Friday, May 7, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
A Quilter's Journey
Today, I am submitting my women's fiction/romance novel with a quilting slant to a great publisher for consideration. I am hoping that this time around, I get a yes. They publish other novels with a quilting slant in a mystery novel genre so I am hoping they will consider my novel.....wish me luck!
Friday, April 23, 2021
It's been an incredibly busy few weeks. I have been working with a really nice Medicaid social worker to help with my twin sister's eventual placement in the near future. We are hoping she will be able to go to an assisted living facility. Hopefully by the first week or two in May, we will know more. This weekend we are moving her belongings into storage so no more rent has to be paid on her apartment.
Things are moving along with my new book, Beautiful Landscape Quilts. I will probably be reviewing it for corrections by the end of April or beginning of May.
I just finished an audition video for Creative Spark through C&T Publications. Let me tell you, it's not perfect but learning how to tape on your own and do it correctly has a huge learning cure. You have to think about so many things, staying upbeat, memorizing what you are going to say, checking your cell phone camera to make sure it is filming, making sure you are filming in the right resolution, and making sure your mic is on and the lighting is correct. I could go on and on but that's just the beginning. The editing is very time consuming and I admit, I could of done a bit better on it but at some point you just need to let go and pray it is good enough to go on and teach a real workshop. It's also necessary to create an outline of your class and a supply list before you can proceed.
In that regard, tonight is a celebration. I am not cooking and I will just go out and pick something up for dinner! We can't go out as someone is stopping by to do a bid on mowing our yard and so forth and Donald has been busy brushing the dog so there is too much dog hair on him and his clothes! Besides, I am in sweats and don't want to change!
All of my quilts that will be in my next book are still at the publisher's. I am missing some of them......my quilts give me joy and that's why I make them. I am not a person who regularly enters contests anymore.......my joy just comes from the actual creation process.....that's when I am in my happy place.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Today, Mt. Rainier, in all it's glory was "out" .......Driving along and glancing at the mountain shimmering in the sunlight seemed to brighten my day and just make me feel better!
It's been a tough few weeks with my twin sister hospitalized and now stable enough to be in medical rehabilitation. She fell due to high calcium levels combined with some other issues. She probably won't go back to independent living so working to find other options. 🙏
I got my studio all set-up for filming a proposal video for my publisher's platform - Creative Spark and then I went to put on my lavaliere microphone and alas, it was not where it was supposed to me.....nor was it anywhere I looked. So, I just ordered a new one through Amazon....Besides, my gel nails keep popping off, so I will need to go get me nails done first! Nothing worse than ugly nails....besides, I just learned if you are doing it because you are filming, it is a right-off! Yea.
With the COVID rules changing, we have decided to go out to our favorite Mexican restaurant tonight. Both of us have had both of our shots. Speaking of which, the second one hit me like a high-speed train.....Muscle and body aches, chills, fatigue, and just feeling like crapola for a couple of days - then, the symptoms just vanished. I've read it hits women harder than me, go figure!
With my studio set-up with lights and everything, it is difficult to start any new sewing projects. I have been working very hard on a script for the class I want to teach online - gathering all of the materials and so forth is an ongoing process. My workshop will be focusing on a Quick Little Landscape Quilt, Beacon of Hope, from my book of the same title. I will be demonstrating and talking about every step along the way, adjusting the camera and the lights for each segment.....lots of work but hopefully, individuals and guilds will be able to sign up for the workshop. Learning to edit is probably the hardest task of all and learning all of the new technology to make this happen is sometimes way over my head.....my stepson, Mike Simmons, who lives in Colorado, is an experienced videographer, and he is so sweet answering questions for me! Maybe by the time that I am ready to film I can convince him to come film it for me!
He filmed me doing a lecture and trunk show when he was here last summer and is editing it now so we can get it up on C&T Publishing's platform, Creative Spark.
Happy quilting to all of you. I know it is lonely out there not being able to gather with our quilting pals but hopefully we will be able to see one another soon.
Joyce R Becker
Landscape Quilt Artist, Author C&T Publications
JBecker3@hotmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 22, 2021
I have a great announcement! Here it is:
I have a new landscape quilt book coming out in February 0f 2022. It will be published by C&T Publishing and in addition to my quilts, new techniques, and lots of tips and tricks, it will feature
some of my very favorite and famous landscape quilt artists - I will include profiles on each of them as well as showing their incredible art. I'm also working on a script for an upcoming workshop on Zoom through my publisher, C&T Publishing called Creative Spark. My first workshop will be featuring a lesson on Quick Little Landscape Quilts - specifically on designing, again with lots of tips and tricks. I'll keep you posted!
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Here is my new "brand" designed by Mike Simmons
Merry Christmas to all of my friends, family, peers, etc.
2020 has been quite a year, hasn't it? I've been working on a ten-month project so I have been quite busy during this COVID pandemic.
At least it has kept my mind busy and focused versus concentrating on
the horrible state of affairs around us.......I am so excited to learn today that Washington State will be getting the first round of vaccines
tomorrow and the amazing health workers, firemen, emergency personnel will be first on the list to receive it. Those living in care facilities will be next, thank goodness. Since I am 75 years young with a few health concerns, I am hoping my husband and I will fall into the next category. My husband is 89 so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will getting a vaccine within the next few months.
Yes, I have been creating quilts and writing and will share with you the news of my "project" in early February. It has been fun but hard work with more work to come in the next year.
So, what has been keeping you busy? I bet a lot of you have been busy making quilted treasures as Christmas gifts? Alas, I haven't been this year but maybe by next Christmas I will have time!
Here is our annual Christmas photo card for this year - I try to find a "winter" quilt to feature each year. This quilt is called Winter Wonderland.
I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and happy quilting!
Joyce R Becker
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Well, somehow summer is over and fall is upon us. I love looking at the gorgeous colors surrounding us outside. All of a sudden, the temperatures are falling and there is definitely frost on the pumpkins at night. The photo above, is of our dog, Blondie and I created her using a photo, which I had blown up at a local copy store, then I traced her onto Pattern Ease - a product that stays in the quilt. I used lots of different types of mediums to create Blondie, including unraveled yarns, fabrics, fake fur, and actual Blondie fur (from when she was groomed). Her face is the actual photograph also enhanced with other mediums. I can't show you the whole quilt yet, but I thought it would be fun for you to see how much fun I had creating her.
This post is short and sweet, but I just wanted to say hi and wish you good health and I hope you are having fun creating works of art at home.