Saturday, 7 December 2013
And as promised here are all the 12 Journal Quilts (all sized 12 x 8") I made this year on the theme of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt for the Contemporary Quilt Group shown in the order they were made, left to right and top to bottom. This won't necessarily be the order in which I will sew them together as for that I'm going to find the best compositional arrangement and they will probably be on a background fabric with space separating them but all that is for the future.
For the moment I'm enjoying the sense of achievement that comes with having finished them!
Friday, 6 December 2013
We thought we had gotten away with it when the storm passed over and we still had our electricity but at quarter to three we lost it due to fallen trees and the like and we still don't have it back. Hence the picture taken early this morning of our electricity line!
I'm writing this from the side of the road in West Linton as I can't even get to my trusty lay by due to ice!
we got our power and wifi back by 3pm today after 24 hours without either. Thanks to our generator we managed fine for light and heating but I'm quite shocked by just how much I miss my online connection! It's like my lifeline to the world outside our little hill in the middle of nowhere!
Thursday, 5 December 2013
It's amazing to think I've come to the end of my Klimt inspired journal quilts. These were all made for a challenge by the Contemporary Quilt Group and the group set the size to 12 x 8". We were to select our own theme for the year and as you will know by now mine is the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
Stoclet Palace Frieze and was painted in 1909. In fact this frieze has proved to be very fertile in delicious details so it's specially sad that at the moment it isn't possible to visit Stoclet Palace, in Brussels. Hopefully some time in the future we will all be able to feast our eyes on the frieze again in person.
I was looking how to interpret the centre of the oval, and as luck would have it (and by another amazing example of synchronicity!) I had bought these eye like embellishments on Etsy some time ago, just because I loved the look of them. It was glued on and then surrounded by seed beads to hold it in position.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
my blip today! Oh yes, there is method in my madness! It's the top picture that takes the spotlight. It was taken with flash on which added all that delectable detail.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Saturday, 30 November 2013
that blip and read all the comments left there and I'm sure it will serve as an immediate pick-me-up! That sky picture reached the top of the Spotlight page too, which was an additional bonus. It took me all that day to respond to all the comments and by the end of that day I was completely google eyed but what a treat it all was. Joining Blip is one of the best things I've ever done, both for my personal development and also for my artistic one.
I hope that my photography has improved substantially in the intervening 3 years between the 2 pictures shown above but in all honesty I think that first one was not bad at all either!
Thursday, 28 November 2013
I seem to have no problem finding a daily picture although needless to say on some days those pictures are easier to find than on others. Like many other people on Blip it's the commenting that I have problems with occasionally. When you're not careful that can take over your life and there are days that I'm simply not in the mood or don't have the time. From now onwards I will give myself permission to simply abstain on such occasions.
On the other hand I love the contact with people from far and wide and I have learned an incredible amount from fellow blippers on a wide range of different subjects so it's very appropriate on this, Thanksgiving Day to say a HUGE thank you to them all and to the Blipfoto team (based in good old Edinburgh) for making it all possible.
The weather gods were very kind for my blip festivities as the sun was shining on our hill while below the mist still hung around in the valley. Thus I was able to stop on my way to Edinburgh and take the pictures shown above, of which the top one became my blip. The bridge you see there is very much like the railway bridge next to our house and was on the same railway line but is now located in the middle of a field, still with a sign next to it showing the maximum load that can cross! You can see the fog below and above the wonderful cloud formations.
I went on a flying visit to Edinburgh to hand over my secret project to the next person so I can cross that of my list. So satisfying. All in all definitely a day to say thanks for!