Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wool Club Challenge & Serious Temptation

Now that most of the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind me, I need to start thinking about what I am going to do with this:

Yes, it's an old bedspring.  The challenge is to turn it into something prior to the January meeting.  My first thought was a snowman, but a quick search on Yahoo shows that my idea isn't all that original.  I will mull it over for a couple more days, but now that I have the snowman visual stuck in my head it will be difficult to come up with something else!

As usual at this time of year I am surrounded by temptation.  I'm not referring to food - although there is a lot of that, too - but projects.  I am such a sucker for challenges, group activities and BOMs!  My Primitive Folk Art Yahoo group has decided to do quilts based on the "Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley" book.  We are to start with out own eagle block in January, and then do our own blocks along with exchanging siggie blocks the rest of the year.  I tried to talk myself out of it, but couldn't resist.  I need to choose my fabrics and get started - this project has deadlines!

I am still trying to decide what to do for Wool Club this year.  My original plan was to do a small piece based on each month's theme.  After seeing the themes, though, I am not sure I want to go that route. I also thought about a twelve square "sampler" project,  but the monthly themes are all over the place and probably won't work in a single project.  I also need to keep in mind that I will be starting new rugs in workshops in March and April, so I already have more projects on my plate than I can handle.  More to come on that one...

And even though I already have way too many rug projects, I picked up on a discussion of a Dear Jane rug challenge in my Yahoo Rughookers group this morning, and of course had to jump in with both feet!  I would love to do something with the DJ-inspired pattern I started six or seven years ago.  I had switched to wool yarn and planned to do it in three colors, but after looking at it again may switch back to wool strips.  I'll have to give that one some thought as well.  So much to think about!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On the Road Again

It's been another crazy travel week with little progress on any projects (other than work!).  I did have a chance to break away for a little fun here and there, though.  On Monday night I took a long walk to see the New York store window displays, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center.  New York is really hopping at this time of year - the streets were full of people shopping and sight-seeing. 

On Tuesday I headed to the American Folk Art Museum to see their "The Year of the Quilt" exhibit.  The museum is fairly small - the exhibit consisted of about 25 quilts.  There were several absolutely gorgeous applique quilts in the collection.  I took a lot of pictures (it's one of the few museums that actually allows non-flash photography) and also bought the new book they have released that shows their quilt collection.  The book weighs a ton - I am probably going to regret purchasing it after hauling it through all the airports tomorrow!

Today I was in the Boston area and finished up a bit early, so I checked the GPS for quilt shops.  I don't know how I lived without a GPS!  Much to my delight, I found that I was only about 15 miles from the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA, so I jumped on the highway and headed that direction.  One of the exhibits currently on display is a collection of antique blue and white quilts.  I loved them all!!!  I need to add a blue and white quilt to my "someday" list. 

One of the things that really captured my interest in the shop was a collection of out-of-print books they are selling to benefit the museum.  They had several of Elly's books (including two copies of "Spoken Without a Word" for $300 each).  I picked up a really wonderful applique pattern book by Pat Andreatta and one of Pat Campbell's early books.  There were actually two books by Pat that really caught my attention, but I decided I needed to exhibit at least a little self-control and leave one behind.  I had never heard of Pat and am looking forward to trying to find out a little more about her.

I'm headed home tomorrow and am looking forward to Wool Club on Saturday.  Nola is issuing a challenge - I can't wait to hear what it is!