Monday, February 7, 2011

Summer in February

It's magic when it snows. Landscape blanketed by white. Sounds muffled. A great time to nestle in. To cocoon. 

I am jealous. Just a bit. After living in Alaska, I know the dark days drag on too long, the fight to stay warm and active become onerous. Strong urges to escape confinement. Stir crazy! Cabin fever! Take heart my friends! Spring is around the corner.

The San Francisco Bay Area had a gorgeous weekend. Sunday high of 79° in Oakland! I'm not rubbing it in. But with weather like this, part two of my kitchen cleaning regimen didn't happen. If I'd only been cocooning. Instead, I was in the garden weeding and pruning. I gave the feather reed grass its annual crewcut.
Good thing I'd finished pruning the apricot tree last weekend because it's in full bloom today. Okay busy bees, do your thing! Fresh apricots - yummm! If the raccoons don't get them all first.

Sunday, I met with Dana, Marjorie and Sandy. Our first get together as a critique group since last October when we were all in Nancy Crow's Strip Piecing & Restructuring workshop.

I am so fortunate to have a great group. We'll meet again in June. I got great feedback on two pieces.

On the right is the non-silk purse from a sow's ears started here
Also a top from a workshop exercise. Before and after. Do the small changes make any difference?


  1. It took me awhile to spot the changes, but yes, I think they do make it more balanced.

  2. No fair-we are knee deep in snow yet...

    I do like the changes you made. I really like the red,gold and blue piece. And you worked through it. Congrats.

  3. I don't really understand the curvilicious piece. The white shape in the middle kind of stops my eye. I like the improvisitional quality of it, though. The second piece is definitely better. You have been busy!