How good it feels to write a new blog post!!!! How good it feels that Spring is here!!!!
Louisville is #3 in the nation for the worse pollen count. It wrecked a little bit of havoc on my lungs in spite of the emotional uplift the warmer temps gave me. I just kept yo-yoing with chest crud until I had a brief 4 day stay in the hospital. In between feeling good/feeling bad I kept plugging along on the boats...
Happy to report the hand embroidery is done and it is ready for quilting...but here is my plan...to continue on to the next quilt(s) and then sometime in mid summer go hog wild, (bat crazy, mad cow) with quilting all the tops. This year's goal is all about production (don't get too excited...I work slow even when I'm fast). My goal was to have the "boats" completed by the end of Feb. and it didn't happen until mid-March.
You may recall me mentioning that my sewing construction studio is in storage due to my mother moving into senior housing. For months I considered renting a 2nd Mellwood studio to set it up once the storage contract ends. I turned over the idea of sharing a 2nd space, subleasing, etc. It was my anxiety talking over not having my design board, fabrics, sewing desk that holds my main machine, etc. accessible. I spent the first part of this week clearing the studio to make room for at least my sewing desk and to begin the next quilt with the attitude of "making do equals can do". Peter and Ade will haul through the storage unit and pull it out and deliver it this weekend.
Yesterday I actually sat down to begin the preliminary studies for the next piece. Two of the three studies I finished...one is a thread sketch, this one using tsukineko inks.
The next one will be raw edge applique. While doing them, the question in the back of my mind is "how can I make the imagery more abstract and still capture the event?". It will be a Kentucky Derby quilt.
I don't remember how I stumbled into Karen Walrond's blog and website, Chookooloonks. I think maybe her book, The Beauty of Different, kept coming up on Amazon's recommendations. She offers an on-line magazine workshop that offers gratitude prompts with photography prompts called Gratitude 2012. Karen is an award winning, jet setting photography whose blog exudes kindness, humor, and beauty. I enrolled in the workshop yesterday. It is 5 dollars a month and 40% of the fee she donates to Kiva.
Also, yesterday I discovered the website (thanks to Pinterest) and blog of fiber artist Diane Melms. I've always wanted to improve my photo-documentation by showing the process involved in completing a piece from start to finish. I think I'm too wordy to be as succinct as Diane or as succinct and poignant as blogger Judy Martin, another blogger I enjoy reading.
Time for a change. I've been with Typepad now since I first began blogging back in '04. This is a fee based blog and I'm at the lowest level. In order for me to customize I would have to jump up to the next fee level and that ain't happening. Blogspot offers customization and it is free. My hold-up is anticipating the learning curve (the headache) of moving content. This will be a goal for April.
Tonight is F.A.T. Trolley Hop. I will not be having Open Studios but will be around with Carter, my 3 y.o. grandson and Anaya my 2 y.o. granddaughter for a few hours (at least this is the plan) visiting the other studios and galleries at Mellwood.