There Are Angels

There Are Angels
Colored Pencil Drawing

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The 5 Am Quilt

Why is this titled the 5 am quilt? Because I woke up at 4am on Monday, couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up & made this little quilt. I wanted to make it anyway, just hadn't planned to do it so early in the morning. Anyway, I finished it while waiting to get my car worked on. This little quilt (14 x 20) hangs right next to my back door for the fall season.

Did I mention that I have a 'new to me" car? I traded in the Tarus for a PT Cruiser/ The Tarus was just too low to the ground & becoming more difficult by the day to get out of with my bad knees. The PT Cruiser is a bit taller & easier to get out of, besides its fun to drive.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Quilt Journal

I have begun a quilt journal, a pictorial & written account of the quilts I make, starting today, which happens to be my birthday. I don't know how it will turn out, but I plan to write something about every quilted project I make from now on, possibly the unquilted ones too, along with photos & samples of the fabrics in each project. I saw the quilt journal of another quilter the other day & thought I should make one also. I've done several quilts in the past that should have been chronicled somehow. Better late than never. I bought a cheap photo journal at Big Lots (A local store) last night & put the first entry in it today. I may have to get a better quality photo notebook or tape the pages shut in the current one. Its not too sticky. We'll see how it goes.

I'm working on a prototype of the Easter banner project that a local church asked my guild to make. I'll post the whole project, photos & all, once its finished. That will be a whole post in itself, possible multiple posts.

As far as my birthday today, its usually a non-event. I got a new cake pan, the old one rusted out, a new pasta cooker & my hubby made muffins for my breakfast today. They were pretty good. I've had a quiet day, the kind I prefer, so its been a better birthday than some I've had in the past (spending the whole day at the hospital with my brother and grandson one year). The weather's turned off cooler too, which was nice. I guess fall is here now. Gotta go, . . . later.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Playtime on the 830,

Here are photos of an experiment I made on the new 830 sewing machine. I used decorative stitches with a circular attachment that makes the fabric travel in circles instead of in a straight line. I then embroidered my initial in the center. The first two pictures are of the front of the project & the detail of the decorative stitches used. The second set is the back of the little pillow project. I used a quilting design that came with the machine & embroidered an initial in the center. I falling in love with this machine I think. After attending a seminar last week, where I've learned all kinds of things, I'm excited to push this machine to its limits creatively. I plan to make larger versions of this pillow too. Who knows what I'll come up with next. Stay tuned to see . . .

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bernina Event Today

Just a quick note here. I'm attending a local Bernina event today. A company rep is doing a seminar on embroidery. The seminar last all day & I hope its worth what I paid for it. I'll let you know how it goes.

later . . .

Monday, September 13, 2010

Kitchen Witch 2- Basic Cooking

This is the second in the Kitchen Witch series called "Basic Cooking". The piece is not yet finished. I still have some journaling to do, the quilt & bind it. I thought I'd put it up anyway. Let me know what you think. I'll repost when the piece is finished.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Life as it is, In September 2010

My life is finally settling down somewhat & the roughness is smoothing out. I'm still involved in the series of classes on my new Bernina 830 sewing/embroidery machine. That thing does amazing things. I haven't figured out if it does dishes or not (lol), but at the price it costs, it should. Anyway, I'm working on a group of tiny Halloween treat bags for my granddaughter's class. I finished the Christmas stockings & sent them to school. That was after I accidently made 12 fronts instead of 6 fronts & 6 backs. I forgot to turn the backs to the side that would match up correctly before I stitched on the patches. Duh!! I'm still working on the Kitchen Witch series. I'm on #2, the Basic Cook. I have most of the pieces fused on at this point. I still have the embroidery, the quilting & the finishing yet to do. I'll post the piece as soon as it's finished.
You'll notice a different look to the blog. I thought the old design was plain boring, so I changed it. Let me know what you think. There's always room for improvement. That's all for now, gotta go get ready for class. Stay tuned . . .