Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stormy Weather


It has been raining for days. It just drips during the day but the middle of the night and early mornings have been earth-shattering. The rain seems wilder than ever and the thunder and lighting battle for hours. The fresh lush green foliage overwhelms us with it's luminosity in these dark deep days. The tree trunks are black with wetness and the few remaining pink tulips sheltered under the big oak stand out like lonely beacons. Ahhhh... what better time to bury yourself in the studio!

I have been treasuring this opportunity to just stitch and dream. I am hoping to finish all the embroidery on the center portion of my new quilt before my next job. And I have been dreaming about the design possibilities for the remaining black border.


These opportunities have recently expanded thanks to my new friend and "personal trainer". Juanita has worked with the Bernina Artista software for years and she is patiently mentoring me through the learning process. There are also classes on the Bernina website. I am a slow learner. She has digitized a few of my designs and here you see one of the first!! I LOVE IT!!!!! Move over Ralph Lauren. No more silly polo players on shirts... it's flora, fauna and critters for me!

8 comments:

Melissa P said...

I can't wait to see more critters! That salamander looks amazing.

Diane J. Evans said...

This quilt promises to be another masterpiece, Jane. Are you embroidering in this picture? If so, what thread are you using? The colors are so vivid.

Diane

kclily said...

I love rainy days when you get to work in the quilt studio all day. Your quilt looks fabulous. I hope to get to see it in a show somewhere.

erquilting said...

Hi Jane, That quilt looks fabulous - I am really looking forward to seeing it finished. You must be nearly back in Australia - have a great time,
Belinda

jen duncan said...

The quilt is STUNNING.
I wish I too would take the time to sit and learn the embroidery component of my Bernina but realistically I probably won't. Oh well, as long as I still have time to quilt. :-)

judy coates perez said...

oooh I can hardly wait to see this next quilt, it looks absolutely stunning! Some of my favorite critters and colors! that stitched spider is AWESOME!

Nita said...

Your spider looks ready for prime time soon, such fun to put with your other critters.

Juanita

Balwearie said...

I really really love your spider! I enjoy seeing you take your work to another level -- not that the quilts and fabric aren't fantastic by their selves.