November 1 marks one year since I moved into a studio space and stopped working out of my house. I often get asked if I am more productive now that I have to actually go to work. The short answer is no, I really enjoy working from home and getting stuff done was never a problem. What has changed is that I now do my work in larger chunks of time. While I'm in the studio I am only working, I am not tempted to prep dinner or to start a load of laundry while I wait for my iron to heat up.
One big change is that I used to be a "start a quilt and finish the quilt" kind of person. Now that I have room to spread out I am working on more than one quilt at a time. The jury is still out on whether that is a positive or negative development.
Of course there are cons to having a separate studio space but those are usually due to my own organizational lapses. I cannot tell you how many times I've brought a quilt home for some evening hand-stitching and left the thread at the studio. Even though the studio is only a mile away, after I am home I really do not want to go back out to retrieve the thread. That's when I am good at deciding that the stitching can wait until tomorrow!
For the rest of 2018 I hope to spend a lot of time in my studio finishing up some of those projects I started but didn't quite finish. There are a couple of places to see my work through the end of the year:
Four of my quilts are at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX this week. That is one of my favorite places to be and I am bummed I couldn't make it this year. I hope all of you who are going get to see fabulous things.
Mississippi Meander II is at the New England Quilt Museum as part of the SAQA Explorations exhibit through December 30.
December 3-29 The Barnyard Series will be in my hometown at the South Hadley Public Library. Stop in and say hi to the animals, I am looking forward to seeing 6 (or maybe 7 if I finish another one) hung together.
2019 promises to be a busy and fun year. I already have trips planned to Nashville, Denver, Kansas City (twice!), Maine, New Hampshire, Washington DC, New York, and New Jersey. Stay tuned for more details as they come together.