I know we are a week into April, but I am just now getting around to wrapping up March. Here we go.
I am in the final stages of Project Every Day. I started this project on my 50th birthday January 15, 2016. By the end of it all, I will have worn only clothing I have made for 466 days straight. I had to extend the project beyond one year because when the snow melted, I realized that I was taking my photos in a junky location.
I will write more about this when the project is done, but for now, I have 19 days left. If you want to witness the final countdown, you can follow me on Instagram where I post daily.
Coming to the end of the first stage of this project has me thinking about a new daily art project. I think have I settled on a plan. Part of me loathes the idea of once again making something happen daily, and part of me thinks I can’t live my life without some sort of daily documentation/story line.
We will see. The truth is that you learn so much about yourself and your work when you commit to a daily visual. Here is the proof. Linda Evans has committed to making a daily leaf out of fiber. You can follow her on Instagram. They are scrumptious!
I finished my 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction Quit and mailed it off. This is the first time I have made the early deadline. The quilt measures 12’’ x 12’’ to give you a bit of perspective on how tiny those patchwork blocks are.
I also made a wee little chair quilt for the Spotlight Auction which is a silent held at the SAQA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska at the end of April. These quilts are matted and framed by a dedicated group of SAQA volunteers.
On the night of the event, there is a bidding frenzy that is a lot of fun to take part in.
Last year, I duked it out with another bidder to win this awesome piece by Sue Walen.
I made two postcard quilts for the Wish Upon A Card Fundraiser held at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. I will be teaching at Quilter’s Affair in July, and from what I understand there are few spots left in the Authentic Patchwork workshop I am teaching.
I have been piecing and piecing on this beast.
And it is now being quilted.
I expanded a piece I started in March. I am calling it Global Sand. There are four blocks here, but there will be nine when I am done.
In knitting news, I picked out the buttons for my cardigan, but I haven’t had a chance to knit beyond that.
We visited the Gridwood Visual Arts Center to see the AK SAQA Members Show.
I wrote an optimistic blog post declaring the end of winter. It then snowed nine inches in the middle of the night making for a very messy morning commute.
School was cancelled, and our neighbors got declarative.
I have been booking flights and working on my teaching schedule. If you want to see a complete listing of where and when I am teaching follow this link. I want all of you to come up here and take Abstraction of Place–an Art Quilt Workshop with me at the Wrangell Mountains Center. And if you can’t make it to the far north. Maybe you want to travel to east to Quilting by the Lake. I will be teaching there too.
The biggest news of all is that my book is now available for pre-order on Amazon .
So it is official. My book is called Improv Patchwork: Dynamic Quilts Made from Line & Shape, and I can show you the cover!
We’ve been watching The Feud: Bette and Joan. It is a fabulous FX show documenting the feud between Betty Davis and Joan Crawford—in particular the fights they had while filming What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Susan Sarandon is over the top in such a good way.
The show is so interesting that we went ahead and watched the movie too. I was surprised to see how the early 1960’s movies were still using dramatic elements from the silent movie days. I am also kind of blown away by both of their careers and how they fought to continue to work in their later years.
I just finished the NIX: A Novel by Nathan Hill. If you are a Jonathan Franzen fan then stop whatever doing and go pick up this book. It is a really good story if you like dark twisted Americana.
Now it is your turn. What have you been up to?