Today I had volunteered to sit and mind the SAQA table at the NJ Mancuso show for the afternoon. However, when I arrived, I was told that somewhere along the line there was a communication
screw-up - uh- glitch and the Mancuso people knew nothing about a SAQA table. Oops!
For me, it was fine. I headed straight for Usha's booth and spent the afternoon hanging out, covering her for breaks, talking to people, and generally enjoying myself. Saw some people I hadn't seen in a long time and soaked up the beauty of Handloom Batiks. I grabbed these two fat quarters because I had run out of them and I simply love both the colors and the wonderful pattern. It took all my self control not to come home with more, but I managed to leave a few beauties there. I mean, how much more do I need?
(yes, I know: NEED has nothing to do with it).
If I change my mind, I will send Usha this photo and ask her to cut me 1/4 yd of each of the three I would have loved but didn't take. Look at this beautiful display! Hard to make a choice.
Opposite, a table full of fat quarters -- always a treat for the eye.
See that quilt? I made it for Usha back in 1996. I saw her fabrics for the first time at Lancaster and fell in love with them. I saw that people(aka traditional quilters) were walking into her booth, looking at the fabrics and because they couldn't figure out how to use them, they said "how nice" and then left without buying. I told her that if she would give me fabric, I would make her a traditional quilt to hang in her booth. She hung it and her business took off because people saw they could make trad quilts with Indian batiks and they'd be gorgeous. I liked it so much, I made one for myself and it hung in my livingroom for years.
In 2004 I made her a funkier, free-form one and it was hanging in her booth today. I wish I had one like it but can't seem to make another one.
Looking at this jacket, I almost wished I could sew. Usha made it and I think the combination of fabrics is wonderful. How many people would think to put these three fabrics together?? Love it!
I barely looked at the quilts but I did visit Iris at the MistyFuse booth and we caught up when she could get away from the hordes at her booth. I managed to leave a few $$ at the Superior Threads booth on these Bottom Line bobbins and one spool of thread.
After the show closed, we headed to our favorite Indian restaurant with four other vendor friends and had a fabulous dinner of mostly South Indian dishes - my faves. They have a buffet and everything is always fresh and hot and different. See the vada in the back row? Delish with rasam.
Almost forgot the requisite photo of Usha and me. A selfie, taken a little too close, but oh well.
It was a good day.
And so are those of us in Northern NJ. The dire predictions of another foot of snow + ice and sleet did not materialize, although I think those to the south of us got slammed again. My deep sympathies to those of you who are faced with digging out once again:-(.
While there are still mountains of dirty snow lining the streets, the large cake on my deck table has shrunk to this size. Maybe by April...
Sunday (was it only yesterday??) was one of those days when I didn't feel like moving. Nonetheless, I made barley & mushroom soup and decided to tackle the NY Times' recipe for scones, which ran on Wednesday. While the Times rarely lets me down on recipes, this one just wasn't fabulous. It was ok, but my goal in life is to make a scone that is as delicious (or almost, anyway) as the scones at Joyce Bakeshop
, in Brooklyn near the corner of Vanderbilt and Park Place. I never visit my daughter without stopping for scones and taking them home with me (if there are any left by the time I grey there). So, not satisfied with yesterday's batch, I searched for another recipe. These look more like it, but I haven't had one yet. Saving them till later.
I've been in a funk for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that nothing I throw at the wall pleases me. I took the gray strips to my studio but can't get there till Wednesday to work on them.
That left me with another try at the pink piece I started last month and took off the wall. It's back in process and much better since it has less pink (why do I bother with pink at all??) but it is still not speaking to me.
This is where I left it when I took the pieces down and put them away.
Here's where it is now. Looking at this picture reminds me why I started this blog in the first place, January 2005. (Can't be that long!) Taking a photo of work in process and posting it allows me to see from a distance what works and what doesn't. So, it's back to the drawing board for the rest of the afternoon and I feel better already.
I also understand why so many people use patterns rather than starting from scratch. .Remember paint by numbers? Just fill in the blanks: no angst.
Fortunately, the sun came out and the white streets turned black again. By that time, it was afternoon and I was not going out.
Nothing momentous - just more of the same sorting/throwing. I put 4 or 5 bags out for Big Brothers/Big Sisters to come and collect tomorrow, so that's a bit of progress.
For those of you who are going through/have gone through your parents' stuff, I will share with you a series of articles, The Task, from the NY Times on-line blog that a friend recommended to me. Wonderful!! http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/the-task/. I could identify with quite a bit. Scroll down and start reading from the first of 8 articles, which is at the bottom.
I am back at work on the strips from a couple of weeks ago and this is what it looks like now. It is less blue than it looks here. Well, we shall see what it looks like in the next permutation.
If the weather perks up a bit, I may bring a load of stuff to the studio. Getting cabin fever.
The last couple of weeks have vanished in a continuing cloud of snow, snow, and more snow; frenzied sorting and throwing, followed by cooking and caregiving for a daughter-in-law recovering from surgery and a sick grandson.
The weekend provided a nice respite from the hectic world and below freezing temps -- the weather gods gave us a couple of 50 degree days so we could actually get out and enjoy the air. Saturday brought a trip to the Montclair Art Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary with items from its collection that are rarely displayed. 100 artworks, some of which were in the opening exhibit in 1914 and others of which were more contemporary, were on display. A few of them captivated me enough to take pictures.
This is a wire sculpture against the wall. The box is merely a shadow made by the actual sculpture, which appears to be in the box. So cool!
This fuzzy photo is of a fiber piece made of pieces of blankets.
This is one of the museum's paintings by Native American artists and I simply love it.
Finally, you probably know immediately which artist did this giant iron. Yep, Willie Cole.
Sunday brought a trip to New York and more art: an exhibit of ossuaries and other 6000 year old artifacts at NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Beautiful! This was my favorite.
After dinner, on the walk back to the bus terminal, we noticed that NY is still in holiday mode. I think they should leave those lights on all year - they are so pretty.
Around the corner, the construction vehicles sat waiting for Monday morning to come. This was only part of the block-long crane that will no doubt be putting up another skyscraper.
Once the weekdays started we are back to temps in the 30's. Still, not bad. I think there is more snow predicted for tomorrow (Wednesday) but I really hope they are wrong.
So boring. We are so snow -weary and there is more due tonight and tomorrow. Happily, I was able to get out today to take my grandsons to lunch -- but tomorrow, I cancelled my appointment and do not plan to move. Car in garage.
Over the weekend I nursed my cold and am feeling better, thank you. Made lots of soup and cooked a gorgeous risotto (as promised) for Friday night's dinner. Actually, thee were enough leftovers for Saturday dinner, as well. So easy - you should never be intimidated by cooking risotto: you can't go wrong. I think the secret ingredient is saffron -- and I am now out of that wonderful spice, so shall have to restock. Fortunately, it doesn't take much to make a difference to anything you cook. More precious (and expensive) than gold.
For the last few days i have been working on my bulletin board cum design wall in the sewing room at home Pulled out some sewn together strips from four years ago and started from there. Still in the adding/throwing at the wall/contemplating stage with a long way to go. The picture is not very good and the color not entirely accurate, but can you guess where the inspiration is coming from?
It has felt so good to sit down and sew, and tomorrow I plan more of same. It is supposed to hit the 50's over the weekend so maybe I will get to the studio next week. Meantime, happy to be in and warm.