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In spite of my missing mojo, I’m determined to finish the Dancing Nine-patch baby quilt top today.

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In my last blog post, I mentioned that I have a quilt heading to Houston to be in the 2015 show.  It’s a special exhibit called Primitive & Folk Art which is sponsored by the magazine Primitive Quilts and Projects.    Not only is my quilt Wonky Baskets going to be in the show – I actually won 2nd prize in the Original Design category!  Color me excited and happy.  I won 48 large spools of wool Aurifil thread.

I have never entered a quilt into a show before (save for a couple into guild shows or the local quilt show).  My friend Mary of An old crow’s journey (she does AMAZING primitive dolls – be sure and check her out and her Etsy site) encouraged me to enter and after a little hesitation, I did it.  I figured I’d make her happy and what did I have to lose.

When we came home from our Bali/Singapore holiday, the email was waiting telling me I had won and giving me instructions for getting my quilt into the mail.

We had seriously not been home more than an hour or so when Mr. W was looking at the price of airline tickets.  I have told him for years that the Houston Quilt Show/Festival was on my list of things to do ONE DAY.  (K2 and I attended the Houston Market nearly 20 years ago when we owned Olive’s Mercantile but didn’t have the time or money to attend the festival back then.)

This is how our conversation played out:

Mr. W:  “ok, I have a ticket here with a good price.  Do you want to go?”

me:  “are you serious?”

Mr.  W:  “yes”

me:  “ummmmm……can we afford it?”

Mr. W:  “well, you won’t get new carpet this year.”

me:  “we weren’t going to travel any more this year.”

Mr.  W:  “should I back out?  If I do, I might not get this price later.”

me:  “it really doesn’t make sense to do this.”

Mr. W:  “you’ve always wanted to go, right?  You may never have a quilt in this show again.  Yes or no?”

(long pause while I think…….thinking, thinking, thinking…….)

me:  “no.  It’s just silly to do this.  Back out of it.”

Mr. W:  “you’re sure?”

me:  “yes”

Mr. W:  “ok”

And he backed out of the site.

In the meantime, I posted on an Australian FB site asking if having a quilt hanging in the show was still a big deal.  I also sent a quick email to Sara, a quilt gal IN THE KNOW in the USA.  Everyone said “Yes, it’s a big deal and if you can go – GO”.   Even if it was ‘only’ in a special exhibit – it was still a big deal.  Perhaps a once in a lifetime experience.

A little later, Mr. W went back into the airline site.  Just out of curiosity.  Go figure……same prices.

Mr. W:  “well?”

Picture me – sitting on the couch.  Reading all these FB posts about how it was a big deal and how I should go if at all possible.  Picture me in a total quandary.  I AM practical – no matter what people might think.  It seems utterly and totally ridiculous to me to make a spur of the moment decision like this.  I mean REALLY……this is something that should be thought about, pondered, cussed and discussed.  You can’t make a decision like this on the spur of the moment, can you?

Mr. W:  “WELL??????”

me:  (thinking to myself – oh SCREW IT)  “book it!” I said with a huge grin!

I figure experiences are much more important than things (or new carpet).

We booked.  We’re going.  With a little side trip to visit the famdamily.

WHO’S THE LUCKY GIRL?  Well…..that’d be me.

 

 

Singapore & Bali

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We have just returned from a short jaunt to Singapore and Bali for wedding celebration with K&N.  The trip was lovely.  No dramas.  Wonderful accommodations.  Lots of laughs.

I had HUGE expectations about acquiring some Hoffman Bali Batik fabrics while there – but I failed.  I just couldn’t be bothered to go into Denpasar to shop.  Too many people.  Too hot and humid.

The picture of the chicken feet?  Yup.  I tried them.  Not much meat on them.  And they were kinda ‘wiggly’.

If you’d like to read about our travels – please head over to Mr. W’s blog.

Bali – Part 1

Bali – Part 2

Bali – Part 3

Singapore stopover

Oh, and exciting news!  I am having a quilt hanging in the Houston Quilt Show this October!  It will be in a special exhibit called Primitive and Folk Art sponsored by Primitive Quilts & Projects Magazine.  I put the quilt in the mail yesterday.  Will write more and post pictures in the next day or two.  Right now I need to get ready for art class.

The little house

Current pictures of the little house (the granny flat that we use as our painting/quilt studio and wine laboratory).  I actually THOUGHT it was clean and pretty tidy until I looked at these pictures.  WHAT A MESS!

Anyway – see the 3 machines set up in a U shape?  The Janome is set up for FMQ or walking foot quilting, the Pfaff for piecing and the overlocker is on the ready for whatever.  One chair.  Works perfectly.

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Art Class

I’m having fun playing in art class.  These aren’t finished yet but I’m liking where I’m going with them.  I’m doing exercises from the book WabiSabi by Serena Barton, under the direction of Jules (our art teacher).

SOON, I’m going to shift my focus from quilting, knitting, crocheting to painting.  It’s time to get stuck into painting for awhile and see what I can do.  I think quilting/crochet/knitting/crafting comes so easily to me (for the most part) that I gravitate towards them.  Don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy those pursuits – but it’s time for me to stretch myself creatively.

You never know what you can do until you try.  And, they (the proverbial THEY) say that you have to put 10,000 hours (or some crazy number) into something before you have a snowballs chance in being good at it.  I’ve MAYBE done 100 hours in my entire life painting so I best get my backside in gear, don’t you think?

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