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.

Free Colouring Book with 15 Printable Coloring Pages for Adults

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.

15 Printable Free Colouring Pages for Adults
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.

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?

Embracing Imperfection

embrace imperfection - getting stressed vs. getting things done

Getting stressed or getting things done?

embrace imperfection - getting stressed vs. getting things doneThose ten days in the Small Product Lab were (at least for me) quite stressful, but at the same time a very valuable exercise in “how to get things done in time”.

On this page:

  • “Good enough” is good enough!
  • Why am I writing all this; why do I think you’d be interested?
  • My take-aways for getting things done without getting stressed
  • Saving time by cutting scope
  • What are your tips?

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Design Process (1) – Brainstorming the Take Your Time Pattern

In this post I’ll try and describe the beginning of my design process. Usually this happens more or less without me being aware of it, but this time I stopped myself every so often in order to reflect on what I’ve been thinking and to break it down into steps.

I hope you’ll find this useful – even if it’s just so you become aware of how you are doing things 😉 Perhaps it also gives you some ideas of how you can tackle your Block of the Month, as different as it may be.

If you haven’t done so already, download the free printable for December – 16 pages: the guidelines from the previous post, plus “Take Your Time” in several fonts.

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Having or getting an idea
A closer look at what I’ve got
Thoughts while tracing the pattern
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