Texture

anthropologie throws

Found these on the Anthropologie website. I like few things more than taking my time meandering through Anthropologie. And I tend to touch just about everything I see there. It is a weird habit, compulsion almost, of mine. I just love to see how things feel.  If I saw these in the store I’d stop and lightly touch each one of them — just lightly pass my hand over the tops as I walk by.  Can’t you just imagine taking a nap under one of these?  And the colors!  Love them!

When I make a textile collage (or fantasize about making a real quilt) my favorite part is choosing the fabrics.  It takes me weeks to choose just the right textures and colors. And then more weeks to find just the right layout.  Those weeks of planning/dreaming are my favorite on any project. I currently have a small piece that is 70% sewn. That means the planning/dreaming phase is well in the past and now I’m in the tedious hand sewing phase.  I find it relaxing but time consuming so I tend to put it off.   I guess I need to work on that if I’m ever going to have a large enough body of work to sell.

I find it so inspirational to read about artists who have their own quilt or fiber arts businesses — people like Denyse Schmidt and Janet Bolton.  My dream is to be like them someday — maybe when I retire from my day job….

Today is one of the few hot summer days we’ve had in the last few weeks here in the upper mid west. I’m looking out the window and everything thing is my favorite color — GREEN. The sun is dancing through the leaves and it is just gorgeous!

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One little bird

close up 3 big birds by kelly credit
close up 3 big birds, a photo by kelly credit on Flickr.

I love this scrappy new bird. She’s one of three, all lined up in a row on a faded, repurposed, vintage quilt. My favorite is the tweed layer on her wing. I loved the way it looked on my design wall but I wasn’t sure how tweed would be to work with.  Since I do all my applique with hand stitching it worked just fine.  I doubt I could have pulled it off with a machine.

It’s been a long time since I posted on here.  I got all excited about starting this blog over a year ago. I had taken Kelly Rae Roberts OUTSTANDING Flying Lessons E-course and was all inspired and I felt gutsy.  I printed out the .pdf she so generously shared with us, put it in a binder and spent summer 2011 studying it and taking notes and writing down my dreams. I wrote my dreams in detail; I love doing that.  Then, I took the first step and started this blog and joined the flying lessons Facebook group for community.  Go me!

And then I got scared. I felt silly. I felt like I wasn’t as talented and courageous as the other people who took the E-course and were also starting their blogs. I even, like a dummy, “un friended” my membership in the incredible Flying Lessons Facebook group.  I’m very “all or nothing” aren’t I?  I was all in, and then just as abruptly I was all out.  Bad me!

It was easy for me to talk myself out of maintaining this blog, out of making my art, out of selling on Etsy, out of entering shows. It was easy because I have an awesome day job that I really love.  It’s fun for me, challenging, sort of prestigious, and provides a comfortable salary. So I can always ditch my dream by using the ole “I’m way too busy at work” lie on myself.

But now, I’m going for it. I’m determined to not use that easy lie this time. It might take a long time and I might even fail. Actually, its highly likely I’ll fail. Yet I’m excited! I’ll share more in my next post.