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


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!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Silkie Treasure

I was thrilled to come across these spectacular silkies in the treasures from the old Polish woman's house I helped clean out, thanks to Maria. They are pristine. I must plan carefully. 
I will do them justice. 

I have learned:

     1.  Thanks to my good friend Tracy J's medicinal chicken noodle soup, I am feeling better. 
     2.  Little over two days til my daughter marries her old middle school love and father of Mela and the unknown embryo. Looking forward to the party!
     3.  Guacamole. Commercial for Chilis. Mmmmmm. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Sleep. Sweet rejuvenating sleep. As I grow older I realize the value of this commodity. I am not sure if I actually need more or if it's the fact that I can get more. With both kids on their own my house is all mine! I have the luxury of going to bed early and sleeping later than 6. I feel it's taken me 53 years to learn to love and appreciate sleep. Like a baby. 
Slumbering Mela. 

I have learned: 

1.  Thanks to Pam's Jim, my wifi printer prints! 
2.  Mailed an Etsy sale to Milan, Italy. I had to verify I wasn't mailing leather at post office. Apparently that's a no-no. 
3.  36 years ago today I took the bus downtown for my first day in NFG office.
So many changes over those years. Not all good.