|Map Marker and E is for Effort|
Block one: e is for EFFORTAs lead for June, M-R who blogs at Quilt Matters asked us to "Pick a ‘tag’ that represents a word of encouragement or inspiration that you’d want to share with me and others. A word, phrase or even a symbol that gives you strength when you are feeling low or inspires you to kick some ass. Bright colours (black is fine too) on light grey background. "
|my favorite room of the exhibit|
I was inspired by the album covers at the Summer of Love exhibit at the DeYoung in San Fran and have always like the phrase "e is for effort". The basic fundamental idea of trying your best and giving yourself and others credit for that rather than being focused on just the outcome.
|considering color choices|
Trying to find a balance between having the letters separately identifiable yet uniform so that it reads as a word was tricky. Originally I thought I'd go monochromatic but was concerned without an outline they would bleed out. Rainbow felt a bit predictable so I kept trying until I found a combo that felt right.
|"e" is for EFFORT 9" x17"|
|upside down, left to right, top to bottom|
To say that it was time consuming and challenging is an understatement. Fortunately it was also fun and rewarding. Each time I got to the next step I'd remind myself to focus on the effort, puzzling my way to the end.
In hindsight, there were things that I could have been done differently, more easily with smoother results. And maybe I will take those lessons along with me for future endeavors. Or maybe, I'm OK with taking the backroads where there are bumps and potholes getting to where I'm going - we will see.
Also in excess this time was the meaning and message for the symbols so I just shared them all: 1. Destination is a moving target with many options on how to get there. 2. A modern day version of X marks the spot on a map - seeking to find the hidden treasures within yourself. 3. You are here=Be Present. 4. Enjoy the journey from point to point.
To let loose my improv a bit after such a technical approach (for me) - I whipped out a non template version for friendship block to mail off before deadline. I'm hoping to explore more possibilities with the technique like flower petals and maybe balloons.
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