The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Week and Daylight Savings Time

Since we have more daylight hours, does that mean we get to do more in our day?  I just feel out of sorts and discombobulated and still trying to get use to eating lunch an hour after the sun is straight above which pushes dinner closer to 7 pm. I do not know about you, but  I am not getting more done so far.

Did you see the SuperMoon last week - DWH got some good pictures - well as good as our little camera will take.  What a wonderful clear night and I particularly like the tree brances he captured with the SuperMoon 
Sarah Craig was a guest blogger on  on March 19th and posted about D4P (Disappearing 4 Patch) and D9P (Disappearing 9 Patch) blocks. Since I had never played with D4P blocks before, I dove into the pool - selected two colors from stash of 5" squares, sewed together, slashed apart, rearranged and sewed back together. This is the block that I came up with. Please go over to her post for all the details to these wonderful little blocks.
I was having so much fun creating these eight blocks, but ran out of those colors. I want to try using three colors next time to see what happens. As with all disappearing blocks, the possibilities are endless - but as quilters we will find yet another way to do more slicing, dicing and rearranging.
What fun we are having in our toyboxes.

I no longer take classes that just make a particular quilt, unless of course, there is a new technique they are teaching. I love that some of the shops are finally offering technique classes.  I always ended up with another UFQ when there was a particular quilt to make with the class. I do very well, thank you, starting those UFQ's on my own.  I have taken beginning quilting, paper piecing, stained glass, Bonnie Hunter's classes/use of rulers, machine quilting, applique the Piece "O Cake way and applique using freezer paper, mariner's compass, making bowls, latch hook rugs, professional tote, color play. Looks like my list is well rounded, but I know there is so much more to learn and I am still watching to see what happens next. I really enjoy playing with these D4P blocks that I call - something from something else -  I am  always on the lookout for more blocks to do this with.  Please let me know if you know of others.

Meanwhile, I have been exploring the quilting blogs - there are so many very talented  and generous people out there and all loving to share new techniques. Like Trisha at for Faux Piped Binding tutorial.

This is my March finish for the Patchwork Times UFO Challenge, and I used the Faux Piped Binding - see right corner below. It was so much fun to make and thanks Trisha for the tutorial.

Pat Taylor summed it up so beautifully on her blog post about what she is learning through blogging and quilting.  She has such a beautiful way with words, but please see for yourself -  she is interested in a lot of things and I love that about her. She keeps me curious and enlightened.

Quilting for me is not just making another quilt like someone else, but knowing I have this wonderful opportunity to make it my own, to grow and learn within my craft,  experiencing the joy of creating my masterpieces.  It can be a quirky little thing like a unique pieced back, or turning the blocks for a different arrangement, bright colors instead of civil war fabrics, or even stopping before you are done and calling it finished. A pattern is just a guideline for the path you want to take. Quilting brings comfort to me and takes me to a place that I can be with myself and thoughts, an opportunity to delve into the creative spirit that is hidden just waiting to capture the next stitch with a promise of things to come - an awakening. I feel that I am wrapping my love and arms around the kids when they have my quilts. Perhaps you will also share what quilting means to you - what feelings does it create for you?

I sure hope you are not tired of my Spring in NC. I love my pictures this time of the year. Enjoy your journey and look for Spring - a promise of what is to come. Judy C sends you best wishes


taylorsoutback said...

Never tired of seeing your spring images...I really miss the dogwood - to me that just says Southern Spring!
And how you expressed what quilting means to you is just perfect. I think we have the most ideal art form - creativity and self expression along with warmth!
Have a lovely weekend Judy and enjoy the blossoms for all of us Northerners.

Béa said...

Beautiful finish, love the piped binding.XO

MiaPiquet said...

Love this a lot, that was so creative.

Rabbit Breeds