November 16, 2011

I was in Walmartville, um I mean Bentonville, Arkansas..It was wonderful

Some may be wondering, why on earth would I be in Bentonville (Rogers), Arkansas.  Well to visit a quilt shop of course...smiles.  No seriously, I was selected to be in the class of 2012 America's Leaders of Change and our first session was in Bentonville/Rogers, AR because the fellowship is sponsored by Walmart.  To begin I must simply say wow, I did not realize how large they are and how long they have been around.  Anyway, while learning and touring I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It was incorporated into our agenda, I did not know anything about it, and it had just opened on 11/11/11.

Needless, to stay I was amazed at the collection of works that is on display at this amazing structure.  It is a beautiful museum with stunning grounds, not to mention the artwork included in its collection. Of course a highlight for me was the "After the Last Supper" 2005 by Devorah Sperber.  It is formed and suspended upside and when you look through the globe it is turned rightside up and is comprised of 20,736 thread spools.

And I would not be a true lover of fiber if I did not stake out the local quilt shop.  The Rabbits Lair in Rogers, AR was AWESOMMMMMEEEE.  One of their lovely associates is from the good ol boogie down Bronx, New York accent and all.  It is an incredible space, with an incredible array of fabric and options.  The best wool selection I have ever seen.  What was cool is that they had lots of brights and kafe's etc. and lots of others that I had not seen.  I was truly pleased.  I also had the opportunity to introduce two of my ALOC Cohorts to the lovely world of quilting.

So enjoy some of the images and if you are ever in Bentonville, you should be sure to stop at the The Rabbit's Lair and Crystal Bridges Museum.

Side of one of the building in historic Rogers

Inside the Rabbit's Lair

From upstairs classroom

The Museum from above

Sculpture outside on the grounds

Cool pic from one side of the pond with the reflection of the architecture (from where i was) on the glass

Mosa-Mohave 1903 by Edward Sheriff Curtis. Photgravure

Rosie the Riveter, 1943 Norman Rockwell

After the Last Supper, 2005 Devorah Sperber

20,736 thread spools

November 12, 2011

Whew.. Where does the time go?

It seems like forever since I have had an opportunity to post.  So much has happened.  Here's a quick outline.

Finished some Bee Blocks, made some cupcakes, busy with my career, more fabric purchases, thinking of the holidays, off to HOUSTON for International Quilt Festival - wooo hoooo, Took plenty of classes, learned lots of stuff.  Ran into folks I knew, yeah and loads of hugs, met a bunch of new quilters, shopped, and shopped, and shopped, and ooooooed and ahhhhhhhed over all of the amazing work - the quilts that is..more shopping...made some pillowcases, took lots of pics (that I have not uploaded as yet), shopped some more, enjoyed myself immensely, returned and worked more on career, actually began folding and sorting fabric the correct (rather the orderly way), pulled my "quilt studio" apart, and am in the process of putting it back together again, bought some more fabric, and now am headed off to begin my Executive Leadership Fellowship Program.   Whew.....

So, I will upload a pic, and promise to return with all that happened in Houston and more....WHEW...

That seemed like a NY Minute right there.  Ha.

Caroly Bryer Falert...Absolutely Stunning

Gotta Check My notes to Get the name of the Quilter..Stunning

Gotta Get the Quilters Name from my camera notes