One more day to enter my contest!

Tomorrow is when the drawing is, so scoot over to THIS POST to enter the drawing for a Sidewinder!

I’m back from my art retreat, a terrible cold, trip to the ER, and my mini vacation.  Lots going on, so stay tuned for more info!!

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Back to Basics – Slow Down

When working through a “creative block” I often turn “back to the basics” and that helps me power through creative slumps.  One of the ways I do this is to slow down, and really work on the “process” of quilting.
This may mean slowing down my piecing, and really get my seams and corners to match.  This may mean slowing down my free motion quilting and make nice deliberate designs instead of powering through it.  This may mean slowing down the design process, and crating fully formed designs before I even start.
Whatever the slowing down process you choose, use the time you add to enjoy the process.  Have soothing music on to help calm the mood. You may find that even the parts of the art making journey that you didn’t like before will end up with new appreciation!

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Back to Basics – Draw for 15 minutes a day

This is not just the comic book industry person in me talking.  Drawing for 15 minutes a day engages the creative side of your brain.  Now, before you protest that you are not capable of drawing, I’m not saying you have to sketch like da Vinci, the king of all scribblers…. Just put a pencil to paper and let your mind go.  It really is a skill anyone can do with repetition.  Lyric Kinard is spending a year drawing faces so she can get better at them, and her blog frequently posts about her efforts. 
The Zentangle craze has basically formalized a name for what I have been doing for years with my doodles.  If you need some structure, maybe you can check out the many Zentangle resources online to get some hints.
Many of my quilts start out as tiny pencil sketches.  I keep them in my sketchbooks until I’m out of creativity and I need something to work on. So when in a creativity rough patch, I get out the sketchbook and draw for 15 minutes at a time.  Maybe you’ll draw your next masterpiece.
Does drawing help you bust through a creative block?

PS: Don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!!

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Super Awesome Giveaway Time!!

Today I’m doing a giveaway for this awesome Sidewinder bobbin thread winder!  
I LOVE mine, and I got an extra one recently, and I’d love for it to live with you!  I really love being able to wind bobbins and still work on the machine at the same time.   

Note The following machines have bobbins that will not fit on the SideWinder: • Singer Centaur II 412 56 15-45 (green) • Singer Futura 412 09 75-45 (new style) • Husqvarna Viking sewing/quilting machines that take bobbin o 412 56 15-45 (green) or o 412 09 75-45 (new style) or o 412 06 12-45 (old style)

Comment one time only on this post to enter.  

Here are the rules:
1. One comment per person to enter this contest. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Comments must be on this post only.  If you do not sign in with your Google or Blogger account, make sure I have a way to contact you, such as leaving your email address. 
2. The winner will be selected randomly.
3. Anyone in the world can enter this contest.
4. Entries will be accepted until 8/5/11 at 6 AM Eastern Standard Time. 

Thanks, good luck, and enjoy!

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