I love this time of year, despite the shorter days, or maybe because of them, I feel as if there is space to slow down, reflect, ponder, and remember. I anticipate the days leading up to the end of the month with enjoyment, looking back on all that happened and looking forward to what is ahead.
You can enjoy my past reflections here and here and here and here and here and here …
If last year was the year of big finishes, than this year was the year of dabbling in this and that … I let my interests take me wherever the wind blew. This way and that way.
My hand stitchery for the year was embroidery through the Dropcloth Sampler. I enjoyed trying different threads and learning new stitches. I wasn’t able to keep up with the monthly subscription, so I still have a lot of fun stitchery ahead in 2017!
Once upon a time, I had the plan that I would make a baby quilt for every baby in my life. I managed to make one this spring for Hunter Edward, and have since fallen behind. So many babies being born, it’s wonderful!
The first class I took was at Road To California, with Gloria Loughman called Confident Colour. Highlights from the class were for the first time understanding a color wheel and how to use it, learning to paint skies, and discovering steam-a-seam.
From that class, I finished four small wall hangings. The simplicity of the design gave me freedom to explore different free motion quilting designs, and I experimented with different borders and facings.
The second class I took was through the Academy of Quilting, with Elizabeth Barton title Inspired to Design. I didn’t particularly like the Academy’s online format, but I really enjoyed Elizabeth’s teaching style and critique. The class focused on making numerous sketches of a design, and learning how to manipulate and critique to a final good design. Life got in the way towards the end of the course, so I became less involved, but I am looking forward to taking another of Elizabeth’s classes in 2017, so more on that in my next post!
The third class I took was with Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color called Patchwork from Scrap. I liked her online format for the class which was hosted on a private blog, and I enjoyed her lectures and projects. She rocked my world with her comments and theory on fabric management and storage. I’ll never treat a piece of fabric the same way again!
I also joined the #30daysofquiltdesign hosted by Stitched in Color. Over a couple of months, we were challenged with drawing 30 quilt designs.
It was neat to see how my drawings and designs developed over the course of the challenge. It was also my first time participating in an instagram challenge, and I found it very enjoyable to interact with other quilters on instagram, liking and commenting and encouraging each other.
And last, but not least, our Out of the Box quilt group continues to inspire me. We met several times to play with fabric, learning new techniques with painting and batik. We also completed one group quilt and were invited by the library to have another show this year.
Our group quilt project was a quilt with puzzle pieces, whose quilt blocks could move for an infinity of designs. We limited ourselves to a fixed set of fabrics and abstract shapes. It was neat to see all the different designs each person made from these limitations! We also received a Best of Show at our county fair.
From a Saturday session of painting on fabric with our Out of the Box group, I finished a series of small poppy quilts. These and the colorscape quilts I entered in our Mammoth Lakes Library show.
This year the wind blew me towards learning new skills, drawing designs, and playing with color. Where will the wind blow me in 2017?