Friday, January 16, 2015

Week in Review 2015 - 1/16

Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Detail of in process piecing from Mondrian Tackles
. Note how I press my seams open. This makes
FMQ much easier. You can also see how I chain piece
the squares if you look between the two rows. 
This is my fourth year participating in SAQA's Visioning Project. The basic premise is that each participant selects her own project to pursue. She breaks the project into steps, determines any hurdles and figures out ways to overcome them. The participants check in with each other on a private blog, where they encourage and advise each other. Last year my project was to complete LifeBook 2014, an on-line mixed media course. This year I have returned to an earlier goal, to put in 126 full studio days in 2015. The biggest hurdle with committing to studio days is treating those days as sacrosanct. Family, friends, and other pursuits easily encroach on this time if you let them. Frankly, sometimes it is just tempting to handle all those interruptions so that they go away. Of course, they never do go away completely. If you do give in and respond to an e-mail, take a call or schedule an event for a previously committed studio day, you can be sure there will be a follow-up e-mail, extra work from the call and heavy cajoling to just do this one more event. If you are craving more time to pursue your interests you can. You just have to treat yourself and your interests as seriously as you do other important people and commitments in your life.

Here is what I managed to achieve by staying committed to my three studio days this week:

Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci  with only one more
square to go. 
1) Night Vision - (Due January 31, 2015)

a) Finish Facing the quilt - Done
b) Add the split sleeve - Started
c) Take the formal call for entry photos - Done
d) Add the label - Not yet
e) Submit the call - Not yet

2) Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci - (Due May 1, 2015)

a) Finish piecing - Nearly there
b) Sandwich quilt - Not yet
c) Start the quilting - Not Yet

Last week's sashiko experiment led to an
exploration of sashiko designs on Pintrest, which led to
a whole bunch of fabulous line drawings, which led
to this attempt at FMQ a leaf surrounded by micro stippling.
3) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!

4) Sunrise over Little Lake Butte des Morts (due January 10, 2015)

a) Submit it for consideration - Done! 

Sunrise over Little Lake Butte des Morts was accepted into the The Trout Museum of Art's Members' Biennial. The exhibit runs from February 6 - April 5. There will be an Artist Reception on opening night, Friday, February 6th from 5 - 7:30 p.m. 

5) Perform a random act of kindness - Done!

Here are my plans for how to spend my studio days next week:

1) Night Vision - (Due January 31, 2015)

a) Prepare the photos for entry
b) Finishing adding the split sleeve
c) Add the label
d Submit the call
e) Add Night Vision to my website

2) Mondrian Tackles Fibonacci - (Due May 1, 2015)

a) Finish piecing 
b) Sandwich quilt
c) Start the quilting

3) Free motion quilting practice.

4) Perform a random act of kindness

I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.


  1. Congratulations on the art gallery acceptance. I've never been to an opening reception, have you? Is it fun, awkward? I am a total introvert so might feel uncomfortable (not that I have been accepted anywhere, but would like to be)

    Thank you for sharing that leaf FMQ - I love it and may it this week.

    I know what you mean about time. Between working full time and my three dogs I don't have a lot left but try to make time. I don't know how people with kids do it. Pat Sloan said something last week that struck me - take 10 minutes every day no matter what. It can be more of course but if you cant give yourself 10 minutes to do what you love then shame on you. It's true

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you, Maartje. Sometimes I just can't resist sitting down to do some intricate FMQ.

  3. I love this... " If you are craving more time to pursue your interests you can. You just have to treat yourself and your interests as seriously as you do other important people and commitments in your life." That's exactly how it has to be! In a few months I will be able to commit to 1 full studio day a week. I'm really looking forward to it!!
    Kudos on your very productive studio days!

  4. Remember your great work in the 2013 challenge. Your leaf quilt is fabulous!

  5. The amount you accomplish in one week is amazing. Your dedication and perseverance certainly pays off. I love your FM leaf design.

  6. WOW....what a sensible way to stay committed to your art....I'm so implusive.....a schedule like your are about the embark might be a good idea....though I'm sure I'd never stick to it. Anxious to follow your progress this year!

  7. Ditto Norma's comment. I am always blow away with how much you accomplish.

  8. I have to agree with Norma and Marilyn and the Mondrian piece is very interesting.

  9. Hello Gwyned,

    The free motion quilting is beautiful... you know how much I love leaves!

    Bravo for resolving to be so disciplined. I know you will do it.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv