Years ago, I took a couple workshops with the fabulous Sue Benner.
I'd been approaching a place of fearlessness with my art that she just opened up a little wider and I was able to step my considerable body and mind into.
Since then, I've learned many lessons from myself and others...but I fondly look back on the middle 2Ks as the time in history that freed me up from all (or most) of my self doubts and worry about how to do this and that.
I'm not saying that I have it all down pat, because it's obvious that I don't, but I do approach every piece as play and if it doesn't turn out the way I want it to...well, it can hang on my design board for awhile. Sometimes for years.
This year I started when I got back from vacation. After quilting Claire Bear's baby quilt, I've wanted to do nothing BUT free motion stitch.
Last year, I took some pieces that were left over from Sue's workshop and appliqued them onto a nice bit of decorator fabric. Then it hung on the design board until last month.
I pulled it down and did some FMS on the piece and put it back for a few days. Determined not to let it get the best of me...I took it out again and added the flower and lots more FMS until it became the piece you see here.
I thought I'd make a sleeve for my laptop out of it but my Colombian friends told me it would break up the design by folding it in half and they thought it'd look better on the wall. I kind of agree. But not in the state that it's in.
So, if you have any suggestions about what you'd do next, I probably won't do them...
but would LOVE to hear what you have to say.
Create Your Life,