I've begun to create a project to enter in the Panasonic Bias Tape Appliqué Challenge at QuiltCon 2015.
You can see how it has evolved.
Perhaps that's because I watched Jacquie Gering's MQG webinar "Modern Quilting: Know It When You See It!" She made many excellent points about modern quilting, and - in my opinion - this should be a must-watch presentation for anyone who wants to understand "modern." (You have to be a member of the MQG to see it.)
Jacquie shared one visual that helps explain our quilting world. Due to copyright restrictions, I'm unable to share that photo. But, imagine a three-legged stool.
The seat is the huge community of quilters.
The legs are: 1) traditional quilters; 2) art quilters; and 3) modern quilters.
Each of us supports the quilting community in some way. Isn't that a great visual interpretation of what us quilters are all about?
Last week, Lora Douglas and I were interviewed by the local newspaper, The Daily Sun, about "Ad Libbing" our collaborative, blue ribbon-winning quilt at QuiltFest Jacksonville. The article appeared in today's newspaper. Though the reporter took lots of photos, and Lora and I sent pictures of the quilt and of us, none of them were used! How can an article about a quilt be published without a picture of it?!
Hey friends! Today begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a breast cancer statistic myself, since my diagnosis last year of invasive ductal carcinoma, and as a person with no risk factors for breast cancer, I am in the position to tell you, "Get a mammogram!" My BC was found early, and I was fortunate to need only a lumpectomy, and radiation. Now I'm taking Arimidex for five years to ensure the cancer doesn't return. If you can't remember when you had your last mammogram, then it's time to get one!
In another health update, I've learned that my left femoral artery is again blocked by plaque. Though the blockage is very small at 1 cm, I need another balloon procedure at the catheterization lab in Ocala. My doc will again push back the blockage and this time insert a 1 cm solid "spot stent." The rest of that artery has an eight inch-long mesh stent. To put it mildly, I'm less than pleased about this development since my last procedure, June 18, on the same arterial stent. This will be my fifth procedure since December. It also means that for several days afterward, I'm not to drive, use my sewing machine, or lift anything. Ergh.
My doctor asked for my cell phone number and punched it into his own cell phone. Does that tell you how well we're getting to know each other?!
He tells me that the upside of all this is that I'm finding these blockages early because I line dance several times a week. I felt the blockage - a burning ache in my left calf where the muscle was being deprived of blood. The doc will be able to clear out this small piece of plaque (re-stenosis) before it accumulates further.
Yep, it's all about the benefits of exercise - getting your blood pumping. In my case, that's line dancing. I love it! Here's my latest favorite song to dance to: "Stripes" by Brandy Clark. The lyrics are really cute and clever, so have a listen. Linda