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Well here it is, I have the background completed and quilted. Probably the most glaring change is that I painted over the sky fabric because it was too gloomy for me. And I like the large mid and foreground of snow which I have quilted in various directions to create a feeling of snow drifts. Now I set out for the challenging aspect of creating the mid and foreground. This is going to take a little time for me to figure out exactly what I want to create in these spaces.
Finally found my footing to get back to creating with fabric again! I like to have some sort of goal for the new year, and it finally came to me yesterday.
I have a 26 by 36 inch framed canvas on which I mount a quilt over the fireplace mantle. And I like change in my environment. And I want to use some of those great fabrics in my closet.
I've decided to create 4 seasonal quilts for that canvas. When the muse strikes, you have to listen, and she came back with a full pack of ideas.
It makes sense to start with winter, so it didn't take long for me to uncover some long forgotten fabric pieces to begin the background of my winter piece. Here's a photo of what I've done so far.....I'm on my way! I'll continue to post in progress photos.
I've been working on this for over a month probably. It's an old scraggly scruffy tree going up the center of the piece, and you can look toward the bottom you will see the tops of my fingertips. My whole hands are woven at the bottom but you can't see them in this photo.
This is been a huge challenge for me and it will need some top stitching over the hands to improve their shape once I have it off the loom. I'm enjoying the challenge! You might be able to see the lines marked on the warp threads of the tree branches pattern. It's 17 1/2 inches wide.
I continue to find weaving a very calming experience. Tackling this original pattern has given me confidence to think I could do others of more complexity.
I think no matter how many times we clear and remove clutter from our space we can always do it again. Some of the things you couldn't part with a year ago may have reached a new status and you can let them go now. Anyway I've been working on one of my desks in my studio and I'm happy to say I've been able to fill a few garbage bags full of papers and things I no longer need to keep. There are a few things I'm about to throw away and before I do I thought I'd share some of what I wrote with you. Apparently I was brainstorming about ideas for quilt making or something and I made a list of interesting comments so I'll share them here and then I can throw the paper away. Most are just words or phrases are interesting thoughts, maybe they will inspire you. I don't know where I got them, if I created them or saw them somewhere else.
Waiting for the next distraction
Staying in a bubble
Too busy falling apart
Another trivial occurrence of the day
The exit ramp of life
A different point of view
A singular moment can live forever
Carrying out the sentence of circumstance
See into the dark corners and hard-to-reach places
Make a chance to take a chance or life will never change
Now there goes another paper into the wastebasket. Thanks for letting me clear this off my desk.
After a snowstorm I decided to create a small piece to represent the view from my studio window. The dark lines are supposed to be the many downed branches on the ground. I'm not sure I've got the perspective right on that but they could also be the shadows from branches of the trees which are not in view on this piece. Thankfully I have lots of interest to pursue while we avoid Cabin fever in this wintry weather. This piece is 5 x 8".
This caught my eye from a distance...how the sun emphasized the handquilting on this quilt I'll be working on for several months. No worries, no hurries.....just a perspective you don't see when you're right there in the action.