The theme for March over at the Sketchbook Challenge is "spilling over." Unfortunately, it was all too prescient: first revolutions spilling over in the Middle East, and now the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan. It's ironic that this latest event happened in Japan, because it is the only country to know another kind of nuclear disaster. I lived in Japan when I was a child, and I remember visiting Nagasaki and being overwhelmed by the extent of that disaster. I can only imagine how the Japanese are feeling today. My heart and prayers go out to the Japanese people.
Here are some shots my Dad took when we visited Nagasaki in 1968 (PS, I'm the one in the polka dots):
Yesterday, it all just spilled over for me -- here's my "quilt in a day:"
This is about 2' square, improvisational topstitching, with a muslin-based image of the Holy Mother, painted in watercolor and water-based oil pastels over gesso. The technique is one I saw on Quilting Arts TV, by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. It's simple and a lot of fun.