Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Enjoying my Summer Garden

This has been such a wonderful summer for my garden. Gee it actual looks as though I'm a real gardener.

For those of you that have been following my blog, just thought I would let you know that I did make it last evening for the Show/Critique with my new quilter girlfriends. What a wonderful group of women! So glad they invited me to join their group, and even though I really had nothing to critique there was so much inspiration! Hope you are all enjoying this lovely summer.  Karen

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Trying to Motivate Myself

 First I have to tell you that I've been invited to attend my first work /critique session with the ladies from SAQA on the 12th. I'm nervous just thinking about it because I don't have anything started to critique. If you remember in an earlier post I was invited to join the group even though I'm a beginner compared to these women. So trying to calm my jitters I went to the library for inspiration, just love the Nancy Crow book. Also picked up a few books with techniques I learned about six years ago with quilter, Carol Taylor. Luckily I kept everything from her classes to reference from.

 Went though my fabrics and discovered this left over acorn that I made years ago during a class with Carol Taylor. Maybe I can incorporate it into a new piece. Also looked at my stash of painted newsprint. Just love some of the designs and though I might try recreating them on fabric.

 Here's the acorn with some of my paper choices. Next step is get the fabric dye and fabric out to recreate these patterns onto. If you remember I also have the new deColourant paints to try out. I also think it may be fun to paint over the acorn a bit or maybe stamp on it. Lots of possibilities.

Another acorn found in my fabric drawer. In fact I found all the patterns I made in many different sizes. Everything is looking good but I have one problem. I can't seem to get started. All I want to do is relax and read. I don't even want to draw. I started to stress out, but then remembering my three month bout with pneumonia this past year. Not wanted to go though that again I've decided to just go with the flow, which is easier said than done for me. So for now maybe I should skip this weeks meeting even though I hate missing out on such a wonderful experience but I must listen to my body.  Everything is ready to go and eventually I'll find myself in the studio again. Does anybody else put themselves though this stress?


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