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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ATC's and appreciation of a boring life

This months ATC challenge was round and round - we had to use circles on the card. I decided to play with my paintsticks by making a circle template from freezer paper and a circle punch and just started stenciling. Tonight I tightly quilted around each circle, painted the edges instead of sewing. On one of them I rubbed some paint after I quilted. Kind of outer space looking.

I've also been working on another Scrap Therapy quilt - I have 1/2 the blocks done. I don't like to show pictures until the quilts are finished.

This week I have been very thankful for a very boring life. The people I work with have had a lot of drama in their life - drama I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Two of them are dealing with abuse - one friend very seriously injured. It's a sad situation. I wish I had a magic wand to help but all I can do is pray for them. What happened not only affects them directly but the whole family. Due to their privacy I won't say more.

But to end my post on a higher note, here's a picture of my sweet little puppy girl Duchess in a basket in my sewing room.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

RKQ - Record Keeping Quilter

During the day I am a bookkeeper for a medium sized shopping center. Recenlty the CFO of the company gave me the title RKQ. He dared me to put it on my business card. I didn't and won't but what I did was put it on my work email in big letters after my name. I got so many comments and laughs from that. It started when I was telling him I was taking another day off and he asked if I was going somewhere fun and before I had a chance to answer he goes, "wait, it's another quilty thing, huh?" The answer of course was yes and then he laughed and came up with this title. I'm pretty proud of it. He appreciates the art of quilting. I have made him 2 baby quilts for each of his daughters when they were born. He always asks me questions about what I'm working on and I appreciate that too.
Tonight I finished a purse for myself for the 4th of July holiday. This pin tuck purse is so easy to make and I love the look. I think I might need to get the bigger size as this one is pretty full.

We had our Loose Threads meeting last night at my house. We all did Assignment #1 from the Fearless Design for Every Quilter book written by Lorraine Torrence and Jean B. Mills. I think this book is going to make me really stretch my artistic skills. I didn't take pictures of my samples but here are a few pictures of what the other ladies did. The assignment was to show examples of symmetrical balance and asymmetrical balance. Then we showed our examples to the group and we all critiqued per the lesson plan.

This is Sara - her motif was a paisly design. This was her radial balance sample.











this is Grace - and her mirror symmetry sample.







This is Anna's sample of asymmetrical balance.


This is my dear friend Adena (http://sew4real.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/loose-threads-first-lesson-w-fearless-design/ (Her blog) showing us her example of translational symmetry. I'm sure she has other pictures on her blog now since she also took pictures.
All fun and such a learning evening.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Busy, productive weekend




Had my Friday night "party" at the local quilts store. We call ourselves Cutthroat Quilters because we are a full class and we won't allow any new members. (Mostly because of lack of space.) See my friends blog http://sew4real.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/cut-throat-quilters-were-meaner-than-hell/ = she explains it so well with a lot of humor. So Friday night I finished hand sewing a sleeve on the back of quilt I'm submitting to the Kings Fair and I machine quilted and bound the Spool quilt here. This is another Scrap Therapy quilt.








And then on Saturday I had to clean house because my in-laws came for dinner - it was my father-in-law's 79th birthday.



Sunday had my husband and I shopping at Lowes for tile. The back of my wood stove (converted to gas) fell down and cracked so I have to remake it. I wanted to get some design to look kind of like a quilt block since this is in my studio, but the stuff I really wanted would have cost me over $100 for just the tile for a 12 square foot area. I would rather spend that kind of money on fabric, so this is what I got. I still have to paint the wood frame which won't be able to get done until next weekend. This full time job really cuts into my craft time.










Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Entwined - Fiber Art Exhibit

My fiber art friendship group, Loose Threads, will be featured at a local art gallery. Tonight I had to send a picture of one of my quilts for the show and I chose this one.


For the last 7 months our group met once a month and each of us had to take a turn teaching a new technique. With the new technique, we had to make a small quilt. I chose to do a journal with my quilts with "Things I Love". This month was a bleaching technique and obviously I love flowers. The back of each quilt has a scrapbook type page printed on fabric explaining why I love what the front shows. This one says I love flowers but only in quilts because I absolutely can't grow them.

Monday, June 8, 2009

First Time Fair Entry


I've entered quilts in the local quilt show but I've never entered a quilt in a local fair--but because of pressure from a guild member, I will be entering the above quilt in the Kings County Fair. This is another Scrap Therapy quilt--one of my favorites so far. I love the bright colors and even though I used over 1,000 2 inch square in the border alone, I still have boxes of scraps. How can that be?



Here's a close up of the quilting. I custom quilted it as well on my home machine.

Got the okay from my mother-in-law for a retreat at the beach house in July. Always a good time.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The rule: If it's on the ground, it's theirs

Why is it the moment I lay a quilt on the ground to pin or to take pictures, my dog Walter feels the need to sit on it. I finally finished the yet-to-be-named Asian Salsa pattern quilt and the minute I got it to the ground, there he was. Instead of fighting him to get off, I decided I might as well let him be in the photo. The colors in the photo don't really do this justice. The golds are fabrics with gold in it - actually all the fabrics have gold running through it except for the middle black area and the inner border.


Later this afternoon I'm going to Fresno to see the show Wrinkles. They come around every year and a bunch of us quilting girls go to the matinee and then out to dinner. If you're not familiar with Wrinkles, it's a review type show and every actor/singer/dancer involved is 60 years of age or older. I hope I can move like some of those ladies at their age.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Quilterblogs.com has this blog listed

and I'm thrilled. I have been enjoying browsing all the blogs on their site for weeks and it has inspired me to start my own blog to share my work and the work of some of my friendship group friends. Thanks quilterblog for your site and I hope I can do it and my new blog friends justice.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Guild Yo Yo Challenge






The Common Threads Quilt Guild that I belong to had their big reveal night - we reveal our mystery quilts, the challenge and whatever else that needs to be revealed for the year. This year our challege was a yo yo challenge. You had to have at least one yo yo on your quilt. The talent in this guild is absolutely amazing. Here are a couple pictures of our guild's challenge quilts. I'm not sure who all the quilts belong to because I was on the stage when we were all holding them and I couldn't see everyones.

Mine is the all green one. I should count how many yo yo's I made. This is from one piece of fabric that I bought at our guild's white elephant sale last December.

My friend Deolinda won Viewers Choice with the body quilt. The funny part of her quilt was when she was holding it up - it looked like her head at the top of the quilt.
My friend Anna Koelewyn also won something with her oriental florals. It was beautiful and her quilting was spectacular.
Sara Kelly won a prize for her hummingbird quilt--I think for best use of color.
This is just a sampling of the local talent.



Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pictures Finally of some of my latest quilts




This is my pastel Cherrywood Fabric quilt which I custom quilted. It took me almost 2 nights to mark the quilt and more than a week of evenings and a weekend to quilt it. It is one of my favorite quilts now. I even used thread that Cherrywood Fabrics had made to match their fabrics.
I also finished the Cabin Fever block of the month quilt. This block of the month program is from Pinwheels, a quilt shop in New York. I signed up at Road to California in 2008. It was a 14 month program and I have to say that they planned this well and gave you plenty of fabric for each month. Each cabin has a different log cabin block. Each house was paper pieced. It was fun but I'm glad it's done. It's a very masculine quilt and my husband really loves it.
Notice I haven't mentioned the Asian Salsa quilt yet - not done yet. Hope to finish soon.
Guild meeting tomorrow where we will reveal our mystery quilts and have our challenge competition. Can't wait to see what everyone has done.




Monday, June 1, 2009

A wasted night

Didn't finish quilting the Asian Salsa - not even 1/2 way through. But at least I started it. Tonight I kept turning around to watch a movie I had DVR'd, The Nannie Diaries. I even cried a little.

I did finish the Scrap Therapy (http://www.scrap-therapy.com/index.html) quilt top yesterday though, so at least that's off my list. I plan on doing a simple swirly all over pattern for that so once it's pinned it should be done quickly.