Monthly Archives: January 2009

Artful Dilemmas

I decided that I would make my full moon celebration quilts 12″ x 12″. I have nothing attached to that number; there is nothing significant about it, it’s just an easy one for me. I have a 12.5″ x 12.5″ ruler, and I trim the edges when the quilting is done so I’ll have nice straight edges and the quilt will be 12″ x 12″. Easy as that.

There is a continuation of the journal quilt project going on. It’ll be an online exhibit only. And since my plan is already to make journal quilts, why not enter them? But here’s the dilemma. The journal quilts are going back to the old format of 8.5″ x 11″, vertical orientation. And I had already decided on 12″ x 12″. In fact, I’d already started creating a quilt for the series in 12″ x 12″. I could cut it smaller. I have little to no problems doing that. But I’m not sure that I want to do it, just to get the quilts into a show. I could just finish this one and complete the rest in the smaller format and just not enter this one as one of the three in the show, but I kind of wanted them all to be the same size to tie them all together. I’d like to make the decision before I start quilting the piece, so that I don’t have to quilt unnecessarily. Free-motioning is a lot of work, dontchaknow, and especially when you are working in a small format, every stitch counts.

In addition to that dilemma, I feel like the quilt I’m working on needs more, and I was thinking about putting in a snowy landscape below the moon, but I really didn’t want these quilts to be quite so…literal. It changes the whole perspective of the quilt and it would be changing the point of it almost completely and I’m not happy about that either. But you can’t force art and I am feelin’ the landscape. If only I can make it look as good as it does in my mind.

So anyway…didn’t work on it yesterday because a) I was tired and b) dilemmas.

Any thoughts?

Wolf Moon (working title)

I decided that I would do a journal quilt set this year based on the full moons. The plan is to research each moon in turn and gaze/meditate on it as it happens, considering it’s meaning and how that fits into my life. It’ll be a personal journey, of sorts.

Saturday was the Wolf Moon/Old Moon: Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. I hope you happened to take a gander at it (you couldn’t miss it, even with the clouds). It was brilliant. Resplendent, even.

I’m still working on the quilt, so no pics yet, but I’m pleased with how its turning out. Plus, oh my goodness, would someone please explain to me why I was so nervous to try Free-motion quilting on my new machine? It is a dreeeeeeeeeeeam.

More when the quilt is done. For now, it is time to check in with the Wii fit.

A shrine to…


Love Shrine
Originally uploaded by alyson_olander

So last night, the fabulous K came over and brought all of her arty supplies with her, for the purpose of making wee little shrines. I made two & she left me with stuff to make more.

The stamps are from junque‘s “Little Altars Everywhere” set.

Oh hooray! Now I have MORE crafty craziness to make!

For more pics, start here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alyson_olander/3189403179/

Grocery Bags COMPLETE!


Grocery bag
Originally uploaded by alyson_olander

I finished the grocery bags today. Seven ugly-fabulous bags to collect our groceries in for as long as they should last! I actually have an 8th bag cut out and ready to sew, but I don’t have enough cotton webbing left for the straps.

Of course, it would be most helpful if we remembered to BRING the new bags when we went on our grocery shopping outing this evening.

Oh well.

Red Letter Day


New Fabric!
Originally uploaded by alyson_olander

My new fabrics from Equilter arrived! Also, my new Vogue patterns arrived AND I went to the awesome vintage store and got buttons with toadstools and four leaf clovers on them. How could the day get any better?