Month: April 2016

Yet another adventure.

To me this chosen profession has the reputation of being honest, respectful and I like to think of myself as a team player. (At least I try to be) I share my ideas on quilting with students because I love what I do and I have a passion that keeps bubbling to the surface. I have little or no control over the creative ideas that are always there under the surface and they often burst out with a sense of the ridiculous.

Take a walk with me to the Denver Art Museum and share two amazing textile stories.

In Denver people were asked to donate a blanket with a small story attached to it. The Artist Marie Watt’s work is centered around community, particularly through her use of wool blankets. As with many of her projects, she looks for blankets that hold meanings and memories. The blankets donated are folded and stacked to create a blanket sculpture. As part of donating a blanket to this project, there is a tag attached to the blanket documenting the particular story.

Empty Spools Quilt Event. – sheer pleasure.

Its 6.41 pm on Friday and I’ve not had time to write a blog for over a week.  My heart and hands just wouldn’t cooperate or should I say coordinate. I’ve had a limit on the time I’ve had for leisure and luxury and that’s what I need to be able to write the blog. Having to divide my ‘Pam’ time into blocks of ‘things to do’ has been directed mainly into the needs of students and producers with a continual stream of emails from home and indeed the concerns of friends over the tragic illness of our Grandie Baby Jay. To be able to walk into my room at night, warmed by heat of the furnace and  a blanket of  silence  is comforting and indeed enticing. I leave the heater on, the maid turns it off.  I turn it back on and retire. I’ve been asleep within minutes of laying my head on the pillow during the past week. I’ve had a wonderful time nevertheless, I’m at Empty spools in California where some 200 ladies and a few men …

Craft Tours Quilt Cocoon

Kaye England overheard one of the students mention that she was a Vietnam vet.

The wheels sprang into motion and in just a few hours a Quilt of Valor was on its way with Rita Pennington, who is the Land of Lincoln coordinator for Quilts of Valor here in Illinois.
Rosemary Dawes was the recipient and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as she was surprised during one of our evening events. I made a small video and I’m happy for you to share it with other vets and indeed your quilting community.

The important things in life.

Originally posted on I am Pam Holland:
Its early morning and the best time to catch the family at hom?e so I’ve been on the computer for a while already. I have the slippers on that Mum sent me once, (not to be seen in public but great for travel) and they are a comfort away from home. Messages about ‘Quilter versus Artist’ from another group on the internet reminds me of all the things I think of and value as an artist. I imagine you all feel a similar way, but when I am in a situation with people who ask what I ‘do’ or even? long term friends who consider my life frivolous and can’t understand my passion for art, photography, quilting….? that’s when I draw on my inner sanctum and? and retrieve my consideration for those who ask the question. I saw this statement recently. “I relate to everything—history, photography, and even my own emotions and creativity—through my expression of art. It just feels like a natural part of me, and is…

The secret to becoming a better quilter or Textile Artist.

My personal view is that every person that creates something is an artist. An Artist is a collector of imaginings and experiences. They are selective and only collect the things they enjoy the most and it really depends where you put yourself to receive those things… you’re not necessarily going to get the experience or be influenced if you are home on the couch.

The sewer.

He doesn’t have a fancy studio, he doesn’t have electricity or even a roof over his head but he sits day by day on the side of a busy road in the dust and the smog of continuous stre… Source: The sewer.