Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Intentions for a Productive September

 I will walk more often, and enjoy nature's beauty. 
I will invest time to become better in my profession. 
I will stay open to learning new techniques. 
I will give more thought to the art quilt 'nestings'. 
This side of the design wall holds drawings of two of my Grandchildren. These were done for a Lola Jenkins class on Craftsy. I will get them layered up and lines sewn over. The piece on top is made from snippets of my hand dyed fabrics. I think this piece would be great fun to put it on the longarm and thread sketch stems and leaves in. Then add some couching and other embellishments. 
This side holds several projects. Woven ribbons, fractured flowers, one of the four 'free flow' pieces, a thread painting I started several years ago, I Love You cross stitch, another fractured image, improv stable, a pillow top made from four pieces of fabric I designed and bordered with a commercial cotton.  By having these 'in view' I hope to be inspired to get at them. 
My design wall with black felt is such a great background for some of my pieces. The dragonfly piece in lower left corner is to remind me to grab it and the other 8 'pages' and get this book bound. The piece above it has a stitch in the ditch around the border, and I'm not pleased with how it looks. Those stitches are coming out, and I may put this in my 'by hand' group!  Across that top edge is a 5" square that reminds me of Barbra, my Compassion child in Uganda. I don't have a plan for it, but I doubt I will ever part with it. Down the left side are three pieces that really just need finishing. The bottom two are from my Elements in Fabric class. I have two more elements to make for the class. The top one is from a class with Karen Linduska. Up the center is a group of fabric printed squares of Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan. They were sewn together but things went awry and it became distorted. I will be adjusting their placement to each other so I can have a piece that will hang squarely on my wall. 

And of course there are the carry overs from August that didn't get finished: 
Princess, poppy fields, Canberra tree, deconstructed screen prints quilt, table runners from shaded hand dyes, my improvisationally pieced group, and bindings on charity quilts. 


I also have two quilts to be done for clients. 
Ok, let's do a little recap on this idea. 
July, I had 3 intentions and I didn't get any of them done, or even worked on. 
August, I listed 10, got 4 completed and another one 50% done. Definitely an improvement!
September, 26 areas of focus. I have a more detailed list of just how far each needs to be progressed for me to consider it moved along sufficiently. I'll keep you posted on my progress, which makes that 27 areas!! I only plan to post every ten days this month, perhaps I will have more done each time.

No giveaway this month, but please leave your comments as that's the only way a blogger knows people are stopping by. 

May God bless your day with much happiness,


Lois said...

What fun to see what all is going on is your studio. Thanks for all the picts.

Terry said...

Wow, what a LIST!! I also made a list last June. . .I'm still working on it! Guess I didn't plan my time well! :) You have amazing projects. I look forward to all the progress you are going to make this month. I especially liked your first photo. I also walk almost every day. Our dog helps keep me on schedule!

Monica said...

Just reading your list is exhausting, Luann. I don't have time at the moment to make plans beyond the very short-term - embroidery exhibition next weekend, granddaughter's birthday the following weekend. And I'll probably collapse the following week. :)

Dorothy said...

Wow Luann you are one busy lady!!!! I love reading your blog, and it really inspires me to get my things done, thank you!

Luann Fischer said...

Hi there.
Monica, Lois, Terry, and Dorothy thanks for dropping by. If we lived closer you could come over for some sweet tea! We'd chat on the screen porch and enjoy some relaxing time.
But, alas, we aren't in the same neighborhood so we will continue to use the Internet to be connected to 'our people'!
I can hardly wait for the 11th, when I will post my first update on the intentions list. At present, I've finished September 9th's assignment, but yesterday's isn't touched. That still leaves me with 3 days into the month and 3 goals accomplished.
I'm in a groove, I'm in my zone, I'm making headway faster than a snowball melting in July in SC!
Please include my endurance in your prayers for me,
May God bless the work of your hands, the desires of your heart and the thoughts of your mind.