Sunday, December 31, 2017

Maybe Next Year

I had hopes to be able to spend lots of time in my new studio quilting this past year and although I did do some I was not able to do as much as I had planned.  Much time was taken up by getting both Pendle Alpacas (the farm and business) up and running.

One piece I did finish and exhibit was a dragon base upon Smaug from The Hobbit.  I had fun coming up with ways to make his scales three dimensional and if you look closely there is a small hobbit in the left hand corner that has just stolen the Arkenstone.

I also help design and construct the 2018 raffle quilt for my new guild up in Ashe County.  It is currently begin quilted by Ann Becker so I don't have a photo to show yet.

Other projects completed were a banner for our new booth and several animal coats - got to keep my fur babies warm!

Hopefully 2018 will see more quilting and pattern designs.   I also hope to get this blog updated more that twice a year - it makes a good way to chronicle progress on projects and to keep me a bit more accountable.

Monday, July 31, 2017

At Long Last

It has been a long journey. 

It started with packing up my studio on the Marsh in February of 2015. Most of the rest of 2015 was spent finding and buying the farm, moving (and more moving), getting the space leveled and selecting a building. 2016 saw the building delivered, more moving, the start of finishing the interior and a just a little bit of creating around the mess. This year we finally finished the building and I have begun using it for its intended purpose - my quilt studio and the workshop for Pendle Alpacas. 

January 2015 - on a very, very cold day

We have actually been working in the space for a little over a month preparing for our first show as Pendle Alpacas, but it was still a bit chaotic. Only in the last few days have I been able to organize the space. There are still bins to go through and one wall is still acting as a storage building but - I am actually working on quilting again!

The studio to the left of the door

The wall opposite the door
The studio to the right of the door

The first project on the table is the 2018 raffle quilt for my new guild - Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  I am also working on a new pattern for O Tannenbaum - the prairie point Christmas Tree I designed several years ago. Several other project are about to begin and I hope to share their stories here.

The garden outside the studio (please ignore the weeds!)

My marsh view is gone but my love of quilting remains.