Creating art with fabric and thread, plus some surface design and embellishments provides us with an infinite horizon. No matter where we are with our creative expression and techniques, we can always get better. Design and creative possibilities are nearly limitless in today’s sewing and quilting world. So much can be done with even the most basic equipment (as long as it is in good working order). It’s so exciting!
I think I must be a little bit crazy because I see inspiration everywhere. Sometimes I have so many ideas in my mind about what to try next that I have a hard time focusing in on a project, and then just as I almost have figured out how I will do my next project, I see a new inspirational technique or design. I have to rein myself in and focus…LOL.
I have also realized that I am basically a magpie. . I love love love sparkly, shiny designs, but then I also am fascinating with what I can do to make interesting looks and near three dimensional art quilts (I think of it as 2 1/2 Dimension) Recently I have been thinking about what I can do with Bernina v7 design software. This software has so many interesting techniques that go so far beyond simple embroidery designs. So I have been spending considerable time thinking about and working on designs that might end up being my next show quilt. Oh look, there’s another neat idea!!!!
In the meantime, I am making an overcoat. I got the outer fabric cut out, but still have the fur collar (from a gorgeous piece of black faux fur), the lining, and interfacing to go. I also am continuing the making of my applique bed quilt for my own bed. I have completed the large middle block and six of the twelve little blocks.
Life in my studio is fun, and I’m sew excited about this brand new sewing and quilting season. If you are in the area, maybe we can work out a play date to sew together sometime this fall. What are you working on?
Don’t forget…I am teaching a workshop next Saturday at G Street Fabrics in Rockville on quilting with feed dogs up for fabric art. In this class you will learn how you can do some very interesting quilting in place of or to work with free motion quilting.
Sew happy everyone! Wishing you a wonderful fall and winter sewing season.