Tuesday, June 19, 2007

just a little more New York...

I finally unloaded my camera with the handful of photos from the last few weeks. I've been so lazy about using the silly thing!

The one Sunday I had free in NYC, I walked up Broadway from pretty close to the bottom of Manhattan, and ran across this place. Too bad it wasn't open... it made me think of Bonnie from Quiltville! This building caught my eye -- what on Earth is that blue circle supposed to mean? A landing pad for giant houseflies?
And then it started to rain. I had been watching the weather reports for days (thunderstorms, more thunderstorms) but it didn't occur to me to bring an umbrella. So I ducked into a little news/tobacco store and bought one for $4.99... it lasted me about 4 blocks before all the little metal spokes became a tangled mess. R.I.P. umbrella. It was really ugly, too -- some kind of purple snow scene on it.
For a long time I've had it in mind to do a series of photographs of dead umbrellas. Since San Francisco gets very windy, there are plenty around here in the winter. However, I never seem to have a camera with me when the umbrellas are out, and I'm not sure I want to be out in the rain with a camera anyway -- the project is still just incubating in my brain.
One little bit of quilty progress to show -- this is my second Baby Bargello, and the very first thing I quilted on the Handiquilter. Good thing you can't see the quilting too closely, and good thing babies probably don't notice that kind of detail! I'm going to save it for 40-quilt charity project later in the year. The pattern comes from Quiltville, of course!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

the pinky? come on...

You Are a Pinky

You are fiercely independent, and possibly downright weird.
A great communicator, you can get along with almost anyone.
You are kind and sympathetic. You support all your friends - and love them for who they are.

You get along well with: The Ring Finger

Stay away from: The Thumb
thanks to Teri for this one!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

live from New York...

it's Saturday Night! I'm here in the big apple for business meetings on Monday and Tuesday, but I came today so that I'll have all day tomorrow to wander around, hit Purl Patchwork and City Quilter and MOMA. I haven't been here for about 12 years.

It's hot (why do I keep ending up in really hot places lately?)

The company I'm meeting with is paying my way, and they've put me up at the Millenium Hilton. I knew it was downtown, but I didn't really think about the actual location until I looked out my 15th floor window directly down on "ground zero" -- the World trade Center site. yikes! I hadn't really made up my mind about whether I wanted to see it, and here it is. I'm not quite sure what they're doing, but there's a lot of activity -- they didn't completely stop working until about 9 pm tonight.

Nothing really quilty to report. I haven't done anything since last weekend's retreat except to load my charity quilt back on the the handi-quilter for another go, now that I've sort of figured out the thread/tension thing. Luckily, I only had to frog-stitch one 4-inch swath of bad quilting!