Sunday, April 25, 2010

As Blue Goes By

 

Yesterday, I finished the piece for my local guild “Blue” challenge.  As I mentioned previously, it is based on a picture on the wall in one of my favorite Brit-Coms.  The show is called “As Time Goes By”.   After I had the idea for this piece, the picture was the ONLY thing that I could see in the show, so I named it “As Blue Goes By”.

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It has a bit of everything on it……collage background, fabric painting,  thread embellishments and fusible applique. 

The funny thing is that I have finished the piece a full month before it is due….normally I am working at the very last minute on challenges!!!  I guess that’s what happens when you get inspired.

Bye for now!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Quotes for the day

 

I have to admit that I am not a huge reader…..if I have extra time, I tend to work on something creative.  Having said that, I have recently been reading “My Life In France” by Julia Child.

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It is a fun book, and is full of her wonderful descriptions of the sights and sounds of  her time while living in France.  There are two quotes that I really appreciated.    As a background, her husband, Paul was a photographer and an artist and both of these quotes relate to him…..

“His motivation for making paintings and photographs wasn’t fame or riches:  his pleasure in the act of creating  “the thing itself” was reward enough.”

And secondly……

“I  discovered that when one follows the artist’s eye one sees unexpected treasures in so many seemingly ordinary scenes.”

Aren’t these wonderful!!! 

How many times do we rush thru our quilts and projects with the idea that we MUST GET IT FINISHED and, in doing so, lose the great enjoyment that comes from the act of simply creating the art.   AND, how many times do we rush past the ordinary things in life to “get to the important ones” and miss unexpected treasures along the way!!!

Here’s to slowing down and enjoying the process and slowing down and appreciating the ordinary!!!

 

Have a great weekend!!!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Am I Blue????

On Sunday, Michael and I decided to have a day at home to relax, so immediately my mind went to quilting!!!!   My local guild has recently set a challenge called “Am I  Blue”.  The quilt is to have something to do with the word BLUE!!!

My idea for this quilt came from a British Comedy that my husband and I love to watch….”As Time Goes By”.   There is a print on the wall by their front door that has always grabbed my imagination and I have decided to turn it into my “Blue” quilt. 

Here are a few sneak peaks of what I have done so far……

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I have never made a collaged background before and it was lots of fun to do.  I started with a VERY lightweight fusible interfacing and began placing odd shapes of fabric on top.  When I was happy with the look, I ironed them in place and then thread-worked over the top.  I tried a bit of stenciling as well, but some of the fabric really soaked up the paint.  I may add additional fabrics over the top of this area and re-do it.

 

Now to add a focus to the front…..can you figure out what it will be….

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Thread Storage

 

My local JoAnne’s shop recently had all of their threads on sale for 50% off, so I took my Gutermann list in and filled in the gaps.  I had also bought some Sulky Blendables from my local shop and I was in desperate need of thread storage.

I have used the Sulky Storage Boxes for my Gutermann threads and really like that I can open them up flat and see all of the threads at one time. 

fullsize I have two of these mostly filled, so need to buy one more to finish out my collection.  I will wait until I get a Hancock’s online coupon before I order it.

Now comes the decision of  how to store all of the other odd sized spools of thread.  I bought one thread holder (for $25), but it was big and bulky. 

Instead, I remembered a blog post that I read and went to Walmart and bought a plastic storage box that is used for Matchbox Cars.

For $6 I got a wonderful box that holds lots of threads…..

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….AND….this is only one side….there is another equally large set of compartments on the other side of the box.

I AM THRILLED!!!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A-Ling….again

I wrote several weeks back about a young woman that I met while in Kunming, China…..click here for the post.    Today I got an update from Go Kunming, an “American” themed website about the city, and it had a wonderful article about A-Ling.   Click here to read the article.

Be sure to look at the final photo….it is the finished version of the piece that she had just started when I visited with her.  I was excited to see that one of the fabrics that I took to her as a gift was incorporated into the piece.

She is a wonderful artist, bringing a painterly approach to her work.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A little bit of sewing

Yesterday, I had a few minutes in the studio and was able to finish the backing for the “Rosebrock Garden Cuttings” quilt. (see this post). 

As I originally said, I was trying to use as many of the leftovers from the previous quilt and wanted to continue that idea on the back.  I was able to use a bunch of the pieces, but finally decided that it was looking too cluttered so I took a few pieces off and just finished it!!!

Here is the back….layered, basted and ready for quilting!!!

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Oh…by the way,  the train is back on the design wall so hopefully there will be more posts about this in the next few weeks!!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It’s a YELLOW sort of day in Georgia

 

Spring is a wonderful time….the Daffodils are blooming, the Hostas and ferns are starting to appear, the Azalea’s are turning pink and EVERYTHING else in Georgia is yellow!!!   (if you click on the photo, you can see it better)

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When the pine trees release their pollen, it covers all parts of life with a fine layer of yellow….even my poor cat has a yellowish tinge to his fur.  Fortunately, it doesn’t last too long and we are due for a good rain in a few days so it will all soon be a memory…..until next year!!

ADDED ON WEDNESDAY…..I read in the paper this morning that yesterday’s pollen count was 2,970…. apparently 120 is considered high!!!!

Even though the pollen is painful, the Dogwood tree is gorgeous……

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I hope that you are enjoying your Springtime!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Our House Has Been Egged!!!

 

Sometime in the night, the Easter Bunny (or his representative) egged our house with these wonderful eggs…..

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HAPPY EASTER!!!

 

HE IS RISEN
INDEED!!!!
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