Batik Challenge Done

Look who finished another project on the April Short List!


I swear I spent more time figuring out what to do with the batik than I did making the quilt. The fabric came from an Art Quilt Group challenge back in January.
I used fashion fabric for the binding because I didn’t want to buy anything new. It had a little more give to it than quilting cotton, but worked fine.
I painted the leaf outlines using fabric paint.
I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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All About Creating

I’ve been on a creativity kick.
I finished the 21-Day Creativity Challenge running through Rose Hughes’ Facebook page. Every day she posted a word and the participants drew whatever the word inspired, but only for five minutes.
Although I love the idea of sketching, I didn’t love this challenge. I discovered I’m much more of a look at it and draw it girl than a think about it and draw it girl. Color would have helped too. I thought about adding colored pencil to my sketches and didn’t. Note to self for the future: add color.
After that I read Steal Like an Artist by Austin Cleon. I’d seen the hype about this book and had to wait a few weeks for it to come in through the library. There was a waiting list.
I have to say I wasn’t impressed, largely because I’d heard it all before. I didn’t find anything new here. I did appreciate Cleon’s brevity. I read the book in about 30 minutes.
If you haven’t read a lot of books on the creative process, you will likely get a lot out of this one. If you have, stick with The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield or The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe. Both are excellent books.
After that I got back to watching my Craftsy class and sewing.
Thinking about creating is fine, but you still have to show up and do the work.

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Stash Report And Batik Challenge

Nothing in or out this week.
The batik challenge is quilted and the binding cut but not made. I’ll count it all next week. I can’t remember if I counted the batik fabric in or not, so I’ll have to go back and look.

I kept the quilting minimal and took a cue from Project Runway and edited down all the ideas to just painting the leaf shapes. All those other ideas will have to go into future projects. Simple really is better on a small experimental piece.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 3 2/3 yards
Fabric Out: 6 2/3 + ¼ yards
Net Fabric Used: 3.25 yards

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My First Craftsy Class

I posted weeks ago about trying a Craftsy class and received a lot of good feed back from readers. Thanks again to everyone that left a comment. Last Sunday I bought a class (or two) and started watching it.
My first choice was Hand Applique Made Easy with Mimi Dietrich. I honestly don’t ever remember her teaching in this area, although she might have back when I started quilting.
I chose this class because I taught myself to appliqué and thought I might have missed a few things along the way. I did a lot of hand appliqué about ten years ago for three or so years. I have the UFOs to prove it. Some of my applique turned out fine, others not so much.
I listened to the first two lessons and am surprised at how much I’ve learned. Apparently I missed more than a few things along the way. The one thing I did have right was the appliqué stitch. I have a lot to learn about prepping appliqué pieces. I’ll probably fall off my chair by the time she gets to needle turn.
I decided to do a modified version of the class project. I’ll appliqué enough blocks to cover all the major areas – curves, stems, circles, points and valleys. After that I’ll move on to UFOs and “some day” quilts.
I never understood all the fuss around Craftsy, but now I do. You can’t beat the amount of info you get for the price, anywhere. All my classes were on sale for $19.99. I might be able to buy a book for that, but I’d rather watch someone appliqué than look at pictures of it in a book. I could never touch a live class for that price.
So now I’m a Craftsy convert. And I’m not looking at classes again until I finish the one I bought. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Batik Challenge Revisited

I painted the designs on the batik pieces earlier this week. Sorry about the crooked picture.


I’m happy with how they turned out and glad I moved away from the original designs. I have a plan for setting and sashing, just didn’t get that far with a school event last night. License boy is heading into the senior home stretch where he has one thing after another.
No more parent events or other commitments for a couple weeks. Looks like I can have at the quilting and the home projects. Maybe I’ll even finish another project this month.

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A Week Of Clarity

This week all the clouds in my mind cleared and I experienced a wave of clarity.
I finished the plastic bag holder for a quarter yard out. You can read about that and see the picture in the last post.
I abandoned the batik challenge as I had it mocked up on the design wall.

batik-challenge-mock-upI hated the dark purple background, I couldn’t make the designs on the batik pieces work and I realized I would never take the next step because of it. I completely redesigned it and got it to the point where I’m ready to start painting. More on the redesigned quilt this week.
I broke down and bought a couple Craftsy classes this weekend. Both classes cover techniques that recur on my UFO list and my designs to try/some day list. More about those classes in future posts.
My husband and I hit the garage yesterday and filled the garbage bin. I’m determined to get my mom’s stuff out and my car back in by summer. Enough is enough.
I even made staff changes at work to move away from things that weren’t working and toward things that would.
I deserve quilty time today after so much productivity this week.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 3 2/3 yards
Fabric Out: 6 2/3 + ¼ yards
Net Fabric Used: 3.25 yards

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Another Finish – Bag Holder

I finished the second project on the April Short List, a plastic bag holder using this tutorial.

plastic-bag-holderThis would make a great first sewing project for a child. The directions were written with new sewers in mind. There were lots of details and helpful hints. As an experienced sewer I just read through the directions and then made it. It sewed up in less than an hour, which included the time I spent looking for elastic and ribbon.
I used the snowman fabric because it’s one of those hard to use pieces. I only had a fat quarter, which came in a bundle with other Christmas fat quarters from different fabric lines. The snowman globes measure 2.5 inches across. In my world this is a backing fabric or something I’d use for a tree skirt. I’m just glad to have found a use for it other than donating it.
And with this finish, I believe I have worked all those crafty little projects out of my system. No more of those on The Short List.
I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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