Beth Markel

Summer Geraniums and how that translates to Fabric…

Posted on July 28, 2013 by Beth Markel

I have taken a couple weeks off from blogging, but NOT from sewing!  This has been an absolutely HOT…HOT…HOT couple of weeks here in Michigan, and while I like the heat, it’s really been brutal with the humidity.  Fortunately, I’ve been working in the garden very early mornings, then sewing pretty much the rest of the day.  If you’ve read any of my posts, you know that I’m pretty ordinary…wife, mother, the gardener, a community volunteer… and as my Dad often said, “Chief Cook & Bottle-Washer.”  While I love all the things that I am able to do, my heart is most full when my family is around.  After that, the most fun I have is creating.  Sewing.  Imagining.  More Sewing.  Planning, or NOT planning, then more sewing.  My work doesn’t always reflect my garden, but it certainly seems to lately!

Back Patio Geraniums

Translates to…


When I have my morning coffee, this is what I see… this may translate to abstract colors or shapes – I haven’t decided…

View our the back door....

This is my next project…luxurious lines, undulating color, red & green without it looking like a Christmas project…

Back Patio Caladium

What makes one piece of art better than another?

What makes one piece of art more interesting than another?

What do I want my art to reflect?

When I’m out pulling weeds (which are stubborn, stubborn, stubborn!) or thinning daylilies, or splitting hostas, I have time to think with nothing but birds chirping, the occasional dog barking – usually mine – and people who are walking in the neighborhood who often stop to chat.  Early morning in the garden is a happy, peaceful place, and while the dew is still on the leaves of many plants, I marvel at the colors, textures, petal shapes, and scent of my flowers.  It’s truly a remarkable universe!  I’ve been on a quest all year to find things that inspire me, and once again, it’s what I find literally right out my front door… and back door …Find what inspires you!

Ask yourself the questions…what do I want my art to reflect?

Can I inspire someone else to create?

Is my voice evolving?

Happy Sewing!




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