Libraries and books have always been special to me. I’m sure it goes back to my parents many hours reading to me when I was very young. They were both readers and valued the knowledge and escape that books could provide. AS I got older the weekly trips to our local library were always a highlight especially when the summer reading program had us going in a full speed ahead in a reading frenzy. So, I’m still a reader today and also have grown to love research. I investigate not just on the internet but from the old way of using books! When we set up our new home in Detroit five years ago we gathered the books that had been in different corners of our former home and created a room that we call “the library.” It’s full of cook books, travel tomes, children’s books, and inspirational business books. Last but not least are the faith based and art books that I turn to time and time again. Through the quiet and calm of this space my mind and creativity are mentally stimulated. The books not only enrich my life but also help inform what I create at Carrot Top Studio.
A new calendar year usually causes me to evaluate or try something new. This year I'm trying the 100 day project that is popular with creative types. It's defined as:
It's a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it's not about fetishizing finished products—it's about the process.
To stretch my technical skills and establish a new rhythm in my creative life I will be using Tula Pink's City book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Hopefully I will become a more accrue piecer as I follow along with the author's directions to make 100 6 1/2" square quilt blocks. My two self imposed rules are to first use only fabric scraps from my stash and to use only warm colors. The color rule is only so that if I want to turn the blocks into a quilt there will be some cohesiveness based on the color theory.
Maybe you'll recognize some stole fabrics in these! Here are my first three blocks: