Saturday, January 26, 2013

Snow Dye Fab....Union Jack block for Row Robin

I have fallen in love with hand dyed fabric over the last few years, but I have been so hesitant to invest in the Mx Procion dyes, the soda ash and the synthrapol. It just seems like so much to deal with. So I bought 3 packets of Dylon at Joann Fabrics instead. I wet my fabric (way too much I  might add) and put into a large rectangular bin, stuffed snow on top of it, then sprinkled the three colors over the snow. I had Scarlet, Olive and I think it was Ocean blue. I really love how it turned out! Washed and dried and ready to go. I am going to snow dye two white aprons I got at Sally Ann's for .99 cents each next for me and my sister. Easy way to get that snow dye look. Rit dye would work just as well.

Spent a few hours this morning finishing my row for the Row Round Robin on HGTV. It's a version of Union Jack block. I am trying to get some people in my guild to interact by doing one of these. So far 6 people. including me, are signed on. We have over 100 members. I don't understand why people don't take a chance to collaborate with fellow quilters.
The butterscotch, red and aqua blue is an appealing color combination. I cannot wait to see what my HGTV friends come up with for my other rows! I know it will be spectacular!

Melissa is doing well. We have passed the 3 month mark. It has been confirmed that 95% sure it is a GIRL!
I want a little girl~! Olivia is still in the running. Mila has been introduced. Stella remains a contender. My vote is Olivia for the record! Thinking of having a granddaughter in less than 7 months is pretty exciting. Last night I met Melissa and Dave's 2 1/2 year old, Sophia, my friend Sandy and her daughter Lauren at Olive Garden for dinner. Sophia is so sweet and beautiful.

I have learned:

  1. My return to work has been better than expected, but body is aching all over! 
  2. Netflix=Crossing Jordan. Loving this right now.
  3. Chester, my beloved old coot cat, died at home Tuesday. I am grateful he did this for me. I had made an appointment at the vet for 4:40 PM. I was burying him at home by that time. He was just short of 18 years old. 
  4. I made 7 sales in less than three weeks from my Etsy shop!! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Annual Challenge Reveal

Again, I forget to get a good picture of a project that I handed over for a bit! This was the BOOK Bag I made for my guild's annual challenge....Literary, anything having to do with a book. With the help of Alex, her mom, Dorothy and her father, I was able to get copies of vintage Agatha Christie paperbacks. I settled on Agatha Christie because my mother used to read them, as well as me, when I was a kid. I had a little trouble making the copies onto fabric (I am very challenged with many computer operations). I managed to copy 4 with multiples of 3. I decided to go with it!. Last weekend I picked up the book front copies and the discharge fabrics I made recently. I know I wanted to make the bag. Winging it, I came up with this. (A strap was added after this pic). I will actually use this bag!
Yesterday was the guild's reveal of the annual challenge. WOW. I am always blown away by the talent and projects everyone that participates comes up with.
My friend Elaine made this beauty.
Martha made this....I will have to get good close ups when this one is hung.
Mary Lee thread sketched a picture of her and her siblings on her grandfather's lap.
Lori made this based on books about a country doctor.
Her daughter, Bethany, made a Harry Potter piece
Mary Ellen made this tiger pattern herself. It was based on a poem.
Chris paper pieced this colorful quilt (in American Quilter magazine I believe)
Melanie made a useful ereader bag using an old Nancy Drew book cover
Gloria surprised us all with Fifty Shades of Grey!
Cynda, my lovely mail lady, made this gorgeous piece based on a book about the sea
Dodie's Princess and the Pea is dimensionally delightful!
Alex made this James and the Giant Peach piece that will hang on her son's wall,
It has come to be my favorite meeting of the year. I love seeing what everyone makes in response to a challenge. It is so exciting!

I have learned:

  1. Craftermath: (noun) The clutter left lying around after you finally make the thing you found on Pinterest, but I would substitute any project. My sewing room looks like a craftermath disaster right now!
  2. Second sale from my Etsy store today!
  3. Cholesterol up 10 to 273 in 3 months. On a statin, again.
  4. Netflix....The State Within & Mistresses, both British shows, very good.
  5. Mumord and Son's has new music. Excellent.
  6. Return to work. Hoping things remain on the upside for the next 3 years.
  7. Melissa's gestation is moving along and the nausea subsiding.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Image Transfer etc....

I spent some time making samples of image transfers, to a lightweight canvas and a hard back canvas, yesterday.. I had volunteered to show my little art quilt group how to do it. I am not an expert for sure, but have used them in some of my work and love the different texture it adds to a piece. This is a great image of a menacing little bird I covertly tore from a magazine in a waiting room. It was so cool, I had to have it. I made copies at Office Max, because apparently laser copies are best for this process. He is about 4" x 5". I love the scratchy, worn Polaroid look of this transfer.I used Golden Fluid Matte Medium, which is a thin medium that makes the process quick. This cute little pecker will add interest to something soon! 

Face Timed with Michael, from snowy Afghanistan, this morning! I haven't "seen" his face in real time since August, so getting to talk to him and see his smile was priceless. He is in a new platoon, with more responsibility, and of course, he loves that. We are about half way through his deployment. 

How cool is that!
Here he is as a little guy....
I was showing Jenn some old photo's when she was home at Christmas. She took pics of them and created this one in an app on her iPad. You can't tell, but his hair was orange then, like a mini Leprachaun! We were in Disney World  and it had been a long, hot day for a little one. He needed some down time, away from the frazzle, so I took him to a little pool for a cool down. Good memory.

Melissa is 11 weeks and 3 days along already! Monday she had had another sonogram to make sure things were ok. Here is the little creature as Melissa would say!

There she ( hopefully) is. A life forming, and ours transforming. My only daughter is gestating my first grandchild.....her (hope again) first apartment! It is truly an interesting time.

I have learned:

  1. Back to work on Monday. Human Resources exists for the company, not the employee. As expected. I am apparently being thrown back to THE wolf. Hard to believe this goes on in 2013. 
  2. I opened an Etsy shop. I have thought about it for years. Inspired by my friend Nicki of Raviolee Dreams shop, I opened Pearl Street Vintage. After Melissa told me gramma Dee had sent a message on a Ouija board....KATHISJUNK...this summer, I knew what it was all about. Crazy? No, not if you knew Dee. And it wasn't Kath is was Kathi's Junk. Sell some of the cool things I have collected. I need to learn my way around Etsy, but I need to start somewhere! Check back often!
  3. Counterterror NYC from National Geographic. Very interesting documentary about the security measures in the city. What a world. It is available on Netflix.
  4. I want an ipad. I don't want to want one. I just do. It's a lot of $$$. I hate wanting things.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year

I flipped my stamp to 2013 today. I have been stamping the date and an "X" on 2" pieces of fabric for each day Michael has been deployed. My Deployment Project Quilt. 
I will be sewing them to background fabric. An X for each day.