Friday, April 22, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
I thought I would test this out before I leave the country. See if I can
send an email to my blog and have it published. If it works, then I can
relate my adventures in France and Belgium. Can't send any pictures,
that will just have to wait until after I get home. Or maybe I can do
some from Linda in Belgium's house.
Taking some advice from Dijanne Cevaal, quite a seasoned traveler, to put back at least half of what I had taken out, I pared it down. It mostly all fits now, except I still have to find room for an extra pair of shoes. Part of the problem is that there is an artists' reception that I have to be dressed a little nicer than is my norm, which includes shoes.
Our plane leaves at 10pm tomorrow night from Dulles International Airport, outside (wayyyy outside) of Washington DC. We're catching a group bus at 4PM, which allows us approximately 3 hours to get to the airport (not an inordinate amount of time, considering that we have to navigate the DC Beltway at rush hour) in order to be there 3 hours early for checkin for an international flight. The flight takes 7 1/2 hours, and we will arrive in Paris at 11:30AM their time. Jet lag is me.
Meanwhile, here is what I've just finished working on.
It's not quite 40" wide. I used a lot of my new Superior threads to quilt it. Here is a detail shot of the center area.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
The yellow swirls on the left are the Perfect Quilter. The other swirls are with King Tut, but using a zig-zag stitch to do the quilting.
A little hard to see, but again, this is the zig zag free motion quilting. All I can say is that I wish I had ordered more colors. Guess I will be sending another order in real soon!
I also ordered some metallics and some of the Bottom Line (a very fine bobbin thread) which I've used before and love.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Monday, April 04, 2005
View from the porch
I spent the past weekend with 7 friends at a retreat center south of Annapolis, Maryland. The accommodations are rather sparse, about 1 step above camping, but with indoor plumbing, the food is nothing to get excited about, but the atmosphere is electric and inspiring. This is the view from the front porch of the cabin, looking out onto the river. The weather was lousy - horrendous rain for hours on end, but we only noticed it when we had to walk to the building where they served meals.
Here is the cabin. It has a large central area where we have tables set up. The camp management has been dealing with quilters for many years now and they know what we want. They move all the furniture out of the central room and set up tables. They show us where the circuit breaker panel is so that when we have too many irons and coffee pots going at once and trip the circuit, we can remedy the situation ourselves.
Mary Beth the nightowl and Elizabeth enjoy a cup of morning coffee. The coffee drinkers kept the pot going day and night. Between Mary Beth who stitched pretty much all night long and the early risers, there was only about an hour out of 24 that the room was unoccupied.
The cameras were busy documenting the event. Here Elizabeth and I take pictures of each other.
These are some of Mary Beth's hands, in progress.
I'm working on this piece. It's my favorite color, red.
Sometimes we took a moment to read the books and magazines that others brought. Floris is reading while Linda and Teresa (back to camera) stitch.
Teresa gives Linda some advice. Don't know if Linda took it :) We had a great time and everybody hated leaving. This group is very dedicated: Mary Beth drives 3 hours, Elizabeth drives 5. Teresa came a long distance also. Dale, who couldn't be with us this weekend, comes from Massachusetts. Having this twice yearly retreat gives all of us a creative boost and we begin anticipating the next one as soon as we get home from this one!