Friday, March 04, 2011

In Stitches Blog Tour & Give Away!

I'm so excited to be one of the stops of the "blog tour" for the latest issue of In Stitches emag!

As a little bonus for the blog tour, I thought I'd share a bit about creating one of the pieces that is featured in my article about creating sheer silhouettes.

Vine Emerging, 16x16"
I was working on a big quilt that was very very challenging. I felt like I was working totally outside of my style and it wasn't going well. I needed to take a break and return to some of my favorite techniques and elements.

I played around with bits on my work table (and out of my trash can) and came up with this basic composition.

It was so refreshing! I even used some of the same fabrics from the challenging quilt. Seeing them in a different setting helped me return to the larger project with new ideas.

After completing the larger project, I returned to the fabric collage. It needed a focal point, so I added the sheer silhouette of the vine and berries. And lots of hand embroidery! My article includes step-by-step instructions for this sheer silhouette technique and images of other fabric collages I created using sheer fabrics.

I posted a few more details about the emag just a few days ago, in this post. Check it out!

Oh Yes! I know you read "give away" the title of this post. The fabulous Lindsey Murray at Quilting Arts is offering some fiber art goodies as part of my post! I'll throw in an original fiber ATC! Just comment on this post and I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner on March 11. Tell me what you do to take a break from a challenging project.

Michelle Allen is up next on the In Stitches Blog Tour!

Lots more great posts along the way on the tour, too!

Sunday (Feb 27): Pokey launches the tour!

Monday (Feb 28): Jane Davila

Tuesday: Lynn Krawczyk( March 1)

Wednesday: Jackie Cardy(March 2)

Thursday: Deb Bates (March 3)

Friday: Deborah Boschert (March 4): That's me!

Saturday: Michelle Allen (March 5)

Sunday: Liz Kettle (March 6)

Monday: Lyric Kinard (March 7)

Tuesday (March 8): A surprise guest on Lindsey’s blog will be the final stop of this tour!

56 comments:

Joanie Hoffman said...

Thanks for the giveaway! It's been hard in the past for me to break away from a challenging project because I feel like I have to solve all the problems right away. But once I realized I wasn't enjoying the project under those conditions, I realized (light bulb moment!) that I had to make myself get up and walk away. So I call the dogs for a walk before I think too much about it, and off we go! I come back to the project with a much better attitude and sometimes the very solution that was eluding me. Very wordy, huh? Blame the iced tea. :0 By the way, I'm in Upper Marlboro, MD. Howdy.

marion said...

I have been reading your blog for a while and enjoy seeing your work.
Thanks for the giveaway!

stitchtress said...

Usually I have at least two piles in varying degrees of commitment at the back of my cutting table (when I can find them!) Sometimes I have to go and shuffle those into more fully developed ideas OR sometimes I just have to turn the lights out and take the dog to the park. Consciously getting away from one often subconsciously rejuvenates the other. I enjoy your work Deborah and your colors are fresh! Happy Bloggy Day

Beth Stephens said...

When I need a break I go and make a pot of hot tea (Caramel Creme Brûlée my favorite) and maybe look through a quilt magazine.

gill said...

Walk right away and do something completely different - usually gardening!
Thank you for the giveaway!

Maria Elkins said...

Congratulations on being in In Stitches!

KittyKwilter said...

This Blog Tour has introduced me to some very nice new blogs to follow. Yours is interesting and I like the use of fabric from scrap and trash. I do that too. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Karen said...

The best break is to take a walk outside, but usually I just play silly computer games or tackle much needed housework.

janice said...

I generally just walk away and find some escape reading -- most likely a mystery novel. I am really loving this blog tour, it is fun seeing new artists, I only knew three before this.

Deb said...

A little yoga maybe, or a jaunt with the pooch always does the trick!

Terri Stegmiller said...

I love this quilt Deborah. Beautiful!

Tonya Littmann said...

Yes, it's good to do something different when you're stuck.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I just got the new "In Stitches 2" and I love it! So now I have been following your blog, and I appreciate the subject matter of the blog today. Good to know!

Elaine said...

I always think I have to finish every quilt I start, so breaking away is hard. Usually, I just start another quilt and the challenging one goes to the UFO pile.

Dotti said...

This looks to be a unique techinique. I was thinking about dowloading In Stitches...this may just have given me the needed nudge!

Karen M said...

Garden work is the best remedy, but difficult in the winter! Then a quick (to stay warm) walk outside, wherever there has been shoveling has to suffice. And of course, playtime with my rabbits is good for a change of focus. Stroking that angora fur is very soothing....

cdlewis said...

Usually if frustrated, I will walk away and head to gym or take a run. It helps to clear my head and relieve my frustration.

Diane D. said...

It's a lovely piece, Deborah - congrats!

Jeannie said...

As you know, I love your work. It is so different from a lot of the art quilts I see and I mean that in a good way..;) I take a walk along a river near us. It gets me away from the project, the mess I should be clearing up, and opens my mind. Thanks for the peek into your creative mind.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

When I need a break, I do a little needle-felting, make a fabric postcard, or do some Off-the-floor patchwork. (That's sewing together scraps from a previous project to use later on.)

upstateLisa said...

I love your smaller piece of art!

Barb said...

When I need a break I head for the woods for a walk with the pup. If the weather's not cooperating, I'll read a book or try out a new recipe - anything different from what I was stuck on (except housework. There's no need to punish myself!)

Lindy said...

I make a batch of brownies and consume them while tidying my quilt shed shelves, vacuuming all the creative lint from the floor, and putting all the rulers, cutters and 'stuff' back where they belong. Then I am refreshed and ready to go at it again!

Genevieve said...

i am interested in reading more about the sheers. it really is beautiful for layering and depth. thanks for posting about vine leaves!

coolquilter said...

Lovely quilt. If I hit a roadblock I usually just hit the internet and check out blogs and websites that have inspired me before or provided solutions to problems before.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Barbara Triscari said...

Wonderful blog. When I need a change, I start another project!

Katherine said...

When I need a break from a project, I usually end up doing some housework. Washing the dishes has always been my meditative time to look out the window, think about the garden, friends, run through my prayer list. Then my mind can come back to a problem with a fresh outlook.

Kate said...

Truth is, I often give up and start again. But on a good day, feeling hopeful, I brew a cuppa, surf on over to your blog, get inspired and try again. Blog tour? You are a rock star. Hope I win.

debby said...

I enjoy reading about the creative process. My first visit--I'll be back!

Pam said...

Hi Deborah!!!
When something isn't working for me on a design - I have to take a break - hang it on the design wall and just live with it for a few days - something always comes to me - usually in the middle of the night when I can't sleep. Then I get up and finish it... Ha Ha - Cant wait to see you in a couple weeks!! Pam

Candied Fabrics said...

Well, I've always got LOTS of other things to do, so I'll usually but it on the design wall and work on something else...of course, that may be a little or a long while, so if there's a deadline, I'll pull hubby into the room and talk it through with him, that has helped amazingly well in the past!

BTW - got your 12 x 12 book in the mail on Saturday, can't WAIT to dig into it, but WAIT I must as I've got some deadlines coming up! :-) THE cover itself is fabulous - LOVE the texture!

Maggie said...

what a lovely composition.
Maggie

Bev Longford said...

Call to hubby for a cappacinno break, pick up a book or some knitting for a bit. When I come back if it still isn't happening work another ufo while I think about it, usually hang on my design wall so I can see it while I carry on with something else. Love your blog, I check in quite often. Bev Longford

Lucy said...

Going back to needle work... :)

cindylarsen said...

I'll stop working on it for a couple of days and I usually come up with a great idea to fix what's not working while in the shower!

Cass said...

When I need a break, I just turn on some music and dance!

jan said...

As so many others have stated, it's time to walk the dog. If it takes longer to (mentally) resolve the issue, I'll often blog hop for ideas and inspiration.

JB said...

I tack it to my design wall and may leave it there for several weeks before trying to tackle it again. It is amazing how taking a break from something enables me to look at it anew later on.

Sandra said...

Your work is inspiring!

Donnell said...

If I can't conquer a problem with a piece, I set it aside and get a good night's sleep!

Denise S. said...

I walk away from it and usually try another project. If that doesn't work hit the internet for more inspiration.

Nancy said...

A project break for me is to do something small with paper like a stitched note card or glue book page.

Wabbit said...

I take a break from the project and go watch a cooking show on TV or read emails, blogs, or even just play with my farm on Farmville! Then I can take a deep breath and get back to it feeling a little more back on center. I tend to get sucked into some aspects of a project so deeply that other aspects suffer if I don't get back to the place where I can see it all, that big picture!

Wendy said...

Love this! When I need a break I go for a walk or do some tai chi. If I'm really stressed, a piece of good chocolate, then walking is good! ;-)

Joann said...

Walking away works best - amazing how it looks a day or two later.

Ann Morrell said...

This has been a wonderful blog hop..a chance for a goodie is nice, but just getting to visit and see what all of you are working on is really the best goodie of all.

Anonymous said...

Start planning/working on a different one!
Shari

Sandy Chavez said...

When I run up against a brick wall during a project, unfortunately, I run away for a while (some times a long while) ... unless I'm on a deadline, in which case, I try to alter my vision of the project in order to overcome the issue.

ann said...

I have only used sheers a couple of times. Thanks for the reminder. I have a GREAT use for that effect on a quilt I am working on at the moment.

Lisa said...

When faced with a challenge where I feel stuck, I just put it aside and walk away for awhile. Usually some solution or idea will come to to at a totally random time, when I'm NOT thinking about it.

Samantha Conklin said...

When I get frustrated with how an art piece is going, depending on the time of day, I either go outside and journal/sketch or go to bed and sleep on it. Getting away from my studio really helps me get perspective and see the piece more objectively.

Catherine Etter said...

I am in serious LUV with your imagery............ Nature plays a ginormous role in my creative process as well!!!!!!!!!!

blessings, Catherine

Sue Andrus said...

If a piece is giving me trouble, I will leave it pinned to the design wall and do housework or a smaller project. Looking at it later may help me see what isn't working. If that doesn't work, I will take a digital photo, put it into the computer and change the photo to grayscale.... I often find the culprit is lack of contrast. I will also sometimes print out the photo and draw on it, cut it up, or whatever, trying different ideas... something often pops up to help.

I love the sheer images on your little piece!

Jan from Wyoming said...

When I need a break from a challenging project, I often take a walk down to my favorite coffee house. Or, I will work on something else, maybe a quick drawing, to sooth my soul. I have certainly found that it pays to get a good night's sleep and get a fresh view of the project the next day. I tend to be stubborn and want to blast my way through a trouble spot, but generally I find that unless I take a break, I am only going to continue to be frustrated.

I love the sheer silhouettes technique, BTW, and will try it out. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

Like many others who comment, I sometimes need to walk away from a challenging project. I have also taken a picture of what's there with my camera to see it from a different perspective. Then, I will turn the picture around in the four different directions to see if any problems stick out.

I like your idea of just starting something fun different with some of the same fabrics.

Sandy said...

Giveaways are such fun and expose us to new things.