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10/29/09
Making Progress
Filed under: General, Quilt Art, Creativity, Inspiration, Quilting
Posted by: Mary @ 7:51 pm

The valances got finished tonight and now I have pictures of the finished quilt as well as the valances. This gives me a real sense of accomplishment to be finishing things. It also motivates me to continue on with self directed creative work. I am starting to get ideas about designing new quilts for the walls and need to put some sketches down on paper. Some of my best thinking occurs while driving and I have been doing a lot of that lately. Pages of loosely drawn thumbnail sketches are a great way to sort out and compare a lot of different ideas. Usually I use either a sketchbook or computer paper. If the design lends itself to the computer I still sketch on paper first. The touch of hand to paper with pen or pencil activates a different part of your brain and thought process than hand to mouse. Working in a variety of ways keeps your work fresh and your wellspring of creativity overflowing. This is my 50th blog post.

There is no try, only do. Yoda


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10/17/09
Color Palette and Redecorating
Filed under: General, Design, Quilting
Posted by: Mary @ 1:26 pm

This is the color palette chosen for painting my bedroom in my it’s about time redecorating scheme. It has been a major project for me the past 2 weeks, from emptying the room to prepping the walls to painting the walls and then the trim, followed by putting everything back in the room. The room is finished and looks fresh, light and airy, while my knees are recovering from all that lifting and climbing up and down on the ladder. The walls are Hosta Flower, a pale lavender, and the trim is Swiss Coffee, a creamy off white. The paint is by Behr from Home Depot and the Behr web site has some great tools for choosing a color palette. I took my paint swatches to Joann Fabrics and picked out the fabric shown in the background of the photo for new valances. I plan on designing and creating a series of new quilts for the walls. Possible themes being considered are mountain, ocean, desert, and sky for the four different walls, with a diptych on the longest wall. I have not yet decided on the overall look or theme and may mix new and old pieces to show transition and change. Last night I finished machine quilting the last border of my fall leaves quilt for my bed, shown below, and just need to finish it off with the binding - a rich green batik seems to work best to unify the piece. The colder fall weather with a dusting of snow the other night on my way home from work motivated me to make the final push to get this quilt, 6 years in the making, finished and onto my bed.


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