Defining Moments

Spring is finally in full swing here in Indianapolis. Perhaps the longer sunlight hours are fueling my creative thoughts. I passed up an opportunity to enjoy good company and the Fleece Fair on Saturday. At first, I questioned my sanity for staying home and knocking about in my sewing studio. And then I realized that what I really needed was a narrower focus. Yes, I love to felt and knit. But what I need to spend my major creative focus on includes the things I love and do best-artquilting, drawing, printmaking. And while the other forms of fiber art (and craft) are seductive, I owe it to myself to explore my unique talents. And so I didn’t buy any more fleece or yarn, but hopefully got back on my own path.

Part of that path, it turns out, will be an impromtu decision to fly (I Hate to fly) to Seattle to take a class at the Coupeville Art Center on Whidby Island with Elizabeth Busch. I have long admired her work and the painterly and graphic aspects of it. I had hoped to get to take a class with her at Split Rock, but the dates conflicted with a show that I have opening in Bloomington that same week in August. So on a lark, I looked up her teaching schedule, booked the class and a flight, and here I go!! I worried about the sewing machine requirement and traveling. Well, an early birthday present later, and I am the proud owner of a new Janome Gem Platinum that is only 12 pounds and fits in my carry on suitcase. Now I just need to figure out how to fit my laptop in there, and I’m good to go.

Tomorrow, I look forward to getting into the studio at the Art Center and starting a print that needs to be done before I fly off to the West. That idea hatched this weekend also, in this period of reflection . It feels good to be excited to get into the studio!

I did decide to pass on the Quilt Festival in Chicago, knowing full well that I would spend wayyy too much money and time, as I’ve moved up many deadlines with this trip coming up in two weeks. Glad I can hear about it on the Quiltart list! Maybe next year.

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