quilt Exhibition in Ruidoso.
  • Visiting Antique Malls for decorators and Textile Artists.
  • Creating images from photos in preparation for making a quilt.


Painted in Waterlogue


As I mentioned next  week Lisa and I will travel to Santa Fe for the Folk Art festival, then travel on Route 66 to Cedar Rapids for the Ricky Tims Seminar. 

We will be  photographing, designing, filming  and reporting as we travel.


I’ve been thinking about the design process recently. 

Of course, if I draw from my head it's a design. 



If I create a quilt from my own ideas it’s a design.

If I create a quilt in the computer, it’s my design.

I also design my own techniques.

However, I get to view so many pieces of work that I often wonder if my ideas come from things I see. A form, a color, an idea and have they imprinted on my mind.

Several years ago I drew a door with a craggy hand opening it. I was in Mexico and I used the door of the church down the street as my design inspiration. It was the “D” for Door for my book.

Last year in LA I was at LACMA and I saw an old painting that was almost identical. Even the pattern was the same. Am I an old soul who has been here before or is it co-incidental.

I personally don’t want to do the same as other folk do, I don’t see things the same way and I take great delight in working things out for myself. 

There have been times when the quilt police see fit to judge and dismiss.

If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s okay to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who does something different to ourselves. 


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