Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn Inspiration

The landscape is washed with oranges. They sparkle in the sunshine and become fluorescent in the rain. The weekend was divinely dark, wet and windy. I hibernated in the studio and finished my big quilt... bound and rod pocket attached. All I have to do now is embroider the name and date on the back!

Preparations for Houston Market are underway and there are lots of little details to wrap up. Even so, there is a feeling of anticipation as the list gets checked off. Looking for that next quilt idea... here are
a few possibilities....

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Second Wind

Well, I'm back. It has been a busy year. The large landmarks are writing a book, a month teaching in Australia, attending the Festival of Quilts and visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum. In September I had three teaching jobs. This quilter needed some quiet time. Plus autumn is a natural season for reflection.

This fall has been particularly sublime. The colors are exceptional and the mood changes by the hour. Greg has been covering the plants for the past two nights and yesterday he harvested the remaining peppers and tomatoes. Our kitchen counter is overwhelmed... so chili for supper tonight.

For a little extra excitement our furnace has died, so we have electric heaters running and are waiting for the repairman to get back from vacation. It's almost like camping out. My studio is still cozy, though, so no progress will be interrupted here.

I have been steadily adding quilted leaves to my quilt. I can do a row a day, both sewing and burying threads. Just five more rows to go. This is very therapeutic for a quiet quilter, who is easily overwhelmed by too much chatter and activity. So I'm beginning to resurface for the finishing events of the year.

I am anxious to get back to work, so I'll leave you with some more nice photos taken this week. And I promise to be more communicative in the future.