Thank you for all of the emails of concern, I appreciate them and even though I was unable to respond to many of them, I did read them.
Sometimes life happens with a crash and you have to take a step back and re-group. Now I am ready to get in the thick of the new year and getting back to work. Speaking of getting back to work…..
Sooooo, what is up for 2014? The list, not necessarily in this order:
- Complete Unexpected Beauty Revisited sample
- Naturalist’s Notebook (let’s finish this up this year)
- Preparation for an early spring onslaught of teaching
- put aside some time to work on Jason’s quilt
- Family time
- Secret project
- Limit computer time so I can complete this list
- Reduce teaching engagements further
As you can see by the top photo, I have nearly completed the Unexpected Beauty (Revisited) quilt. The design has not been altered from the original except that it is a smaller size. Most people do not realize that the original is a LARGE quilt.
This pattern will have the center design scaled to approximately 24″ wide by 36″ long. Add the borders and it will finish around (not exactly folks) 32″ wide by 44″ long. This makes it IMO, a great size to hang on a wall where space is limited.
I will post a fabric list when I know all of that info so those of you taking the 2014 Asilomar workshop and the Master Class at Berrima Patchwork in Australia will have that information if you want it. There will be NO KIT for this project.
Because the original quilt was made when batiks were just coming into the marketplace, it is really EASY to find substitutions. I, myself, worked from a postcard to re-create what you see. I did not have any notes etc., to work with from the original construction. In fact, I found out that the fabric “I thought” I used for the sky was not it at all.
That fabric is nowhere to be found anymore. I do wish Hoffman would bring back those multi-dyes of the golden years of batiks (the beginning).
Speaking of batiks, Lord help us, they are starting to produce them to fit into the Modern Quilt aesthetic. Sigh and double sigh. Although, do you know how much this Modern Quilt movement and the industry’s love affair with it has saved me? Seriously? Over $5,000 last year in fabric purchases!
I love fabric but I have not been motivated in such a long time to buy any. Maybe there really is an upside to this “Modern Quilt” obsession with the fabric side of the industry–I am not spending any money.
I will be posting sporadically because of the workload and back to back multi-day teaching engagements. If you are still with me, thanks for not giving up on me!