Friday, April 22, 2011

a show, a tomato, and kung fu

This week is among the busiest I've had in a long time...maybe ever. And it's not over since Easter festivities are still ahead. Mama needs one more good night's sleep, preceded by a hot bath, possibly in conjuction with a glass of pinot grigio. Yes, that should do it.

The main event took place last modern quilt guild's (OKCMQG) 1st modern quilt show!
I have to say, it was quite fabulous and super inspiring! My quilting pursuits have taken a backseat to sewing kids' clothes lately. Now I really, really want to move quilting back up front again...just another week of sewing for custom orders and then some yummy quilting!

This quilt show was just the beginning of some great events for our group!

Other busy-ness was just all the kid activities...piano, karate, basketball, 5th grade insane. All that on top of planning and executing the quilt show was just some kind of crazy.

My little angel-straight-from-heaven, Sam, earned his next belt in karate this week...yellow!

Mr. Bedford, Sam's awesome karate teacher, tied his new belt on for him.

A couple of weeks ago Sammy sang a solo in church...he is a pretty cool little dude. We really like him : ) Now I feel guilty for not featuring my other little people...always the guilt...but they'll show up soon, don't worry.

And, now, I'll leave you with my other little bit of goodness...I didn't kill my produce yet.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

have a nice day

I am so upset by the mean-spirited comments and tirades hurled across the online quilting community these days. I really am, but somehow I cannot stop reading. You can bounce off one blog over to another effortlessly and almost endlessly to hear the criticisms aimed at "modern" quilters and their creations. It's not just in the quilting community of course. Sadly, this is typical behavior among humans across the board....the judgement. How we dress, how we parent, where we choose to buy's all up for judgement from our peers. Such is life I suppose, but I do not like it.

Here's the thing people. If you can't say anything nice, then shut the hell up! It's time to be a grown-up and show just a little restraint with your mouth. Nothing good comes from posting a bunch of negative commentary about the aesthetic value of someone's work. It's not just the blogger's words getting that negative vibe out there, it's all the comments following in which a cheerleader of the blogger adds a few, often dirtier, digs at the poor recipient of the judging.

Let's keep it classy out there people. Check your ego and your heart before you get out of bed in the morning. Having your "dander up" and spewing ugliness out across your blog is not very attractive. Hey, we all have our opinions...I could certainly list all the quilts I think are ugly, but who cares what I think? That is just so middle school to spout off ridicule and make a person feel bad. Fortunately, there are way more friendly peeps out there than mean ones, but to you bullies out there I say let's build each other up, let's root for each other, let's be respectful. It's like we were taught in nice and play well with others!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

library love

Isn't it so delightful to find books at the library and have them all to yourself for a few months? No, I actually don't keep them quite that long, but I usually do have a nice little fine. Often the kids are to blame...books disappear into the strangest places in their bedrooms. So I went in a couple of weeks ago (for website building books...yea, right like that's ever gonna happen) planning to pay my $2.60 fine, but of course I have no cash. I whip out my bank card and was told that they actually have to pay $3.00 for a credit card transaction so I should just pay when I have cash sometime. That is so ridic. I picked up these little sweeties yesterday and paid my fine with cash : )Other excitement this week...Steph and I made a nice little discovery after the OKC Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Saturday. While taking the trash out the back door we just happened to notice a box full of brand-new "Sherbet Pips" fabric...Aneela's fabric line from Moda. Yay, my LQS picked some very cool fabric and I'll be waiting anxiously for it to be out on the showroom floor!