Saturday, January 24, 2015

Outdoor Art at Laguna Gloria

Outdoor Art at Laguna Gloria

On a recent beautiful afternoon, Janis and I grabbed our cameras and headed to Laguna Gloria. This historic mansion is now an art museum/school and sits on the banks of Lake Austin. There are always interesting installations on the wooded grounds.

My favorite installation looks from a distance like a large fishing net attached to the dock and shimmering in the sun.


When you get close, you see that the "net" is made our of interlocking doll bodies. It symbolizes the interconnectedness of humans and how we affect nature and it affects us.


Janis knew about the artist and the installation on a beach in Perth, Australia. See more at http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2014/february/27/do-ho-suh-takes-to-the-beach-in-perth/

Other interesting sights:





We so enjoyed our playtime.
Thank you, Janis!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quilty Week

Edie and I started the week off right by going to the Austin Area Quilt Guild meeting Monday evening. The speaker was Karen Kay Buckley (http://www.karenkaybuckley.com/). I really admire her "Fiesta Mexico" quilt/pattern and was certain I was going to win the one the Austin Guild raffled off for their fall show, but the wrong ticket was picked! Here is a photo of it in her gallery: http://www.karenkaybuckley.com/gallery.php.

Sigh...back to amateur-land.
Precision in quilting is not my objective--I prefer loosey-goosey-playing-with-fabric projects. So, I am elated that there are actual quilt patterns with the word "Wonky" in the title! When I saw a class called "Wonky Nine Patch" at the 2013 Houston festival, I signed up immediately (and dragged Edie along). During the class, we started on the blocks. I loved the fact that I could be completely inexact and still have cute blocks.

Because we are having winter this week, I decided to get the project out and work on it. I've completed the nine wonky blocks (enough for a wall hanging). Although I think the lines are supposed to actually line up, I went for totally wonky!


Next step is to get them squared up (har!) and sew them together. Wonder when that'll happen...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy New Year!

A couple of years ago, I read an article for those of us who are interested in doing so many things that we always feel scattered. The author recommended that we declare a focus in each area each year. This way we know that we can change that focus the next year so that we don't miss out on anything!

This has been pretty effective for me with craft projects. Last year, I concentrated on making cards and was able to use up a lot of scraps and embellishments to make stacks of cards.

2015 is going to be the "Year of Quilts" for me. I've got a couple of quilty trips planned and am itching to work on some projects.

How about you? Do you have this problem with having so many ideas that it's hard to decide which ones to pursue? If so, do you have a focus for 2015?