I have done so much lately and so very little.
I got back from my quilt retreat in November and made a ton of cards for ATCards.com and a journal quilt piece.
Then, a baby quilt for a co-worker. It was a kit quilt, with some of the Minkee fabric in it. It was really soft and fluffy, as I used a high loft poly-batting.
Now Christmas is here, and I have been making felted crochet bowls, and a felted crochet purse. I got a bunch of quilting books, patterns, a needle felter, an embroidery punch, a pack of wool roving, and a pair of earrings, which were not quilting related. 🙂
Instead of New Years’ Resolutions, I am instead making New Years’ Goals. These will be hard to keep giving all we have planned for this year in general, but in regards to quilting, here goes:
- A mini quilt a week. My stated size will be 6×6. If I cannot make the quilt, I should at least design one.
- Participate in the monthly Journal Quilt Project 2007 with quiltart.com email list participants.
- Cut back on ATC swaps that don’t hold my 100% interest.
- Try at least a new technique a month (thus the quilt a week).
- Cut back on my volunteering with the quilt guild.
- and lastly, attend at least two quilt shows, one of them being Chicago.
Pretty intense, but I have about 12 ideas for the mini quilts already. I plan to use them as fuel for the journal quilts. I’m so excited to get started!
I had this idea in my head for a while, and decided to make it for a custom trade I was asked to do with somoene from ATCards.com. Click for a better view. I’m looking forward to making more, as the peas are stuffed trapunto work.
I finally got all of my artist submission stuff back from European Papers. Didn’t make the poster, or win a prize. Bummer. But, at least I entered what I thought was a fantastic work.
I am going on retreat again in a week and I have a whole host of things to do for custom trades, swaps, circle journals, round robins, and something new called a “jam”.
The Jam works when one artist starts the work, and makes 3 sets. Then the works are sent to a second artist, who works on all 3, and then sends them to the next artist, who works on all 3, then mails one each to the first two artists. I was sent a Jam for a circle journal page (all 3 of us are the the fabric circle journal round robin) and also an ATC jam was included. Lots of fun stuff.
I did some non-quilty projects along with some more trading cards and journals. These are matchbox shrines done for a swap.
I am going away on another retreat in Nov., so I will get lots of work done there.
The journals are 6×6 inches and sent all over the world, the page with the geckos below is one made for one of the fellow artists.
I have been paticipating in fewer swaps in anticipation for the holidays, knowing I won’t have the time commitments, among other reasons. The swaps haven’t been as “fabric friendly” nor have my returns been on time or something I expected, so I’m just cutting back.
Did some wool felt beads and got back to making some kanzashi flowers. I need to get back to sewing during my lunch hour, away from my desk again. I miss that. I also need to seriously update my quilting pages of www.muppin.com.
We saw Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday and it really inspired me to find a good recording of it and use it to fuel some quilt work.
The shrine I am working on is coming along, the beading is next, and there’s a lot to be done. I want it to be “encrusted”.
A fellow quilter gave me a three or so yard cut of a giant Egyptian print on a cotton-duck (or duck-like) fabric. It will fit the bathroom, so I need to sew grommets and hems and make it our shower curtain. The fabric cost her a dollar at a quilt show. 🙂
I have had scarcely enough time to breathe, but I can find time to quilt. I was away in Alaska on a cruise, been uber-busy on the job, and things at the house are a mess. During all of this I have been able to get my quilt for Quilting Arts mailed as well as finish off a bunch of ATCs for swaps.
I was invited to a quilt retreat in Pennsylvania the weekend after the cruise (last weekend), and through a rotten cold caught on the plane from Seattle, I was able to finish a circle journal page for my own Circle Journal that was mailed to Australia, but also finished my “precious fabric” round robin starter. I decided to do a fabric journal, in which each participant would do a set of pages, or one “signature”. I chose my hand dyed fabrics as my precious fabrics. It was hard to cut them up. I also finished about 10 ATCs for swaps.
Now I have someone elses’ round robin and someone elses’ circle journal to finish this month, as well as about 5 swaps before the end of the year. I finished these ATCs today. I love how old tombstones say “Sacred to the Memory of…” on them, cemeteries are so often forgotten, but are there so you always remember the people in them. I wonder sometimes if the people there are upset that no one remembers who they were. My husband lost a good friend this past week, so this set of ATCs was a bit theraputic.
Both of my checks for QA magazine and the European Papers’ ATC show have been cashed. Hooray! Sounds dumb, but that means they are both in. I wish I could go to Houston for the big Quilt show, but it is always Halloween weekend, and this year is an important anniversary I don’t think I can miss. 😉 However, I am saving my pennies for the show in Chicago in April. I can’t wait to go!