Something to Think About

TED: Laws of Simplicity

While watching a series of TED talks, I happened on John Maeda’s talk, which led me to The Laws of Simplicity (LOS), which led me to Todoist, which led me to Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret.

Too many links, but oh, what fun. Here’s some content from Todoist:

The Zen of Todoist

Now is better than later.
Later is better than never.
Organized is better than messy.
Big things are composed by smaller things.
Smaller things are done by action.
Think like a person of action.
Act like a person of thought.
The beginning is half of every action.
The longest journey starts with the first step.
Everything should be made as simple as possible.
But not simpler.
Celebrate any progress.
Don’t wait to get perfect.
Deadlines and stress are a part of life.

100 Quilts

Cowboy Quilt

Last Saturday I spent the day setting these blocks with sashing, putting borders on. The fabric has a cowboy print, so I call it the Cowboy Quilt (real original). Saturday night I spent the evening taking off the borders and ripping out all the sashing because I hated it. Sunday I re-set the blocks with new sashing and corner blocks and sewed the borders back on. Better. Here’s a shot of the work. (I like to keep my hands busy while I listen to Conference.)The limiting factors were that I’d bought the fabric in La Platte Maryland and Material Girls when I was there visiting and there was No More Cowboy Fabric in my stash. The second limiting factor was I was determined to use what I had–no purchases. I have some interesting cowgirl fabric for the back–it will be scrappy.

Since it is the Cherry Blossom Festival time in Washington, D.C. (we lived there for a year), here’s some of my shots.

These pinks are the color of my granddaughters’ cheeks. No wonder I like this color so much!

Quilt Shows

Road to California 2008

I was bedazzled by the quilts, the shopping, and low on energy this year, so I apologize–I didn’t write down the makers of the quilts. None of these are mine, and some may be found on the website for the quilt conference . They usually post the winners as well as put out a CD for purchase.

I focused my camera a lot on the quilting this go-round, interested to see if the quilters escaped the “stipple jail” and broke out some new patterns, new ways of filling in background. I also tried to find the new, different and interesting as I feel my quilting could benefit from a fresh way of looking at things.

The quilt on the left uses black tulle for an interesting effect. The snippets of fabric are layered in, then covered with a veil of tulle and quilted. More bright dabs of colors were laid over that and quilted down, creating an interesting foreground-background effect.

A faculty exhibit? The quilter depicts scenes from Australia in an interesting way.

The colors of this appliqué quilt are not the least bit traditional.
We both liked the quilt as it said “hot chocolate, good movie and a quiet night,” of course, while cuddled up in this.
How can someone not be drawn to this razzle-dazzle quilt?

A woman made this quilt in honor of her husband’s car and their road trip. The quilt docent was enthusiastically lifting it up to show everyone the back. After admiring it, we walked around the corner. I guess that last time she was a little too enthusiastic, as a series of quilts and frames and drapes came tumbling down. I looked over and she was standing there, still holding the corner of the quilt, looking shell-shocked. Many tried to help, but the show officials came and made it right.

Cinque Terre–one of the places Dave and I want to go to in Italy.
This orangey quilt vibrated right off the wall–the use of the cool blues and greens really made it pop.

Dave and I had been to see Cristo’s The Gates in 2005 in New York City’s Central Park. They had a quilt there that responded to that amazing art installation.

Okay, here’s some more shots we took of The Gates–can’t resist.

Now, back to the quilt show.

If I had this, I’d wear it everywhere. Maybe.

There was a special exhibit there about antique aprons–very fun.

The end!