Not much art around here yet. This past week my new windows in my studio were installed. I’ve been so looking forward to them to provide insulation, and now I can see and let the sun in! I was excited for them to finally be installed but it involved moving around my studio again.
Here is the big picture window. In addition to being so cloudy, they couldn’t be opened and weren’t energy efficient.
Here is the window area in progress.
And the final windows. I can’t believe I can now see the backyard! All three windows can be opened. I also replaced the side window, hopefully insulating this room much better.
Then after they were completed, I had to moved things back. I have since moved things around twice. I believe there is one more move before it will be done, but that will have to wait for a week.
I have lots ideas about what I wanted to create next. However, I’ve been really fascinated with genealogy, and where my ancestors lived. I want to write about all of this, but I’d also love to show it through art quilts. This led me to a couple books.
This first one is not specifically about fabric, but thought it would give me some ideas. I have just started to look into this book so can’t really comment on it yet.
I love Valerie Goodwin’s work, and have thought about taking her online class on map art quilts. I purchased her book to help me decide.
This is a great book if you are interested in adding maps to your art quilts. Because of my genealogy interest, I am really interested in her take on the topic.
She takes you all through her process ending with the finished quilt. Love, love, love it, and it’s given me so many ideas.
So I am inspired. She had her siblings send her words about their grandparents’ homes and their visits there. I am going to email my sister and ask her to do the same.
That’s all for now. As I said, I’m inspired. What has inspired you lately?
I have seen a couple of her pieces – very intricate and interesting. Current inspiration – finishing projects I’ve had sitting around F O R E V E R. Just finished a sweater started knitting at least 20 years ago. Also trying to find things to do with all the little pieces of fabric I have laying around – snippet rolls perhaps?? Taking an online class on Sashiko stitching – really enjoying it. I can certainly see you diving in to making a map quilt!
Lea, Wow! Do you still like the sweater? Love those snippet rolls so much. Love that stitching too, but I just can’t get into much hand stitching. Love the look though. Yep, I’ve got gobbs of ideas. Thanks for stopping by.
Yes, I still love the sweater! I recently went through all my UFO’s and if I didn’t like it anymore it was disassembled and the materials donated or repurposed into another project -but first everything else needs finished!
Thanks again for sharing! I love Valerie Goodwin’s work too.
I made a quilt of from a goggle map of my family farm which my brother currently owns as the 5th generation on this land. I included genealogical info on the map including farming pictures of my grandfather, father, and aunt.
Jane, That is so neat! What a wonderful project and a keepsake!
Laurel, Thanks for stopping by and commenting.