Posts Tagged ‘resolutions’

First Discovery of 2018

January 10, 2018

The Progressive Party will start a new round soon, and I resolved to design my project rather than throw a random block in a bag with some fabric that I could reach (which is what usually happens). I hauled out my bags of tree fabric, and made the first happy discovery of 2018.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t make this landscape. I think I got it from Ann Anastasio in a pile of fabric she didn’t want to move to another state. In any event, my Progressive Project once again will be a random piece in a bag with fabric I could reach. So much for new year resolutions.

My replacement iron arrived, and revealed the second discovery of 2018 – ironing is a lot easier with an appliance that works and a clear space to stand.

I must admit that the space around the ironing board is clear because for yet another week I have left the bags that once lived there in the hiding places I stashed them before Christmas. Eventually I will have to bring them back to the sewing room, but that’s a chore for another day.

For now, I will admire the last project I got back from the Progressives. I started with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired fabric, and they made this.

The new year may bring many more new discoveries and challenges, but one oasis of stability is the creativity of my quilting friends. I hope that 2018 will find you surrounded by creative, supportive people.

Luck and wisdom!

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Shiny Object Overload

February 3, 2016

I happened to be in Tucson visiting friends during the Gem Show. We decided to go to one venue (there are venues all over the city). It was amazing and unsettling. For the the first time in my life, I experienced shiny object overload. There was so much to see that I stumbled around like one of the walking dead. And I didn’t buy one single thing.

Yes, I know, astounding but true. There was so much to choose from I couldn’t choose. I saw the rocks with fossils and thought of the fish I bought my husband.

Lani Longshore fish fossil

I saw the rough stones and thought of the polished petrified wood we bought on a family trip.

Lani Longshore petrified wood

I saw all the beads and thought of my partially organized collection.

Lani Longshore beads

After all that thinking, I added another item to my New Year project list. I will organize my beads with an eye to what is missing. That way, the next time I’m at a gem or bead show, I’ll know where I should look to round out my collection. For good measure, I’ll look at my other rocks and gems, just in case there is another collection in my future.

Luck and wisdom!

An Abundance of Bins

December 9, 2015

I have reached a point in consolidating my stuff that I’m accumulating empty bins, boxes and crates.

Free agent bins, waiting for a better offer

Free agent bins, waiting for a better offer

The good news is organizing is getting easier. I’m seeing how I work in a different light, and how to store things so I will remember where I put them (even the things that don’t get used often). The bad news is I’ve collected a boatload of bins over the years.

One advantage to having empty bins is cleaning the table for the holidays this year will be a snap. My husband made me a beautiful desk, which is filled with stuff, which is why I collect the mail on the kitchen table, and other items that need to find someplace else to live. As you can imagine, it takes longer for me to clear off my end of the table than it does to cook a holiday dinner. After Thanksgiving, I decided to get a head start on a New Year resolution to keep up with the mail. “Self,” I said, “You already keep up with the bills, so why can’t you keep up with the rest?” So far, I’ve put almost everything in this one little bin.

Lani Longshore kitchen bin

A lovely consequence of my resolution to keep on top of things was deciding to get my Progressive project done now. I already knew the quilt only needed a simple border on the top, bottom and right because the last person did the fabulous applique of monkeys and bananas in the jungle. Now if only I can keep this momentum going throughout the holidays.

Lani Longshore Progressive quilt

Luck and wisdom!

The Year To Come – Holes To Fill

December 31, 2014

Rather than make resolutions, since I often break them, I plan projects for the new year. In the year to come, my project will be filling holes.

The space was empty for about three minutes

The space was empty for about three minutes

I already started by stacking batting and pillow forms in the space formerly taken up with fabric I bought to recreate the light show from a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert.

Bring on the tie-dye

Bring on the tie-dye

FYI, you know you’re a quilter when you spend more time analyzing the light patterns and figuring out how to piece them than you do listening to the music. You also know you’re a quilter when you collect the fabric for the quilt and then it sits so long you forget when it was you went to that concert. Perhaps I’ll remember in the coming year. The next Challenge Group project is about the color of music, so out came the tote. The empty space was perfect for the batting and pillow forms, and thus my new year project came into focus.

I did make one little resolution – to dream more, and dream bigger. Here’s the tiny piece of art I made to remind me.

Take time to dream

Take time to dream

Here’s hoping 2015 is a wonderful year for us all.

Luck and wisdom!

In 2014 I Will Care Enough

January 2, 2014

My only resolution for 2014 is to care. I will care enough about my art that I will use the right fabric for backing my quilts rather than whatever is close at hand and fits.

No more will I hoard fabric that is too pretty to use

No more will I hoard fabric that is too pretty to use

I will care enough about technique that I will use the right tools for the job.

Use the tools!

Use the tools!

I will care enough about honoring creativity that I will learn new techniques.

Use prompts to stretch yourself

Use prompts to stretch yourself

I will care enough about the artists around me that I will support them as much as I can.

Books and music by my friends, art from local crafters

Books and music by my friends, art from local crafters

Most important, I will care enough about the community that has nurtured me, and the wide world beyond its borders, to fill the needs that are presented to me as best I can.