Sunday, December 21, 2014

Stash Report 2-21-14

I made 8 slices of pie, some chocolate, some pumpkin.  All in felt so there was no fabric used, per se.  But work, none the less.  They were Christmas presents for my Fiber Group people.

They were very surprised and loved the idea of Pie!

Then I worked on my super secret project and used up about 3/4 of a yard of various fabrics by the time I got things lined up and beautiful.  It will be an incredible thing.

And I am going in a little bit to do some quilting on the Jersey Shore!

But first I need to finalize my 2015 Mystery Quilt!

Used this week -0.75
Used this month -12.25 used this year -166
bought this week 0
bought this month 3 bought this year 218.75
plus or minus -0.75
plus or minus -9.25 plus or minus 52.75

The new quilt part in the header is one of the first quilts I made when I started quilting again about 15 years ago.  I made it for Frank, he wanted one for his car and he loves lighthouses.  He still has it in his car.  You gotta love that!

You can see all the mistakes in there that I wouldn't make these days!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fiber Group Christmas Dinner

We ate at the Cheesecake Factory.  Or Bistro or whatever it is called now, all I know is that it has amazing desserts!  I had the chocolate fudge cake.  I did eat dinner first, crawfish ravioli.   But the desserts were the highlight of the meal.

Everyone was thrilled with my pie pincushions!  I am glad  because I worry that my work is not as strong as theirs, and I am always thinking it is not good enough.  But they loved the whipped cream dollop as much as I did!

So now I have to work on the 3rd Bonnie Hunter Clue.  I spent about 2 hours the other day trying to get the components to come to the correct size.  Remember that mine is slightly smaller than the pattern sizes due to my initial error in cutting out 180 of those silly pieces?

And I have to begin my Quilt the Swamp piece.  And I found out I need a piece for the March CFAL Show as well.


Here is the link to the Quilt the Swamp entry if you are interested.

Quilt the Swamp Entry

You will need to email Michael to let him know you are interested in putting a piece in. It is free!  Just needs to be of the theme Metamorphosis.  But read about it on the entry info.

It is not juried nor is it judged.  So no pressure.  Just art!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pie, Anyone?

Sorry I have been missing for the last two days, my friend lost her  mother.  She was 94 years old and lived a huge life.  While the loss is sad, you can't be be sad for a shortened life.  It was plenty long!

My condolences to Ann on the loss of her mother.  Something Ann said to me the day her mother died has stuck with me every time I think of her mom.  She said that her mom and dad met on Xmas Eve and danced all night long; now they are dancing once again.

Since my Gallery 33 in 52 Photos is Sweets of the Season, I am going to add my pie to that list as well!  LOL, everyone there will be putting REAL candy in the photos!  LOL.

In between I have been making pumpkin pie and chocolate pie.  but not the kind that packs fat cells on your hips! 

They are pincushions.!

They will be presents for my Fiber Group tonight at our Xmas Celebration.

 Don't  you LOVE LOVE LOVE that dollop of whipped cream?

In my family we call it

"schxxxx schxxxx"

Actually it is hard to spell because it is the sound it makes when it comes out of the can.  My father called it that, and it stuck for three generations now. 

So sit down and have some schxxx schxxx with that pie!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cotton Robin AND Stash Report

This is one  I worked on in 2013
If you are interested in joining in the fun with the Cotton Robin and want to stretch your creativity on a small project, it is time to let Julie know.  We have 18 player who will be working together so far.

COTTON ROBIN   Click here to see the rules!

Stash Report - slow this week,  slow, very slow.  Didn't buy anything, didn't use anything.

Used this week 0
Used this month -11.5 used this year -165.25
bought this week 0
bought this month 3 bought this year 218.75
plus or minus 0
plus or minus -8.5 plus or minus 53.5

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Stop on the World Blog Hop


I met Juana through my participation in the 52 Photos blog.  I love doing that blog.  It is fun and makes me think in a different way.  I really love Juana's photography work.  Last week in our Looking Down prompt, she caught an incredible shot of a squirrel sitting in a tree.  Wow! Do you know how hard it is to get a photo like that? 

Juana tagged me in the World Blog Hop for  Artists. It is a funny thing.  She tagged me for my art quilts.  But there are a lot of people who don't think "art" and "quilt" belong in the same sentence.  I understand their hesitancy in looking at an old craft in a new way.  I didn't understand it at first either, that is why I kept changing TRADITIONAL quilts rather than just doing art quilts. 

If you check out her blog (Click Here) you will see that she is an accomplished artist.  She concentrates on figures and portraits, which is like the anti-me in the ability lane.  I so admire really good artists. 

And in turn, I am tagging Carol of Quilted Fabric Art to follow me.  She just had an article published in Art Quilt Studio Magazine!  But I will let her tell you about her landscapes in fabric.

What am I working on?

Oh my, what am I working on now?  I have a quilt on the long arm that I got 1/3 the way done and decided I didn't like the quilting!  So now I am picking out a million tiny stitches before I can start quilting a new pattern.  

I have a stack of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in the corner of my very messy quilt room.  I love each and every one of  them!  They will eventually get done, I have big plans for day.  I am too busy creating new things right now.

Mostly I work large, like lap quilt or full sized quilts, but I also have a side
that works in small fiber art.  That would be in the 12 to 36 inch range.

My oil derrick is part of a piece I am making for the Quilt the Swamp Show.   I am loving this linear way of working.

And I just discovered Valerie Goodwin's Art Quilt Maps!  Maps, who knew I would love maps of fabric?

Sooooo.......see why I have so many UFOs????????

How does my creating process work?

Last night as I was thinking of quilts falling asleep, I remembered looking at the moon while we walked the dogs.  It  was a beautiful half moon, with some back lit clouds hanging around it.  I couldn't get the image out of my mind and by bedtime I had designed a quilt in the mind's empty spaces.

The moon, the dark sky, the clouds.  Striking yellow moon against the dark greys of the night sky and clouds.  Sometimes I find it works better plotting out a quilt in Electric Quilt and sometimes I get out the old graph paper. This one got plotted in EQ and I can't wait to put it together!

Earlier this year I did a tribute to missing Flight 370 that went down somewhere, and I wanted to use paper airplanes.  So I made paper airplanes and tested some fabric drawings.  I made probably 8 or 10 of the failure practice blocks till I got it right!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  

I just do what strikes me!  And break all the rules!  I run my machine too fast, I cut without a ruler and I rearrange the pieces without consulting the art critics!

There are a lot of quilters out there who do beautiful work.  And I have a lot of those traditional quilts as well.  Sometimes I would do weird odd things to the traditional quilts without knowing why, I guess I just wanted to be different!

About 3 years ago, I found art quilts!  I was immediately at home in their arms!  So I began to collect weird things in addition to just fabric.

These amazing bits of rusty metal were found in the streets, in old buildings, along the Mississippi Riverfront.  With the addition of some vinegar and sun rays it turned into this beauty.

To which I added some tea to turn it grey!

Why do I create what I do?

 I work for myself and occasionally sell a piece or two.  Sometimes I will go through my UFO box and see a traditional quilt that is screaming to be let out of its rigid confines.  And I get in there and cut it up and set it free!

You would not really believe this was a mild mannered stripy quilt, would you?  But it is sooo much better now!

I just have to live outside the box.  I can't draw like some people, or paint like others, but I can sketch out a way to sew fabrics back together and even slap on some paint and deconstruct a print or two to make something no one else has ever seen before.   And the best part is that I rarely ever know where I am going to end up! 

I am so glad you stopped by to hear about what I love to do.  Please stop in and see Carol at Quilted Fabric Art in the next few days and see what she has to tell you.


Hooking Up on the Jersey Shore

Have you wondered what happened to my jersey shore? 

Frank asks me every day, have you abandoned that circle quilt?  Like he either must like it or just wants to get under my nerves. 

I am slowly and methodically taking out two rows of quilting stitches.  I made the decision NOT to do circles on this quilt where so much of it is negative space.  And shows up very well.

I decided it would look better if I just did straight lines. 

So I am ripping, but I can only do so much of the close, slow work.  And McGee is clamoring for attention by getting into the recycle container, into the plastic bag bag, barking at the moon (which is not even up yet) and just generally making me get up every 3 to 5 minutes to take something out of his mouth. 

So there.............Don't bug me until you have ripped a mile or so!

Friday Sewing

The CAAWS Volunteer Party is in the record books, as they say.  Three of us spent all day yesterday
working to make it happen.  It turned out amazing once again!  Fewer people this year, but we made less food.  Still, we had a lot of leftover wine and goodies. 

This is the CAAWS Board for 2015, a hardworking animal loving group.  I am proud to be a part of it.  This will be my second year as President. 

Today I am going to decompress and make another 100 units for the

Grand Illusion Mystery.  I heard through the grapevine that another clue is out today.........Aughhhhhh!