Category Archives: Art

Fun Crafty Objects!

It’s FRIDAY!!! So happy the weekend is upon us. I have quite a bit of catching up to do on my quilt bee blocks. The past few weeks have gone by so fast I haven’t had a chance to play in my sewing room for a while. So, this post isn’t about my work but rather about other people’s work that I find fun, whimsy, beautiful or just plain cool!

How about a sew-less fabric wreath, as found on Tommy The Material Girl’s blog?

Or this fun quilt top from Oh, Fransson! They’re having a quilt along…join in!

School’s starting, so every one can use some new bookmarks! Little Birdie Secrets has a tutorial on her site!

However, if you’re looking to try a little creative sewing yourself, try out the different free motion quilting designs by Leah Day at 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs. The Flaming Paisley is very cool!

What about you? List some links to your favorite crafty finds in the comments!

Nobody’s Perfect

Lately, I’ve found myself becoming more of a perfectionist with whatever task I’m trying to conquer; whether it’s a quilting or writing project. If a seam is even just a little off I get frustrated and want to rip it out to start again. If the scene isn’t going exactly where I want it to, I delete it and try again. However, that’s not always the best answer.

As creative people we tend to really focus on our art to where eventually the art suffers. Like Mark Lipinski stated last week:

Sometimes when I work on my art, not planning it, but literally working with my tools, supplies and techniques, I get so focused on perfection that my work — be it drawing, designing fabric or patterns, knitting, crochet, painting, quilting, hooking strips of wool, or whatever, — that  I find myself holding my pencil and pens and tools tighter and tighter and my art, my process, and my end result becomes more inflexible, severe and, well, tight.  It doesn’t work on so many levels . . .

LOOSEN UP, CUPCAKE!  Shake the stress and strain and perfection from your bod and allow your art to flow through you!

Well said. We need to loosen up and see where the creative process takes us. If the finished product isn’t what we expected, that’s ok. It may be better! Or, it may turn into more supplies for your scrap pile. Sometimes we need to step back, walk away from the project for a bit to get a different perspective. Many people use a reducing glass so they can see more of a cohesive picture as opposed to focusing too closely on one particular block.

You may find when you return to your project that “wrong color” turns out to work better than what you had originally envisioned. No matter what our creative journey may be, we need to remember that sometimes perfect can lack personality!

For the Love of Thread

Happy Friday Everybody!! I hope everyone has a great weekend planned. I will be going to see my Uncle perform in a Christmas Concert at his church. I love this time of the year!

I was reading through my blogs (Craft specifically) and saw something that made me go “oooohhhhhh…..I want that”. Granted, it’s too big to fit comfortably in my house, but it’s still beautiful. What is it? Why…it’s THREAD!

Gabriel Dawe is just amazing! He has a few thread sculptures that are fantastic. I love the richness of the colors. I’m sure his growing up in Mexico City, where the culture is full of color, helped!

My Second Favorite Day of the Year

Christmas is my favorite day, but in a close second comes Houston International Quilt Festival day!! I am rarely disappointed in any of the quilts on show. Each year my Aunt Linda and I pack up, get there before the doors open, then stay until the doors close…or we drop, which ever comes first. This year we did things a little differently. We started in the shopping area first, before looking at the quilts.

That wasn’t even 1/2 of the vendors there! I think we spent 4-5 hours shopping! I got some great goodies, but haven’t been able to take a picture of the stash yet because my battery died on my camera and I can’t find the charger. Whoops. We spotted familiar faces in the crowd!

Alex Anderson

Ricky Tims

They had some fantastic patterns and example quilts. This ws one of my favorites. The hand quilting is beautiful and I love how subtle the colors are. Reminds me of a winter landscape.

After resting our feet and filling our stomachs, we headed to the Quilts on display. This was a good move as there weren’t nearly the amount of people we normally have to wade through to get a good view and good pictures! We passed the Husband’s Lounge on our way and I had to snap a picture!

Right at the front was Ami Simms and her Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I love all Ami has done to help fight Alzheimer’s and she never fails to make me laugh with her blog. Such a great lady and one of the booths I look forward to seeing the most.

The quilts were beautiful, as usual! Here are a few to hold you over until my next post!