Push-up Series so far

I wanted to look at all of the Push-up series at once, so I thought I would do a short blog on them. For those who are new to my blog, my idea of a “push-up” is taking the opportunity to explore an idea without expecting to create a masterpiece. It is a relaxed approach. It’s low risk. I don’t worry about failure. I just try to enjoy the process. … Continue reading

Review of 2013

My family

It’s nice to look back and reflect a bit, so here’s my short review of 2013. Thankfully it was a bit less eventful than 2012. There were several things I split my attention between. I spent quite a bit of time speaking and teaching at numerous quilt guilds across the country. Sweet hubby and I traveled to California, Des Moines, Decatur, and all over Ohio. I’ve included the long trips … Continue reading

Push-up #5: Perseverance

Push-up #5 is complete! Finally! I’m calling Push-up #5 “Perseverance” because I kept having other things crop up that demanded my attention so I had to keep making new deadlines. I’m glad it’s finally done! Somehow I need to figure out a better way to balance all of my commitments so I can still have time for quilting. Despite the roadblocks, I enjoyed making this piece. It was based on … Continue reading

Push-up #5: Getting closer

I’m getting a little closer. When I last posted about this quilt on September 8, I had big plans of working long hours this week. In the end, I had about an hour or so each day to work on this since Monday. With each strip I add, I put the entire thing back up on the design wall and stand back to study it. I keep trying to think … Continue reading

Push-up #5: Partial progress

Sometimes it helps to make a public commitment! After I finished putting myself on the spot in my post yesterday, I promptly went into my studio and sliced a couple chunks off of one of the pieced strips. I pieced several of them together with black strips between each one. (I love how vibrant colors look against a black background.) Then I did some more with white. Next, I got … Continue reading

Push-up #5: Pushing forward

So these sections of pieced strips have been hanging on my design wall for a couple weeks now, mocking me, taunting me, begging me to get my head in gear and cut them to pieces. I ignored them this morning while I did a multitude of other small tasks, but no longer. I am announcing to all of you that as soon as I finish posting, I am going to … Continue reading