Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
It was a better show than I've seen in the past so kudos to the committee. I couldn't find my thread and I don't really need fabric but I did succumb to the spiel for an amazing iron. I'll let ya know!
Three is to get ready for the busy month ahead. Four is to GO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I would say that we differ in colour preferences. Pink isn't my favourite colour but then I look at my fabric stash and I do have a lot of pink. Must be what's her name's influence! lol
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Once upon a time I did a lot of machine quilting. I am having to relearn my skills. I could blame a luv that matches quilting in mixed media art but...
Each of these monthly wall hangings will be a challenge to add more and more quilting. Spring was a good start because I think of spring as a more simple, almost minimalistic season. I also need a stiffer batting for wall hangings and this is a thermal batting that once was an ironing station. I saw an idea for a envelope style finish so I hope it works as I'm feeling like the chains have no beginning or endings. A few missing links but.... ;^)
The Needle & Thread Network is wonderfully encouraging and has fine examples of quilting that pushes the traditions in using the quilting stitch. Actually my April Showers idea may need some hand quilting. Now there is a real challenge as I been there, done it and got a stiff neck. LOL It is also why I embraced machine quilting! ;~) Check out the links in the TN&TN chain, why don't ya!!!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I thought I had taken a picture of their start but it seems not. Josh is learning his numbers and is a detail/tool kind of guy. He did move out of his comfort zone and added a caterpillar. Eliana is all about random and every colour and quick. She also seems to like working small. I was tempted to just leave them. I did a bit with coloured circles and maybe should have left off the graphite pencil. I highlighted their names. The paint pen triangles were an after thought as I thought I needed an accent. I like it!
And now I'm off to get some sewing done so I'll have more to show for wow Wednesday!
Monday, March 24, 2014
A bright spot in the week will be Thursday's arrival of an artist in residence! My namesake and Grand kiddie, Eliana!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
We are back down in the freezing cold zone again. But the sun is shining. :} These wee lambs don't mind the cold at all and are up for fun and games. Early evening they begin to pack and play follow the leader.
I've started digging and sorting in my playroom closet. I've been on the lookout for a few books I know I never gave away. lol
Creativity isn't just about 'art'. It is a way of life.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Today is split half daylight and half darkness. I'm thinking I have six of one and half dozen things to do.
We had a full house Sunday and they all dispersed before another weather system blew in that produced a total whiteout. Thankfully it didn't last long enough to shut everything down. I had errands in town yesterday and I began to see gravel showing between the high snowbanks and everyone was smiling in town as the sun came out, water started dripping and puddles formed on the sidewalks! I do believe we have spring happening.
So Monday I decided we should just get that sink happening where the old sink is. But the new white hutch encroaches on the sink space. Ah, the smaller hutch in the front dining room would work and it is RED! It was meant to be!
I put just about all my white ware into the bigger hutch. The glass doors will keep the dust off and I really think this will be there final resting place as all this switchy switchy is cutting into my 'art' time! lol This hutch needs another coat and some waxing and its drawers and knobs finished up but all the prep is done. My teacups are handy, my table linens at the ready and I'm pleased.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Happy St. Patrick's Day to my fellow Needle and Threaders. hmm, sounds like a dance club to me!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
...And Then We Set It On Fire blog. This month is hand stitching. Last night I couldn't stand it any longer and hunted up a blunt needle, a tangled mass of DMC thread and a very tight weaved fabric with a failed transfer on it. NOT great choices but... I have a whole new addiction! Today I hunted up all those threads and ribbons for a long forgotten BOM tree quilt. :( I found a nice, I hope, background fabric I can cut up into random squares. At the close of day I can plunk myself in my bedroom chair, adjust my light and just go up and down and whichever way I want. LUV it!!!! I can even see some beads happening! Goodness knows I have those, too! This is gonna go far I think!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I think I need to go find my recipe for a spring tonic; one that'll help me leap over a snow bank and let me kick up my heels. Yoo hoo, Spring! Where are you???
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
My worktable is not covered in snow but I thought it fitting to pose my finished holly berries on it.
I cut the backgrounds for the Modern Irish Chain wall hanging. I was holding my breath as I cut scraps for the last few patches.
I made my half square triangles and then trimmed them for quick nine patch blocks. I hope to have the top ready by next week.
I am hand sewing the binding in place on the teacup wall hanging. I think a wash will smarten it up but I am also evaluating my machine quilting. Modern to me doesn't have piles of intense quilting but this seems to be missing something. I may do more in the outside border. ???
edited: I washed it up and I think the problem is the batting is too soft. I need a much firmer batting. :(
I wonder what the TN&TN workers have on their worktable this particular Wednesday???
BTW! This is my 1000th post. :)