Quilt-along Update #1

fabric before cutting

fabric before cutting

I’m thrilled to be starting on the quilt for my daughter. After all this time of scheming and dreaming, it’s great to be able to actually cut into the fabric and begin the process of piecing a quilt. This quilt-along came along at the right time. At a point where I’m intentionally taking time for me, I just finished the 31-day blog challenge and am now moving to this quilt-along. (I also did my first work-out at Curves today!)

For those of you who may not understand what a quilt-along is, let me explain. In a quilt-along, a group of people are all working on a quilting project of their own, but they do it in a group, completing the tasks as a group. Sometimes, people meet in person to do this kind of project with everyone working on their projects.

This particular quilt-along is on-line, which means that the instructions and list of tasks come through email. Our host for the quilt-along is Rachel of StitchedInColor. The first post, for example, was a schedule that gives an overview of the whole process, from gathering the materials (October 17) to showing off photos of the finished quilts on a website that everyone joins (December 20). Then, each of the following emails includes the information and instructions that we need to move along through each step. In between these emails, the participants do the work.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter the email that told us about the materials we needed to gather, we gathered and prepared the actual fabric after deciding on color schemes. The directions for cutting the fabric into strips and squares arrived on October 31, a nice treat for Halloween. Two days later, we received the instructions on how to piece the 4-penny patch, the block that we are using for this quilt. Now the schedule calls for sewing 20 of those 4-penny patch blocks each week, starting tomorrow!

I have never documented one of my quilting projects before, but my husband is taking pictures as we go, and I will include them in my updates. Since the sewing starts tomorrow, I thought I’d show you all the strips and squares I’ve cut over the weekend. The two lighter fabrics at the top of the photo were cut today, so everything is ready. My sewing machine has been pulled out of storage and space has been cleared on the table for me to work toward assembling my 20 blocks for this week. If things go smoothly, I hope to exceed that. I’ll keep you posted.

Music Theme for November 4: Corvidae

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven seemed a natural to start off this post. I found it interesting how many musical versions have been made. I checked out three and thought this one was nice, although I was tempted by the one with Moonlight Sonata as a backdrop to the reading. Still, I wanted musical.

Calling All Crows (State Radio)

As I was exploring all the possibilities, this one attracted my attention for its call to action and the sense of empowerment. I was unfamiliar with this song (and this group), but I think I’ll be checking them out.

Cause I come from the land of the shaman
Where the innocent are taken to the pavement
Won’t somebody just tell them
Won’t somebody oh, won’t somebody oh oh oh oh oh…

Won’t you please look after my children
All the words that are coming from the mouths of the women
From the northland down to the rio grande
New England town to Oregon
Wont somebody oh oh oh oh oh

So we’re calling all the crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary come with me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free

Cause I come from the land of the shaman
Where the world is looking up you know it’s changing
Won’t somebody just tell them
Won’t somebody oh, won’t somebody oh oh oh oh oh…

So we’re calling all the crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary come with me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free

Said the rebel to the rebel
I will go if you come with me
I’m tired of living in a fable
Blue sky I’d love to see
The journey must continue and does not stop in me, no
Cause the rivers wide
but with all of us we can reach from side to side
and it is here that we must all ?

So we’re calling all the crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary come with me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free

It’s just a murder of crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary follow me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free
You got to get up girl and let them know you’re free
You got to get up girl and girl let them know you’re free

Pretty Bird by The Blackest Crow

theblackestcrowThe Blackest Crow is another group I’d not encountered before. According to their website, “Hannah Naiman and Emily Adam are an up-and-coming duo. Blackest Crow sings traditional Appalachian ballads and songs, as well as haunting close harmony original compositions.” The name of their 2011 album is Where Wild Birds Whistle. They don’t have a video, but I’ve included a link to the song.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theblackestcrow/PrettyBird

Birds on the Wires

I loved the idea of this story in which a picture of crows on a wire led Jarbas Agnelli to find what it would sound like if their configuration on the wire could be transcribed into music. To quote Agnelli,

“Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”

The Three Crows by Gothicrow

Amazing crow art! And she has an Etsy shop. This piece is already sold, and no wonder. I love the combination of art and music.

If I Only Had a Brain (Wizard of Oz)

I can’t think of crows without thinking of the poor scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. If the truth be known, I can tie the Wizard of Oz into countless themes and discussions. You have been warned.

Bear has created an impressive of all things Crow at  Press http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/corvidea-within-wp/

At the moment, Links to Bear, Johnny and Willow.

Willow:  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/muscical-theme-corvidae/

Bear: http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-music-themes/

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-ii-music-themes/

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-iii-music-themes/

Eva:     http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/crows-black-dancing-and-counting-everywhere-catch-them-if-you-dare/

Johnny:   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/music-theme-all-saints-day/