Tuesday, December 30, 2008
When I am overwhelmed, what I need to do is dive into some creating. Just haven't had the time when I am not exhausted! Exhausted Creating is not always Good Creating. Maybe I should do one of those splashy paintings that doesn't matter. Or spin art. Or run some things through the Cuttlebug.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Studying a lot about quilters and quilting until I don't know if I ever want to know more. But the myriad of talented people amaze me. I see their intricately pieced quilts and detailed quilting and am speechless.
Tonight I was driving when the sun was setting. What a glorious sight! If a painter would paint such glory, we might think it was not natural. Even a photo wouldn't do it justice.
And it wasn't the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen. It was actually rather ordinary. God's ordinary is way more gorgeous than mere humans could ever think up. Although God has given us humans much talent, and wonderful expressions of beauty, He has us beat for sure.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
and yes it sounded fun... and before allsorts, Alicia
and before Alicia, Citygirl
and who knows before that...
Where is your mobile phone? table
Where is your significant other? sitting
Your hair colour? brown
Your mother? better
Your father? playing
Your favourite thing? creating
Your dream last night? none
Your dream goal? productive
The room you're in? isolated
Your hobby? creating
Your fear? failure
Where do you want to be in 6 years? free
Where were you last night? grandbaby's
What you're not? tall
One of your wish-list items? confidence
Where you grew up? here
The last thing you did? yawn
What are you wearing? scrubs
Your TV? off
Your pets? wacky
Your computer? laptop
Your mood? sad
Missing someone? yes
Your car? used
Something you're not wearing? shoes
Favourite shop? crafts
Your summer? quiet
Love someone? yes
Your favourite colour? primary
When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
When is the last time you cried? today
and smiling, because in spite of sadness, I know I am rich. I see the cards sent to me and I smile because there are those that care about me a lot, and I am glad, and I am blessed.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So here's a bit of a rainbow, just for whoever might read this.
And here's the source of the rainbow, well, not exactly the source, but maybe the reason. I love rainbows because God used a rainbow to tell Noah that the storm was over. A reminder to me, that whatever storm I am going through, God knows its beginnings, and its endings...
And, I love rainbows because they are beautiful. I love them dancing around the room. Just because.
Speaking of rainbows, remembering rainbows from a long time ago....
Monday, September 29, 2008
I had great fun once I got the leaves fused. I had sewed all the borders on before I appliqued. I raw edge appliqued because I think the leaves look more leafy, LOL!
Anyway, now it's hanging above the bed, and it told me I need to paint the walls. Oh, and those drapes don't match either, and what about a quilt for the bed?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I also spent some time browsing in Picasa. I searched for greeting cards and found a couple sites I really like. I added them to my blog roll thingy.
The first cards were odd and I didn't add them to the album, but most of them have been added. The sunflower ones were inspired by a sunflower challenge that I should have mailed out awhile ago. I love the colors. It is getting back to printing with leaves. A couple years ago I went crazy with that. Beautiful stuff.
That's all I get to do today. TWO birthday parties today! I made a purse for a 2 year old but forgot about taking its picture so I'll have to do another. LOL there are always little girls who want purses.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This was a fun challenge. I really like the way she turned out. Simple.
I thought that "cheongsam" was a place, but it is one name for the traditional Chinese dress. This is a more modern variation. I learned that I know very little about China. :) Now with the Olympics is a great time to get more educated!
By the way, if you click on the picture, you can see every little imperfection!
The stamped "happy birthday" is from a See Dee's stamp. I got their starter collection a couple years ago and love it. Just the right touch. Better than my printing. :)
Lodi is one of those not-exactly-a-big-city places. We live kind of on the edge of the city; not too far to take a country drive. It is surrounded by grapes. All the way across the city is only a few miles.
I spent my growing up years here. I moved to the next town over to attend community college, then up to the foothills. By the time I left there, that area was famous for.... wine grapes! So I moved from one vineyard to another!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Here's a teensy scottie dog that I made from a pattern I got from allsorts. I certainly have enjoyed that site! I spent half of a day exploring it. There are several things I am going to try from there.
I used to love doing tiny things. I hand sewed I don't know how many Winnie-the-Poohs and Piglets. I always Used my Time Wisely back then; even though I had quite a few children hanging on me. Now, I have just myself and dear Husband to take care of, and I do less crafting than ever! That is going to change!
The other day I got a precious porcelain doll baby from our Craft Revival. She was made by G C at The Doll Gallery in Lockeford, California. I finished putting her together the same day she was purchased. I see on the back of her head her name is "Breanna" but I think her name is Emily. She's still unclothed but she's high on the project list. Little Sarah Scottie will keep her company meantime. There are some sweet calicos in my stash that are itching to me made into a little blanket and dress and bonnet for her.
My daughter's doll house is in the other room filled with fabrics. Now that I have my big wardrobe back, I think it will sit on top of it and maybe even get some remodeling.
I think I'm back. It's been a long and hard journey, but I think I'm back.
My mom knew when it was time for sewing. She'd say, Linda, you're cooking this week, I'm sewing! And so we would have miserable meals for a week, and she would sew.Oh have I been sidetracked today! I was thinking about how reluctantly I have gotten into quilting. My mom and grandma and great grandma all made wonderful utilitarian quilts. I grew up comforted by their hard work. Yet I didn't catch that bug until I was over 50.I've been trying to come up with a more descriptive name, and "The Reluctant Quilter" sounded good. But lo and behold, there is already a reluctant quilter out there blogging...The Reluctant Quilterand she, like me, was not a teenage quilter. So I guess I will just stay who I am. :)Of course I visited her blog, and saw her quilting bloggers link, and had to go there, and her "quilters get listed" link, and had to go there, and then there was the catzonmyquilts link, and had to go there, and then I had to rush to get to the post office before it closed. There went the afternoon. But it was fun, I learned a lot!
So have fun running around the internet, just don't forget dinner!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I also got a kick out of Quiltville's blog today-http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2008/08/tonya-bonnies-fungly-challenge.htmlSounds like a good way to practice a block and fits right in with my Almost Perfect style. :)
I discovered a site, Paper Panache, http://www.paperpanache.com/ and did the mystery piecing challenge. One takes a pattern and just follows directions and you get what you get. I thought it was fun. It's posted at the shop-- I don't want to spoil the surprise for those that are doing the project. There are some other ones that I want to order,but I've spent my allotment for the month already (yes I know we're not even halfway through the month!!) so I will have to wait until September. There are some good free ones I am trying in the meantime. Good site to explore.
Anyone interested in a class? I think it would be great fun to do a mystery one in a class, learn in the process, and see how different everyone's come out! Let me know by phone (209-333-2075)
I also got a kick out of Quiltville's blog today-
Sounds like a good way to practice a block and fits right in with my Almost Perfect style. :)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Tayo's is great! I know I will be back. One of the good things is that it's right by a walking bridge across the American River. We had a lovely stroll after our shopping spree.
I guess I'm giving them free publicity, maybe odd for someone that works in a quilt shopand Ought to be Loyal; but quilters need plenty of variety, and not all shops are the same. Every buyer has different taste; nobody could carry ALL of the wonderful fabric that is out there.
Tayo's has a youngish feel; lots of baby stuff and lots of wonderful brights. Lots of panels for easy and fun gifts. I was inspired to do more brights just by being in the store. They carry a line of stuffed animal patterns, some with noses included! Also some clothing patterns, and lots of minkie and oh-so-soft stuff that I successfully resisted; and great batiks.
The other store I visited was Bearpaws & Hollyhocks. What a lovely, quiet, reserved atmosphere! I can see that the owner/buyer's personality really influences stores. This one has a more old-fashioned feel to it. A project jumped out at me there too; very different from the first shop. This is a spot that you can rent time on a longarm. There are classes you can take to get started. I also got some embroidery floss there; that's getting harder to find.
I enjoyed both shops. And I also enjoyed that my husband went with me and helped me pick out some great stuff-- and used HIS credit card! What a guy!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Here's a simple version based on the sizes we can cut using our Accucut machine. See the pattern guide on the website:
Have fun with this one. Make it in different sizes, add borders, make it your own. And if you want, we can make it into a kit for you with precut squares and triangles. Just ask! Either visit the shop or call us at 209-333-2075 and we will have it ready to pick up or mail to you.
The fabric I used was from the "Fern Hill- Dandelion Days" line by Stephanie Brandenburg for Camelot Cottons. The gold is from Hoffman Fabric's "Fundamentals" line.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
A quote to tease you from one of her books:"To my amazement, I found that I could learn wonderful color concepts from nature, and the same effects could be created in art by following nature's lead. "
For my batik quilt, I just picked from the basic pattern colors. It's easy that way, and I don't have to worry if the colors will match or anything. I love it. Then I did a table runner. On the bolt, the fabric looked great. But the finished table runner didn't have enough contrast for my taste. I like it, but I don't LOVE it. I made a quilt for my daughter, black and red and white. I love it-- but it's a tried and true combination. Other quilts have been scrappy ones, just squares, nothing brave. Purses don't take much color sense, they are usually just one fabric, maybe two. I made one purse out of upholstery fabric swatches; easy, all one color family.Now I want to do at least one quilt in my lifetime that is Absolutely Stunning. Maybe that's everybody's desire! I am not fooling myself, there's a lot to learn. But I watch customers in the shop and take mental notes of what they like and don't like. It's always wonderful when someone comes in and picks colors that really go together for ME-- then of course I want to buy it all and make something.I see that we all choose totally different color palates. When Diane and I are choosing fabrics, she's focusing on the yellows, pinks, greens-- they stand out for her. The rich blues and greens and purples are my favorites. Both of us melt when it comes to batiks. Some people aren't that fond of batiks (imagine that, lol!) They may choose 30's, or Asians, or Civil War prints.Really, I don't have to please anyone but MYSELF. Even when I am quilting for someone else, I am giving a piece of ME. I think it's harder trying to please someone else's taste.So I will keep looking at books about color, and try to keep an open mind.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
My latest project is with my sister in law. We are in the process of appliqueing 140 butterflies for a quilt started some years ago. Loretta cut out the squares and wings, and her mother embroidered all 140 of the butterfly bodies. Now, it is going to turn into a quilt for each grandchild, with 20 butterflies on each quilt.A good opportunity for spending time together, which has been scant the last few years, and lots of practice with applique.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
My first completed free motion quilting project! I've been practicing a lot, both with a wipe-off pen on plastic and with my sewing machine on fabric "sandwiches".
- just a crafty grandma experimenting with all sorts of things. My main interests are paper craft of any kind and quilting/sewing. But I've done leatherwork, polymer clay, on-the-wheel pottery, painted molded ceramics, papier mache, stained glass, plaster casting, linoleum printing, paper making... you name it, I've probably tried it. A few I actually stuck with. :)