Eleven Eleven HBCB

Numbers count!  Well, actually humans count numbers. I love Math.  I honestly think anyone who calls it Math should love it, or at least like it.  If not why are you on a first name basis with Mathematics? The rise of the machines. I mean growing love that humans have for sci-fi, science fiction, myth etc.-- brings an interesting question to my mind.  Who are we, who am I?  Thinking StarTrek TOS (the original series). I ASK, Who Am I?
  • Kirk (spark that ignites a group, and an emotional mind)
  • Spock (logic mind, tempering Kirk's humanity)
  • McCoy (reasoning mind, caring for others, being asked to do more than what he as a doctor can do)
  • Scotty (problem solving mind,making things happen for others, in the background)
Yes, those are the only four characters I am listing today. Is it fair? I don't have a single female in the group, or a typically disrespected ethnic group. Well, sorry--those are the top four characters in my perspective, and I don't share a gender with any of them. Yet, I learned a bit from each of them. But who I am? I think I am the ship.  I have in me, many parts. I need them all. At times one part may seem to be driving but in reality, it's the combined efforts of all the parts of me that make me, me. Yes, I know--I just called myself a mythical spaceship. Boldly going. An Enterprise. More about that another day.

Boldly Sewing!

Well, this week--I did just boldly sew!  Yes, stitching together the fabric of our universe--human beings, connections, humor and wisdom. My lecture Warp Speed Ahead, Sew FUN, So Fast and my class Math of Art, Art of Math were out of this world awesome. I'm humbled at the Live Long and Prosper (LLAP) salute I was given at end of Warp Speed Ahead. My attempted at a panoramic photo, was um, not successful, but showed just is a bit of a very packed room. Yes, indeed.  My maiden voyage into what I am calling out in the Universe teaching.  I've taught before, but not to the International World.  Yes, Original Sewing and Quilt Expo doesn't have the word, International in it, like the teaching I'll be doing next month in Houston. But like TOS, it's got the word ORIGINAL. I like to think I am Original, but I'm just me being genuine, kind, curious, open and well, me.  Thanks for being open to the me. If you don't know Star Trek, it's worth a bit of your time to investigate it. Not because Sci-Fi is cool or whatever but because... Sci-Fi is a common language that allows you to communicate with alien beings, I mean family members or other cross-generational persons you meet.  The human being.  That's what I am, a human being.  Born of Aliens, a first generation American. So I feel a connection with Spock. I know that's highly illogical, but I have a heart, mind and soul.

I am all the characters, aren't we all?

LLAP!

boldly sewing #llap #scifi #maidenvoyage #starship #sewingteacher @originalsewing #fredericksburg @funfromatoz

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  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-psychology-fiction/201011/how-stories-influence-us Be You and Be Awesome! AtoZ
PS, the title of this post Eleven Eleven HBCB is a secret message, much the Carol Burnett's tugging of her ear.
 
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Can You Cacti? (a Vivi-fied post and MIB Podcast)

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This Blog Post has been Vivi-fied*
This Blog Post is a transcription/translation of my Minutes In Between (MIB). I use MIB as a way to remember whatever pops into my head, to use as a memory bank. I'm really excited about the line-up I've got coming up in the next couple months and I'd like to give a little preview of one of the classes I'm teaching at IQF (International Quilt Festival) October 31, 2016.

Can You Cacti?

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In this past year the quilt festival has raised what it's paying their teachers. This is a great thing, teachers deserve to be paid well! This is a way to acknowledge our everyday superheros - teachers, police, firefighters, etc. As a teacher it is my responsibility to make sure the students get more value than they are paying. Those students are going to walk out having had awesome, one-on-one experiential learning, we're going to have a blast! The class is actually secretly a french knot tutorial. Show up as you are and let's make little cactuses. Will you be at IQF? Sign up for classes here!
I'll have lots of giveaways and goodies for everybody. I'm really looking forward to it!

FYI, I will be giving away free info and knowledge at Open Studios and Meet the Teachers.  I love to share.   If your budget allows, AND you get in before the class sells out, I invite you to join in the fun and answer the question.  

Can you cacti?

Yes you can!

 

Class number 106 on October 31, 2016 8am-5pm with 11-2 lunch break.  

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Seriously all the text in black  not in this light blue font (that I can barely read as the edit version is a white background--but I made this correction because of my favorite editorial butt kicker) above comes to you from the clever ear of Vivien Wise--taking my blabbery audio file and capturing the essence-- because guess what... she just saved you from listening to my longer version in the audio file.  As you can see--I have added far more text blabbery to this post, than her original post.  Also, we need to make a new photo, since I was moved to a different sewing machine classroom. 
 
What do you think?
 
Did she translate this in my style?  Yes, I think so.
 
Did she catch all the nuances and bits?  No, isn't that almost impossible?  Below is a special treat for those who want to listen.  I want to be fully accessible and close caption my audio, so soon I will--and if you have insight into a tool to transcribe easily, please comment!  I can talk much faster than I can type, plus I enjoy bringing you along on my ride.
 
My dream is to share my audio recordings/informal podcasts (maybe in iTunes or Spotify--again, I want to work on the content and let's someone else figure out how to make it a podcast.)  
 
Wanna be my audio engineer? Kinda kidding, but if you can save me goo-gobs of effort, I might consider it.  BTW,  I already have an audio composer of music.  Seriously, I have my own theme song.  Listen to Uplifting Cinema, and following that you are welcome to hear the full blabbery that is Cacti. Soon, I hope to have a jingle intro to my Minutes In Between.
 
Wouldn't it be awesome to have a live Texas musician serenade us while we sew?  I'm working on it, but I do have my cousin's music on CD.
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Beyond Words MIB

first cut was Fishing for the Right Words (yes there is no real ending, this is my raw recording)  If you can't handle the raw, then click on the second audio below   Yes, indeed--I have a dream.  My dream is to share my stories in my words with the future.  Maybe my end goal is a podcast, but in my Seams and Dreams concepts, I'm smart enough to know that we each have different strengths and that I can achieve my dreams best when I'm helping others achieve theirs and nurturing and loving.     In my dreams, my words are also transcribed so that they are more inclusive--but this is what I have time for today.   Peace! one needle .003  
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Old Jeans, Seams and Dreams

Sometimes opportunity knocks, in the form of old jeans in need of new life--and with just a few hours to do the hack. I thought, if you give a fish, vs teach to fish... I have time to make a tutorial video on #snapchat. I spent about an hour doing the first pair BECAUSE OF THE VIDEO!!!  That pair was left with raw edge, but had reinforcement stitches (low tech, aka hand sewing) on the side-seams so pants don't come apart at the seams.  The second pair took maybe 10 minute total, well maybe 5-7 minutes max, and I finished the seams on the sewing machine.  I will do a machine tutorial later, but now, with the technology I have, here is the first cut, you get the most important parts in this video. I have a dream to teach sewing to those who want to learn on their terms and on their time--so yes, video is perfect!  Someday, I have a dream to have a videographer, but for now--good enough is good enough. Many of my dreams have been achieved.  Some I mentioned during Permission, Perfection and Other Fairy Tales at Mid-Apalacian Mid-Appalachian Quilt retreat last Friday.  I'm so happy that sewing, engineering, humor and joy can all play well together. Yes, I know some of my dreams are not realistic--like living in a place with awesome sunrise AND sunset views.  That dream drives me to appreciate those sunsets and sunrises that I do see. I want to enjoy daily life as much as vacation life--please don't laugh, but I'm finding joy in the simple act of everyday cleaning up.  When over 200 pounds of Bernese Mountain Dogs are in your life, if you can laugh at and enjoy sweeping the dog hair tumbleweeds you will have a better experience. So in the last few years: I saw the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) I used Spanish and sign language in my day job (not much but some) My baseball team won the Championship and I clapped so hard that my hands hurt I made great friends and business associates who help others achieve their dreams I got a theme song--thanks Colin Kemper!  Someday that will be known as my first theme song, cause I know it was only several hours worth of composing.  It's perfect, and I'm privileged that I was able to find you while I can afford your time.  Best of luck as you head off to study Music Composition in Alabama next month. Okay friends, thanks for listening--I gotta run to bed, and then off to engineering work tomorrow.  Yes, I like many of you have a day job and am also a superhero doing the audacious act of finding good in the world and helping it grow--oh, and I sew. Can't wait to share more stories and also to reveal more dreams--what are your dreams?   So here's the stats 7min- alter jeans to shorts with sewing machine, they look store-bought--got trust me, I returned them before taking a photo. 1hour- alter jeans to shorts with raw edge, while making video on snapchat 3hours, 40 minutes- create with iMovie, laying music in and writing this blog post.  Oops, actually only 3 hours, I forgot to clock out while walking the pups around the block. Posting to YouTube now and off to sleep! Peace! AtoZ   Full Disclosure--certain words are hard to spell: Appalachian is one of those for me--that sneaky H and double P.  I found this mistake myself, before others commented.  It's a balance of accepting my imperfections and doing my best.  So I've updated my post correcting the error and I did a strikethrough on my  correction.  6:15PM 25-July.    
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Mardi Gracias

A nice treat on MardiGras to see my Lucky Needlecase in CutLoosePress's Facebook post. IMG_3152 Lucky Needlecase is a great excuse to practice a new quilting style--matchstick or other tight quilting looks great in this small scale project.  Do you practice on purpose?  I typically practice with a solid color and interesting backing.  The solid helps me learn and the fun side is forgiving! IMG_2611 This nice Hoffman Batik tricks the eye - see my lines aren't actually perfect!IMG_3157 Ask your local quilts shop to carry my patterns, like Lucky Needlecase http://www.checkerdist.com/products/CLPAMR002IMG_3164Thanks for having FUN with me today! Lucky Needlecase 
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Titles, Tales, and a Tree

What's in a name (or a story), and role they play in art? Words can change our perspective.  A recent art group's email thread was a conversation on abstract art, titles, and artist messages, and it reminded me of my tree and the choices I made. It was a story of love, so I almost used our initials in the tree, and realized I wanted to include the audience and draw them into the story.  So went with you + me.  The tree bark uses Texture Magic, plus some of my own FUN techniques - remind me to show you someday! When I was creating my "tree", it was to submit it as an entry for the Text Message... The Language of the Tree Our lives are woven with connections and stories as we share our hearts. Brief messages that communicate our emotional connections are nothing new in our world. The language of the tree professes this love, without the need of technology.The word "text" comes from Latin textus "style or texture of a work," literally "thing woven". So I added a personal challenge of exploring texture.I took a commercial print of positive words like hope, love, and grace, and using Texture Magic, created bark texture. Along the curve at the bottom of the tree layered beneath paint is hidden handwriting that reads "what is at the root of it all??? In every story we share our heart at the root of it all"Among the tree leaves are hand painted fabrics including one that I stamped with the word "FUN". RootedintheHeart2
Title: The Language of the Tree
Width: 24
Height: 42
Statement: Our lives are woven with connections and stories as we share our hearts. Brief messages that communicate our emotional connections are nothing new in our world. The language of the tree professes this love, without the need of technology.The word "text" comes from Latin textus "style or texture of a work," literally "thing woven". So I added a personal challenge of exploring texture.I took a commercial print of positive words like hope, love, and grace, and using Texture Magic, created bark texture. Along the curve at the bottom of the tree layered beneath paint is hidden handwriting that reads "what is at the root of it all??? In every story we share our heart at the root of it all"Among the tree leaves are hand painted fabrics including one that I stamped with the word "FUN".
Basic Colors: blue, brown, greens and orange
Techniques: Texturized fabric for tree bark, curved piecing, applique, machine quilting, handdyed background, hand painted and stamped fabric, painting after quilting, hand embroidery, facings
Materials: handdyed, handpainted, and commercial cotton fabrics, texture magic, wool batt, thread, fabric paint, embroidery floss, pearl cotton
  Funny how people call them rejection letters, they aren't rejection, just "not selected". The email I got, didn't say "rejected".  "I regret to inform you that your work, The Language of the Tree, was not selected."   My Tempus Machinus time machine was accepted into Text Messages and has been out and about with that exhibit. So back to the tree.  Does it look different to you if I call it "Rooted in the Heart" and tell a story of connections?  This one hung in Sacred Threads 2013, in the category of Joy. Rooted in the Heart Our lives are woven with connections on our spiritual journeys. Through those relationships our lives, like the texture of the bark, become more interesting. A joy shared is increased and in every story we share our hearts. My personal challenge of exploring texture was inspired by the simple beauty of tree bark.This professes love, and connections, as we are all rooted in the heart. "You + me" invites the viewer to participate. In sharing my art, I share my joys and passion through these threads that connect us. RootedintheHeart2
Title: Rooted in the Heart
Category: Joy
Width: 24
Height: 42
Statement: Our lives are woven with connections on our spiritual journeys. Through those relationships our lives, like the texture of the bark, become more interesting. A joy shared is increased and in every story we share our hearts. My personal challenge of exploring texture was inspired by the simple beauty of tree bark.This professes love, and connections, as we are all rooted in the heart. "You + me" invites the viewer to participate. In sharing my art, I share my joys and passion through these threads that connect us.
Techniques: Texturized fabric for tree bark, curved piecing, applique, machine quilting, handdyed background, hand painted and stamped fabric, painting after quilting, hand embroidery, facings
Materials: handdyed, handpainted, and commercial cotton fabrics, texture magic, wool batt, thread, fabric paint, embroidery floss, pearl cotton
    I still think that "The Language of the Tree" is a great title.  Maybe it's the title of a great new story that I haven't written yet, a new song we haven't heard, or new art we haven't seen.  Open your hearts to possibilities.  My all time favorite song is Ode to Joy, simply inspiring! wishing ya FUN from a-to-z_logo_7
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Orphan Block Roundup

Once upon a time in perfection-ville, quilters always made the right amount of blocks with perfectly matched points, and in the perfect colors for the perfect quilt. In real life, orphan blocks happen. Maybe your trip around the world, took a detour into wonderland or your “block-of-month” project became a roadblock.  Don’t let these quilt blocks pileup in your workspace (and on your conscience.) Join in with other resourceful quilters and rescue these lonely blocks from their sad fate in a box or drawer.  Bring them into the sunshine, even those ugly duckling blocks, the “wonder” blocks, the abandoned project blocks… United together, these blocks can have a purpose.  Such a fun interactive program, especially suited for fun groups of quilters.  A perfect solution to inherited blocks, honors the original quilt block maker with this opportunity for a guild to get to know each other and have fun.  Can't wait to see the finished items!  A FUNfromAtoZ program that is so fun with SoCo- Southern Comforters of Bowie Maryland. Are you fun? See some ideas for layouts https://www.pinterest.com/misty_cole1/orphan-blocks/ Seriously fun! Interactive learning rocks, in real life! http://funfromatoz.com/2015/07/09/fibonacci-fun/
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