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?


  1. Love the sunflower painting and quilt. No, I don't choose a word, I just like to get on and do things without limiting myself! Valerie

  2. hello and what a lovely blog you have here with art and fabric fantastic creations..happy new year and thank you for your kind comments on my blog

  3. Cool Sunflower and those fabrics look yummy

  4. Your art looks great in textile - maybe even more vibrant. Love it. As for your word, why choose just one when there are so many? :)

  5. I love seeing pieces that go from a painting or sketch to textile/fibre. LOVE your bright flower quilt. Such fun colours. Happy new year! xx

  6. Beautiful quilt and sunflowers. Great start for the new year. Happy New Year.

  7. I love how you are translating your painting into a quilt - it's beautiful! I almost didn't choose a word this year either but the word "faith" kept popping up so I felt like it was meant to be.

    Have a great 2015!


  8. Happy New Year! :-)
    I think your fabric collage is beautiful! I like doing this kind of work!
    And your new fabric is awesome!


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