Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Have a PHENOMENAL day!

Phenomenon: the object of a person's perception; what the senses or the mind notice.

Lately I have been doing some research. I feel a little lost. So many things are swirling around me threatening my sense of serenity. I have been lost in thought on several occasions and find myself staring out the window. What has intrigued me is what I see. When the noise of the world is turned off, and ignored... there is something special that occurs in the silence. You see life all around you. I recently took a trip to a most unhospitible place, southern Arizona. Even there with temperatures soaring to over 100 degrees in the summer, and very little water, it is brimming with life. It has got me to thinking about when I was a child.

As a young girl I spent hours outside doing what seems to me now as very strange behavior for a child. I was curious and would examine a dandelion, leaf, or butterfly... I would spend hours looking at the shapes of my subjects, the colors, and trying to understand how and why it worked. What made it special, and why it had to be and look the way it did. 

As an adult I miss these times. There is a serenity and centering that occurs within my mind when I take the time to notice my surroundings. A few days ago I had to help my husband do some mechaninc work on my daughters car. I was sitting next to him on the gravel handing him tools as my curiosity seemed to be ever present. I started wondering where these gravel rocks had come from. I picked up one at a time and examined them looking at each and every one to find it's beauty. Each rock was very unique in its shape and size, and coloring...even though as a whole they pretty much all look the same. Many had a sparkle to them, and I assume this is true with people too. 

Each of us have an individuality and beauty all our own. I try to see that sparkle in everyone I have met. Each person has something to offer, something to treasure, and something to love about them. Some people have entered my life and changed its course dramatically with their everpresent beauty, and sparkle. Those people also have a lot of "sass" which I seem to find great joy in. I admire their zest for life and the courage to live it.

Today I ask that you notice the beauty that surrounds you. Don't take it for granted. Your ability to do so can change in a single heartbeat. Moments are so very precious. You were born in a moment, and most certainly will die in one too. Make all the ones in between count.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The FAME Game Q&A

I talked with a sweet customer today. She is in the process of creating my Sew Tweet Quilt. 
She had a few questions about embroidery details. 

 She asked if I was considering entering my quilts into any contests. This has not been something that has appealed to me. I know I have many aspects of my quilting that could use a little improvement,  and it is not just for this reason that I choose not to. I simply create for the love of creating. 

Then she asked if I would give her permission to enter her version of this quilt into a quilt show to which I replied, "I am sorry. I cannot give you permission to do that."

The quilts I create are my own designs drawn by my own hand, and created in applique with my self taught technique. I have never taken an applique class in my life. My patterns are uniquely my own. I choose to sell them in pattern form for your personal use only. 

After a conversation about how credit would be given to me as the designer, and she would make sure that everyone knew it was my pattern bringing me more business and making my patterns more known to the quilting community, I still refused to give her permission to do it. Creating a quilt to enter into a competition of any sort requires that you have the designers consent to avoid copyright infringement. 

Basically, if you profit from the design, you are violating copyright law. 

Only the original designer of a quilt has the right to enter it into a competition or contest, promote, or profit from all the time, effort, and work put into their original design. 

If you are creating a quilt this year to enter into a contest, please inquire from the designer of your pattern (if you choose to use one) before spending all the time and effort on the quilt you plan to enter. If you see any of my designs in a quilting competition know that it is done illegally. I do not give permission for anyone to do exceptions.

FAME has never been a motivator for me... if anything it is a deterrent.
My passion for craft and love for others is what is behind everything I create.
My motivation for sharing it with you is to insprire you to create for those you love just like I do.
I hope that is what my work does for you.

Thanks to all of you for your continuted support of my creativity.
Your support is what keeps me creating and sharing with everyone.
Each and every one of you inspire me daily with the things you create.
I want to take a moment to thank you for sharing your projects with me.

(P.S. The pattern Sew Tweet is no longer available for purchase. 
It was featured as a block of the month and has been discontinued.)