weekly roundup

looking back, moving forward

Well last week didn’t turn out to be as productive as I had hoped.  I made the mistake of boats1watching the news one morning (something that I purposely don’t do because of what it does to my creative karma first thing in the morning) last week and that really knocked the wind out of my sails.  To try to get back into a creative frame of mind I took a self care day and avoided the studio.  Then I took another day off to spend it on Plum Island, walking the beach, eating lobster and having a great time with my hubby celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary.  So I didn’t get as much done as I wanted but I did manage to:

Make a bit more progress on the bicycle quilt.  I wasn’t happy with the way it was going so I IMG_4323hung it up, did a critique of it, made some design changes and I am feeling much better about it.  I’ll be posting about the process of making this quilt and the design changes that I made to it along the way later this week.

I did manage to watch 3 ON1 video lessons and I am learning so much about how to process my photos once they’re out of the camera.


I had a great time doing a trunk show and lecture at the Rhododendron Needlers Quilters Guild in Walpole MA.  They were such a great group!  I love it when a group is interactive and asks lots of questions.  It makes the evening so much more informative and fun for everyone.

I sidestepped working on my bicycle quilt on Saturday to alter a denim jacket as a IMG_4325response to the now infamous jacket with a message seen all over the news last week.   It’s unusual for me to work on another project before finishing the current one in process but I was inspired and it was a great way to channel a lot of the emotional upheaval that I was feeling into something positive and creative.  The unintended side effect was that it gave me a great idea for my  Deeds not Words quilt celebrating Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  I spent a little time working through some ideas in my sketchbook and I think I now have a firm concept in place and can start working on final sketches and a full sized drawing to work from.  I’ll be working on that this week.

Unfortunately the final page layouts for my book have been delayed so that didn’t get done last week either.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will show up this week so I can finally get the final edits done and get that off my to do list.

On my list of intentions this week:

Wrap up the final edits on my new book and get it off my desk!

Finish the Bicycle quilt, photograph it and write a blog post about the design process.

I originally thought my next project would be a black and white quilt with a boat theme but now I think it will be to work on the Deeds Not Words quilt.  I want to get the full sized drawing of my Elizabeth Cady Stanton quilt done and maybe get the quilt sandwich base assembled and quilted.  This quilt is going to be a black and white one.

Draft a few more blog posts (time management, the power of play, and ban the UFO: the art of finishing) so they are written and ready to post when I need them.  If you have a topic that you’d like me to write about please feel free to email me or leave a comment.  I love to hear from my readers!

Watch at least 3 ON1 video lessons.

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