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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Finally finishes I can share (and a link party)

Finally some finishes that I can share!!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared the fun FREE side event!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - 8 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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Every year I join the Teal Mini Swap ("Teal Mini Swap, formerly known as Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap and OCRF fundraiser (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance), is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of this ridiculous disease annually during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.")

This year I had the honor to have Joyce as a partner. She made me this beautiful mini (and included some extra goodies)

Joyce's picture... 
because the picture I tried to take of this beauty looked as below :)

:) Isn't she quite a helper?? :)

ANYWAY...

The mini that I made for Joyce is this!

18'' x 18''
She said that she like mosaic, so I designed this piece using a fabric weaving technique!

I also made for myself a little "companion mini" to remember what I sent to Joyce and to keep a tangible memory of what I made for this swap. I use these mug rugs as small "pen mats" in my office, to keep everything in one place!

4.5'' x 7''

Since I had very very little left of the featured teal fabric from the swap, I decided to use the tiny scraps "as is" and let them raw edge and fraying. I won't be washing this piece, so the texture adds some interest!!

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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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And last, but not least, did you see all the wonderful pieces shared this week as part of the Art with Fabric Blog hop?!!

Check the daily posts of this past week to find links to the artists blogs!



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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 5


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 5. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Yellow Cow" by Patty
Inspired by the work of Franz Marc
by Edith
Inspired by the work of Henri Matisse
"White Stag, Portland OR" by Betty
Inspired by the work of  Ramsay Signs

"Remember to thank the Cleaner (Shrimp)" by Dione
Inspired by the work of Kim Michelle Toft

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 4


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 4. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Sky and Water I" by Kat
Inspired by the work of Escher
"Bridge of Many Colors" by Terry
Inspired by the architecture
of the Skybridge (Vancouver BC)
"Mommy doll" by Anita
Inspired by the work of Native Americans
 "Visions Past" by Chris
Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 3


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 3. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Golden Ratio" by Janeen
Inspired by the work of Sarah Grubb
"Gaia" by Andree
Inspired by the work of a Pre-columbian
ceramics artist from Colombia
"Sunflowers-if Van Gogh were a quilter"
by Karen
Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
"Mother Earth" by Carol
Inspired by the work of NASA

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 2


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 2. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Thank you, Sol" by Krysia
Inspired by the work of Sol Lewitt
"Dancers" by Heather
Inspired by the work of Edgar Degas
"Poodle with Sunflowers" by Lee Anna
Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
"George" by Tami
Inspired by the work of Roger Bissiere

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Art with Fabric Blog hop - Thank you Sol, by Krysia

Krysia is a quilty artist friend who doesn't have a blog, so I will be hosting her masterpiece for the blog hop!

"Thank you, Sol"

This is what she says about her piece.
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My piece is inspired by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007).

There were so many drawings of his at MassMoCA (3 floors) that I had a hard time choosing one.
This particular piece is based on Wall Drawing #692 (October 1991).
The original was completed using four color ink washes (gray, yellow, blue, red).

Please go to the MassMoca website to see the complete installation that includes this piece.
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective | MASS MoCA


I used EPP to construct this piece. The black lines are strips of bias binding I had on hand.
One thing I would do differently is to use paper instead of cardboard templates.
They proved to be a bit thick and I found it hard to keep my stitching small so that it didn't show.

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The following artists are also sharing their masterpiece today!
Visit their blog, interact, be inspired and enjoy this fun blog hop!!

LeeAnna: http://lapaylor.blogspot.com/
Krysia, Hosted by Alida --> YOU ARE HERE :)
Heather: http://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
Tami: https://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/


Monday, October 9, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 1


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 1. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Road Block" by Wendy
Inspired by the work of Maud Lewis
by Barb
Inspired by the work of Emily Bishoff
"Our fragile vessel" by Yanicka
Inspired by the work of Donna Marcus
"Brigitta Lundeberg" by Alida
Inspired by the work of Helen Lundeberg

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

Art with Fabric blog hop - Helen Lundeberg


Pumpkin: "Sorry mommy, did you need to take a picture of your piece for the Art with Fabric Blog hop? But it is so comfy, can you stop by later?"

Later...


Pumpkin: "Well, mommy, I said later!! I think it needs some ironing, but we want to save power, so I will just sit here for a while, ok??"

FINALLY... Let me introduce you...

"Brigitta Lundeberg", 20'' x 20''

This is part of an ongoing project, started last year for the Fall edition of this blog hop.
I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this quilt project, I decided to pick several female artists whose work spoke to me.

Today's artist is the talented: Helen Lundeberg.

She was a Southern Californian painter. Along with her husband Lorser Feitelson, she is credited with establishing the Post-Surrealist movement. Her artistic style changed over the course of her career, and has been described variously as Post-Surrealism, Hard-edge painting, and Subjective Classicism.

Check her work on this website (helenlundeberg.com/works/)
I love the way she creates very simple but dynamic representation of natural landscapes. Many of her pieces are abstract but they still have a connection with Mother Earth (the theme of the current blog hop)! My favorite pieces are the planets: so colorful, simple but dynamic!!


All my quilt blocks are my reinterpretation of the artists through my love of Disney, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(

Each block is a 12''x12'' block, assembled with raw edge fusible applique, and surrounded by an interesting sashing, which will create a fun design with all the blocks together.
Each block is quilted individually (don't you love the texture that you can see in the picture with all the shadows below?!?!).


Around each block I stitch a border of blanket stitch and I crochet around a row of single crochet: that's how I will join all the blocks! I created already 6 blocks and all of them will be part of a QAL in 2018 on Fandom in Stitches!!

So what do you think? Do you, like me, love mesh up point of view, ideas and create your own unique interpretations?

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The following artists are also sharing their masterpiece today!
Visit their blog, interact, be inspired and enjoy this fun blog hop!!

Wendy: http://www.kwiltkrazy.com/
Yanicka: http://yanickahachez.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I seem to be more productive this month (and a link party)

October is looking much more productive than Septemeber, so loads of uploads in the next few weeks!!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared the fun FREE side event!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - TWO blocks done (cannot share yet)
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - keeping up with 4 blocks a week
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - blocks for October done (see below)
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - created my first one, after the horror story of interacting with a rude designer few weeks ago
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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I completed the blocks for my Twilter's Bee Block swap: easy and quick 16 patch for a postage stamp quilt!


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I was planning to participate to the Bag It event with a lot of pouches made with an available free online tutorial, but after the horror story of interacting with the rude designer for the free tutorial, I decided to create my own patterns and designs! I will make few more pouches to take pictures of the process (which is super easy and fast) and I will share the pattern in the next few weeks!


This pouch uses two layer cake squares and one jelly roll... that's it!! (and a zipper and interfacing)... It's the perfect size for sewing supplies on the go and it has handles! It is just perfect!

Pattern for the "A Piece of Cake" zipper pouch coming soon!!


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And last, but not least, on MONDAY the Art with Fabric Blog hop will start!!
There are going to be a great number of amazing pieces!! I hope you come back and hop around to visit all the talented artists!!
Check the line up of fantastic artists at this link!!


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Quick exciting announcement (and a link party)

Life has been too busy to get any progress in my sewing room.

However I am here to quickly remind you that in ONE WEEK we will start the

Art with Fabric blog hop, with the theme "Mother Earth"

There are going to be amazing artists sharing inspiring and creative pieces!


How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Journaling and planning: August - September 2017

September has been so crazy, and I didn't have much to share sewing wise... however here is a two months review in my fantastic Emerald Leuchtturm 1917!!

For disclaimers about how I personally use this Journal/Planner system, please refer to these previous posts: July reviewMid-year reviewMay reviewApril reviewMarch reviewDecember review (evolution of a Quilter's Planner), November reviewOctober review, September review.



(click on each picture if you want to see them in more details)

I kept on with the practice of selecting an artist each month and using her art to decorate my planning. Since this book has many pages, I decided to start making "month cover pages" and this is my August page, inspired by the work of Helen Lundeberg.



Each week now is on two pages, and this gives me space to be creative (by integrating the artist style into the decoration of the days) but also to be practical (by listing daily taks, ideas for meals, exercise practice and even some new recipes or plans for quilting projects!)


What you may notice is that I integrate what I want to get done in the house, with exercise, meal ideas, recipes, events, etc.
It looks extremely messy, but it is NOT!! :) the amount of information that I have at the beginning of the week is very minimal and things get added as I go along with my life! And I am blessed to have a full life, so that's why my pages are full! :)

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Below you can see the daily tracker, with my weight tracker and my steps tracker. I stopped tracking my water intake, so I decided to add a list of different things to do this month.
This list has been an absolute blessing, and I got sooooo much more things done just because of the list!!


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I coundn't keep  up with the Free Motion Daily Doodle spread (each day is a different design from Leah Day's blog)... This is the beauty of planning in such a dynamic and white-canvas journal: as I realized this is not useful for me any more, I just dropped it for Septemeber. It may come back, it may not, who knows!


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Various trackers!


These trackers/collections are great to keep specific topics under control: for example I am running a blog hop (Art with Fabric blog hop) and I need to understand who sent their picture, if those have been added to my intro blog post, etc. A simple table on a single journal page is all I need to have a clear idea of what's coming next!! :)
Tracking health or the Lush products I like, also just require a simple table! Those things are so simple but they give you great insights if you complete them on a consistent base.

Finally the 5% challenge (I heard about it in a podcast, but I cannot remember which :) )...
I am trying to spend 5% of my monthly salary to support creative people that share their talent on the web for free!! Youtubers, Quilters, Creators, etc. I want to support their business so I support them through Patreon or by buying their products. They fill my life with joy, creativity and inspiration and I think it's important to support them financially since they share so much for free!!
I encourge you to do the same! It doesn't matter how much you actually devote to this, even few dollars make a big difference for small creative businesses!!

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Similar setup for September (Vincent Van Gogh as my inspiration artist).
I used washi tape in the weekly spreads... I do not like it, and I will go back to simple lines and text.




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And some creative spreads, just to celebrate special events that happened during the month: in this case, I went to the movie theatre to watch "The Dark Tower".


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I am all set up for October: I changed up few things that I want to track, dropped some, added others: this is the beauty of this planning style, you can change it up to suit your mood and style!

If you have any question about my planner, my spreads, my comments, etc, don't hesitate to comment below. Also please share planning, tracking and productivity tips, as those are always welcome!!!!

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