I find it fascinating in Ecuador that there is so much art being made and that each small town seems to have its own specialty. Near the city of Ibarra is the small town of San Antonio de Ibarra where the specialty is wood carving. The little tow
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We took a little day trip from Ibarra out to Salinas in the Chota Valley. It was a small group excursion on a kind of trolley-like vehicle that travelled on the old train tracks. It was full of Ecuadorians and us, and we had a charming guide named Christina, who pointed out the interesting sights along the way and filled in
I am falling behind with blog posting. Our access to WIFI is sporadic and we have been doing a lot of posting to Facebook and communicating with family, so the blog tends to fall to the bottom of the list.In Ibarra we were interested in colonial architexture. Ibarra has been known as the "white c
We have never been to Ibarra so we needed Ani's help. I had found a Hacienda in Ibarra in our guidebook that I thought looked interesting. I had a mental picture of an old colonial hacienda converted into a charming inn. "No" said Ani. " I know the place. It is not good. I know a newer place—very nice. I guarantee yo
When we got back to Quito from Cuenca Andy had a couple more appointments at the dental clinic where the Dr. Fitted the molds for the permanent teeth and took some more impressions then said he didn't need to see Andy for 5 more days while the lab does its work. We made a quick decision to do a little traveling,
Besides their house in Cuenca, the Molina family has a cottage in the countryside—a weekend retreat.
On Thursday we flew from Quito to Cuenca in the evening—less than an hour flying time. It was Thanksgiving in the US and we were enjoying the pictures of turkeys and pie that our friends were posting on Facebook and feeling maybe a little regret at missing our favorite holiday. Our son-in-law's mother and sister met us at
Yesterday we went to one of my most favorite places in Ecuador, the home/museum/studio of Ecuador's most famous artist, Oswaldo Guyasamin, as well as his creation, La Capella del Hombre—The Chapel of Man, filled with his work and dedicated to the cause of ending war, human suffering and human enslavement. Guyasamin died i
Today we were feeling more acclimated to the altitude and ready to get out and around and before seeking something new, we decided today was a good day to revisit some of our favorite places in Quito. We started in "Gringolandia" the nickname for the Mariscal district of Quito–once the neighborhood of the wealthiest famil
This is a test post from Ecuador. I think I have set everything up on Ray's iPad so that I can post photos, so here goes:
Friday, November 22, 1963
It has been nearly a week since I posted on this blog. It has been a busy one. On Saturday I drove to the The Dalles, Oregon to talk to the Columbia Gorge Quilt Guild about the Twelve by Twelve project. It was a rainy, gray drive through the Gorge, but even in such weather it is still one of my favorite drives.
I have been quilting the piece I am working on for the past two days. Sometimes I refer to this as "the boring part" and sometimes it is, but it can also be kind of inspiring as I improvise the stitching design. This particular piece has some color combinations in it that are so pretty and fun to watch under the
This piece was created in 2005 for a guild challenge on the th
Last week I got nice email from a woman who reads my blog, with a photo attached of her standing in front of my "Red Domes" quilt, which is part of the High Fiber Diet "Simply Red " exhibit that is currently on display in Coos Bay, Oregon. She said she had watched its progress on my blog and so when she saw it was goi
In my last post I mentioned the cool piece, by Abby Miller, that Sofia and I saw at the Portland Art Museum. The link I posted was wrong, but a couple of people were nice enough to send me good links. This is a cool video of Abby Miller putting the piece together with zippers in a exhibition setting.
Sofia did not have school today so we went to the Art Museum. We took the MAX train from Beaverton to downtown. It was a crispy, foggy day and as we walked through the South Park blocks toward the museum the leaves were falling from the trees and swirling around us. I love thi
I got a few questions about fusing fabric after yesterday's post. I have written about my process here before, but maybe it's time for an update. I never liked using the conventional fusibles, so several years ago I went looking for something different. I found a product called Liquifuse and after some experimentation I had
Last weekend's Open Studios were the culmination of a year of work and preparation. It was exhausting and exhilarating. Sales were good and I got to visit with so many nice people. At the end of the day on Sunday I walked away from the studio and didn't return until this afternoon. In between I have had a lovely week.
This morning was foggy for our walk. The fog created silhouettes in gray, of the trees, until you got close. Then suddenly the color would emerge from the mist, almost taking your breath away. I kept taking pictures, hoping to capture all that color. When I got home and looked at the photos on the computer screen it was a s
Busy, busy week. I have had two meetings this week, got a flu shot and continue to get things ready for the Open Studios this weekend.Today's meeting was the Portland SAQA group meeting and we talked about writing artists statements, which is one of those chores, necessary for exhibits and such, but daunting. No
Ray and I decided, about a month ago, to start going to a gym. It isn't one of those fancy gyms with all the young hard bodies. It is a gym at our neighborhood recreation center and it has a bunch of machines and big windows that look out over a playground and a neighborhood and, right now, a fading flower bed and glorious
Last week Ray and I went to hear Malcolm Gladwell talk. We have enjoyed
I am trying to post to my blog, using my Kindle Fire. Yay! I think it worked.
It's done.Can you see a difference? I ca
Thanks for all the interest and suggestions for changing my big, ole quilt. You guys need to get together and agree on things before you post these comments, though! Some of you said "change the sky" some said don't. Some liked the added details—some not. These comments are always so interesting to me. The most help
I've had a busy week with meetings and s