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A Roll

It’s been a while since I’ve done any creative work. First one must dig out and put order into the space where creativity happens. There has been no shortage of projects placed in my hands in the last two months or more.

It was clean yesterday

First, here is one I finished for Christmas and forgot to photograph. My son and his wife really want to live at the beach so I made this panel up for them. They have no wall space left so it hangs in front of his desk.

Seating for two at the beach. I think it needs pressing from the shipping.

Many of us have found projects we no longer chose to do so the reasonable thing is to pass them on to someone who is more inclined to finish them. I have  fabric that I’m going to pass on to a quilting acquaintance who does quilts for Veterans. I like the word ‘finish’ and hoping that’s the word for our winter as well.

Another quilting friend gave me two sets of embroidered donkeys. Her heart was a little broken looking at them as her granddaughter thinks quilts are for old people and didn’t want one for her  baby boy. The joy of making something for her great-grandson was lost. So I will do my best to complete it and find someone that will cherish it. I did make a mistake right away by letting myself get distracted when trimming them down. They are going to be much smaller now than I originally thought.

At our last gathering for hand sewing, Emily had each of us reach into a paper bag and pull out a 5” charm pack to make something from. A couple of us are not very creative on our own so Emily brought me a pattern to use and walked me through the first part. The wonky stars have turned out to be quite the challenge for me. Emily eventually remembered how they were done and will take me through it this week.

I also finished five embroidered aprons out of seven in the last year or so and am starting on the last two. I’m also hand sewing  the binding on a quilt top Emily didn’t want to finish. I put on the border, batting and back then quilted it before machine stitching the binding on to one side. Now I have simple handwork for our groups gathering.

My son uses the phrase “an object in motion stays in motion” often. Let’s hope this object stays in motion once on a roll.  It will be a slow roll.

“Creativity takes courage.” –Henri Matisse–

Are you finding new momentum to roll with in this new year?

From my heart to yours,

Marlene Herself

Comments on: "A Roll" (57)

  1. I just love the embroidered aprons! Such a disappearing skill. You are such a wiz.
    I think the lucky dip for the craft group is a fantastic idea, as is give a project away to someone you know who might finish it for you. That is a great method of reusing and eliminating waste. Oh and I can totally relate to organizing the craft space first. I needed to do that before I started sketching last week. Nothing happens otherwise….

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    • I clean it one day and the next, I have stuff everywhere and have to clean it again. 😉 We waste nothing in our groups. I’ve given so much to the groups that have more time to make things for others than I can get done. Seems wisest to me. I wish more young people would take up the old arts. I find great peace in it. Oh, how I wish I could draw. My children do and their father did, me, I cut up fabric and sew it back together. ;))

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      • I am not godd at drawing but I persist because I can see improvement with practice and I want to be better at it.
        Love the old arts. Folks might come back to them in time.

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  2. Wow, what a lot of projects. I love those embroidered pieces, your stars you put together and the 5″ pieces with their matching material. Wow. It looks as though you have a fabulous set up for sewing, too. Good luck with it all (and I really like the beach scene, too, but it was first and the last pictures became front of the mind).

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    • You make me laugh, Lisa. If you could see my list of waiting projects it would make you as dizzy as it does me. I almost hate to leave the house because the projects keep calling me to complete them. My sewing room here is quite tiny compared to spaces before. I’ve had to make room in my home for others so stuff had to leave. Somehow, more ends up here though. 🙂 I wish I had your green thumb though. You can’t eat a quilt. 😉 Thanks for the visit.

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  3. I think I’m on a bit of a finishing roll myself! Trouble is, the roll also extends to starting stuff! I love that beach scene hanging!

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    • I didn’t know they had bought a painting that looked similar. Oh well. My son loves it. You with your word “finish” inspired me to get things in order but the new stuff still keeps coming along. Sigh. I’m getting there though thanks to your inspiration. Hugs.

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      • You’re as bad as I am, unable to turn things down when we should really be firmly saying “No!” It makes for an interesting if rather busy life…

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      • Ha ha! I am almost as bad as you but much slower at the finishing. I like an interesting and busy life. My MIL watched soap operas all day. I’d rather shoot myself first so this is my antidote. 😉

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  4. The beach scene is a winner! You are doing well, keep on rolling 🙂 I’m rolling along okay too – at least I’m working in the makings room everyday which is in itself quite a victory for me. And I’m posting on the blog (well, once so far) and on IG too – heavens I’m quite rattling along it seems 🙂 Go us!! ❤

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    • It took a while to come out of the holiday slump but I’ve finally had some success. I was glad you were moving forward and it helped me pull myself up. It’s harder as we age to get momentum once lost. So I hope to keep moving this time. We will both help each other keep rolling forward. Slowly but purposefully. Yes, go us!! 😉

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  5. Soooo different from what I do with wood, but so similar too in the sense that the creative process is full of pauses, rapid movement, learning, and joyful completion. You do lovely work!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Lou. The creative process is similar in all facets. I love beautiful woodwork and know what it takes to create it. I envy those that can create with wood or other medium. Appreciate your kind words.

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  6. Such brilliant artisan art. I love it. And have collected it over the years from Jim’s female Iowa relatives. So now I have lots of it. Used with love and showcased at The Holler. This is American Folk Art. It is a national treasure. As are the women who make it. Read you Marlene.

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  7. I love your creativity, because in the face of destruction or even memories of the same, this is the blessed salve. Thank you for sharing

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  8. I’d say you are definitely on a roll, girl! That beach scene is amazing. I’d love to be sitting in one of those chairs now! I’d love to have your creativity…your work is beautiful.

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    • Thank you so much, Jill. When my daughter and I saw the panel we looked at each other and said her brother’s name. He loved it too. It was fun to do once I get started. That’s always the hard part, Like writing, you just have to start. 😉 Hugs. M

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  9. My hear broke at the unkindness of your friends grand daughter. I don’t think she stopped to think that the quilt is more than a quilt , it’s an expression of love. What’s more those donkeys are lovely. I really like the beach scene, next best thing to being there.What a good idea to pass things around to get them done. I always liked the idea of sewing bees where a group would chat and quilt between them.

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    • We are 6 in our group and meet every two weeks bringing handwork and ideas. On occasion, a added project. It really is a sewing bee and we bring our lunch to eat and chat. I learn so much there. I’m going to see if she wants it back when I finish. If not, it will find a new home somewhere. The beach scene was a panel that I added to and quilted. A cheater quilt as they are called. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Cathy. I knew you would understand.

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  10. It was good to see a new post from your this morning, Marlene! Your creative projects are wonderful. It’s such a shame that the embroidered donkeys won’t go to their intended recipient. Hopefully, you can give the finished item to someone who will appreciate it.

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    • Thank you for the visit, Liz. I finally have something to write about. I’m hoping that when the quilt is done, She might think twice about giving the donkeys away. If not, I will find them a loving home somewhere.

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  11. Marlene, wow! 😀 What a wonderfully creative start to the year and to someone (ie me!) who never finished one sewing project I am in awe of you. the beach panel is sublime, so delicate and imaginative. That’s a lot of aprons and I love the designs on them! What a perfect quote to accompany your post … from the master of creativity. Here is to courage and to all such projects! An inspiring post … and I feel like finishing some of my projects, writely ones! 😀

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    • That beach scene called to us. My son and his wife love the beach and go every time they come to visit me.
      I must also find time to focus on those writing projects too. Let there be more hours in the day. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and the kind words, Annika.

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  12. Marlene, you’ve been a creating machine! Wow. I’m gobsmacked by the detail in the beach scene. I love the pebbles, the backing and overall, the restful feeling you’ve created. What a great idea hanging it on a desk. I’m a huge fan of those 3M hooks and fasteners. I use them for all sorts of things.

    As for your friend’s grandaughter rejecting a hand-made quilt, I’m appalled. It’s a cruel act rejecting someone’s creativity. I think the donkeys are cute, but even if I didn’t, I can’t imagine turning it away. My heart aches for her. Thank you for rescuing her treasures.

    I hope you continue to enjoy your creativity. It all looks like so much fun.

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    • So good to see you here, Alys. I guess you are resting well. I’d like to be a creating machine and will be back at it tomorrow. I wish I had bought more of the beach scene panels. I have a bit of the coordinating fabric to do something else with but that will wait. Restful is what we are all hoping for these days. I’m finally starting to have fun with this again too. The donkey project is first on my list and I will offer it back to my friend first. Maybe done, it will feel differently. If not, I’ll find a loving home for it. Keep taking care of yourself. Lots of rest.

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  13. Hey Marlene! I love the beach scene you did for your son! We were supposed to go to the beach this weekend, but a stinky cold is postponing that adventure.

    Recently, my creativity seems to be lacking. Writing? Nothing to say. Drawing? What? Cooking? Well, soup! Anyway, I did break out my colored pencils yesterday, and it felt good!

    Have a great weekend, and thanks for the creative inspiration!

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    • So sorry to hear about the cold, Missy. Glad you had the chance to stop by. I always feel rested and rejuvenated by a visit to the beach. You will probably get your mojo back when you see the sun again. We have had SO much rain. Feel better soon and show us some of your drawing.

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    • Thank you, Paul. I think I’m finally getting my energy flow back again. The holidays leave me feeling like I’ve been run over. It’s a slow roll for me. Hope you and Jean are doing well also.

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  14. It was delightful to look at all of your projects, Marlene. The blue quilt is a beauty! How sad that you friend’s granddaughter did not want a quilt. She will regret that many years from now. Best to you, and stay cozy sewing this winter.

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    • Thank you, Jennie. I love the colors of blue and white and my friend did a good portion of her house in it. This was not a favorite of hers so I am in the finishing stage of it. We had 60 degrees yesterday. I feel like I should be cleaning up the yard. 😉

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  15. So happy to see you up and at your projects. The beach scene is so lovely!
    BUT I was very very sad to read about the unfinished donkey quilt. How could someone FEEL that way and then to let her grandmother even know that? It’s just awful.
    My cousin sent me all the wedding items saved by his parents. My uncle passed away in October and my aunt about 16 months before that. Since 1957 they saved her wedding dress made by my grandmother, wedding apron (for a money dance) made by my grandmother, gorgeous hankie made with blue ribbons made by my grandmother, the garter, my aunt’s bridal prayer book, and the wedding topper, as well as portraits. NONE OF THEIR KIDS OR GRANDKIDS WANTED ANY OF THIS STUFF. Not one thing. it broke my heart.

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    • We are losing valuable art forms through lack of appreciation. I understand we have to come into that desire to create later in life sometimes, but I hate to see it lost entirely. Most of my stuff will go to the thrift stores as well. One child is saturated and the other a minimalist but they have a respectful appreciation of hand crafted gifts. They have each marked or claimed items to keep but the rest goes elsewhere. I was so sad too that she said such a hurtful thing to her grandmother. I’m going to finish it and let her show it to her granddaughter to see if she changes her mind. If not, I’ll find someone to cherish it. I’ve been working on it this week already. I’ll post when complete. Thanks for stopping by, Luanne.

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  16. So, so impressed with your creations dearest Marlene.. And you are not forgotten by the way I will be in touch shortly..
    Loved the beach scene, so clever.. Your blue quilt is just beautiful, Your set of Aprons are perfect..
    And I was so saddened to read your friends granddaughter did not want a lovely quilt made by her gran… I can see why she was so despondent and no longer wanted to work on it… Do they realise the amount of LOVE that is poured into these beautiful pieces that are family heirlooms.. So sad..
    I knitted a shawl for my Daughters Step daughters baby, she was over the moon with it several years ago.. But not all of my knitting gifts are appreciated, they think them ‘Home-made’ and do not understand the hours of love we pour into them..
    Thankfully my daughter loves all of the gifts I have given her and appreciates them..

    I am pleased you have not had much snow,,, We have had none in our area at all so far… But there is of course time yet… The other year we had a huge storm and deep snow in March..

    Lovely to catch up with your post Marlene… Good to see you busy as a bee… Keep snug,
    Love to you my friend..
    Sue ❤

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    • Thanks for the visit, Sue. I know you have as much on your plate as I do. For retired persons, we seem to have more to do than when we were working people. Or maybe we just move slower and take longer to get the same things done. 😉 I’m working on catching up here and with correspondence via snail mail as well. It’s been an odd year, weather wise. I have a short trip to take this next weekend so I’m happy for the more gentle weather to be forecast. Keep taking care of yourself and promise to get rid of the shoulds. Nasty little fellows. 😉 Love and hugs. M

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      • You too Marlene, take care and I smiled at your words. I know I no longer run up stairs lol 😀. I’m much improved Thank you. Sending you my love Marlene. Look after yourself.💚🧡💚 Hugs right back.💕

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  17. Such a wonderful post, Marlene! And so many things to love like that brilliant quote by Matisse that was new to me, and those darling donkeys your friend made for her great-grandson – what a shame she couldn’t gift it to him, hurts me to just think of it. That Beach quilt is fabulous! Love all the little details that went into it like the pebbles bordering it. And the embroidered aprons are so cute! So happy for you to be on a roll – it’s a great feeling, isn’t it? 😄

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    • It is a good feeling to be on a roll again, Sarah. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Once all the aprons are done, they will go into a quilted wall hanging. Only I have no walls. 😉 I’ll get started again today as soon as I get my walk done. First I must write a card to drop in the mailbox on my way up the hill. I’m hoping her granddaughter has a change of heart when she sees the quilt done but if not, I’ll find someone who does want it. The creation of anything is it’s own reward though. I ran across a card you sent me earlier and was thinking of you, No, I don’t toss them out. Even those you don’t paint yourself. ;( My son liked the beach scene too. Have a good week, Sarah and thanks for the visit. I’m still behind. Sigh.

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      • I never toss cards out either, Marlene, so another thing we have in common. 😉
        Hehe! I definitely know how it feels not to have enough wall space! Or space at all, especially for all the ceramics I’m doing. I live in constant horror to knock them over and want to add more shelves up high to put them on and keep safe. 🙂
        I think your son had a brilliant idea hanging the beach quilt on his desk! Now I know where to put my next painting! 😉
        I’m also way behind catching up with every one on WordPress, it seems I’m too busy being creative these days, but what fun, right? 😉 Here’s to being on a roll again for both of us! Have a lovely rest of the week and weekend ahead!

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  18. Oh my goodness, I love having a peek into your creation space and at some of your projects. The beach scene panel is so cool! I wanted to jump through my screen and have a seat in one of the chairs and enjoy the view! 🙂 I have always wanted to be able to sew, I have taken classes but I just can’t figure out the machine. Someday I hope to find someone who I can hire to teach me 1:1…..
    Thanks again for sharing this……….those who receive your gifts are very lucky.

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    • Thank you so much, Wendi! My mother was a master seamstress but refused to teach me or even let me touch her machine. So once my children were born, I saved my pennies, and bought a starter machine. The machine you start with is important. Many places that sell them will give you classes. if the machine isn’t easy to operate, you will not sew. Many patterns are frustrating too, even for seasoned sewers. I’ve taken many classes and joined groups for the camaraderie and the wonderful things each person teaches. The beach scene is what’s called a cheater panel. It’s all printed on so all I had to do was border it, get it backed and batted, then quilt it by machine. Never learned to hand quilt, yet. 😉 The binding can be a challenge to join but YouTube has wonderful tutorials.. My favorite part is the handwork. Thanks for stopping by.

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      • 🙂 your upbringing sounds very similar to mine. I wasn’t taught anything by my mother, sewing, cooking, cleaning, I had no idea how to do anything when I left home. I have taken some classes on how to use my machine but I just couldn’t get it. Maybe someday I will figure it out……..Thank you for taking the time to allow us to peek into your world of creativity. 🙂

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  19. This is very creative and good work Marlene

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  20. You have your fingers in so many projects. It’s astounding to me to realize you are downsizing on projects and STILL have this much going on. I love the quote from Matisse. I hope that we are past the point of worrying about creativity and just do it. The beach scene for TS is a great idea, and I simply LOVE the pebble border. That is wonderfully creative and so perfect. I’m glad he found a place to hang it.

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    • Thanks, Crystal. Yes, I will always have a lot to do. I have 2 charity tops finished to go on. I found a lot of squares I made for TS’s quilt a couple of winter’s ago and there are enough to make another so I’m working on it too. The list is LONG! TS and the EX have no wall space left. They both have a lot of art and a small space. I didn’t realize that when I made it because I had never been there for a visit. And so life goes on. Don’t let the crazy get you. 😉

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      • Classes have started so I’m busy again. I finished my Ireland photobook and have started on the Jordan one. That’s the nice thing about tons of time off: you have no excuse but to get stuff done! I’ve also been watching movies. That’s funny because I typically only watch a movie about one every two months, but now I watch a couple a week! It’s sort of fun. 🙂

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      • I’ve been watching old Hallmark movies while I work here. Sewing a bit when the eyes cooperate but being quite lazy all in all. Thanks again for the “Last Christmas”. 😉

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