The one thing I like about the winter months here on the mountain is staying inside where it's warm and dry. January and February are the wet, rainy, and foggy months but being inside lets me have more time in the studio to play. I've been sorting, sewing, and savoring the quiet.
Why is it that we feel the need to organize at the beginning of the year? Is it to clear the clutter from the holidays? Or is it to see what's in our stash? Or is a nesting thing so we can get ready for the year? I'm thinking it's a bit of all three (at least it is for me). Whatever it is, I love it when my studio doesn't look like a tornado went through it and I have a clear space to work. It makes me feel good so I can start on new projects. These quilts are some I found as I was clearing out that needed to be finished so I quilted them and added the binding.
Tell me about how you start your creative new year--leave a response here or comment on Instagram . I'd love to hear what you are doing.
Speaking of new projects, here are some quilts I've finished so far this year. My stack of quilt tops are finally becoming real quilts, ready to go to their new homes. Check out even more photos HERE on the website
I've also been sorting and getting ready to go to QuiltCon at the end of February. It's my first time and I'm sew excited!! For you QuiltCon veterans, what advice do you have--what should I bring besides class supplies? How should I approach the vendor floor? What are the "don't miss" things? Being in the middle of nowhere, I wanted to go through all my class supply lists to make sure I have everything so I put every class in a project bag so I can grab-and-go each day.
Yesterday I rented out time on the longarm machine at my local quilt shop and quilted 2 projects. On the blue striped one, I followed a pantograph design with the laser light at the back of the machine to quilt. On the cream/rust quilt I did a freehand quilting from the front of the machine--my first time not following any pattern!! I'm trying not to break my arm patting myself on the back cuz I did it.
I hope all is going well for 2023 in your neck of the woods. Be sure to let me know what you're up to, how you start your creative new year, or just say hi! I love hearing from y'all. One last thing--I'd like to know what you're interested in so I can provide you with what you need. This is all a work-in-progress! I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for being here. Be sure to enjoy the view!