I joined a local quilting group at my LQS, Sew Smart Fabrics in Doylestown, PA and it has been really good for me. We meet once a month to share our projects and it is always a delight to hang with the ladies and see their beautiful creations, plus it gets me sewing! I still consider myself a newbie to sewing and quilting and am teaching myself as I go. I am not the super polished fabric designer like so many of my peers. I’m just a girl playing with fabric and other fun things like embroidery and having fun while I experiment. I am also learning a lot about myself as a fabric crafter like, I love mixing textures, and love neutral tones with pops of color and mixing in ribbons and stitches whenever I can. I do have a bit of a dream in my head about where I would love to take my projects and I started working on that this week. It’s not exactly what I had in mind but, I needed to see if I could do it first and so, I created this bird and flower panel. My vision is to translate my art into fabric projects and tell a story while I am doing it with inspirational messaging. I need to work on my stitching skills a bit, my “Life is Sweet” is a bit hard to read. My friend suggested that I reduce the amount of thread so it isn’t so chunky. Agreed! For the piecing in the flower and bird, I did some improvisational sewing which was fun for me and not so precise. I really struggle with making blocks, it takes me all day to sew just one so, I am kind of rebelling against it. I am a perfectionist and I am trying to let go of my need to control things so much, improv sewing is perfect for that! No plan, just creating! One of the things I love about our “Bring Chocolate” sewing group besides the chocolate that is at every meeting is Sew Smart’s owner, Kathleen’s pin that she wears. It says “No Quilting Bullies”. I love that. My work is not perfect and I’m okay with that. I actually am trying to push myself away from the perfection. It is quite liberating!
Fabric from my Fleurologie and Modern Roses Collections.