Wooow, its been a long day without coffee... what made me forget to imbibe.
We were traveling most of the day and now we're in housed in our hotel in Houston ready for the festivities to begin.
flying out of El Paso
I don't know if you can tell, but I get soooo excited coming to Houston.
The view from our window.
Everything is ready for the next few days even the clothes are pressed, hanging ready.
I've hugged a dozen people, met dear friends from Dubai, Ana from Brazil, and buddy Di from Aus. We had a riotous time in the executive club with even more more buddies and we've only been here a few hours.
Kay England gave me a wonderful suggestion for new glasses... at least the sides should be red and white stripe with pointy feet over the ears. !!!!
I have a friend who makes Elton Johns glasses and it will be on to do list when I get home... for sure.
Right now I'm watching "Outback Hunter" filmed in part by son Jamie... well done boyo... love the images.
Time for a shower and bed and YES, I've already photographed some of the quilts....
This excerpt, in part was taken from an article in the Artist Daily and I agree with it completely.
make a great instructor.
The first trait: the instructor's work has to not only
be technically sound but it also has to move you.
You can't learn from someone
who doesn't believe in their art but it's even more difficult if you don't believe in their art--at the
very least, you need to be interested enough to want to learn more about it.
The way an instructor teaches how to think makes a big
And most of
all, a great instructor whatever--shares
what they know.
This is the crux of finding great instruction.
someone who doesn't hold back and answers questions as well as offers
assessments openly and thoughtfully.
Share knowledge is the key for me.... sometimes Tutors share, other times, it's like pulling teeth.
I've never heard of him before, but today I joined Dr David Townsend and Mr Pete Eidenbach and about 15 others as they shared poetry and prose written in almost illegible and writing some 80 years ago.
He was a story teller of note with an urge to share the world he lived in with all who would listen.
We sat in a tree rimmed circle at the foot of his grave and listened as these learned me shared his thoughts.
Dr David Townsend
Mr Pete Eidenbach
My glowing face tells me we were sitting outside in the sun high in the San Andres Mountains at about 9000 feet.
It was a unique experience. Keith and I loved every minute of it.
We had our moda table accessories, (because we are quilters) delicious sandwiches and water to sup on as we listened to the words of a long departed storyteller who sought to share the ideals of the average South Western rancher.
We drove in convoy through the White sands Missile range and then along narrow dirt roads that wound high into the mountains. It took a couple of hours each way but it was an amazing experience.
We sat around the table tonight and discussed the subject, every one has a different view of what it means.
Paying It forward, - My theory is that it's doing something for someone else without asking anything in return. However, one would hope that "Someone" would continue the momentum.
So at a brain storming event today we thought up Sewing it forward.
With that in mind.
How many of you have old sewing machines stashed in your cupboard?
I have lot of Antique ones I need to get rid of... but I do have about 3 others that are just sitting there. They haven't been used in years and its such a waste....but I've never thought about it like that before.
So do you live in New Mexico?
Want to donate an old sewing machine or two for our children's program? Sew it forward?
If you can donate an old machine in working order we would be forever in your debt. We figure we need about 20 (or more) and trust me they will be well used.
During the coming months the gals here in Alamogordo will conduct classes on 'sewing'
Boys or girls can attend with their Mum or Dad.
The will receive their "1/4" license" at the end of the class where they will learn to make a pillow case and one for a child in need.
During our Southern New Mexico Quilt Festival in June they will graduate to a "Quilt Class" and at the end of the event they will receive their "Quilting License" and get to take home an amazing prize.!!!!
It was chilly this morning and we had an early start to the radio station for an interview...
Then a good ol' country breakfast of eggs, biscuits and gravy and off to another station for the next chat. This time Keith was in the studio and he was a bit nervous.I think you could say he's a 'radio virgin.'
Tomorrow, a meeting with the Mayor, a talk for Kiwanis and a tour of a children's program CHINS (Children in need of services) so its going to be a busy day.
Lisa and I have been finalizing our Thelma and Louise trip for next year, but we did have time to pop into the Antique mall for a bit of quilt therapy.
I bought some props. An antique baby gown of the finest cotton as inspiration and application, baby buttons and 2 old antique baby dolls for a quilt in the "Ripped from Reality" series.For the princely sum of $11
The series will be called "just my place"
The image will be quilted into the baby gown which will in turn be quilted to the background fabric.
The dolls are for inspiration and decoration on my shelf.
Miss Lisa in turn bought this beauty.
This piece is delightful.
It's made by hand, never been used and just looks like it was made yesterday.
Its hard to date... but I think its probably the 40's, however there are fabrics of different ages in the piece... she probably used up all her old scraps.
It's just like coming home when I arrive in Alamogordo.
I love the sky, I love the light and I love the people.
This is my mojo.
I went to the bank this morning to see what my schedule for the week entailed and I was sitting talking to my adviser, we both looked at the schedule and exclaimed.... XXXXXX
Here I was in my sneakers and 'Pam' clothes and I had to be at the library to read to the children.... (15 minutes earlier)
We raced out the door.... and a phone call was made to tell them I was on the way and 5 minutes later I was reading the story of the Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet to the group of the most gorgeous children.
I was introduced as the Author and then there was a demonstration on a globe of how far we had to fly.
I told them they give you pajamas with Kangaroos on the front of them when its time to sleep....their little eyes got wider and wider.
Some of the bookshelves purchased with the money donated.
This was the first reveal of the book here in the USA with the formal launching happening on Thursday.
The kids were intrigued and asked lots of questions, we poured over the illustrations and I read part of it and explained the rest of the story.
Then they made paper quilts....
So am I breaking new ground. With a quilting book that is enjoyed by children and their Mothers an Grandmothers alike.!!!!
The books will go in the library.... some for the bambinos and some for the Mothers (or Quilters)
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
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