Sunday, January 27, 2013

Photos (as promised)

It wasn't that hard to get the photo as it was sent as an attachment and I actually know what to do with them, duh. And while I'm at it, here's pictures of the ATC I received and the new postcards that are available at the Cotton Museum. Happy Valentines, anyone??
 Yes, of course, I am still in the dark as to arranging photos in any order other than how blogger wants them. Help!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

ATC update

The nicest thing happened. The artist trading card challenge at Quilting Arts involved getting a card in return for the one you sent in last September and I received a groovy card in the mail. On the back was the email of the artist who created the card, so I sent her a note saying how much I really love it.
  She replied with a nice note and all was good in the world. The other day I got another email from her with a photo of HER holding MY card. YAY!! and as soon as I figure out how to get it from the email, I will post it here along with a picture of the card I got. Cross your fingers.
  While I'm on the subject of posting photos, I'll update you on my new "job" as communications person for MACA. I got an afternoon tutorial from the very nice young woman who was doing the website. She had redone the group's website with and showed me how to rearrange information after we fiddled around changing colors on the template she had picked out. It looks pretty easy, so I am going to add some photos and artist contact info to the site soon, later today or in the morning. Cross your fingers for me on that too, please. To view that website--before I wreck it--go to Maybe someone will show me how to add a hot link someday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Requested photo

After viewing the comments from yesterday's post, I am filling the request for a photo of my trading card which appears in Quilting Arts magazine.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The February/March issue of Quilting Arts magazine showed up in the mailbox yesterday which is always a good thing. Fortunately the mail runs late here because when a magazine arrives, I will stop whatever I am doing to sit and read it. At least there is half a chance for productivity before the postal carrier's appearance.
As I am thumbing through the articles, I see the results for a challenge I entered last fall, that I had totally forgotten about. And there on page 80 is my artist trading card, proudly displayed in the upper right hand corner!!! Right below is Veronica's card. YAY!
Thanks to her astute observation, she requested that everyone in the swap group she is facilitating, send a card into the magazine for the challenge when it was announced.
This month will mark the fifth year of the Fiber Antics ATC swap. We have 10 participants now. We trade once a month and the themes are posted on Veronica's website and blog (there's a link on my blog). She also posts photos of the cards every month.
 The themes are fun and sometimes thought provoking, always open to interpretation by the members of the group. Some months, I jump right in knowing exactly what my offering will be, even though my time is occupied by the petty details of life and I just make the deadline getting my cards in the mail. Other times, I just can't get inspired and have turned in cards that I am not so proud of, especially when I receive my package of glorious art works from the other traders. But it is always fun and I have bulging binders to prove it.
  I keep my cards in those clear pages made for sports trading cards in 3 ring binders. Any technique is allowed to create the cards as long as the size is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Paint, fabric, photography, markers, crayons, rubber stamps, glue, tape, staples are all used to interpret the theme. It's a wonderful way to try out a new technique and an even better way to make friends.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Project

Last year, in February, I attended an evening of fashion shows at Memphis Fashion weekend. It was fun, but there was nothing out of the box or extraordinary shown. The other day, I got a message from a couple of young designers who need help with their entry into this year's fashion show. We met, they showed me the sketches and fabric samples. I advised them on how much fabric to get and what steps needed to be taken to make the garments.
   Since I have always wanted to teach myself how to drape for pattern making, I saw this as the perfect opportunity for a learning experience. A few years ago I bought a book on draping, so I hauled it out and proceeded to follow the directions.
THE book
front style lines

back style lines
   Hopefully this will turn out in everyone's favor and I will post the progress, if there is any.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Onward into the new year--so far

It's only the 4th of January, so I can't make any claims to have turned my life around in 2013 yet, but I did sign up for Bikram Yoga at the urging of a friend. She had a rough year (last couple of years actually) and wants to improve her general well being as well as get in better physical shape. I have been battling tendonitis in my shoulders for years and am always looking for some way to regain good posture and mobility, plus get some relief from the achiness in my upper back that does not include shots or pills. So off to the yoga studio!!
  We signed up for the new student deal for unlimited visits for one month at a reduced fee. The instructor said we should attend daily for at least ten days to get the best benefit of the exercise. My friend is three days ahead of me and already notices a different in her back problems. So I am heading back this afternoon and hope I do better than yesterday. I had never done this kind of yoga before, but knew it was done in  HOT environment. All the walking I've been doing the last few years has been good for stamina, and I tolerated the heat pretty well, but my balance and breathing need LOTS of work. LOTS!!! My biggest fear is that I will throw up.
   Having someone to go with will surely be helpful and we hope we can synch our schedules so we will be attended classes together as many visits as possible.
   On the fiber art front for this year, I am getting the ball rolling on the quilt show for the gallery in the local cancer treatment hospital. It's a little more than 10 weeks away--YIKES! I really let myself get lazy during these past holidays and need to focus on priorities.