Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Sewing has been a hobby in my family for years. My grandmother, mother, my wife and now daughter all enjoy sewing a variety of things are all are quite good at it.

A dear friend who passed away awhile back had an antique "crazy quilt" on her wall that fascinated me. Since my wife loves fabrics and I love color, I often tag along on her fabric junkets. I always check out her books because, well, you just never know. She has made many a quilt that I have helped her arrange blocks of color for just the right look.

Getting tired of Pennsylvania Dutch and not quite having yet the skills needed for Rosemaling (I am NOT giving up though) I saw a photo of a modern crazy quilt and thought, what if I did a birdhouse in a design like that?

I did, entered it in the summer DecoArt contest and received first place in national voting. By the time I heard about that I had done two more birdhouses and then ventured onto trays. The first tray was a challenge. Why? Because it had all those patches of color that were going to need designs on them. It was bleak looking, let me tell you. However, slowly I began to dream up designs and patterns and before I know it, it was done and actually looked like a crazy quilt glued on a tray. People are surprised to realize that its not paper or fabric but painted on!

I figured if I could do one, what about a nesting trio? All of the trays more or less follow the same fabric patterns but, each tray uses a different color way and often different fabric patterns. And, they all fit inside each other for easy storage.

Whether you like them or not, and I admit they are "colorful," you must admit you've never seen anything quite like this. Inspiration is all around us. All we have to do is stop for a minute and look around. For this item and many more be sure to visit my store:


AND, if you have other ideas that might translate into interesting craft items be sure to email me at:


I am more than willing to give them a try!

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