I decided to look at the Quilt Convention a little differently this time.... "I’ve taken a longer route home from Houston this year. I was Teaching and Lecturing across the US. Many of the students in my audience had also just returned from Houston and in the interests of the article I asked them their opinion." .......
I interviewed booth and store owners, shoppers, white glove ladies and exhibitors. You will even learn the rules on hiring a scooter for the day.... !!!!!
3 years ago, after a visit to my parents I was suddenly hit with the realization that they were old. I drove the hour trip home and my thoughts were more on Mum and Dad than concentrating on the road. At dinner that night.... I just quietly announced "I think Mum and Dad have got old" They suddenly looked old.
My Dad was angry that his hands shook. Dad, the artist who made the finest instruments could no longer hold those delicate tools. When did Mum begin to have problems walking....? Why hadn't I noticed it before? How could I miss such a fundamental change? Did degeneration really happen that quickly or did I miss something important because of my busy life?
Since that awakening, Dad has passed away in tragic circumstances and Mum has been ill for many, many months. I visited her last week after being away for 6 weeks and I almost didn't recognize her.... I see her feebly walking the passage on her walking frame and I want to shout.... "That's not my Mother" ......
I spent the day with my siblings today, talking to nameless carers with smiles and opinions and with whom we have to share the most intimate details of our Mothers life. I came home drained and fractured and I realize that I'm only 20 years younger than my Mother....who by the way is as sharp as a tack in her mind, she has a quirky sense of humor and doesn't miss a trick.....it's just the body....
So I better darn well get on and do all the things I've planned. Top of the list...... a high priority is to buy a gold S type Jag. (that might have to wait a couple of years) I think I need a neck lift.... do I have the courage.? I reckon it can't be as bad as having my eyes tattooed....!!! I have to finish my new book, finish the Bayeux, get my degree. I have to purchase a new Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera that takes photos at 10 frames a second and then visit Morocco and Russia and ride a camel through the desert like Michael Palin.
The biggest dream of all is to be allowed to continue to enjoy my quilting life as much as I do now and share it with all who are kind enough to listen.
night I went for a walk by the sea, along the empty shore. The deep
blue sky was flecked with clouds of a blue deeper than the fundamental
blue of intense cobalt, and other of a clearer blue, like the whiteness
of the milky way. ........"
Vincent Van Gogh. I can imagine Vincent Van Gogh striding along the beach, looking to the sky, spanning the water, he noted details that many of us miss. He shared his ideas with wisdom and imagination.
"Creativity is about imagination and yet it's about reality too." Danny Gregory.
"One night I went for a walk by the sea, along the empty shore. The deep blue sky was flecked with clouds of a blue deeper than the fundamental blue of intense cobalt, and other of a clearer blue, like the whiteness of the milky way. In the blue depths, the stars were sparkling greenish, yellow, white, pink, more brilliant, more sparkling gem-like than at home - even in Paris: Opals you might call them, emeralds, lapiz, lazuli, rubies, sapphires. The sea was ultramarine - the shore a sort of violet and faint russet as I saw it - some bushes,, Prussian blue."
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.