Where did I go? What did I do? 2017 that was the year that…
I was busy sewing and quilting – creating lots of Cathedral Window quilting projects and launching the cathedral window ecourse
In September I launched my tenth ecourse Design in Quilting and Patchwork ecourse
I began stitching together my first art dolls that I had cut out many months previously. I finished 6 of those. I started sewing a new jacket. I finished the lining, still deciding on the outer jacket.
I designed and knitted so many projects including a dozen hats. Yes, I really had hat fever!
I photographed dozens more skies, painting them and launching the Inspiration Skies ebook
The next Inspirations book is almost finished – it’s all about rust. I have even started the third one, all about bark.
I visited the V&A, St. Paul’s, Big Ben and the British Museum and created fabulous digital art, which can be seen here
I discovered some National Trust, Art Fund and English Heritage properties that created memories and also supplied me with inspiration. Discovering new places and re-visiting some I have loved so well like Fountains Abbey. I also discovered much about my local landscape. Places I had never been to before included Keighley and Royal Leamington Spa. These all influence my work in one way or another.
I saw Picasso and Viking exhibitions amongst others.
Getting away from it all in Cornwall and Corfu and a handful of days out, again a great source of inspiration as I might think of it as getting away from it all, but my brain works even harder on ‘holidays’. The day out in Cleethorpes was memorable for miles of sand. I shall never forget the Humber Bridge either.
I booked a stand at The Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, UK for August 2018 and am busy making ‘secret’ quilts for the show. Stand C5, make a date in your diary.
It was not all great, in fact two of the worst things in my life happened, but we have to concentrate on the positives and move forwards. One meant I had to find a new focus and let my plant books become a thing of the past – not what I had planned at all. However, it allowed me to concentrate on textiles and in particular, quilting.
Who knows what 2018 will bring. Am I ready? Just about. Three things I am sure of, there will be a new website (when I can twist my son’s arm), I shall be exhibiting at a major exhibition NEC Festival of Quilts for the first time in years and there will be lots more textile courses and inspiration ebooks. I am so looking forward to it. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and lots of happy memories.
Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2017