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November 2, 2023 | Cyanotypes , Quilts

Here Comes the Sun…to the Shop!

Now available in the online shop – “Here Comes the Sun,” a quilted cyanotype. This quilt is an original cyanotype (sun print) of a late summer Berkshire bloom on cotton fabric. It’s hand quilted with variegated blue thread, radiating out from the center.

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October 29, 2023 | Inspiration

Inviting Inspiration, Week 2

This week, as I tacked down battery-operated, wired Christmas lights to a pair of pants, I found myself thinking that the technique could easily be incorporated into a fun Christmas tree wall hanging. I may never do it, but the point is to be inspired to think about it, right? …

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October 21, 2023 | Quilts

Stone Eden Starry Night

This is a piece that has been in my mind since I was a teenager and envisioned as a quilt since I first started quilting in my 20s. It just took a few decades to be able to do it. This quilt began with a photo I took one morning …

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October 19, 2023 | Inspiration

Inviting Inspiration – Week 1

Last week, I wrote that doing or learning something new every week was a great way to invite inspiration in. This week, I tried it out myself. I spent the weekend at my guild’s quilt show, surrounded by inspiring quilts. On Monday morning, I drove the show supplies back to …

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October 14, 2023 | Creativity , Inspiration

Inviting Inspiration

Creativity is a practice. After you’ve reignited your innate creativity by playing like a kid again and plumbed your own depths to understand your unique creative expression, you will still have moments when you aren’t feeling very creative. There are so many reasons why that happens, but you’ll recognize it …

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October 6, 2023 | Creativity , Inspiration

Create What YOU Want

If you were to create something that really represents your fully authentic and unique self, what would it be? Can you tap into the center of your soul and create from there? Even if you don’t make something from start to finish, plumb those depths a bit and sketch out …

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September 14, 2023 | Creativity

Try Out the New You

I have no illusions that after one month of thinking about what it would mean to be able to create freely and another of trying to understand the pain that may be holding you back that you’ll suddenly find yourself sharpening your back-to-school pencil and getting ready to show up …

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September 8, 2023 | Creativity

Act on What Matters Most

We went deep this month on the Creative Play blog (especially for the end of summer!), talking about creating from pain and using our exploration of pain to uncover what matters most to us. My hope is that something emerged for you this month and that you have some creative …

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August 25, 2023 | Creativity

Create From Your Pain

In the last post, we explored some questions about pain and loss and considered what’s important to us. My answer was “joy.” It’s what I feel that I need to bring into being and it’s driving what I am creating this week. How about you? What do you need to …

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August 21, 2023 | Creativity

Explore What Matters

This month, we’re exploring the links between pain and creativity, both how your creativity can help you work through your pain, but also how that pain can be a driver for transformational creative work. Today, as you explore these ideas more, ask yourself the following questions (which come from Bittersweet: …

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