During my recent visit to Chicago I enjoyed seeing the The Washed Ashore Traveling Exhibit at The Shedd Aquarium. These pieces of art were all made from plastic with extensive bite marks from fish, crabs, birds etc. that washed ashore.
I'm often asked where I get my ideas, the answer is everywhere. I'm not an artist known for doing one particular thing like flowers or birds etc, I go with whatever moves me in the moment. When I was nearing the end of my quilt project I needed an idea for a few more blocks, I had done all sorts of sentimental blocks, done some of my favorite things but I needed a few more, what to do.... I went to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see the Chihuly exhibit, (hurry if you haven't seen it - ends Oct 29th) thinking it would inspire me. Well I loved the exhibit but it was the water lilies that got my attention, I always admire them when I visit the gardens but this particular day I knew they were what I wanted for my last blocks!
For a show I had this past weekend I needed a way to show my embroidery hoop art & banners so I quickly & easily put together 2 hanging displays made from things I had around the house. I had 6' of plastic mesh left over from another project (cut it in half to have 2 -3' pieces). I cut down 2 - 2X4's to 36" (the width of the mesh) and then cut them to in half lengthwise using a table saw, so I then had 4 pieces roughly 2X2X36. Next I stapled the top of the mesh to one piece of wood & did the same on the bottom, repeat for the 2nd hanger. I drilled a little starter holes & attached 2 eye hooks on each hanger & voila done!
In 2014 I decided I wanted to make a quilt using only fabric I printed myself. The years passed and I've printed lots of fabric but the quilt itself never did get made... until the 100 day project. For this reason in particular I'm grateful to have been a part of the challenge.
It's good to have a deadline, but also to be flexible & realistic. Originally I hoped to have the whole quilt completed but as time went on I realized the most I could hope for was to have the quilt top completed. Mission accomplished!
I've been asked what my favorite part of this project was, which is a hard question to answer. I love to design new fabrics, I love to screen print fabric, I am almost obsessive about carving blocks (so hard to stop once you start), sewing goes without saying...but my actual favorite part is the outcome, I look at it and all the memories sewn into it & it makes me so happy. I see my daughter, my son, icons that always remind me of my late husband, Jax our howling dog, icons that remind us of our travels, and blocks of some of my favorite things like strawberries, apples, flowers, hearts & tea.
Least favorite part, winding bobbins lol!
Thanks to everyone who followed me & for all the lovely comments along the way!
If you wait till "your ready" or "everything is perfect" or "the timing is right" you'll never make a change. A few years ago my very smart & talented son made me a website, I loved what he did & it linked to my instagram & blog and Etsy. The only downside was he had to manage it since I don't write code, if I wanted to update show listings or add a photo I had to ask him. Im way too independent for that so this year I decided to make a change so I've switched over to squarespace where I can do everything myself. Full disclosure - my son has helped me navigate the process a lot, I'm not a button pusher by nature, fear of messing up is more my nature! So today I will open my new website which is not perfect (yet) and many of my products are not yet listed in my shop but if I wait till its perfect I'll never go live!
I had several "OH NO" moments this weekend...After a productive day in the printshop I banged one screen into another & poked a hole in it....ARGH!
When reclaiming a screen the power washer sprayed back on me so I took my glasses off & put them in my apron pocket....when I put them back on they were bent out of shape, they wouldn't even stay on my head, this is the best I could fix them without completely snapping them..."OH NO"! Guess I'll be getting new glasses this week.
|IPAD mini case made with my original hand screen printed fabric,|
foam to protect your device, a two way zipper & a soft furry lining
|I got some very good input from some very talented friends as to the readability of my logo,|
it was great advice, so thank you Gina & Scot!
Little by little a little becomes a lot! This is my mantra, my way of life, maybe the best advise I've passed on to my kids. The big picture can be so overwhelming sometimes but if you consistently do a little bit at a time, put one foot in front of the other and just keep moving forward you can accomplish a lot!
This past weekend in order to avoid a block party I took a drive to Stockbridge Ma. I happened upon the Berkshire Botanical Gardens which are beautiful & I came away with a ton of photos & a very long "wish" list for my garden. In the children's garden was something I had never seen or heard of; a "wishing tree", it stopped me in my tracks. I absolutely loved it. It was magical. The wishes ranged from silly to serious. I added several myself, I hope they all come true especially the one about wishing I had a wishing tree!
ilovethatjunk which featured a vintage garbage can planter & the minute I saw it I knew I had to make one. I didn't have acess to a dented old can which I would have loved so I went to Home Depot & bought a new one.
1. I drilled several holes in the bottom of the can for drainage. 2. Cut a circle of filter fabric & put that on the inside of the can. 3. I filled about half the can with empty water bottles to take up room & keep the planter from getting really heavy. 4. Because my yard is hilly I used a level before adding the soil - I used Miracle Grow Container Mix. 5. Add Plants, I used Elephant Ears, Calladiums, Colieus, & several different Sweet Potato Vines.
Turning the tire inside out was no easy task either. I've learned a lot depends on the individual tire.
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