January is a tough month for me. I do not enjoy being cold nor do I like how dark it is at 4pm. Since there is not much I can do about the season, several years ago I decided to ignore my January birthday and celebrate my half-birthday in July. It has worked out great. When my January birthday comes around I think about how I'll be at the beach in July. Come summer I am happy to celebrate being another year older.
To brighten up the month this year, I am inviting all of my friends (that includes you!) to a Studio Open House. Please come, hang out, have a few snacks, and meet some great people. Since it is New England and there is a good chance of snow and/or ice Check my Facebook page for any updates or changes due to weather. Facebook.com/TimnaTarrQuilts
I have been thinking about the colors of the sea since my trip to the Bahamas in December. The pastels in the landscape there have been very inspiring. Even more interesting to me is how I saw some of the same colors in my neighborhood after we received a foot of snow last week. As the light reflected off the snow, the snow looked blue and the sunsets were bubblegum pink. These two very different landscapes influenced my latest quilt, "Sea Glass".
If you are interested in the social and political influences of color, I highly recommend the book "The Secret Lives of Color". I learned that books with yellow covers in the 19th century often contained what was considered "sinful" material. They were pulpy or sensationalist and upstanding citizens should not have been seen carrying them. I am a firm believer that a little yellow in a quilt gives it some sparkle. Perhaps it's because a little naughty makes everything a bit more interesting?
January 22, 2018
Hand Quilting Workshop, Connecticut Piecemakers, Trumbull, CT
January 27, 2018
STUDIO OPEN HOUSE, 80 Race St., Holyoke, MA
February 15, 2018
Trunk Show, Gaylord Memorial Library, South Hadley, MA
February 17 & 18, 2018 (snow date February 24 & 25)
Mapmaking and Improvisational Piecing, Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA
March 3, 2018
Workshop - Maps, Stitchery, Portsmouth, RI
March 10-11, 2018
Trunk Show and Workshop, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild, Amherst, MA
March 15, 2018
Trunk Show - Material Girls Quilt Guild, Leominster, MA
March 17, 2018
Trunk Show - Quilt Essentials, Auburn, ME
March 24, 2018
Workshop - Designing with Flying Colors/Improvisational Piecing, Silver City Quilt Guild, Taunton, MA