Friday, August 29, 2014

Week in Review 2014 - 08/29

The first leaf in Night Vision is nearly done.
The stem down the middle will be wider. I pinned
the narrow stem strip in place just for the picture.

Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Ernestine Ulmer, a little known, but often quoted author wrote, "Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." Later Jaques Torres paraphrased the quote to the more familiar, "Life is short. Eat dessert first." No matter who said it or which quote you prefer it is an adage worth heeding. Too often the drive to take care of chores, work and that ever expanding list of to do items keeps us from our studio.

One question I and other artists are asked frequently is how do you have the time to do art? The answer for me is simple, I eat dessert first. I have made art and not dust bunnies my priority. By making art my priority and therefore making it a regular committed part of each week, the non art part of my week doesn't feel as arduous.
Nora's Rose 

My "dessert" this week was:

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

a) Continue the piecing - Done

2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done

I had been wanting to give Nora's Rose a try ever since Lori Kennedy showcased this free motion quilting motif on her blog. Once again, I tweaked the pattern a bit. My roses look more peony like and the leaves have been completely echoed from the inside out. It just happened that way. You can see the original pattern here

Detail from Nora's Rose practice piece.

3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments. - Done.

I have no images from LifeBook this week because the assignment was to watch an artist interview. 

Some desserts never loose their temptation. Here is what I plan on "eating" for dessert next week:

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

a) Continue the piecing

2) Free motion quilting practice.

3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments.

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. I love the peony-roses (my favourite rose is called Wollerton Old Hall and it looks a lot like a peony).

  2. I love how your leaf is turning out. I agree with you on making art not cleaning the priority. Aside from the fact that I hate cleaning and love doing art.....I doubt that on my deathbed I will regret not cleaning more.

  3. The leaf is turning out wonderful.

  4. I agree -- cleaning is below creating on my list, too. Can't wait to see Night Vision.

    1. It seems many agree with us when it comes to cleaning vs. quilting. No surprise there. :)

  5. "Dessert first" - truly words to live by! (I'll start immediately...)

    1. Even better if the dessert is chocolate based.

  6. I love your FM quilting and the leaf!

  7. Hello Gwyned,

    Yes, I avoid housework too. Not enough colours, and why waste valuable sewing time?

    Really pretty FMQ, and I love the leaf - such beautiful greens!

    Love, Muv