Tuesday, November 19, 2013

15 Minute Challenge - Capturing a Mood

No rushing out the door this morning.  Since Drama Teen was sick yesterday and was still running a fever at noon time, she won't be going to swim practice this morning.  Her fever has dropped, but she was still feeling queasy when she went to bed.  I'm hoping she feels better this morning and can make it to school.

I thought this week was going to be slower paced.  I was in denial. Somehow My Guy roped me into a business dinner tonight with a vendor we both work with.  Wednesday is work out night since DT has swim practice and then Friday and Saturday we have another swim meet.  Last week was a whirl wind of stuff too and consequently there were only 4 days where any time got spent working on quilt projects.  

At least that's one day more than the week before.  I did find a lot of time to stitch on the weekend, so it really wasn't a bad week in terms of what I managed to get done.  

This weekend I also spent some time contemplating what this month's NewFO would be.  I've been looking at two different projects, one is Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery and the other is Little Bunny Quilts Starburst Quilt Along. Bonnie's will start up when we have family stuff going on with Thanksgiving, so I won't have a chance to get any of it done before the end of the month.  So it's looking like the Starburst Quilt Along is my best option.  Since we've been talking about mood boards for this month's fostering creativity theme, I tried to put one together to check out a potential color palette for the project.  

These bright tone on tones are left over from a previous project.  I'd use black as the background, with the heart print as the large border.  I don't have enough of any of these to use in each block.  I wonder if I have a yellow in the stash that would work?  Hmm, definitely something to look into to.  

I used My Memory Suite to create this mood board.  But you could use Photoshop Elements, Power Point or Publisher as well.  There are a few online tools as well.  One is Polyvore, which is free as far as I can tell (There is a good tutorial for this one over at HouseTweaking). One site had a tutorial on how to create a mood board in Picasa. SampleBoard is another option, but you have to buy it once your 14 day free trial is up. I'm sure there are other tools as well.

I'm still playing around with the best way to use mood boards in my quilting.  But that's part of the creative process, finding out what works for you and what doesn't.  It's always good to try new approaches, no telling what you'll discover.  

Did you have a go at the mood boards?  How did that work out for you?  Did you find time to be creative this week, stitching or otherwise?  Link up below and share how you found 15 minutes or more to let your mind play.  


1. Julie in GA

2. Kate @ katiemaequilts

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Shay said...

I really like the colour combinations in your proposed project. Yellow would go really well in there too.

Julie in GA said...

I love your fabrics together!
I have been considering joining that Starburst QAL too.

Alison V. said...

PLEASE COME JOIN US!! I love your colors SO MUCH!

thea said...

glad you got a break today, sorry that it was at Drama Teen's expense.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I love your colors, especially with the contrasting border. However, I wish you were doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery, but, understand the time constraints. You could always print out the steps, and work on them as you can?

Marti said...

I like your mood board. Looks like it will be a good way to put quilt colors and design together. I hope Drama Queen is better now.

What flower is that? I can't believe you still had something blooming.