Saturday, August 9, 2014

I was thinking about what I should post on the blog and realized that I didn't post a picture of this quilt when I finished it back in February. While I was working on it, I thought a lot about my dad, who loved dalias and grew some huge ones. I miss my dad, and wish I could show him this quilt! I titled it Splendid Flame and dedicated it to Dad on the label. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Craftsy Class

Craftsy has done it again, by creating a class with Patsy Thompson, my favorite machine quilting teacher! Her work is so fabulous and she is a great teacher. Articulate and patient in the way she presents her material, you will love her too!
I originally learned a lot from her videos, but for about the price of one video, you can take her class on Craftsy. Check out the link in the right column.
All Craftsy classes offer lifetime access available 24/7 and the teacher will help you personally if you need it.
(and yes, if you click to Craftsy, I will be compensated if you purchase a class, but whatever, I really mean it when I say Patsy is the best!)

Koi Collages

I make no secret of my admiration of Susan Carlson's work. Her collages are so impressive! I used her construction ideas in The Elephants quilt.
This small quilt is also a glued collage in the style of her work. Measuring 16x20, it is small, but I was trying out the koi to see if I would like to make it larger. I used that same idea with the Light at the End of the Tunnel, making a small version to see if I would be successful before committing to a large quilt.
This is the first piece I worked on in my new studio in our new home. I found an outline for a koi that I wanted to make. Using glue and small scraps, I put this together. I did the fish first, then started laying in the background pieces. I kept a linear, horizontal look, implying water, but I thought it was flat and not lively. I hit on adding the circles and they give a bright bubbly look that I am very happy about. I struggled a first while quilting, because I tried to go around the circles on the edge and I kept messing it up until I decided that just freely making spirals and quit fussing about them, they turned out pretty well.
So then, I began to think about what else I could do to make the koi again, but with something different, not just larger. Some time ago, a friend sent me a pic of an artist's work on a fantasy portrait of a woman with butterflies forming part of her face and neck. Of course, I was intrigued and began to think of all those butterfly prints I had been collecting for years. The two ideas came together in the collage of another koi, "Swimming the Butterfly".
This one is made using only butterflies and a few grasses for his backfin. I enjoyed the process and didn't start gluing until it was too late, so this one is covered with black tulle and hand basted, then quilted.
I hope you like them!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Warhol Style Photo

Last night, I stayed up ridiculously too late, playing with PicMonkey, a photo editing website that is free! You can edit your photos, make them look better or just plain wild like these. I'm impressed with all that it can do and I can really use this to manipulate my photos for my quilting or just playing. If you're interested, click the monkey in the right column!
I discovered PicMonkey through Spoonflower, the fabric printing company, where I have had some of my designs printed.
I will be spending more time on these sites!

New Neckwear

I found a cool necklace on Pinterest the other day. It was hard to find the original photo on the Internet, though I finally managed. I discovered the blog came from Brazil and so I tried to contact the blogger and ask for a pattern to make the necklaces. No luck.
So, I thought about how to make something like it myself. I'm crafty that way.
Here's the result. I love it and I get compliments every time I wear it!
It turned out that cotton clothesline, wrapped with strips of cotton fabric and then wrapped with a varigated yarn worked perfectly. This necklace doesn't look exactly like the one that inspired it, but it really is great!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A New Year

Hard to believe that it has been a year since I posted to my blog. What a year! In January 2012, my husband began talking seriously of changing jobs and moving from our home of 22 years in Tennessee, returning to the Pacific Northwest and taking a new job. Then it began: a whirlwind of fixing up our home, getting rid of twenty two years of accumulate junk, packing, staging, listing, showing...and actually selling our house within three weeks of listing it with a realty. Then the movers came and packed it all up to ship it across country. Of course during that time, Keith had to begin his new job, so after a month of working hard on the repairing and painting, he left me to finish getting the house on the market.
I was so overwhelmed, I put out an email to my community of friends from church and they were so gracious to come and help me get the house scrubbed and mulched and mowed and some wiring repaired and wow, are they the best friends! Eleven came, and I had a bunch of sticky notes with jobs for them to choose from. I even had one of my friends pulling pictures out of albums that were falling apart and had those sticky pages. A job that needed to be done so I could consolidate stuff and not have to ship junk.
So after a great drive across country in July, by the grace of God, I feel at home and glad to be back in the PNW!
Oh well, you probably don't want to know all the details, so more later. Off to my Bible study this morning!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grinch Pills

Yesterday after school, the boys and I made "Grinch Pill Packs" for teacher gifts and whatnot. There's always someone that crosses our path that needs a little gift and it's great to be prepared! These are so cute and fun to make! Plus they don't require the obligatory dipping in chocolate mess, like our next project probably will...Oh yeah!
Brief instructions follow the pictures.



These are simple to make. It took us about an hour and a half to make a dozen, my kids are 11, 7 and 5 years old. Any age level appropriate embellishments can be used, we used stamps and stickers.

  1. Using standard card stock in green or red, cut in half vertically, into two pieces, 4 1/4" x 11". 
  2. Score them before folding to make crisp folds. Measuring from the left edge, score at 4" and 8 1/2" and then fold away from the score. This makes a nice envelope type fold, though the sides will be open.
  3. Trim the edges with fancy scissors.
  4. With the two flaps folded in, punch holes through the flaps, so the holes will match when you are threading the ribbon closure.
  5. Now decorate however you want, with stamps, stickers, glitter, markers, rick rack, ribbon, punches, whatever you have on hand.
  6. I found little zip bags in the craft jewelry and  beading department at Walmart and put in about a dozen green M & M style candies that I bought at Fresh Market. You can use any green candy, jelly beans or mints would be fine as well as any small bag for the candy.
  7. I taped the bags inside the pouch, though you could staple if you like.

The poem came from here, which was posted on Pinterest and I pinned to my Christmas board. Also from Pintrest, the idea for the pouch came from here, though I modified it to the size I wanted and changed how the ribbon was used.
You could make these in lots of ways, there's a poem out there for Snowman poop or other kinds of "pills." I thought about the winter blues and blue candies, and a poem like "Has winter got you down? Can't get to town? Just pop a pill or two and say goodbye to the blues!" Or some such thing...
I hope you try these!