Friday, December 19, 2008
Why can't leaves be blue?
Huh? I just want to go to sleep.
Why can't leaves be blue? Why Can't Leaves Be Blue? Why CAN'T Leaves be BLUE?
So there you have it. The question that has been bugging me for 2 hours now and not letting me sleep. Apparently I must make some blue leaves before I can sleep. So here I am, back out of my cozy bed looking thru fabric scraps and waiting for my iron to get nice and hot. I'm sure this is all because someone told me way back when that leaves are supposed to be green and tree trunks are brown and for the past umteen years all my leaves have been realistic colors and my trees have been, you guessed it, brown.
Okay so I'm sure someone has done blue leaves. Probably lots of people. I've probably seen them but I'm too tired to think about it now. The real question is 'Why can't My leaves be blue?' I have spent pretty much my whole life trying to do things right or what other people call right. I have been trying to let go of that especially in my art and it's hard after all those years of conditioning. But I'm working on it. I do this for me, not for anyone else so why shouldn't it be the way I want it? Yes, blue leaves are a breakthrough as simple as that sounds.
So is this where the real journey begins? With blue leaves?
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I love making fabric postcards. I was in a fall kind of mood when I made these. I also had oodles of tiny scraps left over from making a batik mini quilt (that I forgot to photograph). So I used them to create the background for these, then added the leaves on top. I really like the look. I'll definitely be playing more with this.
When I have the time and energy I participate in the block lotto on about.com. Sophie designed some really cute house blocks. I adore these blocks. In fact I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to them. I made some 6 inch ones for the lotto, then more for me. The ones in the photos above are of the 3 inch mini blocks that I have done so far. Thanks Sophie, these are just too cute.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
And Josh made his first postcard.
They both really liked doing it. I think they had the most fun sorting thru my scraps. : ) They had a tough time deciding on which fabrics to use. : ) Now they both want to make more.
We finally have a due date for the baby. December 14! I'm getting into this grandma thing now. : )
Sunday, May 4, 2008
And here are the results.
Have a wonderful day everyone. : ) Hopefully I'll have alot of threadpainting to post in the coming weeks.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I am going to be a grandma. My son told me this past Wed. I have been trying to wrap my mind around the idea. So here's my reaction 'Well I guess I better make a baby quilt'. I just really couldn't think of anything else to say. He's only 18 so we're not exactly jumping for joy about the idea. It's taking some time to sink in. We've got some time though. Late Nov. or early Dec. We'll have a real due date after the doctor visit next week. : ) So now I guess I'll be giving grandbaby updates. Boy does that feel wierd to say. : )
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I just completed my first attempt at an abstract art quilt. What do you think? My family likes it but no one wants mom unhappy ya know. I want brutal honesty here. I know the feel I was going for and what it puts me in the mind of but I'm not saying as I don't want to influence anyone. Soooo...should I continue on the abstract track or run as fast as I can back to traditional with a pattern quilting? : ) If you want to see a larger photo go to my web shots. I don't know why some of the photos you can make larger and some you can't. It's probably me being inconsistant again. : )
I got to go shopping over the weekend. : ) This is all the stuff I came home with. Quite a haul huh? Yes I am spoiled. : )
This is a better look at the beautiful yarn I picked up. I just kept going back and looking at it. In the end I just couldn't leave without it. : )
I love angelina fibers and just had to get some more. As you can see I've been playing. I got the book Amazing Angelina by Betty Blais too. I figured I could use some actual real instructions rather than bumbling through it. It's great, simple and to the point. There are instructions in it to make beads from angelina. Cool idea, easier said than done. : ) The paintbrush above was my first attempt. The angelina stuck to it. : ) Oops, I probably shouldn't have used something that was painted. But it was there, round and within reach, so... Anyway now I have a really pretty paintbrush to use to clean my sewing machine. I covered it with gel medium to protect it and wrapped a piece of candlelight thread around it. Do I get the most decorative paintbrush award? : )
I also picked up some Candlelight thread, gorgeous stuff. I had to grab some more of Superior's Bottom Line, this will definitely be a staple in my sewing room. Yes you did see some of the cheap metallic from Wally World. (Yep I'm hanging my head in shame for cutting that corner.) I've always loved playing with clay so that explains that one. The metallic acrylics were on sale. : ) I love shiny, could you tell? Last but certainly not least and what I actually went shopping for was the thread to add to my collection. I want to make sure I have enough variety for the thread painting class I'm taking. Maree Caplin is teaching it at Quilters Keep Learning and it's called Foliage, Fins, Feathers and Fur. Hopefully the link will work. You should definitely check it out if you're interested in learning thread painting. She has class examples on her blog as well http://www.mareesquilts.bigblog.com.au/index.do. There is also a link on the sidebar if this doesn't work. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes...well...
By the way check out the thread in the lower left corner, it's called Dirt. I like the thread but the name alone would have made it a must have. : )
Thanks for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are so much fun to read. And I really do want your feedback on my forray into art quilting. I'm off to try and decide what to do for a doll quilt I am making for a friend. Hope everyone has a Great night. : )
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I have just posted all the prizes on my webshots. If you want to have a look there is a link on the right. Now I better get back to work. I have a doll quilt to finish. I have to have it in the mail on Monday. : )
Sunday, March 2, 2008
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Okay now for 7 facts about me:
1. I tend to be happy by nature. It doesn't take much to amuse me.
2. I love to play and experiment.
3. I try not to take anything too seriously and I don't worry much.
4. I am very unsure of myself when I meet new people, I'm never sure what to say. So I listen
alot more than I speak.
5. I forget conversations readily, so I don't gossip. Even if I could remember things well, I still
6. People tend to confide in me. I think it's because of numbers 4 and especially 5.
7. I am getting gray hair but I refuse to dye it for the purpose of covering up the gray. If I ever
do dye it, it will just be for fun.
On to the tagging part. : )
1. Christine Never Plan Too Far Ahead
2. Maree Maree's Quilts
3. Carol Taylor's Textile Trials
4. Nikki Whimsy Love
5. Sue Andrus Gardens & More
6. Jen Confessions of a Fabric Addict
7. Connie Cetta Cheese Chatter
Off I go to let everyone know that they've been tagged. : )
Friday, February 15, 2008
And since I was having so much fun drawing names of winners I had a second chance drawing for everyone that was left for one of these hairy bookmarks : )
And the winner is...Diana from Adventuring Through Life http://dianas-glob.blogspot.com/.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Here it is! I am a little late joining in but there is still plenty of time for you to enter. All you need to do is leave a comment below and be sure to leave a way for me to contact you, e-mail would be good. The cut off for entering the drawing is February 13 at midnight. I will be drawing the winners on Valentine's Day and contacting you thru e-mail immediately after for your shipping info. If I don't get a response within 3 days, I will draw another name for your prize, I don't think this will be an issue though. : ) There will be 3 winners. I will be giving away a fiber postcard, bookmark, and ATC. While I am not quite done yet, here is a sampling of what you may receive, I will continue to work on them over the weekend. Sorry about the photo quality, if you go to my webshots, the link is on the sidebar, and go to the ONE World-ONE Heart Giveaway album, you can view the photo full size and get a better idea. (Please keep in mind that shiny doesn't photograph well.) If I get enough comments I may add a small quilt or other items later and have more winners or I may just throw in extra items for the winners, who knows? : ) This is just too much fun.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
for more information on this event and links to all the blogs of the participants. Don't forget to check back here though. : )
Oops! I forgot to add that you don't have to be participating in the giveaway to enter the drawings. Anyone can enter. You can enter one, pick and choose, or enter them all. : ) The blogs are really great. Have fun visiting them. : )
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
but I'd really rather work with the concept. Hmmm...I'll have to think on it some more. Something will come to me. : )
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
When I saw the link (http://cyberfyberexhibition.blogspot.com/) to this I had to check it out. I adore making fiber postcards and trading them. Of course I couldn't resist trading an ATC and postcard. I will probably send another 3 ATC's for the
INTERNATIONAL RANDOM ATC TRADE. Since I'm making some anyway. : )
If you're the least interested in fiber postcards or ATC's whether you want to trade or not you should definitely check this site out. Lots of eye candy and lots of links to other blogs with lots of eye candy. : )
This is an excellent opportunity to have your work displayed in a gallery setting as well. Pretty cool huh?
Of course anyone who knows me knows I am completely addicted to swaps and challenges so there was no way I could pass this up. : )
So I'm off to work on my postcards and ATC's...in other words I'm going to PLAY!!!