Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year New Challenge

I love this time of year because people seem so full of hope. It's like we've been given a clean slate. I have been spending all of my time lately writing--mostly answering questions (marketing for my book Quilts in the Attic, Teacher of the Year  (17 questions and) and the Foto/Fiber 2012. I am also working on a website. I haven't had one in years and it's time. Anyway, while I do feel writing is being creative, I have missed being in my studio and playing with fabric. I decided to give myself a challenge so I dug out an old UFO. It was one given to me more than 15 years ago. I challenged a friend at one time to create something interesting with it but she passed so I'm doing it in her honor. The top is approx. 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches. I am taking my inspiration from Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts  which has been getting a lot of well deserved buzz. I am considering this play and have no expectation of creating a piece of art. I just want to see where I can take this top and hopefully honor the unknown maker. What challenges have you given yourself for 2012?


  1. Karen, I have recently bought and devoured Rayna's new book and am eager to try some of her "just have fun" creativity. I'll be interested in seeing what you do with this nine-patch top; hope you post about it later!
    Martha Ginn

  2. Martha, I promise to share with you daily what I do with this quilt. So far, I'm really happy!

  3. Karen, I just wanted to let you know that I found the UFO, and it is AMAZING what you did with it! Very impressive!


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