Creative Art

I've been sewing for nearly 50 years (Yikes!!) and quilting for half that time. I started with a simple book, and followed patterns to a T. That's how I learned. NEVER did I venture into the Unknown!! After finishing a handful of quilts, from others's patterns, I attempted to create my own. That was just over 10 years ago, and 3/4 of the way through, I got stuck. REALLY stuck! I asked everyone I could think of, how to finish this particular piece, including those in Quilt Shops. There were no answers for me.  I put that piece away for years, feeling pretty frustrated. It was a gift for my daughter, and I REALLY wanted to finish it beautifully! 

Fast forward 5 years and voila, it's complete! And so many more! Now I'm designing quilts faster than I can actually create them! AND I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN!!  I keep a journal with all my ideas, including, sketches, who I'm thinking of gifting, colors, themes, etc! This is SO new to me...........ME, the one who would get stuck when I needed to imagine a new technique, or figure how to finish a design, or even choosing colors and fabrics! Not any more.......the ideas seem to flow nearly effortlessly.

So, where is this all leading? You've most likely already guessed it............Reiki! Honestly, it didn't occur to me right away.  How my Reiki practice was affecting my sewing, and yes, I called it sewing back then. Now it FEELS differently, and so, I'm calling it Art. It feels so freeing, and although, sometimes I see a pattern that catches my eye, I REALLY love creating my own! I can FEEL the creativity flowing, where as before, I usually just felt stuck. And did I mention how much fun this is??

Here are several of my latest designs, including the one that I was 'stuck' on for 5 or so years! This is my first Original design, and my last quilt made before beginning my Reiki Practice. I never even noticed that timing ( coincidence?? I think NOT!) until recently.....ahhh, hindsight!  (It's the first one pictured here .)

And it's only over the last few years, where I've gained the confidence needed to attempt and learn new techniques, and not to worry about whether a piece is 'right or wrong'. I'm able to choose fabrics more quickly, and am happy with my results. If I love the look, then it's right! And I'm also not constantly asking others' opinions, for validity. Mine is enough -)

These pictures are over sized so you can see the detail. Hope you enjoy!

I also offer Long Arm Quilting Services for those of you who love the piecing process of creating a quilt, and are more comfortable having your work finished on a larger machine. My Long Arm quilting is 100% completely freehand (hand guided designs) and not done by a computer design system or by Pantographs ( designs that are traced). My freehand designs, will always have that unique feel and personal look for your quilt.

I love to quilt words into quilt tops as well. If you want a more personal touch, I’ll quilt family names, hobbies, any positive words you desire. These really create quite a response when given as a gift!! Contact me for details, pricing, and to see if my services are what you’re looking for, to complete your beautiful work of art!

Please take a moment to scroll all the way down, to see my progress! I’m really loving playing with colors and designs <3

My daughter's quilt, finished almost 10 years ago, and made completely with upholstery fabric she chose. Some look pink here, though they're all browns, reds, golds and greens. Below are 2 more pics with details of my handwork.

My daughter's quilt, finished almost 10 years ago, and made completely with upholstery fabric she chose. Some look pink here, though they're all browns, reds, golds and greens. Below are 2 more pics with details of my handwork.

 
 
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This is my Original Reiki Wall Art design based on Chakra colors. I've quilted 7 Positive words within this piece: can you find them all?? I can custom design one for you as well, using my own word choice, or yours for someone special! Great for Yoga, Reiki, LBGTQ or just for the beautiful colors, and Happy message! I can quilt up to 8 words within this 20 " size. You can see this piece on my Etsy shop CustomQuiltsByPaula, or Contact me if you're interested and we can chat -)

This is my Original Reiki Wall Art design based on Chakra colors. I've quilted 7 Positive words within this piece: can you find them all?? I can custom design one for you as well, using my own word choice, or yours for someone special! Great for Yoga, Reiki, LBGTQ or just for the beautiful colors, and Happy message! I can quilt up to 8 words within this 20 " size. You can see this piece on my Etsy shop CustomQuiltsByPaula, or Contact me if you're interested and we can chat -)

A fun Winter Scene, from Audubon's Block of the Month. Lots of pretty quilting to enhance the background.

A fun Winter Scene, from Audubon's Block of the Month. Lots of pretty quilting to enhance the background.

This wall quilt is called Matrix, a pattern by GE Designs. Quilted on a sit down machine, using rulers. I always do my own quilting, enjoying both my Sit Down and Long Arm Machines, as well as hand quilting. This piece adds lots of color to brighten our home!

This wall quilt is called Matrix, a pattern by GE Designs. Quilted on a sit down machine, using rulers. I always do my own quilting, enjoying both my Sit Down and Long Arm Machines, as well as hand quilting. This piece adds lots of color to brighten our home!

Another original design where I added lots of hand embroidery, as well as machine quilting. I'm loving the fall, earthy colors! And this piece won a 3rd Place Ribbon in the 2018 Vermont Quilt Festival!

Another original design where I added lots of hand embroidery, as well as machine quilting. I'm loving the fall, earthy colors! And this piece won a 3rd Place Ribbon in the 2018 Vermont Quilt Festival!

This is a huge bed quilt I designed, made especially for my Space Loving Granddaughter ! I included glow in the dark cats and constellations, and lots of Stars, Saturns and Crescent Moons in the quilting design! See the back below for details....

This is a huge bed quilt I designed, made especially for my Space Loving Granddaughter ! I included glow in the dark cats and constellations, and lots of Stars, Saturns and Crescent Moons in the quilting design! See the back below for details....

The back, Hot Pink, Of Course!! You can see the quilting detail here, Saturns, Crescent Moons and Stars. One very special Heart is hidden...

The back, Hot Pink, Of Course!! You can see the quilting detail here, Saturns, Crescent Moons and Stars. One very special Heart is hidden...

My own Modern Baby Quilt Design! I love the random look of this, and the not-so-typical baby colors!

My own Modern Baby Quilt Design! I love the random look of this, and the not-so-typical baby colors!

Same design as above, with different fabric. What a difference colors can make!

Same design as above, with different fabric. What a difference colors can make!