I'm back at my circles.
It took my back three long days to calm down enough for me to perch on my stool and sew things. Once I could do that, I focused a lot of energy on the largest piece headed to the Crane Estate Art Show and Sale. I always forget the effort it takes to execute really big pieces. Things that are big for me (16×20") make my quilting friends snort with derision – but then they are not covering every square inch with thread either!
I finished a crow, and a very sketchy looking thread landscape on linen which are also at the show and sale. I delivered them on Saturday because there is a Full On Freakout over the projected impact of Hurricane Sandy and something coming out of the west converging on us on Monday. The entire east coast seems to have declared a state of emergency, schools and universities are closed across the state, and it feels like the whole town is holding our collective breath.
I may have mentioned my beloved Bernina sewing machine was having fits. Probably the power supply, but I won't know until I take it to the shop, which i have not had a moment to accomplish yet. I did fix the problem of getting a new machine though, but getting… an old machine. I found an ebay auction for a Bernina 1130, one of the nicest machines they ever made, and I won it, fair and square! So I have a new old machine, probably roughly the same age as my current one, but with fewer bells and whistles, and a less computery interface. I love it already.
I used it to make these two sugar skulls, and I didn't realize until they were done that they still fit into this month's theme of dessert and sugar. So I can work on a few more until the end of the month. They are mentally relaxing for me to make, more doodling than anything else.
If I don't show up for a couple days it will because the electricity is out, hopefully not because I'm broken in some new and distressing way –