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Binary Feathers

Natalia Bonner Stash Books ePub

BINARY FEATHERS

Simple Binary Feather

While the Simple Binary Feather is an uncomplicated design, it adds impact and stylish detail to any quilt. If you want to quilt this design on a solid block, draw a diagonal line from the lower left corner to the upper right corner.

STEP 1 Beginning at the lower left corner, stitch feathers along the centerline, filling the left side of the block completely.

STEP 2 Stitch-in-the-ditch to get from the upper right corner back to the lower left corner. From there stitch feathers along the right side of the centerline.

DETAILED BINARY FEATHER VARIATION

The Detailed Binary Feather is quilted in the same pattern as the Simple Binary Feather, but when you stitch every other feather of this design, add a simple straight line for just a bit of extra detail.

Rotating Binary Feather

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Spark 14. Inner-Kid Care

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

I DREW FRAMES DIRECTLY ON OUR LIVING ROOM WALL TO CREATE AN EVER-CHANGING GALLERY FOR OUR CHILDREN’S ART. WHEN THEY MAKE NEW THINGS, WE JUST REMOVE ONE AND PIN OR TAPE THE NEW PIECE IN ITS PLACE. THIS WALL IS THE FOCAL WALL OF OUR HOUSE. HANGING ART IN AN IMPORTANT SPOT HONORS CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY.

You need look no further than the bright, shining, creative kid you used to be to find the source of your creativity. She or he has been here all along. We have to talk about it at some point, and now is the time. How can I write a book with the sole purpose of enabling your creativity and helping you listen to your little Spark without figuring out when you lost it or covered it up? It has most likely just been hiding.

This is a simple exercise to uncover memories and release them. Give yourself about 20–30 minutes of quiet alone time in a comfortable spot. Read the following activity aloud. You can use your phone to record your reading, then play it back while you meditate.

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Spark 25. Make a SoulBox

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

HOLLY TOOK MY SOULBOX WORKSHOP AND FILLED HER BOX WITH MEANINGFUL IMAGES OF HER FAMILY. WHEN SHE WENT HOME, HER THREE KIDS COULDN’T WAIT TO MAKE BOXES OF THEIR OWN. THESE ARE THEIR CREATIONS. THIS IS A GREAT ACTIVITY TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

A SoulBox is a project I cooked up that lets you do a bit of soul archaeology and have fun while making a meaningful reminder of what is most important to you. It will remind you of your passion. You can use it as a resource when you need it. It is a special place for gathering meaningful things, words, and ideas. Essentially, it is a decorated box, filled with messages, images, and treasures (found or made).

IT WILL REMIND YOU OF YOUR PASSION.

A poignant episode of The Simpsons showed Marge Simpson in her bedroom. Her daughter, Lisa, was peering into her mom’s closet and noticed a box on a high shelf. She asked what it was. Marge replied, “Oh, that’s just my box of broken dreams.” She pulled it down and showed Lisa her old ballet shoes and remnants of a life she never pursued. I know you can relate to that. I did. Get out your box from the closet and open it up. The SoulBox is your answer to Marge’s box of broken dreams.

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Spark 8. Process

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

AYUMI TAKAHASHI IS A SUPERSTAR BLOGGER, MODERN QUILTER, AND DESIGNER LIVING IN JAPAN. HER STUDIO AND PROCESS REFLECT THE SMALLER SCALE OF JAPANESE HOMES. ORGANIZATION IS A MUST IN A SMALL SPACE. AYUMI’S FUNKY, FRESH SENSIBILITY IS MIRRORED IN HER STUDIO. INSPIRING PROJECTS AND PATCHWORK HANG ON THE WALLS.

Each day is a microcosm of the larger picture of your life. Each moment you spend tending to the Spark, the more your life will go in that direction. As your working process evolves, begin to notice it so you understand what helps you as you work.

After a while, you will learn how to incorporate the creative process into your days—how to integrate your dream into your reality. The more energy you spend on your passion, and the more your creative passion reveals itself to you, the more it will grow.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

ANNIE DILLARD

REMEMBER:

HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS

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City Aviation

Cherri House Stash Books ePub

Take a city tour through twelve textile interpretations using solid fabrics, and explore the many possibilities that can be achieved through this painterly fabric medium. All of the quilt projects that follow are inspired by views in and around the city. These quilts are simple geometric designs cut from strips into squares and rectangles. Basic quiltmaking instructions and information about tools and materials can be found in Cherri’s Basics (pages 57, 73, and 83), as well as in Quiltmaking Essentials (page 103).

Note: Specific Robert Kaufman fabric colors are noted only when vital to the overall effect of the quilt.

Each day, as thousands of commuters—myself included—drive in the early morning darkness into downtown Houston, the buildings, lit from within, are a welcome greeting.

In this quilt the blocks—black, alternating with mainly pastels—are the lighted windows of the building. I’ve used color to create windows where some lights are out and where some are dimmed. Place the medium pastels and the charcoals randomly throughout the black units to give depth and variety to your office building.

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