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Quilt Progress

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I finished my quilt top! All Hand- Sewn!  I completely love it – but am a little nervous about the next steps…

A couple days ago, my sister Pearl came over and took some photos of me in my room.

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Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

I had a studio space for a while last year, but it made me realize I honestly really like working out of my bedroom.

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Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

I’ve been messing around with other quilt motifs – like log cabin.

To see more photos checkout Pearl’s Flickr.

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Also visit Pearl’s Etsy:  pearlsroom.etsy.com. She has been making some beautiful pins that I am crazy about!

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May Quilting

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I have been obsessed with quilts for a while now…  But I recently started my first patchwork quilt, sewing it all by hand, which might have been an odd choice – but it allows me to watch movies/TV shows at the same time so….

During my time working on my 2011 ArtPrize Project “PatchWork” — a curated mending as art collection, I was doing a lot of research on the history of mending and patchwork, and some of the best and most intriguing documentation I found was on Quilting.

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Here are a couple of books I recommend on the subject.

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Quilt by Ella Mae Irby, 1923-2001.

The tradition of quilting is uniquely important among needle crafts. We are born in quilts and we die in quilts, they provide warmth, comfort, and safety thoughout our lives.

I was invited to be a part of the Shared Space Studio summer artist residency by the contemporary quilt and textile artist is Eliza Fernand. Checkout her work in her current Kickstarter project.

I am really looking forward to collaborating with her!

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Another quilter I am really into right now is Maura Grace Ambrose and her brand Folk Fibers. Each of her quilts is stitched by hand and she dyes a lot of her fabric herself, using homegrown and foraged plants.

Front-Page-Scrap-Flag-Quilt_grandeQuilt by Maura Grace Ambrose.

For MUCH more quilt inspiration checkout my Pinterest board Quiltz.

Puppets!

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Photo by me.

I was commissioned to make a set of 9 fairy-tale hand puppets! For The National Czech & Slovak Museum! It was an awesome challenge – cuz I’d never made a puppets before…  After a couple failed attempts I got the hang of it.

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Red Riding Hood.

Which one is your favorite?

START

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Art by doodles.

Lately it seems like almost everyone I talk to around my age, is stuck on some variation of this problem:

(Imagine “THEM” as group of 20-somethings screaming)

THEM: I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP AND IT’S STRESSING ME OUT.

ME: you don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life, just start doing something you care about – and start as soon as possible.

THEM: I KNOW, BUT STARTING IS THE HARDEST PART.

These are smart, passionate, talented, people so why is this happening?

I realize that this is a symptom of being in your 20s, but it sure seems like my generation is hitting this particular brick wall again and again.

I don’t always feel inspired, in fact I literally NEVER feel like blogging, but I always feel proud after I’ve finished a post… Not because I think I wrote some sort of amazing gift to society (LOL), but because it’s something I always thought I couldn’t do, cuz of my dyslexia, and this will be 135th post! So suck on that personal bullshit!

All that being said, I still think if someone locked me in a room with a typewriter, and said I will free you once you’ve finished a novel of at least 100,000 words I would jump out the window… A blank page is one of the scariest things that exists.

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Photo by me.

Starting is hard, it requires a lot of self-discipline. Hopefully once you’ve started, at some point in the process you’ll drop into your flow — and that is a beautiful thing.

(by flow mean your artist groove, not your period!)

START every day, and think of finishing – as optional… but personally I find finishing a lot easier.

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” 
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Fair Isle Crochet

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I went to the pound thrift yesterday and bought around 40 pounds of old T-shirts and sheets for rug making. At the Pound thrift or (Goodwill Outlet Center) they sell stuff by the pound which makes for some unbeatable deals!

Just to let you know, if you think a normal Goodwill atmosphere is grim the pound thrift is positively  hellish. The stuff is in large plastic tubs on wheels and every half hour they bring out new tubs full of new stuff and people go CRAZY trying to be the first to get at the new stuff, sort of like competitive dumpster diving.

Well I survived —  and I’m happy to have a so much new material, because I started experimenting with fair isle crochet.

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Fair isle crochet allows me to make patterns within the rug!

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This month it’s my goal to have at least 2 full pages of inventory my Etsy shop. One of the things that is helping me accomplish this is the awesome RadioLab podcasts guaranteed to blow your mind while you craft!

Brave Habits

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Photo by staceysvendsen.

I’m constantly trying to become the person I want to be.

This is a list of 16 brave habits I’m trying to establish in myself.

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1. Write more.

2. Create//host more events and parties.

3. Tell people in my life that I love them and am thankful for them.

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Photo by  S O C R A M.

4. Be risky // take more risks.

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Photo by cecily .rose.

5. Plan adventures // travel.

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Photo by rosie+nate.

6. Stay in touch with friends that live faraway.

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Photo by svennevenn.

7. Dance more.

8. Sing More.

9. Become more open to all kinds of people.

10. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, then push through it.

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Photo by ALL Knitwear.

11. Be more organized .

12. Listen to people.

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Art by cacahuete’s.

13. Become Lena Dunham ( j.k… sort of…)

14. Get off the internet before 11pm.

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Art by rocketrictic.

15. Learning more effective ways to vent my frustrations.

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Photo by many small guesses.

16. Help me to Accept the things I cannot change, give me the
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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Photo by blessed blessed oblivion.

JUST KEEP GOING, YOU’LL GET THERE.

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Art by jenna2step.