After a long trip it is the simple things that mean so much. The designated "pick up" son at the airport with reports from holding down the fort. The gentle approach of the dog upon arrival in the driveway...tail wagging, head down, sniffing for competition and clearly miffed we were gone so long. Into the house to be surrounded by the familiar things we love. The laundry, sorting of stuff and re-entry into favorite routines...waking in my own bed and making coffee just the way I like it with no words or cash exchanges. Home. It simply means so much.
Then there is the re-entry to the shop. Smiles, hugs and laughs all around as the comfort of familiar friends surrounds us. A quick survey of the shop proved that the team did an outstanding job while we were away. I love the travel and have learned, experienced and enjoyed so many wonderful people places and things but coming home is what makes it all worth while!
Here are few photo highlights:
Staying with friends in LA and visiting with by boys at the same time between gigs was a highlight.
I love my teaching tours for the thrill of meeting quilters, seeing shops and going to market. That kind of interaction is inspiriation overload but between workshops/lectures butt in contrast to the city visits this is where the heart opens....wide. Space...the closest frontier.
I love the subtle contrast of colors in the desert. The sun has bleached, or so it would seem, the contrast out of the photo but upon closer inspection the beauty is rich and intense. The sun bakes the color into the flowers that exist as a sign that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
John and I lived in San Diego once so we visited some of our old haunts. Hotel Del Coronado is a special place filled with the sensation of parties and cocktails of days gone by but not forgotten. The light at dusk offered up some nice light for photos with Noah. His time at SDSU was nearly up but he made time to hang with us despite exams and goodbye activities.
The Modern Wedge went down well with the SDMQG!
And again at Sew Modern where we also enjoyed an evening with the LAMQG. It was fun to play in other people's shops and stashes!
From LA we headed to Las Vegas for workshops at Quiltique but I am now out of time..except for this last shot out in the wilderness...
Zion National Park...Here is where the etchings of time over millions of years makes taking shape something to think about. Seeking Freedom...the featured quilt is made with my new range coming to stores in August, Folk Art Revolution...stay tuned for more! k