Tuesday, October 29, 2013


These quilts have been blogged about elsewhere, and I don't have anything to add.

Except to say that I illustrated the step-by-step art for the book that inspired these, so I played a small part in creating the ensuing hilarity.

All I can say is, quilters like bad puns as much as anybody.

What follows does not include very single quilt, but I think they are representative.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Quilt Festival

This weekend, I took a quick trip to Houston to attend Quilt Market, where I touched base with several clients and met with other new and potential ones.

That's how I spent Saturday. Sunday morning, I had a few hours to fill before taking the shuttle van back to the airport. So, I spent some time looking at the quilts on display in the hall adjacent to the trade show.

I didn't have time to tour the entire exhibit, unfortunately. But what I did see was amazing. I have attended more than a few quilt shows — by local quilt guilds or at state fairs — but this was like nothing I'd seen before. It truly epitomized the art and craft of quilting.

The level of creativity and skill was astounding. Here are just a few examples.

Some Assembly Required, George Siciliano, Lebanon PA

Standing Alone, Lois Podolny, Tucson AZ

Greg's Song, Linda Taylor and Cheri Meineke-Johnson, Etna WY

Celestial Splendor, Rachel Wetzler, St. Charles IL

Illinois Album, Jane Sassaman, Harvard IL

Detail, Illinois Album

A Bright Sun-Shiny Day, Terri Stegmiller, Mandan ND

Red Autumn, Barbara Oliver Hartman, Flower Mound TX

Detail, Red Autumn

Journey Toward Notan, Jean Freestone, Osprey FL

Detail, Journey Toward Notan

Memories of Scarlet Serenade, Sharon Schamber, Payson AZ

Detail, Memories of Scarlet Serenade

A Pocket Full of Paisleys, Lorilynn King, Longmont CO

Detail, A Pocket Full of Paisleys

Detail, A Pocket Full of Paisleys

Roo Garden, Vicki Bohnhoff, Anthem AZ

Detail, Roo Garden

Windows, Kathy York, Austin TX

Detail, Windows

Cock of the Walk, David Taylor, Steamboat Springs, CO

Detail, Cock of the Walk

Did You Wash Your Beak?, David Taylor, Steamboat Springs CO

Detail, Did You Wash Your Beak?

Brian the Basilisk, Jane Haworth, Auburn CA

Detail, Brian the Baslisk

Uncharted, Catherine Baltgalvis, Riverside CA

Detail, Uncharted
Tomorrow: Cows in Quilts

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Seattle Weather

One of the interesting aspects about living in Seattle is how dramatically the weather conditions can vary within just the distance of a couple miles.

Earlier this week, I went for early-morning walks around Green Lake, after dropping off Tim somewhat north of his office, so he could get in his own morning constitutional.

It might be clear, or clear-ish, at our house, but as we drove south, we would hit some serious ground fog.

When I got to Green Lake, there was still some low fog on the lake. Combined with the dim pre-sunrise light, it made for some moody, contemplative images.

Also, where there was a splash of fall color, it was all the more striking.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Carkeek Park

Over the weekend, Tim and I had occasion to visit Carkeek Park a couple of times.

The first time, I didn't have my camera, necessitating a return trip on Sunday.

Tim likes to walk the trails there, so he's there more often. But there were some new features since the last time.

This one, he said he thought he had seen before.

Near several of the installations we spotted plaques with QR codes indicating that the installations were part of a CoCA exhibit. Perusing their website, I found a link featuring descriptions of the pieces, and also learned that this is the fifth collection of pieces in the Heaven and Earth series.

Tim saw this one on a trail down from the northern perimeter of the park. I had driven down to the parking lot near the beach, so he took a few pictures with his camera phone.

The piece next to the beach parking lot reminded me of the kinetic sculpture we saw on Orcas Island. You can see a short video here.

Reading the description of "The Lau Event", I wonder how much exposure to the weather has affected it.

"Tree Pods" reminded me of the public art along Linden Avenue; both repurposed/recycled/upcycled signage to fun effect.

These two are by the same group. The descriptive text mentions a possible third to appear on the beach. The first one made me think of a porcupine, and the second one I call "The Wolf in the Woods." We spotted the marker, which directed us 200 yards up the trail. At just about the point where we might have considered turning back, Tim looked to his left and there it was.

This last one is actually situated next to the Environmental Learning Center at the entrance to the park. I spotted it on the way in, but it was the last one we stopped to look at. At first, I thought it was a yarn bombing.

But it turned out to be more. . . .

Much more.

Weather and time permitting, I'd like to go back next weekend with a map and find the rest of the pieces.