Quinceañera Challenge piece for the Quilt Art listserv's 15th anniversary. Only I had to break the only rule the challenge has: that the piece will be 15" x 15," because I needed to work the same size as my students did. So my piece was instantly self-disqualified, as it's already 18"h x 22"w, before I put a border on it and quilted it. So here you see the start of my self-acknowledged Quinceañera reject! :)
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President Obama signed the Health Care bill into law, during our class. He moved me to tears when he said he was signing this law "on behalf of my mother." I think lots of us were crying with joy, thinking of people we know who've struggled so hard with their medical bills and insurance companies.
I wouldn't have turned the TV on, if the class had contained any student who opposed the bill. I think the fact that my own artwork has become very political resulted in me getting all students who are on the same side of the aisle this time. So we got to openly celebrate the historic event of Health Care Reform passing, right there in our classroom!
Karen and Suzy left after lunch, so our little group became smaller, but then my friend Michele came, so we still had a fun group. Still, it's amazing how attached you get to each other in a weeklong class, and seeing them leave was very sad for the rest of us!
Life by Chocolate, for which they make fresh gourmet chocolates daily and sell them here and online. They also wholesale their candies. This was quite a delight, you can imagine!!! They even have special vegan chocolates, and some made with organic and fair trade ingredients.
Facebook page for Christmas Run Pool, we have a challenge project called the Pool Purse Posse, and this is my purse project. The idea is that we carry our purses around town, with the donation flyers stashed in them, and when people ask us about the purses, we engage in talking up the pool and donations, and give them some flyers. We have to raise $100,000, so we can't fool around! Every encounter has the potential of moving us closer to our goal!
Since I've used fortune cookies in my art for many, many years, the Fortune theme kicked this image into my plans: a big fortune cookie hovering over Christmas Run Pool, with a good fortune coming out of it:
"You will enjoy the pool all your life!" I sewed some blue tie dye fabric onto the painting, to reinforce it, and then sewed it onto my bag's flap, and there you have it!
Check it out! And I'll be teaching there again, starting on April 22, 2012. Hurray!
I met Michele back in late 1989, when she volunteered to help with the newsletter for my Green Quilts project, back when most of us didn't know anything about computers, but she did! She stayed with me and Robin Schwalb on the project til we closed it 15 years later in 2004.
Michele has a funky mixed media Etsy store and an equally funky blog. This description as "funky" means I really love what Michele does! :) Check them out!
They worked every night on it, piecing, placing, connecting, and the last thing I saw was Adina making sashing to connect the top and all the side panels, with the white textured print fabric. It was pretty stunning, all that they accomplished, and Adina dubbed Nancy "Four Patch Pelosi" for all her ability to move the work along, in tandem with Nancy Pelosi's achievement of getting the House to pass the final Health Care Reform bill during the same timeframe!
Here you can see the two paintings together. My 1997 painting is 38.5"h x 32.5"w, and my new painting is 40.5"h x 33"w. I sure hope I have time to finish them both for our 20th anniversary! Not that we're going to do anything fancy to celebrate. Robin gave us an anniversary card once that tells all the things the different anniversary years stand for. 20th is Straw, according to this card. My Google research today has raised its association to being China, not Straw. However, since it'll be time to mulch the garden around our June 30th anniversary, Straw may be more useful to Jimmy and me. :)
Saturday morning we all said goodbye after our delicious breakfast, and I got to visit Michele's home and studio, before hopping my plane back to Ohio.
Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Springtime! Love, Susan