Author: Carrie

Hunker Down – Thread Drawings

I’ve been making art and other fun things in small doses during this hunker down period. These thread drawings are so much fun and keep my mind and hands occupied. All of these are for sale via GCVA (a local non-profit gallery) and I’m offering free US shipping.

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Discover Possibilities (9” x 9”) – $45

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Grateful heart (9” x 9”) – $45

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Hope (4.5” x 6.5”) – $16

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Adventure boots (3.5” x 5”) – $12

If you’d like to purchase one, contact the gallery via email: gcvamanager@gmail.com. Purchases benefits local artists and an amazing organization supporting the arts in Alaska.

Life Not Perfect

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“It’s all in how you look at your life, because no one has a wonderful life. But you can make it what you want it to be.” – Karolyn Grimes

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Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful (9” x 9”)

Birthday Celebration Sale

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I turn 45 tomorrow! To celebrate my birthday I’m combining my love of creating and my desire to make room for new magic.  
What does that mean for you?  A sale and a free workshop.

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I posted an 8 part video workshop to create a Magpie Girl Art Quilt to my YouTube channel.  Now’s a great time to watch and get inspired to start stitching your own art quilt.  What’s a Magpie Girl?  A girl who collects precious bits and baubles of shiny and sometimes tattered items.  Best of all, she isn’t afraid to display her collection on the ruffled layers of her dress.    

Magpie Girl Art Quilt Workshop

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I’ve got a closet full of patterns that need to find their way into your creative hands.   That means most paper patterns are 60% off now through April 30. 

Paper Patterns

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If you don’t want to wait for postal delivery, all PDF (digital download) patterns are 50% off through April 30.  

PDF Patterns

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Lastly, I’m freeing up some space on my shelves for new creative adventures, so I have bundled up cards and fabric prints and put them on clearance (75% off).  Get them before they are gone.

Fabric Print and Card Bundles

I hope you are all finding ways to create happy in the unknown chaos and quiet we find ourselves in.  
 

Be Brave Bear

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“Be courageous…Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!” – Thomas A. Edison

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Be brave (9” x 9”)

Be Happy Bunny

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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

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Be Happy (9” x 9”)

Small Inspirational Word Quilts

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After make the cards, I had extra prints. So I exchanged the card and paper for small quilt backgrounds and fabric.
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Each one includes a stitched word or phrase and some hand-stitching.
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All nine are currently for sale via GCVA (a local non-profit gallery that is closed during this hunker down period). All proceeds benefit the gallery so your purchase supports the local arts community and can brighten and lighten up your day. Each art quilts is 5”x7″ – $24.00 each with free shipping in US.
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If you’d like to purchase one, contact the gallery via email: gcvamanager@gmail.com

Stitch Happy Cards

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What do you do when you have 8 art quilters to thank for putting together presentation for a virtual conference? You stitch some cards!

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Bits of paper, fabric and free motion stitching on fabric scraps were machine stitched to blank cards. Each card was embellished hand stitching.

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I love adding fun or inspirational words to a card, so I added a sticker to the back of each card.

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Each card is unique and hopefully a wonderful thank you.

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During this pandemic, I found delight I noticed the sticker I had selected. It’s a wonderful reminder to have hope.

Adjusting My Sails

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I was to leave in in week for conference in Toronto about art quilting. Due to COVID-19, the conference was cancelled,

I have been on the committee helping to plan the conference for more than a year. I spent 6 months organizing lightning talks (20 slides – 20 seconds a slide – for quick 6 minute 40 second presentations). I was excited for the time away and time to connect with my people.

I’m bummed and frustrated and struggling to adjust. I understand the decision to cancel and they are plotting to make the conference virtual which may be nifty, but it doesn’t get me out of my house, out of my comfort zone or give me a much needed break from daily life. I will eventually accept the situation (and just my sails), but it’s okay to grieve for plans you don’t get to see through. Right?

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Adjust the sails (9” x 9”), quilted iron on transfers