Yesterday I spent time in my studio. I didn’t make a thing – I cleaned. As I folded fabric and organized supplies, my mind started to percolate project ideas.
Ready for adventure (6.5” x 7”)
Today I began cutting batting for over 200 art quilts. I won’t make them all at once, but I’m now ready for my next stitching adventures.
After a very rainy day working and running errands, I am enjoying an evening on the couch with fall tv shows, internet eye candy (inspiration) and cuddly kitties. I brought home new fabrics from work – I have some vague ideas for turning them into art quilt backgrounds. We’ll see what fun I can find in the studio tomorrow.
Find Fun (6.5” x 7”)
Truth: For the last 6 weeks I’ve been an unmotivated, emotional mess. Yes, I managed to make a new website and finish a few quilt projects, but not as many as I wanted to or should have. Life seemed hard. Being creative doesn’t need perfect conditions, but it does need motivation and dedication. Both of which I seemed to have lost.
It took a near melt down at my quilt shop job to jar me back to semi-sanity and realize that my hormones are out of whack. I wasn’t just burned out after finishing pieces for my art show or over scheduled, I wasn’t me.
The moment I realized all this and stopped pretending I was okay, everything got … not better … acceptable. It was okay to admit I felt like crap all the time. It was okay to ask to work less. It was okay to ask my husband to be a buffer at events with lots of people. It was okay to not go to meetings. It was okay to delay projects. It was okay to not sew.
Instead, I made lists, rested, and stopped beating myself up about not doing it all. I did call my doctor – I await test results
Admitting I was not okay, freed up my limited mind space and motivation and I spent time in my studio actually stitching.
I changed the needle in the machine I use to create journal pages and signatures and zigzag stitched together quilted scraps. The variety of scraps makes for a fun background and even the back of the piece is interesting.
I threaded my straight stitch only machine with black thread and began doodle stitching portraits on the new backgrounds I created. I used bias tape to bind the pieces and dumped out my bag of pigment ink markers and started the coloring process.
Hello (6.5” x 7”)
The little scallops on the collar of her shirt are a bit too tall and I had to make her a dirty blond since the yellow came out more green and neon than I was expecting, but I am happy to see a little completed piece come to life. So happy that I spent the extra time to add a hanger before I called it quits for the night.
As part of my recent art show, I had prints of the quilts printed on cotton fabric. Each print is 8” x 10” – ready for framing or they can be used a stitched creation.
Like a quilt! To commemorate my show, I put all of the prints together with a bit of stashing and borders to create a throw size quilt (42” x 56”). The 12 art quilts first hung for the show are displayed on the top.
The other side has the last three art quilts.
I was able to put lots of sparkly, magical fabric scraps to use in the backing which makes me happy because using scraps is much better than storing them.
There once was a girl floral dress and boots. She adorned a quilt created in 2013. No one ever took her home and she was lonely. So today, I created a new friend for her.
Kitties make great friends.
Her quilt also got a new sentiment.
Vintage Hip Cat Lover (14” x 30”)
Her skirt needs a little steam, but she is ready to hang in a local quilt show this weekend.