Lots of littles…

Working on the little samples for camp, but barely started on them so really nothing new to show.

My day started with an interview for the local paper about my art hanging at the library right now. I was glad to go in and chat because I hadn’t taken any pics of the show after I hung it. The nook they put the art in is very cozy, with armchairs and a fireplace and it makes you feel as though the art could be hanging in your home. I like that a lot.

This is still my current favorite piece!

And space on each side of the fireplace, along with their permanent art pieces.

It’s always fun to have your art on display!

My day included a little jaunt to a quilt shop about an hour away. I knew that I would not get away without some fabric, despite my attempts to destash, but I was very conservative!

Half yards and yards, though, where I usually only buy fat quarters, but aren’t they gorgeous!

And a quick step-by-step of the sample distraction project, because it is DONE!

Another one mounted on wool, with edges fringed and wild, but I’m liking the way these look hanging on the wall. I need to get out of the green/turquoise family, though. I’m feeling like it might be time for some orange on the next one.

And the most joyful part of the day came in the mail. My aunt was on a little trip, went into a store and saw THIS–

She knows I like colorful fabrics but she had no idea that I LOVE sugar skulls and this fabric is totally awesome. Aunt Jean is also super awesome!!! Thank you.

Now I need to get going on stitching up those sample pieces!

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Spring Break Sewing

The grandson is on spring break this week and we are babysitting him every day. This is the extent of my sewing…

We have done painting and stenciling and made stamps.

We have done some household tasks, like replacing old shower curtains and a damaged mailbox.

We have done some necessary math, which is NOT his favorite part of the day.

We have also gone to the movies, which WAS his favorite part.

This is a great time for us and I would never think of giving up time with him in favor sewing. Nope!

Sewing will resume in a few days…thanks for playing along with me. Go find a kid and get a hug!

Always distractions…

The top for my grandson’s quilt is done and I got to show it to him. He loved it! He knows nothing about quilting and thought it was ready for him to use. Bummer! Now he’ll have to wait until I get it quilted, but it was so wonderful to know that he can’t wait to use it.

I got it basted today and it’s ready to go. My self-imposed due date on this is his birthday at the end of the month. No problem, right? I should be quilting on it right this minute, but I got distracted.

My friend Linda, in my Wacky Quilters group (aka Knot Even Quilters), gave us all a package of ‘stuff’ for a challenge. We are not good with deadlines, so we extended our Dec. deadline to Jan. and I still haven’t started! But the package was laying on the table and I had to move it to start quilting……………..and that’s where things went off track! I’ve known since I opened that package exactly what I was going to make. Sometimes these projects just leap out of my brain, fully formed and the components in this package were just right. Or almost just right…they needed some specific colors, and the dye was only a step away, so it seemed only natural……………

And you can’t waste dye, even when you only mix up just a little–

So now I’ll have to clean up all the dye stuff tomorrow before I start quilting.

But…but…but….I have another challenge that I have not worked on, that is due in two weeks. I wasn’t sure I was going to do it, but as I bent over to get the tray for the dyeing, my eyes fell on the snow dyes that I did last week and another idea was sparked.

Look at these fabrics! Aren’t they gorgeous? Even prettier than they were last week! Of course, that’s only because I have a project for them. Otherwise, they would just be filling up the shelves!

I’ve barely got a start on this idea, but I think I’m going to like it!

Ordinarily I’d plan a lot of extra embellishment as this progresses, but it IS due in two weeks! I think it will be machine work all the way…………..but who knows?

My goal now is to finish all three of these projects, by their due dates! At least they are all started, and they WILL all get finished. It’s that ‘due date’ thing that might present a problem or two. However, I am even willing to give up a nap or two to finish on time—that should tell you a lot!

 

Slow sewing time

It’s been a busy time lately and not much sewing has been done. I’ve been adding vintage buttons to the red houses, and once started, I keep wanting to add them ALL!

And when I don’t sew, I don’t post! Projects tend to drag out when you only get to work on them 10 minutes at a time. And then when you start  quilting and it goes wrong…

A couple of minutes of quilting and a half hour of UN-quilting! It will totally change my plan for quilting this! The problem is all those loose edges that I love. When you try to quilt cross-wise over them, you have to stop every couple of stitches to flatten them down. Not good.

When I try again, I think it will be a vertical quilting plan!

In the meantime, there are Christmas decorating things to do, hockey for us and for the grandson, lunches with friends…all the normal fun of a retiree’s life!

Clean and finish

Yesterday time spent in the studio was mostly for cleaning up and putting away the stuff from this weekend’s class and demo.

Add fabric to blank cards–easy peasy!

It seemed to take forever, and I’m always fighting distractions that take me away from cleaning! I stayed on track today and got the job done.

I figured the best way to take care of the demo stuff was to finish them all off and then all the pieces parts could be put back in storage, not left in the to-be-finished pile!

Success!

My class project is the only thing left sitting on the table and I’ll try to get at that sometime over the weekend.

I was struck by something I read today, though, about an individual’s creative process. She uses another person as a sounding board to move her work along. Just talking to her friend, even with minimal response, helps her to firm up her ideas as she works. We talked about the creative process in class on Friday, too. For me, I have always worked alone and those class situations are good for starting something but I can’t get too serious until I have quiet contemplation time. And since I have been doing this blog for a while, the pictures and pauses and comments have become a part of my process, too. It helps to take an occasional look at how you do things and assess if it’s working for you. This holiday weekend, which is an interruption of routine anyway, might be a good time to do just that!

Absent and busy!

Sorry I haven’t posted lately, but new floors apparently require more work than I thought! Busy with family stuff and routine appointments. I am looking forward to taking a class tomorrow with Paula Golden…but I don’t have my stuff gathered and ready, yet!

I have always said that I can do a demo whenever our guild needs one, and I got tapped to sub in this Saturday. Well, let’s just say that I was not really ready to immediately step in with a demo!

I’ve spent time working up a little presentation for making postcards, mostly with a Christmas theme. I think I’m ready for that! Nice little stack of finished projects and ideas for lots more to present!

Then perhaps I can get back to some artistic-feeling projects, including some dyeing that I’ve been anxious to get done!

 

This has been my week!

New flooring in my living room has been happening this week. I have furniture piled in my kitchen, my garage and some lamps are even upstairs! Everything is covered in dust so I have to clean it before I can move it back in, but the floor is done!

Before:

Looked good from a distance but it was falling apart. It was glued down so much better than the guys thought…it took them the entire first day to get this removed!

Day two was mostly prep and a start on installation of the new…

I started to get excited when the first few rows went down! And now I have a beautiful new floor in my living room!

Just need to get everything dusted and dusted and dusted…..and dusted and we can sit in here in comfort again!