Create…bring into being

This past week has been a fun week of creating in my studio with my sister Suzanne. Each summer, she visits me for an extended week-end, and we have a sew-athon. With the exception of Sunday, we avoided putting on nice clothes and make-up or fixing an elaborate meal. We were fortunate to have my husband who most nights ran to the grocery store, fixed a yummy dinner or  brought dinner home.

One night, Suzanne’s daughter brought dinner to us. She knew we wouldn’t be all “dolled-up” and told us so. She reminded us of the sewing marathons we had at our family lake house when she was in elementary school, and I was in college. She called us “sea hags” then, and she wasn’t expecting much more than that the night she came over. We had a laugh over that. Some things just don’t change.

My Sister Suzanne

My Sister Suzanne

Suzanne spent our time together getting many projects ready for her booth, “Apples of Gold”,  at Quilt Festival/Houston. She cut pumpkin wedges from dyed cutter quilts and stitched a few together. We have been making these pumpkins for at least 10 years, and they are still popular among her customers. Suzanne has made hundreds of them. Being the big sister (actually she’s much smaller than I am) she of course knows how to make the best pumpkins. She told me I wasn’t using the correct color of dye or strong enough solution on my cutter quilts. Being the “little sister,” I took it all to heart and, after a day at the office on the day she left, I dyed my quilt scraps in my jammies. It’s important to make my big sister proud.

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

Yesterday, I cut and sewed patchwork pumpkins from those “dyed-again” cutter quilt scraps. I put one in my etsy shop, but there will be more to come in six different sizes and from different quilts. They are so much fun to make and decorate. They take a little more time and effort  than the pumpkins cut in a circle that I showed you in our last Play Date #7.

Dyed Patchwork Pumpkin

Dyed Patchwork Pumpkin

Each time Suzanne comes for a visit or I see her in San Antonio she gives me linens, fabrics, laces, and trinkets she has cleaned-out from her collections. I never turn down any of it,  because it’s very possible I will use it and often I do. I just keep adding it to another cupboard, drawer, or closet. I told her I hope I have an opportunity to give-away all my collections before my children have to deal with it. My three granddaughters would take a lot of it home with them now, but I know their mommies wouldn’t be happy about it. Oh, well I accepted another full bag of goodies. My husband had to carry it upstairs it was so heavy.

Another bag of goodies

Another bag of goodies

Suzanne isn’t the only one who cleans out her closets and brings me what she wants to get rid of, but aren’t I the lucky girl? My good friend Teresa brings me boxes and bags of fabulous sewing supplies. It’s like Christmas. The latest batch of discards was all kinds of ribbons and trims. I love them and had a great time stroking them as I sorted them and wound them on cards for neatness.

I love ribbons and trims

I love ribbons and trims

I’ve read recently that you are not a hoarder if your collections are organized. Just want to show you proof that I’m not a hoarder, as each of my ribbons and trims are categorized and labeled in boxes. I do need to add some larger boxes, however.

Ribbon and trim closet

Ribbons and trims closet

My friend Sheryl also gives me decorator fabrics and heavy trims that are left from her very successful custom drapery and bedspread business. Do you think these friends feel sorry for me, or are they glad someone will take the excess off their hands? Sheryl sent me a box of goodies recently, and I was able to coordinate them to make large tote bags. I have put four of them in my etsy shop recently. Sheryl chose some of her left-over fabric for a tote for her and gave it to me in Long Beach. I’ll make it and give it to her when I see her again in Houston. She comes to our Festivals and is a great worker on our Education Team.

Grey/silver combination

Grey/silver combination from Sheryl

And ta-da, here’s a tote from Sheryl’s scraps. “Waste Not, Want Not” my mom always said. Maybe she shouldn’t have taught me that mantra. I do live by it. Oh, dear.

And here it is.

And here it is.

While Suzanne was here for her visit, I finished that tote plus a couple of others and fall table runners and toppers that are in my etsy shop or will be for sale at our church’s Festival on November 9th. I’ll share a booth with my dear friend Joan Hill, and I hope it’s full to the brim and that we get lots of shoppers.

I do love to create and am reminded often of it’s importance by my friend and mentor, Lesley Riley. She will be teaching and coordinating some Artist Development classes at Fall Quilt Festival/Houston  that I highly recommend. Check out her blog for lots of inspiration. Her recent post, “Did You Forget Where to Look?” on August 26 hit home with me. This paragraph in particular was another one of those a-ha moments.

“I am again on a search for myself! Yet, as many times as I’ve found myself, I seem to always forget where to look. Why do I go seeking elsewhere when the very thing I desire can only come from my heart, my soul, my hands?”

When I get it right, I feel like my granddaughter Madison who has no problem finding her true self. She has created from her heart since the day she could move and talk, and has let that creative energy flow and take flight at any time all her 16 years. Love your creative spirit, Little MEM.

Myself

Myself

Another place I look for inspiration when I know I need to create with my hands is my most favorite magazine in the whole world, “Where Women Create.” Jo Packham, another mentor and dear friend is the Creator and Editor-in-Chief of this quarterly of inspiring work spaces of extraordinary women. Jo will also be teaching at Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival. Check out both schedules on the Quilts website.

This issue was given to me in a welcome basket from our sales person in Long Beach. Even he knows it’s my favorite magazine. I was so delighted I would have it to study on the flight home.

When I got back to the office I had another copy of this issue from Jo. So, now I have two. One has lots of writing in it, and the other one is pristine. Would you like to have a chance to win it? All you have to do is answer this question at the end of this post where it says “Leave a reply” and “Enter your comments here.” “Where do you get your inspiration to create?” I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday after Labor Day. 

My most favorite magazine

My most favorite magazine

I devour this magazine from cover to cover and have since the very first issue. I literally read every single word. On the inside cover, I write page numbers I want to refer back to. Often I have underlined or starred parts on those pages. Page 91 was so important to me that I wrote the number on her skirt on the cover of the magazine so not to miss it.

Important Page Numbers

Important Page Numbers

So what was so important on page 91 of the August, September, October 2013 issue? It was a tip from Jessica Swift, a painter, surface pattern designer, and author from Portland, Oregon. I’ll leave you with her words.

“Follow your intuition wherever it takes you, even if it’s scary or feels confusing. Listen closely to your inner voice because it’s pointing you in the exact direction that you need to go. You never need to listen to what someone else is telling you you’re “supposed to” do. The answers you need are already within you. Get quiet, listen, and then act accordingly!”

Until we meet again, I wish you lots of “bringing into being.” Judy

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14 Responses to “Create…bring into being”

  1. Barbara black Says:

    I create to leave a gift for generations yet unborn. I create to replicate antique quilts so as to honor those quiltmakers who have come before me. I create to say “I was here.” I create because this is women’s work that will live on, unlike so much of the work women do that just has to be done again tomorrow.

    Love the “Judy Pumpkin” I got from you–almost time to get it out for Fall.

    Let’s create!

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  2. Julie Says:

    So happy that you had such a wonderful time with Suzanne! We’ve always known where Madison got her creative spirit…her Grammy :). Much love!

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  3. Linda Perry Says:

    I need to see something and then I change it to my needs so I love quilt shows , magazines and catalogs.

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  4. Noelle Mena Says:

    I love that you say… I’m not a hoarder, as each of my ribbons and trims are categorized and labeled in boxes.

    I will own that as well, I do not know what that makes us. Yes, I do… See’ers of the Potential! Love it.

    I had to laugh as I clicked over on your link because you posted on Christy Tomlinson’s facebook post. Then I got to the part in your article of the Where Women Create magazine. I was just looking for it this morning. Love the op to win. Your post is so inspiring and I am glad I was led over!
    Noelle

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    • judymurrah Says:

      I’m glad you were led over, too, Noelle. Sounds like we may have some common interests? Have you done any of Christy’s on-line courses?

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      • Noelle Mena Says:

        Circumstances in my life right now have left me with little bursts of time to get in my little art space. So mostly I have been watching and soaking in. I found Christy about this time last summer and joined She Art1 and 2. Then I just joined She Art 2 and her 2 classes on Wild Abandonment. It’s been tough not being able to just head in and DO. But I tell you, it’s been such a blessing to be part of the classes. I found Jeanne Oliver from clicking from one blog to the next and God blessed me with finding her when she had ALL her classes in her network below for just $10 each!
        http://jeanneoliver.ning.com/ I LOVE her style and it is more me. But Christy taught me that foundation you know?? So many amazing women, so many styles, gifts. We are all so blessed! I am stock piling all I can so when it is my time. I am ready! 🙂

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  5. Noelle Mena Says:

    I forgot to answer the question!!
    “Where do you get your inspiration to create?”

    Where do I not get inspiration would be the challenge. Life is inspiring. People, circumstances, atmospheres, items, stories… whether they are happy, sad, exciting or debilitating, they all inspire something in me. I guess it goes with there is a story with everything and everyone. Love.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Your head must be bursting with ideas, Noelle, if you get inspiration all the time. Can’t say that’s the case with me. Keep creating as it does us good, I know.

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      • Noelle Mena Says:

        My head is always spinning Judy! I am a web designer, so I get to express digitally a lot. It is always catered to the taste of the client though. But it is still creating! My daughter and I joke that I should get the domain, Take My Idea Please. Too many ideas for one person to pursue. I guess that is why I love helping others build on theirs!

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  6. judymurrah Says:

    Thank you for your comments and replies here and on Facebook. Noelle Mena, please send me your mailing address so I can send the Aug/Sept/Oct issue of “Where Women Create.” Email me at judym@quilts.com
    Everyone have a great week. Judy

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