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.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Reflections with January

Heart's Desire Block
Quilting for me is not about 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,
 to experience 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 and takes me to a place that I can be with myself and thoughts, with the opportunity to delve into the creative spirit that is hidden... waiting to capture the next stitch with a promise of things to come - an awakening.

Sharing all this wonderment with truly wonderful friends
in this far reaching world we live in.
 I feel that I am wrapping my arms and love around those who have my quilts.

 Perhaps you will also share what quilting means to you and what feelings it creates.
I certainly would love to hear them.

I have been playing with my stitchery again - just a couple of little labels for upcoming quilts.

The acorns were October's stitchery design from Andrea at Badbirds and is adorable.  The sledding snowman is an extra that was in the pattern for the Winter Wonderland stitchery quilt I did .. thought it would be perfect as a label.

Mary Corbett  at is one of the best resources for any of your stitchery questions and I refer to her often.

This is a stitchery I did for a planned future tote ...
 from Kaaren at the 
 She is so wonderful about sharing her creations with all of us. This is from her
First Friday Freebie section.
I always look forward to her designs.
Kaaren Johnson is a friend for life.

Not sure you have seen Two Solitudes, from
Reversible Quilts - Two At A Time by Sharon Pederson.

  A quillt-as-you-go reversible quilt with hand sewn sashings on the back.
Since I was never sure which was the front, I put the label on the lighter side.-
 This quilt was really not complicated to make - just looks it
and we really love it.

JustTakes 2 patterns are being released ...
  and Brenda Papadakis  on January 15th for this month.

First set of patterns finished and all the blocks went together quickly.
The directions are right on - love it when that happens. 
Anyone else out there going on this journey with me?

Please leave your comments - they are always very appreciated...
Kinda like having a friend drop in for a visit and a chat.
Happiness along your journey from Judy C.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a refreshing post - thank you for sharing.

Michelle May said...

Quilting is a happy place for me. A place filled with good friends, happy times and beautiful creations made by hand and filled with love.

Janet O. said...

Quilting is a creative outlet for me. All my adult life I have had some sort of creative hobby, from cross-stitch, to painting ceramics, to rubber stamping. Quilting has been the one I have enjoyed the most and has lasted the longest. I love making a quilt my own with different fabrics, or borders, or even tweaking the blocks themselves. I have never made a quilt exactly from a pattern and often just design my own.

Sheila said...

Nice reversible quilt!
Like you, I enjoy having blogging friends to share quilting adventures with because it makes the journey fun.

taylorsoutback said...

Love your stitching for the labels...shows you care about the whole project down to the very last stitch.

Just finished another redwork block on my project from 2008 - the one that has taken precedent over the Just Takes 2 for the time being...and have completed 7 little houses out of the 366 total...well, it is a start.

Denise :) said...

I love all your little stitcheries! Your "Stitching Annie" was particularly cute! Your Heart's Desire block is beautiful, too. :)

Kathryn D. Duke said...

I am getting close to starting my embroidery quilt...Mary Ellen at THe Thistlebee is reordering this wonder fabric that she uses and I plan to use a blue floss...OR maybe greens and reds for the Over the WInter one??? but, still getting there...really love the Raggedy
Ann blocks.

Diane said...

Hi Judy, enjoying looking around your blog. I love your Stitchin' Annie piece. I did one too but all in red-love your use of color! Mine isn't finished yet either.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great reversible quilts! You have a real talent for picking the fabrics, they are perfect!

The little snowman, acorns and Stitching Annie are adorable!