To be honest, I felt drained when I'd finished writing about my trip, and I needed the break.
Festival was also coming up, and we were busy doing trunk shows and getting the interest going. I would love to say that it is easy and that we really don't need to do it, but it is absolutely imperative that we do. I cannot imagine not doing this now, and really enjoy it although it would be nice to have a break. Now, having said that, I will step back in 2017 but for that year only.
2018 is going to be......... Well, I'm not telling, but it is exciting and I am going to focus entirely on that. Latvia is under control and Elina and I have really enjoyed our correspondence, in fact I will be seeing her in a couple of weeks as Cathy and I will be going to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham,UK. She is a delight, and I look forward to spending some time with her, I will be taking a workshop with Elina that she will be teaching at Festival next year which I am looking forward to. It's more traditional with a bit of a twist, so if you happen to be at a trunk show, I will bring it so you can see my sorry effort.
Festival went well, and ever since then I have been in my studio and working hard. I am so pleased with what I've done so far, I would post photos, but I am hoping to enter them into shows and don't really want them plastered all over the Internet. I'll see if there might be one that won't make the grade, and post that.
I thought I'd do quilts of my trip in order, so far I've done Jaffa but need to go back, as I have other pieces to do, and started Jerusalem, of which there will be several, and I am enthused. I am also going to be working on a piece for a SAQA exhibit which is also exciting, but I don't have the right fabric yet, I want something that will look a little ghostly and overlay a piece of handyed fabric. I think I thought I had some silk organza but only have black and I need white.
It's been a joy to shut myself away although I am having trouble leaving the house as I feel a little unsure when I do leave and want to stay home. Once I'm out I'm ok.
Well, I didn't want you to forget me and this is just a quick post. I will try and write more regularly and certainly tell any entertaining tales of our trip to Birmingham, of which there will be many!!!