Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Touching Base...

I've missed you!  It seems to have been forever since I've blogged and I've missed keeping in touch.  My schedule is crazy at the moment with back-to-back-to-back engagements thru the middle of November.  I stay so focused on the next fire to put out I sometimes forget to sit down and take a deep breath and visit with all of you.

I'm getting ready to leave for the PIQF show in just a couple of hours where I'll be working at the Superior Threads' booth.  I am trying to carve out a few moments each morning to work on a wonderful piece and thought I would share my latest project!

This was a very simple linen tablecloth but has been made spectacular by designing a complicated star/feather medallion in the middle.

It's a little hard to see here (I didn't want to take this out of the machine), but you can at least get an idea of all the detailing that is involved.   I'm still getting the main motifs quilted down before I start all the fill work.

I am using Superior Threads' Magnifico, Kimono Silk and a very heavy 13 wt. silk to outline the main motifs.  I'll have more blog posts on this very soon!

I just finished up my last retreat of the year in McCloud last weekend where I worked on this tablecloth and also made up a great shopping bag for Houston. 

I was lucky enough to find some beautiful vintage Yak wool lace on Ebay and had just enough to embellish this bag. 

Of course I had to add some beautiful stone beads...this lace is just stunning. 

Just prior to McCloud I was thrilled to have been invited to be a guest teacher for Alex Anderson's retreat in Dublin.  Oh my...if you ever get the chance to attend one of her retreats I highly recommend it!  It was an exceptionally fun and amazing group of could you possibly not want to be with Alex all week???!!! 

LOVED their show and tell....absolutely amazing quilts. 

I will have a big newsletter coming out in November with loads of great information.  Just a teaser here...I have a GREAT new designing idea that I've come up with and will share that with you both by blog and in my newsletter next month.  I am VERY jazzed about it and can hardly wait for my schedule to slow down a bit so I have time to share this with you.

For those of you waiting for the 2nd designs book that was supposed to be done early fall, I've decided to hold off on that and ship it out to you in January.  I want to include this new designing technique in that 2nd book and want to take my time and do it right.  Not slacking here...just want to do a VERY good job!

All for now...gotta run and get ready to head down to the show.  I'll be bringing my camera with me  so will have loads of inspiration in the next blog post.

Big Hugs, Cindy :)


Barbara Sindlinger said...

You always do amazing work. I can't wait to hear about your new design idea. I'll probably see you at PIQF - heading out there on Sunday.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I can't sat enough about how much I love seeing your work Cindy. stunning as always!

Fiona said...

I missed you too.... lovely, lovely work and so inspiring....

Karen said...

Your linen is exquisite or should I say Magnifico! And of course I drool over the wool Yak! Happy to see you back with pics - LOVE the inspiration.