Quilty hugs my quilty friends!
I don’t know how many of you have had the experience of driving out of town recently, but I’m amazed of the colours that are starting to show in the trees at this early time of the year. That being said, there are some beautiful, artistic things that have already started to happen.
Yesterday as I was driving to a restaurant for brunch, there was one tree that I saw that was the most bright, burnt red. I need to find fabric in that exact colour. It was awesome.
Of all of the seasons where inspiration comes from nature, I feel that Autumn is the one where you have a whole nature book of colours and textures just waiting to be discovered.
Seeing those leaves changing colour this weekend inspired me to pull out my ideas and patterns for Fall-themed items. Now if only I could find a way to extend the days in order to get more work time; there’s definitely not enough time to create the things that I long to create.
I love placemats and table mats that are in the shapes of leaves; assorted shapes and different colors; what a fun way to bring the beauty of Fall into your home at this time of the year. Make larger ones for a table display – put two or three together to do a beautiful presentation. Make smaller ones for placemats and even smaller ones for coasters.
Do you have some sets of plain and perhaps boring placemats that you’ve stored away and just haven’t used for a long time? Why not get them out and give them new life. Get some fun pieces of wool felt in Fall colors and applique leaf shapes on the placemats; what a fast and inexpensive way to get new Fall décor; certainly a fun way to decorate on a dime.
Of course, all of those leaves that you’re going to make do not need to be displayed on the dining room table. What about making some larger ones and turning them into Fall Leaf Pillows. This is a fantastic way of having Fall in the living/sitting room. For anyone with a solarium, these would look fantastic against the backdrop of the outdoor colours.
Remember that last week I told you about one of my biggest problems with being creative is that I very often get interrupted by other creative idea while working on another project; interrupted to the point that I need to stop what I am doing and attack one or two other projects in order to get them out of my head before I finish the current project. I’m sure that some of you must be saying, “Ah, it’s happening again.” That certainly is what is happening today as I sit to pen these words; and now I want to run to my Studio and make some fun Fall projects.
Remember what we chatted about last week…..Take a chance with a different technique, a new style, a different kind of print; some out-of-the-ordinary embellishment for a project. Just have fun. After all, it’s your creation – and you should always try to personalize it some way that makes you feel that you own it; that’s it’s yours. Follow through with that theme for your Fall creations. Never forget to make each stitch a personal experience; and don’t forget the 3 c’s …..CONNECT to your project, CREATE your project and then CELEBRATE with each creation. MAKE IT PERSONAL! Enjoy the project to the fullest!
Well my quilty friends……thanks for giving me the chance to visit with you again this week. I wish you lots and lots of quilty stitches.
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I will look forward to catching up with you again next week back here at the column.