Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to my post for Grow Your Blog 2015! I want to send a big "thank you" to Vicki for hosting this blog hop. What an undertaking!

My name is Laney and I'm happy you've stopped by here on your way around the internet. Basically I'm an artist and here on my blog I share what I create.  You can read more on my About page.

I sew, paint, draw - whatever catches my interest and will fit into my tiny studio. You can see more of my art by clicking on the tabs above this post.

If I'm not creating, or blogging, I like to read and research things - either in books or on the internet. I seem to spend a lot of time with my laptop or Kindle!  I like tech stuff, too.  :)

The online creative community is so much fun! I love meeting other bloggers and creative people, so I look forward to visiting you. Please leave a comment and/or follow my blog so I can return the favor.

Enjoy the blog hop!

~ Laney

Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Tips for Art Studio Organization in a Small Space

It's my turn on the Cre8ive Klatch blog and I've written about organizing in a small space. Pop over and take a look.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday Morning Quilts Book Review and Studio Organization

I received a copy of Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts and Cheryl Arkisson of Dining Room Empire as a gift recently and really enjoyed reading it. It's all about scrap quilting - which I love. There are lots of  colorful, inspiring quilts in this book if you like scrap quilts. I found the book easy to read and it felt like the authors were just talking to me like a quilting friend. I have not made any quilts form this book but the directions appear to be clearly written. I spent an enjoyable few days pouring over this book when I received it and I highly recommend it!

As part of making the best use of your leftover fabrics the authors also discuss organizing your scraps. So that launched me into organizing my scraps as they suggested. And since January is National Organization Month I thought this would be a good time to share.

I keep my scraps in a set of rolling plastic drawers which I position under my sewing table.  This cart has three drawers. In the top drawer I keep notions and in the bottom two I have my scraps. I sort of kept them separated by warm and cool colors, but I still had to dig around to find things when I wanted a particular fabric piece.

The book recommends separating your scraps by color and then further by size. I decided to separate by color first.  I still needed to keep my scraps in the same two drawers, so I used some pieces of presentation board that I had hanging around and cut it to fit to make dividers. I cut the board to size and just stuck the pieces down in the drawers. Then I dumped the contents out on the floor and began the separation process!

I discovered that I had more usable fabric than I imagined! I saw things I had forgotten about! I found fabrics I thought I had used all of! I realized that I definitely had enough fabric to make more quilts!

AND - my drawers look so pretty now!

I had to combine some colors so I chose the colors I have less of to share a section - like yellow, brown and orange on the right.

Here black, white and gray share a space. It bulges a bit, but I like to use white so seem to have plenty of that hanging around.  :)

 I'm not further separating by size. The color separation has really worked for me and I don't want to use further space. When working on my QAYG blocks it's so simple to open the drawer and find a scrap the color I want.

 I have more studio organization in the works to share later this week.  But today check out the Cre8ive Klatch blog  for more studio organization tips from a bunch of creative artists!

Hope all this inspires you to get organized, too!
How do you manage your scraps? Let me know in the comments.

Linking up with:
 Let's Bee Social
Needle and Thread Thursday

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Progress on Flower Fiber Art

I have been working on the flower fiber art piece I shared on Friday.

I have stitched everything down that is cut so far. I added the initial stitching to the center of the flower with free motion circle shapes. I want to add more here - maybe some hand embroidery.

 FMQ surely takes practice - but that practice is fun to do!

More flowers need to be cut and appliqued and the ground/hills need definition with fabric and stitching. But I spent Sunday organizing in my studio. I love to get things cleaned up and organized, don't you?  I just like to have a neat, attractive space to work in - maybe because my room is small so I feel claustrophobic if there's too much stuff around.

I cleaned up and rearranged and am now cleaning out and reorganizing the closet.
Are you organizing in the new year?

Linking up with:
Let's Bee Social
WIP Wednesday
Needle and Thread Thursday

Friday, January 2, 2015

Of Words and Art

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year celebration and that your 2015 is off to a good start.

Many artsy people in blogland choose a word to act as a guide for the coming year. My friend Michelle at Shells in the Bush is hosting a blog hop for One Little Word. She is leading us through several steps related to choosing your word and being inspired and motivated by it. So I am joining in the fun.

Or at least I thought I was.

I can't seem to find my word. Nothing is jumping out at me or grabbing me.  I didn't choose a word last year, but did in 2013. (My word in 2013 was "true.")  I made some good decisions last year - and made some good art - all without the guidance of a word.  ;)

So, for now at least, I don't have a word for 2015.  But I can be inspired by those of you that do.

Now, on to some art!

Based on this painting I did a year or two ago . . .

 I have this fiber art/art quilt in process:

This piece has been hanging out for awhile and I really need to get back to it. The flower petals have been sewn down, but nothing else. You can see the pins all over the place!  Still quite a lot of work to be done.

I do a raw edge fabric collage/applique technique - some fused, some not, then stitch by machine. Really love working this way - which is a good thing since there is so much left to do!

We de-decorated the tree today, packed up the Christmas stuff, and vacuumed all the pine needles off the rug. That took all morning! But it feels good to have things back in order. I got in some exercise. 
And this afternoon the mailman brought me this:

A fat quarter bundle of bright solids from Connecting Threads! Look at all that gorgeous color!  This is my first order from CT and so far I am pleased. 

So what have you been working on? Do you choose a word for the year?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

More Quilt As You Go Blocks

I hope everyone had/is having a great holiday season. For those like my self that celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a nice time with family.

Did you receive any quilting/sewing related gifts?  I was lucky enough to receive a few items to make quilting and sewing easier.

A Supreme Slider, Machingers Gloves, Clover Wonder Clips and Little Magic Bobbin Genies!  I tried out the gloves and the Supreme Slider on one of my QAYG blocks. (See below photo - top right block) And, no, I did not really need them for quilting that block,  LOL, but I wanted to try them out. That slider is super slick!! I can really see how it could make FMQ easier. The Machingers gloves are comfortable and really do give you easier control over the fabric.  I have not had a chance to try the binder clips or the bobbin washers yet.

I have continued to work on some QAYG blocks.  I was inspired to try this method by Maureen's tutorial at Maureen Cracknell Handmade,  and Rachel's tutorial at Stitched in Color. Then there is also the recent book Quilt As You Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig.

I saw these tutorials a few years ago and finally decided I wanted to give it a try.  I don't know if I will keep going until I have a bed size quilt, though. I think I would still be happy with a nice throw size, I really just wanted to try the technique.

On the first block I made, (top left) I quilted each piece as I added it. On the bottom two blocks I made the block in the traditional manner, then layered it up with batting and did the quilting all at once. I did a random, squared off spiral starting in the center and quilting outward.

No measuring - just free form - I figured that suited the style of the blocks.  I think I prefer creating the block first and then quilting it rather that doing the whole flip and sew, then quilt each piece of the patchwork.  Maybe because I feel like I am making progress to get the block itself created first. So far, I don't feel like this is a faster method, but then that is not really the point. It's all just to save you having to quilt the quilt as a whole.  I definitely would not attempt this pattern of quilting if I was having to turn the whole quilt every time I needed to change direction!

Have you ever done QAYG? What did you think of the process?

Linking up with:
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

There hasn't been much sewing happening this week, but I did play around one evening with this quilt-as-you-go block.  I may want to try a QAYG quilt.  This may be a way to make a larger quilt on my little Bernina.  So I figure I could make a few blocks and see what I think.

It is definitely easier to do all this quilting one block at a time.  :)

Instead of sewing, my sewing room has been used for gift wrapping the last few days. Here's whats on my ironing board right now. (The sewing table is covered in paper debris and glitter!)

Whether you are sewing or preparing for the holidays I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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