This one was from June 2:
Last week I asked if you like to dream big. This week, my question is about curiosity. Are you the type of person who wants to try every new technique you see, or wait for someone else to be the guinea pig and learn from them? 😂 Either way, you are in the right place here! I love to be the guinea pig and try everything, and then I love to pass on what I've learned. Hopefully I can save you some time in your experimenting, but I also hope to encourage you to do more on your own too! Curiosity is also a big part of designing art quilts. I tend to notice things regular people don't, like if a flower I see often is a slightly different shade than usual, for example. (I don't, however, notice things like dishes needing to be done... 👀) Do you tend to notice things like designs in the frost on the window, or like the bright green in my photo below? That's my challenge for this week, try to notice little things that you normally don't! You have to slow down a little though... the first rock picture looks like they are all gray, but if you look closer, they're definitely not! And maybe think about how you might use something you see in a design 😃
It's a good thing my husband doesn't usually mind stopping for a lot of photos in the car or RV, because I am constantly seeing things on the side of the road! I do try to exercise a little restraint, but I still stop a lot for pictures 😂 I got a really great idea for another collage kit on our recent trip though! We went to Tok and Chicken, and got to see the great gift shop in Chicken that carries my products. It's definitely remote, but I loved the drive in the mountains, and now I'm reading the book Tisha again, which took place there. Maxwell the dog had a rough first day, but after that (and a few doses of Benadryl😛) he did great!
Happy sewing! Beret
I completely dropped the ball on my blog recently! I even had newsletter emails that I wrote, and just needed to copy and paste, and I just forgot! I've been quite busy with my 40+ Ways to Use Your Free Motion Foot series, and I guess that took over my brain...
So, I thought I would at least post the last couple of them even though they are late, because they still have good things to think about!
This one should have been on May 26, 2023:
This might be short, as I'm getting ready to hit the road for the first RV trip of the season! As usual, it involves work for at least one of us 😂, but it's still always fun! It will be the maiden trip for our giant oaf of a 'puppy', Maxwell, so... wish us luck... Our husky, Tundra, is a pro, so hopefully she will help him. 😀 The first time I let Maxwell into the RV to meet it, he jumped up into the over the cab bed, so... should be fun... 😅 The bottom photo will give you an idea of his personality and regard for personal space... and he wasn't even full grown yet 😅 (the yellow lab is Roger, my son's dog who spends a lot of time at our house)
Here's my question... are you the type of person who dreams big? If so, do you usually see at least some of the big dreams through to completion? If not, what stops you? I'd love for you to respond and tell me a little bit! Not everyone is that type of person, and that's totally ok too. I want to do more than just help people make pretty things. I want to help you see that you can do big things if you want to, or at least more than you maybe think you can! I have definitely found that fear is a bigger hindrance to people learning art quilting than information and knowledge. (I'm not implying fear is the only thing that stops people, there are a bazillion other legitimate things that make things hard!) But I'm always hoping that the encouragement you get from me won't just stop at art quilting, but will translate into confidence in other areas of your life too! And you can start small, you don't have to jump right into a huge dream. Did you know if you spend 15 minutes per day working on something, it will add up to 90 hours in a year? If you have a big dream, is there anything you could start doing just a few minutes per day to start working toward it? Something to thing about over your long weekend!
Happy sewing! Beret
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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 my designs have been in Keepsake Quilting and Art Quilting Studios magazine! I teach classes online, and am starting to do more traveling and teaching. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. 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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