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It's Finished!

Well I finished with this piece today, and ahead of schedule. I was thinking I'd be working on it till Wednesday. I hoped right on it this morning after my coffee and toast and didn't stop till almost 4:00. I'm sure my hands will be sore tomorrow, but I'm real happy with the way it turned out. This is my fist attempt at a sculpture and I sure learned a lot. Also used several of the techniques from the Metal Embellishments DVD I got a few weeks ago.
At this point it has no name thou. Nothing is coming to me. Guess it could be cause I've have it in my face for 2 days solid. If you look at this and a name jumps into your head let me know.
It's 95 here today, and after I came in from taking these photos I think the feels like is, 120! Man the plastic chair on deck was atomic hot. Well I need to clean up the mess I've made. Wire, beads and my tools are everywhere.

Fire & Metal

I've been in a flurry of activity today working on a new piece. I sketched this up, hum maybe 2 years ago and it's been floating around in the back of my mind ever since. When I was watching the DVD on metal/wire on art quilts thou it finally was clear to me how to complete this idea.
So today I've been bleaching fabric, burning fabric, doing free motion and then playing with wire. That is screen from a window in the middle and I even was brave and sewed that on the machine. Normally I do hand work only when I'm doing embellishing such as beads, and had planned on sewing the screen on by hand, but thought - hum I'll give it a try. It worked!

The light gold fabric is very sheer and I made the holes in it with a wood burning tool. It was a little smelly, but worked great. I've had that tool for a good bit and have never used it till today. Had the Dremel out today too making the legs for this which are bamboo. I have a little group of "girl tools" in my…

Poof & It's Gone

Tuesday I went out to JoAnns to spend the afternoon sewing. It's really fun to sew with a group of people. The instructor, Edna is pretty all knowing to me and I always have a question of the week for her. This week I had taken my disappearing 9-patch table topper to work on. (Wednesday I basted this with Stefanie's swift tag gun, I'd never used it and LOVE it)

Back to Tuesday: When I'd finished my D9P Edna said she had another block to show me - oh goodie! So to get me wondering she said you need 2 high contrast fabrics. So we go out and pick out some fabrics (the good thing about sewing at JoAnn) and then she told me to cut out 2 strips 5.5" wide, and sew them together. I do this. Then she said cut the strips into 5.5" sections, and sew together with light to dark. I do this. Aren't I good at following directions. I have no idea where this is going at this point.

Then she tells me to cut here and here, here and here. 1.5" from the center point. (I cut …

New Goodies & Old Friends

On Friday I drove over to my buddies mom's house and picked her up and we went out to hook up with my little sister so she could take a few photos of us before Janice flew back to California. I know I'd mentioned this before but Janice and I went to high school together and had lost track of each other for over 30 years and it was beyond description to hear from her one day on facebook. She found me and I just can't say how happy I am that happened. As much as we tried to sit for our photos we ended up giggling just like we did back in the 70's - some things never change. It was a really good day.

Saturday hubby and I had errands to run and one of our stops was to my good quilting buddy Paula's house. She was having a yard sale and I needed to check out what goodies she was letting go of. She has a wonderful collection of 30's - 50's stuff and I was on the look out for 50's stuff for Angel (her kitchen is dotted with the 50's) Did find a wonderful sq…

Great New Book

Yesterday I was blessed to have a very good friend come by to spend the day. We don't see each other very often due to her living in California. She was home visiting her family and came by to see me, see we went to high school together. We kind of lost touch for quite a few years, but she found me again on facebook (thank you facebook) It is wonderful to be back in touch with Janice. We looked at our old annuals and laughed about old high school memories. Hubby was very interested in these old stories.
She had brought me a belated birthday present and I just love this. I've so far only had time to just flip through it. This morning while on the phone with another quilting buddy I screamed at something I'd turned to.

When I got to this page I recognized the quilt right off and was so tickled. The "Duke" at the bottom of the left hand page was made by Diana Bracy. She is a member of the Quilt With Us group Art Quilts. I met her threw this group and have been an admi…

Lycopersicon esculentum DNA

OK that title is a mouth full, but it's latin for tomato, oh so simple. Well it's that time of year again to be getting my art work ready for the tomato festival. This year I have 3 things planned and I just may get them all done...maybe. I always get a late start. I did get a good bit of this piece done today thou.
This was step one, the needle felting. I used synthetic woven fibers, rather than the normal wools a lot of folks do needle felting with. I love the textures. Not just anything will work thou, and I had to do some experimenting with different fabrics to see what did well. Cotton for example just gets eaten up by the embellisher. It must be yummy. I use duck cloth for the base to capture the fabric into. I started out with white and dark cream fabrics. There were several different fabrics - they accept the fabric paint differently which gives more color texture.

After doing all the felting came the painting - fun. I love painting fabric, it can be totally unpredicta…

One of Those V8 moments

There is a wonderfully cute book by Art To Heart with a quilt called Blessings. I love her designs and thought I'd make several wall hangings from these great blocks. I like to give a little Christmas decoration to a few people at Thanksgiving. I did get a little crazy this year and planned to make 7 of these! Yes I need my head examined. In all honesty I thought they would be pretty quick to pull together. This is the most complicated one of the 3 I'm making. I find it very relaxing to cut out tiny stuff and have these tiny little scissors that are very sharp and can cut while watching TV. I'd cut out all the parts below while at Stefanie's last week watching a movie.

Then this Tuesday I started putting it together and ran into a "little bump". Lucky for me I was out at JoAnns at the sewing group and after struggling with placement for a good 20 min. I asked my constant savior Edna was there a better way...she walked me out to the quilting section of the st…

Relaxing On The 4th

Yesterday we opted to just stay in and relax. We grilled out of course, it's almost a must do. It was hard to pull me away from the tv thou cause they were running all the Star Wars movies back to back. It's almost unbelievable to me that those movies (the first ones) are 30 years old. I clearly remember taking little Angel (my little sister) and standing in line at the downtown theatre - which is gone now - to see the first movie on opening night. She was about 6 then I think.
After breakfast yesterday thou I got out the poly clay and had a fun time. I needed to make some custom buttons for several Christmas wall hangings I am making - reindeer noses and snowmen carrots noses. I also needed to make a finial for a lamp for my friend Paul. She has made a wonderful lamp for the tomato festival. I'll post a photo when she has finished it. But she needed a tomato for the top. I made her 2 sizes and then got silly and made one with a face (not for her pretty lamp thou).

Then I …

Fun Day With Sister

This is the pie I made with the fresh peaches we got when I was on my recent trip with Stefanie up in Golconda Indiana. I tried to get a photo before hubby got into the pie but just wasn't fast enough. We had ice cream of course and it was very good. I didn't add any sugar to the peaches and it was just sweet enough.

Yesterday I spent the day with my sister. We went to a great pizza place in her area and it was super yummy. They had a buffet and we ate way too much but it was great. Will have to go back there some time soon. Then we went shopping! She took me to World Market which I'd never been too and just loved it. Then we went to Yankee Candle, she had a coupon and they had a great sale going on. She bought me this candle holder for just $7. I just love it.

Then we went back to her house so I could show her a few things on the sewing machine I was giving her. It was my old (2 years) Singer. She was thrilled to have extra feet and tried out the rolled hem while we were …

First & Last Denim Quilt

Today I spent the day sewing or rather cutting at Stefanie's house. I took over some more fabric for my next quilt which will be the drunkards path. I'd already cut out the floral prints but when I looked at them they just needed a solid so today I cut out a burgundy solid to go with these. I am hoping to get started on it by Tuesday. I also had a wonderful surprise today and the insert for my sewing cabinet that will fit my new Pfaff came in. So now the new Pfaff is in the cabinet all snug in it's new plastic insert. It was only ordered on Tuesday so Horn really got it to the sewing machine shop quickly.
I also started working on several small wall hangings that will be for Christmas decorations. These are from the book I Believe from - Art to Heart. I just love her patterns. I have several of her books. So I sat and cut out tiny little red birds and other parts of the hangings.

Yesterday I finished the denim quilt I'd been working on. It was a choir to quilt. I was …

Road Trip!

With way too much coffee in me I hopped in Stefanie's car and off we went to her folks house early yesterday morning. She was taking her mom's new laptop to her and setting it up. I've always remembered stopping at road side places to get fruit and veggies in the summer and this place was sure no disapointmemt. It's near Stefanie's mom's place and has been there for many years. The orchards were just so pretty and they are very generous with the amount you get. We decided to split a box and they sure smelled good. I'm thinking cobbler...

This was only one of the orchards, we drove threw more to get to the building where they boxed these beautiful peaches.
Then we were off to Stef's parents place which is beautiful and on the river. While Stefanie is setting up her mom's new laptop, yelling at automated help lines and loading software I'm out on the deck watching hawks fly the currents and listing to the leaves blow. Aaaahhhhh, peaceful. Stefanie&#…