We are all in the same boat with this novel virus. Today, my emotions are getting the best of me. I want to share with you how I handle emotional days. (Not that I’m an expert)
To date I have made about 600 masks. Some are donated and some are sold. Some of you have donated extra money which I have contributed to Buffalo Resilience ($380).
As I work on the masks, I am praying for the health of the people who will be wearing them, all of the essential employees, first responders, and any people who have contracted the virus. These are heavy days for all of us.
So, I find my happiness comes from my art quilting. I am making little art pieces (which are for sale). Today I’m going to continue on a piece to help me get focused again.
I have to find about one hour per day to do my art which will bring me peace. Some days it may be half of the day or all day just to give myself some peace and happiness.❤️
If you find that you are struggling emotionally in these times, do something that makes you happy for a portion of the day! Please share with me what makes you happy!
Above are a couple of art pieces I have done. Please contact me if you would like to purchase them.
Since I posted last with my wonderful plan of projects to do, I saw on the news that masks are being made with cotton and flannel. I was all over it and started making them like there was no tomorrow! To date, I have made over 300 masks and still going.
I was making them at a rate of 50 per day which totally wiped me out, energy wise. I realized I needed (actually craved) my art quilting and time to be creative.
So, today I did a piece that is a quick “sketch” in thread, painted, and put onto a frame. It helps me get focused on the masks more.
I will be doing some small pieces like this to keep my creativity (aka: my happy place) flowing while still helping during this crisis.
They will all be for sale. If you would like to purchase one of these pieces, please message me. Also, if you have an idea of a subject to sketch, please pass it along to me.
Thank you for reading my blog. Stay safe and healthy!❤️
Wow! December has flown by! I’ve been busy with a lot of traveling and visiting family that I forgot to write posts!!
Currently, I’m finishing the wedding quilt I made for Joe and Sarah. While I was quilting today, my machine (Bernina 790) was doing some weird stuff and I could not figure it out. Thank God for my Bernina 700 series Facebook group! I posted my issue and the response was to recalibrate the screen. I didn’t know that was a thing, and found it in the manual. It worked!
As I keep quilting this huge quilt, I am realizing a few things about myself and quilting:
1. Even though I’m not fond of quilting these big quilts, I love the feel of the quilt when all three layers are stitched together as one.
2. After 4 years, I challenged myself to not use the BSR foot (stitch regulator). my quilting is not too bad!
3. I have a lot more work/practice to do with free-motion stitching to look as good as……well as I want.
Still working on this quilt for a December 4 due date and competition. I came across some issues as I was working on it. I wanted to share with you these issues and my decisions.
I was wondering how I was going to quilt this (common question). I decided to outline it in black 30wt thread to pop the individual colors and shapes. Then do the extremely dense quilting between each design with a white background to have a trapunto look. This also lead to a question of what kind of batting to use. So, for the first time, I am using cotton batting and wool batting on top. Decisions are good at this point!
As I’m quilting along and in my “zen” state, I realize that this challenge quilt is suppose to be 24″x24″ and bound. If I’m doing this much work, I want to be able to submit it to the AQS Shows. After looking at the AQS competition sizes, I discovered that the size of this quilt will be too small. A 4″ border needs to be added around the quilt to make it qualify for the competitions I want to enter this quilt in.
My predicament is….how do I add a border onto an already completed and bound quilt? The decision is to unbind the quilt after the December 4 competition, add at least a 4″ border by doing a “quilt-as-you-go” method. That’s as far as I have got with the decisions. I don’t know what the border is going to look like. I have a bunch of ideas, just don’t want to make that decision yet. I’ll keep you posted as to the results!
Thank you for reading my blog! Have a wonderful day and a very Happy Thanksgiving!
This week I’m starting on a challenge that is through one of my Quilt Guilds. Their challenge is to choose an envelope that had two crayons (I did not know what colors I was choosing). Create a quilt using these two colors and add up to four more colors.
I received BLUE and BLUE/GREEN.
I came up with drawing rings on white fabric, add designs in the rings, painting the fabric with the colors.
And the following photos are my process thus far. Quilting will begin tomorrow. It’s due December 4 at our Christmas party.
Still working on Inclusion! It’s taking more time than I thought, but I am determined to make the October 18th deadline.
I was going to put different ethnic houses on top of the earth, however, it was going to look too busy. It was too empty without anything above the earth, so I decided to paint a saying. (I’ll reveal the saying on the finished photo post next week.)
Found the above brick fabric in my stash and became the perfect fabric backing for this quilt!
Now I’m quilting it. I remember someone saying to me that the ribbon winning quilts seam to have a lot of dense quilting. With that in mind I’ve been densely quilting!
It will be finished soon, and then I’ll be able to show you the completed piece! Then we start praying that it will be juries into the AQS shows.
I started this about 2 years ago for another competition which had the word converge as it’s theme. Well, life happened and prevented me from completing it on time.
When I saw the verb definition of converge, it said something to the effect of…two or more people coming together for a common good. That lead me to think of the world today and how there’s so much negativity towards another human due to the color of their skin, beliefs, or abilities. God made all of us in his image. I am only a part of his image as is every other human on this planet. (I choose God, you may say higher power, higher energy, etc.)
My point is that this world would be much more pleasant if we all accepted each other’s individualities.
This is not complete yet, and it will be completed by October 1. This will be entered into the AQS shows for 2020.