Creativity has always been something I enjoy. I didn’t start quilting until I was married and had kids, although I was around sewing and quilting most of my life.
Before quilting, I enjoyed drawing, coloring, painting, anything that got my imagination going. I loved art classes while in school. My mom often told me that I would’ve cut just about anything with a scissors (and tried, much to her dismay).
When Sherry at Powered By Quilting started her 365 Days of Art PBQ Challenge, I knew I wanted to join in. Using the book 365 Days of Art by Lorna Scobie, each week we work on exercises in the book. I haven’t posted any of my work yet, so I thought today would be a good time to do so.
Using these exercises helps me with my quilting creativity, and I’ll show you a little about that at the end of this post. First, let me give you a few peeks at my work over the past few weeks. I’ll just hit some of the high points; in other words, my better work.
Things started off pretty well. I thought coloring this bowl of fruit was fun. We were supposed to color the fruit in any color than the actual color of the fruit.
My dad used to draw trees with me, so this exercise was fun. I apparently was thinking Florida and sun and orange juice.
More fish, and this page is probably my favorite so far. I love to color with colored pencils; I have a stack of coloring books for evenings when we are watching a movie and I don’t have handwork to do.
Of course, these little squares were fun and made me think of quilting ideas.
I got a little impatient with the flowers, but in the end, I liked them enough.
Sneak peek! I’m a little ahead, but I really wanted to draw on those black spots. Haha. Now I want Oreos.
While I’m drawing in the art book, I’m often looking at color combinations and thinking about quilts. Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon is hosting a design challenge on Instagram, and my work in the art book has given me an idea for one of the designs. Thinking back to those four fish, I started to think about how much I like intense color. So let me show you were it’s taken me in the quilt design.
30 Quilt Designs Challenge 2018
Each day for 30 days, we are to draw a quilt design, in whatever method we choose (paper, app, EQ, etc) and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #30quiltdesignschallenge2018. I thought I’d be drawing up designs in a flurry, but it seems I’ve hit a bit of a design block. More about that in a minute.
My first design came to me when I saw an ad for 2.5″ strips in a box. I saw the way the fabrics were laid out in the box and immediately saw a quilt design, so I sketched it up. And I posted it on Instagram, just my sketch in pencil. Sandra commented that she was excited to see my design with color added. Hmmm. I was still thinking on that. I started pondering the bright fish, thinking about bright colors, wondering what bright colors I had, and then I remembered this bundle.
I pulled out my colored pencils and managed to find pencils to match each fabric. Here’s the design, in color.
Once I figure out what the background color should be, I think I may actually make this quilt. If I do, you’ll get to see it, of course.
Today I worked on a few more designs, none of which got posted. Then I got distracted and designed this. Chocolate Covered Donut with Sprinkles. Of course this has a story behind it, but that’s for another day.
What about you? Are you participating in Sherry’s art challenge? You can still join us!
What do you do other than quilting to spark your creativity?
Linking up with Powered By Quilting (on Sunday).