Friday, April 3, 2015

Week in Review 2015 - 4/3

That's me, with the mic, giving a gallery talk at
IQF - Chicago. Behind me are several works from
SAQA's exhibition, Celebrating Silver. Picture by
Cynthia Wenslow.
Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

It's Spring! Hurrah, hurrah. We returned from caring for our granddaughters in Massachusetts, where several feet of snow still lay on the ground, to discover that all our snow was gone and song birds could be heard. In just a few weeks the redwing blackbirds and sandhill cranes have returned. I was treated to the most stunning male merganser several nights ago gliding across the lake our property abuts. The return of migratory birds fills me with such joy and optimism. It is that fresh start, all is possible feeling. The very feeling that keeps me enmeshed in creating art quilts. 
The video is of my youngest grandchild, Ariana.
Her enthusiasm at her big sister's gym class is
a reminder of how we are born with delight
in the world that surrounds us.

It has been four weeks since my last post. The gap is due to timing and travel. During my brief periods at home when I could get to the studio I managed to keep Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci moving forward and even stole several hours to brainstorm and create a fun free motion quilting doodle. Here is what I have been up to:

1) Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci - (Due May 1, 2015)

If you click on the image you should get a enlarged
version that will allow you to see the bead work
progress I have made on the yellow section of
Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci.
a) Continue beading - Done! Even better, I am nearly done!! I have approximately half a day's worth of beading left to do. I am on track to finish with days to spare before the deadline.

2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!
Getting back into the spirit of free motion quilting
by Doodling Circles.

It has been a month since I have been able to sit at the machine and do some free motion quilting. Fortunately, my muscle memory is strong and it felt as natural as if I had only free motion quilted the day before. The primary design is one I dubbed Doodling Circles. Periodically I would just break free and do some echo quilting. 

3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015 - 32/126

4) Perform a random act of kindness - Done.

5) Night Vision - 

a) Add the label - On hold until I need a second label

I have no travel plans for another six weeks. I am really looking forward to hunkering down in the studio on regular basis. Here is where I will be focusing:

1) Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci - (Due May 1, 2015)

a) Finish beading
b) Wash and block
c) Trim to size
d) Make and attach bias binding
e) Make and attach sleeve
f) Make and attach label

2) Free motion quilting practice.

3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015

4) Perform a random act of kindness

5) Night Vision - 

a) Add the label - On hold until I need a second label

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. Great to hear from you again...missed your blog immensely!

    1. Thank you, Melody. It is nice to be missed. I am so honored that you follow my blog.

  2. Me too! Good to see you back and may I just say your Fibonacci quilt is stupendous!

  3. I started to comment and it has disappeared so this might be a repeat. I missed your posts! I actually went looking for a hint at where you might be. Glad that you enjoyed your travels. I love the beading and, also, the video of your little granddaughter. Welcome home!

  4. Hello Gwyned,

    Ariana is beautiful! Babies are so funny when they are dying to join in with the older children.

    Spring has arrived here too. On Easter Sunday the weather changed, and now we have birdsong on all sides. Goldfinches and robins are our prettiest garden visitors.

    Interesting that you refer to muscle memory for FMQ. I always think it is like riding a bike - once you have learnt, you never forget, though you can get a tiny bit rusty.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv