Monday, August 24, 2009

Champaign, Anyone?

That's Champaign County, Ohio, where I spent most of Sunday. My tourguide--Tina from the Visitor's bureau--showed me some of the more interesting barns and introduced me to their owners. My new favorite barn has a dodecahedronal (that's 12-sided, y'all) area in the rear with horse stalls that are kind of triangular. I climbed on up and saw how the hay could be dropped into the stalls from above--pretty cool.

I also saw a couple of barns that had writing or pictures created by using different colors of shingles on the roofs. How cool is that tractor??

On the way back to Dayton, I couldn't resist swinging through Miami County for another bit to catch a few barns that I had missed. Another gloomy day weather-wise, but there were definitely some bright spots. Of course, as I drove to the airport at 6 PM--gloriously blue skies with my favorite "poofy clouds." I'm kind of getting used to it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Weekend in Miami

I got a bit worried when the pilot said, "We are beginning our descent into Daytona." But I had seen the Ohio River just moments before, so despite his verbal blunder, I knew that I would be landing in Dayton and heading to Miami County, Ohio.

I had planned to spend Saturday seeing the quilts, but I noticed that if I used the back exit to the airport rather than using the interstate, a couple of barn quilts were on the way to my hotel. Was there any other route to take? Above right is the pride of Ohio--the fella there looks pretty proud of his surroundings! The pattern on the left is "Tippecanoe."

Kay Hamilton of the Travel and Visitors Bureau arranged for my rooms at the bureau's expense--a hotel--that's with an H. Woo hoo!

Kay and I had a terrific time-- except that long walk down a roadside hunting for the camera bag that I had left on the top of the car. Just when we were ready to give up, I looked at the photo I had taken when I stepped out of the car, walked until the view on the horizon matched that on the screen, and there it was!

Judy Rose of El Sombrero restaurant in Troy treated us to lunch. Don't guess I could fill up a bunch of three-ounce containers with their salsa and fly them back to Atlanta in my ziplock bag. I can buy more shampoo, but that salsa! If you ever happen to be anywhere nearby--GO.

El Sombrero is also the spot to meet Rafael Santoyo--the artist who has painted all of the barns here. Unlike most, he stands on a ladder or on scaffolding and paints directly on the building. I hope I got a good interview--I spoke through an interpreter and recorded his responses to be transcribed by my friend Terra, who has generously offered to help with that part of my project AND speaks Spanish. Photo of Rafael is from the MCVB.

Rafael says that he is not an artist because he did not go to school. Check out this detail!! Princess feathers--one of my faves of the day.

In the non-barn quilt category, we saw a lock that was supposed to have come from a lockbox on a stagecoach and, as always, met some great farm animals. The guy there on the right is a Scottish Highlander calf. Who knew a cow could be cute and cuddly?? Granted, his mama has horns. When she tried to cuddle, things got a bit dicey.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I had to do it!

I promised my students last year that we would paint a "trailer quilt" to go on the outside of the "mobile learning unit" in which I teach. We never did get around to it, but I remained convinced that I needed my own painted quilt.

SO--I painted one inside the classroom on the wall--6 by 6 feet in the school colors of gold and purple. It's prettier in person--they always are.
The funny thing is--not a single student has asked me what it is. Go figure.

BTW if you have tried to comment in the past and were asked to create an account, I think I changed that setting so that anyone can comment. Took me long enough . . .