Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hello All,

I can't believe that it's been almost two months since my last entry! I do apologize. I don't even have a good excuse. I thought I'd have a lot of down time these past few weeks, but as always, I'm still behind. I'm beginning to understand that I place way too many expectations on myself!

Anyway, here is the project that I used in my last full length video ( it will be out in about 5-6 months). The first photo is a rough drawing on tissue paper. For those of you who want to try this "Quilt and Color" technique but don't feel that you can do it without a pattern, you can pin a tissue paper pattern to the top of your quilt sandwich and follow your drawn lines.

The second photo with just one bird, some stems and the sun, shows how I do this technique. If you look closely you can see that I've just traced the main elements of the outlines of the two birds, the large portion of the tree limbs and a portion of the sun. This helps me make sure that things get placed where I want them in the design field. Then I layer with two layers of batting and a backing. I usually stitch the larger design elements first then add the detail after.

The next photo shows the piece with all of the quilting done and I've just started coloring in. And the final photo shows the piece all colored in and ready for a binding. My hubby wanted the word "escape" on it. It will hang in his cubicle at work once it's bound.

Now it's back to my studio for some long sought after quilting time. All the gifts are wrapped, the grocery shopping done and now it's me time!

Yee haw!

Till next time,