You Hold the Key, my newest quilt. The funny thing about this and the last one, is that my intent was to make a white on white quilt. I like the interplay of texture, and small differences of color. But I don’t seem to have a choice what comes out of my hands. My eye is irresistibly drawn to color, and this happens.
 Number 161

A new quilt, Lucky Day. This is a departure for me. I usually do modern looking, colorful things. But I’ve been reading all my collage books, and this is the result. It’s an amalgam of velvet and linen drapery fabric samples,old lace, new muslin, very old buttons, and messy hand stitching. It was fun to do, a fabric collage. Number 160
That is an antique button card sewn on. The name on it is Lucky Day.

 I worked on two paintings today. The flower I made in a class 2 years ago. I lightened the background, and added a stem and leaves. Not sure you can see them at the bottom.

This one I started in February, but deepened the colors today. Needs more work.

 Another Bird Bag. This one has the bird as a flap to close the bag. 159

Prairie Songs, a quilt in a shadow box. About 19″ square. 160

Another quilt in a shadow box. This one is called   Alphabetica. About 9″ square. 162

Today I spent some creative time recording my expenses. It’s creative because I had to sort the whole years receipts, and do them over. I accidentally saved the wrong document as expenses, and lost everything I had already done for the year. Surprisingly, it didn’t take very long, maybe an hour. I kept all my receipts together in an envelope, so although they were mixed up, I had them. Don’t want to do that again. I feel like it’s torture to sit at a computer for an hour.

This is the same collage I added a few days ago. I have done some more work on it. Is it getting better? Or worse?

I have some exercise advice for you. Go shopping at IKEA. I got almost 7000 steps there today, and didn’t even notice.

This is a BirdBag. I am very disappointed with it. I made the bag, took it apart, and resewed it, took out the pocket, folded and resewed it, and then put the bird pocket on crooked anyway. Some days are like this, can’t do anything right. But I do like the quilting on the bird pocket, and the fringe. Number 158

Lazy day. Made no art. Went out for lunch, read Artitude zine, played Words with Friends on phone, walked around at the store to get some steps, played with granddog Charlie, made son dinner, washed bedding, read Observer, arranged tour of the Parade Company, arranged tour of Art Prize in Grand Rapids. Ate brownies, yum. I still need 2000 steps to reach my minimum of 5000. I see a treadmill in my evening.