Applique Paintbox received visits from three new countries this week: United Arab Emirates, Estonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This reminds me of what I love so much about the internet and quilt blogging. No matter the country, be it the USA or one of the 196 other countries, we are all connected. We all want and love the same things. My husband who plays internet chess has the same felling of inter-connectedness with the bigger world.
I was born and raised in California in the San Francisco bay area, and began studies in design and art history at the University at Berkeley in the 1960's. Now I live in the back of beyond in rural Missouri. Two diametrically opposed positions. I have a foot in both camps. I yearn for my lively diverse, culturally open, forward and outward looking coastal home. Yet I live in the heartland of the US where people feel left out, left behind, betrayed by increasing globality. Anger focuses on "otherness" be it racial, political, marital, or fear of foreigners.
The best we can do is try to understand what is behind people' s thinking. Change is inevitable especially with increasing automation. But how we deal with change is up to us all. Let us hope we can face change with love and understand that people are all the same and, at heart, want the same things for their families and themselves. Teresa Rawson's blog post of 11-12 at http://fabrictherapy.blogspot.com/ is the most moving summation of this week. She is a wonderful writer as well as quilter. Her sense of loss and letting go made me weep.
Personally, I have had a hard week. I could not work for several days but, after reading some of my best-beloved bloggers, began again. I would say I began again with a vengeance but, while I have had new ideas and concepts spring up, vengeance would misrepresent my feelings. I am not motivated by feelings of revenge but rather with hope that art, which is all I can do, can bring more love, beauty, and happiness into the world, and make us realize we are all the same.
Let us hope the best for 11/9.
Here is some work I have completed since last we met:
For fun and to be different, I did some broderie perse using the peacocks on one side and a butterfly and worm on the other.
I have also begun work on the last 5 appliqued triangles but they are only basted and may be changed here and there.
The final score for Sewingmachinesplus.com is an A++. I can recommend them as having good customer service. My Juki has been repaired and renewed and will be home on tomorrow, Monday. Apparently a whole nest of thread had wrapped around the wheel. They adjusted the tension and the timing so looks good! I am so excited to have my Juki back and resume fmq practice.
Well, another week in front of us as we slowly come to grips with a potential new world. Do some quilting or sewing or whatever makes you happy and don't read any more news articles.
I am linking up with :
Slow Stitching Sunday
Let's Bee Social
Off the all Friday