Hey Viv, I think I'm going to call you Vee-Eye-Vee as your superhero name, it kinda goes well with AtoZ and V-I-V, yeah, you know me!ok, that nickname was short lived, unless I spell it out VeeEyeVee, which defeats the purpose of nickname-ology. This is the last hurrah, next few days will be busy! Can we do a virtual meeting here on the Blog? I popped in a different font for you. Feel free to not answer questions you don't want to, or answer in your own way. I gotta run now!
Vivien- Here we go!I had a great coffee in TimesSquare, barista recipe by Ammy at St.Arbucks You don't drink coffee, or do you?
Vivien-no coffee for me!Just got back late last night from Lion King on Broadway, what a great adventure, such great choreography,costuming, music. When did you start contra dancing? what was the story? Where you just a young lioness at the time?
Vivien-My parents are professional dancers and got into contra dancing through that route. When my sister and I were very young, they would bring us to the dances. When I was in high school in Chicago, I started going with my mom and fell in love with it. Now I'm on the board of the Baltimore dance and I dance at least once, if not multiple times a weekCan't wait for you to meet MsV! Please link to MsV page and tell me something interesting you learned about Valarie Poitier from less than 15 minutes research.
Ms. V is a fiber artist living in Massachusetts. She teaches art quilt workshops and quilt business workshops, namely "Promote Your Work without Apologizing" which teaches people how to speak about their work and present themselves successfully.[AtoZ6pm, yes that is true--but she is more--listen to me reciting her words https://anchor.fm/w/A42149] I'm a pretty positive person who protects my soul from negative thoughts and energy. Yesterday, I said to MsV as I started to say something negative and prefaced it with "well, I shouldn't say this..." OMG, I love her, she stopped me with a sweet joyful voice and said "then don't say it!" I love that I am surrounded by such positive and powerful women like MsV and that I can take that suggestion, that lesson and make it into a touchstone, a reminder to stay on my positive joyful path. I'm passing along lessons, but wow, I don't have all the answers, but I know that the right answers will be available to me if I am listening! [AtoZ 6pm--Oh and most of all, passing along lessons is like the circle of life. It's not that I have the answers and am passing them, it's that we as humans can be part of the circle of life. The things we do, how we interact, those are the really big deal things. ] Okay, here is my question. What do you think of that story and the last few months of working together?
Vivien-I think there's something to be said for actively listening and also reflecting -- that some things might not have the most obvious meaning to them but still impact your life. I think the we are both learning from each other and we should keep listening.[AtoZ 6pm--active listening is good, as is reflecting, I was getting ready to let negative thoughts and words flow from my mouth, which is ironic because you can't fight negative with negative--I an humbled that I was reminded of that, and that we help each other out--we humans. I think that working together is like dancing--but these are enough deep thoughts for one post!] I leave for International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston this week. What are your thoughts and questions about traveling to Houston? It's going to be warm. It's going to be exciting. We should have morning tags ups this week.
Vivien-what are morning tags?[AtoZ6pm--morning tag ups--the 5minute planning session--we can do it virtually too using our action item tracking software--today it was nice to use this post as fun way to let others see behind the curtain.] I think you have a copy of my RollerCoasters and QuiltShows article from International Quilt Scene 2015. Give it a re-read before you pack for good tips tucked into my humor--see Laugh and Learn is definitely my style. I gave you edit write to my FB page, would you check that it works?
Vivien-it does!Would you create individual Facebook Events on my FFATOZ FB page for my 7 classes/lecture that require signing up for at Houston?
10/31 Can You Cacti?
11/1 Superhero Strategies
11/2 Face Your Fears
11/3 Playing with Plarn
11/5 Words Are Not EnoughAlso would you make a single page list by date of where you and I are going to be in Houston?
Vivien-running out of time today but will do tomorrow!(don't share that publicly but since I'm making my interaction with you public, I figured I'd make the request here)
Vivien-If I drop of a bag of extra swag to bring to Quilt Festival with you on Wednesday or Thursday morning, can you bring it?
Vivien- Sure!Don't worry, I know you like cold weather, I'm working on booking us some teaching gigs in New England! Viv, Please feel free to add some links, words, photos to this post and make it live today--I know I will show my name, but I'm outta here--it's 9:30am, and I'm getting in late to work and will check back late tonight! I'll check my messages at lunch incase you have questions! Viv, you rock! -AtoZ
Good News - a lot of people completed the challenge
Bad News - a lot of people are not finalistsNeed permission to get a fresh perspective? I'd love to share my story with you. In my storytelling trunkshow, Permission, Perfection and other Fairytales, I'll share tales of stitching together my life with thread, humor and joy. The connections I've made in the quilting and sewing world have been the greatest gift. Friendships made in fabric reminds me of Angela Lansbury singing, "a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme." Can't wait to meet in real life? I created sewFUNfriends so we would always have a place to go, a circle of friends stitched together bringing more joy to the world. I look forward to meeting the finishers, the finalists and all those inspired by LionKing.
Ya know I manipulate time so that I get more than just 1 day for a birthday. Feel free to do the same yourself. My birthday month starts September 15 and ends on November 15 - yep, bonus - cause birthday month is 2 months long!So this year during birthday month (lots of circular stuff):
- Both of my hometown teams still played baseball into October
- Bloodmoon Lunar Eclipse
- New Handrail by Steve Baker of Whollyterra
- "Guitar" quilt came home
- Sisterly Reunion birthday gathering!
- Watermelon Cake - WATERMELON, fruit with homemade whipped cream icing - best birthday cake!
- Saw my mommy and daddy two separate visits
- Wore a tiara - with BLUE hair (wig, not my real hair)
- Got asymmetric haircut (my real hair)
- Big deal day job twice yearly meeting presented the data on data to lunar scientists
- Big deal art job yearly event, where astronaut who quilted in space, Karen Nyberg gave a keynote
- Rode a scooter (while in blue hair and tiara)
- laughed so hard I was crying (this is a good thing) - not while on the scooter, but that was pretty fun
- Smiled at an old pup that reminded me of Lucky
- Watched video of Lucky singing happy birthday earlier this year
- Demonstrated techniques for not so traditional quilt I designed as part of a traditional shop-hop (featuring a moon)
- Got on the twitter... love that I am calling it "the twitter"...
- Had a logo designed so I can get a superhero costume made (slightly kidding)
- Held various 70's dance party studio retreats
- Watched the sunset - remembering to look outside office window in the evening!
Eh, that's kinda impressive huh? Oh, that's just the beginning... I'm keeping one of my birthday month adventures a secret for now...
Can't wait to share!
Most of the time that's called Serendipity.
Cheryl Lynch's talk "Inspiration From Squiggles and Dots".
One of the photos in her slideshow was from Longwood Gardens - and I recognized the shape it was something I had taken a photo of last year...
|here is my photo...|
|some of Cheryl's small pieces|
|Longwood Gardens artful manhole cover|
|why is it the funner photos are more blurred? Fun has a blurring effect!|
|another interesting shape at Longwood Gardens|
|why did this shape appeal to me? see my feet?|
A glimpse into my creative process for my Arts and Old Lace Challenge...
- Gelatin Plate printed the negative of a fern with light green metallic paint on Paprika kona (great name for a spicy color)*!!!
- I looked around sewing studio for suitable background fabric - auditioned a few, then boom boom boom like the moon moon moon, I looked over on the back of my sewing chair I had draped this fabric print that I bought - well I copied my friend Linda Boone who had just bought the same fabric about 10 seconds before me - and it was exactly right. Sometimes the right solution is easy and right in front of you (or in my case, draped on the chair behind me) and all you need to do is be open to it.
- Free Motion ZigZagged applique on using multiple passes
- Quilted in the stem
- Free Motion Machine quilted the background fabric using the movement in the colors to maneuver the quilting stitches
* - These steps were done prior to 12x12x12 challenge
!!! - First time I ever did this type of thing
Probably I would have tried to match the Paprika color for the stem stitches but out of pure laziness I did not change the blue thread on machine from Day 9 quilt - and I like the effect I got by adding the color to the stem. Luck of the Laze!
Based on a sketch from spring 2011
- Fused background fabric to Freezer paper for stability
- Wavy S shape drawn with Sewline Air Erasable pen
- Circles drawn along the line using the Staedtler Professional Combo Circle template
- Colored in the spheres with Tsukineko Inks blending rainbow colors and adding some spherical shapes
- Accidentally used steam when setting the inks, and got a nice smeary effect on the red to oranges and teals (interesting effect - may need to try on purpose) !!!
- Free Motion Machine quilted around spheres first
- Quilted lines moving top to bottom around the spheres!!! and echoing curves on upper right
- Added a dragon scale (or fern-like) quilting in areas that needed tighter quilting !!!
- Did a vertical stitching below dragon echoing the tail - I like the checkerboard effect it gives. I don't know if I like the quilting inside the dragon tail...
- Bound using chunks of fused fabrics, fused on front and wrapped to the back!!!
* - These steps were done prior to 12x12x12 challenge
!!! - First time I ever did this type of thing
|pizza cheese fabric|
I love my flower cogs (flogs), I find these to be a happy shape. I love when Art makes me happy! Many happy mornings were spent watching Bob Ross painting happy clouds. Again I diverge, but wait, isn't divergence part of the journey? So I take this moment to thank those who came before and inspired me and taught me I can be myself and I can be silly, you don't need to be what others think is a serious mopey artist to be making art, seriously!
- Flogs cut from Artfabrik handdyes (leftovers from class with Laura Wasilowski last year) - circles drawn with Staedtler Halfpipe Pen Style Compass, circles cut and wedges cut out
- Free cut stems on the bias
- McTavishing Free Motion Machine quilted the background first then applique stitched since I wanted to overlap the applique over the quilting
- Orange Flogs appliqued with a tighter freemotion zigzag
- Red/Yellow Flogs appliqued with a free motion zigzag keeping the quilt oriented the same way no mater where on the flower I am, then turning quilt 90degrees and repeating
- Hand sewed french knots in each flower - using DMC variegated floss (90, 106 and 51) - the Yellow Flogs have strands 90 and one each of 106 and 51, Orange has 2 strands 51, one each of others... For the 2 strands that are the same floss, turned one so that the result is a more mottled look of color rather than the distinct color variations.
The birth of "Flog"...
Once upon a time in a challenge project long long ago, a tiny artist wanted to show the inner workings of her mind, so a cog or gear shape was in order. She cut out a circle that was too static and round - so cut some wedge shapes out of it, kinda free and kinda messy like. The cog was born, and all was good, but the cog looked kinda like a flower, and the tiny artist called it a "Flower Cog" for a while, but that is too long a name, so Flog it is! I was pleased to find that Flog is an acronym: "For Love of God". Found that on Wikipedia, for the love of God!