Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tea Bag (reuse) Hexi's

 
Aren't they cool?! I just love these hexi's. I fuse two papers together to make papers more sturdy and stitch the hexi. It is like any other fabric. I am thinking honeycomb. 

The snow in Western NY has been relentless. This weekend calls for higher temps. The snow will melt. Flash floods and flooding is a real concern. 

I need a Saturday/Sunday respite. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My "Green" Challenge Project

These are part of my current project. Tea bag papers. Used tea bag papers. Thank you Martha for supplying 99% of these. I am loving the organic look the papers have when sewn into hexi's! Yes, that's right. I am certainly intrigued by those little buggers. I fuse two papers together for a more substantial "fabric" and have sewn approximately 100 3/4" hexi's together already. They have a honeycomb effect.. Thinking how this project will turn.

I am feeling stagnant creatively. Not sure why. Need a challenge. My friends Julie and Val are running two challenges due in early 2015. One is Faces.  Faces that matter to you. I have 3 photo to fabric prints of very dear faces, and many ideas to make them whole. The other regards your universe. Must include black. Not hard for me, since black is my neutral. I know what I want to do for this also. Fleshing out these pieces is my next step. Hope this gets me back on track.

I have learned:

1.  Homeland, third season. So far worth the $19.99 price tag.
2.  15 months from today....I will retire!
3.  Save A Lot today. I know I did save a lot not shopping at Tops.
4.  Jagger Michael Zaporowski will be born in 23 days!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Breast Pockets for QA

This is the Breast Pocket I made yesterday at our Fiberista meeting for the current challenge from Quilting Arts magazine. Some people may remember the call Melanie Testa put out two years ago on her blog to bring attention to women with breast cancer that opted not to have reconstructive surgery. I made four of them then.
At our meeting we all sat and stitched chatted. It was wonderful! We had six in attendance and six breast pockets that Julie has kindly agreed to send in to QA.

Sue brought in her books from last month for show n tell. Her weaved binding is beautiful and the beads are so fun.
I will get pics of mine posted soon. I started working in one of them. Like a collage, this book will come together bit by bit. Because many missed the last meeting, we will be doing books again.

Maddi is 3 months now...
I love this pic! Jenn scared her and caught the priceless expression. If her current cooing and ahhing are any indication of the talking Maddi....she will be very loquacious

Mela is 15 months old....
New words are being added to her repertoire daily. She is a happy, very active and inquisitive toddler..

Baby boy is about five weeks away from moving out of his first apartment, Melissa's womb! Last I heard Reilly is the name on top of  list.

As you can see by my multi pic post I am working on my old laptop. This makes me happy. My pictures are still downloading differently but I finally figured out a way to see the images after I found them.

I have learned:

1.  Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy finally on Netflix. The season finale was gut ripping, tear bursting sad.

2.  Many months ago I mentioned I had gotten an email from Quarry books that something I had submitted many months before that was to be published in a book called "1000 Quilt Inspirations", coming out in February 2015. I have no idea what I sent. We will be surprised together.

3.  Think I have a Ganglion cyst on my right wrist. That is the hand that has had Dupuytrens contracture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CQ for VA

Our guild quilt show was this past weekend. Tracy J and I ran the silent auction again. This was my donation. Kaffe Fassett fabric crazy quilt. Mary Lowe was the successful bidder and I am happy she will be hanging it in her home! 
We raised over $1100.00 for the Batavia VA. 

Just started watching True Detective. Hardcore for sure. Good though. 

I have learned:

1.  Nothing. Absolutely nothing since last post. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hop the World...


My friend Diane of Dimity's Fiber Adventures, Diane's.wordpress.com ( I still don't know how to link to pages on this Blogger App), passed the Hop Around the World blog hop torch to me. The idea is to find new bloggers along the way and to answer these four questions.....

WHAT AM I WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

Those that know me know I truly have no less than a dozen things going on one time. 
A Deployment quilt
A mono printed bag
A mermaid crazy quilt
A wool cat pincushion
A knitted sweater
Needle books
Baby boy quilt
Snowmen embroidery and blocks quilt
Small handmade book
Baby slings for Jenn and Melissa
Fiber PC for Michael's 26th birthday on the 23rd
Quilting a community service quilt

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN MY GENRE?

I don't think about me vs. others much. I know my quilts usually look like me because my recent Japanese Coins apparently does NOT look like me. It was fun none the less!

WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?

I love it. I think it all the time. I am cranky if I don't get a stitch in or ponder a project. 

HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATING PROCESS WORK?

I'm not a planner. I never know what things will be in the end. I like to decide the next step as I go. Intuitively. 

Now I must pass the inquiries to a fellow blogger Thearica of Pig Tales and Quilt blog. She's my southern friend and an active blogger. (Pigtalesandquilts.com)


I have learned:

1.  Glasses.com. Thinking of trying this site out when I get my eyes examined. 

2.  Quilt show madness the next three days! Alexander Fire Hall. Friday 10-6. Saturday 10-5. 

3.  Check out Doug Seegers "Going Down to the River" on YouTube. Interesting story too. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jody's Altered Book


I have had jody's altered book for longer than I want to admit. I finally sat down this morning and finished it up! Feels good. On the left I thread sketched over vintage book pages and used water colors  on them. The right side is a bevy of tags stuck into pockets formed by tearing pages down and stitching the sides. Each tag has a sentiment....clarity, kindness, see magic, calm and hello. I truly love doing this mixed media work, it just makes such a mess.  You gather supplies, then think of something else and gather more!  I am hoping to get a couple of mine and Melissa's books back that are out there somewhere. The work put into these pages is very personal. Good fun. 

Yesterday Fiberistas met, just three of us, but what a grand day it was. Mary lead us in making books. Always intrigued by the process, I was excited to turn out four different pieces.  The first book we made signatures and added bits of cloth and papers in each section. Mary showed us how to make the holes and stitch a signature together, then how to weave a spine to make the book whole. Having time left to play I made another smaller book with the gorgeous cotton paper mary shared with us and vintage  scrapbook papers I had on hand. 
We also made two types of folded books from paper, that are perfect for a bit of embellishing and journaling. Loved every minute of our day together. 

Today I am not getting out of pajamas. I already made homemade sauce and roasted peppers. Now to sew the sleeve onto Japanese Coins and Nancy Crow quilt. I'll watch the Bills game, take a hot bath and read my book. I need my Sunday's to regroup and be homey. 

I have learned:  

1.  Mary recommended "Night Circus", by Erin Morgenstern, to me. Promises to be a good read. Has that ethereal element I love so much in Alice Hoffman's stories. 
2.  15 months 10 days to retirement 
3.  Melissa's baby boy is growing in gestation! She likes Eli this week. 
4.  Maddi smiles!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paper Crafting



Last night I spent some time making this Halloween gift box and many cards in a class with Jen, a talented Batavia paper artist. I took a class with her a few years ago, making beautiful Christmas cards, but now she's offering classes for up to four in her truly comfy and enviable craft room. How nice it was. We learned to dry emboss using a Sissix machine (the Bingo numbered pumpkins, a Tim Holtz press). We got to work with pearl powders, embossing powders and distress ink. Jen had all the components cut and stacked, ready for us to follow along. Great fun!

I've been getting facings and sleeves on my quilt pieces for our guild quilt show in a month. I'm at a good point, not overwhelmed with all that's to be done. Also steadily stitching the Mermaid CQ bit. So enjoy doing that. 

I have learned:

1.  The Blacklist. Good. 
2.  35 years at same company. Awards dinner nice.  $225 gift card Sears. Thanks
3.  Mela is running! Trying to climb out of her crib. Showing a tenaciousness I like. 
4.  I took in a plant from Martha, and it's growing! I don't tend to greenery well. It is a succulent so it does stand a better chance. 
5.  Maddi is smiling! Such a sweet little peanut. Michael said its the best thing he's ever seen.