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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wonderful experience

Here is the Double Quilt recreated. This one is made especially for a cute little girl to whom I got accuainted via Etsy. Actually I got accuainted to her mother:) The process of recreation was funny - I had never "enlarged" a quilt before, but I hope the final result will bring joy in their home. I am very excited as that was my first Etsy sale:) And at the same time I really liked the recepient and wish all my future clients will be as positive as mommysteffen!
And...it is so imcredibly wonderful to feel that your work and efforts are appresciated. In that way you are not just sewing, but flying on the wings of your imagination and... creating...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Situation

I got that on the mail and really, really liked it, so I would like to share with you all... Enjoy:)


In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $200 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

* In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

* If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

* Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?


That's the quilt I made for my teacher in informatics. I really apppresciate all she did for us regarding the relationship between man and computers, so I really wanted it to be perfect:)
It turned out a great sunny thing due not only to the chosen colors, but the flame flower quilting in the middles as well. I really hope she'll enjoy it as much as I did while sewing it...