A new year in a new place

At long last, I’m returning to the blog. I have tried a couple times to make entries in the last few months, but had technical difficulties. Solved!

So, new place. This is our first time experiencing a Southern winter. I like it. It has been cool enough to turn on the heat a few nights, and wear a jacket. As I watch the weather report for Michigan, I’m happy to be here instead. Although many of the people I love are there, I’d rather see them in warmer times. We swam on Christmas eve, outdoors. And we attend outdoor concerts a couple times a week, and never need gloves.

As for a new year, I am plagued with disorganized piles. A new friend came over yesterday to see my sewing studio. Because I invited her, I emptied two more boxes, making the floor almost clear. Yay! It’s true that I stuck things on shelves, not in their proper places. But I’m not stepping over them now, and will organize better later.

I did get some sewing things done. There is a big quilt show on Jan. 23 and 24, and I entered 2 quilts. They are not newly made, but I added hand embroidery on both, and made new hanging sleeves. It will be interesting to find out what the show judges say about them in the critiques. I’ve been a quilt show judge, and I know they will try to be positive. But my style is a bit different from most of the people here, and may be a challenge for them. I’m sure to get a new perspective, and learn from it.

And I’ve been an embroidering fool, finishing a couple more heavily sewn pieces that are destined to become journal covers. I tried making them book covers, with papers bound into the fabric. But I think they will be better as removable covers for ready made journals. So that’s the plan.