Spring is nearly here and walking in the mornings has become a more regular activity. Yesterday I was pulled over to the side of the road where the dirty puddle from the afternoon prior had frozen over. I find the freezing patterns mesmerizing.
But most of time is spent in the studio these days. I had a productive weekend “playing” and not overthinking a new quilt. After piecing the ground I pulled out my Oak Shot fabrics I bought a year ago during my time teaching at the New Jersey Quilt Festival, my bolt of EZ fuse, the iron and my scissors. I didn’t overthink the process and the composition came through trial and error and a lot of intuition.
And during the late afternoon yesterday I finally took my quilt sandwich to the sewing machine. I decided to take a modern approach with the quilting but instead of pin basting I opted for actual hand basting. I am happy I did. It is so much easier to just sew instead of pulling safety pins.
Above is a little sneak peek… I am making fast friends with my Bernina 820. It generates a well balanced stitch – it is just slow going with the close spacing of the quilting lines. But, what is the rush – I constantly preach about the process… it is all a journey, right?
Once I got into the house and while waiting for dinner to finish cooking I felt the need to pull out my sketch book. I spent Sunday night applying colour to a watercolour sketch book. It was a nice and relaxing activity to just add some Inktense pencil to a page and use a water brush to diffuse the colours. I plan to add sketching to my routine. Here I was thinking of spring. While the snow is gone, the ice on the lake is slower to melt it keeps the environment a little cooler than I like. It inhibits the trees and flowers to form buds… but I am really rushing it now. Usually we don’t get to this stage till the end of April or even early May.
And, yes I am still working on my Kantha white-on-white pieces for my book. I added some more stitches last night, and before I knew it it was midnight. Today is another day… and it is filled with a visit from friends from Saskatoon. I can’t wait to see them. Lunch in town is on the agenda and then I get to see my friend DEbbie’s finished commission. I get to photograph them for her. What an honour!
Have a great day everyone! I know mine will be fantastic!