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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Handmade Cards

Since I create greeting cards for family and friends' anniversaries and birthdays, I tried out some of my tiny Free Style Cobblestone blocks on some purchased stationary and added Scripture.
 It's a fun way to use tiny remnants. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"End Of Your Rope?" - Choose Life

"Choose Life" is the answer when you are at the end of your rope...actually it is The Answer always!
This masculine collage includes batik fabrics, screen and textile fibers, is matted and framed ready to hang.  This would be a great gift for that special man in your life for a wedding, anniversary, birthday or "just because" gift.   Approximately 15" X 20" and now in  My Etsy Shop.

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Like The Crocus It Will Burst Forth Into Bloom"

The center portion of this Quilted Art Piece minus the Scripture and frog, were gleaned from a fellow quilter's cast offs.  After adding the Scripture from Isaiah concerning crocus, it needed a  frog before piecing the checkerboard and blue borders.  It's machine quilted.  What a fun piece to complete.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Children Are A Gift From God

Being is Nana is quite a blessing.  This wall hanging hangs in Chloe's bedroom and was a delight to create especially for her.  Indeed, children are a gift from the Lord - Psalm 127:3.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cuff At 5 Inches

After trying on my  knitted wool socks
which are now at 5 inches, 
 I have chosen knit another inch at least.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mountain Landscape

Fall is SO beautiful here in Western North Carolina mountains.  This fun and whimsical Quilted Landscape includes a beaded tree, 3D frogs in the water, ruched, pieced and woven fabric mountains was just added to my ETSY shop. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bottom Sleeve Lesson

As I'm adding a bottom sleeve to some of my quilted art pieces, I've learned an easier way to do it.  It only took  this third one to figure it out - LOL.  Oh- and Free Style Cobblestone blocks make great labels.

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Pray Continually"

Created from batik fabrics gleaned only from the "remnant" bin, this brown and blue wall hanging was a delight to create!  The oak leaves are hand appliqued and the whimsical style is reminiscent of falling leaves which are so wonderful this time of year.  If you would like to own this fun piece, contact me as it will be going to my Etsy Shop soon.

I've begun adding an additional sleeve to the bottom of my Quilted Art Wall Hangings as well as the one on top for hanging.  It  aids in the piece hanging straight. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thanks Lori! & Wool Sock Update

Slow but sure progress on knitting wool socks.  They are both on the same long circular needle and I'm dropping hardly any stitches lately!  I'm wondering if Robyn at the yarn shop is missing me popping by for regular help.....Robyn if you read this I'd enjoy having your email.
Thanks Lori for these cute treat bag tags and bags that I won from her recent blog give away.  Lori is a gifted artist and very generous too.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

#38 More Blessed To Give Challenge

Check out my Etsy page for wonderful Wedding/Birthday and Christmas Gifts.
Walk to Emmaus is  a 4th-day renewal movement designed for improving relationships with Jesus Christ.  This batik piece complete with screen fiber Fall leaves and "Wait for the LORD" Psalm 27:14 embroidered on it, will be part of the silent auction this Saturday to benefit the local community of Walk to Emmaus.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free Style Cobblestones

Guess it was an "orange" and "pink" day playing in the batik remnant bin creating Free Style Cobblestones.
Knitting wool socks update: Progress being made and next is to get info on how to get them both on the same set of long needles. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

WNC Quilter Guild Show

 Supporting Limbs by Peggy Brown
Gingko Leaves, Green and Gold by Mary Hinkle

 The Aurora Gallery  by Claire Rouse
If you are in the area, the  Western NC Guild Show is a wonderful way to spend some time in the mountains.  There are several beautiful and fun quilts.  Congrats to the winners.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sock Progress?

These tiny stitches are a challenge and somewhere I dropped one on the back side a couple of rows ago. UGH!   The ladies at the yarn shop said not to do anything but bring it in....hmm ..when to do that?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Demos -Free Style Cobblestone Block

What a fun weekend on the EAST Studio Tour.  Here's some of the blocks that I created from my batik remnant bin during demos in my Choose Life Studio throughout the weekend.  I'll add them to my stash for now and bring them out another day to create a wall hanging, or maybe embellish a dish towel, hand made card....we'll see.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 2 of EAST Studio Tour

Ready for another day of fun at Studio #21
(me) of the EAST Studio Tour.
Lots of names in the bowl for the door prize -
This fun Quilted 5" X 7" Desk Art.
Come add your name if you are in the area.
It would be great to meet you.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

You Are Invited - Today - EAST Studio Tour

You are invited to EAST Studio Tour  which begins TODAY!!
Come visit and see the Quilted Art pieces I have ready.
Print your brochure and plan a route!
I am #21 on the tour.
Hope to see you!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wool Sock Adventure

These supplies, 0 size needles, wool yarn and hand written directions from with a sock knitting friend at Fiber Arts Alliance group will hopefully yield some wonderfully warm and durable wool socks.  Stay tuned. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Purple Sculpy Light Switch Plate

When the plan is to add the wall color paint into the white Scuply to cover the light switch plate and there's not enough white Sculpy adding some purple Sculpy to it works too.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Unity Through Repetition

These two wall quilts are my examples of Unity Through Repetition exercise in the Art + Quilt Book.
The leaves above are 3 dimensional
 while the stems are organza ribbon.
Besides Unity Through Repetition, these hearts were also a fun exercises in playing with the stitches on my machine.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall Applique Dish Towels

Purple was the perfect color
to embellish these dish towels.
Quick and easy fun.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Valance - Batik - Of Course

Motivation comes in many forms.  Finally painting the kitchen and putting up new valances and rods are all side benefits of preparing for the East of Asheville Studio Tour this coming weekend.  Note to self: it's probably easier to pick a paint color to match the valence fabric than the other way around.  However, with all the wonderful batik fabrics worked out.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hearts And Hands Retro Wall Quilt

In preparing for the EAST of Asheville Studio Tour, I'm pulling out some of my retro pieces that I will have for sale.  This one is hand quilted, hand appliqued with yoyos and button embellishments.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

EAST of Asheville Studio Tour

I am excited to be a part of the upcoming EAST of Asheville Studio Tour October 9 & 10.  Check out the informative web page.
I am thankful to have Michele, whom I loving call, "My personal interior decorator" who works for lunch and hugs - NO she's not available!! LOL  She has lovingly arranged my pieces for my gallery tour.  Family photos will return following the tour :)   Thanks Michele.
*** Note to Carol from comment yesterday.  Your comment came without an email to reply to you.  You can email me directly if you like -

Friday, October 1, 2010

#37 More Blessed To Give Challenge

These 4 - 15 inch blocks I created for the Guild Community Quilt group were returned to me along with 16 more to make a child's size quilt.  I used 22 of the blocks for this one and need to add another 15 inch block to create another community quilt.  It's never too late to join me in the More Blessed To Give Challenge.