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