Friday, January 11, 2013

Just Imagine (Patagonia, AZ)

I love seeing people's imagination become a reality.  Whether it is a story like J.R.R. Tolkein's Trilogy or Peter Jackson's movies of Tolkein's Trilogy....or artwork or music...the imagination is unlimited.  The artist opens up his or her imagination for all to view.  I am always amazed and inspired by what I see, read, or hear.  And I cannot wait to see "The Hobbit".  Actually, I'll probably buy the DVD without seeing it first because I know Mr. Jackson will do an excellent job of bringing Tolkein's "The Hobbit" to life.
Okay, back to imagination.  Even the most ordinary thing that you walk by every day can change with just a little imagination.  Like chips of wood made into an Owl or paper made into a Troll.  Imagination makes the world a brighter and more colorful place to live.
I wanted to share some of the artwork I have found through Pinterest.  The Owl below is the work of Sergei Bobkov and he explained:  "It's not too interesting to do what others can, to create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring." Here's a link to a few more photos of his creations.
Source: via Sandy on Pinterest

This Alice in Wonderland doll won the 2011 Award at the Dutch and Belgian Institute of Doll Arts.  The artwork on this website is amazing.  This doll is my favorite though because Alice is recognizable and yet different from all the other versions I have seen over the years.  Oh, and I love Tim Burton's remake of "Alice in Wonderland" as well.

Source: via Sandy on Pinterest

This benign Troll is made from Paper Mache by Kim Graham. Her website is not available right now, but here's the link just in case she does re-open it. I hope she does. I would love to see her work in person someday.

On the Cutting Board
My own imagination has been on overload lately. Visions are swirling around so fast that I feel a little dizzy at times, not to mention, a little frustrated due to time and space limitations. As you can tell from this posting, I can bounce around quite a bit. Multi-tasking can be a curse at times....I'm trying to focus on one item at a time so I can have something to show for all my whirlwind activity. Yea, I'll let you know how that goes.
I am down to the last border on my granddaughter's quilt...Finally!!  I was going to do a pebble or cobblestone design as a finished pathway to her garden quilt. What I came up with...well, it just wasn't appealing to me. 

Then I saw another quilter's finished quilting with swirls and circles between her flowers. I thought how garden paths are rarely free of fallen leaves and flowers especially on a pebbled pathway.  I also looked at my quilted blocks with echoes and flowers.  I pulled out a few of the old templates of flowers and  made a couple of swirling templates.  I will use the templates to keep a continuation of the quilting design, but the fillers will be free-hand drawings of whatever strikes my fancy.  Oh! maybe I should add a lizard or a butterfly....or...well, the imagination is neverending....
Happy Quilting!


  1. I love the owl and the doll so much! They're magical!

    1. Hi Milena, They certainly are magical!

  2. thanks for sharing ....great imagination on the quilting....let loose

  3. You're quilting is as fabulous as your imagination!

  4. I took my son to see the Hobbit and loved it!! Of course, we're huge LOTR fans anyway.

    I loe the quilting on that quilt. It looks fabuluous!!

    The book I read was Quilt or Innocence. The second book in the series is due out in Feb. I really enjoyed the book.

    I finally found a quilt shop near me and its a huge one and just fabulous!! So very excited!

  5. I really like your photo of the red leaves. It's kind of magical!

  6. Hi Sandy, Are you hand-quilting or machine-quilting your granddaughter's quilt? I love the pattern you are using.

    What kind of pen are you marking with?

    Hope your day is sunny and warm.


    1. Hi Linda, I am hand quilting this one. It is too big for my sewing machine.
      I use a water-soluble fabric pens by Mark B Gone.
      As far as weather goes - Highs of 40 and lows of 13 degrees. I little too cold for me!....But sunny.

  7. I love the art that you shared, but I really love your quilt. It will keep your granddaughter warm, and will warm her heart to know how much you put into it. My Firstborn has a handmade quilt from one of my Aunts, and she cherishes it.


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