Thursday, September 16, 2010
I love the autumn, and leaves of all kinds fascinate me. I love their detail, their strength, their delicacy, their colors, their textures. Leaves keep reappearing in my art; I don't think they'll ever be boring to me. I finished this orange maple leaf drawing earlier this week, and got it listed in my shop. I thought I was done with the leaf drawings for a while, but while waiting for my daughter at soccer practice, I had the tug to do another. This one is larger, on 8" x 10" paper, and I decided to make it with orange accents for a change. I like how it turned out.
I sewed the top of the quilt entirely by hand the winter of 2008-2009. It may have been crazy, but I desperately needed the mindless busywork to deal with the craziness of a layoff, a job hunt, home schooling and an impending move. In fact, I haven't used a machine at all on the quilt. Right now it's fully bound and I did some of the actual quilting last year, on two corners. Again, it's a humble quilt - my first effort on my own, and I hope nobody looks too closely at it, but I love the colors. I hope to finish the hand quilting before Thanksgiving, so I can have the quilt on our bed for the winter. I've also got coordinating heavy fabric to redo our upholstered headboard - another project put on hold this summer while the kids made the transition back to public school.
So much to do, and I feel like I'm still spinning from the adjustment to having the kids in school. They're not the only ones redefining their place in this world.