May 2009

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Did you know that there is a World Drawing Day?  Yep, there sure is.  This is the second year and the mission is simple:  have everyone stop and draw just for the sake of art!  Now, I don’t know about you, but that was just too cool to pass by. 

So help meet the goal of one million drawings uploaded.  Check out the link below for more information.


~ I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more. ~  C.S. Lewis


~ Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~  William Shakespeare


~ I’ll start letting my guard down when people stop giving me reasons to keep it up. ~  Unknown


For those of you who normally read my blog, you will notice that this entry is way off the beaten path.  My apologies if it offends anyone.  But my heart is stung, and I really feel the need to talk about this.  I’m really curious if others are feeling similar feelings or if I’m the only one. 


Have you begun to distrust more than trust people these days?  Okay I said it out loud and I know it sounds just awful.  It has been very difficult for me to admit it or perhaps recent events just helped to really pound it into my head.  I’ve always been that person you know or maybe it’s even you that wholeheartedly trusted everyone.  My motto that I lived by was that I completely trusted a person until that person took away my trust. 


Perhaps it was where I grew up or just simply the era of when I grew up that instilled my openness.  Whatever it was I’m saddened that it’s gone.  I’m trying very hard to regain it, but each time I allow myself to trust and believe in a person, I end up getting hurt.  Lately, it seems to be worse with people trying to take advantage of other people.  Is it the financial chaos going on in our nation?  I, too, am feeling the pain of our nation’s financial status but if we all forsake each other in the process, what will fill the void except emptyness.


Am I the only one that feeling this way?  Or are people becoming different or have they always been this way and I am just a very slow learner.  Whatever the reason(s) I want it back.  I don’t want to always have to have my guard up.  It’s just too darn much work.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike work and work hard for every penny I make.  But guard work is too heavy of a burden to carry with you constantly.  I’m a person that would much prefer thinking of all the things in life I love.  It is a much lighter and happier weight to carry. 


I leave you with this quote that I found deeply inspirational.  I hope it helps another that may be having the same thoughts and feelings.  May we all begin next week with fresh eyes and hearts.  And may our trust of others be rewarded with the honesty and goodness in which it was given.


~ You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough. ~      Frank Crane

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I attended a networking event yesterday and heard this quote that I can’t get out of my head.  It made me really think, and I thought I would post it for everyone to read.  So tell me — which are you?

       If a person works with their hands, that person is a laborer….

      If a person works with their hands and their head, that person is a craftsman…

      However, if a person works with their hands and their head and their heart, that person is an artist…

Enjoy the day and do something that stirs your heart and causes you to use your hands, head, and heart. 

Here’s a new picture from my garden…  This bush is called Cephalanthus occidentalis or more commonly called Buttonbush.  It is the last thing in my garden to pop out of winter hibernation.  When the leaves open, I know summer is here.


Thank you so much for letting me know that you could not leave me comments on my blog.  The problem has been fixed, and I hope you will try again to leave me comments on any postings that interest you enough to.  Or, if you are new to my blog — a big welcome to you!  I hope you enjoy your visit and will come back frequently.

Enjoy the view from my window!  I’m so happy to have them return for the summer.  As you can see, they are a bit impatient to grab dinner.


Nearly all of my inspiration for original quilt designs comes from my husband’s computer art.  He has a God-given talent for creating the most intriguing images.  All of them are very detailed and he has great perspective of objects…much better than my own.  A few of them include objects that at first seem alien to the picture.  For example, one of my favorites have only the bones of a Skelton in a desert.  Okay, that doesn’t seem too far of a stretch you think?  However, the skeleton is leaning up against a light post.  Where did that light post come from?  How would a light post be out in the middle of a desert?  It’s things like that (the little surprises) that draw me into his artwork. 


Here’s his latest art that just screamed out to me to be made into a quilt.  (To see more of Tracy’s artwork, please visit his blog at and then click on the 3D link at the top of the page.)


Tracy Hall Original Artwork


And here’s my initial drawing done.  It is 56 inches wide by 44 inches tall.  All but just a few small pieces will be pieced.  The remaining few pieces will be turned under and appliqued.  You’ll notice that the bottom of the quilt has traditional blocks from large (far right) to small (far left).  This block is called rainbow.  I’m planning on using all tan, neutral colored fabrics to imitate the sand.  The technique that I will be using is from an all-day class I had with Janet Fogg (  If you ever have the opportunity to take a class from Janet, please do–you won’t regret it.  You will be intriged and inspired by her innovative way of thinking.  You will leave with an expanded base of knowledge to step outside the box and try new things. 



Pencil drawing


I still have a couple of edits and markings to do before being ready to start on it, but I’m really close and excited to begin.  I’ll take pictures all along the way so you can follow my progress so please check back often to see what’s new. 


I hope you enjoy watching my progress as much as I enjoy creating it.  Thank you to my best friend and husband for allowing me to draw inspiration from you.