Monday, December 9, 2019

Sewing Around Those Curves

The college class has been working on sewing curved seams.  Above is a project from the Quilt Pattern, Dreamweaver by Michelle McKillop.  This has been so much fun and a lot easier than they thought was possible.  The drunkards path is another great block to make such creative designs and use up scraps.

When tackling a new technique think positive thoughts and know you can accomplish it.  So many times we sabotage ourselves out of fear of failure.  It is true that sometimes the first try at something may not turn out like you hoped but if you keep at it you will learn and grow your skills. 

Keep dreaming - sewing - creating - growing!

An artists job is to make it - not judge it.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Stringing Along

My students at a local community college have joined the string quilt craze.  They are all making some very lovely blocks that they will design a quilt from.

If you haven't started yet it is a great way to use up your stash and oh so fun to sew.  I will add some pictures along the way.

"An Artists job is to make it-not judge it. "

Friday, March 8, 2019

Making Time

It has been a while since you have heard from me.  It is because I haven't been making the time and setting this as a priority.  Hard to say that and I know it will be difficult to change this bad habit but I am working on it.

Since my last post the baby is here and it is wonderful being a Grandma.

Isn't he just about the cutest thing you've ever seen?  He is so very happy and a delight.  My son and his wife are such wonderful, loving and relaxed parents.  It is amazing watching your children become parents.

Since my last post I took a position at Santiago Canyon College teaching quilting and textile art.  It keeps me unbelievably busy and I get to work with some delightful students.  At the present we are following the string quilting craze and using up our stash.  I have found so many great settings for string quilts that it will be hard for me to decide which setting to do.  I'm sure my students would agree.  Here is part of my growing pile so far.

Here are a couple ideas I've been working on lately to get back on track.  Maybe they will be helpful to you as well.

Cleaning my sewing work space (which includes some organization).

List my projects and supplies I'll need and putting everything together so I can get right to work. I am including the "have to's" for my teaching as well as the things I want to make for fun.  Balance I am finding keeps the sewing fun.

Scheduling time for the other things I enjoy like gardening and reading and creating art.

May your days be filled with meaningful work and enjoyable relaxing time.