Saturday, February 20, 2016

Refilling my cup

There are times when you need to step away from the day to day.  Take time to refill your creative cup, take time to learn, take time to ponder and reflect and take time to interact with other creative spirits.

After a wonderful few days in San Diego with my husband. I traveled to Pasadena with my friend Betsy to QuiltCon. 

It was exactly what I needed after my 31 Days of Creativity Challenge.  And I have to admit that I did not complete the challenge.  And I am ok with that.  I learned, I accomplished and most importantly I inspired others.  It was so energizing that others took time to add creativity to their lives and took time to photograph their works and to post.  Some of the participants enjoyed the challenge so much, that we're working together to design a way to extend #hibernateandcreate with more fabulous prizes.

Back to QuiltCon.

Beyond exploring beautiful, beautiful quilts and amazing vendors, I was able to take two technique classes.

Class number 1:  Block printing with Valori Wells has inspired me to incorporate this technique with more condifence into my mixed media and fiber arts pieces.  The two blocks that I cut were inspired by my trip to Scotland last fall.  I call it Scottish Stones and Cottage Roses. 

I made myself smile part way through the class when I realized I was carving a rose in the City of Roses, Pasadena.  It wasn't intentional, I simply love how roses remind me of my Grandmother Eveyln and how much I miss her.

Valori was wonderful and ensured that you understood the technique, the how's and why's and cheered everyone along.  I loved seeing the different cut blocks transform with their patterns and colors.  More block printing is in my (near) future.

Class number 2:  In the evening, I took a paper piecing class with Johanna Masko.  I have paper pieced before, but I was intrigued by her technique where you didn't sew through the paper.  AMAZING!  Who wants to pick out bits of paper when they are done piecing?  No one, that's who.

Here is the start of my arrows.  I chose brights so that I could hang the finished wall hanging in my create space.  It will only be 10" x 10" so it should tuck in nicely with the other pieces that I need to hang on my blank wall.

My thought for the day, take time for you.  Find what fills you with joy and pursue it.

Back to QuiltCon ...

~ K

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