Some of my friends in the Flying Lessons online art/creative group are swapping inspiration decks which are altered decks of playing cards. Here is a little teaser about the swap on one of my friend’s blogs. The only guideline in creating the deck is that each card should have an inspirational saying. Yesterday I decided to make my own inspiration deck as I was doing some centering work and this seemed like a good channel to elicit positive feelings.
It was an awesome project to work on and I am so pleased with the results. I prepped the cards with gesso first and after that dried I chose acrylic paint in 4 color pairs for each set of 13 cards. Enya was playing on the stereo and I fully absorbed myself into the music while painting, allowing the music to flow through my hand and into the paintbrush. The inspiration quotes are from previous blog posts here, here, and here, as well as other quotes that I had found and saved in a folder (yes I am organized). Holding these cards in my hands and going through them one by one feels so incredible. Now I want to make another deck with fortunes from fortune cookies that I have saved in a small metal tin.
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The quilt on my design wall is growing and changing, like me. I started with the same palette of fabrics that I had chosen for my abstract landscape quilt. Some of my favorite ethereals are in that plastic sweater box. The design foundation is based on a 1.5″ square grid set on the diagonal and the pieces I am superimposing over the grid are cut 2″ square, 2″x3.5″, and 3.5″ square. For those of you who don’t sew, a .25″ seam allowance is used in quilting and foot #37 on my Bernina is exactly a quarter inch from the needle to the edge of the foot, so I don’t have to pin or mark the fabric to sew pieces together.
This quilt is abstract and the concept behind the piece is the crossroads or the labrynth. I have been through the labrynth and have been at the crossroads many times. One of my favorite Robert Frost poems is The Road Not Taken, an excerpt quoted here:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I always take the road less traveled so these words ring true for me and are dear to my heart. It is not always easy taking a different path than everyone else, but it is a lot harder being someone you weren’t meant to be. Above all, you have to be yourself. Which is why I am not going to show you the beginnings of a quilt I made in a workshop in April and have put away. Why? Because the quilt is not me. It looks like someone else’s work.
Here is the progression of work on the design wall quilt so far. The triangles sticking out at the edges will get squared off after the piece is assembled but there is more work to do yet. It has been extremely enjoyable to work on this quilt and it parallels some inner work that I am doing. When the mood strikes I add pieces or rearrange to my heart’s content. It is so self affirming for me to work on something in this manner. Make your own path and find your own way.
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