Next week, the bag!
If you want to see the first post on this series, start here.
I added some abstract leaf-like quilting around the circles from my original attempt at quilting the fabric. I like how it gives the impression of wreaths of leaves around the flowers..
I added a large button which holds the cover down, and doubles as a prop for the Kindle.
Next week, the bag!
Occasionally, I take on a custom order that is put of my normal comfort zone of plush animals and home decor. My client wanted a kindle cover and matching bag to carry it in, so I took on the job.
Of course I love to shop for fabric, and I was very happy with the fabrics I found at Stitched, one of my local modern fabric stores. My first step was to quilt my fabric for the kindle cover (she wanted extra padding) so here is my first attempt:
I kind of like it, but I think I want to add more quilting. You can see the lining fabric at the top of the photo. More to come!
After my pieces were slashed and diced, I started to put pieces up on my design board, just trying different things out. When I originally got inspired to slash my pieces up, I thought I was going to end up with this super modern quilt with off-kilter piecing, and large blocks of color. As I played around with the pieces though, I thought of how I had seen a cheater way of making a drunkard's path using quartered circles, so I tried it out. This is what I got:
I fell so much in love with it that all my thoughts of super modern went right out the window. <sigh> I know there is a modern quilter in me somewhere, but she ran away and now I can't find her. More later!
This quilt has been a UFO in my work bin for over a year now. But I was suddenly inspired by another blog to slash and slice these squares into quarters and halves. Then I'll resew the whole thing back together. Fun fun fun!
The other project that I’ve had to make the hard choice to put away for now is my Creating Art at the Speed of Life workbook. I‘m not going to put it away long term, like the girly dresses. It’s not that I can't get to it. It's more like I ready to go out on my own. The book is going to stay in my art area as an inspiration spring board for when I’m feeling stuck. I have realized that I am not stopping art journaling anytime soon.
I shared my art journal with a fellow artist friend. As she flipped through the pages, her little son asked, “Why is she making that?” Her response was “Well, she’s trying to figure out what things she likes to work with and what makes her heart happy.” I loved that explanation!
Working on the first 11 lessons has revealed several things to me:
I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate art journaling as a daily or nearly daily thing for myself. I find it so refreshing as long as I am doing something I want to do instead of having to stick to a planned activity.
What lessons have you learned about your art lately? Leave a comment!
One life lesson that is hard to learn is knowing when to cut your losses. Like my little girly dresses I started at the beginning of the spring. The first batch I got done and my daughter wore them all the time. Then I had a second set that got assembled later, but lacked the hem, finishes, and buttons that needed to be added on. Alas, they laid around all summer. And our summer season here is so short. Before I realized it, summer had gone by. Also, I realized she had already begun to outgrow what I made. At first I asked myself, “Why go to so much effort if they can only wear those clothes for a couple of months?”Then I was reminded that it was great fun to make them and even more fun to see her twirl and enjoy them, even if the period was brief. However to finish that last batch seems like a lot of effort in the wrong direction now. So, I will fold them away for the next child, and my time on them will be much shortened.
Have you had to make the hard choice to stop a project and come back to it later? Tell me about it below!
I read through Lotta Jansdotter: Open Studios recently. It was somewhat interesting to peek inside other artists' work spaces and see how they organize (or not) their space. My own space is being lightly renovated so that I can be in it year round now. No more having to figure out where to stash my stuff so little fingers don't get hurt. I've also been pinning some dream stuff. Feel free to follow me on Pinterest. Have a great rest of your week!
With summer, my time in my sewing studio always decreases. My fingers twitch to be outside and I know I’d sew a crooked seam (that’s a quote from Anne of the Island, but I digress…) But the other day, one of my children requested one of my big kangaroos in yellow. So I quickly found my pattern and away we went!
What do you think?
It was nice sewing again. It felt like meeting an old friend for coffee. Quick but fun little time together. Must do it again soon.
Do you sew more or less at certain seasons? Leave a comment!