Friday, December 21, 2018

Show's UP! -- And Other Things

This has been a very full week!  The catalogue for SAQA's Global Exhibit, Season After Season, arrived in my mail.

I've become shameless and showing it off, and when I think of it, all I can think is, "WOW!"

My pages!

I'm particularly thankful for my daughter, Gina Blank, who did this photography for me.

As if that weren't enough, on Wednesday morning my colleague Mary Wilton and I over-saw the hanging of our collaborative exhibit, Shamrock & Thistle: Textile Art Inspired by Ireland and Scotland, at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.  We have 18 pieces between us, and all are available for purchase (to do so, contact Maureen MacKenzie at the City of Lacombe.)

I apologize for the lack of close-ups -- my camera's battery was threatening to die at any moment, so this is a cursory overview!  Perhaps I'll go back another day and do better.  The show is up till January 30, 2019.

And of course there's been the finishing of Christmas preparations.  This is the Last Year of the Annual Xmas Boxer Shorts...The end of an era!

And the Very Long Hooded Cardigan for my daughter is also finished and -- now -- washed:

Back -- showing the hood
Pattern: Dubline from Marousa Gallagher
Yarn: Berroco Vintage (worsted)
Colour 5181 - "Black Cherry"

Front -- cabled border goes all
the way up the front and
around the hood

NOTE: This jacket sweater is buttonless; I just put the pin on the front to hold it closed for the photo!

And there was some baking...a trio of mini Bumbleberry pies for my son's freezer...

In the midst of this I did manage to fit in some studio time.  I finished "The Content of Our Waiting" -- adding some hand stitch and applying a facing.  All that remains to add is a hanging sleeve:

The Content of Our Waiting (C) 2018
11" W x 13" L
Painted paper, commercial and hand-printed fabric;
machine quilted, hand embroidered.
Inspired by the writing of Steve Bell,
the season of Advent, and the work of
both Cas Holmes and Deb Boschert

And I dug out and quilted a "Crumb-pilation" I'd created some months ago, out of neutrals, that I really wasn't sure what to do with.  Once it was quilted, I zig-zagged the edges and mounted it on a thin stretched canvas to which I'd applied slices of linen fabric.  I might still get it framed, but here's what it looks like for now:

Crumb-pilations V: Making My Way Home (C) 2018
10.5" x 10.5" mounted on 12" x 12" canvas
Machine pieced and quilted. first I numbered it "IV" but I've managed to fix that!

Crumb-pilations V - Detail

I'll be spending tomorrow tidying the house and packing for my trip to Edmonton on Sunday, right after church.  The toughest decision will be what book and what knitting to take!  I've pretty much decided to leave my laptop at home, so I expect to be incommunicado for a few days.  😊

Now before linking up to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday, I want to bid all of you, my Gentle Readers, wishes for joy and blessing over whatever you'll be doing through the Christmas Holiday time.  

Thank you all for continuing to read, when there are so many demands on your time.   Thanks especially for those who take time to comment on occasion.  You all inspire and encourage me to keep making.  To paraphrase Tiny Tim, "God bless [you], every one!"


elle said...

Blessings to you, Margaret. What a great finish to the year. O do like the pin on that sweater. Your work has been so inspiring this last year. You are truly hitting your artistic stride! Bravo

Kate said...

Congratulations on your shows. Your art is so wonderful. Enjoy your trip to Edmonton.

Jo said...

You have had a very creative year! Your exhibit looks wonderful. And your knitting is wonderful!
Have a great holiday season.