Thursday, December 31, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
My friend Tamra is an Episcopal Priest, and she just got married this fall. Her wife is also an Episcopal Priest and I made them this banner/wall quilt as a wedding present. They live in Boston, and one small lucky break was that because of the pandemic, they had the wedding accessible via zoom. It was so wonderful to get to worship and celebrate with them, even from afar. You could feel the joy and faith radiating from them and the small community there in person even through the computer.
The quilt is small, about 18 x 24, but I used all my fun shiny fabrics, polyester and silk, so it's nice and shimmery. The Chi Rho is openwork, so light shines through from behind with just the threadwork over the opening.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Welcome to another week of things to like. It's been a good week here, busy with things near to home, advent things, things that have enabled me to connect with others, if only virtually.
Someone introduced me to the concept of a minimalist nativity scene last week (I think one of our bloggy friends here actually), so I decided to make one out of my yarn stash!
I hope everyone has a warm and healthy week. Click over to LeeAnna's for more things to like!
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Welcome to another week of things to like! In general I really really love Advent, the time of preparation, of getting ready for Christmas. It feels simultaneously like a time to emphasize generosity and giving, a time to begin the church year anew (new beginnings feel so important after this year), a time to meditate and mentally thing about what the incarnation of Jesus means to the world, and of course, also a time for all the fun stuff.
This year is really different. No gathering at all, which is sad. We're trying to put together virtual services for Christmas, and complete our typical giving ministries through church virtually. Everything feels much harder, but I'm lucky that I've found joy anyway.
It's been interspersed with lots of minor frustrations- problems with my sewing machine, challenges with Bentley's declining health, and many many challenges of living with a puppy. But I'm just grateful for the people in my life who are there for me!!
My sister and her husband went to a cabin in the woods last weekend, so I went to Dallas to take care of the kids. Of course we didn't go anywhere, but we did lots of cooking and baking and Christmas crafts. The five dogs all played fairly well together, and the weekend was really fun.
My sister's kitchen was really out to get me, but we made and decorated a tasty chocolate cake.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
I'm back this week, and very sorry not to have gotten a post up last week! After a week of self-isolating and a negative covid test, I drove home to celebrate a very small Thanksgiving with just my parents.
Mostly my mom and I quilted together, but the three of us also took a couple of really lovely hikes and went up into the national forest to cut down a Christmas tree (more on that below). We were also able to do several lovely zooms with family and friends. And, a personal thing to be thankful for, I'm not much of one for turkey, so since it was jus the three of us, my mom decided on a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner and we had a delicious sauerbraten roast and yummy vinegary cooked red cabbage. Delightful.
I'm super grateful to our wonderful online community, being here each week is a great chance to feel like part of something bigger even as our in-person communities remain restricted!!
Spooky puppy fit right in at my parents' and he especially bonded with my dad. Almost to an annoying degree as he cried miserably at night when my dad went to bed and closed his door.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
On Monday I blogged about a new smocked piece and showed the painted and quilted fabric. Today I'll share some finished shots after I smocked it.
Here's the finished piece. It's fairly large (and of course has to ship flat), finishing at 69" H x 44" W x 4" D. You always lose a lot when smocking. I decided to do the smocking on the diagonal which generated a parallelogram rather than a rectangle.
It was quite tricky to mount and hang because the top and bottom points don't line up (since it's a parallelogram and not a diamond), and I wanted the smocking lines to be vertical. I made a wooden frame for it which was challenging, and the piece mounts to it with velcro. Of course I didn't take any pictures of the back, and it's a pain to take down once it's hanging, so for now, only pictures of the front.
|Camp Cloud Rim, Summer 1991. C.2020, Shannon Conley, Photo Mike Cox 69" x 44" x 4"|