Is Enough, Ever Enough?

“Fog”, finished at last, whew!

If you feel I’ve been neglecting my blog postings this last year, you would be right.
I’ve been working on five art quilts & several commissions for about a year. This is the very last one, I’m just now framing it & will post it in my Etsy shop https://BarbaraHarms.com

  1. Spending so much time working on several pieces of fiber art, may seem excessive. But, I’ve resigned myself to the fact “that things take as long as they take.
  2. The important thing is to get what you’re working on to the point where you are happy with the results. If you think what you have made is good, you can feel proud of your work. I know that I am really making my art for me, I need to be able to look at it and feel good. If I don’t like a piece I made, it drives me to disration. I think eveen some of the art quilters at the top of the field feel the same way. But the thing is, generally your gut feeling is right, believe it.

2- In all honesty, I am a bit obsessive ( I realize that my saying “a bit” will have my friends laughing out loud. ( “A bit? She says a bit???” ha, ha, ha).

As a lot of art quilters will attest to, it’s hard to recognize when it’s time to stop. There’s always that “just one more thing.”

My statis after about a year? I’ve completed most of the art quilts, a few have already sold. And the commissioned works have been completed & delivered. The others are close to completion. (But… you know, if I reworked a few tiny changes, they could be even better.)

The art quilt at the top of this post is the most recently finished. (That’s if I can reign myself in and say enough is enough).

Here is the last quilt, it is completed. I’m going to frame this one and will post it.

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A large geometric with curved off kilter strips. Available for sale on my Etsy shop,

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Calling All quilters Who Hate Binding Quilt’s.

Be honest, don’t many quilters say that they don’t enjoy binding their quilts? In my experience, many don’t.

If binding makes you crazy, I found something that I think you’re going to like.

One possible reason for the negative reactions

One reason why some dislike binding a quilt could be the obvious, because it can be difficult to do, even confusing. Instructions designed to help, are often more confusing than helpful.

Well, take heart fellow quilters. I stumbled on a video on U Tube. It was a tutorial about how to use a particular binding tool.

I’m sure many quilters have seen it, but are unaware of how useful and easy to use this one is.

The video I saw was made by the Minnesota Quilting Company. With so many binding tools to chose from, how do you decide?

This video gave a live demonstration of how easy this is to use & what a beautiful job it does. The two ends are joined with a perfect miter.

Seeing is believing.

I hope you watch the video demonstration and decide for yourself . You might just begin to like quilt binding. It’s called The Binding Tool. made by the Tom company. It’s available everywhere, I liked the Missouri Quilt Company best, they have lots of great instructional  tutorials videos and other products..

I’m celebrating, and singing the praises of The Binding Tool. One word of

The link has stopped working apparently. You can always do it the old fashioned way; google the Minnesota Quilting Company. Then look for their tutorial section. It’s worth the extra steps to get there. Or cut and past the UTube link above

I Had A Little Idea

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When making these art quilts, I had an idea,”Why not make several different framed art quilts, each one unique, yet designed to be hung together as a grouping?”. Sold together as a group, it would make an attractive display on the wall. 


I Had A Little Idea

Free your inner hippie! How about Bohemian?

If I were to describe the Bohemian Gypsy/Eclectic design style, the first thing I’d say is forget the rules, with BoHo there don’t seem to be many.
Allow yourself to follow what appeals to you. Do you like bold bright color? Then go for it, paint old furniture, tables, cabinets,walls/  tables in interesting color, even outrageous color if you like.
Accumulate mountains of bright mismatched throw pillows, pile them up and enjoy all that color and variety. Make no attempt to match them! do
Art plays a huge role in this eclectic style. Curate your own gallery wall, from floor to ceiling. Buy art that you like, not what you’re supposed to.
to to demonstrate your “good taste|
 Collect any that you like, don’t worry if the styles are compatible. You’re the curator of you own gallery, collect what you like, be quirky. Express your own creativity.
Use old vintage furniture, paint it in any color you like. I think you get the idea, let that hippie out.
Go ahead. Give yourself permission to be as unconventional you like.
lf be a little uninhabited,
xtiles play a large role, use mountains of wild bright colors, there is no need to match color or patterns
It’s focus is on individualism, creative choice, individualism,unconventional, art oriented
I googled it, here’s the first definition of bohemian, as applied to the individuals who inspired & defined many of the characteristics in this unconventional decor and dress style.
bohemian–  “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.
“Warhol and the artists and bohemians he worked with in the [s”

nonconformist, unconventional person, beatnikhippy, avant-gardist, free spiritdropout, artistic person;

Barbara Harms Fiber Art

Continuation of a year of quilting.

                                 A little idea I had

 

 

 

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I Had An Idea

 

I had an idea that I thought was a good one. I made 3 original Daisy themed art quilts, each one different from the others yet they clearly were made to form a cohesive group. Barbara Harms Fiber Art