Work in progress & Giveaway

December 11, 2013

Yesterday was a lovely day in the studio. While the rest of the country gets snow to play with (and shovel) we just get lots of cold drizzly rain. ย I had my usual million mile long list of things to do but didn’t. Instead I made time for some actual art making. I call myself an artist so you think I would do that more often.ย 



I actually worked back and forth between two pieces of cloth that were cut down into smaller pieces when I moved from printing overall texture to composition.


Flipping back and forth gave me time to think about what to do next with the cloth on the design wall while I was printing the cloth on the table.


Layers of imager were added in varying levels of transparency.

I’m back from scurrying around to all my appointments this morning and am going to get OFF the computer and spend an hour working on these a little bit more.

Tomorrow is another book giveaway so today is another pair of mini-thermofax screens.
Leave a comment here telling me about your working style.
Do you prefer working on once piece from start to finish or are you as scatterbrained as I am? (nobody is as scatterbrained as I am!) I’ll choose a winner next Wednesday.



  • Reply
    Lisa Gist Walker
    March 4, 2016 at 11:50 am

    When I grow up I hope to be a one-project-til-finished kind of woman. As it is, I have a half-dozen projects in various stages of completion at any given time. I get stuck, I decide I don’t yet know what I need to know, I’m undecided about finishing/display design, or I think something’s missing but am not sure what. It’s not efficient, and task-completion can be its own reward, but for improvisational artwork time to break, breath, revisit seems an inherent part of the process. THANK YOU for so generously sharing your work and thoughts, Lyric!

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    Anne Marie
    November 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I am a “crafty” artist! I love it all! But I have finally settled in fiber quilting with a 3D surprise. I have been told to calm down my Bing but I just love the sparkle! I am just starting to design my own quilts. I haven’t explored thermofax printing yet….but it’s on my bucket list!

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    Beulah Caswell
    July 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I prefer to work at several different pieces at the same time. This gives me ‘brain time’ to decide what I want to try next! The surprise factor is very important!!

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    July 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    For me, I only have a few of unfinished small quilts/wall hangings to finish up, but I have groups of fabric in bags (still in the planning stage) waiting for me to get all my ducks in line. The design/flow of the quilt is important, from cutting the first slice, to choosing the right batting, to finishing the binding. Then waiting till I have time off to actually ‘play’. This ‘job’ thing gets in the way of my creativity. I spend more time at work thinking on how I want things to look; unfortunately they frown on me trying to draw while at work. ๐Ÿ™ My free time is very precious, and spending it creating/sewing is the best ‘high’ (I feel) one could have!

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    January 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve always got ateast 2 pieces at one time….right now a pink power quilt on the long arm, some mixed media for class and a few garments…whew Who needs to sleep…Thx for Sharing your works in progress..your always inspiring

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    December 13, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I have lots of things on the go at once!!

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    December 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I just moved so I have a pile of UFO’s to work on during the holidays. 2 quilts to quilt, some IQF classes to finish the projects and of course I have several new ideas in my busy brain!

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    December 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm


    If I get started on a large project I tend to get absorbed in it to the almost complete exclusion of everything else. But, sometimes I just like to play with new techniques or work on a small piece for friends, as a break from the larger piece.

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    December 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I am very scatterbrained–I’m better at not starting projects lately, but I’m itching to! Love your stuff!

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    December 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Lyric, I am scatterbrained too. I have always more projects on the go as I can finish….And almost everyday I see some new thing to try….

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    December 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I am a hummingbird. I have a knitting project, a baby quilt, some watercolor in progress, and some design work in progress. Some things are done when I need to relax or in front of the TV. When I get stuck on one, I move to the other. I find doing something completely different opens my mind and often times an idea for the stuck project pops up. I also get bored with simple things (The baby quilt was started in August and still needs to be quilted before Christmas. It is made with love, but also not my cup of tea.). I like to challenge myself and will work through a technique book like I with textbooks. Your book was exceptionally good for that. I love the acconite screen! My crystal ball says there will be some serious shopping in your screen shop in the new year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Francyne Willby
    December 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I work on lots of things at once. I need to let things percolate a while before I decide on the next step.

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    December 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Yes. Both. Sometimes I work a project to completion and sometimes I flit from one to another. Often I like to reach a “stopping point” and then pick up the next thing. I am convinced that creativity needs time to germinate, rise, reduce down — pick your metaphor — but most often for me it is a process not an event.

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    Vicky LaValley
    December 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    In my earlly years of creating art I did one piece at a time, because of my limited knowledge of skills,but today I am a “scattered brain” because of all the new things we can find on the internet. I find I spend too much time watching and not enough creating, this I want to change, into doing, because I get so much satisfaction from a finished project.

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    Lu Peters
    December 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I concentrate on one major piece, then place it on the design wall to let it “cook” until I know where to go next with it. In the meantime, I have two or three other works in similar process and find that by going back to them, I have a stronger sense of design and interest in each one. And yes, I have several boxes of unfinished pieces that are in the raw state!

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    Autumn Adams
    December 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I like to have multiple projects going at the same time. I don’t think of it as scatterbrained or boredom, more like expanding my options. It’s always good to put something away for a while and come back with fresh eyes.

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    December 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I am all over the place….I get bored easily and maybe it is just Crafter’s ADD!

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    December 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I usually have several projects in progress. I just recently started experimenting with thermofax screens and I love working with them. This fall I finished up several works in progress from years ago and after Christmas I want to tackle some more of those WIP.

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    Amie Starchuk
    December 12, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I’m totally scattered! And what I love about being totally scattered is that I come back to something that I didn’t really like when I first surface designed it, magically I see some great idea for the piece!! Scattered feels like bigger options for me!!!

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    December 12, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I have several projects going at one time, doesn’t everyone? hehe. Since I’m doing different kinds of projects, ie embroidery, machine piecing, so depending on where I am I can either bring a project with me or pull out my sewing machine, cutting mat and ironing board and sew away.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


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    Annie Andrew
    December 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I usually can’t stick to just one project beginning to end. My mind is so scrambled I just have to go with the flow wherever that might take me. My pile of UFO’s is taking over. New Years resolution – finish some!

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    December 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I almost never stick with one project from beginning to end. Sometimes working on one thing sparks a new idea which demands attention, but other times, I’m just scatterbrained, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sharry Miller
    December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I generally work on one piece at a time, but, of course, there are those that have been laying around unfinished for years. We won’t talk about those.

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    Ms Lottie
    December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Multiple works at all times. I get bored easily! And I agree that it gives you time to think through problems or areas that aren’t working. I also save handwork for when I’m not at home but want busy hands so often have a few projects at binding or hanging sleeve stage.

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