Last week in yoga I was entertained by the suggestion, "keep your mind in your body." The situation was about staying focused on breathing to exercise the breathing muscles. Of course at the suggestion I am all over the place in my head thinking about the phrase which in itself was proving to be counter productive to the act...to stay focused on my breath. Later that day free from yoga practice the thought stuck in my head. Isn't that the key to life? Stay in your own head...not that of others. Stay present and focused. Ignore pesky annoying nudges from people and things. Don't compare. Don't complain. Just breath and enjoy life. Ahhh, if only all life was lived on the mat!
Here is something that is taking me right out of my own head...while keeping me stuck in imagination mode....
I am looking forward to the day when Lorena Uriarte comes to Material Obsession to teach this incredible quilt for us. Full of quirky, intricate blocks it is a project to work the mind in a new way that involves some creative paths not yet travelled.
The quilt was originally made by Lorena, Maree Blanchard, Kerry Brack, and Loloma Wren. It was quilted by Michele Turner and won a group prize two years ago at the NSW Quilters Guild, Inc. show. The pattern is by a Japanese artist named Chuck Nohara from her book 2001 Patchwork Patterns. Lorena is just the person to bring it to life in our hands!!!
What I like about this project is that there is a lot of wiggle room for individual interpretation both in color and composition. Having said that, the book is FULL to overflowing with block options, 2001 to be exact. We have already started a list at the shop and it is growing so if you are interested in this for a someday project, best be in it to win it. Email us at email@example.com to express your interest.
If you want to see more check out Lorena's flicker page for some close up photos of individual blocks.
We have books on their way from France because owning the book is required for the class in respect of the author. So what is in your head? If it is about trying something new that has the potential to fascinate, invigorate and entertain while using your enormous stash....I'll be hearing from you!
Short and sweet today...time to walk the dog and enjoy a sunny morning for a change! k