Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's Done!

Here is my paint chip challenge.  It is done and I am so glad.  I really like it and am surprised because of the colors.  That was the challenge!  When I went shopping with my daughter last week, I kept seeing these colors in clothing.  I guess they are beautiful after all.

Spent the last five hours on this computer getting the paper work and picture CD ready for a "call to entry".  Sometimes I wonder if it is worth all the work, especially if you don't get in.  Well, I now have a artist resume and artist statement and have orgainized the pictures on my computer.  I really must take the time to take better pictures.

I have been working and finished by Loose Threads project but that is a surprise for another time.  I have to begin and finish by challenge for Orange Blossom.  I wish I had more to show you.

Remember to comment on the previous blog to enter to win a postcard.  Linda - who are you? (see comment on previous blog).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The beading on the challenge quilt is done.  I have the binding, sleeve and label left and then I will show you all but I needed a break.  So I began working on the postcards for the guild.  We are not doing ATC's (artist trading cards) anymore but we are making postcards.  We are not trading these, just showing them which makes me sad.  I loved having a little bit of art from each person.

These are mine.  The theme for the month was black and white and I choose to take an existing project that was a disaster and never finished, and cut it up into 4 x 6 inch cards.  I put some hardware on top and now they are ready to go.  If you would like to have one of these cards, comment (making sure your email is in your profile) and you will be put in the drawing for one of 8 postcards.  I hope you find them interesting.

Next will be my assignment for Loose Threads.  Hope to get that started this week.  Keep on quilting and let your inner artist loose!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Will It Ever End?

Still beading this challenge quilt.  I have 7 more shells to go and I figure it takes about 1.5 hours per shell!!!  What ever was I thinking.  I have not had much time to get in the studio because of work with the charity quilt committee, watching Becky for three days and nights, shopping with Martina and two 2 year olds and a 4 year old (which consisted of going to the mall, with a big double stroller, two kids who didn't want to be in the stroller, thinking I lost my best earrings, finding it in my shirt, trying to feed little kids on expressive mall food, taking them to the bathroom, taking one again to the bathroom, one screaming bloody murder while his finger was being smashed in the stroller and just trying to get them back through the mall, across the parking lot and into the car all in 100 degree heat.)  Had a great time and found some fun jewelry and boots of fall. (Won't do that for awhile!)

Hope to get to something else next week.  I have enjoyed spending a little time looking at what everyone else has been up to.  There are some amazing talent out there.  Love to see some of your work, those of you who read this and have a blog, leave me a comment so I can look at what you are up to.

Back to beading, but I need to find a thimble first.  My finger is raw and full of holes!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birthday cards and life's discoveries!

These are the latest birthday cards I made this weekend.  I have been helping with the guild's charity quilt program the past few days and haven't had time for my own projects.  This was my way to spend a little time in the studio.

When picking up the fabrics for the charity quilts, I was introduced to a fabulous mixed media artist and her work.  I was blown away by her talent!  I felt like a dry sponge just soaking up all the beautiful art and dying to get my hands on anything just to create.  I can see myself going in a different direction with my art quilts.  I have been concerned for too long about what the quilting world thinks about my quilts and not what I really want to do.  So the next few weeks I am going to spend sometime exploring this new avenue for my work.  I'll be sure to let you know what I discover.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


27" x 18 1/2"

Reflective was the word of the month for our Loose Threads project and fabric weaving was the technique.  Here is my quilt with little Becky reflecting on life.  I used a glue transfer method because I wanted the effect of the picture being "reflective" also.  Never tried it before but will use it again on smaller pictures.  Couched some Razzle Dazzle thread and also used some crystals to add some more reflectiveness (is that a word?) to the piece.  I'm still trying to decided if I like it.

I haven't been blogging due to the amount of time I have been spending on my challenge quilt.  I spent hours Tuesday fighting my machine.  It hates sewing through thickness with metallic thread.  Yesterday it went in for it's first yearly cleaning (I can't believe it has been a year since I got this machine and I'm still fighting with it.)  and today it was quilting beautifully.  I was just doing the background and borders but it wasn't as stressful as Tuesday. Yes!!!
Talk about stressful.  Tonight is the guild board meeting.  Dreading it!  Someone is bound to get their feelings hurt.  I'd rather work with men.  My husband gave me a compliment the other day after he had a stressful meeting with some women.  He said not to be offended but that I think like a man.  I was flattered, but I think it is that I think logically.  There are both men and women who think logically but it is those who don't that drive you crazy!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

This is the beginning of my paint chip challenge for Kings River guild.  I learned a new technique from my friend Debbie for the applique.  This is just the beginning.  Off to the machine to stitch it all down.
My friend Carol won these blocks at our guild and decided they were not her.  Now what do I do with them.  I NEED IDEAS!!!!!
This months block for Common Threads which is tonight.  We were given the black and white fabric and were asked to add a red.  I didn't want to use too much pattern in the red.  Your eye needs somewhere to rest.  It will be interesting to see this quilt down.
These are two sections for two different birthday ribbon quilts for my Loose Thread group.  We meet Monday night and I have just started working on my piece but have to wait 24 hours for the beginning to dry.  I hope this works out or I am back at square one.

This is my day.  What have you been doing today?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Check out this Blog!

This may not be a quilting blog but there is some great stuff if you are into making your home a more comfortable place.  I love all the ideas.  These are things I can do!  Check it out!

Hope to be working in the studio tomorrow.  I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Birthday Card!

Happy 27th Birthday, Stephen! 
This is my son-in-laws belated birthday card.  He has requested ( a number of times) a binary quilt.  He is a computer information specialist so to start the process I made him this birthday card with "27" in binary computer language.  I hope he likes it.  Next will be a quilt in binary.  I'm still trying to figure out what I want it to "say".  I think I now have a design.  Keep tuned in!