I love finishing projects of all kinds. It means I have accomplished something, but chiefly, it means I can start something new. Currently, I am working on finishing my Hoffman Challenge 2016 small wall quilt. It is such a happy project…full of butterflies and bunnies, and set in a whimsical forest. I am quilting it now. I know that you don’t HAVE to finish one project before starting another, but it’s really nice to do it that way. I have a hard time not finishing before starting another, simply because of all the years I had to finish things for really important reasons, and way back when I had my own fashion design/tailoring business when I HAD to finish projects for my clients’ sake.
I am also getting my studio rearranged so I can put my new Bernina Q20 where it will be easily available. To do this, I had to start with reorganizing my bedroom so I could eliminate one of my two dressers and move the Koala cabinet that I use with my Bernina 1230 and Bernina 350 into my bedroom. I have finished preparations for that part of the reorg. Next I will be putting the Q20 where the Koala cabinet is now. It all starts tomorrow with a scheduled pickup of no-longer-in-use clothing and shoes (six bags so far). Then on Tuesday the 31st, the guys come who are taking the dresser away to charity and moving the koala cabinet in place. Then the following Monday, June 6th, I am expecting the delivery and setup of the Q20. And finally, on Wednesday, the 8th, my dear friend and Bernina dealer Mei Ling, and the magician machine tech Lew, who fixed my 830LE, are coming to provide me with a day of training on the use and servicing of the Q20.
Wow! I mean WOW!!! When they have finished on Wednesday, I will be ready to begin a new phase in being a studio fabric artist. I’ve recently learned that is what I am, because I am not an extrovert who wishes to travel all over and teach. I am not particularly an introvert either, because I love people. But I love my studio and my work as an artist whose medium is fabric and quilting. I feel inspired when I’m in the studio working (and usually listening to music).
Upon completion of all of this, I will have available for my creative use two standard workhorse machines for use in clothing and some piece work (and the 350 to take to classes), my Bernina 830LE (Gibbs) for machine embroidery, specialized applique, and decorative stitch work, and my new Q20 set up as a sit down longarm for my quilting work. I will still use Gibbs for quilting when I want to quilt with decorative stitching, but that is only about one percent of my quilting. I also have a small kitchen island that is my cutting and painting station, a nearby small bathroom where I do some occasional hand dyes and for use with cleaning up after painting, and my computer station with a good ink jet printer. In the process of all of this, I am removing a couple of old printers and putting in a second monitor for my computer station (at no cost…just work) to assist me with the design work.
I am most grateful to the Lord, my kids, and my Bernina friends who have or are all pitching in one way or another to help me make this happen. It is a dream studio. Sew I am a healthy, albeit overweight, 69 now. In the past, I sewed decades using lesser machines and after work and weekends, and then spent a lot of time learning the art quilt craft after I retired a little over three years ago. This seams a very good time to raise the level of my work up another notch, don’t you think? It would also be a great help to me to start winning more ribbons and selling more quilts (and even completing and selling my books) to help pay for my fabric art work and maybe even add a little additional income.
I just completed “Drawing Nigh” and am about to finish the Hoffman Challenge quilt. So what is next after my studio revamp? Ahhh.,..I have a lot of plans that seem to be growing all the time. First off, I want badly to make a new show quilt by 15 August for the PA Nat’l Quilt Extravaganza in Philadelphia because I’m going up there for that show and am staying with a long term friend who recently retired and moved nearby there. So I want something to show off with…LOL…I don’t think I can complete Ken’s wonderful quilt by then, so I am planning on attempting the next quilt in my deep space series, which may be doable. After all, it was that show last year that gave Sky Horse it’s ribbon (Best color choice for its category). I think I probably can. More than half of the work on those quilts is free motion quilting. It will be a good tryout for my new Q20. I hope to complete Ken’s quilt by the end of the year or early next. It is much the most difficult piece of art I have ever attempted, so I refuse to rush it. And then, I am considering making a couple of whole cloth quilts inspired by really ancient historical quilts. Oh, and don’t forget the orange/gold dragon flying over volcanos and possibly fighting a phoenix, or the third in my “waiting…” series, or my memorial quilt for my mom, or the deep dark forest in nearly three dimensions, oh, and there’s Jacob’s ladder, and Adam naming the animals, and…and….
Sew happy everyone! Do a little spring cleaning and reorganizing and start something new and fun.