Originally, this post was called Notes from the Road.
As I write this, I am sitting in the Columbus Airport waiting for a ride to Athens. I have been traveling since yesterday–such is the reality of an Anchorage red eye.
I thought I had a ride from Columbus to Athens this morning, but I am a day early for that adventure. Fortunately, I had a plan B which involves sitting here all day. I cried about this for a little bit, but now I have settled into laptop work, people watching, and ice tea.
For the next three weeks, I will be on the road. I aspire to write two posts a week, but if I go missing, you will know the reason why.
And boy did I go missing.
Maintaining a blog while traveling is very difficult. Even if you are holed up in a hotel room with empty hours waiting to be filled, random movies and knitting (and quilting) are just so darn attractive in the silent loneliness of a budget hotel room.
And then the weeks pass, and its kind of like you went on a bender–junk food, wine, shopping, all those rabbit holes are so HARD to climb out of. What I am trying to say is that being a good blogger takes discipline, and when you lose that discipline, it can be a struggle to get it back.
I then I have the urge to feel sorry for myself, to maybe just give up. Who, besides my mother, reads this thing anyway?
But then I think about the art opportunities that have come my way through my tip tapping on this computer and then clicking PUBLISH. I realize I have made loads of amazing internet friends–many who are now real life friends. And finally, the fact that I have documented the last 2 1/2 years of my creative journey is kind of cool.
So, I think, OKAY. Get back on that horse.
The original post detailed my itinerary along with some links to relevant blog posts. It’s still a decent idea, so I’m going with it.
The first stop of my journey was Quilt National.
I used to be a bit annoyed by the secrecy of Quilt National–every quilt in the show is kept top secret until opening night. I’ve never been able to keep one of my quilt under wraps like that. So, I never had anything to enter. This year I did it, and now I’m all for the surprise.
For a super sneak peak at my quilt you can check out this blog post about my fabric selection process.
And I did manage to write a post about the opening night of Quilt National. It was AMAZING to meet so many of the artists whose work I have followed for years and years. Me hanging with super stars Ellen Oppenheimer and Lucky Shie.
Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program describes the residency program.
An Introduction is a written version of the introduction I gave to all of the residency participants.
McColl Countdown shares a bit about the actual residency program, and what I thought might happen while I was there.
Journey to Moore Place details the work of The Urban Ministry Center and Moore Place which were the organizations I worked with during my residency.
HOME- A First Look at the Moore Place Quilt is what it says–a first look at the massive community quilt I made with the tenants of Moore Place.
HOME is Home is the story of the final celebration of that quilt arriving home.
For the last leg of my journey, I traveled back to Ohio for two weeks of study at the Crow Barn with Nancy Crow. (Spring in Ohio!)
Crow Barn Week One
Crow Barn Week Two-Part One
Crow Barn Week Two-Part Two
Crow Barn Week Three
A Message from the Barn
Crow Barn Reflections
Crow Barn Week 8 into 9 Part I
Crow Barn Week 8 into 9 Part II
Crow Barn Week 5 Part I
Crow Barn Week 5 Part II
I have written each and every one of these posts with love. My goal in writing them is to document and share MY experience. If any of you dear readers find that I have in any way violated your privacy or your quilts by showing them in the background of one of my photos, please let me know.
On Saturday in the wee hours of a sunny night I arrived home. Yes, this is what midnight looks like in June in Anchorage.