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Showing posts from April, 2012

The Birds Sing Again

Our beautiful little neighborhood is quite now.  You can hear the birds singing again.   I have used this little bit of fiber to work threw a few of the feelings I have. It wasn't made to sell or display - just to release emotion.  Excuse it's grim message.

Getting Reacquainted

Well with a 4 month gap on using the Pfaff we have drifted apart a bit. She is wanting to have tension issues today and I told her I'd have no part of that. So she is off and has been warned when I come back over there in a few minutes she had better be playing well. I did give her a good bobbin area cleaning, which always surprises me how much lint is in there...just shocking. 
I did make myself a new oversized mug rug yesterday for my computer desk. It has to be big enough for a coffee cup and a snack :). I just grabbed some fabric I had cut a while back (I don't remember for what now) and started playing. I mainly wanted to quilt so the piecing was just tossed together in my standard hap hazard fashion. 

 I wanted to share this super simple and very yummy dish. If you like fresh corn you might want to try this. You start off by putting a blog of butter in a skillet. Blob is southern for about 1.5 tablespoons. 

 Then cut the corn off the cob - here I used about 5 ears. I rememb…

Hello Old Friend

Saturday we had our meeting/workshop at the Music City Modern Quilter's Guild. We had a quick meeting, a wonderful lunch (covered dish) and then Stefanie our pres did a workshop on how to prepare your digital artwork created in Adobe Illustrator for print at spoonflower. She had samples of all the types of fabric that spoonflower prints on and after the class she gave them all away. The organic cotton was surprisingly soft. I had a picture in my mind that this fabric would be stiff, but it's just like what you would buy at a quilt shop and not much more expensive for what you are getting. Stefanie also had "coupons" for each member to get a free fat quarter printed. Not sure yet what I will have done but I'll show it off when I make up my mind and get it printed.
Leigh from Burgundy Buttons brought some fabric bundles for a block contest the guild is doing and also brought some new books for us to see/buy. I was just in love with these books. I hadn't seen ei…

What A Wonderful Day

Well I was off work today and won't go back till Tuesday. So with this little mini vaca I wanted to get a few things done around the house. After sleeping late and having a quite morning I took off to Home Depot and got some flowers and herbs and 2 huge bags of potting soil. I'm not much of a yard person and don't normally do much but I do like to have a little flower pot garden. So here is the beginning of it. 
Banana Peppers
Little color for the front porch
After I was done I sat on the porch  with my constant companions
I came in and was determined I'd get my work bench organized.  My friend BJ suggested I label everything and that is how it got started.
 There is even space left on the bottom shelf!
So now maybe I can work in a neat area. I have a lot to get done and it should help.  To see how much better this is look at my last post.  Whew big improvement!
Tomorrow is our quilt guild meeting.  That is always fun. We're having covered dish and a talk on how to pr…
I was checking out a few blogs recently and saw these beautiful bookmarks. Well I just had to have one for my sister. So I worked out a custom order in a color I thought she would like and when I got this it was so beautiful I just had to have more. These are made by Gene Black you can visit his blog here. It's great by the way, or go to his Etsy shop here

This last one was a gift just for me.  Thanks so much Gene I love it and it's going in  a brand new book I'm cracking open tonight. 
Now I'm wondering if any of you are great organizers, if so PLEASE HELP ME!  Oh my gosh I have a workbench full of little boxes and bins and it's making me crazy. Any ideas on how to organize a ton of little bits of this and that? Please let me know if you have some great ideas. As you can see it's a mess and I just can't be productive with all this clutter surrounding me. 

A few days ago I received the Liebster Award from my good friend BJ  who is continually supportive of my art and…

An Ah Ha Moment

I have been quilting my small quilts myself since my first quilt. I really didn't have a clue what I was doing but as per my normal I just pushed forward with little fear and at the time little knowledge. I had gotten pretty good at the free motion stippling and even was brave enough to quilt 2 lap quilts with the pebbles pattern but mostly I just stuck to meandering. I really wanted to know the hidden secrets of a planned pattern in my quilting. It just seemed a huge mystery to me. This past Friday thou all secrets were revealed. I took my second free motion class and it just clicked. When I made a row of leaves that were actually in a row I was so excited. Then our wonderful teacher showed us how to make feathers. These did seem way beyond me but I do think now with some practice I can get pretty good at feathers. It's just all in knowing the path to take. So I can't wait to practice more and hopefully on my next small quilt I'll use some of these patterns. I was tel…

Sewing, Hammering and Just Having Fun

Well a few weeks ago I went back to the basics and took a quilting 101 class at the Quilting Squares. This Friday we will be taking the 2nd in the series and I'm learning a lot of good stuff. I am basically self taught and that's all good except sometimes you just need a little help from a pro. I have no fear of just charging off into free motion but often have issues with tension and wanted to learn about marking for quilting a more defined pattern. All of this was covered in our first lesson. It was a lot of fun and the time just flew by. We purchased this book which is excellent. 

The following two samples were done with two types of marking.  The top one was a tracing done on special paper and pinned to the top  of the "quilt" and then I just free motioned over the top of the paper.  This worked very well but I'm not a huge fan of pulling off all the paper afterwards. If the design is not too complex it's not too bad. 

This one was done with a stencil and a pou…