Cauchy Complete taught this Saturday class and was our lecturer the next day at our guild meeting. Chawne is a math professor and one of the most thoughtful and provocative quilters I know. This is my third time to meet her and spend time with her, and my admiration grows. Chawne and hand-quilting aside, it was a lovely workshop. Not using machines for a day was a great change of pace.
Late afternoon/early evenings I love settling down with this glam clam quilt. Months ago I began hearing about the slow stitching movement. And this winter, more than any other time, I get it. The simple joy of quiet stitching, creating something that will be both utilitarian and beautiful, is what I treasure. I'm maybe a little over one-third finished - these little 2 and 3 hour sessions eventually add up. I love how the stitching looks on the back, too. I'm stitching in the color of the individual clams so there is a beautiful texture happening.
Last and pretty important, this year is my 10th year blogaversary. I've been blogging since January 2007 and have printed out each year's blog entries into book form. So this is the 10th volume of my blog books. Hardly scintilatting reading but a wonderful record of projects and life events. Although I have worked on a lot of projects in 2016, this Sloan Bag, pattern by Sew Sweetness, is among my favorites. I have used this bag for travel and love the size and practicality. For the back of this book, I chose a picture from the International Quilt Festival. Here's my fabulous "My Answer is Yes" hanging next to Bill Stearman's "My World". We both had Drunkard's Paths quilts in this festival, too. See this blog entry from last April for details. It's been the start of a nice friendship.