28 Aug

Bundle Love

I feel like my blogging has been all messed up lately. I had two things to post when my blog was down for a day and a half and when it came back up they were there, but I think it took longer than usual for RSS feeds and stuff to find them. Then I joined FaceBook. Now I’m over there as much as here and I forget what I’ve said in which place. I have to admit that a quick little blurb over there is so easy, though I feel like posts over here have a little more presence. On top of that I am totally caught up in Mr. Incredible’s IBOL project. Not that I’m actually doing anything, I’m just constantly bouncing between my email, the IBOL blog and the IBOL FaceBook page to see how amazingly the project has grown.

When he first told me of the project I never imagined that so many people would come out to support it. My post alone has over 60 comments and I never get even close to that kind of traffic on this blog. His number of hits and comments is understandably astronomical! It’s so much fun to see other people blogging about it too. Blogs that get lots of traffic and those that get little bits — it’s all added up to an amazing amount of support. Then Sew Mama Sew jumped in with bundles for people without a fabric stash to draw from and that ended up being perfect for people outside the US too (since postage can add up), plus I think a lot of sewers who just plain like SMS ordered additional bundles because they could. They sold out in an amazing 48 hours. Now Quilts, Inc. is on the bandwagon, Mr. Incredible’s got a press guy, he’s done a radio interview and there’s more in the works. Don’t forget the fun little side projects that spring up spontaneously like Nadine’s T-Shirts based on my SIL’s heart-for-an-O labeling of her box, and Happy Zombie’s adorable blog button which is way more lovie than my persian rug one. How can I possibly blog in the shadow of all this awesomeness?

Iraqi Bundles of Love

 

So thank you thank you thank you for all your bundle love and support! Sooner or later I’ll get back to the art bras, Hawaiian music on the lawn, quilty things, Guild happenings, and  possible projects. But right now, it all seems beside the point.

21 Aug

Grimur Roeriksson says “Save the Date (aaaarghh!)”

I know it’s not officially “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” but I got his wonderful paper Viking from Sandra and I just had to show him off.

Grimur Roereksson

I also have a few events coming up worth mentioning.

August 30th — September 4th: see two of my fiber collages (“Pink House” and “Fairytale Forest“) at the Blurred Boundaries exhibit at the Fabrications Retreat in Kalamazoo, MI.

September 7th: This is the last day to put your Iraqi Bundles of Love in the mail. Purge your stash, contribute to a good cause, and make the world a smaller more pieceful place all at the same time.

September 10th: First day of the annual SAQA Auction. I didn’t make the deadline for submitting a piece this year but that shouldn’t stop anyone from checking out all the other wonderful and affordable textile art and supporting a great organization.

September 25th — 27th: Breaking Traditions benefit exhibit at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI. This year’s theme is Home and I’ve donated one of my house/chair/roots pieces. If you go to the show, vote for my art and I might win a prize.

October 15th — 18th: Tactile Architecture at International Quilt Festival Houston. My art quilt “Aquifer” will be there and then travel with TA to IQF in Chicago, IL and Long Beach, CA in 2010.

06 Aug

Donations

 

First off, thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in donating to Iraqi Bundles of Love. Thank you for bundling up fabric and other goodies. Thank you for telling your friends about the project. Thank you for your generosity. FYI, my husband doesn’t want to post his address online, but if you comment on either the IBOL blog or here, we’ll email it to you.

On to other projects. I read about the Hearts for Anna project and then forgot about it. Then a few days ago Gerrie posted her donation which lit a fire under my butt. I believe wholeheartedly that healthcare for all US citizens regardless of economic or employment status will not lead us down a slippery slope towards long bread lines, spies, and gulags. I’d like to think we’d move more in the direction of lingonberry jam, saunas, and sleek design (I can dream, yes?). So, in the spirit of helping out the underinsured and sending the message that reform is needed and supported, here are my submissions.

 

Heart House II  5"x7"

Heart House II 5"x7"

 

 

 

Heart House III 5"x7"

Heart House III 5"x7"

 

These two textile collages should join all the other beautiful “Hearts for Anna” pieces (in many media) over at Artful Home where they will be auctioned off starting August 12, 2009. All money raised will go to a fund that goes directly to Anna to help pay her medical bills. The prices for the art are quite affordable, so if you’d like to add to your collection, here’s a way to do it, help another human, and make a statement all at the same time.