|The Face of Rebecca Grace|
I differ from most quilting bloggers in that I am a writer and designer who quilts rather than a quilter who blogs. That's why I have so many blog posts about design process and methods than you see actual finished projects! I don't have to tear myself away from my studio and force myself to write a blog post. I have to tear myself away from the computer and force myself to go into my studio to turn all of these ideas into tangible textile realities!
|Me and My Sweetie|
|Palm Sunday 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church-Providence|
I also sing with the semi-professional VOX Chorus and do seasonal costumed caroling, with The Holiday Singers.
So those are my excuses for the GIGANTIC PILE of unfinished projects in my sewing room! It's a miracle that I ever finish ANYTHING with everything else going on around here!
So, what's a Cheeky Cognoscenti? Dictionary.com defines a cognoscente as: "a person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur" and "a person who has superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion." The word is derived from obsolete Italian, and pronounced "con-yuh-SHEN-tee" in its plural form (cognoscenti with an "i" at the end). My favorite definition of cheeky, on the other hand, comes from the web site The Very Best of British: The Americans' Guide to Speaking British: "Cheeky means you are flippant, have too much lip or are a bit of a smart arse! Generally you are considered to be a bit cheeky if you have an answer for everything and always have the last word." As you're probably starting to realize, I really like WORDS, particularly unusual, colorful, precise words with layers of meaning, words that are rich with imagery and flavor. I enjoy the discordant anachronism of mixing these two words together, with their wildly different connotations and origins. I'm not an expert on everything I'm interested in, but I enjoy learning as much as I can and believe that all things worth doing are worth doing well. The "cheeky" part is a reminder to keep my sense of humor and perspective throughout the disasters of daily life and not to take myself too seriously.