Sunday, March 25

Where Have I been - well I'm not sure

Things seem to be speeding by me here lately. Seems like I rush threw the week and then the weekend is packed and then it's Monday again. I'm sure this is the same for most folks. I've been busy working on a few things lately and having a little fun too. 
Friday was a fun day I met up with Stefanie and we did some shopping at JoAnn's and then had a good lunch and saw Hunger Games. I'd read all 3 books and was so excited about the movie and it did not disappoint. Speaking of Hunger Games I was so inspired by the books I've made several pieces of jewelry using it as my inspiration. I was very pleased that these sold in a very short time. 

I've also been trying to step up my photography for my Etsy shop. It's hard to determine how to photograph jewelry. Do you just show the necklace, should it be on a person? So after mulling it over for a good while I picked out 2 types of backgrounds and took new photos of several items I already had posted and replaced the photos. I started out by photographing all my fiber and jewelry outside in natural light but with so many cold/rain or just plain over cast days this is very limiting. Interior lights can throw shadows on your work, which isn't good.  I think I finally have it figured out. 

Next Friday Stefanie and I are taking a free motion class at the Quilting Squares in Franklin. Since my favorite part of making a quilt is doing the quilting I thought it was time to learn the basics from a pro. I have had no success with marking a quilt so I sure need some help with the fine points on that. I also need advice on quite a few other aspects of quilting too. 
I enjoy it so much and really need to take it to the next step beyond the simple stippling pattern I use the bulk of the time. Also hopefully this will help with a few other tension questions I have. They teach quite a few machine quilting classes and I'd like to take them all this year. 

Tuesday, March 6

The Last Min Details

Last Friday I needed a little break from work and getting jewelry ready for the next show so Stefanie and I had a little girls play day. We started off by meeting at her house and looking over all her quilts she is working on. She is really doing some wonderful quilts and I'm sorry I didn't take any photos - I'll do better next time. Then we had lunch at our favorite place and then when off to the quilt shop. 

I'd not been to The Quilting Squares since they moved
into their new shop and it was very nice. 

It has a very inviting exterior with rocking chairs
which I expect are for the men folks. 

I was drawn into this room at first cause it held the
civil war fabrics which I love but then soon found
myself just in a daze looking at all the penny rug supplies. 
The rich hand dyed wools and excellent wealth of threads. 
It came to me in that moment of joy that I need a penny 
rug for my dinning room table. I've been wanting a small
quilt for the table and just couldn't figure out what to do. 
The penny rug will be perfect with the other civil war
runners and small table toppers in the room. So I will 
be going back very soon to get supplies for this. 

I some how managed to leave the shop with only 2 pieces of 
fabric! No I wasn't sick, but I was being very firm with myself
and kept on target with my 30's quilt I'm planning and made
2 new selections for that project - nothing more. 

Well I'm still trying to get a few last pieces completed for the show along with packing up my display and other booth stuff. I got a new tool today in the mail - oh goodie. Tools just like in quilting are a jewelry designer's friend. You can never have enough. Like my new love of the creative grids quilting rulers my love of pliers, hammers and such grow each day. 
Was kidding with my husband this morning and said my sewing machine was going to send him threat mail to finish up the new work bench so I can open up the sewing cabinet again. My Phaff is crying in there I can hear it I'm sure. 

This big bib necklace looks heavy but it's made
of aluminum and is super light. It has matching 
earrings and a bracelet too. 

A good while back Paula gave me some old spoons
and I've been wanting to try them in some jewelry
but somehow lost them - well I found them again
so this is my first piece I made with one of them. 

Hubby made me a very cool new earring display unit that should
hold up to 100 pair of earrings and only takes up about 8 sq inches
of table top space - should have it assembled and ready to show
you by Friday.