Saturday, November 11, 2006

Happy Again!


Finally, and not a second too soon for my sanity, the internet connection at home has been re-established. It turned out we were sent a faulty modem, which was swapped for a good one yesterday, when ATT sent a technician to our house. Now I suppose I have to say nice things about ATT. We are in the honeymoon period, so give it a month and if all is still well by then, I may report my satisfaction.
I had no idea how psychically disruptive being without an in home internet connection would make me. Since it coincided with the high stress of teaching at the Big Show, it doubled my angst.
I found myself falling asleep as soon as I got home from work.
I missed minutes of Grey's Anatomy and then last night lost several moments of Men in Trees. Is anyone else watching that show? O, I must report that Studio 60 has been picked up for a full season. Again, this makes for a happier Mel.


Still I managed to knit a second pair of sox this week, which prevented selected homicides, by a hair. What has happened to my patience? It has retired and is just waiting for me to follow suit.

Back to the quilt show. So far I taught two fusing classes which despite blowing circuits and having not nearly enough electrical sockets for all the irons involved, (so what else is new?) some folks with bad Wonder-Under (replaced by me with the new good stuff) and having to move out of the classroom and into the lobby to get power, we had a great two days. One must be flexible.

One participant, Chris Burton from the St. Louis area brought in something that she is working on, just to show me... I was THRILLED AND DELIGHTED and immediately wanted to make this quilt. It is so exotic to use non-quilt fabric like these, which include some heavy silks and decorator fabrics, along with batiks.


And the stitching is delightful to me. Love the unstuck parts!! The fabrics are layered and not fused. So? I think this adds a certain devil may care quality to the forms.


It takes something like this to capture my attention. The quilt show here is loaded with priceless works from around the globe, where artists obviously are spending a year or more per quilt. Ay ay ay! So when I see something like this sample of carefree fabric construction I breathe more freely and feel less kicked in the gut. That would be a good thing.
So today I am teaching two sessions of Really Free Motion Machine Quilting. I will do my best to be kind and patient. It is much easier now that I can freely blog.
O by the way, I was pleasantly surprised to get an email inviting me to enter my paintings in a local juried art show. I kid you not. O'course the invitation also included a mention of my quilts being enterable too, but I am more excited about the paintings being noticed.
I am considering making a second blog just for paint, so that I don't abuse the fact that this is supposed to be a quilting blog, despite all the knitting content, which is also supposed to appear more often since I am also in the Bohemian Knitter's ring.
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11 comments:

  1. YaY!you've got your connect back on! I do like that new quilt style from St. Louis. Stretch has all those fabric samples from his upholstery line... hmmmmm. I like your new socks even more!!!
    I am so glad to hear Studio 60 got picked up. I had heard rumors it was being dropped and I really like it.
    Hope the rest of your weekend goes smoothly.

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  2. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Melody,
    No, no, don't drop the painting posts from the quilting blog. it is all grist for the mill! I enjoy reading all of them and look forward to your blog every day.
    Thank goodness AT&T wised up and sent a competent repairperson and got your access back up!

    BeckyH

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  3. Do not change a thing about your blog.. the painting, the Dave, the socks.. they are all pieces of the pie.

    I am getting intrigued by Men in Trees, and will be tivo'ing it when it moves behind Grey's. (why can't I break my ER addiction?)

    I write in 4 blogs and find it very distracting at times. I feel that something suffers, or that I spend too much time thinking about blogging and not enough thinking about what doing.

    And those quilt blocks?? Fabulously divine.

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  4. So good that your connection is back! The quilt Chris Burton is doing is really great. I would love to see it in person. How lucky for you! I was hoping to get to the show, especially since I live nearby. I may still manage a run there on Sunday...but it is looking to be a slim chance. I am bummed by this but work and other commitments bla bla bla...
    Add me to the bloggers here who want you to keep the painting posts interspersed with quilt content and kniting too. I dont think that Diane would object either as so much of your blog deals with quilts and the teaching of quilts.

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  5. Men in Trees...great show!

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  6. I was without internet for 3 weeks and it drove me mad too! Funny how you come to rely on it.
    Love those new socks - great colours :)
    Love those fibre art pieces too - I might try something like this. It is much more free than I usually allow myself to work :)

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  7. I LOVE "Men in Trees"!! Of course, it also explained why ER killed off one of my favorite characters!

    Haven't seen "Studio 60" yet.

    ANd the socks are great!!

    teri....back from AQT where many were bemoaning the lack of Melody Madness!

    (did you hear about Elizabeth Barton??)

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  8. Should have read your blog before I answered your email. Still, you can use my blog title if you like it.

    Love the sox.

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  9. love those socks Melody...any chance you could share the basic pattern? I feel a knitting binge coming on
    Peg

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