Sunday, March 31

Friday, March 29

Forecast: Rainy Outside / Sewing Inside

It's cool outside - 48 raining and cloudy and it makes me want to sit on the couch with a good movie and sew. I do have some hand work to do but I did get a good bit of machine work done before I gave into my inner couch potato. 

I finally found the fabric I'd been hunting,
for the wall hanging I'm working on and
the colors are so out of my normal. 

I tore the fabric into strips and then
made flowers for her hair. 

Next comes the hand work of sewing the yellow gold
flowers down and adding the bead work. 

Still working on this lap quilt - hopefully this weekend I'll
get the quilting done.

The latest jewelry piece, another wire net on river rock. 
This technique is quite habit forming. After you get
it started it's very zen. I want to try adding tiny beads
to this technique the next time I do one of these. 
I'll get that done prior to April 6th when I'll be teaching 
this in class. 

Oh and I've added a tab up top for a new page
my drawings and a few paintings. 

Monday, March 25

Even with Jewelry I have UFOs

Yes as if my quilting UFOs weren't enough I have others on the bench too. 
Speaking of my bench...well I know most crafters get their work areas
into a mess while working on projects (my sewing cabinet is that way now too)
but I wanted you to see just what a mess I make when working on a 
small project. Yes I have to get so many tools out and crowd my workspace
down to nothing - this must be my method cause it always ends up like this. 

Here is the start of a new necklace. The big bead in the center is from a strand I 
picked up at the last bead show. Where it will go from here is anybody's guess. 

I did take the time to organize my supplies some this weekend. Just like fabric the 
beads become very disorganized while working on projects and bringing in new finds. 
Now my natural stones (the larger ones) are all in order once again - 
for how long thou is the question. 

This yummy big hunk of Amber got a good start in life
but then the creative muse wandered away

I did stop by Cumberland Hardware on Saturday to pick up some metal and
just asked while I was there if they sold a hand crank drill - well of course. This old
hardware store has been there my whole life and they just seem to always have what
we need. I also got a bit for drilling delicate shells, glass and so forth. 

Another stop on the Saturday errands was Red Dog Beads
and the need for more river stones. These are so wonderful 
for doing the wire netting technique with. I'll be teaching a 
class on that on April 6th and each student will get one of
these yummy stones. 

Friday, March 22

Good Day To Stay Inside

Well it's pretty cool today and with the exception of going out with little Ginger I'm keeping warm inside. I have a quilt on the machine and was also finishing up a few pieces of jewelry. 

Last weekend was pretty busy. Both days were very
nice outside and it made all my fun activities that much for enjoyable.

On Saturday (which was national quilt day) we had our
guild meeting. We had 4 new ladies drop by and we
had a nice show and tell after our regular meeting. 

Afterwards I stopped by Red Dog Beads and
picked up 2 strands of this beautiful white turquoise. 

 Then on Sunday we celebrated

Ian's 4th birthday!

We went out to eat with a group of our friends and Ian loved 
riding this motorcycle with his best girl buddy Ava. 
Isn't she the cutest!
I ordered frog legs and he ate a bite of one
and then said not bad frog leg. We thought we
were tricking him and he didn't know what they were...
hum that will show us. 

Then after a good lunch we get back to Ian's house
and he takes little Ava for another spin. 

Here he's sporting his "4" shirt that is mom
(my oh so talented sister) made. 

 And of course cake and ice-cream 

This seemed to be his favorite present. 
I was shocked this kids drill has reverse and different bits!
And of course he figured it out himself pretty quickly. 

Pretending to be sleeping to model his new PJs
that Aunt Woyce made

And a few new jewelry pieces

Thursday, March 14

A Cute Little Project

Sweet Ian's birthday is very near and I've not even started his little pj bottoms yet. 
Good thing I'm not working tomorrow. I'm not a garment sewing at all. 
Just looking at a pattern makes me queasy. For the first born child of a killer
seamstress I sure am clueless regarding garments. I know I can make these thou. 

This cute fabric came off the remnant table. I picked up a little t-shirt
today and will add some of the fabric to it too. Need to whip up a card and
I'll be done. Of course I picked up a little stuffed animal too. 

I had been wanting to try a zen doodle in one color and
I drew this one to try it out. I used 3 shades of brown. 
It was interesting to work on. 

Well little Ms. "you can't sit and look at that computer and ignore me"
seems to want to go out - so I'll  be off. 

Monday, March 11

Sew Much Going On

I didn't get as much done this weekend as I had hoped mainly due to the fact I got side tracked with some massive cleaning and organizing. I have this taller than me book shelf that holds all my craft books and it was way to overloaded. You know the shelves are bowing kind of overloaded. So that had to be dealt with. So off come all the books and they get sorted threw and stacked in categories and a few go into the pass on to others pile. My heavy quilt book collection goes to the bottom shelf and the others are moved to a more substantial home. The bookshelf sighs a big sigh of relief. That being done I pin basted the oriental quilt of the moment and it's ready for some free motion now. This lap quilt is 50x70.
 I was lucky to find the perfect backing for this quilt
on the remnant table on my recent visit to Handcocks. 

I put the finishing touches on a wall hanging yesterday and
now it's ready to have the binding finished which is a "while watching tv" project. 

Here is some of the hand work I did with pearl cotton. 
I like the look of the big funky hand stitches in contract to the tiny free motion. 

I have 2 more of these panels - the 2nd one is almost completed but,
I can't decide what technique I'd like to use on the flowers in her hair. 

I need to make the jewelry sample for my
April class so I need to get to that. 
Have a creative day!

Monday, March 4

Quilt Till You Drop

On Thursday morning Stefanie came by and picked me and a ton of my stuff up and we headed out for a weekend of quilting. Her parents have a wonderful cabin they rent out and it's just about 20 min from Paducha. So of course we stopped at Handcocks on the way. We engerized ourselves with big juicy burgers before our hours long fabric shopping at...

The remnant bins are always our first stop. Stefanie was going down one side and me on the other. As you can see this is a big price savings on fabric and some of the remnants are over a yard. 

This is at the register and I thought it was so funny as we were checking out. 

If you have never been to Hancocks it's a wonderful place. 
The selection is mind blowing to say the least. 
Here is what I picked up. 
 I got the Basic Grey - gray grunge fabric I've been hunting for and quite a few other wonderful things as well. Also splurged and got a 12x12 Creative Grids ruler. I just love those. 
Then in a fabric haze we drove out to the cabin. 

Stefanie took both her Singer machines and had one set up to do applique and the other for quilting. She made these oh so cute little onies and burp clothes for her friend who has a beautiful baby boy.

She also made several of these great microwave bowl holders, which I thought would be great for holding your cold ice cream too. 

Trudy finished up several quilt tops also and got started on a civil war sampler. Somehow I didn't get photos of those. Her sampler has these very small stars that were very cool. The half squares were about 1.5". 

I finished the oriental quilt top. 

 Got a good start on a D4P from some pretty Moda I'd had for a while. 

Re-discovered my creative art quilt muse and
worked on 3 different wall hangings. 

They have my favorite pebble background. 

There were 3 different girls on this panel and each will have
different techniques. The two above are still in the works and
have hand beading and other dimensional bits left to do. 

 The poppy was a panel I cut apart and
worked back together with some Moda grunge. 
The binding will go on today and this one will be completed.

It was a wonderful 4 days and I ate too much, slept too little and giggled just enough.