Friday, December 7, 2018

7 More Christmas Gifts Quilters Want - Off the Wall Friday

So here is yet another list of ideas on what to give your favorite quilter for Christmas.....or maybe.....what to put in your letter to Santa!  You can see previous lists here from years gone by.  This year I thought I would go a bit more traditional since lately I've been doing more traditional work.    You'd think I'd run out of things that quilters want....but no..... there is always something new and interesting coming out!!!!

7 More Gifts Quilters Want

1. Quilt Fiction ....Most quilters I know like to read and now there are several series of quilt-centric fiction out there.  Some to try are Elm  Creek Quilt Series,  Kilts and Quilts Series, and
Cobbled Court Quilts.

2. A Design Wall......Not everyone is lucky enough to have an full size design wall....but pretty much every quilter needs one.  Cheryl Ann's Design Wall is perfect for the quilt that needs a temporary but useful design wall!  Plus they come in three sizes!

3. Wheeled Crafting Table....Now here is one from MY Christmas list this year.  I needed a small  table that could be wheeled around my studio to.... hold assorted items, act as a temporary pressing station....hold up the end of a quilt while I'm sewing etc.  There are a quite a few
out there so you have to decide what size you want and what features you need!

4.  Sewing Themed Odds and Ends....Let's face it...Most quilters are creative types which means we're weird eccentric.  So a sewing machine pouch, sewing machine socks, a Bob Ross Bobblehead,   (ohhh come on  - 'fess up - you've always wanted a Bob Ross Bobblehead or chia head right?) ...quilt calendars, 
mugs, jewelry  etc etc - basically anything that is fabric, sewing theme is welcome

5. Everything Mary Totes and storage  - Quilters also like to take their stuff with them.... there are classes, conferences, sewing bees, and Guild.  If you need to tote and store .... Everything Mary has a design option for you.  Its like the Vera Bradley for Quilters!!!

6. A Good Purse size Sketchbook.....maybe a moleskine one, or leatherbound....something small enough to travel with you but nice enough that its special and you'll
actually use it!!

7. A Happy Planner from Me &My Big Ideas.....So I always wanted to plan things... I bought planners with good intentions and never - ever kept with them .....until.... I got a Happy Planner!!  What I love about it is that all the stickers are themed to meet pretty much every need so you can put your creative touch to it but its not a big time investment.  It usually takes me 20 minutes to plan out a pretty page layout for the week and since its creatively fun, I've kept with it.  Another tip is that Joann Fabrics are now carrying them so they are much cheaper on sale or with a coupon!

So that's this year's ideas.  As always feel free to comment on what's on your list or maybe what you're buying a quilty or artsy friend!!

So What Have Been Up to Creatively??

Friday, November 30, 2018

Off the Wall Friday

Having Internet Problems 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thankful for Off the Wall Friday

Friday, November 16, 2018

Off the Wall Friday

As my time here helping my parents draws to an end, I started reflecting on family and how important it is to our lives. There might not have been a lot of creative time this week, but we had a whole LOT of family time and that's important too.  I want to thank everyone for your prayers and encouragement through the last couple months.  You all are great!

So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, November 9, 2018

5 Things You Didn't Know about Georgia O'Keefe - Off the Wall Friday

Sitting in my parents' cabin, I watched as fall turned into November.  I've gotten a lot done on my pinwheels quilt and have found it very therapeutic.   I also started thinking about the exciting things that are happening this month.  The best of which is the upcoming exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art entitled, Georgia O'Keefe, Living Modern.  Its going to offer  "a unique look into the fascinating connections between the paintings, personal style, and public persona of one of America’s most iconic artists."  The idea of connecting her work with her clothes is really interesting to me.

So with this in mind I thought I would do a little research into Georgia O'Keefe.

5 Things You Didn't Know about Georgia O'Keefe

1.  She painted more than close up of flowers.  In fact, the flowers series only accounts for 200 off her over 2,000 paintings.  She also rejects the popular sexual interpretation of her flower paintings.  In 1943, she said, “Well—I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flowers you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower—and I don’t.” 

2.  She loved to paint in the back of her car.   She would turn the passenger seat around and place the canvas on the backseat as an easel.  The car was mobile and kept her out of the hot desert sun.

3.  She painted in all sorts of weather.  She was known to paint in the hottest heat of summer, under tents during downpours and with gloves on when the weather turned cold.  She loved nature and enjoyed totally immersing herself in it to create her art.

4.  She married the art dealer,  Alfred Stieglitz who propelled her to fame.  In fact, he divorced his wife, to marry her.  Their love affair not only included over 25,000 pages of love letters but also many extra marital affairs.  Still they stayed together till the day  Stieglitz died.

5.   She quit painting three times - once while she took jobs to help support her family, once while hospitalized during a nervous breakdown and finally at the age of 95 with her failing eyesight.  She then took up sculpture.

My favorite quote from O'Keefe is "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."  I can totally relate!

I definitely plan on getting to Cleveland this holiday season and I hope you do too!  The exhibit runs November 23, 2018 through March 3, 2019.

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, November 2, 2018

Back to Upstate - Off The Wall Friday

Well, I'm writing this from my cabin in upstate New York...again.   Helping family is always a worthwhile pursuit even if it is in the middle of no where.  At least they have WiFi ... grin!!  I've been pretty busy here, but  I did take time to lay out all my pinwheel blocks and reevaluate where I'm going with this quilt.

After looking at it, I really do need to do some more Medium values.  I still have a big pile of lights that is not laid out and a big pile of darks that aren't laid out - but no mediums.  I do like where this is going.  I think when I do the final layout I'm going to let it happen organically.  Just let my eye work the gradations between values.

Laid out on my parents rug

Ohhhh speaking of that, I also need to make up some transitional blocks.  So that will mean half and half blocks.

I'm really glad I found this project again after such a long time lost.  Its the perfect thing to fit in while helping my parents.

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, October 26, 2018

It's Off The Wall Friday !!

So here's my story of the day.  This morning  I woke up and stretcheddddddddd and thought WOW Thank God it's Friday!!  After being at my parent's cabin this month, I took the week trying to catch up on things around my house.  It's been hard to get back into the routine.   By the second stretch, I started to think what do I need to do today....and I thought OMG its Friday and I didn't write a blog!!  I didn't even THINK to write a blog.  How crazy am I !!

MenoFog!!  That's my only excuse I swear!!!  So I apologize!!

So What You Been Doing Creatively?