Thursday, February 26, 2009

Still doodlin'

This is the third (actually number 3 1/2 if you count the quilt that never quite got finished) in my one and only quilt series. The original quilt  "Namaste", was made in 2006 and donated to my guild's miniature quilt auction in 2007.  A smaller variation, Namaste Redux, was donated to Ami Simms' Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative and purchased at Houston by Joyce Hartley. This one, "Namaste III, Conversations Under a Crescent Moon", uses a single small scrap of Caryl Bryer Fallert's "Gradations" fabric for all the people. The finished quilt measures 14" x 9".

And I doodled on...

I drew a radish. Then a carrot. Then more root vegetables. I pulled some out of the ground, leaving veggie-shaped holes. What happened to these missing root children? I gave my sketch a title, "The Mystery of the Missing Root Children". Then I added a "suspect", a sinister green-eyed red cabbage. Every mystery needs its "detective", here it's a quizzical worm. Can you find him/her? You will need to click on the picture for a larger version.

No, it's NOT a self-portrait...

it started out as a random doodle about two weeks ago. The original doodle was an alien-like creature, with big almond eyes and a pointed chin. I absentmindedly doodled some hair, then more hair, and more, until I had a beehive hairdo. I drew sunglass frames around the eyes, then added a neck and shoulders. I gave her a name, "Honey", then added the bees. She needed to be a quilt. Of course part of the fun was making her out of materials on hand.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

With a little help from my friends...

It's no secret that I love to read, but within the past few months my life has begun to resemble the literary version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". I know Donna, who is in the book club with Betsy who is reading (fill in title of book here), who tells me about it, then two days later Carol mentions the same book, and the next day out of the blue a person I barely know offers to lend me that book, and so it goes. The most recent instance of this concerned the book "One Thousand White Women". Betsy mentioned it first, the next day Donna raved about it, a couple days later I found a used copy in a thrift shop. I had barely started reading it when I told Mariette about it. She wanted to read it, but not at that time, as she had several new books to catch up on, but she owned "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle", which she had just finished, thought I'd like it, told me Jan had just read it, and would give it to me the next time I saw her. I was about half through "One Thousand White Women" when Carol asked me if I had heard of it. When I told her I not only had, but I had a copy and was currently reading it, she asked to borrow it. Then I came across a new Robert B. Parker paperback ("Now and Then") on our "lending library" at work (bookshelves where anyone can drop off, swap, or borrow used books)- I borrowed it for a quick bedtime read, and when I told Mariette about it, it turns out it was one of the books she wanted to read. And so it goes.
And a footnote- I caught about 2 minutes of Krista Tippett's interview with Mary Doria Russell on "Speaking of Faith" this morning while driving to work. Now I want to go back and re-read all her books. If you have never read any of her works, what are you waiting for? And thank you John M., wherever you are, for introducing me to her first novel, "The Sparrow".