|This week's studio view|
is a study in neutrals. It is
a typical Appleton winter day,
absence of sun, frozen lake
and yes, that is ice on the
Tempted as I am to open my blog with a black arm band, mourning wreath or a treatise on the history of mourning jewelry, I will refrain. Just as I plan to refrain from tuning into any coverage of the inauguration of our 45th President. There are times, for self preservation, when I prefer the ostrich's approach, to hide my head in the sand. Of course, rather than sand, I hide in the studio and listen to audio books while I work.
I was speaking with the other grandmother of my granddaughters yesterday. She mentioned her New Year's resolution was to watch more TV. No, that is not a typo. She, her daughter, my daughter-in-law and I have all had to make conscious decisions on how to take time to relax. There are times when working in the studio is relaxing. Certainly I crave creative time. However, for all the joy I get from my work, relaxation isn't the first thing which springs to mind.
|I will be adding flowers to|
the vines next week. Then
this piece will be done.
Relaxation is the order of the today. The good news is I have the binding to hand stitch on Where Have All the Flowers Gone? When I tire of that there is a special dance class at the Y. I can't recall the last time I allowed myself to take off midday not to run an errand or do something art related, but just to have fun.
I am grateful this week, although not one I would categorize as fun, was productive enough as you can see:
1) Continue working on Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - Done!
a) Stitched down the yo-yo flowers;
b) Squared up the quilt to the required size;
c) Made the bias binding; and
d) Attached it the front of the quilt and pinned it to the back.
2) Pot(s) made this week - Done!
I am finishing up my 4th knitted knocker. Each one is going faster than the last. I barely have to glance at the instructions to recall how to knit each of the phases. Best of all the glaring learning gaffs are nearly nonexistent!
|It has been a while since I practiced my|
FMQ skills. I thought I would start with
something simple. Leah Day's Trapped Ripples
was just what I needed.
3) Free motion quilting practice - Done!
I was determined to do some simple FMQ practice this week. There is something very soothing about the rhythmic flow of FMQ, especially a pattern like this where it is nearly impossible to quilt yourself into a corner.
4) Attach a sleeve to Siren's Song - Not yet.
I also started bailing out the studio after two very intense back to back deadlines. Next week I hope to finish picking up. The bare surfaces will be short lived, though. I have a hankering to pull out my scraps and just play. Before I do that I will turn my attention to: