Monday, May 14, 2012

A Magical Happy Blog Birthday


Yes, one year ago today the tranquil Province of MulticoloredPieces came into existence.  Easier said than done—it took about forty years of work/play to get to this one year. When I hesitatingly started out, I calculated that I had enough material for about a year. However, it would appear that there still remains enough material to get through another year. 
     In my peregrinations, various blog birthday presents crossed my path.
Many useful items for future play and posts beckoned to me. Purses seem to be in the future so I purchased the hardware for straps and clasps. Old buttons showed up--notice the two round, yellowish buttons that look like eyes? Bizarre and irresistible. No idea what I'll do with them. The old watch faces are for a piece about time that has been simmering on the back burner for too long.
        And who could resist the fabric in those beautiful American quilt stores ?
I truly restrained myself, buying only with my pomegranate tree quilt in mind. OK, I threw in a few blacks because they're always useful. I may never use the pomegranate fabric, but, I knew that I would regret not buying it once home. 

What have I learned in this year? Probably like everyone else, I’ve enjoyed the making of new friends and having art/quilt shows available at my fingertips. I’m astounded by the creativity of artists/artisans around the globe and their generosity in sharing ideas, techniques, and information, in allowing visitors into their lives. In addition, the diversity is invigorating.
Of course, I didn’t realize the amount of work a blog would require, however, one post a week for three weeks, then a week off feels right to me. I find this blog keeps me on track and focused. For a long time I created my art quilts in a relative vacuum. Now a window on the world has opened and I can illustrate my blog with my artwork. Indeed, MulticoloredPieces has become an artistic endeavor, my form of an artistic chronicle. 
        
Looking back at that first post, I feel the need to revisit that monster of a quilt, Flowers for Abou Jihad (Nov. 1993, 79”x79”) maybe because the colors go well with the above watercolor painting and perhaps because it remains engrained in my soul due to its size and the three-year gestation period (worse than kids).

This piece moves on its own if you look at it long enough; it seems to generate energy as if it's going to swirl away to an exciting future, as I hope MulticoloredPieces will do as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all followers, readers, and visitors. You have made this birthday magical just by your virtual presence.

41 comments:

deanna7trees said...

hope to see you around for more interesting posts. i see some familiar fabric up above...and wow that quilt must have been a lot of work. i have never made a quilt that large.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Happy blog birthday - I would sing, but I have it on good authority that you do NOT want me to! There must be something catching as far as purse-making goes - I've been happily making felted (knit) bags lately and don't feel an end in sight.

Karen Christensen said...

Happy Blogaversary! And oh my! What an amazing quilt. Beautiful and yes it does move on its own! I bet your more then glad to be back home after your travels. Looking forward to more posts from you!

Merilyn said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! I am enjoying seeing your creative and inspiring pieces!! Your star quilt is just amazing, love the movement in it, beautifully done - all the best for the coming year!!!

Ms. said...

I'm so glad you will continue showing us your amazing creations. Joyous day and many many more to you!

Carole said...

Happy 1st to you Nadia! You've created a wonderful blog that I have the pleasure of reading. Thank you!

Linda Robertus said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I'm looking forward to more postings in your second year of blogging.
That quilt is absolutely stunning!

PS Sorry I sent you an email in Dutch!

Tonya Ricucci said...

Happy Blogiversary! Wheee, that great quilt really zings!

Connie Rose said...

Oh, but that quilt absolutely vibrates! And happy, happy blog birthday. I'm certainly glad to have found you this year!!

Exuberant Color said...

I didn't realize you had only been blogging for a year. I'm looking forward to the next year and some more amazing mosaics and quilts. That is a beauty of a quilt and the center really does have a life of its own.

susan christensen said...

Yes, your big quilt does swirl and amaze my eyes! Happy Blog Birthday, Nadia, and best wishes for year two! xxoo, sus

Aart said...

Congratulations with your first blog anniversery! I love to read your blog.
An amazing quilt you have made, my eyes go round and round and round.
http://quiltaart.blogspot.com

Edith Bieri said...

Happy blogbirthday! Love coming by and are looking forward to the next year of your blog!

Anneliese said...

Happy, happy blog-birthday to you, congratulations. Your posts are so interesting and beautiful and I love your star quilt - it is fantastic - great work.
Love
Anneliese

Emma said...

Happy blog birthday! I'm confident that you have a little more up your sleeve - it's been a wonderful, various & stimulating read ;)

That amazing quilt makes me swoon!

Nikki said...

Happy blog birthday! You always tell such interesting stories. I'm looking forward to hearing more!

Linda in Calif. said...

Funny how blogs seem to start taking on a life of thier own being a creative outlet. Happy Blog Birthday! I've enjoyed the year with you. (Beautiful quilt too!)

Suspinz: Dabbler in Many Things said...

Congratulations are indeed in order...good for you for sticking to it! 'Tain't always easy. Your gorgeous quilt does vibrate in the eyes, doesn't it? I love the colors and that energy. Glad you had fun with the fabrics...who could resist?

I'm looking forward to your next year at the sewing machine, in the garden, and with your mosaics.

Cheers!

fiberchick said...

Happy Anniversary Nadia! You are a tremendous addition to the blogosphere. I look forward to seeing what you get up to over the next year...

artymess said...

Happy Birthday Blog and lots more to come .....love the quilt it's amazing ......x

Sandra Kaye said...

Happy Birthday...Thanks for stopping into my blog!! Very talented Lady ...that's you :):) hugs

Cheryl Razmus said...

Congrats, Nadia! There is no such thing as running out of material for a blog, I am learning. (My own posts seem to get longer all the time.) As long as we are alive and creating, our enthusiasm wants to share. I really enjoy having met you and look forward to continuing and expanding this big worldwide hug of support, understanding and love.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

This quilt is quite magical, its full of energy, amazing!

Muddling Through said...

And YOU add a special dimension to the blogging world with your talent and creativity. I, too, find the blog to be a good journal of sorts of the things I create.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Happy Blog Birthday! Looking forward to the coming year of wonderful inspiration and thoughtful insights I find when I visit your blog.

Jeannie said...

Happy Blog Birthday!!! You are always inspiring and I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog. You inspire me to perhaps dip my toe into the blog world. Your quilt, oh my gosh, the way the color moves across the diamonds and merges and blends is just amazing. Truly beautiful!

bj said...

Wow! This piece pulsates with energy!

Linda said...

Best wishes for a happy blog birthday and many more! And I love your quilt--- it's what I call an "eye jiggler"

Wonky Girl said...

Happy Blogiversary to you, to you :)
You make amazing quilts and I do enjoy visiting here. Keep up the great blogging.
(BTW- yahoo would not let me reply to your comment on my blog. So I will say here, Thanks for Visiting) LOL.

Michele said...

I just love watching your progress! Happy happy blog birthday!! I have a little collection of the clasps for purses. Maybe I'll use them someday! It's nice to have things at hand for inspiration and so they can be used :-) I hope you continue blogging for many more years! It's more work than I thought it would be too.....hard to balance quilting time and blogging time I find.....but I love it and you seem to also :-)

jackie said...

Happy blog birthday and many thanks for your comments.

norma said...

Happy Bloggiversary! I love to to read what you've been up to. I can't imagine that you'd ever run out of blog fodder, as I call it.

Diane J. Evans said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday. May your second year be as artistic and prolific as the first.

Diane

blandina (aracne) said...

Like you, my blog has enabled me to travel around and see how much creativity there is. It also helped me to develop and give direction to my own creativity through the work of other artists.
Congratulations on your first year: yes, writing a blog is a lot of work, but a window on the world (and it ook me in Japan!).

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Feliz bloggiversary"

Patty Ashworth said...

Happy B-Day! Did you bring the cake? Last thursday there were 2 birthdays! CuPcAkeS of 2 sizes were brought! Sweet!
Love your blog and it was great meeting you!!!! Take care, Babe!

Nancy said...

Well, I am glad you left a comment over at pomegranate trail, as it seems I've not been here for to long! Happy blog birthday to you! I am amazed at the quilt and of course love the fabric you chose! HeeHee :)

Linda A. Miller said...

Happy Belated Blog Birthday! Glad to have made the connection with you and your world. Keep sharing!

Kathleen Murphy said...

I look forward to seeing what gets made with those fabrics and findings! I agree, sometimes blogging keeps me working :)

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous.

Bouts Choisis said...

Wow! That is fabulous - no wonder it took such a time - worth every minute!