Sunday, February 22, 2015

FB Pay It Forward Artworks

Connie made this for me as part of her Pay It Forward Art Challenge on FB. (now i must find my list of 5 friends i am to create art for!) I love it! The colors, the black background and those fabrics. It is already hanging in my kitchen and it sure looks great! Thanks Connie.
A bit ago I received another artwork from Pat Pauly from the same challenge. This postcard sized treasure is also in the kitchen on my fridge. I love it! Thanks Pat.
This weekend is our annual quilt away in Silver Lake NY. 4 days to just sew and make! All meals are cooked for us, yum. I have no idea what I will work on. There is a huge rolling suitcase I have just for the retreat that will be full of fabrics, threads and UFO's. Next year at this time I will be retired!

The cold weather had people inside scoping out Etsy this week. I had 7 sales this week! Just listed 6 new things today. Click on the Etsy banner to take a look-see.

So I locked myself out of my house today. I used and didn't return the keys hidden for such an offense. Last time I did this was summer and had no trouble breaking into my own home. Not today. All windows shut tight. With no one to furnish a key, I needed to "break" in. Tomorrow I will measure the broken glass in my door for a new piece to replace it. Ugh. I need to have a dozen keys hidden all over my property.

I have learned:

1.  YUME Asian Bistro on Veterans Dr in Batavia is spectacular! The food was stellar. The decor is awesome. Try it, you'll like it.
2.  "Chef" on Netflix. Liked much.
3.  "Bosch" an Amazon production. Liked much.
4.  Had to hire roofers to come chop very thick ice off my back roof. It started to leak up under my roof over my sink. This winter has been epic.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Judy Niemeyer PPing

 Took a class through my guild to learn the Judy Niemeyer way to paper piece her extraordinary patterns. The beauty is that all templates are included in her patterns along with the sewing pattern
Not having too read all those instructions was great. I would have opened one of her patterns said, ummm no way. 
This class helped me to understand her process. It is genius!

This is my One Leaf. I used Marcia Derse fabrics here. Like. 
Good day Saturday with my quilty friends. 

I have learned:
1.  I am not a good drawer. At all. 
2.  I have approx 200 work days left. Yay. 
3.  Thankful Michael is not deploying this month as anticipated
4.  Ready for bed. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Bloom

My guilds annual challenge was Show Us Your Blooms. We were to use a designated fabric in our piece. I failed! 
I started this pretty flower a month or so ago. I found a pic I had taken of this perennial in my not-so-much-a-garden. Cropped, fixed up in Photo editing app, had Julie of Red-Dog Enterprises print onto fabric, machine quilted & painted gold using an acrylic paint. 
It's not finished. I've started some hand stitching but it needs something else yet. 



The challenge fabric was a traditional tiny blue flower. After seeing all the great pieces handed in at guild this morning, I missed the boat this year! 
All those quilts will be hanging in Richmond Library, Batavia, on RossSt for the month of February starting Monday evening Feb 2nd. Do check them out if your around and vote for your favorites!

I have our Fiberistas group challenge due in a few weeks. Exchanged bags with coordinated fabrics and items that we are to incorporate in an 8 1/2" x 11" quilt. I do have a challenging lot but will make it work!  I do have ideas. 

All of my precious grand babies are growing and getting cuter by the day.  
Sophia is a young lady! So big now. Such a loving sweetheart. She's the best big sister!
Mela is a full blown zesty, happy, smart little girl! 
Madison is our porcelain doll baby with those big beautiful eyes and rosy cheeks. She on the cusp of crawling. 
Riley is still a mellow fellow! Handsome bugger. 
Gramma is the second best gig to mom. 

I have learned:

1.  I'm at an all time high. Nothing good about it. Cliche. Diet. January. 
2.  Giving probiotics a try. 
3.  An IPhone 6 costs $1800.00 in Brazil. 
4. Rapscallion is on the list of words making a comeback. Love. 
5.  How many sons dance with their moms at the wedding to "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd? Turns out not only Michael & I....the new young man at work did same with his mom. Great song. Not typical wedding fare. 

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.