Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#CreativeSprint Day 5

This is a daily creative prompt challenge at:

Day 5

Camouflage something.

(Don't go looking for days 1-4 here... I haven't done them... yet)
Documenting and sharing what you do are essential to Creative Sprint.
Take a photo of what you make today and share it on your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Be sure to include #CreativeSprint hashtag to be connected to all the other sprinters.
    This will also be a Social Media challenge for me.

I started this late in the day today, so that I could see what others had posted.
It's not cheating, that is how I gather inspiration for anything.

Find the needle in the pin stack.
©Artistically Engineered Designs
Needle in a Pin stack
This was a bit harder to photograph than I thought. I wanted to make sure you could actually SEE the needle. Web resolution may not show the eye of the needle, you can see that it doesn't have a head like a pin.
CLICK on the image for a larger image!
I had to keep re-arranging the pins for the best camera angle to see the eye.
That process is made much more difficult when my pincushions are magnets so the pins get magnetized!
Now I'm off to try to post this on facebook, instagram and pinterest!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Triangle Frenzy Blog Pop (Hop)!

Triangle Frenzy Swirl Blog Pop

It's a Blog Pop (Hop)!

Hello! Welcome to my blog. Nice of you to drop in!

This is day three of the Pop-Up Blog Hop, Blog Hop Pop, Blog Pop, Pop Hop...
If you do not know by now what a Pop-Up is, please go to Jo's website here.

As soon as I saw the first Pop-Up, I knew I had to make one.
As soon as I saw the larger sizes of Pop-Ups, I knew I had to make MORE!

Making a Pop-Up with the Triangle Frenzy Swirl pattern is very easy, because the design is scalable! I have made Swirls from as large as a bed quilt to as small as a tiny Swirl that was only 2” tall for my name tag holder. It’s a fun and easy way to make your Pop-Up POP even more!

We use our Pop-Ups to hold our patterns and small notions. If you like to organize your small pieces of fabric by color like we do, you could make color-coordinating Pop-Ups for each of your color families! (I've long since outgrown that use.) It’s also a perfect holder for notions such as pencils, rulers, and wonder clips. Do you have small projects that you’re working on? Keep track of supplies for your short term projects by containing them all in a Pop-Up!

New this year, Triangle Frenzy® LLC (also known as Artistically Engineered Designs) is focusing on delving into the world of vending at various festivals. We’re looking to put some faces behind the names of our many customers! We also have a new pattern, the Triangle Frenzy Whirlwind, that we are showing off. The Whirlwind is our answer to those that want more control over their fabric combinations, as the gradient of the fabrics can be hand selected, rather than being stuck with the scale and color of a specific border print. We will also be putting together fabric kits for those who have trouble with fabric selection or just want to get down to the fun sewing part!

You can find our Triangle Frenzy patterns at your local quilt shop, or if you don’t have a quilt shop near you, you may find them on our website. For more Pop-Up hopping, visit these blogs:

Feb  8 – The Patchwork Pearl
Feb  9 – Summercrafter
Feb 10 – Triangle Frenzy (Hi! Glad to have you!)
Feb 11 – Seams Like a Dream
Feb 12 – Custom Quilt Kits
Feb 16 – On Point Quilter

Before you go! There's a grand prize giveaway at the Fat Quarter Gypsy website here. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Plus, each of the featured blogs is having a giveaway! We at Triangle Frenzy are giving away all the supplies needed to make a Triangle Frenzy Swirl Pop-Up in the medium size, as well as our new Triangle Frenzy Whirlwind quilt pattern, and some assorted notions and other goodies. 

(Shown below with finished Pop-Up in order to entice you.)

To enter to win our giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us how you will use your Pop-Up. 
We will pick a winner on Monday, February 15th.
Edit: We will wait until the entire blog hop is complete!
Enter by Friday Midnight Eastern Time.
Edit: We have a winner!

Have a Frenzy of a day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Get ready to Blog POP!

We are thrilled to be included in Fat Quarter Gypsy's BLOG POP series! The blog hop spans from today (February 8th) through next Friday (the 19th), and every day features a different pattern designer, showcasing their own variation of a Fat Quarter Gypsy Pop Up. 

You can see the list of designers on her website here

Triangle Frenzy will be featured on Wednesday, February 10th. Stay tuned!

Don't know what a Pop Up is? Get acquainted with them here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time flies

Time flies when you're havin' fun. 
Or if you're not paying attention. 
Or if you have lots to do. 
Or because at our current level of knowledge, time is a constant, so quit complaining.

My busy brain has me wandering around some days starting something, moving to something else, then never actually completing things.

Meditation has been suggested to calm the active brain. But regular meditation doesn't work. for me. 
Then when someone suggested knitting or doing something repetitive with my hands, I realized that was the key.
Most people with Attention Deficit disorder have very active brains. Fidgeting uses a bit of brain bandwidth. 
If knitting is like meditation, then chain piecing or strip sewing is my meditation!!!
Then I realized I haven't meditated enough. Not enough sewing. 
I gotta go sew something.
Frenzily yours,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

How many Mystery-Quilt-a-longs can I do at one time? And actually get anything done?

Mom used to say that my eyes are bigger than my stomach.
Meaning that I would take more food than I could eat.
I think that also applies to my quilting appetite.
I take on many more projects than will fit in my schedule.

I won a 40 fat quarter bundle of the Little House on the Prairie fabrics from Andover fabrics at Quilt Market in October. The Andover website actually broke them up into three coordinating lines.
I wanted to make sure I used them. On something. Relevant. Not just beautiful shelf decoration!

I signed up for Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along
at LoveBug Studios. Ebony's previous mysteries look great, so I wasn't scared of not knowing the outcome.
Since I have most of the fabrics, but only in fat quarters, I will be making both ma and pa colorways. Some blocks in one, some in the other. They all look great together. It will just look more scrappy than the original.

Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along             Dear Laura Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along
I have almost all the fabric,  except the solids, which is required in the very first blocks.
Darn. Gotta go shopping for fabric.
This may take a while.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Where have I been? Busy (is that good?)

This is a "business" blog.
Being a creative person, my business is creativity.
I feel lucky that there are people that will pay for my creative ideas.
I pay someone else to do my taxes, my car repairs, and getting food for my sustenance.

If you like what you read, then you'll be back. If you don't, you won't. I won't know either way, unless you comment. But right now, I'm just recording my thoughts.
I've read blogs with no comments, and blogs with so many comments that there is no way one person could read them all unless they stopped writing the blog.

Anyway, I'm rambling.

I've been told in no uncertain terms, that people like to sit next to me when I sew. Mainly because I tend to talk out loud, answer mumbled questions from across the room, and generally share my knowledge unabashedly. (that must be a word because my spell check didn't flag it)

Since I haven't posted since last January (or February with the update) I figure that something is better than nothing.

It's not that I don't have anything to do.
Just the opposite, I have too much to do. Or rather my curiosity, imagination, and interests are such that a lot of things attract my attention. (That's why my Attention Deficit Disorder seems mis-named, unless my attention is supposed to be on something BORING. Then I have no attention.

A friend asked me to help her find some templates. The local quilt shop was hesitant to order some for her. Curious, I researched where she was using them.
Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt.
Here's a link to the blog that got her (and yes, us) started.

A bit of background, then, the rest of the story.
Upon clearing off a horizontal surface in my quilt studio (see Jan 2015 post) I determined that I have too many UFOs. UnFinished Objects. Not like this is a new revelation, just that interior space is finite. (More on that in a future post, just remind me to tell you about it)
I will never finish all of my projects, even if I do nothing else, including fix dinner, and we know most husbands will not last that long without dinner.

Applying what my late father's wife said about stuff in their motor home, Every item must have more than one use.
I didn't quite understand the application, but I did understand that a motor home is small. Even the big ones. I guess my dad did more than just drive. He fixed stuff.

(What does that have to do with UFOs you ask?) Getting there.

Any new project worth my time must satisfy more than one need.

For example. I have been in the BBBee for several years now. (names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.)  Most of them are current or former schoolteachers. That means they have no problem getting up early on a perfectly nice Saturday morning and meeting at 7AM. In. the. morning. I'm usually there by 8, but I digress.
We meet for free in a commercial building with the agreement that we do charity work. So we make quilts. Lots of quilts. 36" x 36" is a great size for hospital wheelchairs. There is always someone that can use a good hug with a quilt.
The Bee knew me before I started my accidental pattern business. They have watched with pride as I blossomed from learning how to quilt, to re-designing "incorrectly sewn" mystery blocks, to sharing my knowledge and good fortune. But I get kinda busy.
For next year, they wanted to challenge each of us to make (and finish) more quilts than last year. Yea, I said, one is more than half of one. I'm in.
Then someone else offered to do a fun mystery quilt, and who wants to participate? (Another quilt, hmm maybe sit out on that one)
In a flash of inspiration, I said "Me, so long as it's 36" x 36 inches."
Yea! One quilt satisfying two objectives!! Fun mystery, and a charity quilt to donate!

Back to the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt.
I tend to immerse myself in projects. It's called hyperfocus. My business has been quite a project. I felt that if I am not working on it, no one will. But there is a limit. I wore myself out last year. Missed lots of my quilting friends.  Figuring out what I want to do with my business and my life.
When my friend asked me to help her find the templates, she said that several of our friends, and some new ones were meeting at our favorite quilt shop to sew.
Hmm, new project.
Paper piecing, or templates.
Quilt-along. (More on Quilt-along as a spectator sport later, remind me)
Meeting with friends, social outlet.
Sharing myself, teaching foundation piecing and templates
The first template directions I looked at had a technique that I had figured out myself for one of my patterns. This was a sign that I needed to investigate more.
What fabrics would I use?
I have plenty of stash. Sometimes too much. Too many choices can take too much time.
Hmm. 30s quilt. I can use 30s fabrics. Too obvious? Well, no one else is using them in the group. What else will I use them for now that my other 30s quilt is done (well, at least the top is done. Still needs quilting. . . . What's new.)
Perfect. Use Stash. Get out. Socialize. Sew. Share knowledge.
Turns out I shared fabric, too.
One friend, new quilter, no stash to speak of, needs fabric. Doesn't know where to start. Likes my 30s prints. Favorite quilt shop we are in doesn't have 30s prints.
I have > 40 fat quarters. (If I get up to count them right now, I won't finish this blog post)
I say, have some of mine.
Let's go to the cutting board, open my fat quarters, cut them in half, we can each have fat eighths.  You can buy me (us) some solids and we're good!
She shows her hesitation at picking colors. I start grabbing my fat quarters, and say, do these go together?
I don't know, she says.
Do they look bad?
More colors, all 30s look fine together. You can't make a mistake! I already made sure they go together in my 30s FQ stash.
Pick some more, I said. See, You can do it! those look great.
She says timidly, I need more of the purple/lavender.
Great! Go for it.
She is pleased she picked some fabric for herself.
Then we walk over to the wall of solids and she freezes.
No problem, I say. and throw a bunch of (carefully selected) bolts on the cutting table. See any that stick out? Hope I'm not to obvious in my "sticks out like a sore thumb" bolt.
The orangey tan one? She says.
Good Eye! White works better with 30s.

Enough for tonight. Gotta get ready to scrapbook tomorrow.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Help us name the first Triangle Frenzy quilt pattern!

UPDATE: Contest is closed.
It's a Triangle Frenzy Whirlwind!!

Hello, fellow quilters! We hope you all are staying warm and cozy out there, particularly those of you in the northern hemisphere. Hey, at least we have lots of quilts lying around to keep us warm, right?

 First off, we would like to extend a big thank you to those of you who checked out and commented on our last blog post, showcasing our studio space. And congrats to Anna G. for winning our contest!
If you missed the Studio Spotlight Blog hop, you can view the post here.

Now, on to business. We received such great feedback from you all on our studio space, so much so that we would like to invite you to help us come up with a name for our new pattern that is nearly ready for publication!

We understand that it isn't the easiest thing to try and find nice, contrasting border prints to use when making our patterns. Thus, we have decided to come up with a variation of the Triangle Frenzy Hexagon pattern where you can use multiple strips of fabric, sewn together, to achieve the same stunning visual effect. And to sweeten the deal, it will include instructions on how to make the Hexagon into a quilt!

This is the original border print version of the Triangle Frenzy Hexagon pattern.

You can see a sneak peek of the strip version in the photo at the top of this blog. The working name is the Triangle Frenzy Strip Quilt, but we think that's a rather unexciting name. Ideally, we are looking for a name that implies motion. The Triangle Frenzy Runner and the Triangle Frenzy Swirl are both names that reinforce the visual motion of the patterns. We'd love to keep that same theme going!

We are keeping this contest open for one week, after which we will select a winner. The winner will receive the pattern, hot off the press, autographed by the designer! The winner will also receive a gift bag of quilting goodies.
Deadline for this contest is Sunday, February 8th at 11:59 PM eastern time.

You may submit your suggestion by either commenting on this blog post or commenting on the Facebook post. Remember, this is not a random drawing- we are actually going to read all the names and decide which one we like best. Therefore, you may submit as many suggestions as you'd like, but the content is what is the most important.

If you don't happen to win this contest, don't worry! Everyone can get excited about this new pattern, scheduled for release at the end of February.

UPDATE 2/2/2015
Just in case you were wondering, yes, this is a photograph of real fabric, from Cherrywood
Tropicana Gradations bundle
There will be more of these quilts in fabrics from Cherrywood.

Thanks for reading, and have a Frenzy day!