My latest postcard is for a swap on MQResource and the theme is Aesop's Fable. I made this last weekend but didn't want to post it until the cards arrived at their destinations. I chose The Ant and the Dove
AN ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning. A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her. The Ant climbed onto it and floated in safety to the bank. Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches. The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him in the foot. In pain the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing.
One good turn deserves another
I spent a lot of time thinking about this one. In fact, more time thinking than doing! I went through all sorts of images of doves and ants but the flash of inspiration happened one day at work. I decided to focus on the moral of the story "one good turn deserves another" and thought about how that would manifest in today's work world and that's when it hit me - email!
I've had numerous instances of people passing on some information to help me and I try to do the same for others. So I photographed my Blackberry keyboard, looked up text messaging shorthand and developed a modern conversation between Dove and Ant. Here's what it says:
Dove - thanks for your help in the meeting. You saved me from hot water! You rock! As a friend, I want you to know about the new guy. For what its worth, I overheard a conversation. He's gunning for your job. I think it's career suicide for him. You be careful. See you later - Ant
It's not the best execution and there's not one stitch on it, but overall I am pleased. It was very appropriate given the amount of time I spend with my Blackberry these days.
I'll share the other cards I receive from the swap once they are all here.
I wasn't going to post an update tonight but I had to show that I finished all of the outlining in this center area! In the photo on the right you can see that I have pins in the pin cushion and spilled over the table. I've moved to the right where I will be working on the cat head and the book case. I am happy to have moved on!
Tomorrow Kim, Anne and I will be at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show in Hampton. I'm looking forward to seeing Maryagain and getting a first look at Summerset's Bluebird of Happiness. I hope I don't buy too much C.R.A.P. (Creative Resources and (new) Projects).
I decided to remove the paper as I go. Once a row is completely sewing in, I remove the paper. In the photo, the top and bottom rows and the blocks on each side still have the paper attached to keep the edges stable. The paper in this bowl is just from ONE ROW!
See this photo of my sewing room that I just took? See how clean it looks? That's because Chris is going to steam clean the carpets tomorrow. Isn't that nice?
I have a lot of trouble photographing blues. This range actually has more difference between the steps than shows here. Grape is such a weak dye that the ratio of grape to other colors almost has to be treated like yellow - especially when mixing grape with any of the blues.
Waste of time. I knew that it would be. I'm sticking to my rule of combining ALL of the pure colors.
I'm calling these "grade school greens".
Anyone want a glass of of red wine?
Do you wonder what I am doing with all of these sets that I am making? I record the recipes on a card for each gradient set and then bundle the set by number so that I have them for reference later. I'm basically making a color recipe library.