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December 3, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes Series – Ferns

Working on my cyanotypes series continued this week, albeit without any sewing at all. These two pieces are cyanotypes I made over the summer. I decided that they were great on their own without any stitched embellishment so I stretched them over canvases and called them done. Are you wondering …

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November 26, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes Series Continues

I have continued moving forward this week, adding another piece to my Botanica 2 cyanotypes series. I gave this maidenhair fern a very simple treatment with just some outline quilting to emphasize the leaves. I even left the rough edges of the fabric as is because it had an irregular …

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November 18, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes Series – 3 Maples

My re-energized cyanotypes series is off to a good start. I dug into my box and started pulling out small pieces to work on, starting with these maple leaves. They were pretty perfect as they were so they just got some background stitching to make them pop just a little …

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November 10, 2023 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Move Forward

How were your experiments in inspiration? Did trying some new activities, foods, or new perspectives invite inspiration in? Are you inspired and ready to move ahead? My inspiration experiments worked better than I expected. I didn’t really step outside of my box that much because I felt too busy with …

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November 5, 2023 | Inspiration

Inviting Inspiration – Week 3

I am not sure if what I did this week technically counts as something new. I mean, I HAVE carved pumpkins before, but I spent a whole lot more time on it this year. I used one of the many fun templates that come with the cheap little carving tools …

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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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