Thursday, December 30, 2010

January Fun-A-Day

I recently saw an invitation in our local newspaper to participate in our Pendleton Center for the Arts "Fun-A-Day" project.  It's a community art project where you spend a little time each day working on a creative project during the month of January.  Then in early February we all bring our projects to the art center to share, display and view them!  What a neat idea!  It was started by the "Art Clash Collective", a group of artists out of Philadelphia, and has spread West.  I singed up right away, and started thinking about what I'm going to do.

Since it starts on New Year's Day, I decided I want to do something to help me get better at a skill, or do something new.  I've been trying to learn free-motion quilting, and have been getting better and better at it.  So I'm going to do something with free-motion quilting, or "thread painting".  I certainly don't have to create a different project for each day, but I like that idea.  I also hope to try out the "quilt-as-you-go" technique, where you quilt each block, then sew them all together after you finish.  I have an idea of what I want to do, but don't quite want to say what it is yet.  But tune in January 1st and hopefully I'll be able to share each day's creation here as well.

Feel free to join in the fun!  I have no idea how to make a "linky party", but this would be a perfect opportunity for a more technologically-savvy blogger to do one.  If I find any others out there, I'll try to mention them here.
Until then, here's a small table runner quilt that I made just for me this Christmas using scraps of fabric I have.  Another goal of mine in 2011 is to make a bunch of scrappy quilts, as my scrap bins are starting to overflow!!  I tried to do a different free-motion design in each "block" of my table runner quilt.  If anyone hasn't seen Leah Day's blog, "Free Motion Quilting Project", go over there and check her out.  I've been very inspired by her work! 

I hope all of you have a great New Year's celebration!!!


Susan said...

My goodness, the FMQ on your scrappy table runner is so good! I just love the different designs on each of the colored columns. The fun a day project sounds like a great one to work on your FMQ skills - good luck with your improvement (although it doesn't look like to me that you need to improve!). :)

Becky said...

Aw, thanks!!