Thursday, November 08, 2007


The last few days have been all about work... which has coincided neatly with my Bernina being in the shop for repair and a thorough cleaning. I'm picking it up later today. And I was right -- turns out an uptake wire in the thread path was out of position, and that's why I couldn't get my tension right. I'm eager to be up and running again.

I've been doing a lot of writing lately for work. That pretty much sums up what I do, really. I've always liked the research and writing side of law, so it's ideal that I've found a way to limit my legal work to the stuff I like best. Still, I think often about what a teacher said when as a young attorney I attended a trial skills course. "Litigation is one of the few jobs," she said, "where for everything you do, someone is being paid to prove you WRONG." It was startling to hear it said like that, but it's true. In the adversarial system, lawyers are paid to prove why their side is right and their legal argument is better, and the other side is wrong and their legal argument is flawed. I found that pretty stressful in person (in the courtroom and such) but in writing, I'm fine with it.

But no wonder I find quilting and fiber art such a relaxing release!

The little piece up top is a line exercise I've just done for my design course. The assignment was to take a linear image and use bias tape to create it in fabric. I don't know what this will be from here, but it's pleasing to me so far.

Meanwhile, the weather has turned grey and chilly (well, California chilly, anyway). It'd be a good day to curl up under a blanket to read and sip coffee. Hmmm, maybe later, after a few more household chores are done...


  1. Anonymous10:34 PM

    oooh, looks like some of Andy Goldsworthy's lovely linear landscape work! Yummy!

  2. I'm not a lawyer, but work in corporate comms for a science organisation, so I can strongly empathise :) That's why I love quilting/clothes making so much - it's completely different, creative and gets all that work stuff out of my head!

    Oh and I love your piece too!

  3. Anonymous4:14 PM

    Yes! I thought Andy Goldsworthy too! Lovely piece you've made there.

  4. So so true (the legal bit) but isn't it nice when you actually are right and you know it all along ( happend to me today... for once!) Also my machine has a tension problem too - man coming on wedesday to take a look. I hope its as simple as yours!