Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I'm working a cheerful, bright quilted piece inside.
This is what it looked like in Brentwood at 9:00 am.
The sun was shining when we returned home to the island at 11:00. The photo below is the same scene as the early morning back porch view.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Flashback Friday -- harvest
Monday, January 18, 2010
Who do you think you are?
But last Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti brought a new perspective. What if I was left standing all alone in the midst of total destruction with only the clothes on my back? Who would I be? Most of the “things” that I thought defined me would be gone.
UN Development Programme photo background (creative commons license)
My answer would be very different. I’d say, “I am a woman. I am a child of God. I can sew. I can write and type. I can spin wool into yarn with a drop spindle. I can weave cloth.”
Those are fundamental things. If I could find a needle and thread and some cloth I could help with clothing needs for others. If I could find a pencil and paper I could write up important messages to be sent to those who could help. If I could find some fiber I could make a crude spindle and start making yarn.
Think of yourself as standing alone in an area of utter chaos. How would you answer the question, “Who are you?”
Of course I’m not in Haiti. I am home and secure, working at my computer. We sent off a contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development at https://www.er-d.org/donate-select.php And I’ve been praying for the people of Haiti.
I urge you to contribute Haiti relief funds to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or any trusted organization. Think of yourself standing alone and frightened with only the clothes on your back.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I was delighted to see the works of these two talented quilters.
I was inspired to put up some faces of my own. Four are faces I’ve made and one is a face quilt I bought through the Alzheimer’s auction run by Ami Simms. The last one is an unusual face I found on the web. You can click on the images to see them larger.
This is a portrait of our Aunt Ginnie which was auctioned to raise money for the Priority Alzheimer’s quilt auction.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Up close and personal
I love to look at quilts on the web, but seeing them in person is so much better. I can hold Gerrie’s card in my hand and absorb all the details – the special hand-dyed fabric, the machine and hand stitching. You can feel a real connection with the artist knowing that her hands touched the piece.
Gerrie has a website with a slide show of some of her quilts. It is called Gericondesigns.com. Go there and enjoy the slide show, and while you are there click on the left sidebar “Postcards” to see more of her little treasures.
I am going to pin “Indigo Moons” up on my wall so I can enjoy it every day.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I hope it will remind me to think about what I am doing every day. The Quiltart list had a discussion about words to inspire you for a year. These are not New Year’s Resolutions, but themes for the year. I hope I will examine my actions and motivations this year and ask myself, “Is this good for you? Is this good for the community and the world?”
Gerrie Congdon and Terry Grant made very nice banners for their words and put them up on the second and third days of January. Terry’s word is “thrive” and Gerrie’s word is “bliss.” Click on the little images below and see their quilted banners on their blogs.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Victorian pin holder
I opened the holder and the ribbons frayed when I touched them. A cardboard folder with pin heads sticking up was inside.
Under the front fold I found this announcement:
TOILET PIN MAKERS TO HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA
By virtue of the authority to me given, I do hereby nominate and appoint Messrs D.F. Tayler and Company, to be patent solid headed pin manufacturers in ordinary to her Majesty. They are to have and enjoy all the rights profits privileges and advantages to the said place belonging, during my will and pleasure, and for the same this shall be sufficient warrant, given under my hand this twelfth day of August1837 in the first year of her Majesty’s reign. H. Sutherland, mistress of the robes.
It appears that the company continued manufacturing pins up through 1873. They won prize medals in 1851, 1862, 1869, and 1873 according to the backside of the cardboard folder.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
We attended the Epiphany service at St. Alban's last Sunday.
When we returned home, we went from room to room (kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, bedroom, etc.) and said the appropriate prayers. I thought the blessing for a Workroom or Workshop was very appropriate for a sewing room or quilting studio. It said “Many there are who rely upon their hands and are skillful in their own work…. Be present, we pray, with those who work in this place, that, laboring as workers together with you, they may share the joy of your creation…”
I have not attended church in years, but the Epiphany service and the home blessing ritual has sparked my interest.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
I got the date right
The first orders for the new year were sent out this morning. That’s a good start.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Jump in, the water’s fine
Fine if you like 50 degree F water. We’ve been living on our island for 30 years. When we had our weekly newspaper, the Bethel Island Beacon, we used to go to the annual Frozen Bun Run and take pictures of the water skiers on New Year’s Day. We never skied. Jackie, our intrepid reporter, did don an old fashioned bathing suit one year and participate.
Click HERE to read about the island tradition. We plan to stay home and drink hot coffee and tea this morning.