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Friday, April 21, 2017

Patches 138 to 142

 I am running out of space on this panel. I am having to squeeze some of the scraps into the space. I am trying to use the scraps as is. 

May will mark  6 months I have been working on this, and by the end of that month, I may not have any panels left. 

Of course I won't ever run out of scraps.
TTFN  as Ti-(double-ga)-er says.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Patches , Parts, and Packs

 The Daily Patch is now up to 137!  The 3 sets of numbers on the tags are for each panel, since I am now up to panel #3. In fact, this panel is almost full. #131 was a black print scrap that I used the back side for. A couple of the scraps are odd shaped, so that was fun. 
This, below was fun to make too.  I wanted to show you how I can put tog something from a bunch of scraps that aren't related.
 Click to enlarge.  The head is really a seashell section, the eyes are from a raccoon, so are the belly innards, 2 tails side by side. The tail is a dinosaur print. The facial expression is a little mean, so I hadn't wanted to use it as a face. So it became a mean ole tail.  And a sheep body for legs. The cactus print was part of a decor fabric that I saved.  The spikes on the back are from that print too.
Now I need to take a pic of the finished piece. (its about 6 inches sq.)

My daughter has been telling me about the Heron Colony in Port Orchard.  
The nests are so messy looking, unlike the eagle nests that are super sturdy. In the first pic, she circled the nests.
And got one shot of an occupant.
Quick family moments.
  Gotta get some niece loves.
This girl loves to read...anywhere!
 And the whole 6 Pack!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Patches, Paint, Peace

126 to 130 of the Daily Patches. Hard to tell, but I "wrote" -imagine- on Day 130. (which ties in with Peace) I also discovered that I have been keeping track of how many scraps on this panel. With no help from myself!  The first numbers on the flag/tags for each day are there from the first panel. So day 130 is the 33rd patch on this 3rd panel.
So clever aren't I??
On to the Paint part of this post.  My daughter Stephanie's paint shirt, the one I mentioned in my last post. I was doing my thang on it, then hung it on the 'design' wall next to the TV. My Dan happened to notice it and then even said something about it.  He thought I should add something of what all that paint represented.  After all, the shirt was the paint rag, not the canvas.
Then he said the magic words...."Like the skyline Steph painted on her wall...."
I probably have a better pic of it than this, that has my cutting table in front of. But the pic gives you the gist of it.
I couldn't dig out a black fabric fast enough!  (a 'handdye')
I didn't follow Steph's skyline exactly because of the paint on the shirt. Acrylic paint, in many layers, on knit fabric does not make a pleasant hand stitching surface. But that just adds the "me" part.  I also found a hand print of Steph's, in among all the splots.  I will show that another day as I am currently stitching that part.  The skyline is all  mostly stitched.
side by side comparison
 Now for the Peace part.
click to enlarge
This one is mine. For me that is. She made it. You can see how small it is. What you can't see are the teeny tiny stitches that you know are added by hand, with her thoughts of "Imagine Peace" in every single one. I can imagine that her ideas of Peace are somewhat similar to my own, and even possibly yours. If you are a Woman, a Mom, a Grandmother, maybe even a Great-Grandmother. 
Peace my friends.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

118 to 125 Daily Patches & A Paint "Rag"

On this day, it was our Anniversary. The 30th. So 3 bumps for decades. And a folded corner because it hasn't always been easy.
 Numbers 119 to 125
2 of the patches have a second pic included. the ones with arrows. One was folded, the other has clouds, but you could not see them without light behind the patch. 
The calendar for last month.
Other works.  This one has been around for years, waiting for me to alter it.
A shirt my youngest wore one summer, every time she worked on the paintings in her room.  The walls her canvas, the shirt her rag...I even found a hand print on here!!  I will do my best to highlight that.  This one is not as easy to put together. It is more personal.  Dan has even added his thoughts, which have changed the directions I was going in.  She is his daughter too, so his memories should be here too.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Answering a Comment

Before I forget, Sue McQ. commented on how much she liked the collages I made for the girls.  She thought she might give it a try.  (in the last post)

Yes Yes Yes!  Do that Sue!  Fabric scraps in "I Spy" packs, grab bags, leftovers, etc, can be found on Etsy, and Ebay, of course, maybe even your local shops.  Put out a call on your blog, ask friends if they have a thing or 2 they can stuff into a regular envelope. I will be happy to share some of my treasures too.

I started with random scraps I lay out on a base fabric, wrong side up.  That way I had a 'boundary' to keep me from going....on forever really.  I started with the square and rectangle shapes, and then started filling in the gaps.  I fussy cut quite a few things, added some that meet the personality of each girl, like Meg who isn't afraid of spiders!!!  Go Meg!!!  Anyway, she got a couple of spiders on hers, that the other girls did not get.

I hand stitched all of mine, but you don't have to, machine stitching would be just as good.

Then I thought about those got added, since this wouldn't be a 'usable' quilt-let.

To think it all started with a random idea to embroider words that stand for a color, for each of the girls first letter in their names.  And to use the color of thread that sorta matched that word.  BTW, "Dragonite" is an orange color in the Crayola Pokemon crayon set. So, that went on Devyn's collage, in an orange color of course.

And....for some odd reason unknown to me, 2 of the collages won't let you click-to-enlarge them.  Weird. I know.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Khaos and DP's 112 to 117

Since the pix didn't load in the order I planned on, I will just go with the unplanned version, thus Khaos....because today's title was Kollages for Kids. 
Above.  Stitchery. I think I will call it Red. 
Below. would be more like it.
While working on Red, I decided I wanted some new scraps to add to the dwindling box. Novelties and such. So I perused Etsy and came across a bag being offered by Twisted Cedar. I have to say that I am super pleased!  ALL top line fabrics, meaning better quality.  ALL usable sizes. Some will get added to the I Spy box, but others will get used for my cloth collages, I guess you could call them. [They aren't quilts.] And there were even 2 white on white strips that I can use on the Daily Patch!  I am chuffed. I am pleased. I am what I am. 
AND she is here in WA state! Thank YOU Tina!
Click to enlarge. Fourth pic to give size samples.
The Daily Patches are up to 117. This is third of four panels. 
Kollages for Kids. My granddaughters, except for our newest,  Griffyn. I like to wait to spend time with the child as she grows, before putting something like this together.
Avery the Artist
Devyn the Animal Whisperer
Lily the Cuddler
Megan the Independent  
Rhiley the Sensitive One
Boy, giving one word to each child is hard. Some children show right from the start some special 'trait'.  Like Devyn, who is not the youngest anymore. 
As soon as she could move around, she went to the animals.
Avery always wants to draw and color, always.
I will be sad if Lily decides to be less cuddly when she becomes a teen.
Megan has always zoomed through, I can never keep up with her. 
Rhiley is  shyer, and possibly empathic. 
I love each and every one of them, even Griffyn who is new, but has no cloth yet. Well...besides the flannel blanket I embroidered her name on.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

105 to 111 Patches and a Bit of Crochet

Crochet first.  I made this strip of flouncy-ish edging a while ago. So long ago I can't remember.  I do that.  I kept it and auditioned it on various cloths over the years.  Finally, I found a place for it. On this pillow cover. The one I showed the start of,  in the last post.  That elephant scrap came from the bottomless box.
A little selvage piece, "Sunshine Serenade," off the dotty piece I used behind the elephant. Gave it some 'rays'.
I use crochet on lots of things. Borders. "Frames". Around things. 
 Just hanging beside things.  I sometimes have a reason to make it, or just because I like the color of the thread/yarn, which applies to the above edging, and to the strip hanging down on the right side of this collage below. It hasn't found it's forever home yet, but it does look good next to those scraps, doesn't it??

Patches. The Daily Thang.
click to enlarge
105, which is incorrectly marked 106, to 111. Which was today's. We had St. Patrick's day in there, and the first day of SPRING represented by the strip of green, that got folded this way and that, just like the roots of a plant.

We had a crazy burst of rain around 6 ish. 
I would call it a Macro-burst, were I a weather person.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Patches Patches Patches

101 to 104
The Daily Patch calendar for Feb., finally photo'ed.
An "ahh" moment.  After fussing for me because of gas, she finally past that and curled up into a ball and went to sleep. Gpa wouldn't hold her til she was quiet. But Gup was fine with it.  I even sang Happy Birthday to her, even tho she is 3 days old here.

A new cloth.  Already given a new home. 
I added beads to this one also, like the Dinosaur Bones Cloth, which was given to GD #1 when they were here.  (It is already up on her wall, I looked while we were there meeting GD# 6)
The long flowery piece is a silk remnant I that did not want to cut, 
so it waited for this day.

For the collages I am making for the granddaughters, I have a few bits and pieces of things I want to add to it. I have decided to add them to a big safety pin so the girls can add to them, should they want to.
I have also been wanting to 'make' beads with...well paper, yarn, string, scraps of I used paper clips to make these.  For these, I used yarn and pearl cotton.
Another cloth.  This one is humorous. A gift for my brother.
A tool belt with a broken bit of compass from my dad's things. An antler from a "moose", and a hammer from a toy set. (it's a carpenter sort of thing)
A furry beady thing.....compiled from necklace 'ends' while constructing the GD collages.  One of Mom's library notes written on a envelope of my brothers business. Yes that is a banana.
Another cloth start. This one will be a pillow cover I believe. I have had this scrap for years, haven't wanted to cut, very far, into it.  Holes? Not a problem.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Six Pack

We have grown by a granddaughter!  6 we now have!
My son sent me this picture, knowing I would love it so much. 
[i love baby feet] 
His daughter's foot in his hand. This is his third child.
I haven't met her yet, tomorrow.
So the first patch for the third panel, daily patch #98, is for this newest member of our family.  Welcome Griffyn!
I totally forgot to 'collage' patches # 99 and 100.
So now I am 100 days into this Daily Patch thing. 
I had no idea if I would like doing this daily thing. 
Turns out I love it. 
It has also gotten me making many other things. 

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Panel 2 of Daily Patch is Full

91 to 97 of the daily stitching. Panel 2 is mostly full.  There are a few teeny tiny spaces that I will do something with after all the panels are done. 
The panels are filling up much faster than I anticipated. 
Patch 91 got it's own collage

Through to 97

The full panel with tags...and without.
 Much softer, and lighter, without all the tags. 
Chick flick watching, again.  This is Bella and her first hatch-ling, which happened today!
Next panel to work on is out of the footstool. 
A new beginning for tomorrow. The panels are numbered, so this could be #3 or 4. I let Dan pick.
This is #1 on the List of Grands, Megan, age 11
Our weekend was not as quiet as usual. Normally these 2 go to our daughters on week end days. But everyone is sick in that household, so they all thought it best that these 2 came here. Our son's girls. Our oldest 2 granddaughters, Megan and Lily. They are the family branch that is having grand baby #6. And as Baby has passed her due date, no one wanted these 2 to bring any new germs home to Mama-to-be.
This is the cuddlier-ist of the whole bunch. She prefers to sit on the arm of my chair with me, but her body is no longer that small, so she curled in behind me in the chair. Even 8 year olds can stick out their tongues at Gup. [her name for me]

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

84 to 90 Patches, Collages, and Dinosaurs

Feb. 22 to the 28th. End of the month of Feb. I put my foot down....hahaha
After stitching that odd shape yesterday, I noticed it was a boot shape.
#87 is left hanging, thus the other fabric behind it to emphasize it.
Click to enlarge the pix.

i photo'ed these all sideways
I thought I would show all 5 collages for the girls, in one place.
Penny Berens asked if I had let the girls help with these. 
Alas I did not.  
Can you picture 5 girls, ages 11 to 3 [who is a master scissor operator]  ALL with scissors in hand AND a bucket of novelty fabrics? Keep in mind that young children ALWAYS cut from the middle. 
Fabric costs to much.  
But no fear, I will let them help with an I Spy quilt as soon as I feel like getting on it. I will cut, they can arrange the blocks. And tell me stories of why a rocket ship should be next to beavers.
I had a lot of fun putting these tog for my girls, and I am still working on them. I am adding beads and such.
This is what got me started on the beads.  The dino print is of skeletons. I was going to satin stitch the "thicker" bones....and then I got struck by a light bolt and got out some beads. Oh yeah...much better!  Though I did do the heads in stitch with pearl cotton.

This was a cloth that started with the olive-green print, that I had one small square of. I can't stop when it starts to come together. 
Below is a shot of the Giraffe Cam.  I am flipping through all sorts of cams while I stitch. I enjoy listening to birds calling [feeder cams], or sea lions grunting [sea side cams], or geese honking, those on the eagle cams.