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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Spool That Got Away

Brand new white thread, had just taken the plastic wrapper off.
It slipped out of my hand.  and rolled under the table. 
I brushed off a nest of fur.
Speaking of fur.  Precious didn't want me to work on my project....
I sure got those colors right! [fabric and fur, fur and fabric]

Monday, September 08, 2014

Three Grandgirls...

in school.  Check.
Rhiley's, [GD #3] first day was today, all day.  She loved it.

Lily, {GD #2} is now in first grade and cheerleading!

And my oldest, Darling Meg, now in 4th grade!!

I love you all grills and am very proud of you!
And I love the other 2 who are still at home, Avery and Devyn, drying mommy's tears and making friends with slugs.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Moths, Catepillars and Yarn Wigs

More of the moth.  This is where I had put him/her when I removed it from my husbands shirt.
I am still working on the Animal Contest idea...

and here....sheers.  
I ordered swatches to see what I liked best, but I think I will use the swatches themselves!
The other day my middle daughter, Ashley, arrived with her 3 littles.  [gee...that makes it sound like they live far away and not just 20 minutes from me]
Rhiley [5]  wanted to make something so I gave her a small stack of small squares and she created this! [she wanted a needle, but i can't concentrate when there are 2 other littles running around too.]
Enlarge the pix so you can see the caterpillar better.  She had put the tape on the table, sticky side up! so she could stick tog the pieces she cut.  Ashley stopped, looked at it, and said "I didn't know she could figure out how to put the tape upside down..."
Ashley really came over to have me help with this...a wig!  She found the instructions on Pinterest, you can find them here.

I know it's kind of hard to see, but you take a pair of old tights, we used baby tights that have been kicking around for 30 years!  You sew the yarn to the crotch area...go to the link, easier to see than for me to tell.
Then I needed to dye the tights part brown, since they were white.
I couldn't rinse the dye out very much either because the tights are nylon and the dye will just wash out.  I used Rit because I had it.


I will get a better picture when I have a kid here to try it on.
I was actually pleased about this project.  it worked a lot better than I thought it would!
And, yes the yarn will be 'styled' a little better later.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I See You

My husband found this cement creation in a yard he delivered to.
A moth said husband found on his shirt...ok, pix are out of order.  Here it is on my thumb.


Another said husband picture....of the tomato plant growing freely outside the store in a teeny tiny bit of dirt.  You can see the employees are caring for it.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Needs More Days

Why can't there be a 32nd of August?  

More stitching on this weave.  Another hint too. Actually there appears to be a 2nd hint in the left corner....
What am I making???
This is with the big thread and the sewing weight....so far I like them both blending tog.
And the back of course so you can really see the stitches.
Stitching on batt is different than stitching through all 3 layers, fabric-batt-fabric.
I have been using the same needle I used for the thicker thread...harder to pull through even with the finer thread.  Stubborn batt.  Stubborn me for using a thicker needle.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Contests Get Me Started

Recently I saw a posting, probably on FB, about a Quilt Contest.  Probably the only kind I raise an eyebrow about, if I may be so honest.  The Quilt Alliance is having this contest...themed "Animals We Love".   Pix of my start will be below the text. I am not positive I will enter this one, as I didn't enter the last 2 contests that got me started, got my juices flowing, got me INTERESTED in....well....everything!

In 2009, I think, I came across a contest....go to this link to see all of that wall quilt I made and finished.

Way back in the 1970's there was another contest.  Make a quilt about California, I think. Or what the state means to you....something along those lines. Back then quilting was still all about piecing, sandwiching and hand quilting.  So I made up a center of Bear Paw blocks. Then I made up a whole bunch of Pine Tree blocks to go all around the center Bear Paws.  The fabrics for both blocks just leaped off the shelves and into my arms. 2 different prints for each. [Not a lot of choices back in the day]

I then wanted to do Flying Geese to represent the Pacific Flyway. The Bear Paw was for the state flag, the trees for the ...well....pine tress of which I love.  The final thing I wanted to add was something to represent the Poppy, the state flower.  Of course there were no patterns for that back then, so my mom helped me try to create one.  BUT...I just couldn't find fabrics that suited either the geese or the poppies.  I was stumped.  I was disappointed, I did not finish that quilt.  In fact I recently gave it to Goodwill, the whole bag of stuff, my pattern drawings, everything.  I know, terrible.  But it hung over me, and no one in the family gave a shit about it, didn't see the importance of it to me....Well, except Mom and she is gone.

So maybe the 3rd time is the charm, and I will complete this one AND enter it!




Cat Colors
My project-keeping was getting out of hand...and all those ceramic dishes were weighting a ton.

So I 'filed' the threads for the tree and river piece I have been working on.
Back to the "Cat".  
These are the colors of my cat, Precious. [daughter named her long ago]
All woven tog.  First line of stitching done. Heavy thread, not something I would usually start with..
have to show the back
I am stitching to Batt.
I love those colors of the thread on the right...but I wasn't loving how the fabric looked going the other direction. So I broke out the sewing thread, "Essential" from Connecting Threads.
I am stitching in the same direction, but at the other end of the 'squares'.
Picture of the heavy thread, the row in the second from the top of the picture, that I didn't care for.
I don't know how much of the quilt I can show you, the rules state that the Alliance gets copyright's to the final quilt, but the maker keeps copyright to the pattern.  But hopefully I can show you progress pictures....
Have you guessed what my Animal will be?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garden Variety

OrangeBird.  On 'weave'. With braids.


I felt like working on the trees/river piece again....
...adding rocks and riverside bushes....
This piece is something you have to be up close to really see...so I wonder if changing the background 'Monet' type color-rich fabric for something a little more subtle...blah?  dull?
Not sure yet....But I sure love this one.
And for green-thumb proof....a zucchini, cherry toms, onions and parsley ALL grown by moi!!!
The cuke was about the same size as the zucc....no photo, I just ate it!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yet Another Bird

BlueBird. 
French Knots. Other simple stitches.
On the wall with others.
I think I prefer the red bird done on 'woven' fabric...may have to tear the blue print up a bit..
Next Bird.  "Woven" strips of fabric. Pinned.
Backside.  Just because I like to show that part.
Was going to be a GreenBird on green fabrics....Changed my mind.  Now it's OrangeBird.
The weave all held tog with threads....
A pretty goofy looking thing for starters....but that beak made me happy, so I am sticking with this one. 
TTFN