Friday, January 13, 2017

Progress

The last few years I have been choosing a word for the year and trying to set goals that compliment it.
This years word is progress.  I need to make progress in my quilting life.  There are too many unfinished projects in my stash, too many designs I need to make into patterns floating around in my head, too many unused pieces of fabric in my stash that should be used in something and the list goes on.  Then there is my new and continuing interest in textile art and art in general that I want to make progress in by taking classes and just doing it.

I would also like to make progress in my spiritual life and a devotion in 1 Timothy helped me find my word for this year.  It came from chapter 4 verse 15 which says, "Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress."  It was specifically about sharing the Gospel with others but it holds so very true in all areas of life.

As many of you who know me, know I struggle a bit with putting myself out there and sharing my creative work for all to see and critique.  I have made progress as of January 4 (was my father's birthday) with my classroom debut on The Quilt Show.  I was so nervous when we filmed it and as I watched it I saw things I didn't like and that I should have said and ways to improve upon it.  I am working on letting it go because there isn't much I can do about that now.  I am so grateful to Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims for allowing me that opportunity.  If you are interested in seeing it you can go to thequiltshow.com and click on the Learn button at the top of the page and then click on classroom and you will find it.  Writing this down too is progress for me.

May this year be for each of you a year of beginnings, joy and progress in the things you want to accomplish.

Blessings,
Dee

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Confetti Quilting



I have always been intrigued by this method of art quilting so when I needed to learn how to do it for my November Quilt Club Group I was excited.

I had just finished up another successful retreat and the drive from camp was so beautiful with the changing leaves.  There was a spot on a farm with one tree by the fence that seemed to just glow.  It stuck in my memory and I sketched it out upon arriving home.  Next came the studying up on what confetti quilting is and how to do it.  Armed and ready I went to my stash and began looking for the colors I remembered from the farm I had passed.   That is the mess you see on the left above.  Next was the fun part-cutting up the fabric into small pieces of confetti which is the middle picture above.  It was now time to get serious.  I first made tree trunks and a fence from brown fabrics that had a bit of texture to them.  I decided to piece a background of sky fabric and a soft green.  I then began to lay down my confetti for the background of the trees and grass.  I had found that different artists used both tulle or sheer fabric.  I decided to try the sheer effect and see how it went and I chose a green sheer, laid it over my background confetti and stippled it on.  Next I laid down my tree trunks and fence and finished with the confetti for the fence and trees.  I laid a second piece of sheer over that and did a final stipple stitch through my backing, batting and top.

I am generally pleased with my first attempt and learned that next time I would use tulle.  I'll keep the sheer when I want a foggy look or to change the tone of color a bit.  The true beauty and color of the fabrics did not show through as well as I was hoping for.

It's a busy weekend coming up with 7 classes to teach.  So glad I have the privilege of doing this for a job.  May you find the things that bring you joy and do them with gusto!

Dee

Monday, August 29, 2016

Little Bits

Little by little does the trick.
            Aesop



I am often asked how I get so much done.  The truth is I really don't get that much accomplished on a regular basis.  Most of the time I am just getting the have to's done for whatever class or event that is coming next.  In between I get to do what I call my fun stuff done.

I come from a family of 13 children.  My mother was a very busy woman all the time.  Without really knowing that I was learning and mimicking her for most of my life I now know I picked up an amazing skill from her.  As you can imagine she had many irons in the fire and she would move through her days getting the have to's done and doing the in between things a little here and a little there.  She sang hymns while sweeping or vacuuming, prayed as she did gardening and other chores, weeded flower beds (two or three weeds at a time) on her way to something or returning from somewhere and the list goes on.

I rarely ever clean house in one day, rarely do the laundry all at the same time and am on the move through my days.  For example, today I started with a have to - Quilt Club is this week - noticed the bathroom downstairs was in need of cleaning so I cleaned it, went back to the have to, remembered an email I had to send and while doing that finished other email chores, finished up the first have to and proceeded to my next one.  Once I finished that one I needed a break from sitting so I watered the plants and realized how long it had been since I wrote on the blog.  Here I am in between the have to's doing what I want to do.  I still have a meeting to plan for this week, a few phone calls to make today and a pattern to trace.  The sewing machine is calling to me and I must answer the call.

For me, little by little the work gets done as long as I keep going.  May your days be fruitful and may you accomplish whatever you want and need to in the way that works best for you.

Blessings,
Dee