Saturday, February 11, 2017

Quilting Inspiration From a Tiny Tropical Island

Last week's Estes Valley Quilt Guild program was one of the best I've attended. Dana Jones presented Pagtinabangay: The Quilts & Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island. This is also the title of her book which details the story of Caohagan, a 13 acre - 600 inhabitant island in central Philippines. One hundred of its inhabitants, both women and men, create the colorful and distinctive quilts which are sold abroad. The profits from these quilt sales supply one third of the island community's revenue which has enabled the community to train three midwives and expand its school.

Pagtinabangay is a Visaya word which means working in cooperation for the good of all. The book is full of pictures and details about the Caohagan way of life and the importance of quiltmaking. I bought a copy and have been savoring it slowly. The quiltmakers use fabric manufactured in the Philippines. The colors and motifs are based on everyday island life (animals, fish, birds, flowers, trees, people, houses, and activities).

Below are photos I took of a few of the quilts Dana brought to her presentation.
They are copyrighted and used with permission.

A fish ready to be appliqu├ęd.

I was thrilled to be able to purchase a small wall quilt and had difficulty choosing my favorite. I haven't yet decided where I'll hang it. Just looking at it makes me smile!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lighthearted Incident in Estes Park

This little gift shop in downtown Estes Park, Colorado was the scene of an unusual
shopping experience for a bull elk. After nonchalantly wandering into the Water Wheel Gift Corner he spent 45 minutes browsing before being lured back out by police officers with apples. One of my friends wondered if he was buying things off the rack.

Click on the link below to view the video:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sad Day

January 20, 2017  was a sad day for the United States of America with the inauguration of a man who has no respect for so many citizens in our country. I couldn't bear to watch it on television and wanted a day long diversion. So, Wayne and I left home at 8:30 a.m., joined friends for breakfast here in Estes then headed to Boulder for a bit of shopping, a movie, and an early dinner before driving back to the home of like-minded friends here in Estes and getting home about 8:30 p.m.

Today I've been watching the enormous crowds gathered in cities all over the world peacefully standing up for civil rights, women's rights, and honesty in our elected officials. Below is a Denver Post photo of an estimated 100,000 thousand marchers at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado today. It's heartening to see the protests all over the world, knowing we are not alone in wanting decency and competency in our president.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another Snowy Day

This is the beautiful winter scene outside my front door. It's hard to see the snow falling, but it continues to pile up. This doe kindly posed for a photo before she went on her way.

Estes Valley Quilt Guild has cancelled its meeting for this evening - a good call - so I'm making alternative plans which include: a pot of soup, cup of tea, a good book, and some hand quilting before the fireplace. It promises to be a cozy evening.

I just looked out the window to witness a car with two wheels in the snowy ditch alongside our road. Wayne tried to help but the driver will need a tow truck to get her car unstuck. This is a common winter sight on Ponderosa Avenue. The saga is playing out as I watch: the tow truck arrived, slid down the hill and bumped into the stuck car. The two drivers are standing beside the stuck vehicles trying to work out a plan. In the meantime, our road is blocked - luckily we don't have to go anyplace.

A second tow truck has just arrived. I hope they can sort this out.