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For some of us, working intuitively is a difficult task; however giving yourself permission to “play without a plan” is a great creative exercise. Sometimes some of the most interesting creative results will simply come from out of nowhere with little forethought or preparation.
Setting boundaries by limiting yourself to a set time period is an excellent way to approach this. It allows you a controlled sense of freedom in which to explore and experiment without feeling a relentless pressure to perform and produce results.
Give your creativity a real workout and take the 15 Minute Challenge.
If you have participated in any of the online classes, then you are familiar with the Creative Challenges that are issued throughout the course of the workshop. One of the most popular Challenges is the 15 Minute Challenge.
Learning to work intuitively and without planning or preparation, helps to build self-confidence in your decision making process. The ultimate result of these type of challenges is not that you create a great sample or project, but it’s the process of “letting go” that’s important. Letting go of the need to control; the need to plan; the need to be perfect.
The best way to begin is to gather your supplies: a coordinating range of fabrics; threads, yarns and embellishments; whatever you think you might need to complete a small project.
Then simply sit down at your machine and begin. This can be difficult – a little like staring at a blank page, but just try it. The first step is always the hardest, but try to relax and allow the process to guide you.
Again, these small pieces don’t need to be a work of art, they simply need to demonstrate a willingness to open your mind to possibilities and allow your creativity to take over.
No-one ever has to see these pieces and they can be thrown out or recycled for other purposes, but you just may be surprised at your results.
There is no win or lose, no success or failure with this exercise – what’s important is your awareness of the process and your ability to let the intuitive side of your creativity guide the process.
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Creativity, whether in art, business, or life, is the act of making new things or finding unique solutions to difficult problems. Creativity, just like writing, public speaking, or goat herding, is a skill that can be developed and improved with effort over time.
Besides being a skill anyone can learn and improve, creativity is also variable and fluid; depending on our mental energy, motivation, and circumstances, it can come and go like the ocean tide. However, by taking a few simple steps, you can develop a little more control over those tides.
1. Change Your Perspective. Imagine you were somebody else. How would they approach your task? Would a person of a different social background, gender, race, or nationality approach what you’re doing in the same manner? When you change your perspective and question your assumptions about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to do a thing, you’ll begin to see multiple solutions to the same problems.
2. Free associate. On unlined copy paper, write down everything that comes into your head. If possible, fill an entire sheet with ideas. Don’t edit yourself or censor what you think are bad ideas. You will only have good ideas after you have a lot of bad ideas. If you like, you can use mind maps.
3. Keep an Idea File. You can’t always create on demand. Sitting down and staring at a blank screen is hard, but when you have a pile of undeveloped ideas, you always have something to draw from. Keep blank paper and pens handy, and carry a notebook with you wherever you go.
4. Keep Your Life Rich. Whenever you can, attend concerts, go to art galleries and museums, meet friends, and read great books. Alter your routines and the routes you take. Try new foods. Give yourself a little unstructured free time.
5. Imagine Your Outcome. When you start thinking about the final destination, you’ll begin to see the different paths you can take to get there. What do you want as the final result of your project? Personal satisfaction? A marketable product? A world-changing work of art?
6. Put In the Hours. The more often you do something, the more likely you’ll find inspiration on a regular basis. The more time you spend actively seeking and developing new ideas, the more new ideas you’ll have. Look at the most creative people in any field, and you’ll see they have put in thousands of hours.
7. Listen to Classical Music. Studies have shown that listening to some types of classical music gave temporary increases in problem-solving abilities and cognitive functions to college students. Putting on Mozart, Bach, or Vivaldi on the stereo is like an on-demand creativity boost.
Seth M. Baker is a freelance writer, musician, and teacher. He and his wife currently live and work in South Korea. He is the founder of Happenchance, a resource for creative people who want to make amazing things.
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Get Shareaholic
by Benjamin Pearce

Photos courtesy www.morguefile.com
First of all, we need to examine how much time we spend procrastinating. Think of all the things in your life that you do, that is really just wasting time. Things like, wasting time in front of the television, playing video games, surfing aimlessly on the Internet etc. These things and more can be the cause of major procrastination in your life. You need to examine the effect that this could have on your life. If you don’t stop these bad habits the chances are you will live a frustrated life.
Step one: Start Setting Goals
Go buy an exercise book dedicated to writing down all your goals. Choose one day a week where you can sit down and think about the week ahead and the things that you would like to achieve in that week. Each day review what you have written that week and try to achieve at least one of those tasks in that day. You can also write down long-term goals such as what you would like to achieve in three months, or six months or one year, or five years or 10 years. Setting goals is a great way to stop the mindset of procrastination because if you focus on your goals you have something to work towards and once you’ve achieved each goal you will feel a sense of accomplishment.
Step two: Create a New Habit
Sometimes there are things that you may not want to do right now, but you need to start thinking of how you can become more efficient in doing these things so you can complete the task and get on with something else. Set time periods where you can do the things that you like doing. If you enjoy watching TV set yourself a time limit. Watch television for half an hour- One hour and then start initiating the tasks that need to be achieved from your goals.
Step three: Approaching Tasks in Small Intervals
Dedicating time to these goals may seem daunting i know, especially when you’re just getting started, so set half an hour to one hour time periods to concentrate on tackling your task. If you start dedicating all your time to the goals/tasks and not give yourself the time you need to enjoy yourself, ie watching television, you will burn yourself out and get caught in your old procrastinating mindset again. So divide the task/goal over a week or a month or several hours, depending on how big it is.
Step four: Give Yourself a Reward
just by completing your set out goals should be reward enough, but you should also reward yourself along the way, take a short break, watch a movie or something that will relax your mind. But make sure it doesn’t take your focus off to set out goals and set out tasks, remember, set time period for these rewards.
Step five: Keep Focused
You need to start building your confidence and your ability to make choices, start saying no to those things that distract you, say “no”, to picking up and playing that guitar, say “no”, to playing that DVD or texting those friends. These things can be achieved once you’ve completed your goal for that day.
Step six: Perfection is Not Achievable
You’ve heard it before, but the truth is, no one is perfect, so that means you probably will make mistakes along the way, you probably will start slipping occasionally into your old habits, but the important thing is, is to jolt that old mindset and replace it with your new goal orientated mind. So when you start slipping back into those old habits pick up that textbook that you bought and read through those goals that you made. If you set those goals correctly this should jumpstart your mind again and get you back on track to achieving them.
Step seven: Get Started Now
If you don’t get started now after reading this, your procrastinating mind will tell you to “do it later”, But don’t let your procrastinating mind prevent you from getting this done. Just going from doing nothing to doing something is definitely the hardest part. But just imagine how good you will feel when everything is put in place and your goals are achieved.
Final Tips:
It is always good to ask for help along the way, remember you don’t have to do this alone. Why not do a course in time management. Try to avoid saying yes don’t take too many tasks on a once, make sure you actually have enough time if you say yes to something.
Buy a motivational CD and make your mind work. There are new mind power techniques that can improve your memory and help you with procrastination and more.
The final thought that I want to leave you with is this, TAKE ACTION NOW! Start planning your future don’t let your future plan you, don’t live your life day by day with no goal. Life is a game so play it and don’t get played!
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An inspirational article by my guest blogger – Christine Predd
If you enjoyed Christine’s article, please leave a comment and let her know!

Escape by Christine Predd
Maybe some readers make quilts from patterns and have a little bit of an itch to reach into the art quilt world at the same time. This can be done by thinking a little creatively as you work……..maybe adding a different technique, or just something out of the ordinary to that pattern and making it more your own creation.
Here’s some ways that may work for you to do just that! These are not original ideas by any means, just ideas I’ve gathered along the way.
Sew some of your blocks with the seams facing outward…….
Using rubber stamps and fabric paint, stamp something on some of your blocks……perhaps a flower on a floral quilt, a bird on a blue/green quilt……..ideas are limitless! If you’re making a quilt for your child who always loses thing, how about stencilling on a key?
Phototransfers are always fun…….maybe a transfer of flowers from your own garden in one of the blocks.
Take a photo of another one of your quilts, transfer it to fabric, and cut that fabric into squares or triangles or whatever shape you need and sew it into your work. I’m still thinking about making a quilt for myself containing only images of other quilts I’ve made………..
Insert text as some of the blocks in your quilt……if you’re making a quilt for a friend, and you have a letter from her, scan that letter into the computer, and transfer it to fabric, and you have made your work even more personal.
Use a quilting stencil to make a stenciled design with fabric paints on your quilt.
Want to make your quilt more blendable? When the top is finished, apply a lite dye wash or lite layer of fabric paint to unify it.
Fussy cut motifs from one of the fabrics you’ve used and applique them to the border…….or onto some of the plainer blocks in your quilt.
Use an unusual fabric in your quilt in a few places………..a metallic, or organza…..or anything!
Overlay some areas on your quilt with tulle to create windows that alter the look of the fabric beneath it.
In my quilt called Escape that is posted, I stenciled on the palm tree. I used a shiny blue metallic fabric in some places that I hit with an hot iron………..I admit, by mistake at first……..but then I liked the look that revealed the batting underneath and I applied the hot iron some more. I also used a see through fabric that reveals the batting underneath. Don’t know how successful it all is, I’ll leave that up to you, but it definitely changed the appearance of my quilt.
These are just some ideas I’ve seen and heard about…………try something new!
About Christine
Christine Predd has been quilting since 1986, and began art quilting in 2001. She lives in Indiana half the year, and on Anna Maria Island in Florida the other half. Her blog “Quilting on the Edge” can be viewed at http://www.christinepredd.com, where she writes regular commentary on her creative experiences, and sometimes makes small quilts to accompany her writings.
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By Valery Satterwhite

Photos courtesy Auntie P
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the various messages we’ve received over the years and generally highly regard. Many success and self-help experts have told us that we need to “Seize the Day”. “Carpe diem” they tell us.
Well, what the heck does that mean? How does one “seize the day”?
“Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.” ~Margaret Fuller
The dictionary defines the word seize as:
– take hold of; grab
– take or capture by force
– assume, seize and take control without authority and possibly with force
What are we supposed to do? How does one seize a day? Do we wake up in the morning ready and willing to force the desired events and goals of the day to happen? Do we push ourselves and other people to get things done when and in the way we want them done? Do we stay attached to how our day must unfold?
If that’s what “seize the day” means then I’ll pass, thank you very much. No seizing of days for me! Too exhausting! And I’ve learned that whenever I force anything to happen I usually don’t get a good result over the long term.
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton
I have learned to “allow the day”. Allowing your day is to be open to all possibilities. It is showing up present, and in the moment, ready and willing for whatever comes next. When I detach from how a day must happen I permit the events of my day to unfold in ways I might not have thought of.
Allowing my day doesn’t mean that I have no goals, objectives or intentions for my day. I wake up each and every morning with a clear vision of what I intend to create for that day. I just let go of how it has to happen and allow intuition and inspiration to guide my thoughts, choices and actions that will deliver the desired outcomes I have intended for the day.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
Have you ever wanted something and had no idea how you were going to get it? And soon there came the day when you got it? You had a clear vision of what you wanted and focused upon that thing or event that you desired. Intuition and inspiration gave you ideas that you took action upon and before you knew it, you got what you wanted. Or, the thing or experience you desired came to you as an “out of the blue” opportunity.
“Out of the blue” coincidences are not random coincidences. Without getting too metaphysical, I call them meaningful coincidences because they are the seemingly miraculous fortunate events that deliver what we desire. We could not have planned for that event to happen in the way it did. When you detach from how, you open up to the possibility of a meaningful coincidence.
Instead of using a lot of energy running around trying to seize the day try setting a clear intention and then just allow your day to unfold. Allow your intuitive messages your inner wisdom, what I playfully call the Inner Wizard, to orchestrate the how of what you intend to become reality. It is important to take action on this inner guidance because intention without action is only a dream.
“The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.” – Charles Morgan
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An inspirational article by my guest blogger – Dawn Goldsmith
If you enjoyed Dawn’s article, please leave a comment and let her know!
I’m a quilt and fabric arts lover, a writer about the topic, and dabble a bit. For several years I’ve enjoyed sharing this interest through my blog: Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles. And this past year several guest bloggers have joined me in sharing their experiences, tips, trials, and loves, too. I was pleased to support and give a little shout out for Virginia Spiegel and her efforts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Her success inspired me.
When it came time to find a way to raise funds for the ALS Association, my thoughts immediately turned to quilts. There is nothing more comforting than a quilt and it just seemed the most appropriate medium for a fund raiser. Particularly a fund raiser for a novice at such things as I am.
Trish Bowman of Jersey Girl Quilts took on the challenge and created a charming and vibrant double tulip quilt, using an Eleanor Burns pattern and Hoffman batik fabrics. She machine quilted it in a design that gave the quilt a sense of movement and carries the eye from one block to the next. And a special bonus of this pieced design – it includes my favorite – the humble four patch.
Trish blew me away with her ability to move this project forward. We were on a short time deadline and she worked long hours to reach the goal of a beautifully crafted quilt. She outdid anything I expected. And she added some advice on raffles from what she learned as president of the Cabin Fever Quilt Guild of Orlando (Florida).
For anyone attempting a fundraiser, there obviously are more things to consider than the product. Thankfully the ALS Association administration has jumped in to help me and have offered their website as the place to go to purchase tickets for this quilt raffle. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.
You may ask why I chose this disease to support or this organization. Glad you asked. For you see, my husband, Derrol, is dying of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He’s one of those rare birds who has a rare inherited form of the disease so not only Derrol is fighting for his life, but he has a dozen or so family members who have already lost the battle. His brother died at the age of 18. His aunt died at 70. His cousins at 17, 39, 60, 43, 80…. There’s no explanation as to why the disease attacks voluntary muscles, usually beginning at the extremities weakening hands and feet and moving inward toward diaphragm, throat muscles, and face and voice muscles. So far scientists have found nothing to stop it.
The ALS Association offers patient support, information and supports for an extensive and impressive array of researchers and their research around the world. Yet the dollars spent on administration costs is 1 percent. I’ve met these people personally and every one of them works for the association because they have lost a loved one or known someone who had died of the disease. They are devoted to finding a cure and caring for each ALS patient and caregiver – but that takes funding.
Derrol and I were utterly lost when he was diagnosed and we both still wonder what we would have done without the ALS Association. The quilt community is full of comfort and love – just like the ALS Association. It just seemed a natural fit to offer a quilt in exchange for funding to cure this horrible disease that strikes anyone at anytime, anywhere in the whole world – for no reason.
To purchase raffle tickets for this beautiful quilt and to learn more about ALS, visit the ALS Association website.
Posted by LindaM on November 28th, 2007
Some art quilts were just not meant to be! And it’s usually the ones you’ve spent hours and hours on, and used up all your most beautiful coveted fabric (sigh!!!).
Our vision can sometimes be lacking. Even though we can see a design clearly in our head and transfer it successfully to paper, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will turn out the way we planned.
Picture this: a trapunto peacock, with long flowing tail feathers outlined in thread and maybe bobbin work for effect, surrounded by a beautiful free motion quilted background in delicious threads.
The concept is simple, easy to visualize and put on paper. Then hours spent:
deciding which fabrics to use – there’s only three fabrics mind you, but they must work together of course
deciding what thread to use
transferring the design from paper to fabric
sewing the trapunto design
decorative stitching
decorative quilting
deciding on borders
The peacock looks good!
The background free motion quilting is beautiful (even if I do say so myself).
And so is the border quilting.
The tailfeathers look good also.
But wait! Something doesn’t look right. How did I miss that? Oh my goodness, how the heck can I fix that! A little paint on the tailfeathers perhaps. Maybe a little more paint and some more stitching.
Oh rats, I give up !! That is one legless bird!!
If anyone has suggestions on how to give this bird it’s legs, please feel free to post a comment with a hint or two.
At the moment, he sits abandoned in a crumpled heap in the corner (he has no legs to stand on remember), and I am ready to slice out the good bits to use on another more worthy project.
I like the design so I’m going to do him again, but I have no more beautiful watercolored yellow cotton lame (boo hoo!) However I did find some white cotton lame online which I’m going to dye when my dye room is done (a couple more weeks, woo hoo!!)
Stay tuned for the follow up!
It’s taken much longer than expected, but finally the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts Online eLearning Center is open for business.
We are offering a complementary demonstration workshop: Machine Wrapped Cording. The first few sessions have filled quickly, but this will be an ongoing workshop, so no-one will miss out.
Our online workshops are structured a little differently from the normal quilting class. We believe that the process of learning and the results of that experience are just as important.
As creative people, we are constantly challenged, not just by the technical issues of our hobby or work, but by our response to it also, so our workshops are designed to help you explore all these aspects.
Creative Textile & Quilting Arts workshops are a combination of:
standard learning modules
where the student will learn a technique, or combination of techniques
self-motivated exploration
where the student will be encouraged to explore and experiment further with the subject of the learning module
creativity coaching
where the student will be provided with creativity tools and exercises to help them deal with the issues and challenges that become evident, usually during the self-exploration cycle.
As time goes on we hope to grow these workshops and shape them to the needs of the art quilter, so if you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary in the way of elearning, then we hope to see you in one of our workshops.
Finding time to be creative is sometimes a balancing act. Family, jobs and a busy lifestyle can suck up our time without us even realizing it. Or maybe you feel that taking time for yourself is selfish; that this time could be better spent tending to our families.
We all need personal time – time to reflect and to recharge our batteries, and for art quilters this usually means finding time to create our art!
When we are separated from our source of creativity for long periods, even though we might not consciously be aware of it, our bodies react in subtle, and not so subtle, ways. We can feel anxious, a little off-color, sometimes it’s just a feeling of being out of balance. Stop and listen to what your body is telling you – become aware of the little signals that your body is trying to send you.
Finding time for yourself, even if it’s only an hour or half an hour a day, benefits not just yourself, but your whole family. When you feel balanced and empowered, you have more positive energy to give back to them.
“Time Management for Creative People” is a thoughtful little 32-page free ebook by writer and creativity coach Mark McGuinness. In it he lists a number of things that creative people can do to manage their time better.
If you have been neglecting yourself, take the first step – spend half an hour with this short book, implement some of the strategies and make some time for yourself. Your whole family will thank you.
I love to do handwork when I can find the time. French knots in particular hold a fascination – they can blend and twist and turn at will. Rayon threads and metallic threads look amazing done in french knots.
Free-form embroidery, for me, is relaxing, creative and meditative. Just to let your hand go where it wants, stitch what it wants and how it wants, is a very freeing creativity exercise.
Stitch Magazine is a UK based magazine for lovers of hand-stitching and embroidery. Their website has a number of small, innovative embroidery projects, a gallery of embroidered textiles, and a stitch directory.
Even if you don’t subscribe to the magazine, the projects alone are worth a look.
Having tension trouble doesn’t always have to be a bad thing – sometimes you end up with very interesting results.
This piece was stitched using free motion, with heavyweight cotton in the bobbin and monofilament on top with a very tight tension. This results in the bobbin thread being pulled to the top of the fabric and causing “eyelashes” to appear.
This will make a great background for something.
For textile and quilt artists, that’s a scary thought!
The ColorLovers blog has an interesting article about this very thing and even lists the phobias associated with each color.
“For most people, color is basic element of our daily lives that we use for comfort, inspiration, practicality, etc. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias and irrational fears affect approximately 10% of adults. Some of those phobias relate to colors being the most terrifying thing imaginable… for those poor people, this color loving website would probably be hell-incarnate. Here are several color phobias and some of color associations with common and strange phobias.”
Read the full article: ColorLoversBlog
The December edition of “From The Sewing Room” ezine is now available. Great articles and information.
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Some art quilts were just not meant to be! And it’s usually the ones you’ve spent hours and hours on, and used up all your most beautiful coveted fabric (sigh!!!).
Our vision can sometimes be lacking. Even though we can see a design clearly in our head and transfer it successfully to paper, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will turn out the way we planned.
Picture this: a trapunto peacock, with long flowing tail feathers outlined in thread and maybe bobbin work for effect, surrounded by a beautiful free motion quilted background in delicious threads.
The concept is simple, easy to visualize and put on paper. Then hours spent:
deciding which fabrics to use – there’s only three fabrics mind you, but they must work together of course
deciding what thread to use
transferring the design from paper to fabric
sewing the trapunto design
decorative stitching
decorative quilting
deciding on borders
The peacock looks good!
The background free motion quilting is beautiful (even if I do say so myself).
And so is the border quilting.
The tailfeathers look good also.
But wait! Something doesn’t look right. How did I miss that? Oh my goodness, how the heck can I fix that! A little paint on the tailfeathers perhaps. Maybe a little more paint and some more stitching.
Oh rats, I give up !! That is one legless bird!!
If anyone has suggestions on how to give this bird it’s legs, please feel free to post a comment with a hint or two.
At the moment, he sits abandoned in a crumpled heap in the corner (he has no legs to stand on remember), and I am ready to slice out the good bits to use on another more worthy project.
I like the design so I’m going to do him again, but I have no more beautiful watercolored yellow cotton lame (boo hoo!) However I did find some white cotton lame online which I’m going to dye when my dye room is done (a couple more weeks, woo hoo!!)
Stay tuned for the follow up!
Just a reminder that a demo online workshop will be available for sign-up very shortly.
Why am I taking sign-ups for a demo workshop?
My aim is to provide online workshops that are fun, informative and offer the art quilter a quality experience. So I asked myself – how are students to experience this with just the standard “free-for-all” demo course. These “free-for-all” introductory workshops don’t usually impress me much, and don’t really offer a very good overview of an online class situation.
So in order for you to make an assessment of my workshops, a free demo workshop will be offered on a weekly basis, to run for a full week, with the number of students being limited. These workshops will be fully interactive and offer exactly the same experience as a “paid for” workshop, and will also include teacher participation.
Details will be posted here as they become available, so check back here for frequently updated information, subscribe to our RSS feed, or visit the website where you will also find information.
Needle felting, or needle punching, can produce surprising results even when used with cotton fabrics.
The challenge: to create a realistic looking tree trunk.
Laying out the fabric strips
Punching the fabric – oops, watch that pin!

Looking a little frayed around the edges

Punched and stitched

Taking shape

“A Spot of Earth” – the completed quilt.
New Article Posted:
Art quilters have never had it so good with the variety of machine quilting thread that is available to them these days.
The full article can be found at the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts website.
New Article Posted:
Selecting fabric for your quilting projects is one of the best things about being a quilter. With such a variety in colors, textures, patterns and finishes, the quilter has an enormous fabric palette to choose from.
The full article can be found at the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts website.
New Article Posted:
A new article has been posted in our “How To” Article Section – How to Hang a Quilt.
“Hanging a quilt is most commonly done by attaching a quilt sleeve. A quilt sleeve will ensure that your quilt is well supported, particularly if the quilt is large, and will also ensure that no damage is done to the quilt by attaching clips in order to hang it.”
Read more and download instructions at the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts website.
New Article Posted:
Binding a quilt is usually one of the last things you do before the quilt is considered finished. There are a number of ways to bind a quilt …
Read the full article and download instructions at the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts Website.
The November edition of “From The Sewing Room” ezine is now available. Great articles and information.
Download now
Photo courtesy of PugnoM
The issue of copyright is always a hot topic amongst artists and the rules are confusing and difficult to understand.
I recently came across the Free Culture website which offers up some very interesting information, video and audio articles, including a link to the Creative Commons website. The Creative Commons website provides information on how to go about creating your own copyright policy as well as information on how to police it. In other words, you can now apply your copyright in language that anyone can understand. This copyright can be applied to work published on the internet as well as off the internet.
I am beginning to see more and more around the internet, that people are using a Creative Commons copyright. Images in particular, like the one in this article, are freely available under a Creative Commons copyright.
As textile and quilt artists, most of us live in fear of our copyright being abuser, a fear that is like a double edged sword. On one hand we fear having our work copied and ripped off, and on the flip side we fear having to deal with the repercussions because we simply are not sure of what they are.
I, for one, have decided to embrace the “Creative Commons” license and will in fact be revising all my online works to be covered under one of these licenses. A great idea in a world gone mad!
It’s amazing what you can do with scraps and leftovers. This little quilt (approx 18×12) was put together from samples and scraps leftover from a surface design workshop I recently taught.
Included in this sample is
tyvek (green squares in middle)
color washed brown paper (prairie points and leaves)
paper fabric with some cheesecloth attached (main pink square)
The color washed brown paper was fused onto some peltex and cut to shape. Then I added some machine wrapped cording around the edge of the prairie points to define them against the background.
Since the paper fabric looked very organic, I quilted organic type lines that look like flowing water and pebbles.
The tyvek was also fused to some peltex and cut to shape. I then handstitched the edges to finish them off.
Everything was layered onto a machine quilted background and the end result is very three dimensional. I have yet to add a few more embellishments (it’s not finished till it’s embellished!) and then it will be done.
All in all – a cute little art quilt.
The January 2008 edition of “From The Sewing Room” ezine is now available. Great articles and information.
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It’s always nice to get something for free, so in this section you will find some free machine quilting patterns.
We intend to offer a series of free machine quilting patterns suitable for all levels of experience, and we are starting off with some easy designs suitable for beginners. We will be adding more intricate and decorative designs as time progresses.
The first in the series is called “The Little Book of ~Easy~ Machine Quilting Designs”. These designs are continuous line drawings, simple in shape, and are suitable for beginners.
The patterns are compiled in an ebook in pdf format for convenience, so you will need Adobe Reader to view it.
If you need to update your Adobe Reader, click on the “Get Adobe Reader” logo. This is a free update.
Special Feature
A special feature of the ebook is the supplemental animated “stitching sequence” videos. The videos feature the designs that are included in the ebook and show a special animated stitching sequence which represents the best way to stitch out these designs.
The videos are in flash format and are designed to be viewed online.We hope you find this a useful feature, particularly for the more intricate designs which will be offered in the future.
Tips for Free Motion Designs for Beginners
Free motion quilting designs are generally stitched without transferring the design to the fabric, in other words they are stitched freehand. This can be tricky when you are first starting out, however the following tips should help.
The best way to start with free motion designs is with pencil and paper. Just like writing your name, free motion designs can be learned in a similar manner.
Using the designs in the ebook, lay a sheet of transparent paper over the top and trace the outline without lifting your pencil from the paper. Do this a number of times until you are comfortable with the movements. Then take a piece of copy paper and practice freehand.
Once your brain has comprehended the flow of the line, you will find it an easy transition from paper and pencil, to machine and thread.
And of course, the only way you will ever get good at anything is with – practice, practice, practice !
Other Sources for Designs
Other great free machine quilting designs can be found at Patsy Thompson Designs. She has a great website with beautiful photos of her machine quilting.
Quiltmaker also offers some free patterns.
Machine Quilting threads, and threads in general, are usually labeled with two numbers. The first number refers to the size thread (denier), and the second refers to the ply, or how many strands are twisted together. The lower the thread size number, the thicker the thread.
Generally, man made fibers are stronger than natural ones. Therefore, threads with polyester, acrylic or nylon content will be less apt to fray and break than a cotton thread.
When selecting threads, compare color, sheen, texture of thread to determine the effect that you desire, e.g. metallics are shiny and sparkling, rayon produces a high sheen, silk a subtle sheen, and cotton provides matte luster.
For additional information about machine quilting threads, check out our Machine Quilting Thread article.
Cotton is easy to use, readily available and comes in a multitude of colors including variegated. Most cotton threads are colorfast and have little to no stretch. Not all cotton thread is made equal though: a poor quality cotton thread will have a fuzzy finish, whereas a good quality thread will have a smooth finish. Polyester wrapped cotton is stronger than cotton, but the wrapping process also produces a more abrasive thread with a rougher texture.
Rayon thread has a high sheen, but is not as strong as cotton. It is neither colorfast nor shrink resistant and it should be used only for decorative purposes.
Polyester thread comes in a wide range of colors including variegated, and is strong, durable and colorfast. It can be used for construction or for decorative purposes.
Metallic thread can add sparkle to your project. These threads are generally more fragile and difficult to use than other threads, however with the proper machine needle and tensioning, are well worth the effort.
Silk threads have a wonderful luster and are strong and easy to use, although expensive.
Monofilament, or invisible, thread is available in clear, black and smoke colors. It is available in both polyester and nylon, and is made to “disappear” against the quilt surface. It does have a slight sheen which can produce an undesirable visual effect, and has a tendency to stretch. If using in the bobbin, it should be wound on by hand or very slowly using the machine winder.
has a higher heat resistance, does not go brittle or yellow over time, and is softer than nylon.
has a tendency to go brittle and turn yellow over time, and has a low melting temperature.

Monofilament Comparison Chart
Sulky: poly
Superior: poly
Coats: nylon
YLI nylon
Madeira: Polyamide (nylon)

Using the correct type of sewing machine needle for your project will go a long way to determining your project’s success or failure.
Selecting a sewing machine needle is not difficult. The “Types Chart” details the different types of needles available as well as their unique applications.
Use this chart as a guideline only when selecting your needle. Just because one type of needle is recommended for a specific purpose, such as metallic needles for metallic thread, does not mean that another needle will not produce as good or better results.
If you find that one needle does not produce good stitching quality, swap it out for another type of needle.
Remember too, that the eye of the machine needle should be just large enough to accommodate the weight of thread you are using. Too large an eye will result in holes in your project; too small an eye will result in possible shredding of your thread.
And always remember, machine needles do dull over time. Make sure your needle is sharp and this will go a long way towards producing good stitching.
Parts Chart
The upper part of the needle is called the shank. It is usually round on one side and flat on the other.
The shaft is the lower part of the needle that extends from the base of the shank to the point.
This part is located on the shaft on the same side as the rounded part of the shank. The groove, or indentation, acts as a thread guide and provides a channel for the thread to lie in as the needle passes through the fabric.
The scarf is visible on the flat side of the shaft. It is a short indentation located just above the eye of the needle. The purpose of the scarf is to allow the bobbin case hook to get close to the needle eye and catch the thread to form a stitch.
This is the hole above the needle point through which the needle thread passes. The size of the eye varies with the needle type and size. A needle should be selected with an eye that is large enough to accommodate the weight of the thread that is being used.
The point is the tip of the needle that pierces through the fabric. Each needle type has a different point which is specifically designed for different types of fabric.
Sizing Chart
Sewing machine needles are sized according to two systems – European and American – and both numbers are usually marked on the package.
Needle sizes range from the finest which is 60/8, to the thickest which is 120/19.

European American
60 8
65 9
70 10
75 11
80 12
90 14
100 16
110 18
120 19
Types Chart
Sewing machine needles come in a variety of types. You should always make your needle selection based on the type of fabric, and the weight and type of thread you are using.
Ball Point Needle
Made especially for sewing on knits, its unique point does not damage or break knitted fibers.
Denim Needle
For jeans and similar densely woven materials.
Double Needle
Two needles mounted on a crossbar with a single shaft. Can be used with zig zag sewing machines that thread front to back. Sews two rows of stitching at the same time.
Hemstitch Needle
Sometimes called a Wing Needle, it is used to create decorative openwork or cut-work on tightly woven fabrics. The needle is very sharp and is made to cut the fabric.
Leather Needle
Has a slightly sharp cutting point suitable for leather and heavy non-woven synthetics.
Machine Embroidery Needle
For use with rayon and other specialty machine embroidery threads. The needle has a special scarf, long smooth groove, and large eye which helps to protect these more fragile type threads and guards against excess friction.
Metallica Needle
For use with metallic threads. It has a double sized, polished, and Teflon coated eye to assist with smooth flow of thread. The large eye helps to make threading easier, and also helps to prevent shredding and breaking when using metallic threads.
Quilting Needle
Made especially for piecing and machine quilting. The thin tapered design of these needles allows them to pass through many layers smoothly, which helps to eliminate skipped stitches.
Sharp Needle
A very slim needle with a thin shaft that helps make very straight stitches. The point is very sharp and because of this, is more fragile and needs to be changed regularly. Good for piecing high thread count fabrics like batiks, silks, and microfibers. It is also used for beautiful topstitching or edge stitching.
Stretch Needle
Made especially for synthetic suede or highly elastic synthetic knit wear. This needle has a medium ball point to help prevent skipped stitches.
Topstitch Needle
Has an extra large eye and large grooves to accommodate topstitch thread. This needle helps stitch perfectly straight lines and even stitches.
Universal Needle
A general purpose needle that can be used on knit or woven fabrics. It has a long scarf so it does not damage knits. It has a slight ball point which makes it unsuitable for stitching multiple layers or for use with high thread count fabrics.
During the last half of 2007, That’s My Story! (art quilting stories by art quilters) has been a feature article in our ezine From The Sewing Room. It has been such a popular feature that we have decided to make the articles available to all our visitors, including those who do not subscribe to the ezine, by giving the articles their very own webspace on the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts website.
As a result, That’s My Story! Webspace has now become an ideal place to promote yourself, your business and your services or products at no cost to you.
You can go directly to view our current submissions here.
Benefits to Readers
Many new art quilters are intimidated by the success of more experienced art quilters, and stories like these help to reinforce the understanding that most of us start from humble beginnings; that with an idea, some drive and personal expectations of fulfilling our passion to create art with fabric, we can achieve our dreams.
Benefits to You
This is a quality directory of art quilters “with a twist”.
Instead of the same old links page that you see everywhere all over the internet, we want to do it a little differently by offering you the opportunity for self-promotion.
Publishing your story is a great way to increase your public profile by promoting yourself, your business, your products or services, and we offer this at no cost to you. These articles provide visitors to this website with the ideal opportunity to get to know you, and then in turn visit your websites and view your work.
Do you have an upcoming book release or some workshops happening around the place? This is a great opportunity for promotion.
Requirements are simple. Using the submission form below:
Write your story about how you got started as an art quilter, (500 words minimum).
Supply one photo.
As part of the story you are welcome to include any sort of promotion for yourself, your website, your business and/or products, although this should be secondary to the main story.
Include one link to your website and/or one link to a product or service you specifically want to promote.
We would appreciate a link back to this site, however it is not necessary.
What You Can Expect In Return
A full page dedicated to promoting you, your products and/or services.
A link back to your website.
A link to your article will be included in our art quilting ezine the month following your article submission, and a link to this section of the website will be included in every publication of the ezine.
I reserve the right to edit typos and grammatical errors, or ask you to edit any content that does not meet the submission requirements.
You are free to update your article at any time by simply contacting me.
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Everyone loves a good story and art quilting stories are sometimes the best.
Storytelling is not only a way to entertain, but it can also be used as a learning tool which provides useful information for other people, and in this case “other people” is us – art quilters!
Everyone benefits in storytelling:
the story teller – by sharing useful or entertaining information
and the reader – by learning something new or just enjoying a chuckle over a cup of coffee.
That’s My Story
During the last half of 2007, That’s My Story! has been a feature article in our ezine From The Sewing Room. It has been such a popular feature that we have decided to make the articles available to all our visitors, including those who do not subscribe to the ezine, by giving the articles their very own webspace on the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts website, as well as open up the webspace for additional submissions.
As a resultThat’s My Story! Webspace has now become an ideal place for art quilters like you to promote yourself, your business and your services or products, or to simply tell us your story, all at no cost to you. Please visit here for full details or click here to read the current submissions.
As an added benefit, this now leaves us with extra space to fill in our art quilting ezine, so as of January 2008, From The Sewing Room Ezine will now include more art quilt related content by way of projects, information, hints and tips. If you are not already subscribed, now’s the time to do it … and it’s free!!
What’s Your Story
Plus we have added a fun new feature to the website called What’s Your Story?
Every month we will feature a different art quilting topic and readers will be asked to submit their favorite story. You can click here to read their stories.
and just to make it more interesting
During the month following, we will run a public poll and the story that is voted the best will receive a 10% discount voucher which you will be able to redeem at the Creative Textile & Quilting Arts website.
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early in 2008 we begin our online art quilting workshops, to be followed by our art quilting education store, which will include eBooks, eWorkbooks, and much more – all relating to … of course – art quilting! How much fun can an art quilter have !! (sounds like a good topic for one of our story sessions.)
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what has embroidery to do with quilting?
Our friend Joan would like an embroidery machine comparison.
She has been busy looking at quilting machines and has visited several dealers and has done her homework. She was introduced to embroidery machines along the way and before making a final decision she would like a comparison of the different types of embroidery machines that would be suitable for a quilter.
J: Linda, I’ve been to a couple of dealers’ stores looking at quilting machines, and while I was there they showed me some home embroidery machines.

I’ve never seen a home embroidery machine and I can’t imagine that it would be useful for quilting although I was told they were quite popular. What do you think? Can you give me a comparison of machines that would be suitable for a quilter?
let’s get creative
L: Joan, lots of women are discovering creative ways to use embroidery machine designs on their quilts, both traditional quilts and art quilts. Machine embroidery is also used a lot on garments, particularly jeans, jackets and dresses, as well as children’s clothing.
J: The machine I saw looked a little different from a normal sewing machine and somewhat complicated.
L: Joan, a home embroidery machine is really not all that complicated. It does have a learning curve but if you have a little knowledge of computers and their filing system, then it is a fairly simple transition to understand and embroidery machine.
Also when you buy an embroidery machine from your local dealer, they normally offer lessons so that you understand how to use the machine. So if you are thinking of buying an embroidery machine, here are some things to consider.
consider this
There are two main types of home embroidery machines and I’ve listed a comparison of the main pros and cons for you:
Because embroidery is all it does, this allows you to sew on your quilting machine at the same time you are using the embroidery machine.
Space – having two machines, one for quilting and one for embroidery, takes up more space than a single machine.
If space is an issue, then a combo embroidery and sewing machine would be the way to go.
A combo embroidery/sewing machine will not offer the special features of a quilting machine unless you are prepared to spend a lot of money.
So now you have a comparison to work with, you need to make a decision about what’s important in an embroidery machine:
space saving with a combo embroidery and sewing machine
or the benefits of having two machines – a quilting machine and an embroidery machine
Also the more expensive machines tend to have many great additional features and some top-of-the-line machines have features of a quilting machine as well as offering larger hoop sizes. So if money is not an issue, you could research embroidery machines further and look into it.
J: Thanks Linda, that explains a lot however I don’t think I’m quite ready to go in that direction. Maybe later.
I do have another question though about small sewing machines. I’ve heard that they are a great machine for a quilter. Can you elaborate on that.
Art quilters have never had it so good with the variety of machine quilting thread that is available to them these days.
Basic Cotton
Cotton thread, originally the quilters’ choice of thread, is now available in a wide variety of colors and weights, with Egyptian cotton particularly, making a huge statement.
And for machine quilters, whilst cotton thread is still a favorite, it now gets to compete alongside other beautiful and tantalizing quilting threads made of polyester, rayon and metallic.
Price and Quality
Machine quilting thread can be expensive, but cheaper threads will add little to the end result of your project, can sometimes contribute to poor sewing machine performance, and if your project is to be functional such as a lap or bed quilt, it will certainly shorten its lifespan.
Poor quality threads will also produce poor results:
Short staple cotton threads tend to throw off a lot of lint which not only clogs your bobbin area, but can get caught up in the thread itself and result in “bumps” in the stitching line.
Polyester, rayon and metallic threads can also suffer from poor quality and result in weak thread that breaks and shreds easily. Sometimes it is not the fault of your machine or needle, sometimes it is just simply “bad” thread.
Remember also, thread deteriorates over time and becomes brittle and loses strength. So your mother’s collection of old thread, whilst maybe having some sentimental value, is not going to guarantee you a beautiful finish or trouble-free sewing.
Personality Clashes
Learning to work with your threads is important, and when you work with threads long enough particlarly when machine quilting, you begin to notice that each brand and type of thread has its own little personality.
Some threads like a vertical spool and some threads prefer a horizontal spool. Monofilament thread sometimes prefers rolling around in a cup and metallic thread can often act kinky and needs taming with a net.
Understanding that your sewing machine is often not to blame when thread issues occur will go a long way toward a better relationship between you and your machine, and taking time to do a stitch and tension test before you begin on your project will alleviate a lot of anxiety.
Don’t throw it out
Old, finicky or poor quality thread can still be put to use, so never throw it out.
It may be quite suitable for the back of a project
Consider using it in your bobbin for bobbin work
Snip it up, sandwich it between two layers of sheer fabric and use it to make “thread fabric”
Hand quilting thread – a word of warning
Some hand quilting threads have a wax coating which allows the hand quilter to easily work with the thread. These types of threads however, are not good for your sewing machine as it is possible for the wax coating to create slippage through the tension discs causing tension problems with your stitching. Normally the thread label will state if the thread is coated, so make sure you read the label if using hand quilting thread in your machine.
Machine wrapped cording is a simple technique that produces cording that will color coordinate with your projects.
It’s a great way to use up old yarn, “what was I thinking” fabric and difficult or brittle thread.
It has many applications, both decorative and functional and can be made in any thickness. It can be used on garments, art quilts or even three dimensional fabric art.
By including optional variations you can add interest, texture and uniqueness.
Supply List
Sewing machine
Machine Feet
You can use a standard sewing machine foot, however a foot with a “tunnel” underneath, such as a beading foot or cording foot is ideal.
Base Cording
Anything that is flexible and thin enough to fit under the foot of your sewing machine will work for this type of cording.
yarn – a great way to use up old, ugly yarn
strips of fabric – a great way to use up that “what was I thinking” fabric
embroidery thread
twisted cording
You will need a variety of threads in cotton, rayon, polyester and metallic. This is a great technique for using up any old thread that you have lying around
Things To Know
Things To Know
Keep the yarn taut as it passes under the needle
Use the same color or a coordinating color thread in the bobbin
Use up your old thread for the first and/or second layer of stitching as this will become invisible or barely visible by the time you’re done
If your thread breaks or you run out of thread, simply rethread and pull the broken threads towards you alongside the cording, stitching over them as you go
Don’t plan on completely covering the base cord with only one layer of stitching. Depending on the type of base cord, it may take two or three layers of stitching to completely cover it
For soft, flexible cording use yarn or a soft fabric as your base and stitch a minimal number layers on top
For a firmer cording, use a stiffer base such as string, or add more layers of stitching
When cutting the cording, use a little fray check to stop the stitching from unraveling
Sewing Machine Setup
Machine Feet
The best foot to use is a braiding foot or a foot with a “tunnel” underneath such as a beading foot. These types of feet are the easiest to use as they will allow you to easily guide the cording.
You could also use a standard foot with feed dogs up, or a darning foot with feed dogs down and manually guide the cording under the foot.
At normal tension, the top thread will wrap halfway around the cording and you will need to use the same thread in the bobbin as on the top.
If you use a slightly loose top tension, the top thread will wrap all the way around the cording and you can use either the same thread in the bobbin or a coordinating color.
The Basics
This photo demonstration will show you how to machine wrap three strands of 8 ply yarn with a standard foot and feed dogs up.
Cut your base cording to the desired length. Three strands of 8ply yarn will produce approx 1/8” diameter cording.
Set your machine for zigzag stitch wide enough for the needle to swing entirely over the yarn on either side. Length should be about 1.5 – 2.0.
Allow about 2-3 inches of cording to extend out the back of your machine, and holding the tail of the cord with your left hand and twisting the front section with your right hand, guide the cording under the foot. You may need to pull slightly in order for it to feed through smoothly. Zigzag along the length of cording.
Shorten the length of your stitch to about .5, or shorter if you are using fine thread and holding the cording in the same manner, satin stitch the length of the cording.
Using the same stitch length, change your top thread and bobbin thread, and satin stitch the length of the cording.
Lengthen your stitch to 1.5 – 2.0, change to a metallic thread in the top and bobbin and zigzag the length of the cording.
There are many options you can use to add surface texture, color and design to your cording that will make it unique and interesting.
Following are just a few ideas:
1. Stitch a length of fine craft wire into the first or second layers of stitching. This will allow you to manipulate the cording so that it will retain shape.
2. To add texture, you can make bumps in the cording by moving backwards and forwards a number of times whilst stitching. Do this on your final layer of stitching, or before you add a final metallic layer.
3. Wrap strands of fiber around the cording and stitch in place at intervals, or cut short pieces of decorative yarn or fiber and stitch into the cording.
4. Cover your base cord with white thread – cotton or polyester – and hand paint. If you want a bit of sparkle, use a glitter topcoat, or use a metallic paint. If you are adding metallic thread, stitch it after you have dyed the cording.
5. Use bobbinwork thread. Wrap the base cord with your main color. Change to a contrasting or blending color bobbin work thread, then stitch over the top. You can play with the tension in both your top tension and your bobbin tension to achieve different effects. This sample is Ricky Timms Razzle Dazzle, one of my favorite bobbinwork threads.
This should give you a starting point to work with, but what else can you do; how far can you take this?
Now that we know how to make the cording and add variety and interest, what can we do with it? Let’s explore some applications.
The cording on “Circles” has been couched down around the outer edge of the main circles to add definition. The thread used on the cording is the same as was used for the free motion quilting. This offers a sense of unity.
Using cording is a great way to join paneled quilts. On “Scrapbook” and “Morocco”, the cording was used to join the panels together.
Small buttonholes were sewn close to the edges of the panels and the cording was threaded through, cut to length, and then the ends were tied in a knot to prevent them from slipping through the holes.
This is a good application for irregular shaped panels such as “Scrapbook” since the cording can be cut at varying lengths to provide overall balance and alignment.
Decorative beads were threaded to the cording on “Scrapbook” to provide interest.
The cording can be used for decorative purposes. A wrought iron gate on “What Lies Beyond” was designed by using cording with fine craft wire stitched into. The wire enables the cording to be easily shaped. Once the design was complete, the pieces of cording were handstitched together, and then the completed unit was handstitched to the background of the quilt.
The cording on “Puddles” was shaped without using wire, and handstitched to the background of the quilt.
Additional Ideas
Frogs and Chinese Knot Buttons
Decorative Cording for Jewelry/Purse Straps
By Alyson Stanfield
An artist statement is a necessary component of any professional artists’ portfolio or promotional packet.
When writing your artist statement, DO:
*Write in the first person. It is a statement, after all.
*Be brief, 2-3 paragraphs at most. Always err on the side of brevity. You can write more, but why would you want to? People have short attention spans these days. Load as much punch into the delivery as you can. Combine sentences and delete ones that aren’t vital. As Henri Matisse said in his treatise on painting, “All that is not useful to the picture is detrimental.” The same could be said of your statement.
*Describe the current direction of your work and your approach, particularly what is unique about your methods and materials.
*Sit on it for a few days and come back to it with a fresh mindset. Most artists, in my opinion, hate their statements because they rushed them in preparation for an exhibit and didn’t care to spend any more time on them. How do you expect it to be any good if you don’t work at it?
*Consider more than one statement if you are trying to discuss more than one body of work. If you try to get too much into a single statement, you run the risk of saying nothing and trying to be everything to all people. This is bad marketing/bad promotions.
*Allow your artist statement to grow, change, and mature along with your work. Don’t let it sit on a shelf and collect dust. It should be organic and you shouldn’t be afraid to change it and make it better.
*Make sure your statement passes the litmus test. Above all, viewers should be compelled to put the statement away and look back at the work. Your statement isn’t successful if people read the words on the page, and then put them down and go on to the next artist.
When writing your artist statement, DO NOT:
*Use too many personal pronouns. Yes, I said to write in first person, but try to severely limit the number of “I”s, “me”s and “my”s that are used. You’ll be amazed at how many other ways there are to phrase things. You want people to relate to your words and to your art. Too many personal pronouns will put up an unnecessary a barrier.
*Tell your life story. You can keep that for your bio (as long as it’s interesting). Your artist statement is only about the current direction of your work.
*Quote or refer to anyone else by name. Keep the focus on you and your art. Mentioning another name shifts the readers’ attention from your art to the other person.
*Forget to use spell check and ask someone else to read it over for you.
View the time to write your artist statement as an opportunity to clarify your thoughts. A well-written statement, approached deliberately and thoughtfully, can be a boon to your self-promotion efforts. You’ll use the language on your Web site and in grant applications, press releases, brochures, and much more.
Copyright 2008 Alyson Stanfield, All rights reserved.
Alyson B. Stanfield is an art-marketing consultant, artist advocate, and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alyson_Stanfield
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Photo courtesywoodleywonderworks
By GK Eckert
No matter what walk of life you may find yourself in, creativity is an asset. I’ve seen people be creative in career endeavors and others be creative in putting together dinner parties. It adds spice and zip to life, not only to your own life but to the lives of those around you. Here are my five tips for stimulating your creativity.
1. Turn off auto-pilot. Ever drive somewhere and suddenly realize that you didn’t recall making a turn, only to discover you’d been on “auto pilot?” When we repeatedly perform the same tasks over and over, there’s a natural tendency to find ourselves giving little awareness to what we are doing.
To stimulate your creative juices try going a different way to work, turning down a different street. When you comb your hair, put the part on the other side. Stir your coffee with the other hand. Brush your teeth with the other hand. It will feel a bit peculiar, but you’ll be very much in the moment.
2. Variations of a theme. Just as Mozart or Beethoven may have written a theme, and then variations, be creative. Practice this same approach in your day to day life.There are many things that we do without much thought or enthusiasm. Find a way to make them more fun and more interesting. Find ways to stimulate your creativity in every little task you do.
Anything that must be done more than once is an opportunity to use your creativity. It’s a way of creating a slight variation each time; not just once but every time. Dare to be creative. Make it a game to come up with a slightly new twist. Just changing the time or location can make a difference. Try eating with the fine china, or with real cloth napkins, adding candle light or simply eating in the dining room if you seldom do. You will create an experience that feels totally new. Change your writing style, vary what you normally say or how you say it; write more or less than you usually do. All these things can get your creative juices going.
3. Try some new food. Try some new food that you’ve never had before. Consider something that maybe you’ve always avoided but never really tried. So, how do you know that you don’t like it? Personally, for many years I would just not try sour cream. The name turned me off. When I finally tried it I discovered, of course, something delicious and wonderful that I’d been missing out on.
Be creative, visit a new restaurant. Be bold and daring if you’ve always been conservative. Try a different sauce, maybe some foods that don’t normally go together. You might just come up with something totally new; maybe even start a new trend.
4. Take on a new hobby or course. Taking on something new makes us stretch. It creates new pathways in the brain. It stimulates brain activity and causes us to feel a greater sense of wellness and being alive.
So, if you’ve never taken yoga or martial arts, or a belly dance class, try it. Be creative. Perhaps try painting or take up playing an instrument. Try something you’ve never done before, maybe something you’ve even secretly thought that you didn’t have the ability for. Stretch and try something new. Guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing. And you might just discover a talent you didn’t know you had!
5. The “Mozart Effect”. Don Campbell’s book explains how Mozart’s music, played in schools affected the minds of the young students hearing it. They were more creative and they performed better. He broke the music down into three categories, producing cd’s for each. One, of course, was for “stimulating creativity”. On that cd were very simple themes with variation after variation. It didn’t take me long to see how it did indeed stimulate creativity; how it opened the mind up to new possibilities. I often found that I felt like painting when I heard that music.
I don’t say that it has to be Mozart, but I do recommend listening to some music that is a theme with variations, to stimulate your creativity and get those creative juices flowing. You hear the same thing presented many different ways. It is particularly helpful if you are a musician. And you certainly can’t go wrong by choosing Mozart either.
If you try these five tips to stimulating your creativity, you’ll find yourself paying more attention to your day. You’ll find yourself more creative. You’ll find yourself more involved in your day and I dare say that you’ll find it more interesting too! By constantly thinking and making conscious choices, you are stimulating, using and practicing your creativity. And then when called upon to perform, it is honed and ready to go to work for you.
Gail Karen (G.K.) Eckert is a vocalist, musician, songwriter and teacher. She founded Musikhaus Studio of Creativity in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1987 and continues to guide students through the crucial steps of learning to sing. She believes that anyone can learn to sing, given the proper guidance and encouragement. She also believes that singing your music your way is not only a fun past time but is also crucial to self expression and well being.
For more tips on creativity and self expression, visit her site http://www.YourMusicYourWay.com [email protected]
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“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!” ~ Dr. Seuss
Creativity gets better and better with practice. The more you “poke around” beyond z, the more fascinating and successful your life will become.
Here are some simple techniques that will help you improve your creativity skills:
1) Be open to new ideas. Creativity requires that you be open to ideas and concepts that are new even if they seem impossible. Do not simply dismiss what you do not understand. There is no better way to open your mind to new ideas than to try a new task, learn a new skill, or begin a new hobby. You will be amazed at how doing something new will open your mind to new ideas. Suddenly new worlds will open for you.
2) Be inquisitive. Extremely successful people are always asking questions and seeking answers about better ways of doing things. Curiosity is a way of life for them; it is the hallmark of their success. They are never convinced that anything is as good as it gets. They always believe there is a better, faster, safer, smarter, and more efficient ways of doing things. Never stop being inquisitive.
Revive your childhood curiosity. Never be afraid of asking questions.
Next time you think one of your questions is “silly,” remember the questions asked by these creative geniuses:
Leonardo DaVinci once asked, “Why does the thunder last a longer time than that which causes it?” and “Why is the sky blue?”
Socrates asked, “What is beauty?”
Albert Einstein in his youth asked himself, “What would it be like to run beside a beam of light at the speed of light?”
Just think of the inventions that have benefited humanity in countless ways. Most of them came into being because someone answered the simple question, “What if . . . ”
3) Learn to think illogically. Thinking things through logically is something each of us has learned to do. This is how we “process” information in order to make sound, rational decisions.
It is a process however, that excludes creativity. Choose any idea (whether it is yours or someone else’s), no matter how illogical it may seem, and begin to think of ways that the impossible might actually happen. Connect ideas and see where it takes you.
4) Spend time with creative people. You will soon discover that the most consistently creative are children, especially the ones who have been given a box of crayons but have not yet been told to color within the lines. Their imaginations run wild. They can teach you a priceless lesson: how to think “out-of-the-box.”
5) Quit trying to be perfect. You will never achieve perfection on the earth anyway. There is nothing as inhibiting to creativity as perfectionism. Imperfection is human. Learn to become uninhibited by concern for doing something that is correct. Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance.
6) Be open. Do not judge creative ideas that come your way no matter how “silly” or “obvious” they may initially seem. Creativity thrives in people with nonjudgmental attitudes. Creative people are tolerant of ambiguity, do not impose boundaries on ideas, and take risks in order to achieve great results.
7) Sleep improves creativity. In a recent sleep deprivation study conducted by the Sleep Research Laboratory or Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK, scientists using clinically oriented neuropsychological tests found that lack of sleep has a significant impact on creativity. As little as one night of sleep loss has a major affect on innovative thinking and flexible decision-making. Remember what your mother taught you and get a good night’s sleep.
Never stop thinking of yourself as creative. Think positively about the fact that you are creative, and that you are becoming even more creative every day. Remember, creativity is learned. The more you learn about it, the more you practice it, the more creative you will become.
Never forget that you have the right to be creative because you were made in the image of God, the Creator of heaven and earth.
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Let’s meet Joan – a beginner at quilting
… and an art quilter wanna be
Hi, my name’s Joan and I’m a beginner at quilting. I’ve only been quilting for a very short time and I really don’t know all that much about it yet, probably even less than a beginner would know.
I’ve recently done a few small quilts for my family and they turned out ok, but what I really want to try is art quilting – that just sounds like so much fun!
Well, now that I’ve been quilting for a short while, I’ve got lots of questions. It can get very confusing trying to sort out all the stuff you need to know about quilting, and I’m not even going to start with art quilting just quite yet.
These are just some of things I’m having trouble understanding:
I overheard someone say that not all fabrics were the same quality – I didn’t know that, I thought they were all the same.
and I seem to have trouble with some of my threads breaking – I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong.
and sometimes my machine quilting is not so good – what can I do to make that better?
I am a true beginner. A virgin quilter even. Speaking of virgins, I must tell you the one about …
Ooops, I can hear Linda rummaging around in her sewing room.
Stick with me as I pick her brain and you might learn something as well. This could take quite some time so we might have to do this in installments. I don’t know about you, but my head can only hold so much information at a time.
never say never
Linda is a very nice person, but I find it really strange that she seems to spend so much time and money buying fabric and thread and quilty things. Talk about stuff !! Beads and paints and things I can’t even imagine using. It’s almost like an obsession with her ! I’m quite sure that’ll never happen to me, although I did see some nice fabric at that quilt shop the other day, and she had some beads there that were winking at me … hmmmm.
And you know, lately I’ve been thinking … my sewing machine is a little old and cranky and maybe I’d like to get a new one, but where to start with that, I’m a little confused about it all.
let’s get started
J: Hey Linda! Pull your head out of that fabric stash. I need some advice.
L: Hey there Joan, what can I help you with today ?
(Thinking: She sure does need help .. I should live to see the day she can sew a straight seam.
J: Linda, I think it’s time for a new sewing machine, but I don’t know where to start.
(Thinking: Hmmm, maybe I will live to see the day…)
L: A new machine? I think I can help you with that.
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Air Conditioning Repair Las Vegas services have become quite common in the past couple of years. This is mainly the case since a good number of residents and business people in the region are using air conditioning appliances in homes and businesses both. Most of these appliances require regular maintenance and repairs to make sure that they are working perfectly. So, if you live in our city and you require any type of repair services, you should know that you are not alone. The good thing is that there are many experts in the region who can offer you the services that you require.

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AC Repair Las Vegas

AC repair Las Vegas services would be vital because air conditioners are a kind of equipment that would require repairs and maintenance checks on a regular basis to ensure that they are working optimally. This is why you need the services of an expert. Again, the DIY method might not apply in repairing such appliances since they require the intervention of an expert. Improper handling of electrical appliances can lead to electrocution and even death. Therefore, such jobs should be undertaken by people who understand very well how to work with the equipment.

Who needs Las Vegas Air conditioning repair?

Las Vegas Air Conditioning Repair

Las Vegas Air conditioning repair services are a vital aspect to consider for all people who own air conditioners or have such kinds of appliances in their homes or business premises. Therefore, if you do business in our town and you have some air conditioners that you have installed in your premises for air purification purposes, you need to seek the services of an AC expert just in case the equipment develop any technical issues. If you do not possess any technical knowledge on the working of such equipment, it is just as important. Electrical equipment repairs are better left to the experts.

Where to seek Las Vegas AC repair

Las Vegas AC Repair

Las Vegas AC repair services can be gotten from any part of the city today. Experts are cropping up every day and offering some great quality of services. When you are searching for these kinds of services, you can therefore rest assured that you will be presented with a myriad of choices. You need to understand that not all of these businesses offer excellent services. It is important to make sure that you are only getting AC repair services from the experts. Some background research on the various experts in the industry in our city will help you get the vital information that you require.

Benefits of seeking Air conditioning repair Las Vegas services

Air Conditioning Repair Las Vegas

Air conditioning repair Las Vegas services come in a wide range. They are also offered by a variety of experts. Therefore, if you are looking for such kinds of services in our town today, you can rest assured that you will come across some notable experts in the field. This just means that you are assured of getting some impeccable AC repair services here in our city today. Most of the experts are vastly trained. They have also been in the industry for long and thus if you want the best maintenance and repair services, you cannot just overlook the professional.

Tips for Air conditioning repair Las Vegas

Air Conditioner Repair Las Vegas

Air conditioning repair Las Vegas services, just like I had stated earlier come in a wide range of options. Therefore, when you are searching for an expert to help in repairing your appliances, you will come across many options. How do you narrow down to the best one? This is the most crucial question in this regard. It is important to go for people who possess and can demonstrate a high level of technical know-how about the workings of such appliances. What they charge for Air Conditioning Repair Las Vegas is a consideration to make.


Heating Repair Las Vegas services from our company are the highest quality in our area. We have a tremendous amount of experience dealing with all different types of makes and models of heating units. Our technicians are held to an exceedingly high standard, and we constantly test and provide up to date training to them. It is important if you want to ensure safety of the occupants in your home. No gift or holiday can surpass the wellbeing of your family, and this is why it is critical to make certain that your furnace functions well throughout. Whenever the heating unit it fails, it may cause leakage of dangerous gases and this may have detrimental effects. At times you may not be able to diagnose the problem yourself, thus it’s best to contact professionals so that the problem is dealt with as required attempting to personally handle the issue may only lead to greater damage.

Heating service Las Vegas-obtaining a good HVAC unit

Heating Service Las Vegas

A heating service Las Vegas is exactly what you require when your home gets too cold to be comfortable. You need to purchase and install a good heating unit so you are adequately prepared to deal with cold weather. This means that you should be keen on the product you purchase to ensure that the equipment gives you the value you deserve. Thus, you have to consider factors such as energy efficiency, resistance to corrosion, pressure switches and the overall quality. Besides, the noise levels of the unit also matter those with a blower in an insulated compartment are less noisy during operation.

Heater repair Las Vegas common problems

Heater Repair Las Vegas

Heater repair Las Vegas is the service you need to obtain whenever you encounter any trouble with the furnace. However, prior to contacting a professional, ensure that the thermostat is on because the issue may just be a matter of the unit being accidentally turned off. Besides, when the filters on the unit build up dirt, proper air flow can be obstructed and this may lead to overheating. Moreover, in the very cold season, the heat pump may get frozen, and this may come about due to a bad motor or even low charge on the refrigerant; all these problems can be handled by a good contractor.

Heating and cooling Las Vegas-Finding the right contractors

Heating and Cooling Las Vegas

Heating and cooling Las Vegas is essential if you aim to make your home comfortable. Nonetheless, whenever the HVAC unit breaks down, it is essential to call a heating and cooling contractor to sort out the matter. Remember, contractors are not the same; while some will take you interests at heart, others will just rip you off your money. Thus, be sure to find a service provider who is honest, professional, and experienced and getting one who has been in the industry for long will guarantee safety of your equipments.

Furnace repair Las Vegas- Importance of repair

Furnace Repair Las Vegas

Furnace repair Las Vegas is very important in any home. There are those times when it may become too cold, and if your furnace is not functioning properly, the house may get too cold for your comfort. There are always some regular changes in temperature, and you have to be prepared to deal with this throughout. Therefore, whenever you experience any issues with your furnace, it is crucial to obtain repair services without delay. Remember, if you leave the problem unresolved, it may later cost you an unnecessarily high amount.

Heating and air conditioning Las Vegas

Heating and Air Conditioning Las Vegas

Heating and air conditioning Las Vegas is necessary, and if you wish to make the most out of your HVAC system, it is important to obtain maintenance services no less than twice a year. By doing so, you will be able to keep the system functioning as needed and consequently ensure a longer life. Besides, you will also be able to detect any problems early, and subsequently deal with them promptly. It is always better to take preventive measures to avoid the high utility costs that may otherwise arise with a malfunctioning HVAC unit take charge and obtain heating repair Las Vegas before it is too late.


HVAC Las Vegas is here when you need us most. Our professional technicians are held to an exceedingly high standard, and are constantly trained and tested to ensure they are performing the highest quality work. Many of our services are far less expensive than you may think. Our repair services have become quite common among locals and the international community in the past couple of years. Why is this case? No one really knows why many people have been trickling to our city to seek our services and products. However, something that is for sure is that this city in Nevada is home to some of the best systems repair experts not just in the US but all over the world. Most of the experts have also been in this business for long. They have therefore created an indelible reputation and thus command respect in the region and beyond.

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Las Vegas HVAC

Las Vegas HVAC products and related services, just like I had stated earlier are widely preferred by a large percentage of the residents in Nevada and the entire of United States. Most of the experts that are employed in the service companies here are well trained and experienced. The United States is home to some of the finest colleges in the world. Therefore, you can only expect the best output from these companies. If you want to buy a product, the same state of affairs applies. Stores in our city sell the most notable brands of systems today.

How to locate the best HVAC Las Vegas NV

HVAC Las Vegas NV

HVAC Las Vegas NV services have become quite a phenomenon in the United States. This has made it quite hard for many people to know where they can get exquisite services and products. It is important to contact the better business bureau for guidance. This is the authority which is in charge of accrediting various types of businesses in the United States. You can check with them to know where to turn if you need quality services. The local business directory in our town might also offer you some great assistance.

Why seek HVAC repair Las Vegas services?

HVAC Repair Las Vegas

HVAC repair Las Vegas services are the best and I had already mentioned that before. That is why most of the businesses which are engaged in such tasks are always on the map. If you are the kind of person who values quality, personalized services and cost-effectiveness in everything, this might just be the right place to be. The repair businesses here offer services that are tailored towards the typical consumer. Again, their services are highly personalized, meaning that you are involved all through the process so that the chances of acceptance of results are heightened.

Why the internet is the place to find Las Vegas HVAC repair

Las Vegas HVAC Repair

Las Vegas HVAC Repair services are definitely at their best on the internet. In fact, if you are seeking to buy any kind of products or services today, the best place to turn to would definitely be the internet. The web acts like a directory of sorts. It is home to millions of businesses of all kinds situated in various parts of the world. This is the same state of affairs that applies to businesses in Las Vegas. Therefore, if you are looking for repair services, you will definitely find the ideal service provider you are looking for through the internet.

Other sources that you can use to seek HVAC in Las Vegas products and services

HVAC in Las Vegas

HVAC in Las Vegas related services and products are not just found on the internet alone. In fact, there are many places where you will come across these businesses. Whether you are seeking services of products to purchase, most of these information sources would be idea. If you reside in our city like I had stated before, you can look through the local dailies and directories. You could also seek referrals from family and friend who have sought HVAC Las Vegas related services and products as well.


Las Vegas air conditioning services from us are among the the highest quality in our area. We offer a range of repair and replacement services for both residential and commercial properties. We also offer comprehensive maintenance programs to help extend the life of your system. Air conditioning has modernized remarkably and today, the industry here is a notch above the rest. For many residents in the city looking to repair or install a good air conditioning system in your home, office or business premise you can be sure that the Las Vegas air conditioning sector has the needed expertise and know-how to make it happen. There are a lot of companies offering this service and in that case, it is important to understand each of them so that you can choose a provider that suits you best. Here are important tips to do that.

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Las Vegas Air Conditioner

Las Vegas air conditioner providers should meet your budget. This is one of the most important considerations you should take in to account before you choose a company to help you set the best air conditioning or repair an existing one. The good thing is the huge diversity of providers in the business offer different prices and in most cases, when you take your time and look through there is no reason why you should not find a good provider. After all, if you cannot afford the service of an air conditioning provider then it is impossible to work with them.

Our AC Services are Second to None

Las Vegas AC

Las Vegas ac providers that you intend to choose to repair or set up a modern air conditioning system should have the necessary expertise to do this. The fact is setting in place an air conditioning system is not easy and more often this process requires a very unique level of expertise. Keeping this in mind, before you decide to contract any provider it is important to do a thorough background check to ascertain that indeed the Las Vegas ac provider you are about to work with has the skills, technical capacity and equipment to do a good and effective job.

Highly Trained and Professional AC Technicians

AC Las Vegas

Ac Las Vegas companies that you can trust with your air conditioner repair or installment should have a track record of exemplary performance in this area and also, the company you choose to work with should have a very high level of experience. The reason why this is important is based on one very simple factor. An experienced provider has been there and done that and keeping this in mind, an experienced ac expert will be in a better position to do a good job as fast as possible. You can always read reviews to determine the track record of the company.

An Experienced Air Conditioning Contractor

Air Conditioning Contractor Las Vegas

Air conditioning contractor Las Vegas players have been keen in promoting effective services and even on your part, you should strive to pick out a company that is certified by local authorities. There are a lot of legislations that are set in place to ensure that services offered by air conditioning companies are at par with the set standards. In light of this fact, it should be your personal obligation to make sure that the air conditioning provider you choose to work with has been licensed by the authorities. This is a very important consideration for anyone.

The Leading Air Conditioning Company

Air Conditioning Las Vegas NV

Conditioning Las Vegas NV is easy and very affordable. If you can take into consideration the simple tips highlighted here, there is a very good chance that you will find a company that will help you in AC repairs and installing at very easy costs. Ultimately, the main goal of an air conditioning service provider is to ensure that your ac systems are installed in the right manner and in any case they work at optimum capacity. The good thing is some of the best providers are online and you can get them easily. Find the best Las Vegas air conditioning provider today for the best results.


Are you getting stiffly bored of your traditional and old-looking gas fireplaces at home? If so, you better check out the latest trends on fireplaces more preferably and as more advised the best gas fireplaces of today’s time – the modern gas fireplaces. As hip as it may sound, modern gas fireplaces may not be the least to consider at furnishing your home if you like it to look very classy and warm enough in the eyes.

As it became popular in urban and even in rural classy households, modern gas fireplaces has been known to complement with today’s interior designing for clean and modern living spaces. Businesses promoting the services and the use of modern gas fireplaces have also been booming suddenly. As competition arises, the industry has come up with varieties of styles, sizes, features, attachments, and construction quality and durability of materials used. In addition, it is relatively true that when you get to look for your own modern gas fireplace manufacturer, you should make sure that they are worth your trust. As they boom to be claiming they’re very good producers and manufacturers of such furnishing stuffs for your homes, consider the safety of your family first. Nonetheless, you must know that your traditional wood fireplace inhibit more hazards to your home and family.

Threats of Traditional Wood Fireplaces

According to our intensive research, it has been found that households that got the tradition of burning wood are more prone to a certain fungus named Ceratocystis fagacearum or more popularly known as oak wilt. This disease affects most tree species but is still hazardous to men’s health. This can be adapted by getting wounds for trees for some instance. The fungus also spreads even though only a certain wood has it. It easily spreads among other woods be it dry or fresh.
The gas emitted by wood burning in fireplaces naturally affects the natural environment. With all the chemical compounds that it contributes to the atmosphere, traditional fireplaces entitle us to a more severe situation of our environment. Moreover, to view your home as the source of these chemical compounds, it may also eventually harm the people who live with you in there or worse, it may entail lung cancer to whoever is the most unfortunate in your household. Would you ever sacrifice their health and yours?
Advantages of Modern Gas Fireplaces

Modern Gas Fireplaces are very easy to operate compared to wood fireplaces. With the modern ones, all you have to do is turn it on, and instantly, you’ve got a fireplace on the groove.
This modern fireplace is more efficient, more popular now, and the ambiance that it offers is quite more pleasing and safe.
Gas inserts light electronically and features safety systems. These will shut down the gas supply when the pilot blows out. For instance, if your gas line is installed according to code, the chance of a mishap is virtually non-existent.
Disadvantages of Modern Gas Fireplaces

It uses gas that is not a renewable energy while wood can be obtained everywhere, as they say, and they can plant more trees when they cut them. This can be true if and only if the ones who cut it really plant more trees after all.
About the cost, gas is, of course, more expensive than wood which can be gotten right from your backyard maybe, or from the woods and the nearest forest you can deal with. If you would also want to buy them, it sure is a lot cheaper.
After all, it is up to you. If you have decided to go with a classy style of your home, go for modern gas fireplaces.


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Whether you’re in the process of constructing a new home, or just desiring to upgrade your existing Prosper air conditioning system to a more energy efficient AC, at Burnside in Prosper we offer a wide variety of brands that meet the price and efficiency rating that you’re looking for. Our complete Prosper air conditioning and cooling systems include: the air conditioners, thermostats, heaters, filters, and accessories.

It’s important when you replace or upgrade your Prosper air conditioning unit that you also replace or upgrade your Prosper furnace and all other components, built and designed by the same maker and manufacturer. This is because the parts of your HVAC system are designed to work together. If you mix and match an air conditioning unit made by one manufacturer with a heater made by a different manufacturer, they will not operate together for optimum efficiency. In some cases they will not operate properly at all. They were not designed to work together. The evaporator coils must be a match to your new outside condenser. Most reputable Prosper HVAC contractors will not agree to install ONLY an air conditioning unit, or ONLY a furnace or heater, without replacing the entire heating and cooling system. Too many things could go wrong, and a responsible Prosper HVAC company cares about their reputation and the quality of their work.

In some cases, it can void the warranty on one or both units if you have the heater and air conditioner mixed and matched. Plus, having the heater installed and replaced at the same time that you replace the air conditioner not only guarantees you will have a matched system for optimum efficiency, it also allows you to save money on having to later replace your heater and pay for separate installation. You also save money by getting a better deal buying the heating and cooling components as a SYSTEM, rather than piece mealing them and purchasing them separately, one now and one later.

In addition to air conditioning replacement and installation, Burnside of Prosper, Tx also provides all of your air conditioning repair and maintenance jobs, with the skill and reliability that only a 50 year old HVAC Company can offer! Have your system inspected before the summer season begins to take its toll and your Prosper air conditioner struggles to keep up! Better yet, join our Gold Star Inspection Program to save money on regularly scheduled inspections. Our skilled Prosper AC technicians know how to accurately diagnose, adjust and expertly repair your system so that you remain comfortable all year long, without breaking the bank!

Are you looking for an energy efficient air conditioner for your Prosper home? Your cooling and heating system is the single biggest source of power draining in the average Prosper home. Today’s heating and air conditioning systems are more energy efficient than units from as little as only 5 years ago. These energy efficient HVAC systems cost less to operate, and cool or heat your home with better performance, while leaving a smaller footprint on the environment. The high efficiency cooling and heating systems of today actually pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time. Ask Burnside of Prosper, TX today about energy efficient Prosper HVAC installation. One of our professional air conditioning specialists will assist you in choosing the unit. We work with all types, models and brands.


Whether you need maintenance for your Prosper heating system, heater installation and replacement, or heater repair services, our trained and qualified Prosper technicians are highly experienced, trained and skilled in heating services for all brands and types of equipment.

If your current heating system is older than 5 years, then it is inefficient by todays standards. This is due to recent advances in HVAC technology that have resulted in more energy efficient standards for heaters. Heater replacement and installation, using these more energy efficient units, can bring immediate and long term benefits and savings for your Prosper home or business.

At Burnside in Prosper, Tx, we work with all makes and models. Therefore, our professional Prosper A/C technicians can give you an unbiased opinion as to which type of heating and cooling system would be the best match for your environment and your wallet. There are so many heating systems to choose from today in the market that selecting the right system for your circumstances can sometimes seem overwhelming. Burnside gives you access to their vast degree of 50 years worth of air conditioning and heating knowledge and experience by helping you to decide which system is right for you.

What factors do we take into consideration at Burnside when making recommendations? We consider ALL factors, such as: your budget, the climate where you live, local utility costs, the size and age of your house, the number of rooms you have, environmental issues, and any particular incentives or rebates that some particular manufacturers may be offering at the time. Our Design Specialists will assure your equipment is sized properly, and is installed correctly. Contact Burnside today to schedule a free consultation with one of our comfort advisors to assist you in choosing the best heating system for your Prosper home or business.

Perhaps you are not yet ready to upgrade with a new heating and cooling system. No doubt, then, you would like to keep your current system running as long as possible. Therefore, having your current Prosper unit inspected and maintained at regular intervals is vital to prolong its life. It’s especially important to have your heater inspected before the cold winter months put a strain on your unit. Our skilled and experienced Prosper heating technicians will thoroughly examine all components of your heating unit and make recommendations for repairs if any inadequacies are discovered. Perhaps all you need is for your coils to be cleaned and your filter changed, both of which are critical services that cannot be neglected in order to avoid damaging your unit. If any other required repairs are discovered, you can rest assure that your diagnosis with Burnside is always honest, reliable and accurate. We stake our reputation on that! The Prosper heater repair will always be made skillfully, in a timely manner, at a fair price, and only with only the highest quality of parts.

Don’t settle for less! If you live in Prosper, McKinney, Allen, Frisco, or the surrounding areas, call the heating and cooling company that has earned its reputation as the best in the industry! Call Burnside Air Conditioning Heating and Indoor Air Quality of Prosper today or fill out the form on our website for a FREE ESTIMATE!

Hello and thank you for visiting our website! If you are in need of air conditioner repair services, or any Heating and air conditioning services in or near Pensacola, you’re definitely at the right place! Our company is a full service company with years of valuable experience and professional work in our field. Regardless of how big or small the project happens to be, we are always here to make sure your hvac units are running efficiently.

Our company’s goal is to deliver the most dependable AC products and services around, as it is our personal mission to help you keep cool during the blazing summertime heat and cosy through cool winter nights. You see we make it,We make it,Our company makes it, our business to help keep our customers comfortable, so without you we wouldn’t have a business. This is the reason we strive to be the absolute best Heating and air conditioning service in all of Pensacola Florida.

Air Conditioning Repair Pensacola – Premium Service

Here at our company, we always do everything in our capacity to make sure that your service experience with us is a pleasing one. Our warm crew of HVAC technicians and repair team continuously strive to offer professional, timely service being respectful of your time, and concerns, gladly addressing any questions you may have.

You will also find that every person on our team is polite and hospitable. Apart from our expertise in the Air conditioning business and professional know-how, we imagine that our southern hospitality is also a contributing element in making our service the absolute best air conditioning service in town.

Top quality Heating and air conditioning Specialists – Our Service Areas

We provide you with a comprehensive range of services including scheduled maintenance, hvac installation and much more. It does not matter how large or how small a job may be, because we are always happy to help you with your specific needs. Below are some examples of the services our company offers.

We offer the following services to local residents:
· Air Conditioning Installation
· Air Conditioning Repair
· Routine AC Maintenance
· Heat Pump Installation
· Heating Repair
· Duct Repair & Installation
· Much More…

Air conditioning Pensacola – Budget Friendly Service

We always strives to provide our clients with the cost-effective rates for our services. We not only seek to be the more effective HVAC company in town, we also strive to offer you affordable prices as well. We understand if we are upfront and truthful with our clients and make our services cost-effective, you may be more prone to phone us the next time you need help with your Heating and air conditioning needs. Give us call today and we’ll be more than willing to come and give you a cost-free estimate. Then, we can inform you of your expenses upfront well before we ever start our work.

Aside from offering very good pricing on our products and services, one thing that really saves you money later is the fact that each of our HVAC service and installation experts are highly skilled and experienced. We seek to ensure that the job is completed right and professionally the first time so that you won’t need to spend more money later on. We aim to perform our job right the first time everytime!

AC Repair Pensacola – Call Now!

If you are looking for a Pensacola air conditioning repair service you know you can rely on, then contact us today. We always look forward to hearing from you and servicing you. We do our best to deliver the absolute best service in town and pride ourselves in our timely, efficient and cost effective work . We will be glad to offer you a quote/price estimation for our products and services. Give us a call right now, as we look forward to taking your call. What are you waiting around for? Call today!


Are you tired of paying too much for your electricity bills? Do you want to save more money and use them for things that are more important? Then, this should be the perfect time to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Being efficient in using energy does not only mean savings. This could also have a positive impact to the environment. It slows down the rapid depletion of energy resources. At the same time, it prevents the occurrence of the greenhouse phenomenon. Doing this could prolong the life of our environment. Thus, there will be still some that are left for the next generations to utilize.

So how do you improve your energy efficiency? You have to start within your homes. Pretty sure you have tons of devices that rely on electricity to operate. It could be your HVAC systems, light, television and many others.

To help you out, here are some valuable tips:

Increase insulating abilities of your home

Try to paint your homes with insulating paint.
Add insulation on your attic.
When heaters are turned on, make use of thick curtains and keep them closed.
Use thick clothing or blankets when sleeping or resting.
Air leakage should be prevented

Implement proper sealing of cavities like your window, doors and trunks.
Check air duct system for damages or holes.
Any gaps within the floorboard should be filled-up with sealant.
Contain the air within the occupied areas of the house by closing unused rooms like the attic or basement.
Electricity usage should be managed properly

Lights should be turned on only if it is needed. When no one is in the room, all lights should be turned off.
If everybody is asleep or resting, consider lighting the sensitive areas of the home only.
Your lighting system and even your table lamps should have energy efficient bulbs.
Don’t leave the appliances plugged-in when not in use.
In operating heaters and air conditioners, make use of timers and thermostat. Regulate usage of electricity by programming the device.
If you use water heater for bathing, you can drop down temperature to 120º F for efficient use.
Add home improvements that can lead to energy efficiency

Nowadays, you can obtain solar panels for your electricity source. It makes use of renewable energy like the sun. Thus, allows you to use energy for free without causing pollution.
Add insulation lofts, wall cavity and draught proofing.
Air duct systems should meet the standards and to ensure this, hire a contractor to check for it.
Add landscaping. The presence of plants and trees does not only improve the beauty of your place but also improves energy efficiency by adding shade to your home.
Any damaged appliances should be replaced. Better yet, have them serviced for optimal performance.
You can do better than this. There are many ways to improve efficiency of energy. It will all boil down on how you use your appliances. So be smart and think of better ways, if you want to save money and preserve the environment.

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If you are building a new home, you have a unique opportunity to do something to help the environment, and your energy bills. While you are making choices about your home, be sure to include energy saving systems in the home. It is far more affordable to do this now as you build the home than to upgrade at a later date when you are ready to make a difference on your utility bills, and you may even receive a tax credit for doing so.

The Best Systems to Consider

When you are considering the systems that should be the most energy efficient, focus first on your HVAC system. Make sure the unit is properly sized for your home. A unit that is too large will use too much energy, and a unit that is too small will have to work hard to keep up with the need in your home. Make sure that the contractor considers all aspects of your home, including the typical climate of your area, where your home is positioned in relation to the sun, the heat loss or gain in the home, and the air leakage that is common in a home such as yours.

Choose a heater and air conditioner that are backed by the Energy Star label. This will ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible. If you do, you will notice a difference on your energy bills when compared to the home you are currently living in.

Seal the Ducts

One part of the HVAC system that can lead to energy loss is the duct system. Make sure that the system is designed to properly heat and cool the home. Vents should be in areas of the room where they will circulate air well, and every room should have a return vent.

If your duct system has a leak, you are losing money in the same way that you would if you had a drip in your faucet. Make sure that the contractor pays special attention to sealing the ducts when your house is built. Ask the builder how the ducts are sealed, and if you are not happy with the answer, insist on a better technique. Duct systems can be permanently sealed with mastic or UL 181 tape.

Consider a Humidifier

One way to get more out of your HVAC system is to install a whole-house humidifying system. A humidifier will help the house feel warmer in the winter, and dehumidifying in the summer can help it feel cooler if you live in a humid area. This means you can adjust your thermostat slightly, saving even more energy. Installing a whole-house unit when you build the house is a far better option than trying to attach one after the HVAC system has been installed.

Don’t Forget the Windows

Your windows are the place that you will lose the most energy, so make sure you choose the right ones. This is a place to splurge a little on your budget. Pay extra to get Energy Star windows that will not let out as much of your heating or cooling energy. Make sure the windows are sealed properly as well, because even the slightest leak on a window will make a tremendous difference on the amount of energy that is lost.

Making these decisions when you build your house will make a bigger impact than retrofitting the house to be more energy efficient later. It will also be more affordable to do the job now than to do it after the home is complete. Talk to your builder to find out what energy efficient systems are available for your home.

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Understanding Insurance Terms

Knowing the Insurance Types Helps

There are several different parts to your Car insurance policy. When you are looking at Auto insurance rates make sure you are comparing the same terms.

A liability is the monetary obligation you have to pay for damages to property or persons that you have caused. In the US, states follow two views on insurance: Fault and No-Fault. In a Fault or At-Fault states, you must carry some form of minimum liability insurance to cover damages you caused. In No-Fault states, your insurance company agrees to pay for any damages to you and your property (car) regardless of whether you are responsible or not for any or part of the collision. Car Insurance Terms

Liability generally carries a maximum paid to any individual as well as maximums paid per accident and per policy. State minimums are the lowest threshold of insurance the state will allow. If you purchase the state minimum, it translates into the maximum your policy will pay out. If the costs of an accident exceed the maximums of your policy, you are still responsible for the remainder of the payments. Types of Liability: (Fault = F, No-Fault = NF)

Bodily injury (F): goes beyond the medical expenses but also includes lost wages, pain and suffering to be paid to person or persons whom you have injured in an accident.

PIP (Personal injury Protection) (NF): pays you and passengers in your vehicle, for hospitalization, outpatient treatment, rehabilitation, loss of work compensation, funeral expenses, and some survivor benefits.

Uninsured or under insured: Requirement depends on the state. Protects you and your property in an accident with someone who either does not have sufficient insurance to cover medical and property damages, or has no insurance.

Collision (F & NF): only covers damages to your vehicle resulting directly from an accident. It does not cover damages from hit and run, road debris kicked into windshield, or acts of nature such as storm (hailstones).

Comprehensive (F & NF): covers all costs of repair or replacement for any damage to vehicle including acts of nature. It is often a requirement for financed vehicles to insure the replacement value of the vehicle is covered in case the automobile is totaled. Payment is minus any deductibles.
Understanding what to compare makes reviewing Auto insurance rates easy. We are here to help you get the best quotes from local insurers. Try us now to see what you can save.

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