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