Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Piles Growing into PILES

It's happened.... the new year sneaked in and the calendar has spun to 2014.
The seeds that were planted wayyyy back at the beginning of 2013 are requiring watering and tending. It started with a seed of an idea for a book, which lead to working through submissions and contracts....through designing and fabric selection.... through thread choices and working with some amazing longarm quilters --- each quilt for the book is a seed planted --- each concept another seed....

No wonder with the due date in February for the manuscript my focus has been 'book'. Soon the manuscript created from those seeds planted last year will be ready to send off to my publisher --- harvest time!

OK, enough of the planting metaphor...

As the winter chill moved in this weekend I settled in with creating the last quilt top for the book. The wind picked up, though the temp remained balmy and the pile of scraps began to gather.
 Then came the rain --- lots, and lots of rain.
The pile grew larger...
Then the temps dropped, but the dusting of snow we got here in Paducah was luckily nothing like promised. The amazing low temps though brought me more weather lessons, and the the scrap pile reached its height!
The piles are all I can share at this point, but I have to admit that working with these colors while holed up due to 'cold' has been an absolute pleasure.
Really what comes out of a harvest is more seeds... the wonder and promise of new seeds, new plantings.... every big idea requires lots of little seeds planted with anticipation and tended with care.

Do you have some new plantings
you are working on?

Wishing for you all a new year of wonderful new seeds to plant, the joy of giving tender care for your special plantings, and a life affirming harvest!

OK, now I am really done with the metaphor.


  1. Love this color palette!
    Can hardly wait for your next book to see what this made!!!

    1. me, too!!!!! personally, I can hardly wait until it is all turned in and on the move into editing!

  2. I, too, have been playing with some wonderful oranges and blues ~ ~ isn't it a great antidote to brown and gray?

    I'm with Sandi and am eager to see your finished products!

    1. I am finding the color an antidote to the winter-shut in because it is -15 days. It was hard to wrap it up and send it to the quilter -- but hopefully, it will brighten her winter shut in days, too!