I've always wanted to be a cover girl. That is, have one of my quilts appear on the cover of a book or magazine. My quilt “Mayapples” was featured in the 2013 Award-Winning Quilts calendar. It was nice to be Ms. March but still–that's not a “cover.”
My quilt “After the Ice Storm,” is included in Joen Wolfrom's new book, “Color Play: Expanded & Updated Over 100 New Quilts Transparency, Luminosity, Depth & More” due out in September.
My friend Jane Hamilton is a cover girl. She has two quilts in Shanon Gingrich Shirley's new book, “Celebrate the Day With Quilts.” Fifty three quilt artists created seventy two wall hangings that celebrate lesser known, special days, throughout the year.
I miss them so much! What a gray and rainy weekend we came home to. Two to three inches of rain is predicted with a possibility of sleet or wintry mix. The perfect excuse to stay inside and quilt and maybe make some home made pizza.
Have you heard about these Gender Reveal parties? Expecting parents can choose to know the sex of their baby before birth and they think of the most creative ways to “reveal” boy or girl at a fun party. Kira hosted a party for her sister, Caitlin, expecting our darling grandchild number five, in August.
My friend Kelly sent me a link to an article on creativity. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular Eighteen things creative people do differently and one of the habits was people watching. I think people are fascinating and I love watching them. I just don't know, and maybe the experts don't either, how this people watching trait contributes to making creative art, but I just have to tell this story.
While I was in Cozumel, I was drawn to observing a woman that was in our building unit. She frequently came to sit and visit with her family and friends on the porch of the club house. She was an older lady, quite heavy set. She walked slowly with a cane but she dressed in cool looking athletic clothing, usually all black but accented with bright, colorful sport sandles. I envied her attractive buzz cut hairstyle with artful streaks of gray and wished I could pull off that look.
Clearly she was enjoying a young granddaughter, sitting with the little girl on her lap. I know that some of the people in her group spoke English but I'm not sure if she did. There are many Canadians vacationing in Mexico and some speak French and English, some only French. I spoke to her several times, and didn't get a response. Once, she moved directly in front of me when I was taking a photo of the sunset. Gary even asked her to move a few steps over and she completely ignored him! I was developing a bit of an attitude towards her.
Cozumel is a fantastic diving destination. Several times I saw this lady walking slowly with her cane, in a wet suit, coming back from the dive boat. Her husband, I think, was hauling all her gear, mask, fins, breathing stuff and gages. I thought, how cool. She has such mobility issues walking, she must feel so good and free when she's gliding effortlessly under the water. I said a silent prayer that when my world narrows with the inevitable physical limitations, that I might move and revel in such a challenging and awe inspiring natural inviroment. How I'm going to make that happen, I'm not sure yet…
The porch is a gathering spot in the evenings and one night they had a terrific 3 piece band. Usually the music is Mexican meriachi, of course, in Cozumel. This band was straight from my time, Rock! They played the music Gary and I grew up with. The Beatles! Led Zeppelin! Van Morrison! Queen! They were great. We were all singing along, requesting songs, feeling the beat. The drummer started the lead-in to a Pink Floyd song. The lady in black got up and broke into the most amazing performance of air guitar, played on her cane! that I have ever seen! Oh my gosh. Without moving a step, she rocked that song and brought down the house. It blew me away!
I have no clue how watching this woman for a week will make me more creative. I do know that I still wonder about her and her life and every time I think about her, I smile.
I just filled out a long survey sponsored by quilting companies and quilt museums– HandiQuilter, Superior Threads, Quilt Museum in Nebraska and others. They wanted to know where I get inspiration. Magazines? Quilt shows? Museums? Of course, I know they have an agenda. But where is the box to tick that says, Friends? My BQF’s (Best Quilting Friends) inspire me and motivate me so much!