... considering I´m a totally non skilled begginer.
It may look extra simple, obvious and uninteresting to most of you. However, there seems to be nothing either simple, obvious or easy about it to me! And I´m quite interested to find out how far I can go.
I´ve started getting pieces cut and sewn together yesterday evening. The challenge consists in having the quilt ready before the year ends mostly.
let’s do something positive to reduce the hideous number of plastic bags being used - 1 million are consumed per minute globally - of which hundreds of thousands end up in the oceans.
the idea is to get together with people in your local community, drink wine and make reusable cloth bags (from old duvet covers, curtains from charity shops etc) and hand them out to the unsuspecting public for free on specified dates outside different supermarkets.
meet new people, do something marvellous for the planet and beat other pods (groups) of baggers with your morsbag tally.
I´ve been busy selling the apartment where I live while looking for another place to make it home and moving into.
I´ve kept track of your posts but I have not been able to do more than reading them. I´m also sorry for the delay in answering e-mails. I´ll be back soon, I hope. As soon as I can sit and write about the new home and all the sewing I´ll be doing in order to dress it up!
I´ll be soon addressing or should I rather say sharing a series of talks about identifying, recognizing, enhancing, strengthening and living fully our feminine inner strengh and natural gifts.
At this time, immerse in this theme, I think it appropriate to illustrate this post with a picture of my beloved 20 yr old daughter and our Lua, an 11 yr lady daschund, which complete the regnant circle here at home.
Here they are!
Enjoying each other, as usual!
Creating, recicling, matching colours, imagining new shapes and looks, enjoying making and remaking ... all these are strong characteristics of the feminine nature. Most of us just can´t do without it and those who are, for one reason or another, unable to practice it daily must find their own way to put forward their criative urge in order to survive.
One of the most precious feminine characteristic is our sincere disposition for stimulating, encouraging, sharing and making other people grow/make it better/go on trying harder / evolve / echieve a higher level of expertise / help each other express our talent and get our ideals accomplished .This is something very clear and beautiful in the quilter´s blogsphere.
This chair dates from the early XX Century. British colonial style, I used to be told when I was a child. It surprised me to see many of them, exactly alike, at the Governor´s Palace in Jamestown, Virginia, USA. I could then understand what "British colonial style" ment. Of course at the time my grandmother was decorating her summer apartment in Rio de Janeiro, on the second building to be built facing Copacabana Beach, there were not furniture stores. Families ordered from catalogs and had them handmade. It probably took artisans a long time to get them done, but time ran slower by then, I guess. Most people would go for Portuguese or French style but not my grandmother. She was way too independent to follow the main track. I myself have never, ever, seen anything similar in Brazil. Maybe it´s been popular in Commonwealth countries. I don´t know. Today I decided to give it a new look, different from the traditional upholstery renewed from time to time. New make up, starting with blush, shadows...
And it came out like this.
I´m not sure I like it, though.
It seems sort of a heretic thing to do, doesn´t it?
By this time it´s getting chilly in South Brazil, where I live. Orchids and pansies love the cold weather and, along with many other kinds, provide colour to the streets gardens.
I´ve be working on Nancy Halvorsen´s Garden Party panel and thinking how fortunate we are, in this corner of the world, to have flowers all year round. And also how exciting Spring is to those who live in snowy countries.
To all of you in the Nothern Hemisphere I wish a Merry Spring and a Happy New Year! Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, the one that gets the astrological year started. A time for renewal, getting new projects going or promoting a revival of the dormant ones. A time for hope and confidence.
So... lets enjoy the energy of Aries and get it all going. Fast, as Aries demands.
Some of these prints were brought from the US in 1994, when I took my daughter there to meet my "American Family".
Some of you may know I´ve been an AFS exchange student back in the 60´s, hosted by a lovely family,living in Ohio. That´s when I saw snow and quilts for the first time. My American Mom has quite a few beautiful handmade pieces and I don´t have to close my eyes to practically see them on the rack she used to keep them. I wish to learn how to quilt real good so I can send her a Made in Brazil quilt. I think that will be nice and´ll be happy to do it.
My daughter was 4 years old when we went to Ohio first and then Disneyworld. This should explain my having bought some of the prints. I didn´t work on them until now, though. We say "objects chase their owners", here in Brazil. I´ll be happy when these objetcs find theirs. It´s been a long long way since they exist and I have been keeping them. It´s about time for them to go.
But, the photo above doesn´t show all my UFOs.
Not at all.
I have worked on an imported print, which maybe will look "out of date" to some of you, but looks quite new and special to me. I have been stitching it patiently and the more I stitch the more I like it.
The stitching makes it look even more puffy and beautiful.
I like it so much I´m not sure I´ll be able to sell it after it´s finished.
Is there a fair price for something one likes a lot and has put the best of one´s energy into,
Tempo is a Portuguese word for both Time and Climate. Time and climate both go on changing all the time, both charge us with scars. Even more so in 2010 which has just started and seems to tell us, reminds us, everyday ""there are no certainties". Way too warm below the Equator, more than average cold and snow above. Tornados, floods, drouts...
And the tectonic movements joined Cronus´ chorus line: no certainties for Haiti, Chile, Açores, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil... Uncertainties everywhere on Earth.
This We are the World chorus video reminds us, in a very particular way, how transitory everything and everyone really is, and also that only love, compassion and caring for each other may ever comfort us along our uncertain path.
I put these pieces together when I first started to quilt, a few months ago. I soon got interested in complex techniques, which of course I´ve not yet mastered, and this quilt was kept unfinished, on a shelf, for quite a while. Until today. It´s now complete and that´s it.
I had assigned myself another task for the day but I felt I had had enough of sewing. This way, I stuck to an old shabby mirror the pieces I had for an appliqué.
I decided it deserves to be displayed. At least for a while.
I was happy to be able to hang it on a wall in my studio. I love recycled stuff.
It goes with the pale green couch beneath and, of course, the lap quilt will go back to the shelf where it belongs.
...I haven´t done much. Just a little progress in stiching while watching Carnaval but not the Olympic skating contests. It´s so amazing what those people do on skates I can´t take my eyes out of the tv set. It seems to me they´ve gone far beyond the frontier of the Impossible Dream.
I´d been ordered 6 placemats using a black and white cow pattern + a bit of red. I´ve got them done and delivered. Pleased to know they were appeciated and are being used.
I must get some other works finished. Challenging ones, I should say, although I´ve suggested them myself in a moment of insane presumption.
This afternoon I´ll be taking care of some little things I need for the house. New pillow covers to start with. I´ll get them done quickly, I hope, IF I can get my eyes away from the tv set. Skating contest isn´t over yet, you know!