Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Welcome friends

To friends far and wide
and those on-line,
 come sit at our table awhile
and dine.

               We miss those who are distant

                     and hold them dear.

                  Familiar traditions warm us

               and keep the bygone near.

                Our house is pretty clean
                      and decorated too.

             We exchange simple gifts, 
               some old and some new. 

                  Now as festivities end, 

            may you find peace and rest

            and through the New Year, 
         may you and yours be blessed. 

          in *snowy* Minnesota*
                                *      **              

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tea and a peaceful moment


won't you have a cup of tea?
   wherever you may be
      pour a cup
         sit down
            take a sip
               close your eyes
                  feel the peace of 
this very moment
    now (breath)
 and now (breath) 
        and now   

won't you rest a bit from the holiday din?
   wherever you are now
      in warm sun
        or winter snow
          deep blessings
            may you know
              and the beauty of 
this very moment 
   now (breath) 
and now (breath) 
       and now....

More later,

Teapot and cups: Made for a friend.
Star quilt: Made for auction for charity. Custom long-arm quilting by Marie Johnson.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gyda in Norway

                     A wall-hanging I made in 2012. "Det var så koselig."

I got news this morning that a person very dear to me died, Gyda, my 98 year old Norwegian relative in Norway. I last talked to Gyda on Monday, when her son called from Norway on his mobile phone. This morning I had a text from him that she passed away yesterday.

Gyda was enormously important to me, like another mother. A year ago I finished the wall-hanging "Det var så koselig" which means something like "it was so cozy."  That was one of Gyda's typical expressions. The wallhanging is 36 inches by 40 inches and was made for a Minnesota Contemporary Quilters' challenge called "Abode."

Below, Gyda and me in 2010, near Sandefjord, Norway.

Cherish every moment with your loved ones.

More later,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Art From Earth From Above

After reading so many wonderful blogs, I've decided to give it a whirl myself. I'm not a techie, so I'm starting out simply.

This is a little piece I made in 2012, my first to be in an exhibit: Art From Earth From Above  It is about 16 inches by 12 inches.  Right below it is the aerial photo I used for my theme. It shows a Hittite ruin site in Turkey.


I made one inch half-square triangles for the terrain and added pieces of a cut-up crocheted doily for the ruins and a beaded ribbon for a river. There is no river in the photo, just a dirt-track road. I turned the road into a river. A river is a good symbol.

The exhibit pieces were inspired by aerial photos compiled by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and published in his Earth From Above books. The exhibit was put together by Caron Lage.

We visited Afyon, Turkey in 2011. My grandfather was born in Afyon and left for the USA in 1913 at age 19, right before the onset of World War One. An Armenian, his timing to leave was good. The first thing we did in Afyon was hike up a very steep path to the Hittite ruins overlooking Afyon. It was a good way to adjust our bodies to falling asleep at the right time halfway across the world.

We stayed in Afyon for one night, in a slightly rundown, slightly elegant old-world hotel. No one spoke more than a few words and phrases in English. Everyone was hospitable. Here is the large motif repeated all over the bedspread on one of the beds in our hotel room (a family could have stayed in that one room):

More later, Andrea