Quilt Class at MAM: March Inspiration 8

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I took a quilting class in this wonderful space today!

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This afternoon I took a quilt class in the gorgeous lobby of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The group was divided into four sections:  improvisational quilting (inspired by Gee’s Bend style quiltmaking); hand applique (inspired by the floral quilt); hand quilting (inspired by the star quilt); and crazy quilting stitches (inspired by the crazy quilt in the exhibit).  The groups rotated through each of the four areas spending about 45 min. or so at each station.

I had fun meeting fellow fiber enthusiasts, and it was especially wonderful to spend time being creative in that amazing space.  The teachers were excellent and I picked up several good tips and ideas.

As I was driving home north along the shore of Lake Michigan, I stopped to take a few photos.  The ice has finally begun to break up, so there is some open water peeking through here and there.  The shards of ice that are strewn about and piled up in various configurations created a decidedly other-worldly scene. Is there an ice planet?  This is what I would expect it to look like.

Lake Michigan ice; March 8, 2014.  Image by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Lake Michigan ice; March 8, 2014. Image by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Lake Michigan ice; March 8, 2014.  Image by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Lake Michigan ice; March 8, 2014. Image by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Lake Michigan ice; March 8, 2014.  Image by The Tromp Queen, CC license
Lake Michigan ice; March 8, 2014. Image by The Tromp Queen, CC license
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Final Few February Haiku

This post marks the end of my February Haiku (part of my Joy 365 project).  This was more difficult than the January photos.  I am already behind on March!  I’m not sure what I will be doing with March yet.  Stay tuned, and as always, thank you for reading and following The Tromp Queen!

25 Tues — First rehearsal with area HS students preparing for upcoming district solo/ensemble contests.

image by TTQ
image by TTQ

Singers prepare songs.
First run-through:  a little shy.
Music minds the gaps.

26 Wed — Meet with photographer at Milwaukie’s Art Museum lobby to take head shots for my new job as MCC accompanist.

image by TTQ, CC license -- at Milwaukee Art Museum
image by TTQ, CC license — at Milwaukee Art Museum

Hair, make-up, jewelry:
Head shots at Art Museum.
Carved marble profile?

27 Thurs — Driving across the state from east to west. Going through Pville en route to quilt retreat.

Driving Driftless roads
Passing bluish-white meadows
Trees and cows dot hills.

Tears rush to fill eyes.
I don’t live here anymore.
“Home” is elsewhere now.

28 Fri 

image by lynn Dombrowski attribution, sharealike CC license via Flickr
image by lynn Dombrowski attribution, sharealike CC license via Flickr

Favorite coffee shop:
Time to chat with my dear friend.
Joyful day begins.

quilt and photo by qurikyjazz aka Jill CC license
quilt and photo by qurikyjazz aka Jill CC license

Next stop: Quilt Retreat.
Bound with stories, tools, advice,
Hugs, laughter, sorrows.

Connections endure:
Souls and voices — we still hear.
Fabric soothes us all.

February 2 Haiku: Folk Art and Pink Ice

Quick trip to peruse
Folk Art special exhibit
Quilts, carvings, uniques

Lunging bird building
glimpse of pink reflected light
wings glide smoothly closed

Evening sky’s palette
creates pretty pink Lake ice
Mind’s eye:  capture.  click.

Lake Michigan pastel sunset, pink ice image by TTQ cc
Lake Michigan pastel sunset, pink ice image by TTQ cc

We went to the Milwaukee Museum of Art this afternoon for a brief but very enjoyable visit. We saw the new Uncommon Folk exhibit.

As we were leaving, I looked back at the beautiful museum building. The evening sun was being reflected on the lovely wings. I tried to capture a quick photograph, but as always, light is nearly impossible to reproduce.

image by TTQ cc; Milwaukee Art Museum at twilight
image by TTQ cc; Milwaukee Art Museum at twilight

We drove north along the frozen shore of Lake Michigan. The sky was an Impressionist’s dream of pale violets, pinks, blues, peaches, and tinted white. The frozen ice reflected the pink light most of all. Here and there bare black branches of trees cast stark silhouettes against the pastel beauty. A few chunks of ice sparkled on the icy surface, like gems strewn about. There was no opportunity to stop safely for a photo, so the image will stay in my mind and as clumsily conveyed in my words here and haiku above.