If there's one thing I have found out for certain recently its that its so easy to get sucked in by the dazzle of it all. After all, the ~WOW~ factor is huge. Also is the idea that it is very much possible to recreate this oneself. You don't have to have an art school degree to have this kind of beauty in your life, just time and patience and some skill with a needle. If you aren't up to generating your own patterns, there are certainly plenty of patterns out there that you can fill in with your own colors and sense of style. The allure is enormous. And I have certainly been out there on the internet, trawling for pictures and ideas, collecting images of inspirations like a high school girl collects pictures of movie stars. Now I'm at the point of working to get the skills to match up to my aspirations. Taking quilting classes at the quilt shop helps a lot - getting the skills. Joining a quilt guild helps too - lots of nice folks there to encourage a newbie. I managed to make that blue and green block myself - unsupervised. Now I need to actually dig into the tiny stash I brought home from Houston and start on a real quilt. Although I've been an artist all my life, and have designed embroidery patterns and jewelry for years, I am really excited about doing this. I have fabric, a sort of a pattern, a good sewing machine, and friends who will help if I get in too deep - who could ask for more. The center panel is Laurel Burch's Celestial Dreams. What could be more apt than a lady with a cat dancing in a sea of celestial rainbows and flowers.