This is the pachysandra bed beneath my Japanese maple this morning - plenty of sunshine and, as you can see, mostly fallen leaves. The weather was lovely today, sunny and mild (mid50's). My friends Patty*, Barbara and I took a road trip to Baltimore ... but more about that in a moment.
I have to catch up ... did not go to Wisconsin for my grandson's birthday. Caught a bug of some kind and stayed home ... spent most of four days in bed. :P
My grandson's first birthday was Sunday (11/22) and I got to see him via FaceTime:
Little O in his cute forest critters shirt.
He loves to chew on odd things like paper towel, fabric, cardboard - stuff I'd think would be obnoxious tasting. :P
He and his Mom (he has a bruise on his little cheek from taking a header off the sofa earlier). Doubt she expected me to snap this photo. :)
'Reading' a book. :)
In a pickle - managed to crawl up onto this box (a favorite play toy), then could not figure out how to get down (despite the fact that he is quite good at getting down from the sofa:). Had to have a couple of physical demos from the parental units. :)
OK, enough gratuitous grandchild photos. Grin.
I spent Monday (my 63rd birthday, for those of you who are counting:) quietly. I went to see the new Bond movie (alone - neither my son nor spouse wanted to go along) at the local cinema in the morning. Enjoyed it, as expected - kind of read like it might be the last one.
Had a quiet lunch at home. Watched the first Harry Potter movie with my husband (you might not understand what a big deal this was to me - my sweetheart loathes movie theaters and usually won't watch tv, either; major concession to me to watch the show with me:). Dear guy was sick that day (and the one before) and so we did not go out for dinner as we had planned. Maybe Friday?
I was pretty happy when Barbara said she'd like to go see the textile show at the Baltimore Museum of Art today. They've had an exhibit of crazy quilts up there but I thought I might not get to see it as it comes down this weekend. Well worth the trip!! Prepare yourself for crazy quilt photos now. :)
(love the lions out front!:)
Still flowers blooming in the parking area - lovely!
There were only seven quilts on display ... but what a set! It was like having a group of women in the room carrying on a conversation - each quilt showed the hand of its maker very well. All were about the same size but each had differing amounts of orderliness (some had easily recognizable block structure, some were very chaotic in arrangment), each had a different kind of border, some had more emphasis on the seam line embroidery treatments and others more on the embroidered motifs, some had a very delicate scale and others larger or more varied ... very individual. And of course there was a wild variety of threads and fabrics used ... so much fun to examine! I'm only going to share a few of my favorite photos as I took many.
This one had wild variety and the scale of these pieces was fairly small - that violet motif is smaller than my hand. All the beautiful stitch combinations.
Another area of the same quilt.
Notice the beautiful velvet border (mitered) and the elegant stitches on this fan. A more structured version:
This one has quite a bit more visible structure to the design than the first quilt.
This one was easily the most elaborate with many printed ribbons and lots of elaborate stich combos. I liked this race horse (again, about as long as my hand.
This one had an elaborately embroidered satin border.
This quilt had a beautiful 'ice cream cone' border with feather stitching all around the patches. Delicate and eye-catching.
For those of you who think owls are a cute new motif. :)
We spent about an hour in the gallery, examining and re-examining these quilts. Five of them (I think) were made in and around Baltimore between 1880 and 1895, one was made in West VA during the same period and the last (a top only) was made in Kansas City.
It was interesting to contrast the midwestern top against the eastern ones ... simpler thread selection (didn't see any chenille threads on the KC one) but wider variety of embroidered motifs (including things like bugs, silverware, roosters, fish, etc) ... and simpler fabrics in the patches (no ombre prints, plainer colors). Fun!
I also enjoyed walking the atrium halls to look over the mosaic tiles again - I look at them every time I got to the BMA, thinking about quilt borders and patches. :) These tile floors came to the BMA in the mid 1930's, from Antioch (now in Turkey, near the Syrian border), made in the 3rd? 4th? century C.E.
Look at those extravagent borders! According to the documentation, those would have been laid by the apprentices while the more painterly image in the center would have been made by the master.
Such beautiful geometry!
I think this one would make an excellent 'seed' for a modern quilt! :)
We had a delicious lunch at the museum resturant (Gertrudes). Here's a photo of Patty (sitting next to a decorated column I liked):
I had Chocolate Decadance for dessert - my version of a birthday treat:
That's chocolate icecream between two thin slices of flourless chocolate cake, sprinkled with chocolate nobs. Yum! :)
We visited the museum gift shop after lunch and I bought two items (hard to restrain myself from many - great place to buy goodies!:):
A next-year calendar for me - I love Charley Harper's artwork. :)
A memory wire bracelet for myself made of telephone wires by a Zulu fair-trade co-op. Love the colors. Barbara bought a beautiful small basket in earthen colors by the same artists.
Driving home from the city was a bit tense as the traffic load had picked up and we hit several rolling back ups - I don't know if it was the beginning of Thanksgiving traffic or just some kind of accident aftermath. When we got back to Columbia, we decided to stop at Daedelus Books on our way home (had to drive right past it) and had fun there. I bought three books for myself:
On the whole, I had a wonderful day out with friends. Great way to start the holiday weekend. :)
Looking forward to a quiet, small meal tomorrow and maybe some sewing. No housework on holidays is my personal rule, so I will not think about unfinished chores.