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OMG My Head is going to explode!

I just returned from a trip to “Art Quilt Tahoe“. This conference takes place at a stunning setting – the Zephyr Point Conference Centre – located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. It was hard to stop taking photos of the lake and gorgeous surroundings.  This was my outstanding view. No complaints here.lake view from class beautiful lake viewI spent 4 days working with Jane Dunnewold, an accomplished fibre artist I met last year at the Surface Design Association conference in San Antonio, Texas. I fell in love with Jane’s work immediately, and when an opportunity presented itself to take one of her classes, I jumped at it. The class was called ” Improvisational Design for Digital Printing”. It was everything I  expected and more. I have been totally consumed with designing fabrics on the computer and on Sunday night I placed an order. My head was busting with ideas and it was tough to decide what to order first. I ordered from Spoonflower, an online service that does terrific work. I am really excited to see how my fabrics turn out, and I’ll post photos once they arrive.

Here is a piece of Jane’s work, titled “It’s All About Proportion”.work by Jane Dunnewold

The conference classes were small so teachers were able to give lots attention to all their students. Every lunch and dinner featured a speaker, with established art quilters giving terrific presentations. There were amazing quilts on display to stimulate and amaze, and what fun to spend time with so many like-minded individuals! I met some terrific people, including a quilter whose work I have admired for many, many years – Theresa May. I might have even stalked her a bit after we met, but I couldn’t help myself. She is talented and totally unassuming and I was just so thrilled to meet her. Here is one of Theresa’s quilts titled “San José Beauty”. Totally amazing to see up close!quilt by Theresa MayMust get moving now. I’m working on things for a craft sale and I’m a little behind. Where would I be without a deadline?

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Show me a sign!

Well – where did this challenge come from? I looked this morning and the last one posted was for last week, which I hadn’t gotten around to anyway. But later in the day this challenge was posted, so I figured I’d better get busy. I’m about to take part in a week-end yoga workshop and I will be far too busy and exhausted to play on my computer. Here are a few signs that say New Mexico to me. They are photos from Espanola and Arroyo Seco, towns located between Santa Fe and Taos.Arrow Motel, Espanola, NM Blake's Lotaburger Travelers Mote Arroyo Seco shop

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several silhouettes

Here’s my submission for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo challenge. I’m desperately trying to put together some photos to order a book. I purchased it about a year ago and of course the offer will expire soon. Apparently I don’t always work better with a deadline! I’ve decided to print a book with photos from my most recent visit to Turkey, so that’s where I looked for the challenge photos.

Galata Tower from the water

scaffolding

tiny skylights

window grill

cat behind grill

inside the harem

 

Okay – I’m throwing in my 2 cents worth. I tried the new editor and so far am not impressed. I don’t have time to play with this and learn the nuances necessary to use a new system now! WordPress – why don’t you ask first?

 

 

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Zig Zag Extreme

This is my entry for the Daily Post weekly photo challenge. As soon as I read the topic, I immediately thought about the road from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. The buses that traverse this road are not for the faint of heart nor weak of stomach. I speak from experience. I found the ride up tolerable as we travelled at a lovely slow speed, but the ride down was another story. The second day of my visit I went up by bus but I chose to walk down. I was alone on the walk and it was a little uncomfortable at times (being all alone on the forested path) but it was a good choice for me.zig zag road road close upHere is someone who was sure-footed at altitude.llamaIt is worth any amount of discomfort to experience Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu terraced steps distant view

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