It's 4.30 am and I've had enough sleep and as we are anticipating a day of travel I figured a little time to "grab the moment" is needed.
If I don't physically put my ideas down onto paper or computer they fly away to someone else. So I decided to share the process of this one with you.
At the Huntington Library Yesterday I saw several things that inspired me.
I put together an inspiration from Birmingham and yesterdays photos to formulate an idea.
This is a diagram of the Milky way by Wright and Herschel.
If I created three layers of black sheer fabric, I could stitch each star represented by a machine stitched star in layers so some would come forward and others recede into the layer.
The problem with the illustration above is that I would have to stop and start the machine each time... but what would it look like if I jumped from one star to the other on the machine, extended the link thread and cut it in the middle and left the thread loose.?
Maybe it would be too furry...!!!
Maybe I could do that on some of the stars and leave the others free.
Then again I could hand do it and add a bead in the center of each star... may be that would look too kitsch.
If I did it on black this way, (the circle in the center is the Chrystal or bead) the quilt could be about 6 ft long X 2 ft wide... and I think it would look interesting as an installation.
The three layers of sheer cloud be placed on black silk and the silk could be pre-quilted heavily before adding the top layer of stars.
The earth star could be stitched in red and the rest of the stars of the milky way would mingle around it as illustrated.
I think our boys Kodi and Kaiden would love that quilt.
I made other sketches last night from images I saw, but I need to get this one down in the 'Inspiration' book first and then work on the other two....!
The weekend has been super. Everything fell into place... the weather, the amount of work I achieved and family time at the picnic today was just lovely.
Keith and I planted our small Olive Grove yesterday and got the vegie garden started... by the time we return it will be blooming (we hope) with the help of our Grand daughter who house sits for us.
I was supposed to be working yesterday, but I stopped to take photos...I love this ladies orange eye.
I worked late into the night editing, setting music and editing again.... it takes ages but I've finished two more episodes for the Quilt Show.
This time it is the Birmingham Quilt Show and its very different to American shows, whilst there are some traditional quilts shown, many of the quilts were heavy in surface design. I guess you would call them 'Art Quilts' I took 100's of photos and I can't use them all in the videos.... I need to think of a way to share them in another way.
On this trip I will use the small video camera a lot more it does a great job.
I have lots of fancy cameras and electronic things... I'm rather a geek. However, they don't sit in the box, anyone in the family can use them when I'm home. Tilly quite likes the little bloggie and makes her own small movies... but I need it for the next 7 weeks, sorry Tilly.
It was a family afternoon today. I caught up with half of our Bambinos...
Lilly and Kaiden shared milk arrowroot bikkies.....!
This is an excerpt of my first blog post.... of course it wasn't in fancy wrapping like it is now.
I had been writing online for years prior, I was known as "Pam in the shed' but I was quite restricted in what I could share. I understand their are rules and regulations within online groups, but there was a huge grey area and I think the rules were often misdiagnosed.
One night I received an email from the School in Japan where I had been "Artist in Residence" for a week. I taught children aged 5 to 12 to quilt and we made 5 large joined quilts. It was an amazing experience.
I had no idea they were going to enter the quilts into the Japan Quilt Show... but they did and that email announced that they had won the school section and the prize was quite large, computers for the school I believe...
I was so excited, so I shared it online on the quilters list. It never went to air, I was told I was "self promoting" so I left the group with a deal of sadness, and blogging was the answer.
I used 'blogger' and wrote almost every day for 3 years until I changed to the more superior format of Typepad. Now I have gone back to 'blogger' for many of my satellite blogs.They have some wonderful features and are more functional than Typepad.
Blogging offered me more than just writing, I began to draw again, I designed more and I took my photography much more seriously.
Over 3500, posts. 1000's of photos and 3/4 million page views later, one could say it's become a life style.
I've shared my views... (sometimes with trepidation)
I've shared my work and creative expression .... but not everything...!!!!!
Since my first blog, we have the ipods, ipads, iphones and I've graduated to using Apple for everything. I can remember our computer guy almost sneering at my first Mac..... "you'll be sorry" he said. But I realized that he didn't know the first thing abut Macs so I forgave him.
Now, the five year olds have an Ipad, the 7 year olds have mac computers and even the 3 year olds know their way around the Iphone.
As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.
Think how blogging has changed our lives. I can look back on any day in the past 6 years and find out what was happening at that time.
I've met the most wonderful people and shared the lives of 1000's of people.
Last night I received information that Blurb will now convert the books you create so they can be read online and feature in your blog...!!!! goodness where will it all end.
I want to share with you a story. It’s a story of love, triumph in the face of adversity and a journey with cancer. It is my Family’s story. My husband Ben and I will sometime reflect over our lives and laugh shaking our head “saying you couldn’t make up the stuff that has happened to us if you tried.” And over the last few days I am starting to realise when people tell this story, there instant reaction is “how sad” or “how tragic.” Which feel strange for us because each day that Ben and I wake we are grateful for our life, for each other and for our family. My name is Annette Smedley, I am a 37 year old mother of 3 young children, a wife and I have stage IV breast Cancer. I have decided to go to china for treatment that is not available here and we have realised that the next stage of this journey we need will need help to complete and we have therefore chosen to share this story….
Share the rest of this amazing story with Annette and Ben...my Hero's
2.23 am, I was still awake and the ground began to move as an earthquake rumbled 20 miles below the surface of the earth. I guess it's a bit of a hiccup for those used to earthquakes but for us it was significant and a reminder of the power of the earth.
After I calmed the animals I ventured to get a drink and then thought I would check my emails...
That action put paid to proper sleep for the night. Tragic news from a nephew made me aware of the frailty of life.
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Just click on the word 'Welcome.' and you will be transported to the web page.
You will learn about classes, view wonderful images and be privy to new information.
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.