As usual–

–there is not enough time in any day to do all that we want to do.  I spent all day yesterday trying to clean a path through the studio. I did manage to find the floor and made some progress on the tabletops.

I mowed the lawn last evening after dinner with friends. It’s supposed to get very warm again today and we have lunch with friends, so I wanted to get that chore out of the way!

There is a ton of other gardening I need to do. Bushes to be trimmed, some new-from-a-friend plants to be put in, weeding, watering. But, as I said, it’s very warm! I think the cool of the basement studio is calling my name much louder than the outdoor chores. I think I’ll do my weeding with weed killer and then head for the cool!

There are class materials that need to be organized, both for classes I’m teaching and classes I’m taking.

I’ll report back to you right after I do that–and maybe find time for a nap…

Yep, we need more hours in the day, just to be assured of that nap time!

Liebster Award?

Hollyhocks–winter dreams of summer days…

Have you heard of it? I recently received this comment and went to Tracy’s blog to check it all out. That led me to the Liebster blog and lots more blogging info. (By the way, I don’t like to blog without pictures, so I’m throwing in some random pics, just for fun!!!)

Tracy from It’s A T-Sweets Day—-Hi Kathy! I have recently been nominated for a Liebster Award. I don’t know if you have been nominated before, but the details are on my blog. I am nominating you because your creativity is so inspiring to me. I am in awe of your colors, your designs, and all of your bead work. You truly inspire me! Thank you:)   http://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com

This is so nice and a good way to include more blogs in your life, to meet more nice people. Part of the plan is to provide 10 facts about yourself and answer questions so people can get to know you better. I’m happy to do that, because I’m vain enough to like to talk about myself! Part 2 is to nominate others whose blogs are not well-publicized with huge followings and ask them to participate, too. And Part 3 is to ask them questions about themselves so that we can get to know them, too.

I’m finding this a very difficult assignment to complete. The intent is great, and it’s nice to learn more about people through their blogs. The best I can do, though, about lesser-publicized blogs is to recommend a link-up that I use: Off The Wall Friday by Nina-Marie Sayre. Checking out these kind of link ups, and there are many, is a great way to ‘taste-test’ the offerings of others.

Here are the questions that Tracy asked, with my answers, but I’m just not able to nominate others at this time.

How did you get started quilting or sewing or crocheting? In my teens, it was fun (and economical!) to make your own clothing. I fell in love with fabric and have been working with textiles ever since.
If you could have one present, what would it be? At this point, I’d like to be able to use all the things I have in my stash–paint, dye, fabric, stamps, stencils, beads, yarn–so I guess that would be a gift of time!
What is your favorite sewing tool? It has to be my rotary cutter, closely followed by my sewing machine.
What has been you favorite blog post? I can’t say that I have a favorite. Some I like better than others, but it’s all simply a running commentary on my work and life.
Who has been your inspiration? Oh my gosh, there are so many…every quilter and art quilter whose work I have ever seen inspires me every day.
What is your favorite food? Hmmm….salmon…shrimp…steak…ice cream…lemon meringue pie…any vegetable there is…pasta…I pretty much like it all!
When do you blog? I don’t have a set time to create the blogs, but I try to publish early in the morning when I have one ready.
Did your mother sew? My mother did a little sewing, and I had a grandmother who quilted, but Grandma was gone before I discovered textiles. So I am mostly self-taught–not even a Home Ec class in school!
What makes a perfectly SWEET day at your house? Time for sewing, time to relax and if there is bit of grandson time in there, it’s a beautiful day!
What advice would you give to future sewer/bloggers? Don’t be afraid to TRY anything that catches your fancy. The only way to know if it’s a keeper is to DO it and the more tools you have in your toolbox, the better your work will be!

Thanks for the nomination, Tracy. I hope anyone reading this will check out your blog and all your other nominations, too.

 

 

 

Tech…

Sorry I haven’t been posting for a few days. The pictures I take with my phone might be fine for the blog but they don’t work if I want to have a high resolution photo on file. I have not yet got the correct combination of cables that will allow transfer of photos from camera to new computer with new style of connector…even though the nice gentleman at the store assured me that I did! And I just haven’t made that trek back to the store yet. And some of my photos from the phone show up through icloud and some don’t. Frustrating and I have to get it figured out soon or else there’s no point in having all these different devices if they can’t talk to each other! Frustration rears it’s ugly head!!!

I had my first summer dye day here and now I have a big pile of fabric to iron. And I’m still working on the puzzle of putting together the guild quilt. That’s my mission for today and when I get the photo stuff figured out, I’ll show you!

Got a picture here, but it was a long, convoluted process that I am not willing to repeat. I WILL find an easy, better way once again!

Slow sewing period

There has not been much sewing going on around here. I got a panel done for quilt as you go with my friend’s strips. Only 8 or so more for a full quilt…but it’s a project that only gets worked on when I have a bit of extra time…or can’t seem to get started on something new!

I’m taking a class so I had to get ready for that. I’m always so indecisive for that because no matter what I bring, it’s never what I want to work with when I get there!!! And next week I’m teaching in Kokomo, so there is some prep work to be done there.  Normal grandson night tomorrow night and soccer Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I’ll miss the soccer because it’s Quilt Guild Day AND a bridal shower. Doctor appt. rounded out the week and I’m looking forward to the long ride to Kokomo just for the time to do nothing!

Had some carpet inspiration last week. Looking forward to doing some stamping that might look a bit like this.

And TODAY–woo hoo–I had my KEQ group meeting. We brought our pie challenge pieces and it turned out pretty darn good!

Hope my phone camera skills get better–this is just a bit fuzzy. Mary Lee didn’t make it to the last meeting so she brought her weaving piece this time, along with a quilt she did with reverse applique circles.

And big news–both Trish and Julia won ribbons at the Sauder Quilt Show! Lots of ribbons! We are so proud of them…but I forgot about pictures until the quilts were back out in the car.  They do beautiful work.

Next meeting we will be making stamps. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while and just have not made the time for it. It’s long past time and I’m so glad the group is helping me out with time dedicated to stamp making! Hooray!

 

Not much sewing

My hubby and I joined the 21st Century the other day and got new smart phones. There IS a learning curve, from a simple cell phone to this little computer that also makes calls! Rather than doing any sewing, I’ve been learning how to use this piece of tech. Until I get familiar with everything, it’s a real time suck.

I’m taking a few stitches at a time on this piece.

Simple stitches, and I think it’s ready for some beading now.

This is not a good week for finding extra time. That happens. But we each have only 24 hours, every day and I’m looking forward to those days when every one of those 24 is not filled up!

 

Change of pace

Been working on the scrap and charity quilts and thinking about making stamps. My actual activity level has been less than lazy! I’ve been sitting on the couch a lot, getting sucked in to computer time, playing games and reading blogs. I haven’t even picked up a needle and thread to do any embroidery, even though my project is sitting on the table right next to my spot on the couch!

After my nice nap today, I wandered down to the studio to make sure I have everything I need to teach a class tomorrow. What caught my eye was a bunch of funky yarn that I had once intended to make a scarf from…you know, one of those where you start with a wash-away stabilizer, lay out the yarn and stitch over it. Yeah, months ago and still not even started. So I grabbed it up, tied the ends of those small pieces together and decided to KNIT a scarf.

I used to knit scarves out of all the funky, popular yarns and sold some and gave some to charity. I have tons of yarn ends and small bits and pieces that I thought I would use for embellishments. I cannot ‘art’ enough of anything to use this all up, so I’m going to try and knit it up. Anything left by the end of this year will be put on the ‘free table’ at my various group meetings.

This came out so thick and fluffy and warm and funky! I love it and will be using up more yarn this way.

Knitting is great for laziness! I can sit and move my fingers a little bit and really be pretty darn relaxed, for hours at a time! Maybe I can blame this bout of lazy on damp, cold, cloudy weather. Hope it doesn’t last too long, because I really don’t love doing nothing!

Sew Day

Saturday was a sewing bee to use up the stash of our friend Kathy Sheldon, making quilts for charity. She would have had so much fun with us, so we enjoyed ourselves as much as possible using her fabric!

There were a number of people sewing, some cutting, some pressing and people came and went so I’m not sure of any totals.

Sue Gilmore, Kathy’s sister, got things set up and rolling.

We acted goofy when Jim tried to take a group picture!

Sue and Kathy’s relatives came in from the west side of the state, too!

Everything was done quilt as you go, with a table in front to show us how to do several strip piecing options.

As a block was finished, we rang the bell and counted the blocks. We finished enough blocks for two quilts and got started on a third!

And of course we had food!

My job became the ‘assembler’ since I know a very easy way to put those blocks together, thanks to Mari at The Quilting Edge. Here’s a link to the tutorial http://www.thequiltingedge.com/p/tutorials.html

Sue hopes to organize another sew day soon, but my calendar is pretty full and I’m not sure I’d make it. However, I’ll fill the gap by taking care of the ‘homework’–pretty appropriate since Kathy was a teacher!

You know how I just said the other day that I’m tired of working with scraps? Somehow it’s different and okay to be working with someone else’s scraps and making quilts for charity!