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Friday, October 30, 2009

Ginkgo Leaves


Ginkgo leaf shapes are intriguing and make a great shape for this hand/portable project even if I have no idea what it will become from here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Look Familiar?

Last year I created my daughter-in-love a wall quilt for her birthday which has lead to a similar piece that she and family member commissioned for a present for Christmas for someone. I rarely make such similar pieces but this one has been fun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rules To Live By


Created years ago when blue was "in"
and my kids were very young,
this simple plaque still displays
3 simple rules of our home.
Check our more Works For Me Wednesday
for more fun ideas.

Visitors


In the 28 years I've lived here I have not seen one bear until June of this year. Since then I've seen 3 while walking my dog, and just this week the 4th one wandered into our yard.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Triangular "Doodles"


One of the ladies in the Improvisational Workshop had incorporated some designs similar to these so i created some Triangular "Doodles."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Improvisational Results

My piece included some previously
created Bull's Eye "doodles"
as Martha Jane called them.
Most of us talked of later
adding bead embellishments.
Aren't the figures interesting in Martha Jane's piece.
Olivia's piece is a good use of contrasting colors.

Ann's weaving fabric inspired us all.

I like the asymmetry of Lisa's piece.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Improvisational Quilting Workshop

















What fun to pilfer through "scraps' and create something spontaneous at this workshop yesterday led by Martha Jane Peterson. (in aqua.) More photos next time of the fun creations.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fun In The Mailbox


These fun fabric strips/scraps/remnants
arrived in the mail recently.
What FUN!!
I could probably get 2 preemie quilts from them.
Thanks Wanda.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Paint Embellishments












Although the background is coming together, one set of fabric strips needed embellishing. Of course, that was evident until pieced. So, masking tape, paint, textile medium, sponge, leaf stamp and opened recycled envelope came out to add just what was missing.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Train Them Thoroughly

Works for me Wednesday is a site with lots of fun information. Here's my tidbit for this week's cleaning theme. We divided the responsibilities for the kitchen, living area and bathroom between all the family members who kept that job for a month. We have a job chart with Velcro pieces that move monthly. The kids got to name the responsibilities. Kitchen jobs were done daily (floor manager, pet manager, dish manager, cook, etc.) while Bathroom (sink,toilet,mirror, floor etc) and living area ( floor manager, dust manager, straightener, etc.) were done weekly. This trained them for their college and beyond days which their spouses are now thankful.

Background Begun


6 inch strips are so much fun
and make a wonderful background
for applique.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"A Time To Tear And A Time To Mend"


Ok - I admit I like to mend and with 5 kids I've had lots of practice. But yesterday, our church actually canceled regular services to go out into the community to share God's love in many practical ways. (Feeding quarters to laundry mat machines, cutting and delivering wood, packages for soldiers, worship service at local Juvenile Evaluation Center, lunch at local shelter etc.) I went with the group to the local men's shelter and a few of us mended clothes. Actually, I called it triage tailoring. Fast, a bit overwhelming but fun and worth doing again.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cobblestone Fun


Putting odd sized Cobblestone blocks together is like creating a puzzle of your own design. It's so much fun. This piece so far is almost square shaped...just turned out that way. How can you go wrong with batiks??

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fiber Artist




Carol S. says I should call myself a Fiber Artist istead on a
Quilt Artist since I like to create in several fiber mediums. These cards
were my creations for the latest Crafting With Kindness group meeting.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quilt Pin Winner!


Thanks to all who left comments
on my 375th Blog Give Away.
Congratulations to Carin.
The Quilt Pin will be mailed to you
when I receive your mailing address.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

375th Post Give Away

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Please leave a comment to have
your name in the drawing for this fun
Wooden "Quilt" Pin.
Winner will be announced in
Thursday, October 15th post.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2009


Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2009 is sponsored by Park City Girl. My entry began with a repurposed batik piece and other batik fabric were built around that. The flower, also repurposed from a skirt is embellished with a screen swirl and black beading. The verse, "Wait for the LORD, be strong and take heart, and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:14 is hand embroidered. Hand quilted and machine signed signature. This one of my favorite pieces.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Crafting With Kindness




Barbara brought this Show and Tell to the Crafting With Kindness group recently. She created this adorable baby blanket for a newborn friend. Notice the hand quilting of the letters in the "blank" squares. It's backed with flannel and is cuddly. Nice job Barbara.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Creative License











Textile paint and a fern stamp recovered a previously plain blue border. First you tape it down, then stamp away and voila!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cobblestones Growing


It's so much fun fitting randomly pieced Cobblestone blocks together. This may not be the final placement but it's great to have a photo in case I rearrange them and then want to go back to this.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fiber Arts Alliance


These 2 pieces were created by Fran Williams, a member of our Fiber Arts Alliance group. The bottom piece is wool felted. The photos don't do them justice.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cobblestone Blocks Again












The batik bin is out again and Cobblestone Blocks are being created out of remnants to add to the stack of ones remaining ones from the Cross Banner. Notice the embroidered one on the right just waiting to be added to something wonderful.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quilting Complete


After "dividing" up the columns with wavy quilting in the sashing strips, the columns were quilted a couple at a time taking a break to rest my arms. I like the different green and blue borders.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

No Snow Yet


The mountains and moon are appliqued onto the snowy night sky.
Now for the snow.
It's too early to think about snow for me. :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ready to Quilt


Choose Life is embroidered, batting and backing on, turned and quilting begun.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Butterfly Ties

It takes about 60 repurposed ties that are stenciled with a butterfly for each guys Chrysalis /Journey Flight in our area. Chrysalis, for 15- 18 year old and Journey, for college aged folks, is a weekend opportunity for them to renew or rekindle their commitment to Christ. These butterfly ties are small token reminders of God's love called Agape. It takes a lot of repurposed ties to make this work. For girls Chrysalis/Journey you can see the Butterfly tins and here.