Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Now for those who follow my blog--and I do apologize for not writing in what seems like forever--anyhow those people know that I have been working ever so hard to get ready for the Baltimore show. It is after all in less than a month. Do I hear that clock ticking?

And I do already have a lot of new work. Baltimore has not seen rainbows of the dawn for instance.

Rainbows of the dawn--45x45"--copyright Ann Brauer 2013

Love that quilt. Nor have they even seen early summer.

Early summer--45x45"--copyright Ann Brauer 2013

What fun colors that one is. Sings, doesn't it? Or the tea cozies.

Tea cozies--9x12"--copyright Ann Brauer 2013 and 2014

I still did not have that big WOWSA quilt for the back of my booth. And I sure did not even see it in the back of my mind.  Tick. Tick. Tick.

Sure I could go with winter light. Love that quilt. But I did show it last year. And as I had told a friend of mine who is bringing work she has had for a number of years to another craft show--long story there and not my story but her work is spectacular--anyhow I said bring at least one new piece that you are confident will sell. That will knock their proverbial socks off. Besides people like a choice and I think want brighter colors.

Winter light--99x99 inches--copyright Ann Brauer 2013

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Until finally this week it hit me. Suddenly I started designing a quilt in my mind that should look great. Brighter colors than winter light.

So I start. No time to ask myself questions--will it work? Can I finish it in time? Am I crazy to even begin such a project now?

Tick. Tick. Tick.

I just start. Look at the first few rows. Yes, it works. There is a there there.

Make another. Pin it up to the design board. Don't you just love this shot?

Let's see what happens. I must remain calm and steady. I can do this, can't I? Yes, I can.  I must. Because now I can visualize my booth. The colors that will pop. Yes, colors of summer needs to be hung near it I think.

Colors of summer--45x60 inches--copyright Ann Brauer 2013

The Baltimore Craft Show is February 21-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center. I am Booth 4209. For discounted tickets you can go to and using this code BWI2014GUEST.

What do you think? Does this ever happen to you?


  1. Yes, that happens to me, too! I have to trust in the universe that all will turn out well. Ideas pop into my head just in time. I'm sure your booth will be fabulous with you new piece.

  2. Hi, Ann. Being a fan of your work, I find all your pieces drop-dead gorgeous. And yet, I especially like the Winter Lights--your use of color is so effective that it simply glows. So lovely.
    best, nadia