We have had another gap in our blog posting. That is partly because we have been crazy busy with business and reorganizing our living and work space. As a result, we have made progress in those areas but haven’t had much time for playing with our art so, when we have had some time, we have been in the shop or studio making something or on the computer creating. Continue reading Progress Not Perfection→
Last week I was working on a challenge quilt that was giving me trouble because I was way over thinking. I can almost hear some of you saying “Wow, that is not at all like you”. To which I reply, that there is no need for sarcasm. So back to my point. I started several times but rejected idea after idea for a variety of reasons – too complex, too simple, too uninspired (or uninspiring), too cliché (I know, what does that even mean?). Continue reading Playing for inspiration→
This week, I have been finishing a 2×4 Challenge through Taylor Timber Mart in Musquodobit Harbour. If you are a woodworker, you might be familiar with the 2×4 challenge idea, which is popular with guilds and online woodworking groups. The challenge is to create a unique project from a single 2×4, usually construction-grade wood. This is not the best wood to work with but its availability and low cost making this contest great for woodworkers of all levels. Rules can vary. For this contest, rules are simple– you pick up a free 8’ 2×4 and create anything you like as long as it is comprised of 90% wood from the supplied 2×4 and no more than 10% of any other elements (adhesive, fasteners, decorative features…), determined by weight. Continue reading 2×4 and Tech Challenges→
I have mixed feelings towards making patchwork quilts. I enjoy the history and tradition of the art and it does appeal to my perfectionist tendencies. Ironically, these are the same things that can contribute to my more ambivalent feelings toward this type of work. Sometimes the number of traditional patterns generated makes it feel harder to do something new or unique. This, of course, is not true as talented designers are constantly created new approaches and new variations. Continue reading Patchwork Stories→
The Eastern Shore has a great new service for quilters. Wendy Pehrsson has opened Songbird Quilter in Lawrencetown. Songbird offers longarm instruction and rental services to help people finish their quilts without the expense of purchasing a longarm. After a short orientation session, quilters can rent Wendy’s machine by the hour to complete projects at a very reasonable rates.
I don’t know if it is a new trend or just something that I have recently become aware of in magazines and online articles but I have been seeing more discussions describing ‘improv quilting’ as a style. It seems to me that that it is more accurately described as a process than a style. To me, it makes more sense to think of it as a way to create, try new approaches – and mix things up a little.
I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and responsibility in making art. Since this is Earth Day weekend, it is a perfect time to reflect and write about these issues. Being responsible in material purchase and use is important to both me and Stephen so we frequently discuss ways that we can better reduce, reuse, recycle, or repurpose. That applies in our processes as well as our products.
This weekend when we were puttering in the shop, Stephen and I chatted about some ongoing projects. It is a rare occasion that we are both in the woodshop at the same time because of the size and layout, combined with the fact that about 1/3 of our area is currently being used for storage and work-in-progress. In addition, when we are both in there creating, usually there are power tools that preclude much conversation. Continue reading Tech Talk: Traditional Technology→