Many times as the new year approaches one tends to do an evaluation of the past. I did too and as I worked toward finishing up projects last Friday I was frustrated by the fact that I could not find my webbing. Now I knew I had a two rolls of the stuff and that they where about 24” across. After searching the closet moving and shuffling things for about twenty min. I sat down and had a little talk with myself. I could not remember when was the last time I had cleaned the space and sense I could not find what I knew I really had- perhaps a clean out was in order. So I started pulling stuff out of the closet , sorting as I went. The stacks kept growing and still no webbing. By this time I had all of the stuff out of the west end of the closet and had three bags full of items to pass on to Maggie. ( She is an art teacher who loves odd stuff and uses it with her students.) I had also come to the realization that I was not going to be doing metal jewelry anymore so all those tools could go too. ( They went off to Nick’s girl friend.) Hurray, more space for what I really love. I started to put stuff back into the closet. I finally found the webbing at the end of the day on Sat at 4 in the afternoon. By that time I had committed myself to doing the whole studio. Well here it is Friday and I have put three to six hours in this cleaning project every day. I am still working on the west end of the studio, but the closet is clean. Two trash bags full of useless stuff went out to the garbage men last night too. Now I am working on the book shelves. I eliminated a box of books this morning. Again, they were on a doll making- a topic I have not done any thinking about for several years. I took time off from the cleaning to judge the Scholastic Art Awards on Tue so I really can only say I have been working for six days. Looking at and thinking about every box, book and collection of stuff takes time. This process is like making a quit with 1,000 pieces- The whole thing is over whelming- but doing one little thing at a time will get the job done.
This work is 40.5”w X 34”l. I am happy with this work as it is such a different approach from the others in the glyph series. I pieced the fabric that I cut the word form this time.Useing this prcess this makes the word less important. That plus the fact that I did not place any of the words write side up makes one look at the shapes.
Aces and Spaces I started a new piece using the cut-aways from ACE for my next project. It is a challenge to play just with the shapes. I know they relate to one another. I am free motion quilting them down.
New Work This is just the start of a new ice and water piece from a photo that I took last spring. I am building the rocks in the bottom of the stream now and I plan to build the ice over the top.
Hand Work The hand work project goes forward. I like playing with stitches. And as my cleaning had revealed- I have lots of books on that topic to get inspiration from.
Found work I found this folded up in the closet. Now I need to decide if I want to finish it or not.
I hope the new year inspires everyone.
As one faces the end of the year it is a time to reflect and take stalk. On the sad side, one of my quilt buddies, Sally Nadelman passed away this year. She was a dear friend who enriched my life with her encouragement and the wonderful glass bead work that she did. I did not do so many quilt works this year as in the past, but I still think that 53 completed quilts for one year is not a bad thing. I have not done so well on the distribution of my works as I should so that will become a goal for next year. I participated in 9 quilt shows and was the director for one on them. I already know that two of the shows I normally am a part of will not happen in 2018 so that number will be down next year. I did one Trunk show were I showed 30 works – old and new. In doing that I got a good review of how I tend to work and saw some of my personal choice and behavior patterns. I used up 35 spools of thread this year and I am sure I did not replace them all so that stock pile is down. I did not purchase much fabric this year, but I sure dyed a lot. I used it too and that was a good source of pleasure for me. I look forward to meeting with Liz on Mondays again when the season allows and doing more of that. I feel that not a lot will change in 2018 but I hope to pay more attention to details and make better and more creative work.
Progress Report: Tribute- Spring This work is 20”w X 30”l. It is my last quilt made with Ethel leftovers. She cut the linoleum block of the tree and did the insect stenciling. I still have lots of her fabric and the scrap box with her remainders still has bits in it. But for the most part the work in the future work will be all mine. I enjoyed doing the free motion work to extend the trees in this piece.
ACE I am having fun with this project too now that I have all the units fused and zig-zagged down. I have even started the quilting on this project.
Aces and Spaces This top is created from all of the “cut aways” or negative spaces from the units of ACE. There are a few additional fabrics too as I can never leave things alone, but it mostly leftovers.
Handwork- orange My evening TV projects is moving forward. I still do not have a plan but I keep building.
Cards Celebrate is the first card I did this week. It is a reflection of the time. Good bye to 2017…….
As the year dies one is aware of the passage of time and this card is part of the reflection of a life well lived. I hope that all my friends can say their lives are works of art that they are happy with too.
Happy New Year
Today is the darkest day of the year as the earth begins its tilt back toward the sun and the days begin to grow light a bit longer. This first day of winter is always a good sign for me. I love the light and know how important it is to the existence of life. It will be a month before the days have an hour more light time, but just the thought of more potential sunshine makes me feel good.
This week there was a FAB meeting at Judy’s home. She has decorated for the return of all of her children and grandkids. I am sure a good time will be had by all. Patti was the only one with work to share and her afghan is a gift that she will be passing off soon. I hope this season brings joy and delight to all my readers.
Progress Report: ZAP IT This work is 37.5”w X 55”l. It is a rework of an older piece that now has the words “Zap It” in purple appliqued on top of the old base. The new lettering was stitched down in silver thread in a big zig-zag pattern. I enjoyed the process.
ACE I created this new bit of graffiti form this week and it is now fused down to the base. I will begin to applique it down this week.
Ethel Scrap I keep working away on this project. It is more than half assembled now. It will be completed soon.
New Work I pulled the wood cuts and stenciled pieces out this piece this week and and built the rectangles around them. It is now ready for the machine work. This work is my last tribute to Ethel as the block print and the stencil work is hers. I do enjoy finishing off her piece but it is bitter sweet.
Glyph IV the beading goes forward on this project.
Hand work I have started doing the hand work on this whole cloth project. I have no plan except to use the yarns and threads in the color pallet in various stitches. It is my news work project. The big brown circle is a ball of yarn that I am cotching- and it will become a line as I go forward.
Card- Tribute to Light The time of year and the natural environment pushed me to do this work.
Enjoy the holiday.