Spring has finally come to Oregon. I was so glad to see these daffodils just explode this week. We have had rain—it is Oregon, after all, but interspersed with enough sunny sky to make me a happy camper. Sofia spent the day with me last Friday, as she had no school that day, and we went to the art museum, had lunch outdoors downtown, and made origami butterflies, using some of my batik fabrics instead of paper. I stiffened the fabric with some goop to make it fold and crease like paper.
I have been quilting like a crazy woman and finished my "blue" quilt and started another. Here is "first day of school, new blue dress."
Here is a close up of her face. Strangely, I think she looks more serene up close. Doesn't she look a little worried in the view above?
I have looked at this too long and have lost objectivity, but I think I may have, once again, been a little done in by the size (24" x 60"). I worry that the figure is nearly overwhelmed by the background. If I were making it the size that it probably should be, instead of the size proscribed by the show, it probably would have been like this. Maybe if it is not juried in, or sometime later, it will be.
All this quilting has required a lot of thread and I want to report that I used the inexpensive Connecting Threads thread, that I wrote about here, almost exclusively. I had one spool of an expensive "gourmet" brand that gave me fits, as one ply would begin to catch in the needle, shredding and creating a snarly bit. That would then be too large to pass through the needle and break the thread. Repeatedly. Aaaargh. The CT thread never does that. Same needle, same settings. It sews beautifully. I am sold. I just got more, to fill in some color holes in my collection. Easter egg pretty!
Part of my order were several spools of their new variegated thread.
I don't love a lot of variegated threads, especially the really high contrast ones, but these seemed more subtle and potentially useful. I have no affiliation with Connecting Threads, but I do love this thread.
So, do you have daffodils yet? What a winter....