Spring is off to a very busy start

and it’s not going to slow down any time soon.

I’m a little slow to post this month due to all the prep work I’ve been doing for my crazy teaching schedule this April and May. I’ve also been finishing a quilt for an exhibit, gathering supplies, shipping supplies, burning CD’s, and preparing stacks of handouts, but I’ve had some fun sprinkled in between.

Phil and I took a trip to San Francisco to see a friend visiting from Australia, IMG_3656 IMG_3680

then we spent the weekend in beautiful Half Moon Bay.
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Those are harbor Seals soaking up the sun on Moss Beach, this photo was shot on my iphone looking through the lens of a telescope on the beach.
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I think I could never tire of looking in tide pools. IMG_3733

 

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Phil is a pretty multifaceted guy; he’s a programmer by day and plays in a rock band for fun, but he also has degrees in digital music production and has been performing since the 80’s with a bay area group called the Hub. On Valentines weekend the group held a memorial concert at Mills College in Oakland to honor Phil’s good friend and fellow group member Mark Trayle, who died from pancreatic cancer last year. IMG_3838
Not your typical music performers.
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The weekend after, Jenny Lyon and Martha Wolfe joined me on a road trip to Pasadena to go Quiltcon.IMG_3862

We had so much fun and were so inspired by the quilts.

Having a background in graphic design myself, I was very drawn to the spareness and clean design of many of the quilts.IMG_3955
I loved the color palette and playful design of this triangle quilt by Tara Faughnan

 

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the simple geometry of this purple and blue one by Tami Levin above, and this little one by Krista Fleckenstein, below.

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I love these two, but unfortunately don’t have names for themIMG_3936

Such a beautiful subtle color palette!

I loved seeing my friend Kathy York’s quilt too!
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This dark blue one by Leanne Chahley was my very favorite quilt in the show.IMG_3950
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Besides all the fabulous quilts, I couldn’t believe how many friends we saw there. Here are just a few:IMG_3884
my friend Robbi Eklow from Chicago
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Quilting Arts editor Viveka DeNegre
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My dear friend Emily Parson from the Chicago School of Fusing. This is Emily’s beautiful quilt in the show.IMG_3935
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mixed-media artist Jeannie Moore
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Leslie and Jamie!
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the Pixel Ladies  🙂
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and of course Pokey!

do two Wolves make a pack? (check out that photo bomb)
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Martha Wolfe and Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria’s super fun quilt Mr Swirly Bones that won viewers choice.IMG_3961

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A special treat was getting to see my daughter Indigo and her adorable friend Penny from England, IMG_3888

who was at the show with her quilting mom Belinda.IMG_3952

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Martha, Jenny and I did our duty manning the SAQA booth, trying to help ‘modern’ quilters realize they are making work that completely fits in the art quilt category.IMG_3905

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It was so great that Quiltcon was in Pasadena because it meant that I could also get in a visit with my old art school room mate Amy IMG_3979

IMG_3873and we could crash with my dear friend Mary Rose, before she zipped off to help with the Bernie campaign in Vegas.

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Last weekend, I got to spend a few hours doing my favorite form of exercise – dancing! to the rock band Phil plays inIMG_3996

I have to say after all the frustrations I had dating while living in Chicago, it sure paid off when I was finally able to move back to California, where I got to meet Phil!

 

A fun little side project I did last week, was altering a cute rayon t-shirt swing dress I bought from Old Navy.

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It started out as heather gray and I over dyed it a soft aqua, because the last color I need to wear much of is gray, heh!  Then, I used two of my thermofax designs to print a border of queen annes lace in white and little leafy plants in black.  I’m very pleased with how it came out.tee dress detail

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Tonight, me and Phil are taking the red eye to New York City for a week, where Phil will be performing one of his digital compositions for a modern dance company that he has been composing and playing music for annually for 30 years! dance company

And there’s a nice review  of the dance company performance in today’s Tribeca Trib online news too!

This will be my 3rd trip to NYC with Phil and I look forward to exploring a few more museums, and as icing on the cake, I get to visit my friends Melly Testa and Mistyfuse Iris!

IMG_3855Keep creating it’s good for the soul!

2 Responses to “Spring is off to a very busy start”

  1. What a fun post. Thanks for sharing since I can’t travel to all the shows and this way I get to see some of the wonderful art. Glad you are having such a great time.

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