Neu Fibers

Quilts and Fiber Art by Julie Brown Neu

Creative Play Newsletter – Back to School

It has been a really long time since I went back to school in September, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like a new year is beginning each time Labor Day rolls around. I no longer go out and buy new notebooks and packs of pencils, but I do clear away the piles in […]

Victims Quilt – Las Vegas 2017

I recently decided to change the way that I am doing the Victims Quilts. Rather than continue to create two enormous, unwieldy quilts that include multiple mass shooting events, I am separating out each event into its own banner. Here is the first, the quilt for the Las Vegas shooting in October of 2017. At […]

Master Carpenter’s Square, 2017

It dawned on me the other day that I’ve missed posting some of the quilts that I have finished lately (and not so lately!) so I am going to try and rectify that.  I finished this Master Carpenter’s Square quilt a year ago. It was my goal to finally make a quilt for my own […]

The Creativity Habit Podcast

I started listening to a new podcast yesterday called The Creativity Habit™ that I heard about through a newsletter. After subscribing, I scrolled down through the available episodes to see if there were others from the past that I might want to listen to as well. Imagine my surprise when I came across a familiar […]

Alternative Facts, 2017

Work on my unexpected protest series continued this week with a new piece called “Alternative Facts.”  I first created the letter blocks, sewed them together, and then slashed the top and resewed it over and over again. I captured the in-process pictures and created a 33 second video of them; if you’d like to see […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Take a Creativity Break

This week’s episode of the Productivity Paradox podcast was about the importance of taking breaks for increasing both productivity and mental clarity. The show host Tonya Dalton speaks about five different kinds of breaks (because social media breaks scrolling through feeds on your phone are counterproductive): Relaxation breaks, Movement breaks, Alone time breaks, Social breaks, […]

Does Creativity Pay?

In July, the Craft Industry Alliance, of which I am a member, published an interesting and personal blog post from Carrie Bloomston about her decision to give up trying to make a living as an artist and to take a job with a steady paycheck and health insurance instead. The post garnered a lot of […]

Victims Quilt – Sutherland Springs, 2017

Another long quilt hanging in my stair hall. I’ve finished the Victims Quilt banner for the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting in 2017. The quilt is 16″ wide x 102″ long and contains the names of the 26 people who died that day, including the six members of the Holcombe family.

5 Ways to Play Today

During the same week last year that I discussed the 3 Myths of Creativity, I ended with the following post about what to do immediately to add some creative play time: So far this week, I have shared with you why I started Creative Play™ in the first place and talked about some of the […]

Line in the Sand, 2017

Here’s the finished piece for the BirdZeed January Challenge. “Line” was the inspiration word.  For this piece, I began by thinking of phrases about lines: “Walk the Line,” “Tow the Line,” and “Line in the Sand,” which is the one that Robyn mentioned in her blog post about the Alamo in San Antonio. “Line in […]