I am rather late to post this, with no plans to give you a retrospective of my past year, nor a list of plans for this new one, but rather, intending to catch you up a bit, as I have been in the sewdio the better part of the last few days.
2013 ended and 2014 began well: the sewing machine I borrowed from my friend J is up and running and has performed well! It's a Husqvarna 1250 from years past -- far heavier than mine, a sign that it has sturdy metal parts -- but still computerized. J bought it more for its embroidery capabilities, but it has stepped into the breach to enable me to do both 'regular' and free-motion quilting with surprising ease.
I don't know yet how long I'll have to rely on it. I managed to get my Lily to the Red Deer Sewing Centre on Monday morning; they've promised to call me January 8 or shortly thereafter with any news. While I was there I had one of the clerks demonstrate the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2, which suits my budget and has the features I want in a machine -- plus the delightful news that Pfaff, though still an independent company, is now owned by Husqvarna, which explained why the Quilt Expression bore a faint resemblance to Husqvarna machines. She also showed me a Janome that had too many "bits and bobs" for my liking, and came with a table I don't need. If I do need to replace the Lily, I think I'll go with the Pfaff.
Where Women Create: Quilters from Jo Packham, the publisher of the 'Where Women Create' magazines.
This is more like a book than a magazine, though, and focuses solely on quilters, most of whose names I didn't recognize, but Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Judith Content and Katie "PM" are included. The latter two are SAQA members whom I've had the pleasure of meeting -- art quilt "royalty" in my books!
With such inspiration at hand, I had to go right to work! I've finished my piece for the SAQA 2014 Trunk Show, save for the hand-work (label and blind hem on the back), so it will be shipped off by week's end. Based on yet another photo of a tree in my back yard, here's "Tree Study III", before it gets its wee bit of moss embellishment (painted and heat-distressed Lutradur):
|Tree Study III (WIP)|
7" W x 10" L
Then I began to work on my next piece for the 15 x 15 Group. Our current theme is "Rhythm". Not going to reveal much today...just a teaser -- the photo that inspired the piece:
|'re You Lookin' at ME?!|
How does this reflect "Rhythm"? Well...let's just say I'll let you chew on that for a while...
On the knitting front, finishing has begun in earnest. Concurrently, I'm working on an entrelac scarf that I began in a class at River City Yarns at least two years ago -- maybe three -- and a new project -- "Elm" socks from Clara Parkes' The Knitter's Book of Socks -- a birthday present for my daughter.
Mark On the Body: stitching continues. Photos from one month in will be posted shortly on the MOB Page, so check back if you're interested.
Time to head out for a breath of fresh air -- so long for now!