In the last post, I talked about my new regimen which I called FDS.  Well, Sheila and I exchanged a couple of emails regarding this topic.  Sheila mentioned that Balance is also an important entity and I totally agree.  All work and no play makes Mary oh, so boring.  After all, one must absolutely have balance in one's life.  So I am adding the B to my regimen, thus I now have FDSB.  This little B word helps to alleviate the guilt when I end up spending too much time on the computer.  Gotta get my daily dose of inspiration, right?

And just so you know, I am playing/working very hard in my studio each and every day and am accomplishing more than ever.  Just look at the progress on the glam shot of Ms. Iris.  It may not look like much, but trust me, when you are selecting just the perfect fabric and then sewing 1/4" width curved strips onto a 2" curved section, it can be a bit time consuming.  

lower right section is actually sew together, sorta

Ok, so not all of those tiny 1/4" to 1/8" curvy strips have been sewn onto their respective sections, but as I said, it is very time consuming.  I know that some of you (and, admittedly, I too) are thinking, why not just fuse it. Answer: just because I do so love the challenge.  I could fuse all those teeny pieces and be done with it.  But why?  It is a labor of love.  It is just me, my vision, my fabric and my machine.  If I wanted to be done with it, I would get out my charcoals or paints, and voila!  I could make it completely realistic or an abstraction in short order.  Then it would be over. Sewing pieces of fabric together completes my world.  It never ends.  The emotion of putting just the perfect pieces next to one another is euphoric.  Being able to actually stitch those pieces together is even more rewarding.  When you have a completed project that you like, it enhances that euphoria.  The  tactility of painting with fabric is like no other for me.  From dyeing the fabric to making a pattern, to sewing that last stitch, it is my heart and soul.  My passion.

Oh yes, I had mentioned that I wouldn't be posting again until next month.  But hey, I just get so exci-i-i-i-ted.  Plus. I am also spending time quilting and binding previous pieces, as well as sketching for upcoming projects, details of which I cannot divulge at this time.  More later.  

I hope you are having as much fun as I.  Cheerio!