Monday, October 16, 2017

The Art of Quilting: PIQF Santa Clara Quilting Show 2017

Every year I visit Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) that's held in October at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There are always classes, lots of vendors, and competition quilts, both local and international ones. 

I do sew, so I take advantage of the multi-day pass, especially since I live so close to the Convention Center. Some people fly in for this show and others are bused in from other parts of California. It's that good of a show!

I have my own strategy for visiting the event. I first walk it all and look for new things that I haven't seen before. My second sweep involves going back to the particular booths that caught my interest early on. My third sweep involves trying to find the various fabrics or zippers needed to complete certain projects. 


During my last sweep, I also dedicate time to look at all the competition quilts. I stand at a distance and try to understand the concept and then I look at the work up close and read the description to get a better understanding of what the artist was trying to convey. 

Each year there's a theme to which people can make quilts in order to compete for a money prize and or a ribbon of recognition. If you think quilting is just your grandma's traditional quilts, you're so wrong! 

If you enjoy art whether traditional, modern, impressionistic, etc, you will find a quilt at this show that speaks to you. Okay, not literally, but you know what I'm saying. If not, you will at least appreciate the thousands of hours that people dedicate to their quilts. I don't have that kind of time or commitment to my craft or the ability these quilters have. 

Also, don't think that quilting is limited to women. While the majority of quilters are still women, many men are quilters. I have seen many engineers enjoy the Math and visual/spatial challenge of quilting. 

The Cherrywood Challenge had a Disney's Lion King theme. I'm a Disney fan, so I got very excited to see this particular group of quilts hanging together. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Assign Online Games for Homework. ELA, Science, Math or your Own Creation.

Kahoot is one my favorite online educational games. Kahoot has come up with an amazing and long awaited update, it now allows you to assign certain games to your students for practice at home. Help students get excited about doing additional practice. After you challenge is complete, you can download a copy of the results, which can help you determine if the students need additional in-class reinforcement on the concepts or if they understand them. 

Choose from games already created by fellow teachers in many subjects or create your own. Customize it further by using the specific vocabulary that you are teaching at this moment. Reuse the game or edit it the next time you teach that same class. No need to re-do the work.
Students complete the game challenge on their computers, Chromebooks, or mobile devices with the new Kahoot mobile app.

This YouTube video explains how to set it up. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Win a Trip for 2 to Italy

Prize Description: Now through October 24th, 2017, fans can enter the DaVinci Pasta Endless Pastabilities Sweepstakes for the chance to win the Grand Prize-- A Trip for Two to Italy! Round Trip Airfare and hotel accommodations are included. Weekly winners will also be selected to receive prize packs including one (1) DaVinci Branded Apron, (1) DaVinci Utensil Set (4) DaVinci Pasta Products.

Click here to enter. Good luck!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Virtual Race: The Great Candy Corn 5K

I signed up for The Great Candy Corn 5K online at Gone for a Run. For more information and sign-up, click here. 

For just $25 I got a pair of Halloween socks of my choice (ghost, candy corn stripes, or jack of lantern), a running bib, and a finishers medal. 

I continue to train for the runDisney Thor 10K in November, so every race I can do helps me stay on track. Plus, it makes a little bit more fun. 

I love the Halloween theme of this Virtual Race. The candy corns are so expressive and are wearing running shoes. 

The medal is the best part. It glows in the dark! The candy corns are dressed up in their Halloween costumes. So cute!!

Proceeds from this virtual race go to the New Pond Farm Education Program. This program helps connect people with the land.