Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Brand New Year, All Ready for Living


Oh I am as excited as a kid in a candy store;  

Today, on the Eve of a brand new year (2017 Oh My Gosh), I have brought out an old friend to play:


Aged Beauty (2014)
She is a lovely girl, isn't she?  This is one of the first wholecloth quilts I made using vintage linen, and I love her very much.  But she is , well, as they say, "distressed".  She has some wrinkled, some love handles, some frayed edges, just like the rest of us.  She doesn't go out much, to shows or other events.  But she is just a lovely lovely lady.  Would you like to see a couple of closeups?  Well, here you go..




 
 
I have had the most marvelous year in quilting that I have ever had, without a doubt.  My two loves, linen quilting and charity quilting, kept me more than busy.  I was so pleased to send over 30 quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders;  and to make a special Christmas quilt for my nice, Kelly.  My quilt 'Annabelle's Wedding Feast" won a big prize at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and is already scheduled to be judged at the Road to California, and the Daytona AQS Show.  And a newbie piece, in shadow trapunto, is , I hope, going to a national show for the first time... 
 
I joined the board of the Northern California Quilt Council, a great group - I look forward to working with them. And I joined SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Association, or something similar to that title -  a fabulous organization that is going to open new doors. 
 
But most of all, I will create.  I have several very nice linen quilts in progress;  and I have ideas for moving linen into some more contemporary artistic treatments.
 
 
So - a GREAT year -  and 2017 is only going to be more fun...
 
 
I will close with what has become an annual NYE tradition:  a photo of the Empty Spools from the past year:
Empty Spools, 2016

 


Happy New Year to You all.  I'll be ordering more thread tomorrow.

Kate





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