Cut out freezer paper pattern for snowflake

Cut out freezer paper pattern for snowflake

In creating this assortment of samples – all of which are made from entirely 100% felted woven wools – I want to share the process of folding, tracing and cutting the various paper templates used in their construction. Just to be clear, I made one larger dark green and winter white topper, as well as a group of three small 8-9″ red mats all of which I handled differently. I use both tracing paper and freezer paper for my patterns. More…

All Felted Wool Samples!

All Felted Wool Samples!

A very belated Happy New Year to all of you! I left 2012 with a nasty cold that left me indisposed for at least a week, but the good news is that I have escaped the flu (so far!). I hope saying that doesn’t jinx me! Certainly the holidays are busy times and rightly so – time spent with family and friends is priceless. This new year has brought me several reminders of just how precious. In the past few weeks, my cousin in Germany lost her husband to cancer, I said a final goodbye to a dear friend of more than 30 years, and another friend is currently recuperating from surgery that confirmed a cancerous brain tumor and an uncertain future. When it rains, it pours. I’m hoping the new year gets better moving forward. It has taken some concentrated energy to focus on stitching projects that I need to get done. I am teaching a workshop/class at Quilter’s Haven in Rosemount in February. Jean carries a wonderful selection of woven wools, so I want to make sure I have some samples of toppers done entirely with the felted woven wool. More…

Finished!

Finished!

Remember those cut outs of felt in my last post? Well, ta da! Here they are as finished pins! Plus, I actually got another one done (the black and white pin). All of these – with the exception of the pink and brown one – were given as gifts. There are a few people who have been very helpful and supportive in getting me started with my patterns/designing. I think “Thank Yous” are very important. While I was working away madly on these, I actually had a few more ideas. Take a peek at the photos. More…

Pin projects cut out, waiting to be stitched!!

It’s continued to be a rather busy week, with all kinds of random things calling for attention. Finally on Wednesday morning, I managed to lay and cut out the ‘fixins’ for a few more pins. If you notice in the photo that I am definitely trying to mix it up with materials; you’ll see some vinyl, as well as cotton batiks, and I especially used a lot of felted woven wool. For some reason, there have been those who are skeptical that wool can be used effectively in any projects. I also know that a lot of shops will carry woven wools on the bolt (or in smaller pieces), but have not yet chosen to carry wool felt, so accessibilty is a factor. I think that ‘felt’ conjures up images of the .25 sheet of acrylic felt we used to get at the Ben Franklin craft area – great for all those crafty kid projects. You know, the ones with untold sequins, pipe cleaners, glue, little pompons, etc. BUT that felt was horrible for any projects of more sophistication. Thankfully the resurgence of wool and understanding it’s qualities, gives us a chance to show felted wool at it’s best. More…

Mmmmm, can’t decide if this was how I felt before Thanksgiving…or after!

Meant to get a blog post out before Thanksgiving and had taken this picture of our Halloween pumpkin which my DH had kindly moved to the wooded part of our back yard (I think he was trying to see just what our little Aussie pup would think of it!) It was rather entertaining to see the face slowly collapsing, resulting in some interesting expressions! It seems no matter how hard I try to prepare and think ahead, the days before a holiday are always a bit crazy and exhausting as I try to ‘get things ready’!

I envy those of you who have figured out just how to ‘let it all go.’ The fact remains, however, that for 25 years we have celebrated Thanksgiving with my DH’s family in a wonderful secluded ‘cabin’ up north – it is a large, active, and quite often boisterous crew (20-30 people as well as assorted dogs) that gathers there… and I wouldn’t miss it for all the world. (My family was very small and Thanksgiving was almost always just the 5 of us!) More…

Houston International Quilt Market 2012

It’s done! It’s done! The slide show is done! Yes, with the help of my very patient web savvy son, I can finally share my trip to the International Quilt Market in Houston 2 weeks ago. As a first timer, I not only had a great time networking, etc. but also taking photos. There were ‘aisles and miles’ of inspirational colors and textures. So, for those of you who have never attended such a large show or market, I hope you can get a sense of the Market from behind your screen! Enjoy ‘the trip!’ As a designer, I found that ideas just kind of generated themselves as I walked up and down the walkways and taking in all the displays. Now I just have to decide just which ideas I should pursue in the coming months. The hardest thing for me is that I have not had time to quilt at all in the last 9-10 months, while I have been designing, drafting, photographing, and writing patterns as well as making the samples!! I miss the quiet meditation that I have when I sit and stitch. I’m beginning to think I will need to designate myself a ‘vacation’ – a time frame in which I will just focus on my own personal projects. Mind you, I am not complaining – after having chronic lymes for who knows how many years, I finally connected with ‘lymes literate doctor’ a year ago; with one year of treatment behind me, I am cautiously esctatic – feeling much better with more energy and improved stamina and less fatigue. I still have a way to go, but am hoping the trend continues. Who knows what I could get done if I had more energy!?!?!? More…

What fun to see my samples on display in the National Non Woven’s booth!

It’s taken a few days for me just to ‘get my bearings’ as I thoroughly enjoyed the International Quilt Market in Houston. As a first timer, I really didn’t know what to expect…and as a designer, it is a bit different to attend, since most vendors are geared toward shops. I had two main goals in attending: to be able to take in just what is ‘out there’- materials, tools and notions, patterns, techniques, etc. so that my patterns will be current, unique, and inspirational………and to be able to network with others regarding any of the aspects of pattern design, production, sales, etc. I believe I accomplished both of those goals. So many vendors were generous with their advice and encouragement – I wish I could thank them all! I do know that I have been overwhelmed with ideas as my mind is racing with potential projects and patterns. (I think I need to clone me!!) I do think that visual and sensory overload is common to creative people as we tend to look at materials and can think of umpteen new ways to use them!! More…

Daisy pin

Since my last post, I have been a flurry of activity! Creating more pins, doing an “unexpected” trunk show, getting new business cards made, and getting everything in order so my visit to Houston will go smoothly. All good things. It certainly makes the days fly by! Plus, I have a showing of my “other art” (jewelry/beadwork/stained glass pendants) the day I get back from Houston, so I have been getting everything inventoried, priced and ready to go. Top everything off with fact that we are now the proud “parents” to a four-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy named Reka. There is no doubt puppies need attention!

So, today I am amazed. I actually think I am pretty much ready to go. I’m leaving as much room in my bags as possible for the goodies I may find at the market. Having never been there, I understand it can be quite overwhelming for a first-timer! More…

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