Today it is supposed to stay in the 40’s and rain, but I will make a point of noticing the beautiful work of spring unfolding….
Mini-daffodils bloom near our crumbling front steps… I make a point of seeing the yellow trumpets!
This morning, the taxes are done, a big luncheon is over, and it is time to ‘get back to it’ in the studio… I have many things to finish and so, even though spring is so much about new growth, I vow to make this a week of finishing things that have already sprouted! Such as:
- Worm Moon (last week’s Journal Quilt)
- Zero Tolerance (yesterday’s Journal Quilt)
- Gingko Ground
- Adam & Eve IV
- Global Warming IV
- a pin cushion…
And that’s not even getting to the layers of stuff in the IN PROGRESS PILE!
The cleaning, also, must continue.
What you see above is only about 1/3 of my stash… the black board is a piece of 1/2″ insulation covered with black felt, which is WONDERFUL to use as a pin board… but is HUGE, because it is part of my booth.
- to redesign booth for shows so that we don’t have to cart around 8′ x 4′ pin boards
- to redesign booth so that I could erect the damn thing by myself
- to cut existing 8′ booth-boards into easily-moved pin boards for studio
- to hammer triangular wedges on existing shelves, where boards can live while holding works-in-progress
- to get rid of more fabric
- to organize my patterns better
Victory list —
- threw out at least 3 laundry bins full of fabric
- instituted a 3-ring binder for holding ideas that I print off of computer (this is BIG!!)
- a new table for cutting grid and rotary blade — it is low (the right height) and just needs light, now
- felt all in one place
- several boxes labeled ‘Precious Bits’ — for those chips of fabric I adore and will actually use
- Christmas fabric and images and transfers are now congregating in ‘their area’!
- sold my first quilt on etsy!! (more on that later in week)
- convinced my guild to take my quilts into the May show even though I was a month late (more on that later, too)
- finished Schedule C (who knew I was a fantasy writer?)
- tomorrow will mark the completion of 14 days of ‘Awakening Prologue’ with Holosync… (more on that soon!)
I really can’t wait to see new journal quilts. I am tentatively poking around at the idea in my own life, and I love to see yours.
You are keeping me on track! Just finished this week’s journal quilt and have last week’s in the final stitch-phase as well… look for them tomorrow…
Since you already work with fabric, and have kept visual journals, the leap to making journal quilts is not very far at all. I am finding it a great way to experiment and try new techniques, curved piecing, for example.
It is tricky, for me, when a quilt that is meant to be a ‘sketch’ ends up taking more time because I decide to bind it… then suddenly, I am half way into the NEXT week… but this is more of a problem of conception, and not of practice, I think.
I loved the post on your blog about cleaning out the fabric piles at your Mom’s and found some of the de-stashing links helpful — will hop over to your blog sometime soon!