New Season

A big Midwestern sky

We had our first frost last night and it’s a cold morning (Hello, Novembrrrrr!) I know a lot of people don’t like cooler weather but I love it. The first of November signals a new season for me. It’s the end of show season for me, and the beginning of a new time. No longer fall, but not quite winter, it’s not exactly a calendar season, just one of my own. It does coincide with cooler weather, and I love that. It means it’s time for boots and scarves, and as always, lots of coffee.

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My favorite boots

As I finish up the Very last of the appraisals from all of the shows and try desperately to catch-up with the housework that got neglected, spend time with my family, and touch base with my friends, I am thinking ahead. I am planning as I put away the quilts I’ve dragged out for lectures and exhibit. I am preparing…for a season of making.


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“fresh inspiration for the day ahead”

Although there are holidays to consider (and they can definitely distract me), my day-to-day life slows down a lot and I can spend time in my workroom exploring some of the ideas that have bubbled to the surface while I couldn’t play. I can finish up things I started and never got back to, and I can reevaluate some of the things I left hanging around. Some of them need adjustments.


Of course, Making Season has to start with a time of cleaning up the debris of fly-by trips to grab this spool of thread or those buttons, or whatever I might have needed urgently on my way to somewhere else. It means I have to vacuum and dust, tidy up. It means I have to put away the things I’ve bought here and there: new quilts, bits of fabric, books. It will start tentatively as I reconsider old projects while trying to ignore the call of the new, the fun, the what-if things. But start it will.

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Stone Hollow Mitts, Carol Sunday, (c) sunday knits These look so warm! They’d be gorgeous in any color!

My season will continue into winter, into long, dark evenings when I can sit and do handwork: binding, quilting, knitting, whatever. (I’m thinking I want to knit these Stone Hollow Mitts by Carol Sunday this winter. Aren’t they wonderful? They’re like the Bella Mittens from a few years ago, but not knit with bulky yarn. I can see them in this from my favorite yarn supplier, Beaverslide Dry Goods.) I love snowed-in days when there is nowhere to go and no way to get there. We don’t have many of those, but I can always dream.

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Yummy silk dupioni to play with

I have grand plans for Making Season this year: quilts I want to make, lectures I plan to write, workshops I want to teach, new fabrics to play with… I never know how far I’ll get in my plans. It can be hard to focus on the road ahead when I’m caught in the whirlwind. But what a whirlwind it’ll be. I can hardly wait!


For now, though, I have to get ready. It’ll be here before I know it! What will you be making?