At this point in my life, I am really amazed to find myself blessed with my two-and-a-partial room studio set up with all my machines in great working order; the fabric, the thread, the paints, the inks, the sequins, crystals, and beads; and the collection of wonderful and interesting sewing tools and notions from decades of sewing. I even have hoops, needles, and thimbles for hand quilting. These things have been collected over half a century and include some of inherited items from my mother and mother-in-law.
Currently, I am making the hardest quilt I have ever undertaken…the one my son Ken designed for me and gave me the supplies to make it (see my blog about this here). I will not be showing that one here until after it is complete, and probably after it has debuted in a show. I am hoping to finish this quilt by the end of November. As I work through this quilt I am pondering what directions I should take now that I have what is needed to make most anything I can think of.
I do have a 2017 list of quilts concepts (not in any kind of working order):
|Ancient Manuscripts: Ken’s (underway)||Designed by Ken Tatum, and gifted design, threads, and fabrics for this magnificent design.|
|Marvin Memory quilt: Like a Tree||Psalm 1 (Tree by river with words) with fabulous landscape work, the Psalm somehow incorporated in the quilting|
|Deep Space 4||TBD|
|Dark Forest in 3D||This is kind of a three dimensional|
|Waiting…3||At the airport|
|Volcanic Scene with Dragon and Phoenix||Mostly in reds, oranges, browns, and golds|
|Heirloom Quilt in memory of Mom||Using Mom’s unfinished needlework and sepia pictures with beads, crystals. lace, decorative stitching…crazy quilt blocks alternating with sepia pics. This may not be a show quilt…I’ll decide during or after making it.|
|Deep Space 5||TBD|
|Ancient Manuscripts 4||TBD|
|Wool applique and embellishment||TBD|
|Whole Cloth||Unusual whole cloth tbd…I have several ideas.|
|Jacob’s Ladder||Jacob’s Ladder pictorial using Jacob’s Ladder traditional blocks for the ladder itself…kind of goes along with Waiting… and Drawing Nigh.|
|In Full Bloom||Flower Applique/Embroidery laden quilt, from Beth’s photographs/Joint with Beth|
|Swarkovski crystal music/Houston special||Jazz 1920s, city with musical notes coming from lit windows with silhouettes, and rising and exploding into fireworks..try to make it almost pulsing with the music beat.|
Sew I’m thinking about all of this while making Ken’s quilt. I keep coming up with new ideas. I am also considering what to do with these quilts considering everything that is going on in the quilting world. While they will all be made at show quilt level, I am not sure they will all end up at shows.
Additionally, I am also slowly working on several books and planning to provide some videos and tutorials here.
Sew happy everyone! What are you working on now or planning?