Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
I wish that nobody fights with anyone else, that all technology works the way it should, that nobody gets hurt in any way, the weather is good, travel is safe, there are no cross words spit out, that no one is hungry or homeless, that everyone is healthy, that everyone, every being is cared for and is happy.
All the best to you.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I received this wonderful book a few weeks ago to review. Masters Art quilts II contains works by 40 quilt artists, both from the USA & other countries. The colorful book contains a wealth of inspiration. There are several quilts from each artist in this book that picture diversified styles, techniques and subject matter. Color is one thing that excites me & this book does the trick. Its not only colorful but well thought out and well laid out. Martha Seilman has done a wonderful job putting this book together. It is one that you'll want to look though over and over. It makes a great addition to any quilters library.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
No, I didn't drop off the face of the earth. I've been bouncing around from doctor to doctor with DH, who has gone back to work full time and life is returning to my version of normal.
I've had another birthday, which began with a bang, actually it began with a tornado warning at 6:30 in the morning, no tornado actually occurred, but it rained all day.
I'm still quilting but not churning out quilts as much as I was. They just pile up in the house, making it look cluttered. I've decided that i will only make a quilt if I'm giving it away, or it goes out of the house in some way. I've got too much in my house. IMO
Anyway, life goes on . . .
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Just a quick note to let you know that DH is doing well, up& about, nearly back to pre-surgery condition. More good news is that the cancer is only stage II instead of stage IV, as previously thought. Otherwise, quilt wise, I've made a Halloween table runner, throw quilt & table topper in a Halloween theme. Life is slowly getting back to normal.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Well, DH had the surgery yesterday and came through just fine. They did find cancer that had spread to his bladder, so a bit more surgery was needed. The good news is they got it all!! He "may" have to do chemo, that is still up I. The air for the time being. He needs to fully recover from this surgery first. He did well last night & is back to himself today. He made a short video on the IPad for the grandkids so they'll k ow where he is. These IPads are wonderful.
I brought a table runner & a throw sized quilt, both Halloween themed, to work on. I hadn't planned to hand quilt them but I need something to do while he's in the hospital, which will be about a week if all goes well. Between the 2 quilts & this IPad, I'm staying busy & keeping up with the rest of the world.
The only down side so far is that this weekend is our youngest grandsons birthday, he turns 4 and we will miss it somewhat. We can always have another party once DH gets back home. I finished the owl quilt about a month ago for grandsons birthday, it's shown in a previous post.
Anyway, so far, so good on the surgery & recovery. I'm keeping a diary of sorts of the whole ordeal. More updates later, both on the post op & on the quilt progress. Stay tuned . . .
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
This is a new quilt in the works. Some of the blocks are inspired by RaNae Merrill, who wrote about spiral quilting in a couple of books. Each of the spiral blocks, around the center, took an hour each to sew & there are 12 of them, each of the 4 pointed rays took 1.5 hours each to make. The targeted size of the finished quilt is 48 inches square. My quandrum is "does it need anything else & if so, what?" so, I'll post more pics once the project is finished. Stay tuned . . .
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I've begun a new book project but you won't find it in a bookstore. Actually I'm making a fabric book on the topic of quilting. It will be a one of a kind, mixed media book of 32 pages. It will incorporate painting, stitching, stamp ing, and the like. Follow along as I create the pages. Here are the front & back covers. I'll post more pages as I complete them.
Stay tuned . .
Monday, July 11, 2011
I made this notebook cover on the Bernina 830 from a project on a podcast.MIT uses embroidery, monograming, quilting & decorative stitching plus regular sewing. It was fun to do & taught how to use several of the sewing machines features. I'm sure I'll make more & I'll take orders :) if anyone is interested, just email me. Stay ruined to see what else I can make on this amazing machine.
Just to let you know what's going on lately. I've been watching podcasts, on my IPad, on the Bernina 830 machine & version 6 software. I'm just now finding the time to get to these. It's nearly 100 degrees outside, so it's too hot to do anything else. I'm about to begin a project from one of the podcasts, a book cover.mill post the results, good or not, once I finish it. I've been doing some embroidery on a table runner for my dining room table.it's cream colored linen & 71/2 feet long.
I've nearly finished the owl quilt for my youngest grandsons birthday present. I have yet to bind it, then it's done. I've also begun a medallion quilt with spiral, paper pieced, motifs around the center circle. I've only got 2 motifs finished, they take an hour each to complete. Here are photos of the owl quilt & the beginnings of the medallion quilt.
We had thought about going to the Knoxville Quilt show but I don't think it's going tom work out to go, too many variables that are uncertain. I went 2 years ago& it was nice. Next year the show is moving to Michigan. Oh well, there's always Paducah. . . . . Stay tuned . . .
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I learned a new quilting technique called McTavishing. It's a blend of free motion and zebtangleing. Well, it's actually quilting with swirly lines or curvy lines in groups of 3 or 4 lines before backtracking & beginning in a different direction, branching off from the current line of stitching. The finished project is very pretty, much better than stippling. The tecnique's originator is long arm Quilters Karen McTavish, hence the technique name. She has a book out on the technique ats well worth e price, I think. She also has written some other books on quilting. I recently completed a jacket quilted in this technique (will post a photo when I get one). McTavishing can be used as a fill stitch or as a design in itself. If you can find either a book or a class, take it.mi think you'll be happy you did.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
This is my first design for fall. It's T shirt knit, with the ruffled front, a "lettuce" edge on the sleeves and on the bottom hem. I'm beginning to design clothes for fall. I saw a jacket similar to the one I made at a local retail store for about $35,. That makes me feel pretty good to know what my work is worth. If it's $35 retail for a mass production, I wonder what my " designer" item would sell for? Just a thought, just wondering, that's all. Anyway, here is the jacket, or swather or wrap or whatever you want to call it.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Here is the latest project. The outer fabric is actually drapery fabric from a local craft & fabric store. It has silk lining, I had some silk on hand. The sleeves are sheer, bell shaped, long sleeves. The center strip is organza. The bottom originally had elastic, but i took it out because it looked too lumpy at the bottom hem, so now is flows. This wasn't the easiest project I've ever made. I did accomplish turning my design into a real piece of clothing.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I modified a pattern I have to make this top. It's cotton striped cut on the bias, with the front sides going at opposite diagonals to create a chevron separated by a thin strip of solid color. The back is done the same, the sleeves have solid color bands at the bottom of 3/4 length sleeves where the stripe of the fabric is vertical. The bottom hem has elastic for a snugged fit. I don't prefer tom have a lose bottomed shirt blowing up with the wind, its unnerving as well as embarrassing. Since this top turned out as I designed, my next attempt will be the same style of top in a sheer stripe. This top will be lined since the outer fabric is sheer. We'll see how that goes.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Recently I got inspired to design a jacket. While at the local Fabric store, I this antique looking pink sarin fabric in the home dec department. Although my daughter, who was with me, said it'd make a cute canopy for Emily's bed, if she had a canopy for her bed, I had other ideas for the fabric. I had this jacket in mind. It wasn't difficult to make. I altered the sleeves to be puffy & added a sleeve band with decorative stitching. I'm surprised how well it turned out. Here it is.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Well, it's now 6:20 pm & the world where I am did not end. The Rapture, as I understand it, takes all children since they're supposed to be innocent. My grandkids are still here so it must have not happened and I'm thankful for that. I think some day what this guy keeps predicting may happen, but the world has to get a lot worse than it is now for the rapture & judgment day will happen & that won't be in my life time.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I just thought I'd write a note here regarding something I heard from somewhere today. I heard that the world is supposed to end tonight. Really, that's what I was told. Now, I don't believe everything I hear & this is definitely "way out there", but just in case you don't hear any more from me, after today, you'll know what happened- the world really did end. However, I expect to be around tomorrow. I don't know where this idea originates, but I hope it's wrong!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I made another dozen pillow cases for tornado victims. This batch goes to Tuscaloosa, AL. My contact there said they'd given some pillow cases out & they were well received. The first batch went to Nettleton, MS and were a big hit.
Since my house is haunted, my daughter & I have become interested in ghost detection. She found a ghost detector app, which I got, and it's amazing what it picks up. We know for a fact our house is haunted because more than one of us on more than one occasion has been " ghosted" in the house. My daughter was touched by some unseen force a few weeks after we moved in & my son was spoken to by one in the middle of night while he was here. A friend of my daughter's is psychic & told us that there is a door to the other side that is open in our hallway. Something grabbed my daughter's ankle one day as she went upstairs too. Anyway,this ghost detector has picked up several "beings" in the house & several words too. We just live with it & don't get too freaked out by their (ghosts) presence. Its the same software that the professional ghost hunters use. This thing is weird, but fun.
And life goes on. . . .
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ignore this post, it's just a test to see how the blogger app works on the IPad. I'll attempt to upload the last photo of the new quilt & see how & if it works. Like its said "There's an app for that. This one was tested & works, so far.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Of tornadoes, including an outbreak in the south a few weeks ago, then floods, fires in
the west, now we're under a storm watch tha could produce tornadoes, baseball sized hail & very high winds. Maybe I should check my insurance coverage for hail. :)
All this severe weather makes me think about next year, 2012, according to some the year that's the end of time. You might remember the movie about a polar shift that happens in 2011. I think it was called "the Day After Tomorrow". Anyway, this weather & accompanying disasters make me think the polar shift depicted in that movie has begun. I don't want to alarm anyone, but it sure seems like it to me.
On a better note, I recently joined 3 quilting organizations In hopes to better keep up with the quilting world. I'd like to become more widely known in quilting circles as a quilt artist. I'd also like to get into at least one big show in the coming year & one of the groups, SAQA, has a program to help that goal become a reality. I joined the following: AQS, IQA, SAQA. I'm in the process of redefining my quilting goals. I decided that I like doing art quilts more than traditional bed quilts, so that's the direction I'm going. There's a lot I have to learn before I jump in to the big time, but if one doe ST try they never get anywhere. At least that's my point of view. So I'm going to try and see what happens. I'll keep you posted on my progress of lackmthere of.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Here's my latest quilt, a 36" x 48" applique. The embellishments are mulberry paper leaves (from scrapbook supplies), silk flowers & beads. The design is original. The first is a full view of the quilt, the others are detail shots.
On an artistic note, I just joined the SAQA & hope to join the visioning project as well through the same group. With this quilt I hope I'm off to a good start.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
BTW, ignore my typos. I'm om the IPad & I haven't mastered the keyboard yet.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Some doubt that it was really Bin Laden & I too would like to see proof that it was truly him, but the news of his death is good news to those who lost so much on 9/11. We must remember there are others out there who are just evil as Bin Laden was. We must watch for them as well.
Things happen in 3s. That came true today for me. 1) Osama was killed, 2) my son's divorce is final today, and 3) I figured out the game of sudoku-something I've been working on for a while. Things that have been hanging over me for a while came to a glorious end today.
And life goes on . . .
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Taylorville Baptist Church
7201 Moundville Lane
Tuscaloosa AL 35405
From her email, it sounds like they could use just about anything.
Here is an email from someone in Chattanooga TN to contact about sending donations.
The plea is overwhelming, nearly every time I check there's something new .
More later as this project develops. . .
1307 Alethea Drive
Hixson TH 37343
She said her county borders Ringold GA & she'd see that donations go there. She further gave the okay to send donations to her.
Another note, remember that the addresses I've posted are ONLY for donation purposes, once the recovery is over, they will be removed for privacy purposes. Don't pass these addresses on unless you're sure it will be used for donation purposes only.
Nettleton Food Pantry
102 Front Ave
Nettleton MS 38858
This address is from a friend of my daughters who lived in Miss. She said the food bank would put pillow cases innthe food boxes it gives to the tornado victims & it would be the quickest way to get it to the people who need it.
Get thosensewing machines going & help out. Pillowcases patterns are free on Allpeoplequilt.com/million pillow case challenge.
Pillow cases are really east to make, and kind of addictive to make as well, not to mention fun.
Since I've been in some tornadoes,(3),although I didn't have any personal loss, I understand exactly what the victims are going through.mI also used to be on the local Rde Cross disaster response team so I've seen personal loss first hand & that's another reason I'm doing this.
If any of you wish to join me in this endeavor, please let me know.
. As soon as I get an address to send the pillow cases to, I'll post it here. Until then, won't be too long, I'll be making pillow cases. In one day, I made six already. I plan on reporting my numbers to the 1,000,000 pillow case challenge on the All People Quilt website. We'll see how it goes. I just want do my part.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
On a much brighter note, my guild's annual quilt show is May 14, 2011 this year. Same place & time, Nicholasville Christian Church basement, 10 am - 4 pm & we have a quilt to raffle too. This one is done in green tones & is queen sized. You can get tickets from any member. Later . . .
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Had a blast.I saw some fantastic quilts too. It inspired me to enter some of my quilts in some bigger shows. Most of what was displayed were art quilts other than a Baltimore Album display. I also saw Pokey Bolton there. She didn't. See me, but I recognized her anyway. The crowds were so thick that fit was difficult to move without running over someone or getting run over myself, which happened a couple of times. I came home with $$ left in my pocket surprisingly. I'm to the point of having so much fabric that I need to use what I have before getting more. Anyway, I had fun. My guild went as a group so we left hubby babysitting. it was a nice break. Today it's back to the grind. Would I go back next year-in a heartbeat.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Like so many who made quilts in response to the 9/11 disaster in New york (i did that too) this is my response to the disaster in Japan.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I've also completed the top to the ALS quilt but it didn't turn out as well as I'd like so I'm planning to do another that is easier construction but just as nice once its together. I'll post that when & if its done. Later. . .
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
This is the view from my back porch today, Feb. 7th. The flakes are huge. It snowed like this 32 years ago today, the day I had my son. Guess what today is? That's right, his birthday. Talk about deja vu! That year we got about 8 inches or so. I hope that's not a repeat.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I've spent more time painting lately than sewing or quilting. I have, as of yesterday (Feb.5) began an applique butterfly, a large one. I'm doing the butterfly on muslin first then I'll find a background for it. And that's what I've been working on lately.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I finally finished this quilt top (still to be quilted). I began the project last September and finished it after the first of this year. The patterns came from Australain(sp) Patchwork & Quilting magazine, in 3 parts. In addition to the piecing, gold & black fusible bias tape were added around some of the shapes in the blocks. The quilt is about 68" by 72". I plan for it to be a wall hanging in my dining room once finished.It was a bit of a challenge but I finished it. Right now I'm looking for other projects, I've done some small things, but I'm in that state of looking for something that catches my eye. So far, no luck. I'll find something eventually.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I read how to make zentangles (my latest passion) into quilts. So I've begun one. I had the original drawing enlarged, traced it onto white muslin with a blue water soluble pen & have begun to free motion quilt it, going over the blue lines with black thread.This second photo is the original zentangle drawing. I'm keeping a log of the number of hours I spend working on it, which will be many from the looks of it. I'll post progress pics as I go. This project is tougher than it looks or sounds. The quilt is only 24" square, but its taking lots of time to stitch.
Stay tuned . . .