Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring Has Sprung?

Ok, after my tiny whine about not having a rough winter look what has sprung up in my yard. These I knew about because I planted them. But I am finding what look to be daffodils scattered about also.

Years ago I got home from work and my mother was waiting, she had dinner on the table and told me to hurry up, change and eat because she wanted to go to the garden center before it closed to pick something up. She was so excited but she wouldn't tell me what she bought, only that it was the only one they had. What she bought was a garden ornament shaped like a gazing ball on a column, only it was made out of cement and said "I don't remember planting this" It was her pride and joy. it was heavy and every year I had to move it onto our covered patio for the winter. Now it is in my front garden standing over a patch of bulbs I planted. I figured well, she won't remember planting THESE! Here's to you Mom! Thanks for all the sewing, cooking and gardening lessons.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

February Doldroms

February seems to chug on. No big snow to complain about. Kind of rainy and dull. Certainly not northern Ohio weather. But still we long for warm sunny days. Patience is a virtue for certain.

The bloopies are getting close to being finished. I am working out how to join them together and I have started another stitching piece.

Thursday we had a workshop on deconstructed screenprinting with Sandy. Lots of fun, and easy to do when someone else has done the work of mixing the dyes and alginate.

March holds the promise of spring! Bring on March!

PS If you are interested in a workshop you can contact Sandy at, she lives out near Ashtabula but she is worth the drive.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stitching around

Here is the latest batch of kantha pieces. Now I need to join them all together. This should make a 30" x 30" piece. The stitching was scary, they started to talk to me and get personalities. On the pieces with two or more figures they look as though they are talking to each other. Which leads to the big piece I am working on.

The large Dad and Kay piece has been named Conversation. The stitching is going well, there is a learning curve with a new machine. Originally I was going to join the two pieces when I had them finished but I was debating on placement, when they are facing each other, as they were in the original photo, they are having a conversation but when I switched them they appeared to be fighting,
which to me is more intriguing and thought provoking. Then I had the brilliant idea that I would make them as 2 panels and the viewer (or owner) could control the tone of the conversation! I like it. Interactive quilting?

All of which leads the studio assistant to ask "Can we go for a walk already? We can have a conversation as we walk and I can check for new pee-mail."