Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Old Grey Mare .... is me!

And I ain't what I used to be. I used to be rested and have energy to spare. Many long years ago.

I didn't actually finish anything this week, so no 'hey, I actually finished this' pictures. Hopefully soon, but work does get in the way occasionally.

Work is going well but weird. I'm teaching 4 classes this month. I've never taught more than 2 a month and in this shortest of all months I'm teaching 4. They last all day. I have a lot of fun, but I do get tired and Sunday nights seem to come very soon. And, I have my regular work to accomplish still. Boy, do I need to work on my time-management skills!

I taught an extra-long class on Long Island on Friday which made for a very long (but rewarding) day. Saturday my husband and I drove to Millbrook to see an exhibit of quilts by one of my customers. I quilted the quilts. It's always interesting to see some of my older work.

This one has my swirls in a shiny variegated thread.

The winding ways has tons of cat fabrics in it. All of the quilting is geometric done with white thread.

This one was done with a ginger variegated thread in clamshells. I did this the old-fashioned way. No Groovy-Boards. No Circle-Lord templates. I used a circle template and made each clamshell. One. At. A. Time. Painful, but it came out quite nicely.

This large pink quilte was from quite some time ago. A lot of subtle meandering and feathers in the borders. I didn't quilt the jacket on the left or the small wallhanging on the right. They were done by the artist.

The exhibit is at the Millbrook Library. There's an event on February 25th that I'll probably go to and support my customer. She's one talented lady.

For those of you who don't know, I live outside of New York City. I live in the woods, but I can be in Manhattan in about 1-1/2 hours. Millbrook is a town about 40 minutes from here. It's very popular with the city-folk. Lots of antique stores and gallery type places. Fun to drive to and visit occasionally but I'll stay out here with the deer, thankyouverymuch.

And since I'm bored, I started another quilt for myself. There's a Yahoo Group working on a Women of the Bible study and a quilt that corresponds with it. The first woman we studied was Eve and the first block was the Garden of Eden.

There will be over fifty 6-inch squares. I changed the colors from the pattern. The yellow represents the sun. The green stripe represents the vegetation. Even though I picture Eden to be lush and tropical, I chose a stripe because God created order out of chaos and I believe the garden was well-planned. The blue stripes represent the four headwaters: the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, and Euphrates Rivers. The green clover in the middle represents the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I think the colors in this block are a little odd, but when they are next to the other colors I picked for this quilt, I think it'll work out well. I was originally going to set the blocks in black, but I'm now thinking a Moda Marble in light blue? We'll see what the quilt wants to be when it gets there.

My body is acknowledging the recent extra work and lack of sleep, so maybe I'll listen and hit the sack now. Or surf the web some more. Probably the second one. It would be awful to wake up refreshed tomorrow morning, now wouldn't it?


The Calico Cat said...

Love the quilts, but I wasn't sure of they were yours or a customers...

I have the top one as a UFO - Orientals & creamy backgrounds - I have all of the dark Oriental squares cut out... I wish I had found the swiggly fabric - but if I had, I would not have purchased enough...

Any chance we can get a closer shot of the winding ways cats?

The Calico Cat said...

I'll try not to finish PING. (I am so lucky that I am not close enough to shop there! But I will shop at their booth in a couple weeks!)

Too funny about all of those quilts having kitties - most of my quilts have a cat in them too! (I have a couple of Asian prints that I think "go with" the Taupes, so I will add one or two into Ping as well.)