Friday, February 21

What I've been up to

I've been having a few back issues and can't quite seem to get rid of that so I've not been quilting as I want to do. It gives me more time to draw and think up new jewelry designs. 

Aluminum segmented bracelet. 

A 2" wide cuff done very simply. 

I've quite falling in love with these big chunky stones. 
My friend Becky calls them Wilma Flintstone beads. 
Remember her necklace?

One thing I am wanting to do is improve my sawing. 
So I thought I'd make several designs that used the little saw

I love my reverse tweezers. 

More things that were sawed. I really like the small 
ragged shape on the edge of these pieces. 
Slow going to saw and takes a good bit of filing but worth it.

My latest zen doodle for my Quilt series. Working on the
sewing machine now. I chose a featherweight. 
These will all be in black and white.

Friday, February 14

I love Friday's they are always for playing of one type or the other. Even thou the laundry is getting done at the same time - I always plan a fun project for Friday. 

Today I'll be quilting. Trying to learn feathers. They don't come easy to me, like any other pattern at first. I made a lap quilt that has no pattern in the piecing and it was made just to practice this pattern. Not being afraid of non perfect quilting I'm using black thread! I wanted to make the feathers easy to see which makes my learning curve a little less painful. 
 My very talented friend Stefanie will be doing a workshop
on free-motion this Saturday at our guild meeting

I drew this sewing machine for a friend for Christmas.
I also found out as I was drawing it that she loved
the Sound Of Music - so I just had to tie that in with the drawing. 

She suggested I do a series of quilt related doodles and
below you will find my first one, in a series of 4. 
(pin cushion, rotary cutter, thread and thimble, featherweight)

On Monday I was working on a few new ideas for jewelry and
made these "shield" earrings from aluminum.
Embossed them and then added this rich rust color patina.
I broke my RULE #1 when doing these and didn't work safely.
I was all in an excited fever and wasn't holding my metal shears properly and
now my right thumb join feels like it's 110 years old. So I've had to stay away from
the jewelry bench this week and may have to for several more days. Silly girl. 
But I do really like these. 

And just a little something cute to close with. 
When someone tells you they are going to help with the laundry.
That beautiful face would make any choir a happy one.

Monday, February 10

Trying out a few new things

Well with the book I am illustrating quickly coming to an end I am ready to start on some new crafting projects. I am almost out of my metal jewelry and need to get cracking for the summer shows. I have also let my quilting get way behind and want to get that in motion again. So yesterday I spent the afternoon at the jewelry bench playing with a few new materials and techniques. 

I love the look of etched metal but the chemicals you use don't make me want to rush into that, so I'm opting for embossing instead. So I am using some of my old scrap booking supplies to see what can be done. The Big Shot is just perfect for small sections of metal.  I actually bought it for metal not paper (thou I use it for both now). 
So here is the 20 gauge aluminum I embossed with it yesterday. Also a section of very thin copper for it's accent. 

After cutting out the metal and embossing it
I used 2 colors of Guilder's paste to add the rustic/worn patina.
The thin sheet of copper was glued on with E6000. 

These reverse tweezers are one of my fav tools.
I bought 4 (hubby claimed 2) so I ordered 5 more. 
They are great when you are glueing small items. 

Here is heavy brass with embossing
guilder's past and some shiny aluminum bits.

I just happened to mention to a friend that I wanted to 
try making a penny rug. So sweet Pam gave me this beautiful
stack of wool! Aren't these colors beautiful. 

So here is my little first try so far. 
I figured I could aways use another pin cushion. 
I've not done any needlework of this type in many years. 
But with it being primitive I figure my uneven stitches 
and wonky french knots are OK. I co exist well with non perfection. 

Tomorrow I plan on quilting my gray and yellow quilt that has
had a semi-permeant home waiting calmly on the end of the 
sewing cabinet for months. So I thought this afternoon
I'd do some practice on a little mug rug I put together from scraps. 

We are having a free motion class this Saturday at the
Music City Modern Quilt Guild - that will be a good 
practice time too. 

Tuesday, February 4

Home Again

I've had a wonderful little vacation of quilting. We left town on Thursday and got back yesterday. Stefanie, Trudy and I went off to the cabin in Golconda Illinois and had a wonderful girls trip. We started off with a trip into Paducah to Hancocks. I'd told myself I'd stay away from Hancock's but my lack of self control was compromised. 

 First I hit the remnant table and found this.
Thinking of making something for Angel
not quite sure what yet...hum. 

 Then I saw this collection and just had to have as much as possible. 
this top one is 10.5" squares and I got a 6 block section
off the remnant table. 

This panel has 6.5" blocks (I got 2 panels)

 The border print was a must of course!

And a couple yards of this - just couldn't do without!

Back at the cabin we set up our sewing area
and got down to business

I didn't cut enough of my hexies, but did get this much of
my wonkie lap quilt put together.
There will be another row of off white hexies
on the left side, then a border. 

I also took the bunch of civil war bits I'd cut out for
the square in a square technique. I just went off into 
Royce mode and started sewing them together - no pattern
no thinking ahead. I so enjoy this.

Stefanie and Trudy are football fans so they watched about 3/4 of the super bowl. 
I am not a football fan but did spend that time with a good book. Book 3 of the 
Game of Thrones series. I did how ever really enjoy the super bowl commercials. 
With out a doubt this was my favorite one. It still cracks me up to look at. 

Well on Monday the good times were over and
after a little worry that we might not be able to 
get out of there Stefanie managed to conquer the snow
and we sadly started home. 

It was a wonderful 4 days.