Monday, August 20, 2012

The Best Advice

Well, I'm back from Atlanta visiting and helping with my new granddaughter. It was a great week full of wonderful moments AND I'm exhausted.  I can understand why it takes a "youngin" to raise a "youngin". My daughter said to bring lots of stuff to work on - lots of "down time". That's a bit of an oxymoron to put "down time" and "newborns" in the same sentence.
     I did manage to finish one of my small pieces for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. On this piece, I used a silk screen of a leafy image on each side. I used Lumiere paint which might be a tad too thin for screening.  In this case it smeared and made a mess. 
     I remembered something I learned in a workshop from one of the greats in the quilt world - Roberta Horton.  In this workshop, someone had goofed and Roberta said - if you make a mistake that can't be fixed, repeat it 2 MORE TIMES to make it look intentional.  I can't tell you how often I've thought of those words and acted on it. You can see the smear of green and gold where it should have been branches - (right side).
 so onto the left side where I added more paint (smears) along the bottom.
 And sides - now it's starting to look "intentional".
 I also went back and added some beading.
 My favorite beading technique is something called "Dots" - a small seed bead on top of a much larger seed bead, a technique my friend Mary developed and can be found in Mary's "Beading Buddy" - a wonderful reference guide featuring 78 beading stitches. If you're a beader or even a beginner like me, you don't leave home without it!
 This edging of beads is the perfect touch.
 I also added small seed beads to the "leafy" images.
 And across the mushroom caps, like I said - it's addictive!
 And here's the finished piece called "S'hrooms"
To find out more about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and become a part of it, visit their website. It's easy to make small pieces (no larger than 9 x 12") and for such a wonderful cause. I'm happy to be part of it.


  1. Thanks for the kind words girlfriend......I'm lovin' this piece! I'm sure it will generate welcome contributions to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initative.

  2. "if you make a mistake that can't be fixed...repeat it 2 MORE make it look intentional" What great advice!!
    I absolutely love love love this quilt. (I do have a bit of a thing for fungi ;-)) I hope it will raise laods for the AAQI.

  3. Tried to leave a comment with my wordpress account...not sure if it worked!
    Wanted to say what great advice from Roberta Horton re repeating mistakes 2 more times!
    Love love love the quilt & hope it raises loads for the AAQI.