What a lovely holiday season. I love Winter, and I love Christmas. I love that John decorates. Here's what I look at every morning - the glam clam of shot cottons, the elliptical drunkard's path (relegated to over a chair since a quilted Christmas tree is in its place the the wall), and John's pretty little bird tree.
2019 has been a lot of hand quilting. It's my new nightly passion. Quilters are always looking ahead to their next projects. And I am always making sure that I have something to hand quilt in my queue.
But in the studio during the day I've been working on various projects that I haven't necessarily been documenting. It's been more important to sew than to blog. The current political scene is just maddening and polarizing. My escape and sanity has been my sewing. Lots of period purses this year. And lots of backpacks, the latest one is pictured here. It's a great pattern, but you can not tune out or go on automatic pilot for one minute because there are so many sequential steps. The total concentration they require has suited me in the past few months. And these little koalas!!! I tend to not do fussy or cute. But these little bears - so so cute. I can't decide which child gets the scotch...
In organizing projects that I want to start, I came across this quilt top. It's 78" x 88".
Now, should I add an extra border just to make it bigger? or is this quilt complete. I'm leaning towards the latter although I do have more of the lighter fabrics. One thing is for sure - I have a plan for quilting it! And now I don't have to panic about what to quilt next.
The quilting of the black, grey, and white log cabin is going faster than I anticipated. I am loving what the off-center spiral quilting is doing to the linear layout of the blocks.
As I put away remnants of previous projects and began in earnest to put projects into my queue, I think I go overboard. But each one of the following projects is one I want to do. Some will be for people, and some just because it's what I have to do.
|Getting back to Sew Powerful purses is a top priority. Here's a pink group -|
|and a red-orange group. Then various purse parts can be mixed and matched.|
|I'm not done with shot cottons. Here's a Roy G Biv collection. I'm thinking about design and the accompanying quilting.|
|These are 5" squares. Leave them whole? Half-square triangles? Mix of both? For a grandson|
|This pile of pretty Bella cottons will be a full-size Interwoven. Still assembling colors|
|My Orlando nephew is having a baby girl this spring. Thinking...|
|Baby Koala must be quilted within a week. It will be heading to Australia.|
2019 was terrific personally and tragic politically. I'm both eager and afraid for 2020. But I do have great faith in humanity.