One by One – Work in Progress

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.

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Printable Patchwork Calendar 2017 for colouring in, tangles and doodles

(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

Morning Star patchwork blocks
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! 🙂

Treasure Hunt Shortcut

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

Colouring Time = Me-time

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 ♥

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

 

 

How do you feel about quilting patterns or designs without instructions?

The reason I’m asking is that a couple of months ago I had to make a very difficult decision.

The question was: How can I make a living doing what I love?

You all know that I love textiles, especially quilting and embroidery – well, I can’t do without stitching. 🙂

And I also love drawing and designing patterns.

Since the Small Product Lab last summer, I had been thinking about selling quilting patterns with step-by-step instructions. I recycled a few old ones and drew a few new and started sketching and outlining illustrated tutorials.

But for some strange reason none of these got finished. It was only after giving myself a mental break around Christmas that I discovered why I was procrastinating with what I believed was exactly what I wanted: It was way more than I could handle time-wise.

Considering that ideas and images keep popping into my mind all the time, turning a design into a pattern was a frustratingly slow process, and working out, writing and illustrating the instructions the way I want to slows it down even more.

So although this idea got a “love it” on my evaluation chart, it got an “insufficient” in the category Making a Living. I was about to give up, including this blog.

Anyway, the word art tutorial I created for the Small Product Lab had also got me re-started on pen & ink drawings, and after designing some Colouring Cards for adult friends, I saw a new door opening.

I didn’t need to abandon this blog at all, just as I wouldn’t give up stitching, so…

the difficult decision I made was to consider All Things Textile – including this blog – a hobby, with no pressure, no planned schedule, and no aspirations…just for joy and fun.

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My website World of Magnifica (Printables for Colouring Pages and Tangles, eCards, Tips & More) went live about a month ago and my days are getting into a new rhythm. I also know by now that I will have time to maintain this blog with occasional posts and patterns. 🙂

What I don’t know, though, is: Are you interested in quilting patterns and designs without detailed instructions?

I’m thinking of patterns and templates and perhaps an outline of the order of piecing, but no pictures of the quilted project or the process, nor indications of size/measurements or how much fabric you’ll need – they’d be up to you.

What do you think? Please comment – I’d love to hear how you feel about this.

Maria

PS: These are a few colouring examples from the Mini Colouring Book “Patterns for Tumbling Blocks”. You can download it from Gumroad.

And by the way: I’m more active on the Quilting Oneness Facebook Community Page – and a World of Magnifica Community Page also exists. Perhaps see you there?

Quilt Pattern Variations

Mini Sketchbooks Quilters Kit

Designing or making quilt patterns, or both?

I finally got round to digging out some patterns I designed in 1996 (!) when I had my first major quilting phase. Most of them never made it into Fabric World, and if you are designing quilts yourself you’ll understand why – so many designs, so little time…

Still, although I already knew at the time that I’d never make most of them, the creative act of designing (or doodling, as I call it) gave me great pleasure and kept me balanced during a time that was rather stressful and difficult for me. Giving myself frequent mini breaks of sometimes only ten minutes made a whole lot of difference to my days. And doodling can be a lot more mind-freeing and relaxing than even handstitching.

Anyway, browsing these patterns led to three conclusions:

I don’t need to make everything myself

Even if I might not get around to making these quilts, perhaps they can see the light of day with help from someone else – therefore I’ve decided to publicise them during the next months. Stay tuned!

When I find something highly enjoyable, I should share my experience with others

Because of my positive experiences, I also want to encourage you to start doodling, be it patchwork and quilt patterns or just free-form designs.

You haven’t got time? I’d say: especially if you haven’t got much time for the actual sewing.

You’d be interested but don’t know how to get started? Maybe this will give you the kick you’ve been waiting for: On 3rd September I’ll release a sketchbook kit for quilters, consisting of

Mini Sketchbooks Quilters Kit
Click the image for the Mini Sketchbooks Quilters Kit.
  • the How to Make a Mini Sketchbook Tutorial,
  • a collection of special grid papers for quilters,
  • suggestions and instructions for how to use the grids
  • and how to turn the sketches into full-sized patterns,
  • ideas and tips for coming up with variations,
  • and of course examples (read: blocks and quilt patterns for you to make).

The first part, the Sketchbook Tutorial, is available for download on 3rd September (but you can pre-order already), the rest will be released in installments until 30th September.

Thinking big – but making miniatures

My third conclusion has also to do with the fact that my sewing machine is playing up and I had to stop working halfway through a bed-sized quilt. But a few days ago I came across a lovely little quilt: Zigzag Love in Miniature by Hope @ Hope’s Quilt Designs. And I thought, yes, there’s the answer: make mini quilts! I love handstitching anyway, and mini quilts are not only a lot quicker, but also so useful because I can turn them into mug rags, placemats, cushions, pillows, wall hangings, covers for books and folders… So that’s something to look forward to!

What are you working on?

Do you prefer small or large quilts? Have you tried designing yourself, or have you encountered doubts or problems?

As I’m not finished writing the Mini Sketchbook Quilter’s Kit, I’d love to hear about your design experience in the comments. Maybe there’s a question or problem you have which I can address?

In any case, whatever you create, create with joy! 🙂

Maria

Blocks of the Month and Creative Limitations

Quilting Oneness Block of the Month

I love the variety of Blocks of the Month (BOM) available over the internet. They are great for learning techniques in manageable portions, with results that are beautiful and useful – something to show off, not test pieces to keep in a drawer… My approach to BOM’s is essentially the same – with a slight difference: I want to encourage you to create your own designs. Therefore I will center my posts around questions of design and techniques – from idea to final product:

  • how you can translate your inspiration into fabric
  • design techniques
  • workability and technical challenges
  • improvisation (or: what can you do when it goes wrong?)

On this page: Creative Limitations … why? Creative Limitations and step-by-step decisions What to do with all those blocks?? Theme and Block for December Grab a button for the Block of the Month Continue reading