Sunday, July 5, 2015

July Blog Hop for Improv Handbook quilt testers

"Guitar String Improv" by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters
by Sherri Lynn Wood.
I previously mentioned (in this post) that my "Guitar Strings Improv" quilt was published in the "Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters." (It's on page 38.)

To celebrate the book and Sherri Lynn Wood's continued success with it, I was invited to participate in the Improv Handbook July Blog Hop—to talk about the process—along with several other quilt makers who tested one of the 10 scores.

The July Blog Hop agenda is below. Watch for my post on July 8 and leave me a comment about what you think of the improv process or Sherri Lynn's book.

Be sure to hop over to see how the other blogger/quilters interpreted their improv score. The quilts are fabulous!

July 1: The Quilting Edge by Marianne Haak
July 3: Andrew Steinbrecher
July 6: Heather Kojan Quilts
July 8: FiberAntics by Veronica
July 16: Marion's Journal
Date TBD: Latifah Saafir Studios

You also might want to be inspired by all of the 165 test quilts that were made (only 22 were chosen for the book). Here is the list of online galleries. Amazing work! Please check it out.

 The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters
by Sherri Lynn Wood
Get a copy of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters at YLQS or bookseller. It's a great addition to any quilter's library.

Friday, July 3, 2015

ATCs: Things with Wings

"Things with Wings"
by Dawn Spagna
Do pigs fly?!

The Artist Trading Card (ATC) theme in June was "Things with Wings." And I guess this image is proof they do.

Complements of the ATC artists that participated in the FiberAntics June swap, here are other magical and mythical things with wings.

"Dream" by Marilyn League

"Things with Wings"
by Diane Penischi
"Birds" by Veronica Hofman-Ortega

"Things with Wings"
by Karen Downer

"Things with Wings—My Home" by Bonnie Stevens

"Things with Wings: KFC"
by Liz Armstrong

"Things with Wings" by Debbie Joyner
 I couldn't resist including this one with the two little ones sleeping—another by Dawn.
"Things with Wings" by Dawn Spagna
And, of course, everyone has at least one angel. Does yours have her/his wings?
"Does your Angel have Wings?"
by Sharon Griffith
This month, I finally got to trade ATCs in person with a long-time participant in my ATC swaps, Marilyn League. We met for Memphis BBQ last week at Central BBQ. Talked the whole evening long… art, ATCs, fabric, quilting, garment sewing... to name a few. Had a great time! Thanks, Marilyn.
Marilyn League (left) and me at Central BBQ,
Memphis, TN.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Creativity: Making something unexpected from unconventional materials

It's about problem solving and opening your mind to unexpected possibilities and unconventional outcomes.

For example, have you ever seen an alphabet like this?
A, B, C, D

L, M, N, O, P, etc.

Q, R, S, T

S, T, U, V
Yesterday, I found a bag of miscellaneous batting scraps. I've rolled them into little bundles and balls and will be contributing them to the swap table at a workshop. Someone will find a creative use for them.
miscellaneous batting bundles
They could turn into an alphabet… or something equally spectacular.
X, Y and Z.
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