Finished my plus quilt top at retreat last weekend. Calling it "Dare to be Different".
Another one added to the "to be quilted" list.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
This past week I bought myself an early Christmas gift. Isn't she the prettiest thing?
Cut a piece of fabric 3" bigger on all sides than your ironing table/board. (These instructions are for a square or rectangular ironing surface.)
Mine is 20" x 40", so I cut the fabric 26" x 46".
Fold over a 2" triangle on each corner and press. Then fold all edges over 1/2" and another 1/2".
Sew all around close to the edge.
It's not pretty, but it works:
(And it only took 15 minutes.)
Friday, November 11, 2016
Cleaning up the blog this morning and realized that I never posted photos of a couple of my completed projects for this year!
First up, my Maker's Tote using Noodlehead's pattern.
OK, now I can update my sidebars!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this past week, I took a couple of classes. They were all really good, as is usually the case.
One was a workshop by Jane Dunnewold, an amazing surface design artist. It was called "Creative Strength Training" and provided a lot of food for thought in quite a few areas, including how to find your "mojo" when you lose it. OK, that sounded weird, but you know what I'm talking about, right?
During the workshop I had a giant "aha" moment. I've been struggling with finding a focus, what Jane calls your "distinctive voice".
I mentally mulled through quilts I've made and projects in progress or being planned, and focused on the ones I love, the ones that make me happy and excited.
The following projects came to mind:
Geese in the Forest
Daisy Chain - my current hexagon project
Grandmother's Flower Garden
my current, as of yet unnamed, Mariner's Compass project.
Hmmm...what do they all have in common? The next day I walked through the quilt display at Festival again and took photos of the quilts that "spoke" to me.
Next I'm going to go through my trunks of completed quilts and assess which ones I love and which ones are just ok.
I think I'm going to find my voice!
I've already decided on a couple of UFO's and WIP's I'm going to ditch. It's a like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
All this being said, I know that many quilters love to dabble in different things, and I think that's a wonderful thing.
I do, however, think that my lightbulb moment could be freeing for many.
Do you have projects you feel you "have" to finish? You know, those ones that make you feel guilty about starting something new because they are lurking out there "needing" to be tackled? Projects that are preventing you from working on something more enjoyable?
Maybe it's time to let them go. Donate them to your guild's next charity auction, Goodwill, even a friend who's been admiring them for a while and will give them the love and attention they deserve.
posted at 11:16 AM