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Dreams

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.

from LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold

Continuing.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We bring forth weeds when our quick minds lie still.

– William Shakespeare

It’s time for the “quick” mind to move. I will offer no apologies or explanations for the long silence. Let’s just move forward, and see where the journey leads.

Elizabeth

Back to the studio!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Piles of fabric strips on my worktable . . .

and more piles of fabric strips on my sewing machine bed . . .

 

. . . have turned into some lovely pieces of art on my design wall!  Inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks this morning, and I simply couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

It’s been a long dry spell, but the quilting mojo seems to have returned, and with it a lifting of the spirits that is most welcomed in my studio. I’m sorry I can’t share more than these small hints:

I feel as if a window has been opened and beautiful, sparkling light is streaming into my studio. What a lovely, delicious, and long-awaited breeze of inspiration!

 

Not quilting, something else.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of writing, writing, writing (it’s that secret project thing I can’t talk about … argh!) It’s going well, but not being able to share leaves much to be desired for blog subject matter.

S0, I’ve also been knitting, and at least I can talk about that. I knit mostly in the evenings, in front of the TV. I also knit with my wonderful group of knitting friends, all of whom happen to live in my building. We use the community room to meet  three evenings a week (yes, we really like each other), usually getting together for a couple of hours before our husbands come home and stop by to pick us up on their way home from the train. It’s fun to meet and not have to worry about going out in bad weather, and last night, one of the members even brought along a bottle of wine and some glasses to celebrate a special accomplishment at her workplace. It was fun, but we didn’t get very much knitting done! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of intelligent and interesting women to spend time with on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Having them here makes me never want to move out of this building, even though I really do miss having a garden. The building has lovely grounds which right now are featuring gorgeous flowering trees, hyacinths, tulips and daffodils . . . but still, it’s a lot different from having your own garden.

I don’t want to put up any photos of my knitting, since this blog is really about my fabric art. But, if you are a knitter, and you are a member of ravelry (over one million strong!) please stop by my projects page to see what I’m working on. My name on ravelry is elizquilt. While you’re there, shout out and say hello, and by all means, friend me!  If you don’t know about ravelry, and you are a knitter, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. What are you waiting for?  Join up, it’s great fun!

I don’t really believe in this stuff, but . . .

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

. . . my horoscope for today was just so upbeat and optimistic that I felt as if I might as well go along. Here’s what it said:

You may already believe that your life will get easier for you, even if you aren’t fully ready to trust your intuition. The Sun’s entry into your 11th House of Hopes and Wishes can shine a new light on what makes you happy. Instead of having to fight for your ideas, you are entering a phase when your peers will stand behind you. Don’t let old fears sabotage your endeavors. Have a little faith in your friends and graciously accept their support when they offer it.

Who could say “no” to that?

More secret work

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

It’s so frustrating, but I’m working on yet another project that I can’t share before it’s published!

I think it would be okay to give you a little hint, though . . . it involves hot pink, zebra stripes and some lace.

Sounds weird and wonderful, doesn’t it?

Doodling

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I’ve always been a doodler. All the way back in my high school days, I used to doodle while the teacher was lecturing (though I might have been better off if I’d taken notes instead). I’d fill page after page of my notebooks with doodles. Most of them featured spirals, which I loved even back then.  I especially loved doodling during music appreciation class. I remember my doodles becoming very loose and flowing when listening to classical music. That’s still true today. But, when the music becomes something like modern jazz, the doodles  become very different. They take on a short, staccato feeling. Actually, I don’t really listen to modern jazz at all. My musical taste runs much more towards rock and roll than it does towards jazz!

I’ve always found that my creativity is greatly influenced by music, and I try to make that work for me in my studio as often as possible by listening to music that makes me feel good.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the doodles I’ve been creating lately. I tend to spend time doodling in the morning. It helps me to judge what kind of day it’s going to be. Am a feeling creative? Do I need more coffee? These are questions that often can be answered by the quality (or sometimes the quantity) of my doodling. Most of my doodles end up very detailed, like this one . . .

All of my doodles start out simple, like this one:

But then, over time, I add to the blank spaces in each one, and they become more detailed. Some days I like to create new doodles, and other days I’ll spend a half-hour or so filling in a doodle that’s already drawn. This next doodle is a half-completed one, where I’ve only filled in the background so far:

This one, which is completely filled in until there is almost no space at all, is finished.

I think that my doodling looks a lot like my quilting. Notice the feathers? I like feathers, almost as much as I like spirals.

As for my quilting, well, I am doing some of that. In fact, you can see a tiny little piece of what I’m working on in the background of the two photos above. Unfortunately, I can’t show you more. It’s got to stay a secret for the time being.  So . . . . Ssshhhhhh . . .

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my doodling journal. I’ll post again soon with some more snippets of creativity when I am able!