of a creative season. I've wanted to blog about them all along, but because most were Christmas gifts, I needed to be cleverly covert or just wait. Given the hit-or-miss accuracy of subtlety, I decided to wait.
its reception. I am still so touched and humbled that something I created helped make someone SO happy!
I have bought LOTS of fabric (have I mentioned my fat quarters addiction?) the past few months and used many pieces for each of the 20+ cases made. I was happy to finally come up with a pretty way to gift wrap them after the first few were 'plain Jane' approaches.
a purse like mine. We shopped at Oklahoma Quiltworks and she found two perfect patterns. I discovered it's kinda fun having someone else buy the fabric for something I get to put together!
Toward the end of December, I resolved that I would create and finish one quilt in 2011. Lofty goal, but attainable. I started thinking about a design. Knowing it would take me too long to decide among other peoples' design, I started piecing together (on my computer, in Photoshop) a maze of interlocking "S" shapes. Then I had to think which fabric (of my stash) I'd use. I remembered some pieces I'd bought from the 2005 edition of the St. Jude Quilt of Dreams line at Hancock Fabrics. Its patterns did not lend themselves well to the "S" design, so I came up with a modified 9-square pattern. It's comprised of 35 squares arranged five across and seven down. Before I knew it, I was cutting fabric and had a pile of ironed and starched squares complete. What a great feeling! I spent my New Year's Eve piecing together blocks into strips into a whole patchwork top about 45" x 63". I am not quite sure what all comes next, but I'm thinking I might get more than one quilt finished this year! What a great way to start a new year!
Zentangle kit from Tom. It's a beautifully boxed collection of tiles (pre-cut squares of the very nice official paper), booklet, drawing implements, and instructional DVD. Oh, and I almost forgot, a lovely calligraphed custom gift tag! My plan is to put/add more tangles in my life. I'm now carrying a medium size Moleskine grid notebook in my purse to capture and practice patterns.
One very important thing I learned about myself lately is I am most happy when I am creating something—anything. I went through several days of just spinning my wheels and feeling agitated and frustrated. Creating keeps my mind, hands, and heart busy with more than just busy-ness. It keeps them busy with love.
Happy New Year!