Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sign of Summer

Not only are the little birds back, singing their hearts out every morning, I am noticing more and more butterflies in the garden as well.

Truly, it is summer.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Folk Art Quilts

Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once he grows up.
~ Pablo Picasso

There was a story in this morning's New York Times entitled
Handmade Alabama Quilts Find Fame and Controversy . The story is about the Gee's Bend Quilts , quilts I'd first read and heard about when I first began quilting, although at the time they were called Freedom Quilts.

These quilts remind of Henri Matisse's paper cut-outs . I was struck by this last month when I saw the Gee's Bend Exhibition at the Walter's Museum in Baltimore and then, the next day, went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and saw an exhibition of Matisse's cut-outs .

The New York Times story describes the history of the quilts and the lawsuits filed by two of the quilters against Bill Arnett and his sons, claiming they had been cheated out of thousands of dollars in proceeds from their work and copyrights. This seems to be a fairly regular occurance when dealing with folk or outsider art, but it's unclear if that is the case here.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Blueberry Season

Blueberries are the first food I remember eating. I must have been about three and-a-half. We were living at Minnow Lake. I ate a bowl full of blueberries with brown sugar and milk. I'm sure that blueberries must exist in heaven. After all, what else would angels want to eat?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Flower Garden

I have a hexagon flower garden quilt on the long list of quilts I want to make, but in the meantime a flower garden with old fashioned flowers will have to do.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Happy Birthday, Jack!

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Jack! This photo is from your fifth birthday party with your grandpapa. I wish you love and happiness forever and that you always have that happy look in your eyes. Love ya, Jack.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Gavin!

I hope you had a great birthday, Gavin! I wish you love and happiness forever. And that you always keep your sense of fun, Mr. Oreo Eyes! Love ya, G-guy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Longing for the Beach!

Library school is year around but I do get about two weeks off in December and two in August. I'm looking forward to my "time off" although, as usual for me, I will be spending some of that time on library school related projects. Still, I'd like one (or maybe even two) days at the beach, walking hand-in-hand with John, feeling the sand between my toes, and breathing the salt air. Well, we'll see.

Sunday, July 8, 2007


I've checked the weather reports and see that we are expected to get temperatures near 100 on Tuesday and Wednesday. I love summer, but I don't like it when it gets this hot. Perhaps I'll spend those days studying at the Oregon State University Library . They have air-conditioning!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Independence Day!

We're going to have a quiet holiday at home. I'm fixing barbecued ribs, baked beans, cornbread, coleslaw,lemonade and iced tea with flag cake for dessert. This is one of my rare days of real vacation. I'm not going to work on assignments or study or do research. I'll knit a bit, read a chapter or two in a mystery novel, maybe take a nap, water my flower garden, feed the birds, go for a walk. Today I'm just going to play.

P.S. I've decided to start a new blog about my play-time. It's called Small Comforts .