As I set here at the computer I feel like I am running behind. The clock has been set forward for Day Light Savings Time, but my body is not making the adjustment. I wake up, and can not believe that it is so late. And that in turn makes me feel like I am behind all day long. I am sure that the fact that my husband is on spring break and we are not setting the alarm also adds to my slow adjustment. Mother Nature is not helping either. I am rearing to go when it is sunny and nice- It got up to60 degrees one day, but days like today when the snow is flying again make me want to stay in the winter cocoon -I call bed. I the fact that I forgot my camera, and left projects behind twice this week also add to my feeling of out of balance. Hopefully I will adjust soon and get into “normal” rhythm with the universe and myself.
Progress Report: Speculations on Value I have spent most of my efforts this week working on this piece. It is nearly complete and the two long light blue strips are facings that need to be flipped to the back and stitched down. The fabrics in this quilt have been piled up together for a long time and it felt good to finally assemble them. I tried a new quilting pattern on this work too. Sue Ellen introduced the QuEGs group to a pattern she called Mac Tavishim quilting at the February meeting. In looking over my notes I saw the drawing and thought this would be a good time to try it. The stitching pattern means one starts and curves out to a comfortable point and then returns in a somewhat reflective pattern to the starting point, to then one swings out again to the opposite end again. This process is repeated as many times as you feel comfortable or until the space is full, then you start a second. As this example shows I need to keep practicing, but I do like the process and think I can really use it in the future.
Far Horizons This very simple at this point. I cut the original curved horizontal piece into three sections, shuffled and flipped one unit, then re- assembled the group. Now I will begin to add lines and stitches as well as small objects on to the surface as embellishment. It will be a textural play surface for ” add-ons ” and more hand stitch explorations.
Purple Trees: This work continues to move along very slowly. I like how the trees are shaping up. The new problem is how to bring the three units plus their grounds together into a final grouping. I am inching forward as I do not know what I am doing when it comes to how to assemble this work.
South West Voices: This work got buried in the fall in one of my cleaning frenzies. It just surfaced again this week and I am now quilting away on it. The quilting here is zig-zag and some what reflective of the patterns in the multi colored fabric.
Stump Men: I just keep working on the felting of this project. This shot is of one of the roots. I think I am nearing the completion of this project and now need to do lots of looking and thinking about what touches it needs to be complete.
I am looking forward to true spring and not needing gloves and boots when I go for my walks. Those types of walks are always inspiring to me.