Sunday, February 4, 2018

Arts Weekend

Once again, Mennonite Arts Weekend is a beautiful memory.  For those of you who keep track of such things, next time will be February 7 - 9, 2020.

The beautiful soaring church is Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian in Cincinnati.  They graciously lend their wonderful facilities to Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, in exchange for a Sunday service and offering.  

This year's them was Seeds of Compassion:  "How Can Art Cultivate Cultures of Kindness?" In the mid-ground are the banners I made for artist Karen Newe and the Worship Planners.  From left to right, they represent Beginning in Earth, Sprouting and Growing, Bearing Fruit, Fading and Falling, and Returning to Earth.  Each was carried in separately at the appropriate place in the service.

Music, as always, was amazing. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Little Onsies

How fun to embroider a bunch of baby onsies.  It's been awhile.  Some embroideries are on the front, some on the butt.  Always good practice in positioning and software.

Tomorrow, cookie baking.  I need six dozen for Mennonite Arts Weekend and four dozen for Community Meal next week.  I meant to get the refrigerated little marbles, but they had "may contain nuts" on the list of ingredients.  Surely not in sugar cookies or Snickerdoodles, but I guess there could be some outliers floating around the factory.  We're not supposed to bring cookies with nuts, so I reluctantly passed them up.

On my list today, three little projects not even worth mentioning.  Just little things that I pass by and think, "Why haven't I done something about that?"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pretty Trimmings

My studio trash can looks lovely this week with trimmings of many pretty batiks.  I am enjoying the crispness of the fabrics as I iron them.  As for seeing the project, which is completed - not until the weekend.

Normally, I'm not a batik sewer, I like the softness of other fabrics.  But for this project, they are perfect.

Nora and her mom are coming for a quick dinner tonight, after I pick up Nora to meet her mom for their hair appointments.  Salmon, in the cooking bag, prepared at the seafood counter.  I'm a convert.  And roasted tiny potatoes and Brussels sprouts.  Corn for Nora, who isn't a Brussels sprouts fan.

And so, this morning, grocery shopping, which I've put off for too long.  And today, an embroidery project, names on tiny onesies.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Cherrywood's Lion King Challenge

Thanks to Carrye for suggesting that we visit the traveling exhibition of Cherrywood Fabric's The Lion King challenge.

There were 120 20" x 20" quilts, each using a certain percentage of several Cherrywood Fabrics.  After that requirement, other fabrics could be added. 

By using the similar fabrics, the total display was stunning.  You can enlarge the photos for artist information.

All those golds on a January afternoon = amazing!

Unfortunately, today is the exhibit's last day in Cincinnati. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

And Then There Was Green

Just finished quilting Joanne's second baby quilt for the NICU and I am so excited.  Sometimes things work out the way they are supposed to.  This quilt has a lot of quilting, and when it is washed (they do that at the hospital) there will be a lot of dimension.  I was just telling Joanne that her quilts fit right in with our group's quilts.  I love the way she used 30's style fabrics for the piecing and inner border and the modern dots in her outer border.

When Joanne sent her quilts to me, at different times, the weather was still warm, maybe even very warm.  It took me awhile to get to them.  As I look over the past year, I can see that I was in an anxious state of mind, allowing myself to be too influenced by the political drama.  Sometimes I'd read the news again and again during the day.  I couldn't seem to get past that anxiety.  My sewing and my gardening suffered.

My doctor just advised me to not read the news every day, that it would still be there.  I don't think I want to go that far, but I'm trying to just read it once a day.  Or maybe twice.  There is a balance between good mental health and being an informed citizen.  I'll figure it out.

As I do that figuring out, you'll may see various projects that I half-heartedly began and then set aside.  I see five in my studio right now.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pink Baby Quilt

This sweet baby quilt was pieced by Joanne from wonderful little prints.  And then, she added gold in the sashings.  I would not have thought to use that color, but it works so well.  She is so good with color.

There are 176 little blocks!  To show them off, I just quilted in the ditch around them and they popped right out.  I am not a good border quilter, so I just extended the quilting to the edges.  That works well and ensures that the sashings lie nice and flat.  The backing is pink with random white dots.

I enjoy the concept of colaborative quilting.  I enjoy quilting and thinking about how even though its snowy in my Kentucky world, it's surely more snowy in Joanne's Maine world.  I enjoy thinking about how she said she was making soup for dinner.  How she knows so much about gardening. 

Joanne sent another pretty top, this one in green.  I'll make that quilt sandwich today.  And I'll be thinking about her generosity in making a quilt for a teeny baby in a different state.  I'll think about how, in our divided country, we need more Joanne's pulling us together. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Home Office

Someone in a meeting recently said they would like to see the office spaces of the other committee members.  I took a couple of pictures and sent them.  I have to admit to feeling pretty vulnerable doing that, not sure exactly why.  Maybe because hardly anyone sees this area except for me.

One side of my office is pretty office-y.  The other side has been overtaken by sewing machines.

During the holidays the office is also the wrapping/packing area, so it looks different now than it did a month ago.

I have spent part of the morning shoveling snow and trying to get the ice off my porch.  I'm not sure why the porch ended up a sheet of ice, a really, really thick sheet of ice.  The gutters are clean, so it wasn't a gutter issue, and it was too cold for the snow on the roof to melt anyway.  Maybe there was Ice Melt left over from the previous freezing rain and it kept the snow melted until the temperatures dropped.  Maybe not.

Most likely, chipping at the ice with a hammer isn't the preferred way of dealing with this, but it's what I could come up with.