Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Live, 10 things from India

I'm on travel this week in India.  Here are some notes that haven't made it in to my own personal FB updates.

1.  I say everyone's name just a little bit wrong.  I mention someone in conversation and I see my co-worker repeat what I said in their head and then say it out loud correctly.

2.  I'm not as good of a traveler/adapter as my kids are.  If they were here, I'd be adjusted to the 9 1/2 hour time change already.  I'm sure of it.

3.  The thing that I'm so glad I brought is my iPod.  It feels so good to have "my music" with me.

4.  The U2 album All that You Can't Leave Behind really stands the test of time, in my opinion.

5.  I'm thankful now that my mom was never afraid to talk to strangers, even though I was so mortified when she did it.  I flew out by myself and knowing that I could probably ask a question and get some help has been so helpful.

6.  In trying to stay in touch with my family at home, it gives me a greater understanding of what my work peeps go through to stay in sync with the rest of the team that is located in the US.  I'm really impressed.

7.  I totally sent pictures of the hotel bathroom to "my architect".

8.  Reading Hiaasen while on travel (if you're from Florida) can make you a little more homesick, even if the book is excellent.

9.  I'm trying to digest a lot of stuff while I'm here - the "haves and the have nots" are on a scale I'm not used to seeing.

10.  The ingenuity and make-do/can do/why not attitudes I'm seeing are something to behold, especially coupled with not waiting for permission, your turn, someone to let you in, etc.  

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I had this idea....

This quilt top, which I made in 2008 is just attached to a queen sheet, in the style of pillowcase binding, without quilting or tying.  It is great for the summer, where you need something just a little more than a sheet, but less than a blanket.  However, after 6 summers of use, it has some places where it is kind of falling apart.
I had an idea, though.  What if you foundation pieced the quilt onto the sheet?  Then there would not be as much stress on the patchwork, because it would almost be like "quilt as you go".

I bought a slightly fancy queen flat sheet at one of those stores where they sell stuff that is discontinued.  You know the ones.  I was thinking about it like English paper piecing, but I decided to do it in rows across the quilt.  Then each next row will overlap and finish the row before it, like house siding.  At the end, I will put some kind of binding on the sides and bottom.  I'm going with a pink-orange-yellow color scheme, with brown to anchor it.

First, I thought some kind of improv piecing would be fun and cool and looks so easy when other people do it.  I decided after one row of it, that all the going back to the cutting mat to true it up was a pain.  Also, that the color palette of my stash wasn't exactly what I had in mind.  So, I bought a bunch of half yard cuts online and sliced and diced them into 18" strips of varying widths.  (The prints are mostly 2.5" wide, the solids are more variable.)

Now I have this:

Right now, the bottom edge of the second row is safety-pin basted to the sheet, I need to sew it down.

Then I will sew the next row  to it, right sides together, turn it right side out, topstitch where it was attached, and then sew down the bottom of the strip.

Here it is with the next row mocked up.

And here it is a little closer up.  It is a little wonky, but I like it.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A little local color

Last summer I noticed that someone planted sunflowers in front of their fence on the way to a main road in my neighborhood.  Every time I drove by, I tried to remember when to look to check on them. 

In the last few months I was delighted to see that they were back!  It didn't take long for them to be super tall and blooming.  I made time this week to take a few pictures of them. 


The flowers are probably at their peak or maybe a little past it, but there are a few still in work.

I hope they plant the sunflowers again next summer. 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

First Fridays at FAVO - something fun to do in Orlando


FAVO stands for Faith Arts Village Orlando.  Here is their pithy description from their facebook page:

Faith Arts Village Orlando is a ministry of Park Lake Presbyterian Church that provides a place where the faith community and local artists can work together to share their gifts of inspiration, beauty, and spiritual expression to promote peace, understanding, and well-being in the larger community.

It takes place in a former hotel/motel in a really pretty area of downtown Orlando.  There are artists who rent studio space full time and there are artists who use their social network to borrow space and show their work occasionally.  On the first Friday of every month, from 5-9, they have food trucks and an open house/open gallery.  Our family has been once before, when our family friend Lisa was showing her work.  I think it was almost a year ago, but it has been on our calendar ever since and we finally got to go back this month.

They have food trucks and tables set up, so we got dinner there.  We ran into Lisa again this time.  One of our friends met up with us and he ran into people he knew there too.  I really like that stuff - running into people we know.

There is a kid craft table.  El started this right after dinner and we nudged her along to go look at art and then she came back to work on it later.  There were not quite enough bags for the number of kids. It is an unhosted project that is on the honor system.

It was around this time that I moved my car to street parking - I had parked in a nearby business' lot, and even though there weren't any sternly worded signs, I moved my car closer to my husband's.  On the way in from moving my car, I saw these.  I think there was a silent auction for these huge pieces - they are each approximately dining room table sized, or larger.


This is the one I wanted to take home with me.  It reminds me of a quilt.  And also of coloring on graph paper.  It is by Michael Braaksma.


Finally we looked at all of the studio shows.  El, the 6 year old is a hilarious art shopper.  Thankfully she collected a lot of business cards in her bag.  She loved the pieces at Uncommon Love, but she ended up buying a bracelet for herself from another studio as her thing to get.  La bought a print from a video game drawing from Parker Sketch.  We also got a birthday present for my sister and a father's day gift for Mike there.  I found notecards for my mom that reminded me of the Florida Highwaymen style that she likes a lot.

We tend to approach the shopping here like we do at the parks - who wants to carry a bunch of stuff around all day.  This strategy failed me - I found prints that I would like for my office.  We went back to their studio and they were gone for the evening.  I know we have the card somewhere, but I can't find it right now.  There are so many different styles of art and mediums and personalities there, that it is easy to find something that speaks to you.

Here's the view from the dining area at the start of the evening....

And at the end.....