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QBIR – Part One

In the first part of October, I attended the first (hopefully annual) Quilt Bloggers International Retreat. A tongue-in-cheek name for a weekend with a serious mission: to get quilt bloggers together to discuss quilt blogging, build friendships and business partnerships, and to exchange ideas and inspire each other. For me at least, the weekend was a great success.

Hosted by my friend Julie at Pink Doxies, the retreat included Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ mmm! quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dave @ Dave the Quilt Engineer, and Terry @ Terry Ann Hartzell - Insights. At the last minute Cindy Pieters @ Stitchin’ at Home couldn’t come but we made a quilt for her to show her she was sorely missed.

We had a rather loose agenda. Mostly we quilted and chatted and got to know each other. Julie has a fantastic studio with plenty of space and lots of lovely light, so quilting there was a wonderful experience!

Julie even let us try out her longarm if we wanted to—I didn’t want to take the time away from several need-to-finish projects but Terry gave it a whirl! It was amazing to see how quickly someone can get used to a longarm when they have expert guidance.

Julie also let everyone play with her dyes and several of us gave that a try with excellent results.

We spent all day Saturday shopping the nearby quilt shops and enjoying the countryside. There are so many lovely photos I want to share from that day that I’ll save them for next time. What a wonderful weekend!

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Olympic Inspiration

I enjoyed watching the Olympics recently. I love it all—the pageantry, patriotism, and competition. I also love the stories about the competitors—especially what drove them to dedicate their lives to their sport.

I also love that I find quilting inspiration too! I guess I can’t help looking for color combinations and design inspiration wherever I look. Here are some of the things that inspired me while watching the Olympics.

The Olympic torch to me was mind-blowing. This photo really doesn’t do it justice; when it moved it was lovely.

The logo they choose for this year's Olympics was really cool! I love how it used the colors of the rings to symbolize howathletes from different countries come together for the games. Even cooler was how Brazil chose to give each medal winner a small copy of the logo instead of flowers. Since Brazil and it's Rain Forest diversity symbolize ecology to me, their choice to not kill plants for an award really meant something. Not that I don't like getting a floral bouquet <grin>, but I loved how their choice not to give them out helped to send a message about the environment. Was that what they intended? I'm not sure, but that's what I read into it.

I thought the NBC television set was great, with large sweeping lines that suggested movement.

Of course the closing ceremony was filled with color and passion, like the Brazilian people themselves. This reproduction of Christ the Redeemer reminded me that outlines can be just as powerful sometimes as solid forms.

I’m going to miss watching the Olympics, but I’m happy for the inspiration it left behind.

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I've Got One Lovely Blog!

I shared with you recently that I’m in a slump both creatively and physically. I’ve been feeling tired, sad and stifled lately and haven’t blogged much as a result. Things are looking up though (or more honestly, I’m making them look up through sheer will) and so with a happier heart, I’ve been out on the Internet getting caught up on my favorite blogs and finding inspiration and lots of quilty loveliness.

Imagine my embarrassment when I found out I’d been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Abigail of Cut and Alter several weeks ago and didn’t know it. After picking my chin off the ground, I decided that this was how it was supposed to be. I might have avoided a bit of my creative slump had I discovered this honor earlier, but then I wouldn’t have experienced the satisfaction of learning how to pick myself up and get over things on my own.

I don’t mind admitting though that getting this award has been awesome and has definitely helped me! So now it’s my turn. First, here are the rules for the award:

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog. Thanks again Abigail! Please visit her blog because it’s truly awesome and she is a dear-heart.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the image of the award on your post.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

Let’s see. Seven things. Geez this is tough.

1. I’m six of ten. Yep, my family was the Waltons. <grin> I’m a middle child, but the eldest child of the bottom half (The gap in years between my older sister and me is the largest gap between any of us children, so it was almost like Mom started another family with me because she took a whole 2-1/2 years off <grin>.) I’m also the last girl. So I think of myself as the eldest, the middle child, and the youngest. Here's a photo of the few of us Dad managed to corral for a photo one day in 1962.

2. My favorite color is red and every variation thereof, especially purple and fuchsia.

3. I love mysteries. I used to read a lot of mysteries, but mostly now I watch them on television. I’m hooked on PBS Mysteries (right now, it’s all about Inspector Lewis).

4. I love science fiction and fantasy. My favorite authors are the classics—Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, JK Rowling, and JRR Tolkien. I especially love The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R Donaldson and have read them--along with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings--any times. On TV, I’m all about Stranger Things right now.

5. I didn’t have plans to have a large family, but I always figured I’d have three or four. God decided though that I could only have one. I feel blessed that I got the best and I love her dearly.

6. I prefer cats to dogs. Nothing against dogs; we had plenty of them growing up and I loved them all. I love to snuggle them and play with them and oooh and aww at their doggy cuteness. But there’s something about cats and how they love you quietly that I just adore.

7. I love Jane Austin and will watch anything based on her works—often more than once. I think I own copies of every version of Pride and Prejudice ever made and I enjoy them all. <grin>

That was hard, but coming up with a nomination list is even harder because so many good blogs have already been nominated but here goes.

Sandra from mmm! Quilts

Christine from Stitch All the Things

Julie from Pink Doxies

Pamela from Sewing Up My Fabric

Heulwen at The Itirnerant Chemist

I hope you will take the time to visit all these lovely blogs because these ladies are awesome!

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I’m Back, and Look What I Got in the Mail!

Hi everyone! You probably noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a break. Honestly, I have hit a bit of a slump and I’ve been feeling somewhat dispirited. I suppose this happens to everyone, especially those of us in a creative medium like this, but knowing that doesn’t help much. Ideas were flowing, but I just didn’t seem to have the energy or the will to take advantage of it.

As you know, my daughter Katerina will be heading back to college soon so maybe that’s it. Nobody told me that sending her off for year two would be harder than sending her off as a freshman, but somehow it is. I will miss her sweet smiling face and her artistry, encouragement, and sense of humor.

I will also miss my quilter friend Terry, who is moving several states away. Terry is artistic, innovative, and fun. I’ll miss her shining spirit.

I also seem to be on a downward trend for subscribers. It seems like every week I lose one of you guys. And as you might have gathered, goodbyes aren’t easy for me as each one is painful.

I don’t know whether or not all these goodbyes are to blame for my slump, but I do know it’s time to get myself off the floor and back to blogging and quilting. I got something in the mail the other day, and that helped raised my spirits. Who doesn’t love surprises in the mail?

I Spy fabrics!

I was in an I Spy fabric exchange a little while back and man it seemed to take forever for the fabrics to arrive, and when they did, it was like Christmas! Couldn’t have come at a better time. Look at all these cute prints!

I don’t have any plans for these fabrics just yet…got a lot of other projects that take priority. But just looking through these happy, fun fabrics is enough for now.

Happy weekend, everyone! Thanks for your continued support. It means the world.

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