The one thing that stays the same is that nothing stays the same.
As the spring clean blog hop is underway--on Day 2, let's talk H2O--water. Perspective can trick us. Imagine water carving a river so Grand that it creates a canyon. Okay, lets get the silliness going. Cause Grand Canyon is inspiring, but who is the real villain to be on the look out for in your creative space?
Villains--Dusty and Dampness
Dust is the arch-villian of the modern sewing machine. Water can be a friend or a foe. In my subterranean sewing studio, my dehumidifier hums along all summer long--pulling moisture out of the air. Not just cause it's gross, please avoid mold/mildew. Humidity (water) can result in rusting. Machines and tools working at their best like Goldilocks--not too moist, not too dry.
Store your fusible interacting, fusible web, wash away stablizer in a closed/air tight container.
Items stored lowest part of a shelf/cabinet benefit from waterproof containers.
Avoid using the floor and table tops for storage--it's not dust free. Additionally, sunlight can bleach fabrics, and it's not typically a cool design or interesting pattern.
what's your favorite hint? I know others are battling with dust or damp in their sewing spot!
I'm not even sure what I won, but winning is FUN isn't it?
Today on Facebook I saw that @sizzix was doing a live video with @kidgiddy, so I popped in.
Did I answer the question right the first time? Nope. I first answered, IceCream with Sprinkles. Seemed like a good guess what is Kerry Goulder's favorite food.
What do you do when you don't know something--like the words IRL, IQF or IQM? You can do the same thing I did today. Which is how I answered the winning question today. I Googled.
Seriously, it's not cheating--it's using resources, tools--and I'm being pretty open about it, cause well, I also won something from Sizzix and Generation Q Magazine (more on this later!)
I think that honor and respect are hugely important. I may be FUN, I may seem silly, but respect and being a decent human being is a big deal to me.
I don't want any ill-gotten-booty.
How often on Talk Like a Pirate Day do you get to say ill-gotten-booty?
On my bucket list--meeting Kerry Goulder IRL, maybe at IQF or IQM this year?
What will be her answer? How does she sew?
Can KidGiddy Cacti? Does she dare? Will You? Is Class 106 still open 10/31? When will the questions end?
Oh, and yes to Sizzix, thanks! Feel free to send mail and treats to me at
9900 Greenbelt Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
Yes, I'm proud that I don't know everything AND that I'm pretty good at finding answers. When I post blogs and info, I love to add in the links, so you can check it out too. The more we know, the more we know! Please share, life is more FUN with friends!
Thanks for having FUN with me today!
The text below is taken word for word from a Facebook conversation that might not have occurred at this level if my blogposts were easier to respond to (my tech team is working that!). I've not corrected any typos in the text below, and this is not out here as an example of perfect writing, but of real life conversation, with an award winning professional longarm quilter from Germany. I'm honored to have received this feedback and would love to share it with you, as well as introduce you to Birgit Schueller check out her work at https://www.creativebits.biz
Hi Amalia, this morning, I read your post about having been a juror and judging the Lion King Challenge that was shared by Cherrywood Fabrics. Please allow me to to comment on this post, but for various reasons, I won't do this publicly. First of all, I'm one of those, whose quilt did not make the cut - and I'm absolutely fine with this. This brings me to the point I'd like to address. The way I see it - the quilts that were not selected, have been rejected. Period. Why is it so hard these days to name things by what they are? Life does not consist of victories only. Each and every defeat is a chance to grow - in strength and personality. Why pretending that it's different? How can we expect our children to learn to live with negative experiences when we as adults are not able and/or willing to accept a negative fact ourselves? Everybody taking up a challenge should be quite aware of the possibility of a negative outcome without having to be told that it's still a win. To me this sounds as if entra
nts had created their quilts exclusively for this challenge, exclusively with the jurors in mind. And that'd be a pretty sad thing, don't you think? As an artist, I want my artwork to reflect something about myself, my thoughts, my feelings. As an artist, my intention is it to communicate an idea - a rejection can mean a lot of things: maybe the audience doesn't like what and how I've expressed something, maybe they don't understand what I'm trying to express, maybe they are just considering the looks and not the meaning at all... And all of this is more than ok. I could go on and on with this list. My bottom line is, that I as the arist need to identify with my artwork, no matter what others say about it or what they see in it. And a lost challenge does not change a bit about my feeling for my art. But I prefer for things to be called what they are. Thank you for reading this. In stitches, Birgit Schueller, proud creator of a rejected challenge quilt
FUN from A to Z - Amalia "AtoZ" Morusiewicz
Your message is well received. I'm honored that you shared your thoughts and I would love to ask what the various reasons you felt it should be private. I would love to see your message posted as comment to my blog. I don't see a reason it should be private, I appreciate the open dialogue, but is there something deeper that I'm missing? Looking forward to your reply!
FUN from A to Z - Amalia "AtoZ" Morusiewicz
Since we are chatting--I have to say I have no idea which was your rejected quilt. Feel free to share that info with me if you like.
Thank you so much for your prompt answer, Amalia. The main reason for me sharing my thoughts privately was that I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings - especailly not the jurors' as I very much appreciate the time, work and effort you have put into this difficlt task. But you are right, I shouldn't be worried too much about others and stick with my opionion publically. And I'm aware that the judging was purely anonymous, so my intention is not at all to blame anybody for anything. As I said, I have not problem with my artwork not having been accepted. I'll check out what I ahve to do to be able to post my comment on your blog. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Since I don't have a Worldpress account, I've coppied and pasted the essence of my above message as a comment here on Facebook. Best, Birgit
Oh, and wenn you go to my FB timeline and scroll down a bit, I posted pictrues of my quilt sometime last week.
FUN from A to Z - Amalia "AtoZ" Morusiewicz
I'll likely put this into an post and link to your website--you do beautiful work.
Thank you, Amalia. But I hope that you understand that fishing for compliments has never been my intention. Best. Birgit
The text below above is taken word for word from a Facebook conversation that might not have occurred at this level if my blogposts were easier to respond to (my tech team is working that!). I've not corrected any typos in the text below, and this is not out here as an example of perfect writing, but of real life conversation, with an award winning professional longarm quilter from Germany. I'm honored to have received this feedback and would love to share it with you, as well as introduce you to Birgit Schueller check out her work at https://www.creativebits.bizYes, this last paragraph is almost the same as the first. Something are worth repeating! All the best!
[Note to reader--this was first published with photos of the person speaking on each paragraph--but I got smarter and used blue text for mine and had headings on each separate conversational chunk]
As a juror for the Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric Lion King Challenge, it was my privilege and honor to review all the quilts and select finalists along with two other jurors. The depth of art is humbling. The quilts that were not selected are quite good, seriously good. All those in this outer circle, please hold your heads up high. I'm proud that you accepted the challenge. I hope that all of those who were not selected realize that you are not rejected, your art was not rejected, instead your art was not selected as a finalist.
Good News - a lot of people completed the challenge
Bad News - a lot of people are not finalists
Need permission to get a fresh perspective? I'd love to share my story with you. In my storytelling trunkshow, Permission, Perfection and other Fairytales, I'll share tales of stitching together my life with thread, humor and joy.
The connections I've made in the quilting and sewing world have been the greatest gift.
Friendships made in fabric reminds me of Angela Lansbury singing, "a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme."Can't wait to meet in real life? I created sewFUNfriends so we would always have a place to go, a circle of friends stitched together bringing more joy to the world.
I look forward to meeting the finishers, the finalists and all those inspired by LionKing.
Undone by numbers!
Just like in school those problems, you know...
If 2 people start driving at 6am in a beautiful Green Mountain State and drive towards their home with is 9.5 hours away. What is the chance that they will experience long delays in traffic?
Well, that depends! If you decided to post a daily response to a blog hop, and think to yourself, well I have all evening--the traffic hears you say that, so stop right there! Oh and if you draft posts, but don't set the timer to post them, well that too.
I think you get my drift!
You are first, so my post is about "first" and order. I hope others go read Quiltoni's post--I love the "use what you've got" vibe. I looking forward to meeting you in real life!
Here's a few fluffy questions for all:
What's your favorite--a sunrise or a sunset?
Can you tell the difference?
Does it matter?
I wish you the best from A to Z!
And now a verbal stroll on the theme "firsts"
I'm an oldest kid, oldest cousin, first US citizen in my family, yes--I've definitely gone first in the past. Being first can be hard or easy. It's all perspective! My parents worked multiple jobs as I was a kid. I think my fascination with donuts must have started when my mom would bundle me up and take me to the donut shop that my dad worked as his second job. Yes, indeed, dad to this day does not like doughnuts or donuts--he might eat them sometimes, but those rings of dough do not captivate his attention like they do mine. So, yep oldest kids get the unique pleasure that their birthday is also their parents true Mother's Day/Father's Day.
There is no doubt that the sky and clouds are beautiful. What about the sand that made up of crushed rocks, wood? Yes there is even some trash on the beach.
Warning! Read three deep thoughts below at your own risk!
How does a first impression affect my perspective?
How do I go about appreciating each individually without comparing the two?
Let's say we aren't taking just about photos of nature. How do I appreciate unique experiences/people/places/things in my life so that I embrace the diversity and see their awesome?
Once upon a time in perfection-ville, quilters always made the right amount of blocks with perfectly matched points, and in the perfect colors for the perfect quilt.
In real life, orphan blocks happen.
Maybe your trip around the world, took a detour into wonderland or your “block-of-month” project became a roadblock. Don’t let these quilt blocks pileup in your workspace (and on your conscience.) Join in with other resourceful quilters and rescue these lonely blocks from their sad fate in a box or drawer. Bring them into the sunshine, even those ugly duckling blocks, the “wonder” blocks, the abandoned project blocks… United together, these blocks can have a purpose. Such a fun interactive program, especially suited for fun groups of quilters. A perfect solution to inherited blocks, honors the original quilt block maker with this opportunity for a guild to get to know each other and have fun. Can't wait to see the finished items! A FUNfromAtoZ program that is so fun with SoCo- Southern Comforters of Bowie Maryland. Are you fun?
See some ideas for layouts https://www.pinterest.com/misty_cole1/orphan-blocks/
Seriously fun! Interactive learning rocks, in real life! http://funfromatoz.com/2015/07/09/fibonacci-fun/
Let's go back to the past - to when the clean up started. Shh, don't tell anyone, but these secrets can be used for any clean up project... Parents teach your kiddos that chores can be seen as challenges and games for them... more fun, less mess, bonus for you less stress! If you are the "Kid", here's my secret to cleaning up, make it fun, make it fast, make it a game.Secret Number 4- Super Speed! If you want motivation and fun - record yourself in super speed - the app from the Instagram people "Hyperlapse" is great fun - and you can adjust your speed from 2x-12x. Why would you want to record it? Well, seeing yourself move around fast is likely going to be funny, when you laugh, good energy flows in your brain, when your brain is working for you, things are easier. There are lots of serious things in life you should do, taking yourself too seriously, just isn't one of them!
Secret Number 5 - Suit Up! gear up, put on your uniform before the game starts - in clean up mode the uniform is good shoes. Yes, I am recommending cleaning in shoes (not slippers, not flipflops, not your bare feet! Clean up can be messy and sewing tools sharp, so it's important to protect your sole and your soul. Wearing your work clothes and cowboy boots is good for the reveal, but not so good for the clean up work. Go Mr.Rogers style - get those sneakers on!
Mr.R - Not a bad role model... I resonated with his saying in this interview that "working as well as you can to bring to others what you feel can be nourishing in their lives, it's an offering of love what we do."
So, that was sweet and loving, now back to sports and sci-fi...
Secret Number 6 - ATTACK the Biggest BEAST! identify the biggest beast, the area that will have the most impact, and attack it. Yes, I did play a lot of sports! In my studio, I have a hockey puck from one of my six shutouts. I had a lot of containers - boxes, bags, jars - so I built "container city." I used the table area of my longarm to stack the containers by type. This helped as I attacked the lesser beasts, I was able to use a container, or return a container easily. When I finished, I packed up "containing the containers," so that I can easily erect a new "container city" in a different part of the house, and store my spares so they don't go forth and multiply. Now that I'm done "container city" got pared down (shared with friends, the containers that I don't want to keep). Container city is now behind a closet door, and not far from it is "Lid-Landia". I use many containers in their lid-less configuration, but those lids, I don't want to toss. Once the biggest beast is slain, look at the next largest beast - be sure that your little beasts don't go replicator on you. Biggest is not the size of the beast, but the size of the impact of dealing with that issue. Keep vigilant, the beast... they will tell you "I'll be back". Remember there is no clean, but what you make!
Back to the blog hop... masterminded by fellow geek-chic Cheryl Sleboda, my studio benefited from "spring cleaning your studio" mode. So in the light of transparency - my studio was not pre straightened for the before shots, I recorded live action super speedy hyper-lapsed video, plus and let's just say I'm learning about camera angles and "embracing emperfection!"
Thanks for having fun with me - The audio was recorded using the "minutes in between." My drive home from work is less than 15minutes, so it's too long, not too short, but just like Goldilocks, its "JUST RIGHT" to share a story. I'll share more about the "minutes in between" and what they mean in another story.
Yes - a blog hop is a lot like a game, more fun with friends! Check out my teammates i this game of fun!May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/ May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/ May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/ May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/ May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/ May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/ May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/ May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/ May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/ May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/ May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/ May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.comWishing you fun that nourishes your life!
Thanks for having fun with me!
Here is the long awaited studio tour, please join me on this video tour. You probably expected the "before" first, well... expect the unexpected. Here is the reveal first...
VIDEO is close captioned! Click the CC in lower left!
Masterminded by fellow superhero, Cheryl Sleboda, the "spring cleaning your studio" blog hop is on a roll. My reveal is on May 14! Here is a secret...
I started by thinking, not doing...
Have you ever thought so hard that it made your eyes googly?
Secret #1 - Dream - Think Big
Years ago, I scribbled out some pie-in-the-sky big-dream goals. Yep, really out there, big dreams. Like turning my studio into a collaborative workspace that was interchangeable like Legos - I can rearrange to adjust as needed. "Fold and roll" was a part of the plan - almost everything in my studio is on wheels, and various cabinets/tables can be expanded, or are tucked in under another. Want to guess the surface workspace or the number of wheels?
Secret #2 - MindMapping - Think on Paper
So my question was "what do I have in my studio" not "what should...". Watch along as I think on paper.
Mind Mapping is a good tool for getting the stuff out of your head and onto paper - seriously, I find it to be a good way to dig deep into an idea, a problem, and help answer a question.
Sometimes I'm Amazed. Not just a great phrase, but also a sweet song, thanks Frank Parra! Secret #3 - Think Not
I'm a big fan of GTD - one of David Allen's Getting Things Done philosophies is to have an empty mind. His first step of capture, makes it so I can think less. Take the ideas that pop into my head and record 'em with trusty paper, audio reminder, or a dry erase board (I make it permanent by taking a photo of what I wrote).
Making that list of what needs to happen, means I can come home, not think and just do... I think Yoda would be proud, there is do or do not, there is no think... Well, the time to think and the time to do can be separate, if you record your thoughts.
Don't think about it, just follow the Spring Clean Your Studio blog hop!May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/ May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/ May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/ May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/ May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/ May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/ May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/ May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/ May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/ May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/ May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/ May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com
wishing you fun!
Stay tuned, my next secret has to do with a kids show. Can you guess which?
Ya know I manipulate time so that I get more than just 1 day for a birthday. Feel free to do the same yourself. My birthday month starts September 15 and ends on November 15 - yep, bonus - cause birthday month is 2 months long!So this year during birthday month (lots of circular stuff):
Both of my hometown teams still played baseball into October
Don't you want a Time Machine? Got one, but it's in a traveling exhibit. Isn't that perfect? A time machine that is traveling? Sworn to secrecy until the exhibit first opened (Oct 2013)... well um can I get that time machine so I can post this in Nov 2013 instead of 2014... Serendipitously, now I can share that Tempus Machinus and its friends in the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)'s Text Message exhibit will be hanging in a museum just outside New York City... oh yeah, baby I said... MUSEUM... pretty snazzy huh? Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, November 14, 2015 - March 20, 2016.
Here's my "official" blurbage on Tempus Machinus...
Texts allow us to communicate in a high tech manner, unlimited by space and time. We can chat with friends in faraway places, who read the messages at their own schedule. We now live in the science fiction future we once read about in novels like Time Machine.The word "text" comes from Latin textus "style or texture of a work," literally "thing woven". So I added a personal challenge of exploring texture. Adding layers of metallic paint over the heavy quilting, created metallic steampunkish style. Quilted into the gears and cogs, letters are an homage to H.G.Wells, and Henry, a young man who inspires me with his creative mind. I included my own personal "A to Z", since my first name starts with an A and my last name ends in Z. 24"x42" Machine applique, machine quilting, painting after quilting, facings (sides traditional facing, top and bottom faux binding with facing) Time Machine by HG Wells was the first book I read on my first kindle ereader. Tempus Machinus was the first time I signed "ATOZ" on the front of a piece. I am a sci fi geek, and I love clocks and gears. So the steampunk style really speaks my language. My Tempus Machinus piece evolved and changed much like the environment around our hero in the book. Please come into my parlor, sip some tea (earl grey, hot), tell me your stories and I'll share how Tempus Machinus came to be...