This turned out so crazy. Can't wait to add some more branches and connect the vines.
Friday, June 21, 2013
I used a "jelly roll" -- 2.5" strips of fabric from a collection called "Comma by Zen Chic for Moda" -- along with other coordinating odds-and-ends from my stash. Using a quilt-as-you-go method, I covered 36" x 45" of batting in a LONG week. Those strips and odd-sized chunks cover the front, while a single piece of fabric backs the batting.
|Quilt piecing in progress, the last week of April 2013.|
We started needle work in class the next Sunday. Oh boy. I spent the whole time trying to sew a single stitch. It must have seemed like I was in way over my head. I had no idea how to stitch between layers of fabric. What the heck do I do with a knot on a finished back?! I was used to going up and down through the fabric, instead of just through the top layer. By now, I've adapted, but I probably won't do handwork that way again. I'm uncertain about the stability of beads attached to the quilt. My solution is to cheat and tie off in the back -- fortunately, a creme color like the bead thread.
Fabric covered, ready to hand sew. And what on EARTH am I going to do with a 3' x 4' beaded thing I can't wash? I chopped it in quarters. It was exhilarating. That sounds insane, I know. But chopping that bad boy up was freeing and such a good choice. Now I have workable chunks that will eventually become wall-hangings, I guess. Shrug.
On evenings and weekends for the last two months, you could find me at a Starbucks either with embroidery supplies or beads. I am particularly enamored with the feel of the cashmere...thread...floss...what do you call it?
Some of the fruits of my delight -- I mean labor.
|I love the contrast of the embroidery floss and satin ribbon |
against the black fabric.
|Auditioning bead placement.|
|Playing with black on black. Not a success.|
|I'm not delighted in my bead work, but it'll do.|
|Ze knots of -- how do you say? -- French.|
|Cretan stitch, executed somewhat cretinously.|
|I want to eat these berries. They are probably poisonous.|
|Stem stitch, variations on lazy daisy, French knots.|
Friday, February 1, 2013
Q&A after the lecture for Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new book in June 2012.
Q: Philosophical question – would you rather die now or live forever?
“I’ve kind of bought into the concept of a natural life.
“I know philosophers like having those kind of debates but I never believe that the options available to a creative person are ever limited by the choices offered by a philosopher.
“So, for example, if there’s a lifeboat and there’s only a certain amount of food for four, but there’s six people, so do you throw them overboard? Otherwise everyone dies, or do you eat them? So these choices…so I’m saying maybe we can invent a way to draw fish from the ocean so we don’t have to throw them overboard. See, I like solutions to problems rather than the blunt do A or B.
“And part of this, I think, is because we grew up in a multiple choice school system. Sometimes answers exist beyond the choices you have thought up as the person who wrote the exam.”
Friday, December 21, 2012
When the great sun has turned his face away,
The earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay -
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
~ Charles Kingsley
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
~ Andrew Wyeth
Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~ Bill Morgan, Jr.
The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.
~ Terri Guillemets
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
~ William Blake
Monday, December 10, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Rewound the DVR to get it right and scribbled this in a notebook a couple years ago. The show is off the air by now. Ran across this quote, though, again this week.
“We’re not like those people that weren’t brought up with it. Clean slate – they can choose. So you and me, we’re cursed. We were brought up on fire and brimstone. And no matter how you try to read, study, talk to a holy man, you can’t get away from it. What got etched in our minds when we were six, seven years old – that’s the deepest truth we know: You don’t do the right thing, he’ll make you pay.”
Memphis Beat, Jason Lee’s character, Dwight Hendricks; Liz Garcia and Josh Harto, creators and writers; Sean Whitesell, writer