madhappycrafter

quilting, mosaicing, painting, and other adventures in making


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WIP – glue stick fabric collage experiment

This is something I’ve wanted to try for awhile, being into every new medium I can get my hands on, but that old bugger fear stops me in my tracks. It’s like wrestling crocodiles every time I want to venture into new territory – and let’s face it, that’s a lot for crafters and makers. I know others experience this… I suppose it dissapates if you get into a regular working groove.

This was quickly thrown together on a scrap of muslin. I just threw a bunch of scraps in a bag and joined some other women doing crafts for a few hours – this happens monthly at the Senior Center. Everything so far is lightly tacked down with the glue stick. I just found a kid’s tutu in the dumpster and cut off all the useful and unsoiled tuille – score! 🙂 I’m thinking i might add a bit of the tuille to this, just for fun, and maybe another element or two to the composition. I’d also love to try some purely abstract stuff, too with all my fabric scraps – but I see the pictorial and narrative potential with this technique. These are obviously purely decorative, as it is all raw-edge. I have since read that many applique quilters use the glue stick method to turn under their edges, so you CAN make functional quilts with this technique.

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Will show the finished thing when i have time, and if I actually finish it. I’m not that strong on finishing. But – the exciting news is that right now we are working on a community neighborhood mosaic – what fun! More about that in the next post!


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Gardening, or avoidance of gardening, takes all of my energy

This is not a “cheery” post.

My “paid” garden jobs are taking up my energy – not so much my time, as my energy. I feel sapped, drained, depleted. My enthusiasm for gardening is gone in this relentless dry heat. My own garden is a horrible weed patch with thistles taking over. My back is still injured, so life is slow and limited.  I have lost a lot of friends and cherished community members this year. Lots of sadness – probably some depression. Any energy I have, I save for work. The rest of the time, I read or sit on the internet. Pretty blah existence; I would say “enduring” describes it.

These days it seems that dahlia bouquets brought to friends are the only “art” I’m doing, and Nature gets credit for that. I’m only their toiling human servant who stakes the plants, waters, and keeps them deadheaded. I love watching all the pollenators and small creatures who make their homes in my flower patch- bees, beetles, frogs, birds – even snakes. That part is wonderful. It feels good to feed pollenators – I garden for the bees and because I adore flowers.

Regarding art, crafting, and making: I’m going to have to find small windows of time to simply doodle and experiment. I hate not making or creating anything.

Here’s a close-up of a beautiful dahlia I grow named Sheabird – hard to find in catalogs anymore. Opens beautiful dark salmon into yellow, fading to peaches and apricots the older it gets. It’s quite lovely in all of its stages of coloration.Sheabird