Today's concept is another one that should be easy, but isn't for me! It's the idea of just experimenting and playing... I usually want to have a complete plan before I start anything, but often it's best to just try things and see what happens. I think I'm afraid I'm going to waste time and materials, as I mentioned in an earlier post. If we can just think of it as being like taking a class, it's a little easier! It's not a waste if we are learning, and sometimes something great will come of it!
Sometimes an idea will come from just trying different fabrics next to each other, or trying a new technique. In this photo, I decided to see if I could run some Aquamesh stabilizer through my computer printer, then stitch through it. I taped the stabilizer to a regular piece of paper so it would feed properly, then printed a photo on it. I then stacked it with fabric, batting, and another stabilizer on the back and did some thread sketching and free motion quilting. (That thread matched too well and doesn't show...) Then I washed away the stabilizer. The whole thing took about 20 minutes and very little supplies, I don't know what my problem is:-) The more I learn, the more I realize that being creative is about learning to change our thinking and mental habits!
Here is another quote from the book by Nita Leland:
" Are you worried about inspiration? Sigmund Freud stated, 'When inspiration does not come to me, I go to meet it.' Don't wait for inspiration, it will come as you work."
On a different note, I finally got to make something other than a card. Ok, so it's a lot like my cards, just bigger, and not too fancy, but it was still fun. I'm trying to make a few quick wall quilts, probably just big cards, for another bazaar in a couple of weeks. This one is about 16 x 22 inches. I made the borders different widths on purpose, but I'm not sure it was enough different to look like it wasn't just an accident... :-) It has lots of quilting, which doesn't show in the picture...
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on you tube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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