Friday, January 7, 2011

Making Plans/Goals

     I am waiting for this huge storm but, so far, only a few inches compared to the 12 inches forecasted. I have my dyes mixed and am ready to try a limited amount of snow dyeing. I spent some time today dyeing some lovely threads. That is always fun.

    I did have some time over the holiday break to make some plans for the next year. And start making a set of goals for the year. Are you ready? To be bored reading another list on someone's blog? All joking aside, I do think the list might push me along.

Goals/Plans For 2011

1. Complete 20 quilts 3x3 or larger by the end of the year. At least 5 of these quilts will be in a series                       investigating motifs and varying colors.
2. Investigate various surface design techniques including screen printing and deconstructed screen printing.
3.  Continue fabric dyeing in the warm months.
4.  Attend/complete the following workshops:
     Artist's Toolbox: Lyric Kinard-online at Quilt University  January 28th


     Creating Compositional Cloth : Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan at the The barn: May 16-20th
     Silk Dyeing Feb 6th  adult ed at Kendall College
     ? one more for fall



One of my favorite Vermont barns

                              
                                    

     The 20 quilts is very ambitious for me. 20 tops-yes but 20 done. Mmm....lots of focus will be required. In all reality,  the next four months mean lots of quilts. (Once May hits our family with sports schedules, I fight a losing battle on getting much done in my studio. ) The overall goal of this year is to gain more exposure to surface design techniques and to investigate motifs within my quilts. Surface design techniques- I am not sure this is an avenue I want to use but I won't know until I try them.

     Well there you have it. It did take me awhile to decide. I love the push that a workshop or class gives me. Maybe a workshop junkie. But a discerning one. I did say no to the Sketchbook Challenge and Jude Hill's last online class. But it's just about killing me not to do Jude's class:).

Off to finish dyeing some floss. It's getting late.

Be creative, my friends.

3 comments:

  1. Exploration is GOOD! The more "tools" there are in your box of creativity, the more options you'll have to accomplish your visions.
    ;-)

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  2. I love this: "your box of creativity"...:). I have to admit I am having way too much fun figuring this all out. So much fun. Thank you for reminding me that exploration is good.

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  3. I'd considered the Benn & Morgan workshop but decided on Dorothy Caldwell's workshop instead. May be a rare opportunity.
    Look forward to seeing your creations at the Barn in May!

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