Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ok so it's Tuesday night and I'd better try to post.

So once again you cannot believe how many posts I've written in my thoughts but to be honest I have been trying to stay away from the laptop or Internet so that I would stay with my creativity goals.
So lets see since last Friday I completed a quilt top that has blocks of my own cyanotype designs that I passed to 10 fellow members of my Modern Quilt Guild "bee", I can't wait to have fun quilting it as wild as it is.
To try to show my process I will try to post some photos I took as I was working along.
So the instructions I handed to my bee members were that they were to take the 12 inch cyanotype designs and use the Kaffe Fassett fabric I included in their envelope to create a honky log cabin sort of block ending in 16 1/2 in squares (if I recall my instructions correctly lol after all my month was Feb.) before my surgery and we all know what a wild ride I've had since March.
First there were seven returned blocks.

Once I got all 10 of the blocks returned to me I could begin designing a quilt top.
So here I am tacking the blocks and fabric strips on my design board.

Ok so this became the general design but then to add a border.

I worked in a row to row piecing, adding fabric to the blocks to form the completed  rows, ironing seams as the rows were sewn and compiled of course.

At this point I was getting excited to be almost finished with the quilt top,
loving the bright colorful fabrics.

The quilt top is now sewn together waiting to be loaded on my HQ16 and quilted, sadly my last photos have not shown up on my laptop via "the cloud" yet so I will try to add a photo of the completed quilt top w/ border as soon as I can.
Now onto my next project, there is so much going on at the Munslow house! Enjoy.
As promised here is photo of the completed quilt top next step get it loaded on HQ16 and have some fun.

Friday, August 21, 2015

It's been an interesting year so far, sadly though not for my blog.

I began writing this blog back in 2007, at that time I was a Public Middle School Art Teacher in VA and as Educators we were being introduced to many new processes that involved computers and using the Internet.  I can remember many in-service classes about and using various sites.  Remember "My Space"(lol that is sure an oldie) during that time there was much concern about our students mis-using the Internet and the need for us to understand the dangers the internet might pose for our students. 
There were search sites we were introduced to help us with our daily subject matter. Suddenly there were blogs. ;-)  I quickly began a blog about my student's work, (Sad to say I have no idea web address or the name I gave that blog now so cannot even locate it online lol.  
I bounced between Word Press and which at that time was not under Google.  So much has changed app;ication wise since I began blogging.
I began this blog in order to join to an online 'Art Quilt' group, to join the group you had to have an active art blog that you posted in at least 4 times a month.
I admit I enjoyed writing or posting in my blog, it has helped me meet people from all over the world via the internet and more importantly it helped me stay on task with my art and quilting objectives.
As one might notice I somehow went astray since last November. I either lost my mojo, interest or possibly my old organization skills.
I sadly got out of the habit of writing about My life? My art work? My quilting? FB and Instagram have become so popular and if you try to be involved with them all it begins to eat up minutes of one's day. Wondering if you agree?
So much has happened during ("MY") thus far 2015, there have been such unexpected happenings in my life that along my way I set aside my habit of posting in my blog. 
I will tell you there have been many posts I've written in my thoughts, yet I never manage to sit down and type these posts out?
Thankfully I noticed a few other art friends I followed online have also slowed on their posting or the usage of their blogs.
I found I also began to acquire so many blogs I enjoyed reading or following that I began to get overwhelmed by how much time I was spending on the computer/Internet and thus not spending time in the studio. I wonder how many others find the Internet, though it can be wonderful, can eat up too many precious minutes of one's day?
Well I am going to try to think today is a new day and can be a new start. I hope to somehow begin to force myself to get back some of my old practices or habits. Blogging is one habit I hope to get back on track.
But until I get this figured out I will leave you with a photo I took this week while having the privilege of visiting Mt.Rainier National Park in the State of Washington. 
America sure is beautiful!