A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Just to prove that the Curmudgeonly Professor supports quilters and quilting, here is a warm and wonderful article about Ruth Jensen and her 3-D quilts. Carma Wadley writes in the April 7 2009 Deseret News about the belief that Ruth Jensen has "that there's something about the process of creating beauty and art that brings strength and healing." While emerging from the ordeal of cancer and emerging cancer free, Ms. Jensen states that "every day became a gift. Even colors became more brilliant. And sharing beautiful things with others became a mission." The article contains a photo gallery of Jensen's work.
Comment from Gina Halladay at Quilter's Buzz (link on the right)
Hey Professor...just checking in...glad to see your Jazz won tonight. Any new posts on quilting?...you know just to boost your traffic.
Posted by: Gina Halladay | May 02, 2008 at 11:56 PM
Well now that you mention it, it just so coincidentally happens that, thanks to my sister Liz, I have a quilt posting for the first time, on the same day as your comment, so here it is:
Comment from Liz: This is a Stack 'n Whack fan quilt. You can't tell, but there are dragonflies and butterflies, etc., etc. This one was made for a grandchild. Just in case you are running short.
Further comment from big brother: I had no previous knowledge of stacking and whacking, but at least I had something to post today.
Comment from Liz
Last year's president of our local quilt guild and her husband made pvc quilt stands for our annual quilt show last fall. I bought one of the stands home so that I could take "more professional" pictures of my quilts. Only, the opportunity to set one up and do that doesn't seem to present itself - so we get fingers and quilts hanging a little catiwampus now and then. However, a quilt is a quilt, and it is better to have an imperfect record for my album than none before the gift goes out the door.
This is the new quilt. I used to tell my students that if they could learn to read, they could learn to do almost anything - this is a proof in point. I saw the author of the technique, Louisa L. Smith, on Simply Quilts a couple of years ago, bought the book, and put it on the shelf. I had so much fun with the other circle quilt, that I decided to try the technique. One can arrange and re-arrange the blocks to go every which way until the design works. If you put this on the blog, please don't call it the April Fools quilt.
I will name this quilt "Garden Party" because that is what the focus fabric (flowers) is called. Thanks for sharing it.
I have learned never to underestimate my sisters, even if they did tattle excessively on me for doing nothing at all when we were kids. And here I thought the three of them had just turned into bag ladies collecting wool scraps. What did I know? I am certainly impressed with this quilt.
Explanation of quilt shown below from Liz Gage:
Judy, Ann, and I spent a few years haunting Deseret Industries, Goodwill, and Value Village, looking for used wool clothing that we could cut up, felt by washing in hot water and drying in the dryer so that it would shrink to a tight weave. Some of the wool was dyed. Other lives on like it was. My purpose was to have enough wool to make this wonderful quilt that was designed by Erika Kaprov, who definitely knows how to design an eye-catching quilt. Ann is still cutting her wool up into big squares to sew a wonderful quilt top. And Judy, who is as thrifty as our pioneer ancestors, has even found some jackets to wear in her inimitable style. I sewed the blocks to this quilt while waiting in doctor's and dentist's offices, while in the hospital, and while sitting in front of the tv when there was nothing to watch. Love, Eliz.
This is the quilt to covet. And in my opinion, is the master piece of them all. As for the planning and purchasing of wool scraps, some of us are big talk/little do=me. Others are big talk/do something else big=Ann. Then there is big talk/big do=Elizabeth. (does that remind you of some childhood characters?)
My sisters have begun a crusade to correct my views on quilting, which I believe I have fully corrected, at this juncture. However, my sister Judy sent a link to a story about an eighty-eight year old man who has tied hundreds of quilts and donated them to the LDS Church for charity.
Almost every morning for the past five years 88 year old Russ Wilding has woken up and tied a quilt . . . 'I've done 120 since the 17th of November'.
Here's another quilt photo from my sister Liz, who may or not want me to post it, but given the fact more people like to look at quilt photos than read scholarly blogs, hey, here's the picture, and it's a whole lot easier to post than writing another post.