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Finding my way to Fabric

April 1, 2019


     Fabric designing. Design boards. Making my own patterns. Engineer-sized printouts. Finding my way to fabric, the softest organic cotton, brings me abundant joy. 

     That my photographs are on the fabric is simple, the hardest part is designing the size, color, or print that I envision. Many times I have gotten it right. Other times, my size was off by a half drop or by an inch or two. I've learned from this process and I'm ready to take it to the street, so to speak. I'm creating a quilt design from a Ford EXP 2 door car photograph for my daughter. The car was her grandfather's and we inherited it along the way. It sat untouched for nearly ten years. In high school, she spent an entire semester in auto shop getting it to run. AND IT DID RUN!  (She had some pretty decent mechanic help on the home front, too!) So this project has sentimental value as well as artistic challenge written all over the discolored, rusted old hood. 

     So while I'm out everyday hitting the mountains and canyons, enjoying Nevada's almost springlike weather with my black lab, I am also sitting inside creating. I have devoted time to the process. There's a big table, a big coffee cup, an even bigger bolt of fabric. My fabric. 

     It's been magical in a sense. I only started quilting, albeit on a weekly basis, with a delightful group of ladies in 2017. So to be able to take an original and whimsical idea and make it into a reality, well, truthfully it's much like a runner's high. It's worth the effort until you hit the wall, and you want to stop but instead push through and boom, it's finally over. 

     One thing I've learned about myself is that one design board or vision board is not enough. I have multiple ideas/projects going on in my head that I do not want to interfere with the BIG project that is at hand. Coping with these moments of inspiration is easy. I get them doodled out onto paper or summon up a quick photo reminder and then let them brew on the back burner a bit. Meggin would call these a "pocket" and I'd agree. 

      Last thought: taking more intentional images than ever; I have veered off into the field of fabric ** where two passions have blossomed into one! 



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