Thursday, July 31, 2014

I must read this each day...

Take Risks  8 in. X 10.5
 I love to paint on fabric and over the years have amassed a pile of my own painted scraps. Surprised??
I was looking through these hand painted scraps to print an extra gift for my pin cushion winners.
 While I was in there, I stamped a few for me... why not??
The lesson here is, no scrap is really too small for some use and hand-painted strips look different when cropped.
I chose the saying, "Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you".

(The color is a bit washed out in this close up. The color in the top photo is closer to true. Remember you can click on photos to enlarge them)

After stamping I cut out that bit, not caring if it was square. Added in the one eye, the all seeing all understanding eye for clear vision.

I knew this piece would be raw edge, not concerning myself with fraying or shape. I wanted it to be of the moment. I forced myself to work quickly and not fret too much over the details.
I had a bit of trouble deciding on a background, auditioning many fabrics. Finally I settled on a skydyes scrap, made the piece on peltex instead of batting, quilted with YLI metallic gold thread and free motion.
The beads prove no piece is too small to dither over the details!
I had the "risk" dangle for years waiting for just the right time to use it. Proving one can and should hoard supplies as you will find a great reason to use them at some point.

 The binding was put on by machine, sewed to the back, folded to the front with a turned edge, and topstitched.

I hope you like it.
I need to read it each day.
There are times that life kicks my bum, and I am dog tired of it.
 Do you ever feel like that?
As this quote says, we are bigger than these problems.

Don't always play it safe, take risks now and then.


  1. You're so right. And I love this one, the colours and all. You inspire me a lot, thank you.

  2. Oh my heart! What a fabulous picture in your header. I love me some hexies : )

  3. That is so pretty and what a wonderful way to be reminded.

  4. Hi LeeAnna,
    In the moment! Love this wall hanging! Super!
    I think I'll try and print out a pict and frame it!
    The creativity in's so great to see!
    Take care,

  5. What a wonderful use of "scraps". I think I'll have to go through my stash.

  6. LA, that is just fabulous! How adventuresome you are with fabric - it sure pays off!

  7. I enjoyed reading about your journey in making this piece. Sometimes you just have to jump in head first!

  8. This is a good thought to carry through the day - and I like the reminder to take a risk now and then; it pays off more often than you think. Also love the interaction of that green and the orange/red of the background.

  9. You are so marvelous at making something significant out of little bits of nothing! Try to remember on your down times that what you do is an inspiration to others! Thanks.

  10. Love the way this turned out.

  11. This is so interesting and I agree we all feel that way from time to time. What a beautiful reminder, that alone would bring a smile to my face.

  12. Gorgeous! And I love the saying. Always good to remember.

  13. Great saying and an absolutely stunning little quilt!! Sometimes life does kick our bum - this saying puts it all in perspective ;) Judy

  14. Beautiful quilt, beautiful words. Yeah for saving those little things for a someday project. My problem is trying to find it when I need it!