I thought it would be fun to do a little update from the studio. I’ve finished a bunch of projects recently and have some other things brewing so here goes!
It was so cold here in January that the snow was just powder. Josephine’s deconstructed snowman made me laugh.
It was extremely cold and snowy here in Boston for few weeks in January. I woke up one day and it was -6 degrees. The kids had two snow days in a row after being back to school for just two days after winter break. All those hours sitting by the fire gave me a chance to finish the English paper pieced quilt top I started back in August.
To design this quilt I enlarged a hexagon block from The New Hexagon by Katja Marek (affiliate link) and made it in a bunch of different colors. That was the fun part. Since mid-October I’ve been slowly sewing all the charcoal triangles between the blocks and along the border which was super boring, but is now finally done. Inspired by Sherri’s encouragement to try scrappy binding I’ve pieced together binding from scraps of all the solids in the quilt top. Fishing this project was delayed because my Janome was being serviced and cleaned, but it’s finally done.
I also sewed a costume with my middle daughter, Stella, who was Empress Theodora for a living wax museum event that the sixth grade did as the culmination of their study of ancient Rome. The dress is a simple purple satin tunic with a gold stripe along the bottom. We designed and made a collar and crown using this Byzantine mosaic of Theodora as inspiration and it was a lot of fun to collaborate with Stella on this project.
I made two mermaids from Shelley Down’s wonderful book, My Felt Doll (affiliate link) and now my older daughter, Roxanne, is making a doll from this book as well. These are perfect hand sewing projects and the designs are so sweet. I gave one mermaid to Josephine and the other to my niece, Sadie, for Valentine’s Day.
I’m excited to say that the pattern for the open-mouthed puppet I’ve been working on for a long time is nearly done! The puppets themselves are in California to be photographed by the wonderful women at Page+Pixel and the text is with Lindsie Bergevin, my talented graphic designer. You can get a sneak peek at the puppet on Veronica Stienburg’s Instagram. She tested the pattern for me and I love her yellow puppet.
My other January project is finally pulling together an ebook about blogging that I started many years ago. I wrote big chunks of it while on a train ride to New York sometime in 2013, then set it aside. Recently I’ve begun to think more about the importance of blogging as an artist/maker and as a business owner. While many people have been making the argument that blogging is dead, I actually think blogging is even more exciting and useful now than perhaps it’s ever been. So, all of those thoughts, plus expert tips and resources and checklists, are being channeled into this ebook.
Sometimes it feels like the days go by without anything tangible to show so it’s nice to list them all out here and see that I am indeed accomplishing things! Hoping we all get some more creative and productive (and fun!) studio time soon.