That was another of my mother's favourite collection of expressions (or cliches) -- and Mother Nature certainly took February up on that here the last few days!
Ah...but I have a cozy wee house with a well-functioning furnace, and a studio full of fabric, fibre and floss, so...with no need to travel, what's not to like?
And even better, those February winds have blown away any angst I was feeling when I wrote my last post.
With February's impending arrival, last Monday I hit the ground running and I'm only pausing to write this and share before I go back to it.
First, I prepared and mailed photos to that client for that potential commission. Then I prepared and packaged my application for the Lacombe Art Show and Sale -- the full meal deal because there appears to be no 'Gallery' option this year, and I didn't want to skip it altogether. This I delivered to City Hall on Thursday.
Wednesday I worked on a bit of the never-ending scarf for my charity knitting, but then headed to the sewdio to pick up the crumbs.
Remember the 'crumb quilt' I started on before my last post? This one:
I decided that looked too much like work (I was going to need at least 24 blocks to make it any size)...but I loved the idea of intersecting blocks with that bright turquoise, and figured I might just make some solo pieces with it.
By yesterday I'd finished four, each of which has yet to be quilted, but which should finish at 12" square. I think they make wild, colourful art pieces that would brighten up a room singly or in pairs or whatever.
I call them "crumbpilations" (because they're compilations of crumbs of fabric)...
|(L) Intersection and (R) Take the Back Roads
|(L) You Can't Get There from Here
and (R) Never the Twain Shall Meet
(Click on the photos to enlarge.)
Also on Wednesday I trotted "Storm Brewing" and "December Dusk" to the framer's because...well, because I had to go to Stettler anyway. Stettler's the home of the only nearby Wal-Mart, and while I don't shop WM much, it's a good place to go for housewares at reasonable cost when you need 'em in a hurry.
Which I did, because in the middle of working on another 'Inspired by Scotland' piece, my steam iron died. It was a Sunbeam, my third in about 45 years...and it didn't owe me anything, but I was sad, because I really liked it. Alas, in the midst of fusing some fabric, it made a very funny noise, let off a burning smell, and quit. Period.
Blessedly, I found another Sunbeam and back to the studio...to finish first this:
|Abbey Echoes I - (C) 2018
12" x 12" unframed
Printed on cotton and on layers of organza;
machine quilted, bound.
And then, yesterday, this:
|Abbey Echoes II - (C) 2018
16" x 20" unframed
Printed on cotton and organza,
laid over purchased hand-dyed fabric,
wrapped around stretched canvas.
Both of these were inspired by photos I took at the Abbey in Melrose, Scotland last fall. I turned these...
Into grey-scale and then into contour drawings,
...which I used to get the general outlines for the 'echoes'.
Finally, I finished off yesterday with the first of the February blocks -- again in triplicate -- of The Quilt Show's 2018 Block of the Month, designed by Edyta Sitar, which (so far) I'm making up in oddments of black, white and red -- part of my continuing effort to reduce my stash. I just love the look of this colour combo!
And look! Nothing sewn in backwards! 😉
Today...we're under an "Extreme Cold Warning" this morning -- with wind-chills as low as -40 C (or -40 F; they're equivalent at this point!), so I'm playing hookey from church (I've not shovelled yet!) and will be cutting strips for that Four-rail Fence I've been commissioned to make.
Linking this to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday...to rejoice with her that she too has broken through the January doldrums and is back at work in her studio again!
Happy Super-bowl Sunday for those who watch...
Onward and Upward!