The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.
Of course this is what some sites pick up every single day, but I’m not trying to document every single thing that happens in my life, just keep notes on my creative endeavours without letting the blogging take over at the expense of said creative endeavours.
Think my word for this year will be BALANCE
since it’s something I always pray for – balance between work/creative activities/service to family & community
And my resolution is NOT TO MAKE ANY RESOLUTIONS! Because we know where they go ….
For once I finished making blocks, piecing, quilting and labeling over an evening and early afternoon so I could drop off my entry at Satin Moon Quilted Garden — and the deadline isn’t till 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Wow, three whole days early!
They do say that one sign of middle age is when you keep meaning to procrastinate but never get around to it. I thought of work I need to do by the end of the weekend and on Monday, that travel will be challenging tomorrow because of the marathon, and that the Eid starts on Tuesday, and decided I needed to get this completed and delivered before other things took over.
OnThursday we’ll get to see what everyone else did. Voting is by viewers’ choice which is why this has to remain anonymous until the middle of November. Process posts will appear then followed by the small reveal (maximum size is 20 by 20 so it will fit on the store walls).
well, this is embarrassing! I knew I had a lot of scraps — defined below — because I had a large tote bag stuffed full, plus some that overflowed onto the floor, plus an open medium size moving box that the tote bag sat in also containing scraps.
Making slabs to recover southern Alberta inspired me to tidy and organize them. I emptied the bin in the photo above by consolidating some dyeing fabric and blank white garments which easily fit into a single bin, then started folding and laying scraps in. Now the tote bag is empty and the box is nearly but not quite empty.
What an eyeopener! This is the wake up call. I could make a slab a day for the rest of my life just out of this bin.
The bin is on a shelf at waist height where I will see it and be able to reach it easily.
Of course, tidying one thing led to another and I have plenty of batting too, now consolidated into a Rubbermaid roughneck tote bin and a moving box. And there is a little more floor space free than before.
Does anyone else have this problem? What are you doing about it?
The bin there bin really is just that. It seems that there are very few fabrics which I’ve completely used up.
This represents 15 years of quilting but I can see the next 15 years are already right here! And in the very first class the teachers warned us about this, but who listened, LOL?
DEFINITION OF A SCRAP
at least two inches square OR
one and half inches by six inches long
fat quarter with a chunk cut out of it, because of the number of times when I’ve been preparing for a workshop that calls for fat quarters only to discover the dreaded missing corners!
Click here to view the Wordle
I made using the Virtues Project cards I randomly selected throughout 2012.
The size of the writing reflects which cards I pulled most frequently.
No surprises there I would say. Or if you just click on the image you can
embiggen it. (Hmmm, I wonder when embiggen will make it either into the
dictionary or the list of words to be banished such as "world-class" and
Lifelong learning is a theme which kept coming up over and over again
through the year so I added it as an "extra" virtue although it's not
in the original hundred virtues in the project.
For this year I've also added Sisterhood, Self-Care, and
Consolidation (in the sense of keeping one's affairs in order
and generally being organized)
What's special about the Virtues Project is that it's part of a global
initiative "to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life by helping
people of all cultures to discover the transformative power of these
universal gifts of character."
As such the quotations are drawn from every faith tradition.
The virtues are all positive and the cards themselves stress the
importance of balance and common sense, i.e. truthfulness does not
mean being hurtfully blunt, generosity does not mean giving away
the grocery money.
I've been continually amazed at how often the virtue I randomly
choose for the day is exactly on point!
Of course there are various other sets of cards out there, so I'm curious,
do you use cards and if so which ones? What have you learned? do
Wordle takes a bit of patience to get started but once you do it's
great fun! I've used it in the past to create text on fabric
Nothing was posted about this earlier because I wanted to surprise the recipient. If she totally hates it, she can always pretend that the back is the top:
All my life I’ve struggled with completely finishing things, so bingo might be a better hobby than quilting, I sometimes feel.
Anyhoo, this has been bound, labeled, and provided with its coordinating tote bag. And after going back and forth on it for a few times, I put handles on the tote bag.
This photo shows the bag. Almost every piece of fabric has a story, either where it came from or how it was made.
See the blue and red swirly fabric towards the bottom of the bag? That was a serendipitous piece created when I was using a hatband that had turned out too tight as a wiping rag when I was dyeing fabric. For years this was a piece that was waaaay to beautiful to cut. see here for a close up photo. The pink and green paisley to the right of it comes from either Susan Purney Mark or Daphne Greig. Many small squares of it have been floating around Victoria, and I’ve collected pieces from both of them.
The fun thing about making this is that it grows itself and is a fast stash buster. I’ve tried designs that purport to bust stash but require a lot of time and patience to work with smaller pieces that can’t be strip pieced. After the twin bed topper was done I had no less scraps than before I started. If my scraps continue to grow it’s because I keep an eye open for small pieces that other people have given up on!
When making this fabric I set a few parameters:
The same fabrics can be touching because I want to fool the eye and not be too obvious about where one piece starts and the other leaves off. See how I did it with marbled fabric:
No, no set in seams here, thank you very much!
I’m working with strips and with pieces that are smaller than a fat quarter. If you click on this photo Andrea Hamilton’s mid-arm quilting shows to much better advantage on the light fabric. We chose Valdani Gem Symphony.
Nothing representational really, although I do have one butterfly on my cushion.
The fabrics are mostly solids, tone on tone, neutrals, batiks and surface design pieces. However in the spirit of nothing representational, I’m not using batiks with really in your face pictures on them, like flip-flops.
I’m not allowed to get too precious and agonize over whether adjacent fabrics look good together. Some do, some don’t.
Some of the fabric is too beautiful to cut and some was what I couldn’t sell at the Guild garage sale! And some came from fellow surface design folks who were cleaning out their studios and desperate to see the back of their own stash.
Since the fabric is used to make larger items there is not a set block size. I sew pieces to each other and build long strips about 7 to 10 inches wide and as long as the width of a twin bed quilt. Then when I’m going to make something I play around with these strips and figure out the final design.
And although some oriental carpet makers and Amish quilters put deliberate errors into their pieces because perfection belongs to God alone, I doubt I’ll ever come close to needing to do that! There’s a non deliberate error in the tote (one handle is twisted, aaaarrrgggghhhh!
and another (really galling) one in the quilt itself.
Am I finding an approach to creating art (in whatever medium) that works for me?
Were my struggles and basically dropping out of the design class I had wanted to take for so long all Hosni Mubarak’s fault?
Or am I just more of a verbal person than a visual one?
This is a mind map related to the piece I’m just starting. So many things seemed to come together in synchronicity. When I tried to think about drafting a blog post on these topics, my thoughts shot off in a zillion directions. Each bit seemed to make sense standing along but I couldn’t organize my thoughts into a cohesive whole.
And here is the beginning — more pix will follow as the work progresses. I want to create Moebius strip, so tested this concept with kraft paper (a gift from our lovely apartment manager who found a big heavy roll abandoned in a vacated apartment)
I cut and folded a strip to make a double thickness, since there will be batting inside the finished piece.
Then I twisted it into a Moebius strip to test the concept. This will also serve as a mockup as I continue working on this piece.
Time to cut the Tyvek (from a huge piece I bought at the Sewing Show) and get drippin’!
Not having a studio space where I can be messy, I invented the small-scale paint bag.
and here’s what this work in progress currently looks like, until I can get more white acrylic to keep going!
My comment is posted here because it’s more to do with fibre art than with homeschooling. However reading her blog I’m humbled by what others have to take in stride day after day after day.
“”I completed an art quilt, Geode, I had started in 2003, involving hours of hand beading. It was shown at one of the exhibitions at the Canadian National Quilt Show in Calgary and I got to meet other quilt artists and had a very encouraging message from the author of the fantasy novel that inspired it.
My plans for 2011 don’t include one giant piece like this one, but I plan to be more consistently productive in my quilting and art endeavours, and more diligent in promoting myself through networking.”
People, please, whatever you did last year, surely you can do better in 2011? Tell us about it and let’s spread the energy!