This a quick quilt I made for recent baby shower that I was happy to attend. I used the pattern "Pop Rocks" from Kim Schaefer's book Cozy Modern Quilts. She used a variety of fabrics to set off each block, but I used only two fabrics, which gives it a slightly different look. I'm calling my quilt "Shoe Boxes". Kim's book has a lot of simple, but very effective patterns. There are a couple of other patterns in this book that I hope to get to soon.
Not able to leave well enough alone, I made this creature from some of the (always!) left over fabric.
It is true that I stay up too late and watch too much tv. Maybe someday I can be out with the early birds, but don't hold your breath waiting for that.
That said, lets talk about Jimmy Fallon. I had my doubts when he took over for Conan O'Brien, but I could not have been more wrong. He can do impressions, sing and play the guitar, and act interested in B-list celebrity blather. I got up painfully (for me) early to stand in line for a standby ticket to the taping of his show yesterday and was rewarded with ticket number one!
So, no problem getting in to the show. By Late Night standards, it probably wasn't the best show ever, but it is always fun to see how tv is made. And best of all... at the end of the show, when Jimmy runs up into the crowd to high five members of the audience...
I got to hold hands with him, look him directly in the eyes and tell him that I am very, very fond of him!!!!
Well, it was pretty exciting for me. A little dumb, but a trip highlight nonetheless.
Monday is not the best day for museum-going, but there is this rather creepy art exhibit in and around Madison Garden by Antony Gormley called Event Horizon. Thirty one life size body sculptures are placed on roof tops and in the garden...here is one on the very top of this building:
Otherwise, it was a good day for shopping in Soho and wandering around Greenwich Village. This pigeon was enjoying a nice bath in a fountain in a tiny park in "the Village". He made me promise to Photoshop out the Do Not Feed the Pigeons sign, so I did.
We spent Sunday at flea markets, trying to see if NYC junk is different than Kansas junk. Not very different it seemed...maybe a bit more jewelry. No bits and pieces of farm implements that you sometimes see back home. I liked the musical combination at this booth shown below. An unknown string instrument decorated with animal skins and cowrie shells, next to an old reel to reel tape recorder. Both equally unusable to anyone but the rarest of experts.
This fire truck was defended by three large plastic Godzillas that seemed to be able to spray water, although we did not get to see them in action.
First day in the Big Apple started out with a free Justin Bieber concert. I went to see the excitement, and honestly, I was a little disappointed. It looked like the barricades were set up for a bigger crowd, and I know I expected a larger, more frenzied group. The girls screamed for the cameras as much as they screamed for Justin. I guess we all know how to perform. Here are a couple of shots of the concert goers:
I think the group did four songs...one of which I had heard before. Baby, baby, baby, something.
See the fellow right in the middle of this picture below, holding up his hand? The perfectly styled hair of Justin Bieber was briefly visible about there. I couldn't catch him in a photo, though.
In other news...look at this genius idea...pizza in a cone. Delicious!
Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater! This is one of the quilts in my "Odd Aviary" exhibit at the Merc. All of these birds have been previous Birds of the Day, so it shouldn't really count. But hey, my blog, my rules.
Let's finish up these "vintage" plastic bird models. The last surviving bird is a Ruby Throated Hummingbird. This was probably my favorite of the bunch. It was fun painting the bird and the flowers. We had trumpet vines like this growing on our front porch back then in the old childhood home, but I never did see any hummingbirds on them. Most of this bird's beak is broken off and stuck in the upper flower. I was able to get him to hang in place long enough for a photo with what little beak he has left, but his nectar sipping days are over. I seem to remember building a pair of cardinals, male and female....and maybe a Blue Jay...but who knows. Maybe I just had them on my wish list, or maybe they didn't fit in the shoebox and didn't get saved.
I had a big time at the Art Tougeau Parade last Saturday. There were kids on decorated bikes and grownup kids driving decorated cars. One of my favorite rolling artworks was this spaceship:
Also great was this carcopter:
And since I didn't seem to be able to take a picture without a head in the way, here is one of the bicycles heading back home after the parade... a giant rolling squid. Maybe you can see his buddy, a shark, next to him. I am pretty sure that the guy in the background is wearing some kind of pants. Seems like I would have noticed a naked guy walking along, even with the distraction of a giant squid.
When my younger daughter was in grade school, she made an assortment of free-form fabric pictures. I think she was about eight at the time. I came across them a while back and decided to sew them to a piece of black canvas so they could live side by side on the wall of her old room. I guess my favorite is the Sun Bonnet Sue block, which I always think of as Convict Sue.
A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a walk through the Lawrence Art Guild's annual "Art in the Park". There is always so much talent on display at this event! As usual, I was dismayed to see that the food vendors seemed to be doing much more business than the artists. The art brings in the crowd, and the funnel cake sellers make the money. Oh, well. I like fried sugar-coated dough as much as the next guy. Here is a shot of my favorite booth at the show. Check out the super giant log cabin block quilt top being used as a booth wall!
Also on display was this car coated in chalk board paint.
How cool is that? Everyday you could change the color of your car... one day polka dots, the next day stripes. This car will be part of the Art Tougeau Parade tomorrow. For more information click here.
Remember how I have been talking about procrastinating on a project with a deadline? Well, I shipped off the quilt yesterday... almost two weeks before the deadline. So, good for me. After thinking about what I was going to do on the quilt for over a year, I finally got to work and put it together. Unfortunately, just as I put the last piece of tape on the box, I realized that I hadn't taken a picture of the final product. But I do have one detail shot and a bit of advice... If you are working on deadline and have wasted most of your lead time, Do Not decide that the quilt needs a lot of individually sewn beads and don't decide at the last minute that the project needs to be hand quilted.
This plastic bird is in the best shape of all of the birds in my shoebox. Guess it is a sturdy little bird. I don't think I had ever seen one of these back when I built this model, but they are easy to see where I live now...especially if we put out thistle seed for them to eat.
Remember those round robins that I was involved in? Here is the final result on one of them. Georgann Eglinsky found the perfect fabric for the border! It helps bring out the embroidery and ties everything together. Good Job, everyone!