Saturday, December 17, 2016

It's All About the Quilts

  Every year end I write up my goals, resolutions, and dreams for the coming year. As I was pondering this stint, I found a link up with rewards by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl. A good omen if I ever saw one! I spent a day ruminating on my goals, not the dreary "lose 10 pounds" kind, but the fun ones, because we know it's all about the quilts.

My not so secret to personal growth as a quilt artist is writing the Daily Pages, ala The Artist's Way. The link is actually to a woman who inspired me to give it a go, someone who found her success through the process. So my first goal is to continue writing the daily morning pages. It cleans the brain gears. It sweeps away the dust bunnies. It tortures the Inner Critic into a whimpering mass of jello. It opens the gates to creation.

Creation is fun.
My next goal is a yearly hope for almost every quilter and creator: to NOT start new projects.  I have whittled down my stack of UFOs, but there are still a whole bunch. One blogger said she would let herself start a new project for every 3 she finished. Maybe it is more realistic to go 1 for 1. If I get a big inspiration how can I not start a new project? It is more about progress than perfection, folks.

Another UFO, DONE!! 
This is a 14 x 24 Tlinget Button Blanket art piece. My inspiration came from the logo of a soul catcher, a symbol for physical and spiritual well being. It was originally created for the U W School of Public Health by Marvin Oliver. I adapted it in colors I love, hand appliqued, machine quilted, and embellished it with antique mother of pearl shank buttons. It is a graduation gift for my daughter, Diane Jensen Donald.  I called Lisa at Huckleberry Patches to brainstorm about the best way to hang this pushme-pullyou. We thought framing, so I called Nels Jensen at Picture This, and made a plan. I will mail this wrapped around a tube and inside a priority mailing tube to him to frame. He told me he is booked 3 weeks into January, and of course I need it today, December 17th, so I replied that my daughter Diane is used to being disappointed. 

So, since I finished this one, do I get to start a new one? 

I have had a goal to write pdf patterns and sell them in my etsy shop. I even bought the Adobe update pdf tool this year, and had a fine tutorial by Diane on using it. Well, I need a refresher course. But I have at least one design, Superhero Undies, that I want to get drawn up. I found this poster on etsy, and wrote to the artist several times with no response. If I give him credit in the pattern, maybe he won't come after me with his copywrite infringement superpower and slap my hands. I have a secret wish to try EQ7. Or maybe that is complicating things? 

Triangles and a couple of appliques. 
I have been working on my FMQ (free motion quilting.) A goal that needs to stay as loose as my shoulders is to practice my FMQ. I find it more useful to just practice on my real projects, rather than mess around with scraps and toss things in the garbage. I will post a photo after Christmas of a project waiting to be quilted this weekend. I need to restate a personal skill I have. When I FMQ, as my hands move the fabric around under the needle, my tongue sticks out and moves in unison with my hands. This is a natural talent, not something I had to learn. I will see about posting a video of this amazing feat.

Of course I will continue with my usual yearly goals, go to yoga 3 days a week, eat healthy, smile lots, connect with others more, comment on every blog I read, and keep sewing every day.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Janice...I know what you mean about loose shoulders...I struggle with that when FMQ. Any hints? And I LOVE the Super Hero Undies. You would love EQ7 or EQMini! Best wishes for a fun and productive 2017!

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    1. I hadn't heard of EQMini, and will look into that. I need to not think about the learning curve. Lots of people do EQ, why not me, too? As far as the relaxing into FMQ, I think I need a parrot, that repeats, " breathe, relax, breathe, relax, etc." Maybe some background music... something like a lullaby.

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  2. I love the undies pattern idea.
    I think I need to aim to start one new project for every three I finish. Otherwise, I will never shrink the to-do pile.

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    1. Do you suppose the to-do pile grows on it's own, kind of like a petrie dish?

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  3. I think many of us would like to write patterns. The super hero undies would be wonderful! Good luck with your goals.

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  4. I hope you have a wonderful 2017 and enjoy learning to write patterns starting with the fun Super Hero Undies! Thank you so much for linking up.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. The real trick is designing something original. I am willing to give it a go. Even 5 minutes a day of sketching is bound to lead me in the right direction. It helps that I look at the world with a tilt of my head, with an eye for the quirkiness in life.

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  5. Love the Tinget Button Blanket! Good luck with your pattern design endevours!

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    1. Thanks, Lorrie. It is actually a very dusty goal, so maybe this year it will actually go somewhere. Happy New Year.

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  6. Good luck with your goals and happy new year !

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    1. Thanks, Bea, Happy New Year to you as well.

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  7. I am really into the wall quilts now - because it is all about me, me, me. *grins* I used them to decorate my work cubicle.
    Your blog title really threw me until I read the description - good one!
    Popped by from the planning party.
    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Tami, isn't it fun checking out each other's wild blogs? Creative inspiration!

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  8. Happy New Year, may it be full of blessings! And goal fulfillment! http://quiltlovefordomesticfelicity.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Kristin, It is funny, no one seems to be disparaging that I am lifting the idea. Should make an easy pattern, and I have to start somewhere.

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  10. First, love that Tlinget 'push-me/pullyou' artwork you did! I have an affinity for Native American art/culture. My daughter's university grad quilt was a little over a year late, so I love the line, 'she is used to disappointment' ha! Wow, you do Artist's Way daily pages; I did too for a few months, great brain sweeping. Discovered them on Leah Day's website. Best of luck with your goals!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. It seems a lot of us recent retirees are reaping benefits of yoga, quilting, gardening, pets,. Of course we enjoyed those things before, but now we can embrace them more fully. I find yoga great for pushing aside the fear, and discovering that I can do lots of scary things like head stands. I will check out Leah Day.

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  11. I enjoyed your post and reading your goals. I agree, I also want to try to comment on blog posts more!

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