One by One – Work in Progress

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During December 2016, which was a particularly topsy-turvy month for me with stressful events, delays and other surprises like health warnings, I learned something that was very important: The world does not end just because I can’t do or finish in time what I had planned to.

This time round I paid attention, learned my lesson, and have since been able to maintain a steady, sustainable pace…

…one step at a time

No multitasking but a relaxed focus on what I’m doing at the moment.

Simplifying decisions rather than trying to do everything at once.

Scheduling ahead, but without using this plan for putting pressure on myself.

Taking time-outs whenever necessary.

Practicing intuition by feeling inside what’s best right now instead of looking at the clock.
Going with the flow and not rushing after it or resisting it.

So although there are still three projects which I had thought I’d finish in December, I’m fine with “missing out”. They are still there, and I’ve actually started thinking that the time just wasn’t right for them.

But there’s one project which I didn’t give much thought – you know that sort of thing, at the back of one’s mind yet without perceived importance – and it kept nudging me.

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In October last year I went along with the Inktober challenge, and ended up outlining graph paper all month. 😉

Because I design colouring pages, I coloured some of my Inktober drawings to see what they might look like.

The obvious next step was a textile interpretation of one of the designs. As I didn’t think of turning it into patchwork at the time of colouring, I couldn’t match the colours with the fabrics I had, but I got close enough and do like the result.

I haven’t done English Paper Piecing for a loooong time, and was looking for a mindfully-mindless hand-stitching project anyway, so I started cutting 1″ x 1″ paper templates (some of them halved as triangles) and the fabric middle of November. By Christmas I had all the pieces tacked and pinned onto a polystyrene board.1by1-1

And now I’m piecing all the 1 by 1 squares together, one by one, 225 of them (not counting the triangles).

When that’s done, I’ll decide on whether I want to add some shadow with a bit of embroidery to recreate the effect I achieved in the drawing, or quilt it, or just turn it into a pillow case or wall hanging.

If anyone is interested in my Inktober designs – for colouring in but of course also for turning into a textile project (cross stitch, patchwork/quilting) – please tell me so in the comments, including what you’d like them for. I have 31 patterns, and most of them are suitable for “conversion”.

By the way, my printable Fill-me-in Patchwork Calendar 2017 (see also the previous post) is available only for two more days, until 31st January. Then I’ll take the calendar down, the JPG Colouring Images collections (Blocks or Quilts) however will remain available. Please note: The calendar as well as the colouring images are intended for colouring or testing out colour combinations for cross stitch, patchwork or quilting projects. They are hand-drawn and therefore not mathematically exact, nor are any instructions included.

Printable Patchwork Calendar 2017 for colouring in, tangles and doodles

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(Reposted from World of Magnifica)

No time for sewing? How about some colouring or tangles!

Or are you still looking for a special – and very different – Christmas gift?

It’s Launch Week – and the Treasure Hunt is on!

Until midnight GMT 11th December 2016, World of Magnifica celebrates the Launch of the

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Morning Star patchwork blocks – Colourists Dee Dee Boseman and Shannon Woodruff Schuler

Fill-Me-In Patchwork Calendar 2017

Here a quick run-through:

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This bi-weekly Calendar with 26 pages for colouring, doodles or tangles is available with black lines for more contrast (and black tangles), or gentle grey lines which after colouring look like hidden seams.

But because not everyone wants a calendar, I’ve added as an alternative a couple of packages with JPGs for printing out and digital colouring, either the 13 Blocks or the 13 Quilts.

The Fill-Me-In Patchwork Calendar and the JPGs are available on the World of Magnifica page on Payhip.

Note: The designs are fairly simple, based mostly on suquares, rectangles and triangles. Intermdiate quilters will recognize most of them and be able to turn them into a quilt. But both the Calender and the JPGs are hand-drawn designs for colouring and tangles, not patterns, and do not include any instructions!

Let’s Party!

Contests, discounts, freebies and giveaways and more fun and games!

Come join us on Facebook in the CTTC – The Colouring, Textiles & Tangles Connection,

or the special Launch Party Event organised by The Coloring Co-op (private group – in order to access this Party you must join the group first)!

Everybody who joins gets a Welcome gift plus the Unexpected Treasure for colouring in – and that’s only two of the freebies you’ll find!

Unexpected Treasure (multicolour) – Colourist Maria Hoffmeister

This Unexpected Treasure colouring page is only available for free and for a limited time! 🙂

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If you can’t or don’t want to join the groups: You can get the Calendar and the JPGs – and other colouring pages and cards – on the World of Magnifica page on Payhip.

And until 31st December 2016, I’ll give you a 20% discount for sharing on Facebook or Twitter!

Enjoy!

Maria

“The Skin We Are In” Online Quilt Art Show – Calling All Quilt Artists

The BadAss Quilters Society is calling all quilt artists for submissions

The background (excerpt):

The Skin We Are In exhibit was born out of the absolute incredulous frustration at the AQS Quilt show  people pulling not one but two works by the Art Quilter Kathy Nida due to a single complaint of one show guest who “thought they saw” a penis on one of the quilts that were part of the SAQA exhibit within the the AQS traveling quilt show. Get the full story here, right from the quilter herself!  There was no Penis.

When and what (excerpt):

Starting January the second (2nd) BadAss Quilters Society will open to submissions from quilt artists world wide whose work deals with the raw human form. Yes, that means if your work leads you to doing the naked human body in quilted form this is the show for you.  Currently this show will be curated as an standing online exhibit with the hopes of getting it picked up into an actual traveling quilt show ( how cool would that be?)

For details read the full article on the BadAss Quilters Society blog.

And here once more the link to the story behind I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket, the “offensive” work by Kathy Nida, which had been touring with the People and Portraits exhibit since October 2013 before being pulled from the AOS Quilt Show.

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“I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket” – art quilt by Kathy Nida. Image courtesy of Kathy Nida

Even if you’re not interested in participating in the exhibition, Kathy Nida’s articles give wonderful insights into her creative process and techniques, with many images from her sketchbook and her quilts, and detailed how-to’s.

Please share to spread the word!!!

 

Free Colouring Book with 15 Printable Coloring Pages for Adults

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I’m so excited! 🙂

Some of my drawings have been featured in the latest free colouring book by Prime Publishing LLC – the publishing house behind FaveCrafts.com – and, to my great surprise, my Healing Hearts design even made it to the cover page.

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Free eBook with 15 Printable Colouring Pages for Adults

The editors have created a wonderful little eBook! On altogether 28 pages, they curated a beautiful collection of relaxing and uplifting designs in a variety of styles, topics and sizes.

And not just that: Editor Kaylee Pope has also included three articles with helpful tips and very interesting insights regarding the balancing effects of colouring (as if we needed an “excuse” 😉 ):

  • How to Print These Coloring Book Pages
  • Coloring Therapy: Scribble Stress Away
  • Coloring Book Therapy: Fad or Fact?

You can download the complete Free Colouring Book with 15 Printable Coloring Pages for Adults, or the Healing Hearts design as a printable PDF sample page.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Maria

Images courtesy of FaveCrafts.

So-easy-to-sew portable bed

…for surprise guests or sleep-overs or camping or…

On facebook, I just came across this portable bed made from pillows – it’s so quick and easy to sew you can whip it up in an hour!

“…sew 4 pillow cases together, insert the pillows and you have a bed for all purposes. It’s also easy to keep clean as the pillows just slip out and the covers can go in the wash!”

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Immediately my mind started spinning and came up with a more elaborate (and certainly more time consuming!) alternative for quilters:

Instead of sewing ready-made pillow covers together,

  • Lay out the pillows and measure to determine the overall size; adding an inch or two for each pillow to make the pillows slip in with ease.
  • As the top layer, sew a full-sized quilt top (according to the measurements you took) and quilt it.
  • For the bottom layer, cut a piece of sturdy fabric the same length as the top but 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) wider.
  • On the two short sides and a long one, sew the top together with a sturdy fabric  as the bottom layer.
  • Then sew across both layers to make compartments for the pillows.

May take a while to do, but you get a one-of-a-kind portable bed with all your love sewn in. 🙂

If you’d like more detailed instructions for a quilted portable bed, please tell me in the comments. If there’s sufficient interest I’ll publish a pattern with a step-by-step tutorial.

Maria

Colouring Time = Me-time

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As quilters you’re creative, so you may not be into colouring, doodles or tangles. But do you always feel like stitching something, or rather: Does it always relax you?

I love hand-stitching so much that I get withdrawal symptoms when I don’t do it for a while, but there are also often times when I feel to tired or too stressed for stitching…OK, I admit it, times when I’m a bit worried that my stitches won’t be as regular because I just can’t focus, for whatever reason.

That’s when I like to do some doodles or colouring in – to keep my hands busy and my mind still.

These thoughts (“What is it about colouring or tangles that makes it so relaxing?“) went through my head yesterday when I got my first assignment for the Mini Digital Product Mastermind Group.

This first task was to describe and find the so-called Ideal Customer and to identify one to three problems this customer has. As you can imagine, describing an Ideal Customer for colouring pages is not really possible, they come from so many different backgrounds and enjoy colouring for many different reasons.

But there was something that probably most of them have in common in some way: Colouring for relaxation.

This is mostly because colouring gives us a time-out, a mini-break, me-time. It’s a time period where we can switch off and recharge our energies.

So that’s what my next project is specifically designed for. As a sneak preview I’ll also give you the description I posted for the first assignment:

For people with demanding jobs/businesses or multiple duties, like working Mums or Dads, that is people who are so busy, rushing around and stressed during their daily activities that they forget (or think they haven’t got the time) to
– smile
– take care of themselves first
– take regular mini time-outs for a reboot and for recharging their energies.
Also includes people who are surrounded by negativity, stressed co-workers or clients/customers/patients.

How about you? Are there times when you get caught up in your daily life that you forget to take regular me-time? Are you perhaps so involved that you need to “go to the bathroom” as an excuse for a time-out?

Or, if you do take mini-breaks, how long are they and what do you do? How well can you switch off, how refreshed do you feel afterwards?

And in case you like colouring, doodling or tangles: What does it do for you, how does it make you feel?

I’d really love to know!

Maria ♥

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Benefits of Colouring Pages for Adults – http://worldofmagnifica.eu