Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Class Samples, Continued..and Gulch Radio!

Thanks to you lovely gals who suggested I teach online sometime. The thought had never occurred to me to do that...but maybe someday I will. You honor me. ;-)

To be frank, the whole idea of beginning to teach professionally has me filled with excitement and yet also some new questions. Up until now I have always put my work out there for all to see....and I surely don't want to have to learn to hold back now (unless contractually obligated to do so) . That would take the fun out of blogging for me.
I contacted the Program Chair of the guild who hired me to ask her what she thought about me posting my class samples. Blogging can be tricky when you involve other people, however tangentially, in your posts, so I wanted to be sure I wasn't crossing any "line" with the guild.
Graciously she replied that she thought her guild wasn't hurt by this in any way, but I might in future want to consider protecting my designs. Nice of her, wasn't it?

So all that said, here are my class samples underway....

This is slow going but very satisfying, in that I get to do three variations concurrently. There are some subtle compositional differences that are fun to explore...and I want to give my students enough examples that they will see that there is no one "right way" to go...

On another note...literally....I want to share my newest listening discovery!
My friend Leigh's husband Rich runs his own radio station (with a buddy) out of his home. It is a bona fide NPR affiliate, but most of the programming is homegrown. I guess there are several online radio stations out there. Rich's is about 1 watt over the airwaves, but streaming online to anywhere in the world.

There are no ads....little news...in the mornings there is the "Word of the Day" feature which is fun...and we get to hear the weather for Jerome, Arizona, the home of Gulch Radio...
Tunes, tunes, tunes there are in abundance. This is for Boomers, no doubt about it. But the mix is eclectic and the hits obscure. I've heard stuff on there that I haven't heard since I was a little kid stretched out on my towel on the sand at Michillinda, soaking up the sun after swimming for hours, with WLS on the transister crammed to my ear.
Particularly wonderful is Rich's Sunday afternoon show, "Geezer Rock" where he takes email requests for those favorite hard to find oldies from the 50's and 60's.

Do check them out here. It is great stitching music....(you may have to register, but that is easy and you only have to do that once.)
And Rich has such a great voice. He sounds like Robert Osbourne, of Turner Classic Movies....

7 comments :

Raspberry said...

So, I'm assuming the squares are used for a quilt? I love the flowers - they turned out great. Good luck with your class!

Plays with Needles said...

It must be fun to work on three at once. All three of them look great. I've made a bet with myself that I"m going to like the green one the most. Let's see if I still do after all three are completed. The cream one is calling my name from Washougal....

Barbara C said...

I love the idea of "geezer rock." How fun.

Thanks for showing your class samples. If only you had a radio broadcast for your classes.

Debra said...

Be sure and take a roll of paper towels with you to class because everyone will be drooling on these!

Sande said...

The class samples are lovely, especially the rich green one. And a nice flowing design, too!

cq4fun said...

I love your squares! You've done a beautiful job of the basic stitching and I like the way the embellishing is going, as well.

Yay! Let's hear it for Jerome! It was almost completely a ghost town until artists found it, and then the tourists found it. =) It's a lot of fun, even if parking is a hassle. It's built on the side of a hill, quite literally, as an old mining town and what a view there is from the top.

Anonymous said...

I became an instant & sincerely appreciative fan of Gulch Radio since first discovering it online a couple years ago. I live in Phoenix, way beyond their local Jerome AM radio station broadcast area (and that’s a hoot of a story in itself). Don’t know about all the online links but if listening by way of www.LoudCity.com there is no requirement to register. Ric & Chaz offer the very best of music - and it’s a wonderful saving grace from the void (and for me, many years rejection) of listening to mainstream radio stations. Gulch music ranges from wonderful early rock & Motown to new & inspiring – yes, there IS great new music coming out these days – well, just give it a listen.
A sister boomer, TG