2016 was quite a year – exhilarating and exhausting, long and short all at the same time.
The year started off with an article and my quilts, Willy Nilly Triangles and Peet’s Cup, published in the January edition of AQS magazine.
My 2016 new year’s goal was to have this new website up and running by the end of January but it wasn’t to be. In fact, I didn’t publish my first post until March. To make the transition worse, I had a series of website “issues” all year. Fingers crossed that those are now resolved.
The quilt below is one of my favorite finishes of 2016. Unfortunately, the post of this quilt was one of the casualties of my website issues, disappearing from my site shortly after I published it.
I call this my “reading” quilt. It was inspired by a quilt in Carolyn Forsters’ Utility Quilting book. (BTW – one of my favorite quilting books, with great instructions for handquilting.)
I’m not often so taken by a quilt that I copy it closely but I fell in love with it and had to have my own version.
One of my personal challenges of 2016 was to submit quilts for quilt shows. I had quilts in both my local guilds: Voices in Cloth and Stitch Modern, and 3 at PIQF. The highlight of last year, though, was hosting my own show of recent work at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in August.
Carol Van Zandt took photos of my quilts in the show and published them on her blog www.plaidportico.com
Luckily technical difficulties did not keep me from making quilts or teaching and attending classes/workshops. Quilting and teaching are my “chicken soup” solutions – they make everything better.
These two quilts are my final finishes of 2016.
It’s too early in 2017 for finalized plans but making art and encouraging others to do the same is at the top of my list.
I love this quote from artist Squeak Carnwath’s book, Horizon on Fire, Works on Paper 1979-2013. I think is quite apt for this new year: “In life, you can’t always do what you want. But in my studio, I have complete control. I tell students, ‘There’s no other place in the world where you have complete control of your universe than when you’re making art.’ For me, it’s about doing exactly what I want and don’t want. Even when mistakes get made, they always lead to something else.”
Happy New Year and may we all spend this year making art. As my friend Lynne and I say to each other when we try out new ideas: “Let’s waste some fabric!”