Magazines and solutions in the the middle of the night

Sometimes I feel guilty for buying magazines. I have no more room for magazines. But sometimes they catch my eye and they give my mind a breather when it’s too full. or they play into my avoidance psyche when ijustdon’tfeellikedoinganything. Last night I woke up with a solution to a problem that has been plaguing me for months. I used to use large trifold boards with examples and samples for demos and block of the month displays–you know, the boards you use to display your science fair project. So what to do with a board that’s full of pinholes and areas where the tape tore off in uneven patches. I have been trying to put all of my photos in albums and ran across an extensive packet of holy cards. In the old days, we picked up holy cards all the time in school. My missal was stuffed with them. I couldn’t just throw them away so I started collaging them to one of these boards. It is almost filled up–I filled in a some blank spaces with pages from little prayer books. One day inspiration hit–I decided I would cut this large board up and make a series with large lettering–words like faith and hope came to mind. But how to finish the edges. Last night it came to me to try some molding paste, something I see used in a lot of mixed media project. I happen to have molding paste and a slew of other Golden products that are still unused–I won them in a give-away on the Cloth Paper Scissors newsletter and have only dipped into a few jars. The gritty ones really appeal.  After cutting, the edges are going to be somewhat mashed I am guessing but I’m not looking for perfection–just a way to make the edges look like I cared about finishing them.  This is huge for a recovering perfectionist.  Perfection is over rated and an impossible goal.  Edges sometimes need to be finished.  And sometimes not.  I’ll get back to you on this.  I have nowhere to go today–except my studio.  May inspiration come to you today (or in the middle of the night).

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Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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