Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Go West

I take off Friday for a week teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School in the mountains of North Carolina The school is near a tiny town called Brasstown snuggled in the western-most point of the state about equidistant between Knoxville and Atlanta. Fortunately they'll let me drive a rental car (my 19 year-old Toyota manual truck sans radio dislikes altitude) so I can wend my leisurely way along the 11 1/2 hour drive from the coast westward.

We'll be holding a five-day class/study called Eclipses and Meteor Showers. It's a fancy name for any creative combination of a simple star block and the quarter circle in a square unit of the traditional Drunkard's Path block. Eight adventurous souls have signed up and I can't wait to teach in this beautiful environment.

The photo left is of a quilt called Eclipse that I made about 15 years ago. What's happening now on the design wall is a little's called Meteor Shower and will be my main work this coming week. Certainly not a tidy composition like Eclipse but it's like classical music devolving to jazz. As I quilt longer I get a bit looser.

Lest I forget the buggers, I took a number of pictures of Gipsy and Earl this morning. She's a typical mackerel tabby but he's a crazy Siamese-ish color scheme and is evidently developing a spotted coat. Like I'd ever forget those faces!

From the TMI (too much information) department.
My kittens may need a a 12 step program. Earl has finally learned what a cat box is for but that's all he'll do. I think it's the same Y-related chromosome as the one for "leaving the toilet seat up" that human males possess. Gipsy is the enabler. Like a true older sister, she trots along and goes, "Ewww, Earl!" and does the covering honors. No, I did not photograph this farce.


Vicki Lane said...

Love the look of the class quilt! I hope we can manage to meet up when you're in the area.

Jean Baardsen said...

Enjoy your time there. Thanks for your note. Your kitties are precious!

Linda said...

Our fav previous cat, George, had the same covering (or uncovering) gene. He would leave a bomb, turn around and sniff, then run like a banshee to the other end of the house. Same thing if he was outside in the yard - go, sniff, and take off like lightning!!!!!

cadh 8 said...

LOVE the meteor shower quilt!! Inspiring! I have only once tried a curved pattern, and that was a long time ago. But this inspires me to try it again.

And the kittens, so precious!!