Friday, December 1, 2017

Week in Review 2017 - 12/01

Sunrise Abstraction 2017
My latest obsession 
Tips, Thoughts, and Techniques:

I am driven to take full advantage of the studio days I carve out for myself each week. Why now? Could it be the waning of the daylight hours? Perhaps the crazy world we are living in? The fact that I am in a period of multiple life transitions? Or could it be simply that it is December? Why December? There is something about the impending holidays, which inspires me to be creative. This resulted in my knitting my grandfather a six foot long scarf when I was in my early teens. As a young mother I felt compelled to make dozens and dozens of cookies to give to family, friends and neighbors. So is it really any surprise that I would think a time when I should be focusing on anything else, but creating a new quilt, I opt to hunker down in the peace of my studio, cutting up fabric and sewing it back together. 

Yes, despite having a growing pile of nearly finished quilts, I have started a new one, as you can see by what I have or haven't accomplished this week:
One of the nine blocks I made this week.
I have been trying my hand at various
surface design techniques for many years.
Every fabric in this quilt has been dyed,
painted, and/or printed by me.

1) Finishing Forest Flora - Not done 

2) Finish Picking Up the Pieces #1 and #3, #4 - Still sitting in a pile by my handwork seat

3) Pot(s) made this week - Done

I completed 9 blocks, over 3 studio days, which involved cutting and sewing 468 pieces. It is a great way to refining cutting and piecing.

4) Free motion quilting practice - Too busy piecing. :)

I feel just as driven at the end of the week as I did at the beginning of the week to piece Sunrise Abstraction 2017 piece. I very much doubt I will do the following:

1) Finishing Forest Flora

2) Finish Picking Up the Pieces #1 and #3, #4

3) Pot(s) made this week

4) Free motion quilting practice

I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.


  1. Like you, I find December and impending holidays to be quite inspirational. Love your work!

  2. I think it’s the gather and hibernate instinct when the weather gets cold. For some reason I always want to knit in December and I don’t even really know how. I used to feel the need to make something handmade for everyone but it got so daunting that I slowly have stopped. Now only a couple people who I know really appreciate the work get a handmade gift from me. The older I get , the easier it is to say no. About time I get out of the whole people pleasing trap. I want to be kind but not stupid😏

  3. Love that abstracted piece, Gwyned. I agree: keep going! I'm trying to juggle knitting (socks, mittens, a baby sweater) with piecing (a Bonnie Hunter mystery -- yes; I have the bug!) and assembling another Xmas gifts that involved embroidery...and will become a cushion cover. And I want to start mittens for my handy-man neighbour and his wife...who are generous to me all year 'round. Sticker on my fridge: "Must. Knit. Faster!" ;-) Happy Holidays!