Photo Location – Women’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC.
This is my favorite memorial around the Washington DC Tidal Basin. It touches me as a woman and a mother like no other sculpture does. Let’s not forget the many women and nurses that should also be remembered and celebrated on this Veteran’s Day.
I am thrilled to announce my new Etsy shop for original Quiltripping downloadable quilt patterns. The philosophy for my shop is to provide fun, colorful and unique quilt patterns that are easy to make for a beginning quilter or for someone looking to make a quick, beautiful design.
Growing up in Chicago I used to spend my teenage summers hanging out along the lakeshore, biking swimming and sunning. Sometimes I would spend my day at one of the many sandy beaches, but more often than not, I would just bike the length of the rocks along the lakefront. Those large limestone blocks were put in place in the early part of the 20th century to prevent erosion but they eventually became a canvas for local want-to-be artists who covered them with cans of spray paint and multi colored paint brushes. This was the Chicago street art of my youth.
One of my travel goals is to visit all of the National Parks in the US. As I continued my Midwest road trip through Ohio, I was happy to add another stamp in my National Park Passport. My short stop in Cleveland gave me a quick taste of this revitalized city. But most important, the day trip from Cleveland to Cuyahoga Valley National Park let me add another checkmark in the visited column of my National Parks list.
I love the process of designing quilts. Picking out the fabric combinations, figuring out the geometry and then sewing it all together satisfies my creative soul. So, for me, the back of the quilt is as much a canvas for creativity as the front. I see it as an opportunity to think outside the box and come up with interesting design options beyond just a plain piece of fabric. Over the years, I have tried a number of different approaches to making a pieced backing for quilts and I am sharing these ideas here.
Not long ago I took a road trip down memory lane with a tour around the Midwest. As I was doing research on what to do and see during a stop in Indy, the list of places to visit in Indianapolis became quite long. Since I only had two days, I decided to experience artistic Indianapolis, of which there were quite a number of choices.
A few years ago on a Midwest road trip I stopped in Indianapolis and indulged my Chihuly glass art obsession. I visited the Indianapolis Children’s Museum primarily to see Chihuly’s Fireworks of Glass and Pergola Ceiling. This is one of his signature inverted chandelier designs that is over four stories tall and has 3200 pieces of glass. I also had fun exploring the museum which is one of the best children’s museums in the country and is also the biggest in the world.