Wednesday, June 26, 2013

After the Rain





Whew! We had some rain last night, and everything is kind of washed clean this morning. It is less humid and sparkly-looking  from the wicker chair on the porch this morning, sitting with my coffee and listening to birdsong. I'm trying to convince the poodle to leave my husband alone to sleep in a bit and fight off the cold.

I am so excited to meet with a new beading group this morning. I have so many beads, being attracted to shiny sparkly things, and although I've made peyote bags, some jewelry, and often add beads to quilts, I don't use my beads often enough. Hopefully this group will encourage me to use them.



There is a drive to create in me that has always been there. I must have tried almost all crafts as a child. Almost all art forms as an adult. I love being around creative people and hearing how they go from concept to finished art.
In quilt-land we call unfinished objects UFO's or WIPS, works in progress. Some people worry about having too many bits and pieces of old  projects laying around. My friend Helen calls many of them what they are, class projects. They were not meant to be finished, just provide learning.


Here is a  pictureof my studio today in all it's productive glory. It's in quite a  state  right now, in the middle of two deadlines. It is a mess. A real mess, where you could be swallowed up in a pile or seriously hurt by a landslide of fabric if you aren't careful.

You all know what I'm talking about.

Soon the art will be made and shipped off, and I'll do the clearing, sorting, refolding, reshelving that happens after a major effort. Then I'll take more pictures and you'll think it always looks like that. Heh, heh. But you'll know better...

As the pincushion says, "Embrace Imperfection"

hope you are all making something
LeeAnna

6 comments:

  1. Hey - I forgot to tell you - I liked your Klee quilt with the woman's shape. In fact, I liked it MUCH better from a distance. Close up - it looked too much like a squiggle for me, but when you put it on the wall - it was suddenly different. Will you look at them from far away when you meet? It was good to see you -
    Kathy

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    1. that's great feedback. Yes we did view from a distance and no one said much of anything about it. One person said she liked it a lot. I love both of them now that they are finished. When I link to Off the Wall Fridays, I'll have to do a close up and a far away shot. Thanks Kathy

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  2. Lee Anna, your messy studio means you are having fun and being creative. Clean-up can happen later (or not). I make no attempt at keeping thread cuttings, snips of fabric, fusible, freezer paper, etc. off the floor. Once a week it gets all neat and tidy--which jump-starts more more creativity.

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    1. It sure is a sign of working! I've been making stuff. Debris finds it's way to the floor even when aimed at the trashcan. I don't want to stop the process and sort, it ruins the moment, but when you are afraid of avalanches.
      LeeAnna

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  3. By the way, I LOVE the hexagon quilt at the top of your blog! I've never seen a Grandmother's Flower Garden made with such colorful, wild abandon. It really looks like a garden.
    Martha Ginn

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    1. that is a King size in progress. I plan to machine quilt in sections and hand sew sections together. Can't quilt biggies on my home machine these days so I work in sections. I'll let you know how it works out, I figure I'll make it work. Somehow it usually does.

      LA

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