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? 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Madison's Here!

Madison Elizabeth Everett decided to arrive toe and a half weeks early last Friday! 
6 lbs 10 oz. 18" long. 
She and mama are home and all is well! 
Michael and his daughter. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dye Dye Dye

Just one of the many pieces from our dye weeekend! Julie and I spent hours mixing, dying and shibori-ing. We used the 20 yards of Prepared for dying fabric I bought from our dear friend Diane a bit ago. I can't wait to iron them up since that really makes the fabric colors vibrant. Delicious!

This was a 100% Egytian cotton sheet using the same dyes but the colors are all muted. I love it. In person it glows. 
Julie's new home is home. Comfortable, spacious and totally equipped for an artist. It is a pleasure being there. Her and Her son Robbie are easy. I feel lucky to have a friend that indulges the creative urge so like me. Great things shall come of it!


I have learned:

     1.  I love dying! Thanks to Julie and a class I took with Val, I am ready to do my thing. 
     2.  "House of Cards" second season. Just started. Good. Very good. 
     3.   Less than three weeks til Madison Elizabeth Everett arrives!
     4.  I have always wanted a server but the price tag too steep. Thanks to an old boss, I will have one. His wife is downsizing as they prepare to move to Florida upon his retirement soon. 
     5.  My Nancy Crow quilt didn't get into AQS Chatanooga show. But I do get to mail Ice Crystals to AQS Grand Rapids, MI, this week. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mela...

That face. I love that face. 
Looking forward to a creative weekend at Julie's new home up on the lake!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Deployment Quilt


Worked on this piece this morning. Needed to do some nip, tuck and clipping. The image of Michael in Afghanistan fits over the X'd and dated days background now. Since I never know what the next step will be til I get there, I must figure out how to meld the two layers. I want to get this finished before he deploys again in a few months. 

Wedding plans are coasting along so come Saturday, a beautiful weather day predicted, fun will be had by all!