Thursday, November 26, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


I want to wish each of my fellow bloggers and followers a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

To those of you in other countries, please join us in being thankful for the wonderful gifts that we receive daily.

AND, thank you for your support and encouragement!!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Art Every Day

One of the blogs that I follow, And Sew It Goes,  has joined one of the “Art Every Day” groups which encourages you to create something every day in the month of November and then blog about it.

This idea has fallen into  a crack that had been forming in  my brain and seems to have lodged there.  Over the last few months, I have been thinking about my need to branch out and try a lot of different types of art other than fiber.  As a result of these thoughts, I bought a spiral drawing book, a small selection of pens, drawing pencils and watercolor pencils (all on a clearance table at Walmart).

I did a few drawings about a month ago, but reading Terry’s blog convinced me to try to add something to the notebook on most days.  I dont consider myself to be an artist in the classic sense and have found this a bit hard to do.

The first examples were inspired by  Zentangle doodle art.  (I love the quote on their website….”You can do anything…one stroke at a time”).  The thing that I really like about this system was that you worked on a small scale  (3-1/2 inch squares or circles).  Here are some of the first doodles that I did…..9 1

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I didn’t pick it up again until this past weekend and I started with a doodle on a larger scale.  In the green one, I dont like the border, but had started with it and didn’t want to get rid of it.   I am pleased with the red one which is made up entirely of the same basic shape….a simple leaf……

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I also tried a pencil drawing of a funky vase in our living room.  Once again, it isn’t great, but I am glad that I tried it…….

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Finally, today I pulled out the pastels that I have owned  for over 2o years and had fun with a quick design.  It was fun to do and I like the colors…..

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Anyway, I hope that I can continue just by drawing at least one line in it each day.  I’ll keep you posted on the results….it is always good to have someone checking up on you!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is Here

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This quilt was made in 1997 and is the November quilt that hangs in my entry way.  I found the pattern for the Cornucopia and executed it with Machine Satin Stitch.  I was excited to be able to use a marbled fabric in the corn husk.  This had been dyed in a guild workshop.

The border blocks were an appliqued version of the “Turkey Tracks” block and the pieced turkeys came from some block pattern that I found and translated it into squares and half-square triangles.

After finishing the top, I realized that the back fabric was simply too white and garish and did not look good in the quilt.  I debated for some time about whether or not to Tea Dye it, but wasn’t really happy about dipping the entire top into a vat of strong, boiling tea.  My friend, Sandy, came to the rescue when she suggested that I do the stipple quilting using a light tan thread and let the thread take the edge off of the white.  Up until now, I had only machine quilted with monofilament thread. 

I was really pleased with the final result!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Goodies in the Mail

 

Don’t you love it when the mail arrives and there is a package addressed to you?  Well, this week I received a wonderful gift from Julie Bagamary.  It seems that I was the winner of her 400th post give-away!! 

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Julie does wonderful scripture inspired quilted art and I am truly thankful to have received this one.    I love the quilted portion, but am also impressed with the painted mat…..it adds a  lot of interest to the piece.

The really amazing thing to me is that she has blogged over 400 posts and has only been doing this for a little over a year and a half!!  She does a great job of showing her passion with a few pictures and just a few words….something I should learn!!   Check out her blog here.

Well,  my house is cleaned and ready for the Thanksgiving crowd to arrive….hope your preparations are coming along as well.  (For those of you in other countries, why dont you celebrate with us. )

Have a great “quilty” weekend!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A New Start

On Saturday my husband hurt his back, so we were not able to attend the local university football game.  Instead, I spent the time watching the game on TV and going thru all of my Fons and Porter magazines, with the idea of ridding myself of them. 

However, one of the perks of looking thru them all was that I found a design that I wanted to use for an upcoming wedding present.  It is a simple modified four patch and I thought that it would be great using two packs of Bali Pops that I had purchased a few months ago.  I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern so that I could use the pre-cut 2-1/2 strips.

Yesterday afternoon I spent about 3 hours working in my studio and am pleased with the initial look of the quilt……

_B163253The final version will be 6 blocks wide and 8 blocks long and a few of the pieced blocks will probably merge into the border as well.  I showed it to the bride’s Mom and she thought it would be well liked.  After talking to her, I will probably try to introduce a bit more of the browns into the quilt.

Now for my rant…..the Bali Pops are beautiful fabrics, but they are NOT cut accurately.  Several of them have areas in the strip that are only 2-1/4 inches wide!! I am having to check each one as I go and compensate for those that are too narrow.    In my opinion, they are far too expensive to not be well cut.

Today, I am talking to a group of 3rd graders about quilts….should be fun!!!

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wonderful New Book

 

Last night I finished the last of my major teaching duties and am greatly looking forward to cleaning out my studio this morning and getting organized for a new project….. probably a quilt for a friend’s wedding coming up in December.

But, last night, after the Trapunto class had ended, one of the participants pointed out a book in the Quilt Shop and asked if I had seen it before.    It is called “Sophisticated Stitches” by Don Linn and is a collection of really cool quilting designs.

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These designs are not the classic feathers, wreaths and other standard patterns, but are wonderful contemporary designs.  You could make a beautiful Whole-cloth quilt just using the designs here….who knows, I might just do that!!

Here is a scan of one of his ideas……

 Linn ScanThe designs could be used for quilting, applique, or embroidery, and would be wonderful worked as a trapunto pattern!!!

There are 66 quilt patterns in the book, with ideas for how to combine them to make other designs.  I am looking forward to spending some time with this book and see what transpires.

Have a good (and quilty) weekend.

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 9, 2009

Teaching Time

Wow, a whole week has passed and I haven't found time to do a single post....shame on me!!!

One of the reasons for this lack of posting has been a lack of quilting time. I am trying to get a bunch of work and home tasks taken care of before the holidays hit so that I can enjoy the season from Turkey Day up until Christmas. So far, so good, but still a long way to go.

Although I haven't been sewing, I have been doing a fair amount of teaching in the last few weeks. I recently taught two Beginning Machine Quilting classes at my local store, and then this past week, I taught two 1-day classes at a local guild, the Lake Oconee Quilters.

All of the classes were so much fun and I really enjoy meeting so many different quilters. Also, I always manage to learn something new in every class!!

This week I am teaching a Machine Trapunto Class at Dragonfly Quilt Shop and next week I am visiting a school and talking to a class of 3rd graders.....should be fun!!

This is a photo of my set up for the first day of a two day class.

I will leave you with a quote that I give to my students. It says......

"Artists who seek perfection in everything, achieve it in nothing?"
--- Eugene Delocroix

Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Station Break for the Train

 

I have had a wonderful time working on the train quilt over the last couple of weeks.  But, this weekend I have started feeling a bit anxious about some other projects that I need to get finished (or started and finished) before the end of the year, so I am planning to put it away for a time and try to get some other things done first……wish me luck!!!

I just had to include this picture and story…...  _A303221 (2) On Friday morning, my phone rang at 6:30 and my daughter asked if she could come by the house before she went to work because she needed help with her hair.  Since she is 22 years old, I found this  curious until she informed me that she was dressing as “Pipi Longstocking” for work. 

So, 20 minutes later we had her hair “wired” and ready to go.   Apparently she added some freckles before she got to work. 

The funniest part was seeing her walking thru doors and running into the facing with her pigtail, or watching her try to get into her car!!   She said that she had to be VERY careful around her patients so that she didn’t hook them. 

I guess it is true what they say……your kids NEVER grow up!!!!

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