Thank you, dear readers, for having checked to see if I was ok. True, I have not posted since I came back from Switzerland. Short of time, I have been doing quickies on FaceBook and Instagram but there is really no content with those posts. I was home for a week between Switzerland and Paris; time to unpack, do laundry, and repack.
I have tried several times to post from my iPad, but since Blogger
discontinued its app, it is impossible to post and edit properly. So -
since I have my computer with me, I have finally made some time (mid
afternoon??) for a blogging break.
the meantime, a bit of backtracking. My class in Geneva was terrific -
and I taught and lectured in French, which was very cool. One of the
exercises I gave them was to use black, white, and one color to make a
piece. Here are some of the results.
My life has been hectic and my week in Paris was book-ended by funerals. My visit to Paris was a belated condolence call to my cousin. I enjoyed spending the week with her and seeing the rest of my extended family. Paris was chilly and gray for the most part, but we did go fabric shopping. Since I was in Africa last year, I have been collecting a variety of African fabrics -- and there are plenty in Paris. Have I used them yet? Of course not.
We also spent one day in the Marais - my most beloved neighborhood in the whole city. It, too, was filled with color and pattern.
Le Marais is filled with wonderful shops, but this one stopped me cold.
I could have bought everything in the store.
But because I had only one little suitcase and one little budget, I came home with this one.
Since I got home, I have been juggling and I have now juggled my way to West Palm Beach for the winter. I have brought my entire stash and my old Bernina, in case I want to quilt something while I am here. Today, I received a yummy piece of African batik from Judy Gula at www.artisticartifacts.com. I have washed it and it is out on the porch, dripping onto the carpet as it dries.
SO - that's the short version. I am deliriously happy to be staying in one place -- although will be driving up to Savannah to attend QuiltCon for a couple of days at the end of February. But I promise, you will hear from me before that!
So here I am, almost at the weekend in this gorgeous area of Switzerland, about 1-1/2 hours outside of Zurich. The mountain changes according to the time of day and the weather. I have been here since last Monday and will be leaving on after the weekend.
I have had a wonderful week staying with my friend Barbara and her husband, sewing with Barbara's friends, and being too well fed and pampered. Today I got the $50 tour of the area and over the weekend, more. But it was hard to take photos on those curvy mountain roads, so I don't have any to show right now.
We had raclette for dinner tonight and it was yummy. The first time I have had it! Here are just a couple of pictures of tonight's meal.
Cheeses, bacon, hot peppers, tomatoes, cornichons, potatoes, and roasted peppers. The cheese was melted, poured over the potatoes, and eaten with all of the other items.
Delicious! More, tomorrow.
Thanks to all of you for posting comments on my blog. Hilda Bakke is the lucky winner of Cindy's new book; I wish you could all have won a copy!
I'm in Switzerland this week and next. Next Monday I am teaching near Geneva, but this week I am playing and relaxing with my friend Barbara and some of her friends -- looking at the gorgeous scenery, and doing a lot of eating, drinking, sewing, and laughing. The laughing is the most important part!
Here was the mountain early this morning.
And here it is, from a different vantage point, later. Snow up there.
Bedtime in the Alps at this moment. Night.
Nope - it's not a cookbook-- it's a gorgeous book on improv quilting that I've already read twice. Cindy Grisdela's new book is hitting the shelves any day now, and if you want a yummy new read with loads of information on how to work improvisationally -- here it is.
(and you can WIN a copy if you leave a comment on my blog!)
After I read the book, I told Cindy that we must have been separated at birth. We both work improvisationally, both stockpile leftover units and building blocks to pick up and create with when the mood strikes. We both use color intuitively, and there are lots of other commonalities.
BUT our work is so different -- having started in a similar place, we've each taken a different road. That's that's the beauty of working improvisationally. If you are new to working without a pattern, Artful Improv is a great way to get started. Even though I've always worked this way, I have already learned some new things from this book! I don't work with curves, but Cindy has tempted me.
And I especially liked her Five Techniques to add to your Improv Toolbox and her clear, beautifully illustrated section on design principles.
I've loved Cindy's work for a long time. I always looked forward to seeing her (and her artwork) at the elegant Palm Beach craft show -- her pieces are so gorgeously quilted,so coloful, and so beautifully presented. Yum.
But you'll have to see the book for yourself. The blog hop continues elsewhere, so check out these blogs, leave a comment, and you'll have extra chances to win this book. Here is the rest of the schedule. Enjoy yourselves. And oh,if you don't win, you can find Cindy's book on the C&T website or on Cindy's own website.
Update on the ice cream: I forgot to tell you that the fast way to cool the mix is to fill a bowl with ice, pour the mix into a food storage bag, seal it, and submerge as much as you can in the bowl of ice. Stick it in the fridge and it should be cold enough in an hour or so to put in the ice cream machine.
News: I'm very excited that I'm going to be teaching in France in August 2017, at Clos de Lande Vallée, a fantastic Inn in Brittany! They have been having painting workshops there for a long time - and I will be the first fiber artist to teach there! Hooray!
Just take a look at their website - it is a fabulous place on the sea, lovely accomodations, and gourmet meals. I'm teaching in French (and English, if necessary) and after my upcoming workshops in Geneva next month, I should be on my game:-)).
I have deliberately left lots of time in 2017 to be in the studio and do my own work -- the last two years have been nonstop and I'm ready for a break. Booking now for 2018 with a raft of new workshops.
The rest of this evening I plan to move ahead with the quilt on my wall and maybe sit down at the sewing machine. Tomorrow and Saturday, cooking for Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sunday night.
If you celebrate the Jewish New Year, I wish you a Happy, Healthy year ahead.