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. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mermaid CQ

I pieced this mermaid CQ block using Kaffe Fassett shot cottons. They are thin, soft and the muted shades work well with the image I printed on silk. I haven't done crazy quilting in a while and miss it...miss the stitching...the opportunity for creativity...transforming a naked pieced block (which in all honesty, never looks appealing at this stage) into a treasure. 
This will be for a friends daughter. Apparently she fancy's herself a mermaid! Not sure if it will be a boho bag or wall hanging or pillow yet. I have time to come to that conclusion! 
Let the fun begin....

Melissa and Mela visited yesterday. She is all walk, no crawl now! Tantrums are rearing when she doesn't get what she wants. She is very strong. Love that girl. 

Face timed with Jenn and Madison this morning. Maddi is growing some hair, almost smiling and her infant face is turning into her baby face. Pretty daddy face!  Love that girl. 

With the quilt show a month away and one quilt not even pieced (!!), three not bound and a bag awaiting a strap handle, we may be wondering why begin another project. It's what I do! I'm happiest when there are multiple pieces needing my hands and mind. I cannot work one project from beginning to end with no diversions along the way. And....it all gets done in their due time. 

I have learned: 

1.  A heroin/meth overdose in front apartment in the house that Melissa is in. They moved in a month ago. Absentee landlord doesn't vet her tenants very well. He has a record. Buffalo. Kaiser town. Not cool. 

2.  My seven year old cable modem has died. No Netflix today. Just can't get the connection to stream. I need to review the last season of Sons of Anarchy before watching the new episodes. To Time Warner I go tomorrow for a new one. 

3.  Even after working with a rotary cutter for 23 years, I managed to cut into my thumb this afternoon. I realized my blood coagulates quickly though. 

4.  Eggplant Parmesan. Mmmmmmm. 

5.  Buffalo Bills and western NY are thrilled the Pegulas have bought the team! They already own the Buffalo Sabres. They've committed to their success and no doubt to the Bills. So much talk over the last few years about the team being bought and moving the franchise to Toronto, Canada. No worries now. And...we look good!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Japanese Coins



I love this quilt! The Japanese fabrics are so beautifully muted. I wanted to highlight the colors so using black was a no brainer and it is my neutral. 
I believe it was my friend, Nicki, that sent me the Giesha girl scarf quite a while ago. She was perfect for this piece. 
After taking Jacquie Gerings Craftsy class, Quilting with your walking foot, the serpentine stitch was meant to be quilted on this quilt. 
If only I had a large enough wall tomhang this piec on. In the right room it would be stunning. 
Now to face, sleeve and label it for my guilds quilt show third weekend in October!

Melissa, Mela and I spent 8 hours at Mercy Hospital Tuesday night. Melissa had been sick for a few days and was severly dehydrated. 3 liters of intravenous fluid later she was released. Baby boy was checked out...he's 27 weeks now and active! All is swell now. 

I have learned:

1.  "Forsaken" was declined by Q=A=Q at Schweinfurth in Auburn NY.  I was I. Good company....280 others received their letters too. 77 artists will comprise the show this year. I WILL get a piece in there one day!

2.  Michael's deployment has been postponed til February. I will take that and cross the next bridge at that point. On another note, he graduated today from Fries/Spies Master Air Assualt school today. This from the boy that was afraid of Ferris wheel heights. 

3.  Mela is all about the walking!

4.  Madison is all about the slumbering!

5.  Homegrown peaches soaked in brandy. Mmmm. 

6.  Missing CQing. Starting a small mermaid piece for a friends daughter. Love. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fabric Collaging

Yesterday my Fiberista group met in Batavia. We had a go with Sue Carlson's fabric collage technique. We were a small but busy group, not even stopping for lunch! Too much fun. I had Frances, Diane and Steph working on the quarter moon pattern that Sue Carlson furnishes in her "Serendipity Quilts" book, an excellent book BTW. 
I worked on the Rolling Stones tongue emblem for my BIL, Bill. I volunteered to do this three years ago, such was the catalyst for my choosing this to entertain the girls this month! 
After enlarging the decal he gave me to work from, I traced the pattern to the cloth and started gluing the black, red and white bits. For me, a Zen-like experience. 
So far this is what it's looking like....

Sue Carlson also authored "Free Style Quilts". Good book as well. 

I have learned:

1.   Madison is 9 days old today. She was due this coming Thursday. A little sweet pea. 

2.   "Monarch of the Glen" on Netflix. Liking much. 

3.   Today is National Sister's Day! I have one of those!

4.   Uh oh. They are saying fracking responsible for more earthquakes in Oklahoma. 

5.   Still no name for the male embryo...Melissa is five months now. Gunnar? Benji? Joey? Mitchell? Thoughts?