Monday, September 29, 2014

Cre8ive Klatch

You know how sometimes you meet people who you feel a connection with?  You know how that can even happen online sometimes?  Well, I met a great group of creative artists a couple years ago in an online class. It has become a supportive group where everyone supports each other as they move forward in their creative endeavors. If you have a question - someone probably has an answer  -  and won't mind sharing what they know.

Out of this group has come a collaborative project. The Cre8ive Klatch.  This is a place to share creative projects and inspiration. I love finding online creative inspiration, so I knew I wanted to work with these artists to spread some happy, creative love.  There's a wide variety of styles of art represented and I'm sure you will find something that inspires you.

Pop over to the blog and meet all the other cre8ives and read more about it.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AB Quilt Top Complete

This week I got all the blocks up on the design wall and had fun rearranging them until I liked the balance of colors and value.  I always enjoy having one on the wall like this and moving blocks around as I go by.

You can see my high tech design wall.  High tech felt adhered to the wall with high tech push pins. But it totally works and the cost was truly minimal.

A little sewing time today to get the top together and then I headed outside to get a pic in natural light.  So far so good with this quilt.  Planning to use an old sheet (in soft blues and greens) for the back and that Michael Miller print (second row, third from the left) for the binding.

 And yes, I did get more mosquito bites getting this shot.  Apparently I need high tech mosquito repellent!
Hope you have a happy week - Fall is on the way!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday, Freemotion by the RiverShow and Tell Tuesday, Freshly Pieced, Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Studio Table

I'm taking  Seth Apter up on his challenge to post pics of your studio table in it's "real" state - not prettied up for a blog post photo.  I love seeing people's work spaces - whether neat or not - so thought I'd share mine.  I am sharing two photos from two different times related to two different media. So I guess you could say it's a two-for-one deal.  ;)

I do a variety of different creative things and right now I am making a quilt. This is probably not what most of you are into creatively but maybe you'll still be interested in seeing my work table. The messiest part of quilt making is the stage where you are selecting and cutting all the fabric pieces. I've passed the point of cutting fabric so most of the mess is gone.When you are sewing your blocks together you have to be organized so you get the right pieces in the right places.  I just have a few block pieces waiting to be sewn and a stack of completed blocks on my table at the moment.  But this is an honest shot of what it looks like in there right now.

 A year ago this month I was knee deep in an art journaling/collage project for an online class I was taking - Mermaid Circus with Teesha Moore and Jane Davenport - and things looked like this:

I love being in the midst of creating and making all the mess. But I have to admit I DO like to clean up and have everything in order again, too.   What about you?

Visit Seth's blog for a list of all participants so you can visit all the studio tables!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quilt Progress and Cre8ive Klatch

Quite a busy week around here and rain over the weekend - so no outside shots of the quilt progress. But at least I did not have to battle the mosquitoes this week. Just a tiny bit left to do to finish and square up the blocks.

I do like seeing them spread over my sewing table.  It gets exciting to see more and more blocks piling up.

In other news, the collaborative project I am involved in is moving forward. Cre8ive Klatch is a group of artists and creatives, working in a variety of media who have come together to share creativity, tutorials, inspiration, gratitude and connection.  If you'd like a little creative inspiration I invite you to head over to the Cre8ive Klatch blog and check it out. You can also join the Facebook page.

Hope you have a colorful and creative week!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday,  and Freemotion by the River, WIP Wednesday, Let's Bee Social

Sunday, September 7, 2014

AB Quilt Progress

I've made progress with the blocks for my new quilt - only four left to go.  Going to have to piece some of the white strips together to have enough, but can totally make it without having to buy more fabric! That was part of my plan - use only supplies that I have on hand.

I braved the mosquitoes to get some outside shots. Mosquitoes are TERRIBLE here right now. Are you having that problem? Probably not since all the mosquitoes seem to be in my backyard!

I'm planing for four blocks across and five rows down.  Simple with eight inch squares surrounded by white.  I think I like the big squares showing off the prints.

Only four more blocks to make, then it's time for the design wall and determining the layout for the quilt.

What are you working on?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Quickie Mixed Media Tag Tutorial and The Cre8ive Klatch

Wow! What a week it's been! I've been rearranging my studio, started a new quilt, and a new collaborative project launched.  I still found a little time to play around with creating a  mixed media tag - the first one I have made(!)  It was really quick.  So I thought I'd put together this "quickie tutorial" to share.  Hope it inspires you to play!

I started with a piece of watercolor paper that I had previously painted a background on with a couple of colors. 

 I stamped letters on a piece of canvas, cut some circles from fabric and some ribbon.  Just playing with things in my scrap drawers.

Then I added a stitching using my sewing machine and black thread all around the edges.  

Next I stitched down the fabric circles and the canvas strip.
Lastly, I added the bow and voila! a cute and colorful tag.
Quick and easy.  This was so much fun and the designs you could make could go in all kinds of directions.  A great way to use up scraps!

This week also marked the unveiling of a collaborative project I am involved in.  The Cre8ive Klatch. 

 Head over the the CK Blog to read about it and meet Susan M Walls of Susan's Art Circus. Then check back each Monday and Thursday to meet all the Klatchers! There's bound to be something to inspire you.

Hope you have a great and creative weekend.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Quilt Beginning

I'm calling this my Amy Butler quilt.  I ordered a couple of AB fat quarter bundles a while back, so I have decided to make a simple quilt to show off the prints. I've included some other fabrics, too, and the whole challenge is for me to use only things that I already have to create this quilt.  I have enough batting and I plan to use an old sheet for the back.  I have enough of that Michael Miller "Feeling Groovy" print to make binding. Need to use up what's in the stash! Here's what my table looked like when I was choosing fabrics.

My plan is for eight inch squares of the prints surrounded by two inch strips of white for a finished block size of twelve inches.  Four rows across by five rows long so about 48 X 60 inches for the quilt. Colorful squares on a white background.  I always love a white background.

My twenty squares all cut and ready.

Next job is to cut the white 2.5 inch strips.  But not tonight.  ;)

Playing with the squares.

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