Winter was way too long here. Wish I could have stayed longer down south, but it wasn't meant to be this time. Maybe it will work out again next winter. I sure hope so!
I have been very busy painting, as Corine and another friend and I are preparing for another show at the Goss in August. There are seven paintings in progress in my studio, and the plans are for each of us to have 15 in the show. Better get to work. I won't be showing any of them on this blog until after the show, as we aren't supposed to see each others' until they're finished.
My cousin and friend Judith Bergeland invited me to a quilting retreat with six of her friends in DeSoto, WI, at "A Place to Sew." It was a very old house fixed up for retreats such as this. There was room for ten people; we brought our own food and some of the ladies were wonderful cooks. As I don't cook, I brought snacky things. What a wonderful time we had. They were all such neat people and had quilting and knitting skills way beyond mine. They were also so helpful when I needed help with my sewing - like forgetting to lower the feed dogs, taking off the stitch regulator, and others.
My college roommate from my sophomore year drove an hour to spend the afternoon with me. What a treat that was! It had been years, and of course, neither one of us had changed a bit! On my way home I spent the night with another good friend from Pierre, who now lives in LaCrosse, WI. The next day I spent time with brother David and sis-in-law Marge, and then on to an aftist friend in Winsted, MN, where I stayed overnight. It was great seeing them and visiting with with all of them again. I was just an hour from home, when I had a flat tire, and put on two new ones. I was lucky, it happened right outside of a small town, and the people were so helpful!
Anyway, after all that, I was finally able to finish the wall hanging I worked on at the retreat. It measures 23 x 29.5. The bloom is from a digital photo I took and printed on fabric. I also painted some of the fabrics and embellished with beads and buttons. It was such fun, and again I learned much with this project. This is based on the same photo you will find further down in this blog, painted in oils. My plans are to do a doll, using this same photo. I guess I've gone on long enough, and you are probably wanting to see the piece.