Category: #CreativeGoodness

Ten Fun Projects For Valentine’s Day

Today, I’m looking ahead with plans for creativity and hoping to inspire you to do the same.  Maybe you already have plenty of handmade items for Valentine’s Day, or maybe you’d like to make something new for yourself and/or a gift.  Here are a few projects that have caught my attention:

LEAH DAY Hearts and Feather Wholecloth Quilt workshop for learning/improving your freemotion quilting skills.  She also has a  sweet Stitch n’ Paint Love machine embroidery design that is super creative and fun!

 

BEJEWELED QUILTS BY BARB has a number of beautiful designs that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.  This sweet applique table topper just seems perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for a gift.  It is a downloadable pattern available in Barb’s Craftsy Store.

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SEW KAREN-LY CREATED   amazing has an amazing quilt  pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, for making quilts, as well as this stunning heart shaped table topper.  Her pattern isavailable on Craftsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH VEDELER has is well known among machine embroidery enthusiasts and her Hearts design collection has endless possibilities.  Perfect for quilts, wallhangings, table toppers, pillows, clothing embellishment, even greeting cards, or small projects that you could frame.

NICOLA ELLIOTT of Picture Stitch has a variety of designs, including many beautiful “sketch” style machine embroidery designs, with many that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects.  The possibilities of what you create with these designs are endless, but for me they inspire me to stitch out on silks, linens, or other high quality fabrics and framing them, or turn into a pillow, or other items.  I also think many would stitch out well on cardstock, to create a stunning greeting card. Again, possibilities are endless.

 

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CONNIE KRESIN of Quilting By The River has a tutorial to make a sweet table runner with Hearts, called Piano Keys.

NICOLE here from Modern Handcraft shared a Big Love Quilt Tutorial, to create a stunning modern quilt with a heart design.  Click here to find it at Dear Stella Designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARION of My Quilt Diet has a tutorial to make a beautiful heart quilt that also uses HST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAREN L. MILLER of Redbird Quilt Company  shared a tutorial for a sweet miniature quilt at the Moda Bakeshop, which also provides an excellent free-motion quilting tutorial. Stunning quilting and using her tutorial you too could make this!

JULIE CEFALU of The Crafty Quilter has shared a tutorial to make a beautiful Nordic Mini Quilt that makes a perfect wallhanging for Valentine’s Day.  She hosted a QAL for this design, awhile back, but the free tutorial is still available on her blog.

I hope you find inspiration in one or more of the designs that I’ve showcased today and decide to create something new for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  If you do, I’d love to see a picture.  You can email to me, but also feel free to post on my facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/quiltshopgal 

The Big Book of One-Block Quilts a book review (and a Giveaway Alert)

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts”, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

It’s so easy to create quilts that repeat a single block–make just one and you’ll have the confidence to fly through the rest of your quilt! Choose from a whopping 57 quilts to piece one block at a time, or make blocks in multiples with quick chain-piecing methods. Star designers including Kim Diehl, Country Threads’ Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, and Jo Morton will help you along the way.

Pair your repeated blocks with plain squares, rotate blocks for a playful spin, or simply line them up row by row. From fun make-in-a-weekend designs to stunning quilts to cherish and pass on, you’ll find the perfect block to repeat in this colossal compilation of quilt patterns!

If you are reading this via email, here is a link to watch this video via Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=62&v=aCt0TQeucN4

MY REVIEW

With 57 quilt designs shared in “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts: 57 Single-Block Sensationsthis is a “must have” book that is also a great value.  It is packed with fun designs that have easy to follow instructions that can help you create projects for your home and/or gifts that are fast and easy to make.  Don’t overlook the endless possibilities of using the block designs to mix and match, to create your own unique design too!  Quilting books also make great gifts.    And what about the fun a quilt guild could have with challenges based off of this book?  Total #CreativeGoodness.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop, as I think you’ll agree with me that one block quilts do not have to be boring!  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available. It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book One-Block Quilts.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.  Just be sure to enter soon, as Martingale will randomly be selecting a winner this coming Friday.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martin

 

The Brain of a Creative Person

For generations, many have felt that the brain of an creative person was better (memory, creativity, communication skills, etc.) than a non-creative person.  You have probably seen this artwork before, but I wanted to share it today, as well as get us all thinking about our creative brains.

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I’ve personally witnessed designers design and I’m convinced they have fireworks going off in their brain when they create.  I’m convinced that Creative Souls, not just musicians, have amazing brains (far better than mine).  So when I came across this Youtube video about the brain of a musician, I knew I wanted to share it with you today.

What do you think?  Would we  get similar results if such a study was performed on creative individuals, who might be quilters, embroidering enthusiasts, sewing enthusiasts, jewelry designers, painters, or any form of #CreativeGoodness?  Watch it and let me know what you think.

CNN also shared an interesting article “This is your brain on crafting” that shows evidence that creative activities may protect against aging, be a natural anti-depressant, and offer similar effects as meditation.

Personally, I’m convinced your brain is firing on my pistons than the non-creative brain.   I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment to share insights about your creative brain.  Maybe ideas for how you fuel it, re-energize it, or even your observations on others with creative brains.   Of course, I also want to encouraging sharing of ideas for how we inspire future generations with creative brains.  So please share your thoughts on this topic.

Traditional Quilting in India

Today I want to share a Youtube video that shows how a woman in India makes a traditional quilt. It is a fairly short video which shows an interesting technique.  This is also how this quilter earns a living for her family.

Enjoy.


If you are on a MAC, or have problems watching this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZydH3Fanhos&sns=fb

 

The finished length of the quilt is – 80 inches(250 cms)
width is – 40 inches (100cms)

#CreativeGoodness With Modern Quilting And Free-Motion Quilting

While at QuiltCon West 2016, this past February, this stunning quilt, by Jess Frost, of  Mount Stuart, Tasmania, Australia  caught my attention:

 

 

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In addition to glitz, this quilt had inspirational free-motion quilting.

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And a variety of quilting motifs.

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Even beautiful swirls and pearls.

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I hope you enjoy seeing Jess’s quilt as much as I did.

 

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Great job Jess.  Total #CreativeGoodness.

You can find Jess at:

https://www.facebook.com/jess.frost.180?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/TheElvenGarden/?pnref=about.overview

 

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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Vintage Sewing Video

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This video just quacked me up and I wanted to share it with you.  It was created to teach basic sewing and sewing machine use. “This is a very early Centron film… Produced Under the Technical Supervision of Thelma Weddel, Home Economist.” 


If you are having problems viewing this embedded video click this link to view it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqzEbFEoQqg#t=95

 

#CreativeGoodness With Modern Quilting And Free-Motion Quilting

Today I want to recognize Pamela Gavin, of Bakersfield, California, for her stunning quilt “Modern Glacier”, which was displayed  at QuiltCon West 2016, this past February.

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This quilt drew me in to look and admire.

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The variety of quilting motifs, as well as shapes and their respective fills, created interest.

 

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Total #CreativeGoodness.

 

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Great job Pamela.  Total #CreativeGoodness.

You can find Pamela at:

https://www.facebook.com/pamela.gavin.319

 

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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Pattern for Smartness – Home Economics in 1948

Amazing to think that almost 70 years ago what the thoughts were about someone with creative talent, who showed the “know how look”. I hope you check out this 1948 Simplicity video advertisement and enjoy it too!

 

What is your typical attire when you are being creative?  What do you think about the message in this video?

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