Monday, August 17, 2015

What to do with all those doodles.....

I doodle nearly everyday. I have found it is a great way to relax and be creative as well as share with my kids.  We have a table in our family room so I can hang out and doodle while the kids play, watch tv or join me at the table. 

Both my kids love to sit and draw and paint with me so I thought it would be fun to scan several of my doodle and print them on demand for my kids.

I like to use a variety of techniques when I color including watercolors, gel pens and sharpies.  But by far our favorite are the glitter gel pens. 

One can never have too much glitter. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Stutsman County Courthouse Quilt

I finished up  my latest architectural quilt......

Stutsman County Courthouse, located at 504 Third Avenue SE in Jamestown, ND is the oldest surviving courthouse in North Dakota and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the days of the Dakota Territory, meetings were held in the courthouse in preparation for statehood. The building is considered a superb but rare example in the Upper Midwest of the Gothic-Revival style of architecture. The interior is outstanding for its stamped metal ornamentation that dates to 1905.

Designed by Henry C. Koch, a Wisconsin architect who worked as General Philip H. Sheridan’s topographic engineer during the Civil War, the courthouse construction was completed in 1883. An addition designed by Gilbert R. Horton, a Jamestown architect, was added on the rear of the courthouse in 1926 to handle the growing needs of Stutsman County. The building served as the center of county government until the early 1980s when a new courthouse was built, adjoining and incorporating the earlier addition.

Historic Stutsman County Courthouse
Amy Munson

29.5" x 38"

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Peek in my sketchbook...

I have always enjoyed drawing but never felt I was that good....until I started doodling.....

and now I doodle all the time......

I doodle in black and white.......

and recently started exploring adding color with gel pens....(I love the glitter gel pens)
and watercolors....

seems like every evening I find myself with paper pen in hand and watercolor surrounding me.

I even started creating my own booklets to sketch and paint in...My first homemade booklet has 6 pages (3 sheets of 11 x 17 inch folded in half and then I stitched a binding) I don't know why, but some how the booklets seem less daunting that a store bought sketchbook full of pages.

I have just about filled it full of doodles....

 and have started a second.

Do you doodle? Check out more of my doodles on Instagram

Thursday, February 05, 2015

On my Design Wall: Stutsman County Courthouse quilt

The final fabric details have been added to the quilt and a good pressing to fuse everything down and then to start the stitching....just love how this is coming together. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On my design wall....

I have shifted gears from knitting to working on my next quilt.  If you follow me on Instagram you have already seen a few photos of the work in progress.  It is a  commission from a colleague and it is of the historic Stutsman County Courthouse.  I blogged about and shared a few photos from a visit to the building a few years ago on a freezing day in January.
It is a grand glorious building.  Constructed in 1883 it is the oldest surviving courthouse in North Dakota.

I a just thrilled how everything is coming together.  All of the pieces are cut raw edge and fused down with wonder under.  Once all the fabric is placed and fused then I will stitch over all the edges with either a dark or light thread.  The stitching is like a scribble line and does cause frayed edges,  but I just go with it.  I like the softness and bit of messiness that the loose threads create.
The blue you seen here will be mostly cut away and the whole building stitched down to the sky fabric (once I figure out what that is going to be) 

Monday, January 26, 2015

2014: A Look Back

A look at some of the creativity that I added to the world in 2014...........

1.  Created and donated My Baltimore Album Style to the 2014 Quilt Alliance Contest Inspired By and received an Honorable Mention

2. Created and donated The Old Barn to Preservation N and was inspired to keep working with the techniques used to make the quilt....
3.  Follow up barn quilt... Out to Pasture was created for me and won a blue ribbon at the 2014 Quiltfest show in Bismarck.  I look at this quilt every day and am still amazed that I made it and know there are more to come....

4.  I knit nearly everyday.

5. I self published 2 knitting patterns in 2014.

Latvian Mittens

Winter Wheat Hat
6.  I sold 180 patterns via various on line outlets including Craftsy, Ravelry and Etsy.

7.  I sewed Halloween costumes for my kids.  The Elsa dress was from a pattern,  Thor tunic and cape were completely from scratch.

8. Doodled ....

9.  Created some jewelry

 10.  Took a Nalbinding class...

11.  Knit up some Colorwork Ornaments to send to a publisher as my pattern is slated to be in a book in late 2015....

It was a great year,  and I am looking forward to all the creative challenges in 2015. 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

NEW PATTERN: Winter Wheat Hat

Click on over to Ravelry or Etsy to pick up my latest pattern, the Winter Wheat Hat. 

Featuring a stylized wheat pattern, the design was inspired by the planting of fields that occurs in the late fall in colder climates. Winter wheat was introduced to the US in the late 1800s by the Germans from Russia, and is planted throughout northern Great Plains in the late fall. The seeds sprout before the ground freezes and then becomes dormant until early spring when the sun warms the soil and spring rains bring forth the fields of golden grain.

The Winter Wheat hat is the perfect knit to keep your head warm throughout the freezing winter. With a slight slouch fit, the hat is knit bottom up in worsted weight yarn. Winter Wheat knits up quick showcasing two or three colors, topped off with an optional pom.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Out to Pasture

 My latest barn quilt is complete......
Out to Pasture
It was in a local quilt show over the weekend and...
won a first place ribbon. 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Old Barn

The Old Barn
Amy Munson
19" x 31"

I think this is my favorite quilt I have created to date,  so many elements came together to blend into a great image.  I am particularly happy with the quilting and the sense of wind that it added to the piece.