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My episodes on Quilting Arts TV Series 1400!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Creativity, Inspiration, and Quilting Arts TV Series 1400, Clockwise from top left: Dog Walkies with Pigwidgeon (winter), Kiwi blossoms (garden), Eli home from camp (family), Poppy (garden), Notebook cover, On the set with Susan Brubaker Knapp, taping my Easy-peasy Inside-Out Bag

Creativity, Inspiration, and Quilting Arts TV Series 1400, Clockwise from top left: Dog Walkies with Pigwidgeon (winter), Kiwi blossoms (garden), Eli home from camp (family), Poppy (garden), Notebook cover, On the set with Susan Brubaker Knapp, taping my Easy-peasy Inside-Out Bag.  Click to view larger.

Series 1400 on Quilting Arts TV, now hosted by my friend Susan Brubaker Knapp, is about creativity and inspiration.  For me, inspiration can come from everywhere:  a glorious plant or view on my dog walkies with Pigwidgeon, ‘Widgeon himself, my family, an idea or a book, or something as utterly mundane as “I need a notebook cover”, or even a bag for all my watercolor stuff. I am so excited to get my copy of this series.  SOB–it’s not on PBS here in Maine on satellite (MPBN are you listening?), so I need to order.  You can too!  It is available either on DVD or as a download (episodes or the entire series) here.  Even better, if you link to the Interweave store from the button on the left sidebar, although the new series isn’t on discount, you can get a discount on some other items on the site. !    And last but certainly not least, visit editor Vivika Hansen DeNegre’s QA Blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a FREE  copy of the series!

Here's the cover of the upcoming Season 1400 for Quilting Arts TV!

Here’s the cover of the upcoming Season 1400 for Quilting Arts TV!

For today’s bloghop post, I thought I would share a lot of photos but not so much blather.  At the end of this post as well as here (the kick off day) you can find links to all the creative talented women who appear on the series, with many thanks to the creative talented women and men who are BEHIND the camera that make all this possible!

Thanks to Vivika DeNegre's post (she's Quilting Arts Editor), my dog walkies photos are now in the big time LOL!   Inspired by Gloria Hansen's butterfly photos, one day I took my good camera along with my phone and was able to get this shot of a butterfly on the clover alongside our driveway.  Inspiration is everywhere, including the most mundane of times and places--waiting for the dog to do you know what! Whoever came up with the idea of tethering yourself to animal waiting for it to do you know what???

Thanks to Vivika DeNegre’s post (she’s Quilting Arts Editor), my dog walkies photos are now in the big time LOL! Inspired by Gloria Hansen’s butterfly photos, one day I took my good camera along with my phone and was able to get this shot of a butterfly on the clover alongside our driveway. Inspiration is everywhere, including the most mundane of times and places–waiting for the dog to do you know what! Whoever came up with the idea of tethering yourself to animal waiting for it to do you know what???

And I'm always inspired by the landscape of Maine, the state that has become my soul's home.  From early summer mornings like this shot to the sunrises of winter and the sunsets of summer, the colors and lines and peace inspire me.  Makes me want to go play with cloth and dye!

And I’m always inspired by the landscape of Maine, the state that has become my soul’s home. From early summer mornings like this shot to the sunrises of winter and the sunsets of summer, the colors and lines and peace inspire me. Makes me want to go play with cloth and dye!

After nearly a decade using the same headshot, I decided it was time to be honest about the gray and the new glasses.   Here I'm with Widgeon--photos with him always relax me and make me laugh--so much better than posed.  And you can see my quilt, The Circle Dance, which is part of the exhibit and book Dare to Dance, An Artist's Interpretation of Joy (blogpost here).  Widgeon is joyful when he is fed!

After nearly a decade using the same headshot, I decided it was time to be honest about the gray and the new glasses. Here I’m with Widgeon–photos with him always relax me and make me laugh–so much better than posed. And you can see my quilt, The Circle Dance, which is part of the exhibit and book Dare to Dance, An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy (blogpost here). Widgeon is joyful when he is fed!

We all know trips can be inspiring, too.  Earlier this year I travelled to NY/CT to lecture, and got to spend a day with my friend Deirdre Abbotts.  We went in to the city and I spied this incredibly building.  Can't you see that as an applique quilt?  Reminds me of Jane Sassaman's work--and she's on this season too!

We all know trips can be inspiring, too. Earlier this year I travelled to NY/CT to lecture, and got to spend a day with my friend Deirdre Abbotts. We went in to the city and I spied this incredible building. Can’t you see that as an applique quilt? Reminds me of Jane Sassaman’s work–and she’s on this season too!

It's always fun to see behind the scenes, too.  Here are my three segments laid out in step-out sequence on trays, waiting for my turn to tape.  At the filming studios in Ohio.  I blogged about the taping here.

It’s always fun to see behind the scenes, too. Here are my three segments laid out in step-out sequence on trays, waiting for my turn to tape. At the filming studios in Ohio. I blogged about the taping here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Sometimes you just have to laugh!   We were trying to figure out where to hide the microphone for this episode, when I suggested pinning it to my bra strap.  The sound guy was only momentarily nonplussed, then started pinning as I stretched the strap.  Then, as Asst. Editor Kristine Lundblad was snapping photos, I blurted out, How am I going to explain to my husband that I just asked a total stranger to mess with my bra?   We all laughed!

Sometimes you just have to laugh! We were trying to figure out where to hide the microphone for this episode, when I suggested pinning it to my bra strap. The sound guy was only momentarily nonplussed, then started pinning as I stretched the strap. Then, as Asst. Editor Kristine Lundblad was snapping photos, I blurted out, How am I going to explain to my husband that I just asked a total stranger to mess with my bra? We all laughed!

One of the other fun things about this line of work is running in to familiar faces and friends in unusual places.  This is Lyric Kinard--does she not have the cutest, most infectious smile of anyone you know?

One of the other fun things about this line of work is running in to familiar faces and friends in unusual places. This is Lyric Kinard–does she not have the cutest, most infectious smile of anyone you know?

These are some of the bags you'll see on my Inside-Out bag segment (and ... hint hint... perhaps in print sometime soon too....more on that when I am allowed!)

These are some of the bags you’ll see on my Inside-Out bag segment for Quilting Arts TV Series 1400, Episode 1402 (and … hint hint… perhaps in print sometime soon too….more on that when I am allowed!)

Remember, you don’t have to wait for the episodes to air (mine are 1402, 1405 and 1408)–you can order the DVD or download the series or individual episodes here.   The way they are recorded, they should play on DVD players or computers around the world–yeah! And if you go to the Interweave store through the button to the left of this blogpost, you can get a discount!

Here’s the bloghop schedule, plus you can also read all about it on Quilting Arts Editor Vivika DeNegre’s blog here. Keep coming back here to click on the appropriate link for each day.

 

And because I can’t resist, one more of our beloved pug:

How can anyone NOT love a face that cute and pitiful?

How can anyone NOT love a face that cute and pitiful?

 

Quilting the Garden Giveaway winner is…..

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

The giveaway is done, and #36 is the lucky winner of the Quilting the Garden giveaway according to the Random number generator!

Drumroll:  and the winner is

Drumroll: and the winner is

my video workshop that takes you from your photo to a finished art quilt

my video workshop that takes you from your photo to a finished art quilt

Phyllis Carlyle, that’s YOU!  Please send me your snail mail address and I’ll pop a copy of my DVD into the mail for you.

If you want to see what it was about, check out my earlier blogpost asking for feedback on a new workshop I am developing. Comments are still welcome! Thank you ALL who participated—great feedback and suggestions. Once I get the results tallied, I will do a post, but not until the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 Bloghop is well under way. For more on that, check out this post for the QA TV Series giveaway.   Thanks everyone!

 

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Feedback Mysteries

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

So I recently sent a couple quilts out to be in national juried shows.   Let me begin by saying that I truly do respect the judges and the difficulty of the judging process.  But I thought that some folks new to entering shows or who might consider entering shows would like to know what comments are like.   I’ve waited a while since receiving these two quilts back so folks couldn’t really guess (or do a lot of work) to figure out which shows and which judges because I DO respect them and their job.

The comments on this quilt are the one that most mystify me.

Conversations 1 (c) www.SarahAnnSmith.com

Conversations 1 (c) www.SarahAnnSmith.com

The comments received were:

  • Best Features:    
    • Raw edges work well done    
    • Piecing in background
  • Area(s) to Improve:    
    • Value Changes to emphasize depth and shadow

Best features:  OK:  Thank you for the compliment on raw edge work, which is usually disparaged.  Thank you for the compliment on piecing; however, there IS no piecing.  It is all fused.  I will take that as a compliment that the fusing was so well done that they thought it was pieced.

Areas to improve:  I am utterly perplexed.  HOW could I have further value changes?  The pale color of the stone and dark of the shadows is about as extreme as it gets this side of black and white.  The only thing I can figure out is that perhaps they want some shadow on the wall versus the surface of the patio.   I will note at this point that this is a composite image from several photos, but with the angle of the sun used from the first photo with two chairs and the table, a corner of the patio as in this scene would have been utterly flooded with light and  have no shadows, just perhaps a bit of grunge where ground met wall.   This scene is from the Getty Museum in LA, and the sun was screaming blue sunny sky–flooded with light.   ????

I take comments seriously (most of the time) because I want to learn and improve.  So my question to all of you is:

Can you figure out where they want me to improve value changes to emphasize depth and shadow?  I’d love suggestions.  Please, be kind to the judges.

Then I got this quilt back.

Clothed in Color (c) www.SarahAnnSmith.com

Clothed in Color (c) www.SarahAnnSmith.com

The area to improve was that (I’m paraphrasing as I don’t feel like rooting around to find the comment sheet) “the off-center composition is good, but there is too much negative space.”   This comment I am utterly ignoring.  The figure (me) is in a doorway.  That is how much negative space there IS in a doorway.  And the amount of space is intentional:  it conveys the feeling of isolation and tension I wanted to express about that time in my life.  So I’m chalking it up to “they just didn’t get it.”  I’m OK with that.

 

NYC! Grand Central and the subways

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

OH MY– I kept walking around saying what a BEAUTIFUL building…the shine of the stone, that CEILING (which numbskull that I am I forgot to take a picture) in the Great Hall, every detail, inside, outside.  We got to see the quilts celebrating Grand Central in the museum, and I got to wander through the market there with the most incredible (and expensive) meats and cheeses and wines and pastries and and and…… Mostly I just photographed the Building, so enjoy:

Quintessential View of the entrance to Grand Central.  Deirdre wanted to make sure I got to see the special stuff..wonderful!

Quintessential View of the entrance to Grand Central. Deirdre wanted to make sure I got to see the special stuff..wonderful!

And a close up of the clock...what detail!  What art!

And a close up of the clock…what detail! What art!

In the subway, a mural and music

In the subway, a mural and music

I loved the tile mosaics at each station.  Can you imagine any big city paying what it would cost to do this work today?   I can’t either.  Glad they did it long ago and far away:

Grand Central Station mosaics

Grand Central Station mosaics

42nd Street Station

42nd Street Station

Times Square Station

Times Square Station

Canal St Station, which is apparently near Chinatown

Canal St Station, which is apparently near Chinatown

A fancy tile at the Canal Street Station

A fancy tile at the Canal Street Station

Look at that color and design--what a fabulous quilt that would make!

Look at that color and design–what a fabulous quilt that would make!

The cacophony of the interchanges, this one at Times Square advertising the musical/show Kinky Boots

The cacophony of the interchanges, this one at Times Square advertising the musical/show Kinky Boots

And the quintessential NYC subway shot--obviously NOT at rush hour!

And the quintessential NYC subway shot–obviously NOT at rush hour!

Next on the NY tour:  BUILDINGS!

Adeste Fideles and the Coventry Carol

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Remember how I said I like my carols very traditional? It doesn’t get much more traditional than this. Enjoy this afternoon’s carols. I tried to find the version of Adeste Fideles that I have by the Irish Tenors, but no luck, but this version certainly fits the bill, even if it is sung all in English without the Latin:

And I’ve also enjoyed The Coventry Carol from a compilation album, A Very Special Christmas, I bought years ago. I didn’t grow up with this song, but love it anyway: