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QUILTING ARTS WORKSHOP: ART TECHNIQUES FOR QUILT DESIGN

with Carrie Bloomston

DVD – 68 minutes

Confidently create contemporary quilt designs! Join artist and designer Carrie Bloomston for this workshop video that will teach you how to capture the essence of an idea in cloth by using warm-up techniques, drawing exercises, and essential design principles such as composition. Then, put these techniques to the test as you learn how to craft a freeform nest pattern, create collages from fabric, and design a whimsical quilt based on children’s artwork.

  • Put composition to work and create quilting designs out of cloth that have movement and balance.
  • Learn to speak the language of your materials — be in the moment and trust your intuition.
  • Uncover Carrie’s expert tips to bring out the most from your contemporary quilts.
  • Have fun and let your materials inspire unique and personalized projects.
  • And much, much more!

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BE THE GLITTER

Oh, my friends, this is my new mantra! Hope you like it as much as I do. Sprinkle that sh*t everywhere! Be the glitter you wish to see in the world. xo, cb
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JOIN THE LOVE GIVEAWAY

Hi! Hope your 2015 is off to a lovely start. I’m streamlining some of the visual and content aspects of my quirky, offbeat brand in 2015.
Yes if you have had your trading career with a good start, like a trading experience with a system like the crypto CFD trader, then you are sure to have experienced and had a great year. This year could also ne made the sae for there are a lot new reliable systems on the way.

I want to thank you so much for following along with me for the past few years in this meandering journey as we explore such things as: renegade sewing, inspiration, craft & meaning, making art, prayer flags, living a passionate life, textile design, LEGOs, cosmic/existential musings, gratitude, mindfulness, awe-at-this-beautiful-existence, creativity, art school recovery, color theory, banishing the inner-critic, quilting, inner-kid care, the importance of play, momfulness and general Divine Feminine wisdom. It is a random assortment, to be sure. But it is always authentic and honest. I’m grateful to you. I’d love to see you all on Facebook here and Instagram (@suchdesigns) here. I’m giving away one […Continue Reading]
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8 WAYS TO MAKE 2015 YOUR MOST CREATIVE YEAR YET

Happy New Year! I wish you a happy, healthy new year filled with all the magic you can muster. I hope your year is ecstatic, wondrous and full of mystery. I hope you can wander back into yourself this year and get real close with your passion. Here are 8 simple reminders from my book to help you have the most creative year ever. I am very fond of number 5: 1. Your creativity is like a pilot light. It is always on, even if you aren’t using the stove. It has been there at the center of you, flickering away since you last used it–maybe when you were a child. But it didn’t leave you. It was a gift you were given by your ancestors who were always making things […Continue Reading]
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…READY TO FIND YOUR 2015? HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD

I’m posting this last post in the series today in case you’d prefer to create your Vision Board on New Year’s Eve instead of New Year’s Day and I’m including excerpts from my book, The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity. You know what I tell people to do to prepare for my Vision Board workshops? Nothing. I ask them to become empty–to, as the 12th century Sufi mystic poet, Rumi, so beautifully wrote, “Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it.  Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, possibly, from the absolute.” When you come to this exercise you want to be empty of preconceptions so that you can keenly tune in to your heart without the […Continue Reading]
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GATHERING MATERIALS FOR YOUR VISION BOARD

Here is the 3rd post in our series about honoring the New Year with Vision Boards: I hope your walks are going well! As you are busy quieting your mind of noise, it’s time to start preparing to make your Vision Board. Before New Year’s Day, gather any necessary materials. Below is the Materials List from my book: So that’s it…gluesticks (I prefer “Wrinkle-free” which are available at art and craft supply stores), scissors, foam core boards and old magazines. If you happen to have any old copies of O (the Oprah magazine) you will be glad you do! O is filled with inspiring content. Have on hand any magazines that appeal to you right now as you ponder 2015. Choose magazines in a few categories: parenting, knitting, yoga, business, psychology, travel, fly fishing, art, […Continue Reading]
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TUNING IN FOR THE NEW YEAR

This is the second in a series of posts this week leading up to teaching you to make Vision Boards and other activities on New Year’s Day. First we have to tune in–to slow down–to listen. If your life is anything like mine it is noisy even when it is quiet. I have young children and there is a wonderful constantness to this part of life. Even if I am not particularly busy, the moments, hours and days are very full and constantly noisy. It is hard to listen to the urges from my heart when there is so much pulling me to distraction–even if it is good distraction. And so we have to carve out some time from the noise. DO THIS: For the next few days as we approach […Continue Reading]
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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

This is the first in a series of posts to honor and celebrate the New Year. I hope your holiday has been merry and bright.  As I look back on my year, the word that comes to mind is ABUNDANT. 2014 was full of family, friends, my new book, new fabric collections, prayer flags for the Dalai Lama, this new website, teaching, speaking, and community. I feel blessed by the support you have all shown me on my path. You are in my heart at this time of the year as I reflect. I am more grateful to you than you can even know. New Year’s is, for me, the absolute most meaningful holiday. It is our cosmic, divine annual reset. Everyone likes the freshness of new things. Our calendar gives us this gift once a year in […Continue Reading]
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LITTLE SPARK PARTY AND GIVEAWAY

Well, hello and happy holidays– The time has come to break the internet! Please join me and my 26 blogger friends this week for a ginormous party to officially celebrate the launch of my new book, The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity.  We intend to make a bunch of noise, throw some confetti and give away FIVE copies of the book to FIVE lucky winners! Five! And just in time for Christmas giving, huh? I know! The Little Spark is the perfect gift for anyone (of any age) on your holiday shopping list wanting to step into a life of creativity and passion. Here’s what people are saying about The Little Spark: “Plunge into a riot of color and shape, slathered with a big helping of encouragement.” –starred […Continue Reading]

THANK YOU

Dear You, Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US and beyond. It has always been my favorite holiday because of: a) family & friends b) chipotle sweet potatoes and other good foods c) the chance to be thankful d) the feeling of home e) the feeling of…wait…what’s that…a chill in the air? OK, well it’s still 80 here in Arizona. But it is chilly in the morning, so that counts. f) pilgrims g) contentment I just wanted to say thank you today to you here who read this blog and support me. Thanks for all the love you have given my book. Thanks for caring. You are the ones who are helping it fly. I was confused for a second and thought I needed to blow really hard […Continue Reading]
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MAKE MODERN GIVEAWAY!

Hiya. My laundry is now folded and I can move on to telling you about the incredible visual feast that is the new Australian modern sewing online quilt magazine called Make Modern! Seriously…have you heard of it? I am dazzled. Check out their second-ever issue over here on their preview. The projects are gorgeous and fresh. I was honored that they did a rather long designer feature of me this month and in celebration, we are giving away three onetime subscriptions to the magazine. You are absolutely going to love it. Also, I have always been really fond of the esthetic sensibility of the vibrant modern sewing movement in Australia. They have it going on over there. I see in Australian designers an inherent lack of fear and limitation–a lot […Continue Reading]

…READY TO FIND YOUR 2015? HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD

I’m posting this last post in the series today in case you’d prefer to create your Vision Board on New Year’s Eve instead of New Year’s Day and I’m including excerpts from my book,

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“Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. 

The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity.

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You know what I tell people to do to prepare for my Vision Board workshops? Nothing. I ask them to become empty–to, as the 12th century Sufi mystic poet, Rumi, so beautifully wrote,

“Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. 

Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,

where something might be planted,

a seed, possibly, from the absolute.”

When you come to this exercise you want to be empty of preconceptions so that you can keenly tune in to your heart without the tampering, meddling intrusion of your rational mind–your inner critic, your editor, your judge. Those parts of you are helpful sometimes, but for this activity they can only interfere with your heart. I will explain further below. However, the New Year’s Vision Board is a different animal than the plain ol’ Vision Board in that we all come into the experience with desires, plans and intentions for the new year. Don’t ignore these but rather use them as a large framework. For example, this year as I approach my new year, I personally have a few things I’d like to work on: I’d like to be free of PMS which has been a long-time companion (by the way, I welcome your suggestions for this…please! Has anything helped you?) Also, in 2015 I am attracting mountains of cash! Ha! I’m not kidding. You have to be really clear about your intentions, because generally we manifest what we ask for. Last year, my New Year’s resolution/Vision Prayer Flag was abundance.  Well, let me tell you I had one of the most ABUNDANT years of life last year…but I’m thinking I wasn’t quite clear enough in my wording. By abundant, dear Universe, I actually mean abundance of financial resources…let me be more clear here: I mean I want my book to sell a million copies. Wait, I think I can be more clear: I would like to have a vault like Harry Potter’s in Gringott’s Bank filled with heaps of gold coins and enough resources to amply provide for my family this year and every year after. OK. That’s better.

So, do be aware that what you put on your Vision Board or Vision Prayer Flag will happen. And it might not make sense until it does. Specificity matters.

As you approach your New Year’s Vision Board, be aware that you are likely bringing larger intentions and resolutions to the board and you can’t come to it completely empty. Don’t hang on too tightly to the stuff you are coming into the process with. Hold it lightly and know it is there but don’t barrel into the Vision Board making process knowing that you are going to make one giant collage full of say, happy hormones and bags of cash! If you hold too tightly to these intentions they will prevent you from finding the magic that is inherent in this process. And the process is simple: while you look for images you will ONLY listen to your heart. Period. It is all explained below.

Now I am going to attach below the actual pages from my book so you have a clear guide as to how to create your Vision Board and what to do. In case you missed the last post, you can see a Materials List here. If you choose to make the Vision Prayer Flags instead, use the ideas outlined below but you will be drawing your images in fabric marker or cutting them out from fabric scraps and using a glue stick to glue them down. Once the appliqués are dry, machine or hand stitch them in place. Also, use an iron to heat set the fabric marker ink. Once all the flags are complete, simply stitch them onto the twill tape or ribbon with a zig zag stitch (leaving at least a few feet at each end for hanging) and hang them up outside!

If you are making Vision Boards or Flags with your family, keep the emphasis on fun, creativity and meaning. Even young children can feel the playful sacredness of these creations. They may include ice cream, hearts, candy, race cars, unicorns, peace signs, Minions, and all manner of cartoon characters…and that is OK! Let them express whatever is in their heart even if it is silly or makes no sense. If they grow up in an environment where they are used to this sort of meaningful creativity and connection they will be more apt to truly express themselves in a more serious way as they get older.

So here are the actual pages from my book below:

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Finally, I will add that you may quickly feel your inner editor, judge and critic popping up to say hello. Your gut will want you to rip out a picture but your mind will say, “whoa nellie…not so fast…why are you grabbing that image?!” You will need to work at first to stay with your gut (heart) and away from the critic/editor. My rule of thumb as I make Vision Boards is to rip every image that feels good. Many of them won’t even make the final cut and get glued down to the board but it is easier to just rip out and have it than to wish in 45 minutes that you knew where that one picture of the woman at the flower shop in Italy went.

OK. You’re ready now. Off you go. Have fun. Listen to your heart and please send me pictures of your board or flags. I will even post some of the photos you send me (without your name, of course). Comment below about how the experience was for you. I’d love to hear.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

This is the first in a series of posts to honor and celebrate the New Year.

I hope your holiday has been merry and bright.  As I look back on my year, the word that comes to mind is ABUNDANT. 2014 was full of family, friends, my new book, new fabric collections, prayer flags for the Dalai Lama, this new website, teaching, speaking, and community.

I feel blessed by the support you have all shown me on my path. You are in my heart at this time of the year as I reflect. I am more grateful to you than you can even know.

New Year’s is, for me, the absolute most meaningful holiday. It is our cosmic, divine annual reset. Everyone likes the freshness of new things. Our calendar gives us this gift once a year in the form of a new year. The new year is full of optimism, energy and hope. We allow ourselves this time to start new things, work on old issues, heal, move forward – to think, feel and act differently. We even save up the biggies and act on them as resolutions.

I use the last two weeks of the year to hunker into my family and to myself. In the days leading up to Christmas I am always amazed by how my mind and heart have already moved on to the bigger fish – my intentions and desires for the new year. The year coalesces through year-end lists that help crystallize the patterns and structures of the previous year in ways we may have been unaware of because we were too close to actually see the whole picture. As a fractal of the larger pattern of life, the end of the year offers the vantage of old age. We learn something from ourselves. We act on what we find as we are birthed into the next year. Babes again. Time to start fresh – but not to start over. To start over would be to rob ourselves of the earned wisdom of each year. So we start new and renewed. We begin again. And again. We play – we play even with the stuff of our very life. We approach it as a child. We find joy.

It really is supposed to feel good. We are allowed to be happy, to feel good and joyful, to be creative with our life and listen to our heart and passions.

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That is what I’m going to help you do for the next five days here on my blog – to help you prepare for the sacred act of intention-setting on New Year’s Day with fun, creative activities like creating a Vision Board. Never heard of a Vision Board? Simply put, a Vision Board is a collage of cut and pasted magazines images you create with nothing but a few magazines, a foam core board, glue stick and scissors…but there is so much more I will tell you this week! Vision Boards are sheer magic. They are a visual manifestation of our heart’s desires. The key is tuning-in and actually listening. And I will tell you how.

There is so much more to say about this, and in fact, there is a whole chapter in my book, The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity, devoted to creating Vision Boards.  Over the course of this week, I will write a few posts to help you tune into your heart and your mind for the process of setting your intentions as well as prepare your materials for your own New Year’s Day Vision Board. Stay tuned!

LITTLE SPARK PARTY AND GIVEAWAY

Well, hello and happy holidays–

The time has come to break the internet! Please join me and my 26 blogger friends this week for a ginormous party to officially celebrate the launch of my new book, The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity.  We intend to make a bunch of noise, throw some confetti and give away FIVE copies of the book to FIVE lucky winners! Five!

Yes barge the doors of internet to find out more about the very sensational bitcoin loophole.

And just in time for Christmas giving, huh? I know! The Little Spark is the perfect gift for anyone (of any age) on your holiday shopping list wanting to step into a life of creativity and passion.

Here’s what people are saying about The Little Spark:

“Plunge into a riot of color and shape, slathered with a big helping of encouragement.” –starred review in Publisher’s Weekly

“A beneficial and enjoyable title for people who need a bit of a nudge to try something creative, or those who used to paint, write, or sew, who want to do it again.” –Library Journal

“I haven’t felt this way about a book since The Four Agreements, which I purchased and gave away repeatedly.” –Karen LePage of OneGirlCircus.com, sewing designer

“This book is for any person you know who wants to make stuff, any kind of stuff, that is an authentic expression of themselves.” –Meg Cox, Quilt Journalist Newsletter

Over the course of this week my 26 amazing friends and bloggers will post reviews and features of the book on their blogs. All you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be entered to win. Make sure to leave your email. Also, play along with our Instagram giveaway where THREE other people will win a copy!

  1. Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber
  2. Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish
  3. Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing
  4. Shelly Figueroa of Figgy’s
  5. Bari Ackerman of Bari J.
  6. Anna Graham of Noodlehead
  7. Karen LePage of One Girl Circus
  8. Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
  9. Amie Plumley wrote Sewing School 1 & 2!
  10. Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio
  11. Generation Q
  12. Cheryl Arkison
  13. Erica Sage of Craftyblossom
  14. Heather Givans at Crimson Tate
  15. Tia Curtis
  16. Jill McNamara Photography
  17. Susan Brubaker Knapp
  18. Verena Ehrhardt at Einfach Bunt
  19. Kerry Green from very kerry berry
  20. Sally Keller
  21. Reets Rags to Stitches
  22. Cristy Fincher
  23. Stephanie Kendron at Modern Sewciety
  24. Anne Beier
  25. Jennifer Sampou
  26. Amanda Haas

WE MADE A MOVIE!

Books need trailers, too! So we made some movie magic to celebrate the launch of my new book, The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity (Stash Books 2014). It is in stores now…just in time for holiday gift giving and perfect for anyone on your list who is ready to step into a life of creativity and passion!

And it is for this reason that some of the systems in the trading field come with a demo account which gives an opportunity to the traders to take around around the system and know its functioning before they actually start their trading with them. this is a mandatory requirement for all the reliable systems like the bitcoin code. The major reason for this feature to have been made a must for all such systems is to make the traders feel comfortable and confident with the trading field and to help them have a check at the systems for their reliability and authenticity and then take it confidently for making their investments.

So what exactly happens or what is that a trader is required to do to make use of this demo account? Very simple, he needs to express his wish for using the trial account and then he just needs to make the initial deposit amount of $250. Now, this would take him around the system explain everything in detail like the various strategies used by the system in helping the traders achieve profits, the various trading plans that would effectively aid the trader`s profit mission etc and also would detail about the presence of the various reliable brokers on the field.

Now, this would clearly explain everything about the system and a trader would be in a position to gauge the performance of his trades here in case he decides to have his trades via this medium. And to know all about such things of a trading platform, a demo account proves very fruitful. Now at the end of the tour, his initially deposited money would come back to him. So it is like the trader gets into the system just to have a feel of the trading activities without actually becoming a part of it. So go for it when you are presented with this option for there is nothing that you would lose but only gain in the name of knowledge.

Hope you like the clip…and feel free to share it!

The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity by Carrie Bloomston from Carrie Bloomston on Vimeo.

LEGO SEWING MACHINE TUTORIAL

LEGOs, LEGOs everywhere…I even have LEGOs in my coffee cup every day. My little ladybird puts one in each morning—with a great deal of exuberance. It is our funny ritual. She goes running to get a LEGO when she first sees me with coffee in hand.

Speaking of LEGOs…dum da da dum, drumroll please….so many people who read this blog or have stopped in for a visit are just here because of the little LEGO sewing machine that I made while daydreaming during a LEGO-building session with the kiddos two years ago (see post here). My little LEGO Bernina gets a lot of love on Pinterest. And my blog analytics tell me that that 3,885 people have looked at that post. Hilarious. It is my number one post. Many people have emailed asking for a tutorial or instructions on how to build it and several bloggers have built their own. I was even commissioned to make one for a complete stranger last summer. (Would you turn down $125?) If only the rest of my business may be as successful and well-loved as this little daydream cast-off!

So, without further adieu…here is the tutorial. Enjoy. I’d love to see what you make. For more LEGO inspiration see my LEGO love page here.

As far as assembling the pieces you will need, take a look at the Parts List and you will find that you probably have most of them already. If you are missing a piece or two, you can buy them online singly.

And just because it seems like a good idea, I should add: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

***My little Lego Sewing Machine may just be the little engine that could. Wanna see it produced by LEGO as a kit for sale? Let’s do it! LEGO® CUUSOO is kinda like Kickstarter for supporting potential LEGO projects. You don’t support it with money, just by voting for it!

It is a long shot but then again, I’ve had 6,000 hits on my tutorial in 4 days! Tell all your friends. GO VOTE FOR IT: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/18230#

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