Mysterious Homes of the Not-So-Rich-And-Famous

Hello everyone.  Today’s topic on Photo101… “Mysterious”.  I’ve lived in this town for nearly 18 years, and these two houses are a mystery to me.  Who lived here?  Why did they leave?  What happened to them?  Who owns them now?  I really don’t know, and people don’t talk about them.

I guess you can just make up your own stories to go with these photos.  The smaller house is not for sale, or at least there is no realty sign out front.  The larger house has a realty sign hidden in the weeds.  You can’t see it in the photo, but trust me it’s there.

I hope you have fun creating a story for these.  I’ll be crafting some quilt blocks this weekend to go with my ongoing project.  I’m almost to the 200 mark.  (That’s halfway, if you haven’t read my earlier post…)

If you think of some good story lines to go with these images, I’d love to read them in my comments.  Have fun!

Have a creative day!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Warmth

Hello everyone.  Today’s photo blogging assignment was warmth.  Yeah, right!!!  We have been breaking record low temperatures here in Colorado from over 100 years ago.  But… I could have done the obvious, shown you some quilts.  However, the assignment parameters were to use the sun as a light source.

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I love the way the sun comes in through the shutters in our library.  I decided to warm up with some scotch whiskey.  Well, I will later, after work…  A nearby Scotland travel book and a large volume of “Thoughts” was a great pedestal, to get my glass positioned in the sunlight just how I envisioned.  You can’t really move the sun, you know.  I just love the way the glass of scotch is the shining focal point of this image.  Everything else is a supporting player.

The lamp and the small orchid plant filled the corners of the shot, and I think it came out pretty nice.  Let me know what you think.  Or what you drink, if you’re so inclined.  I’m actually more of a Gin connoisseur myself.  The old bottle of scotch was a gift from a recently departed friend.  I don’t think she was a scotch drinker either, because the bottle is super old.

Well, enough for now.  I hope you can enjoy some warmth for yourself.

From Freezing Colorado,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Look what I found

Hello everyone.  One of the great things about blogging is to engage with other bloggers.  I’ve been checking out some great photos and also some cool writers blogs.  One such blogger posted a really neat close up photo of a piano.  More specifically the insides of a piano.  You can find the photos at https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/36807166/103/

What caught my attention was the way the light played across the different parts.  The strings, the pins, and the felt all had different reaction to the light.

We should translate these ideas into our quilt projects.  How is the light going to bounce across the patches?  How does it look up close?  Is it dynamic when viewed from a distance?  Don’t be afraid to think about these types of questions.  There isn’t usually a right/wrong idea.  Develop your own eye for what looks good to you.  Your admirers will take notice.

I decided to add a little poll for my readers.  I’ll keep track, and I’ll update the results in a future post.  Click here to take my 30-second poll.

I hope this journey is inspiring to you.  Thanks again to GrayDaysAndCoffee for inspiring me.

Have a great day!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Frost

Hello Everyone.  Today’s photo challenge is “The Natural World”.  And my world today is freezing cold.  I grabbed this photo of frost on the window in my quilt studio.  The darkness you see in the back are the trees off in the distance.  I just love the intricacy of lines and patterns in the image.  It’s also very cool, how the leading edge seems to be in a curve each time.

Enjoy the cold…

frost on the window

Be creative today,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

This my dear reader — Is BLISS!

Hello everyone.

Today I’m blogging about “Bliss”.  As you know, my primary creative outlet is quiltmaking.  I love sharing my inspiration, and progress with you.  By posting these entries, I hope that you find ideas that move you to be more creative.

Although, I post a lot about quilts and quilting, I also dabble in many other arts.  Of course photography is a great hobby, and I think I’m getting better and better.  The daily photo blog group this month is pushing me to new ideas.  I also play around with scrapbooking supplies once in a while, and have a neat stash of paper, stamps, punches and embellishments tucked away in my studio drawers.

But… quilting is my passion.  I love looking at new books and magazines, and I have had many terrific shopping excursions.  Oh boy, have I shopped.  My fabric drawers have been so full, that they could no longer contain my fabric stash.

I decided earlier this fall to create some wonderful scrap quilts to utilize some of my stash.  I’m making four bed-size quilts to be gifted to some wonderful people in my life.  I don’t want to name names, since it will be a surprise.

I cut up about 80 yards of fabric into 2.5″ strips, of all colors and patterns.  This will yield 400 blocks, or enough for 4 king-size quilt tops.  Now, all of my fabric stash in nicely contained in my drawers.  I can walk around the studio, and I’ve got space on my cutting table to spread out and work.

I’ve sewn and sewn… and I now have 80 blocks completed.  That’s 20% of the total.  The process to me is full of bliss.  I listen to music or watch shows on my DVR.  Well, actually, I’m “listening” to shows.  My TV is behind me, so I don’t really see the screen.

So, I bet you’re wondering what these quilts will look like.  Of course they are scrappy, so no two are alike, but here is a link to the free pattern from Bonnie K. Hunter.  There you will also find a treasure trove of quilting inspiration.  Go have a look for yourself.

The music I tend to listen to is all different types.  We have a wonderful concert series in Wray, at a place called the Listening Room at 4th & Main.  Just last night was a superb concert by Rita Hosking.  Here is a sample of her music. 

A quick snapshot of my first 80 blocks.  There are 320 more to come.  It's a wonderful project to just get your hands on the fabric.
A quick snapshot of my first 80 blocks. There are 320 more to come. It’s a wonderful project to just get your hands on the fabric.

My photo today is a quick shot of the 80 blocks completed so far.  I figure it will take me at least 40 more blissful hours to complete the rest…  Oh happy me!

Have a great day,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Water Trio

Hello everyone.  Todays Photograph 101 assignment… Water.

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I love drinking water, especially when it’s Jasmine/Rooibos tea.  I’ve had three kitchen fires in my life, but not a one was because of boiling water.  I hope you enjoy this little collage I’ve put together.

Happy quilting,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Tumbleweed Junction

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Hello everyone.

Todays Photography 101 assignment was “Street”.  I looked around on this chilly fall day, and it was as if there were more tumbleweeds than cars or people on Main Street at that moment.  I had a great time shooting in manual mode, and the shadows made me think black and white.  I think the sun hitting the weed really highlights the texture of its branches.  The contrast against the shadow of a nearby car gives a lacy effect.

It’s amazing how different this image is, than it would have been in color.  The atmosphere today is kind of gray, yet sunny, and the wind temperature is a bit cold.  I think it’s a great day to warm up my creative juices.

Happy Quilting,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Home

Hello everyone.  Today I thought I would post a photo of my sewing studio.  When I am in this room, I definitely am at home.  Amidst the chaos and clutter, things are fairly organized for me.  I can spend hours and hours here.

Sewing Studio

In the many drawers are supplies and projects for my creativity.  There are threads, fabric, and cutting and marking tools.  The bookshelves organize a variety of books, and are sorted by topic.  There are books on piecing, applique, color theory, and quilt history.

My sewing machine sits at the base of the three windows, where I can watch the birds, and the cars driving by.  It’s a wonderful spot.

Today is the first day of a month-long photo-blogging project that I’ve joined, and todays photo inspiration was to be “Home”.  I thought about this, and many things came to my mind.  My husband Joe, and obviously our historic, nearly century-old home.  Our two cats, Lucky and Dudley also remind me of home.  But I took the challenge a bit further, and for me, this is my creative home.  My mind just changes when I am in this space, and I am free to just be.

I don’t always spend time in here every day.  But if I stay absent very long, my core being gets out of whack.  It’s so obvious, that in our household, when I’m feeling blue, you’ll hear Joe say “you should go sew something”.  And I know he is right!

I hope you enjoy peeking into my world.

Have a great day, and happy quilting!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

Quilts of the Plains 2014 – Another Year of BEAUTIFUL Quilts!

QOTP_2014_Image_001Hello everyone.  It’s been a busy summer here in Wray, Colorado.  We did host the annual Quilts of the Plains show on Main Street on June 21, 2014.  Once again, the antique quilts and the smaller items were showcased at our gorgeous Wray Museum.

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, and especially the quilters!  The winning quilt was by Hazel Chapman and her Grand-daughter.  It was a beautiful appliqued quilt.

I won’t say a lot, but just invite you to peruse the show, by way of the photos I captured that day.  I really appreciate if you could leave a comment about the show – perhaps your favorite quilt, or something relevant to the show.

The photos can be viewed at my Quilts of the Plains 2014 Photo Album

I hope you are enjoying this blog.

Yuma County Fair begins Saturday

Hello friends and followers,

I thought I’d make a quick blog entry to remind you about the Yuma County Fair. I am a big supporter of the fair, especially the open class quilt exhibits. I make a point to enter at least one quilt each year. The main reason I do, is to get feedback from the trained quilt judges as to my work. Over the years, I’ve learned many things, and my quilt-making is improved as a result.

So… you’re wondering why I’m writing this. There cannot be a quilt exhibition, without the quilts! Entering is easy… just drop your quilt or quilts off at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma, Colorado on Sunday, August 4th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or on Monday morning from 7:30-9:00 a.m. Don’t worry too much about the competition, as there are many age groups and levels to accommodate everyone. Think how proud you’ll be to see your quilt on display at the fair.

If you do drop off your entry on Monday… you might consider staying to watch the judging. It’s fascinating to hear the judge comment on what makes one quilt stand out, or what might have made the quilt more stunning. I’ve learned a lot by listening… just wish I could attend the judging every year, but Monday mornings are very busy at the stores.

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I’ll be entering this quilt, entitled “Miniatures”. You may have seen it at the Quilts of the Plains show in June. It has some great quilting, and the flying geese blocks are super small. It was fun to make, and I hope you’ll come and check it out, as well as the many other quilts that will be on display.

I hope I’ve inspired you to share your work with others through my blog posts. I welcome your comments, and I hope to see you at the fair! Bye for now, and happy quilting, gardening, BBQ’ing, or whatever summer activities that you enjoy!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

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