Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"The Power of Imagination makes us infinite." John Muir
This is the "Birth of a Quilt" over 800 31/2" half square triangle blocks. Now to just get them all put together with the design in my head!
Thursday: Met our friends, Debby and Raymond for dinner at Mi Familia in Granbury.
Friday: TVQG meeting. Everyone did a great job of getting their kits turned in to me. Our speaker was Karen Combs who does very neat Optical Illusion quilts. I wish I had taken her workshop the day before but I didn't sign up in time. Then I had an eye appt. at 1:30 so after the meeting, I just killed a little time by going to the Fort Worth Art Center where the old Modern used to be. They always have some interesting art displays...one in particular caught my eye...Threaded Paintings...all done by hand, embroidery...very detailed!! I recommend going to see it. And I grabbed a little lunch at the Z-Cafe there in the same building...a nice little deli type place.
Sunday: Went to dinner with Bob and Eddy Lou then looked at each others' pics of our Alaskan trips. They are planning another trip there this summer.
Monday: studioQ meeting at Bethany's. We had a great time doing marbling on fabric using shaving cream for a base and Dyna-fabric paint. Our recipe ingredient this time was to do a symbol. There were only seven of us at the meeting and only four of us did the block for a symbol.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-tzu
Today I actually got some things accomplished. The sun came out and began the melting process...it was so pretty, but the heavy snows left many people without electicity and did damage to many trees. We were very fortunate...as heavily laden as our trees got, none of the limbs broke...and our power stayed on during the whole ordeal! Our power seems to go out only when there is absolutely no reason for it to!!
Friday, February 12, 2010
"Live shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." Anais Nin
I love the Olympics...the coming together of athletes from all over the world; the courage for some of these little countries with one athlete; the comaraderie which seems to exist.
We watched most of the opening ceremony tonight...it ran so late we recorded it and will watch the rest tomorrow night. Of course, it is always a thrill when the USA enters...I have almost the same feeling of pride for the Canadians. Our trip last fall up through there gave us so much better of an understanding of our relationship with our neighbors. We were very impressed by how many places would fly an American flag right beside the Canandian flag...and not just at the border...this would be way up into the interior. And, truly, what warm, welcoming people!
We also have a greater grasp of the "First Nation"/"Aborigine" peoples because of having traveled there. I loved the different tribes at the opening ceremony...their clothing and dances, etc. I bet they will be a weary bunch of people tomorrow!
I didn't think anything could top or come close to the Ceremony in Beijing, but Vancouver did a wonderful job. It was just as good, but in a totally different way.
"I shut my eyes in order to see." Paul Gauguin
And we thought yesterday was beautiful! It must have snowed three more inches in the night as we woke up to a true winter wonderland. And I do have to disagree with my quote today....my eyes are wide open!
Our live oak tree is really loaded!!
And the robins are still with us! Hundreds (no joke) are settling around in the trees.
We have never had such a snow fall since we have lived in Texas...nearly 30 years for us! We both grew up in the midwest and snows like this were common, but this is really rare for Texas!
"Go confidently in the directions of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined." Henry David Thoreau
Friday, February 5, 2010
"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible." Oscar Wilde
This is my collection of monoprinting done with metalic paints on black fabric. This is the process that my studioQ group did Monday on the gelatin blocks. A very fun project!! And inexpensive...I have so much paint collected from other projects; the gelatin blocks take no time or money to make!
A closeup of one of the larger gelatin monoprints. Now to get busy and make something with them! When I was in Houston, I purchased some very neat silk fabric in some lush colors I think I will use and incorporate some of these and maybe some beading.
This afternoon, we went to the "Y" for our biweekly sessions; they are remodeling and getting new equipment so it is kind of a mess right now, but we perservere!! On the way home, we stopped by the mechanic's to pick up the truck which had been very dead...I was waiting while Dick went in to pay, and to see if it was going to make it OK. Then when I tried to start the car, it would not start!!! No one could take time to start it then, so we came on home in the truck...called later...went back up. The owner fired it right up but he knew that there was something wrong with the starter! So left it there to be worked on and we are back to having one vehicle in the garage!! I swear, if one more thing goes wrong around here, I am going to think we are really cursed!!!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
"Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow'! " The Talmud
This evening, my chauffeur and I drove over to Burleson to attend the meeting of confirmation sponsers. My granddaughter is being confirmed this spring and has asked me to be her sponser. I feel very honored to do so...she is such a special young lady (I almost said "little girl", but that is no longer true.) It was a rainy dark night; that is why Dick went with me...night driving is not a favorite thing for either of us, but at least we were able to do it together. Four ol' eyes almost make a good pair!! (Actually eight, as we both wear glasses!)
I played most of the day on printing with the gelatin blocks again...I want to do a few more tomorrow, then better start thinking of something to do with all of them....of course a few of them will go to the trash, but I am really liking some of them.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
"A mind too active is no mind at all." Theodore Roethke
Saturday...rodeo and dinner with the family at Marti's. We were going to have the dinner after the rodeo at our house, but because we had no fridge and our power was being very erratic, we decided to do all the cooking but take everything into Marti's. Andrea came here after everything and spent the night.
Sunday....Andrea helped me download our new, wonderful "anti-virus" etc. program. Then after she left, the guys from Loew's showed up with our new refrigerator. It is really nice...the French doors with the pull out freezer drawer.
Monday....I hosted the studioQ group here...we had a great time playing with monoprinting on gelatin blocks. I had made small ones for everyone to have and covered up all my stuff in my studio to protect it from wild painters. (If you watch "Dexter", the good serial killer, I was preparing my room like he does his "kill" room!)
Here we are painting away on our little blocks. And here are some of the prints..I have been playing around with it today on different fabric...black..and am beginning to really like the process.
After we cleaned up, while the prints were drying, we had our show and tell. Here is some of the wonderful examples of what this terrific group can do!
Here is one of Heathers.
This is Nancy's "recipe" quilt, so far.
And this is Susan's "recipe" quilt.
Wendy also dyes most of her own fabric.
Beth is showing a quilt she did with an international group. (My new fridge in the background!)
And...the sun came out today for the first time in days....and..granddaughter made it to district swimmeet which is next weekend!!
All in all...a great week..so far!!!