Tuesday, November 30, 2004

My perfect day

I am so happy to report that I am back in the studio, making a new quilt, working title; Andy's Quilt, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. At this time, it has a look of some of Jason Pollen's early work, but I had been a longtime fuser when I first saw his work and found a resemblance then. Hey, its all just fabric stips for heaven sakes! Who owns that?

I just put away all the works I have lugged around all this year, teaching and showing, and realized that I have reached the legal limit on quilt storage in my special closet made for holding rolls of quilts. What to do?
Luckily I came up with an idea, and it already has started to work. I put an APB out on the PAQA list (Professional Art Quilters Alliance, www.artquilters.com) detailing my need to unload this work, to some needy office, nursing home, anywhere that wants free artwork for an extended loan. Now this stash includes some prize winners, some published works, some class samples of workshops no longer taught, and of course some bow-wows. Remember, a bow-wow is in the eyes of the beholder.

Yesterday my planted seed already yielded some great fruit. Gerri Macsai, my adopted mother ( another story) lives in an 'elegant building' in Evanston which has a party room that they have turned into a gallery space. She has taken me up on the offer to hang my excess there! I am delighted.
Gerry is also a quilt artist, of exceptional originality and is the mother of fabulously successful children, including Aaron Macsai, jeweler of national acclaim, Gwen Macsai, tv writer, essayist and currently host on WBEZ's Re:Sound, another daughter, merely a surgeon, and me, adopted at my insistence. I figure it's not too late to be influenced by a successful-kid-raising mom. (I'm hardly any bother, really).

As if that wasn't enough, I also got a call from a woman at the Algonquin Public Library, where I have already scouted as a possible hanging site, and she is having the 'proper' person call me today to arrange a show. My friend Anne Lullie has already had a show there, so I know how I will hang mine.

And if that isn't enough to make me happy, I also got the long awaited call from Peter Mancuso, inviting me to teach again at PIQF (www.quiltfest.com) next October! Hurray!! I will be teaching four times in California next year. I love it there and feel that I fit right in with the color of the place. Sigh. All is good.

Then the doorbell rings and it's a woman from the State of Illinois, who wants to know why I haven't filed my state sales tax forms for 2003. Heck I just finally got 2002 straightened out with the state! I explained my retirement, and that I wanted to keep my resale number and yada yada yada, and she whipped out the form, put zeros everywhere, and had me sign it. Tada! I am in compliance. Then she left.
Good thing she showed up on my perfect day!

David Walker (http://www.davidwalker.us/) has begun working on revamping my website and I am thrilled with the results so far. His work is so inventive and we are so in sync on this design. I couldn't be more thrilled. (I will announce it's premiere, sometime in December). He has also started shooting B&W digitals, and they are so great that I can't wait to have some time to play in that vein too. Technique lust rears its ugly head.

So that was all yesterday. Notice I didn't mention my diet. I was pretty diligent and had merely the four ounces of protein and brocolli for lunch, but worked til six and then started dinner, turkey salad (lots of mayo) and had a coupla glasses of white wine, just to finish off the bottle. By the time we ate it was nearly 8pm. I was so ready for bed and that means it all just sits there.
I am sitting on it as we speak.
I will behave today. I will eat before Dave gets home. I hope that will do the trick. Yada yada yada.


  1. I cannot wait to see the Andy Goldsworthy-inspired quilt that is in progress! I am trying to guess what it will look like...


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