Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Different Stuff

I've begun to create a project to enter in the Panasonic Bias Tape Appliqué Challenge at QuiltCon 2015.  

As I've mentioned before, designing isn't my strong suit. But I know the elements of modern quilting, and I'm trying to incorporate a couple of them into my design. I've already been through several iterations of this design, beginning with what I came up with on EQ7.

You can see how it has evolved. 

Even now, after changing a few aspects, I'm not satisfied, and wish I'd done something different.

Perhaps that's because I watched Jacquie Gering's MQG webinar "Modern Quilting: Know It When You See It!" She made many excellent points about modern quilting, and - in my opinion - this should be a must-watch presentation for anyone who wants to understand "modern." (You have to be a member of the MQG to see it.)

Jacquie shared one visual that helps explain our quilting world. Due to copyright restrictions, I'm unable to share that photo. But, imagine a three-legged stool.

The seat is the huge community of quilters.
The legs are: 1) traditional quilters; 2) art quilters; and 3) modern quilters.

Each of us supports the quilting community in some way. Isn't that a great visual interpretation of what us quilters are all about?

Last week, Lora Douglas and I were interviewed by the local newspaper, The Daily Sun, about "Ad Libbing" our collaborative, blue ribbon-winning quilt at QuiltFest Jacksonville. The article appeared in today's newspaper. Though the reporter took lots of photos, and Lora and I sent pictures of the quilt and of us, none of them were used! How can an article about a quilt be published without a picture of it?!

Hey friends! Today begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a breast cancer statistic myself, since my diagnosis last year of invasive ductal carcinoma, and as a person with no risk factors for breast cancer, I am in the position to tell you, "Get a mammogram!" My BC was found early, and I was fortunate to need only a lumpectomy, and radiation. Now I'm taking Arimidex for five years to ensure the cancer doesn't return. If you can't remember when you had your last mammogram, then it's time to get one!

In another health update, I've learned that my left femoral artery is again blocked by plaque. Though the blockage is very small at 1 cm, I need another balloon procedure at the catheterization lab in Ocala. My doc will again push back the blockage and this time insert a 1 cm solid "spot stent." The rest of that artery has an eight inch-long mesh stent. To put it mildly, I'm less than pleased about this development since my last procedure, June 18, on the same arterial stent. This will be my fifth procedure since December. It also means that for several days afterward, I'm not to drive, use my sewing machine, or lift anything. Ergh.

My doctor asked for my cell phone number and punched it into his own cell phone. Does that tell you how well we're getting to know each other?!

He tells me that the upside of all this is that I'm finding these blockages early because I line dance several times a week. I felt the blockage - a burning ache in my left calf where the muscle was being deprived of blood. The doc will be able to clear out this small piece of plaque (re-stenosis) before it accumulates further.

Yep, it's all about the benefits of exercise - getting your blood pumping. In my case, that's line dancing. I love it! Here's my latest favorite song to dance to: "Stripes" by Brandy Clark. The lyrics are really cute and clever, so have a listen. Linda


  1. I think you underestimate your designing abilities!

  2. I think your design looks great!! I'm glad you were able to identify the symptoms of another blockage early on, but sorry you have to go through this yet again. Keep your chin up!! Get a few pieces of handwork ready to go so you can keep your fingers busy while you rest and recuperate. Therapy, you know!!

  3. I agree that you underestimate your design abilities. I love what you have so far. It is rather strange that there would be a published article about an award-winning quilt without a photo. I'm sure other readers were looking throughout the paper to see if the photo was placed elsewhere. I'm so sorry that darned blockage keeps bothering you. You'll have to look for a new book to read and use the time to finish some handwork -- wait --what am I saying? It's you I'm talking to! You of the hands that are always busy. At any rate, take good care of yourself. I'll be thinking of you.

  4. I think your design is great. I fit into the traditional stool leg, but I enjoy seeing all types of quilts. Your has such pretty clean and sharp lines - sure to be a winner!

  5. oh my goodness! Another procedure?! Not fun at all. Too bad they can't figure out what causes it - just imagine how bad off you'd be without all your activity. Your challenge project is neat - I really love the text fabric in there!

  6. Great article. You are getting more and more famous! We are going to have to meet soon :).

  7. Wow Linda, all that bias! Good,luck,with your design.
    And also with your next procedure. It must be worrying for you.
    What a shame there was no,pic,of,your winning quilt.

  8. Linda I'm so sorry that your leg issues are continuing but excited at the same time that you caught it when you did. I actually thought about mammograms today because I need to call my ob/gyn about something else and I knew she'd be checking that. I had one this summer. :) Aging brings with it some not so great physical issues but our best bet is to do the healthy right, exercise, etc. I just turned 68 and all of a sudden, I'm having hot flashes! Good grief....haven't taken hormones in years and years. blessings, marlene

  9. I really like what you are doing. I wonder what you think you should have done differently?? Sorry to hear about your leg trouble again. One would think that modern medicine would have a solution, other than having to go "under the knife" every few month. Best of luck; I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this it the last time.

  10. Oh, wow, my friend! You CERTAINLY are a designer! That newsprint! Thank goodness for that line dancing! I'll be praying for this to be the last procedure.... I listened to the should definitely be wearing boots for that one!! LOL

  11. You are definitely a designer and that is a great article too. I agree that it doesn't seem right not to have a picture of your winning quilt.
    So sorry to hear of your leg issues again, but hopefully this will be the last time. I watched the video and it made me want to get up and dance!

  12. Designing, and then executing with all that bias? A true challenge! So are your health issues- though discouraging to have the build up so soon after your others, it's good your dr. will have you on the road to sewing and dancing again. All the best.

  13. Linda, you are too hard on yourself in the area of design. Just keep doing it and learn from the things you don't like. I think you have a good idea going so keep at it. I also agree with you on Jacquie's presentation. I think she did a good job of trying to be more inclusive and inviting so that everyone feels welcome on the "continuum" as she called it of modern quilting. As for an article about a winning quilt and no photo . . . seriously? Sorry to hear about your leg and pray for the best outcome.

  14. I'm bummed you have to have another procedure - drats! Good to get it out of the way and back to dancing tho!
    And your quilt - I'm so impressed. That concept with the binding scares me silly. But I'll be anxious to see the entries!

  15. Linda, I just read your blog posts and got to know that you have again difficulties with your legs. Does this now be "normal" that you will have to put stents into them every few month or will this time be the last time? I wish you luck that everything heals quickly and your back line dancing and sewing as soon as possible.



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