Thursday, January 9, 2014

Welcoming 2014

It's a new year and I am looking forward with excitement and a good deal of anticipation. 2013 was a major year of transition. Our beautiful granddaughter will have been with us for a full year at the end of this month. My life has felt at times like a perpetual transition from one trip to another but I wouldn't trade it for anything. She has filled our lives with joy and laughter.
Demonstrating Proper Use of Santa Claus Table Napkins
As 2014 begins, I have begun work on a new art quilt in what I am calling my Arctic/Antarctic series. Here is a sneak peak at the start.

Hand stitching looms large in my plans for 2014. I have already signed up for continued study with Karen Ruanne through Simply Stitching 4. A bit of time each day is consumed with perfecting stitches. While French Knots roll off my needle easily, those bouillon knots are not yet up to snuff for inclusion in a work. I will have completed my first 'sampler' pouch soon and will be sharing.

In the last few weeks of 2013, I wrapped up some UFOs from the fall. Two pieces are away at the photographers. The third is a smaller piece that I created from some ice dying last summer.


  1. Your grand-daughter's a real cutie; her smile says it all -- Happy New Year. And your ice-dyed piece? Beautiful!

  2. Your granddaughter is adorable! It is such a precious gift to be a grandparent. You have a wonderful start to your Arctic/Antarctic series. I look forward to seeing how it progresses. I agree with Margaret...your ice dyed piece is beautiful!

  3. Your granddaughter looks like she knows how to make everyone feel joy! So cute and happy.
    I like the shape of the ice/water in the piece you're starting. We should have enough snow for awhile to do snow dyeing.

  4. Sweet shot of your granddaughter! I agree with the other ladies, the ice dyeing is beautiful. Great that you are doing some hand work... May I suggest not getting to caught up in perfection of stitches?!