Sunday, February 17, 2013

News and Show and Tell (oops that's redundant)

I have been trying to simplify.  Honestly!  I felt I had to resign from a couple of activities around year's end because I could not commit to any more meetings.  I know I'm not alone in this, but, sometimes I feel too fractured and fear that, ultimately, I will do a poor job and my efforts will have been wasted.

Then a good friend and member of Fiber Revolution asked me if I'd ever thought about applying for membership.  Sure, I had.  But....oh, what the heck.  Go for it.

Crazy, I know, but I am now a member of Fiber Revolution and in some pretty heady company.  No pressure here, guys.

Meanwhile back in the studio, I've been working on a few projects:  Friday was the drop dead deadline for SAQA/CT "Local Color" traveling exhibit.  It was a cliffhanger.  At one point we thought we might not have enough entries to continue.  Then, in the last two days, more that half of the entries were submitted.  Hoorah!  "Local Color" is a GO!  And what wonderfully diverse entries!  Kate Themel and I are the co-curators so at that point we had access to the they are off to the jurors.  What excitement!  We have four, also diverse, venues: a university, an art center, a museum and the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  I don't even want to get into the number of member-hours (or the number of members, for that matter) that it has taken to pull this thing off.  I do know it's a lot of time and energy from many, starting with the co-chairs Mayann Weinberg and Margaret Phillips, who will take the package through to it's first venue at Western CT State University in Danbury.

With the wonderful support of our SAQA/CT members, it looks like we will be able to support a catalogue and postcards.  Of course, some of you might be asked to help along the way...just sayin'.

Fortunately most of the last ten days' events were cancelled because of the winter storm Charlotte/Nemo.  'Fortunately' because there were yet more obligations that I was spared.  I'm hoping to revisit them in a more thoughtful way.  Like the huge Chinese New Year Party that our family hosts every year.  It was suppose to be happening TODAY.  Because of the feet of snow still on the ground, we have no place to park cars...nor does anyone else (like neighbors or even on the one lane street).  I usually spend the week cooking in preparation...which I didn't this year.  Although, I do have some dishes in the frige/freezer at the ready for a small dinner party....which will have to satisfy us this year.

Because of the various cancellations, I spent many hours in my studio (we have a generator so even though most of the house did not have power, I did!  My circuitry is on with the basement:  furnace, well pump and some lights.)

I have started to work on The Then/Now Exhibit sponsored by the Windham Textile & History Museum in Willimantic CT.  Largely to support my buddy Cathy Smith, I volunteered to be one of the 12 art quilters to create a piece inspired by one of the antique quilts in the museum's collection.  Easy peasy.  I have until 2014.  I have chosen the "Flying Geese" variation.  I have an to make it happen.

I have also been working on some cottons and linens that I discharged this past fall.  I wrote with various chlorine products...impulsively.  Months later they interest me for different reasons...first cursive writing is becoming an antique.  My granddaughters ask me to read their cards from their aunts and uncles.  Nobody writes anymore.  Well, nobody young writes cursively anymore.

These three all accepted the chlorine differently, producing slightly differing colored writing...which I like.  I decided to hand quilt and stitch them because basically it kept my hands busy at night...I was too busy to do much more in my studio.

So back to the "Stop Me Before I Volunteer" cocktail napkin.  I received a package of them from a friend of mine, Barb Adams, who knows from her own experience that one must at some point say NO.  They are available on Amazon and lots of other places. :^)

So there you have it an explanation for my infrequent posting.  News.  Show and Tell.  Redundancy and all.


  1. I love the quilt trio, Diane. Simply wonderful. I don't know how you stay so busy, you and many other friends of mine. I think it has to be in your blood or something. After a virtual lifetime of being busy (working my tush off trying to earn a living, being in and volunteering for art groups, putting countless hours into 4 or 5 major time-sucking activities at the same time...), I stopped virtually cold turkey a couple years ago. I've never been happier. xo

  2. OH, my...the idea HAS crossed my mind. But what courage that must take.

  3. Wow, have you been busy! Congrats on the entrance into Fiber Revolution -- and I think you're in perfect company for your creativity and expertise. Wish I could see some of your pieces in person -- I hope to do that some day. Wishing you continued success, Diane.

    The Other Diane

    1. You know, Diane, we could always make sure you see them in person with a visit to the CT Shoreline. ;^)

  4. Those cocktail napkins are quite possibly one of my favorite gifts to give - here's why: sometime around the age of 44, I became acutely aware of time as a precious and forever diminishing resource. I had to come to grips about how I spent my time and make sure it was well worth it. It didn't happen overnight and some of it was not easy, but gradually I removed myself from activities where I knew my job was done and it was time to move on. I have never been happier, it works for my family and I'm really happy with the work I produce. Everyone who is facing this (and who isn't ?) should read "The Creative Woman's Guide To Getting It All Together - At Home - Handbook" by Jean Ray Laury. Although published in 1977, it still rings true today.

    And thank you very much for being an inspiration to me. Take care, Byrd

    1. OMG, Jean Ray of my heroines! I attended what she called her last public lecture and was so thankful that I was at the right place at the right time. And, I have not seen this book. Have to remedy that. Thank you SO much for your post.

  5. Congrats! Jumping into the deep end is the spice of life!