Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Ultimate Color Tool

That is enough with the gratuitous baby photos.  You need some real quilty stuff.

I promise I won't bore you with photos of every cute thing he does, after all this blog is called Quilts and Dogs not Quilts and Dogs and BABIES!  Let's face it, I am really not all that baby person anyway.  I like this one because he is mine, but other than that ...... your grandkids have done all this same stuff any way so it won't be as exciting to you.

I have had this Ultimate Color Tool for a couple of weeks now, but have been busy with traveling and putting the boxes away......OK and having a baby........so I have not shown it to you.

You will need one of these if you do any sort of design work, art quilting or choosing colors for your own quilts.  If you only buy kits, then you don't' need one!  I don't get any gratuity from it, I just find it useful and thought you might as well.


It is actually called the Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool and this is the updated 3rd edition.

And it has the value finders that are so hard to fine.  Both green and red.
Basically, you choose a color you want to use in your project.  Or you find a piece and match the color to a card.  She gives  you info on how to combine the colors to make a great piece.

For example the cards will show the matches for monochromatic, split complement complementary, analogous and triadic matches.   And it gives formulas for each in CMYK, RGB, and HEX so you can create the colors yourself or even in graphic design and web design.

Each card shows the pure color as well as its tints, tones, shades and hues.  You can work with places like Dharma to get the components to get better dyed matches. 

It is an amazing tool.  For years I have been searching for the perfect color tool.  Carrie would bring me the paint chip books they use as they got new ones.  And this is similar but geared for what we do as creaters in fabrics. Those viewers are really hard to find anywhere. 

Judy from my Fiber Group always has the most amazing pieces.  And she uses this color tool to make decisions for her materials.  Of course, she is an  amazing designer and artist as well.  She regularly has pieces in magazines.   But the color tool helps her make her beautiful creations. 

Anything that will make the process easier and better, I say!

Joen Wolfrom put this together, have you seen her amazing work with color fabrics? 

Joen Wolfrom gallery page
 
and

Color Play by Joen Wolfrom  I have the Visual Coloring one.  But I think I might need more!






Friday, April 28, 2017

The Kid Goes Home

I spent the night in the hospital with Carrie and the baby. Ohhhh, she wanted her momma there!  Yes!

So I got very little sleep.  With nurses, lactation specialists, some kid crying and some baby-holding it was pretty busy.  And you know I don't sleep all that much anyway, it was like the perfect night.

He is so funny.  When he gets mad about something, he turns bright red,  Just like a little, loud lobster!  I might just have to nickname him Red!


Like most people, they are struggling with learning signals and mechanics of nursing and diaper changing.  But they will get the hang of it quickly.

Right after Frank and I left they had the exploding diaperless poop and cascading pee episode.  So things should be heading up from here!

All the tests are coming in healthy and they headed home around 3 pm today.





I came home, called a friend and said we could go eat tonight as long as no one cried through dinner!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day Old Kid

well, he is a day old and they haven't killed him yet!  So I guess he is tough enough to make it in this family!

He does have a name now.  He is officially, ready for this:   Sawyer Noah-Robert Knight

He likes to be moving rather than static.  He likes being tilted upward rather than flat.  And he likes being held by Grandma rather than Papa.

Which is a first since Frank is well known as the Baby Whisperer.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No name kid

8 lbs 9 oz
20.5 inches
Born 1:07 pm today

Mom and baby both healthy.

I watched him being born, it was amazing.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Weird Bad News At the Vet

I took Chloe the Smelly Basset to the vet this morning, she has a bloody discharge.

She has a severe infection in the part of the uterus they leave in after a spay.  It is called a stump.  She was spayed by them 13 years ago!

And her cancer is changing from a gelatinous state to a more solid state.  Not a good thing.  There is nothing we can do about it at this point.  He already removed the tumor sac but in the location it is, the meat of the hindquarters, there is nothing to remove.  Even if he removed the leg, which I wouldn't do to her, it would make no difference.

If the cancer grows inward to interfere with her colon, we can remove that part of it.  But it is only buying time. 

When she came back to me from the testing area she says, Want to lose a finger?
TOUCH MY REAR! 

I will do for her what I need to.  She is no where near ready to go!  That is totally obviously.

So we shall just wait.  Until then, we will take walks and get treats!

I cleared up a box in the sewing room and found some cheesecloth pieces I had put in some dye baths several years ago.  I can see several of them in a Flood Art Series in the near future!

And look!  I found a Nude!  Oddly enough, I found only one of them.  You would think both would be together, wouldn't you?


Carrie and I did some shopping today on her last day of "not yet a mom".  She is so ready for this guy to come!  And the first thing she wants is ice cream and lots of chocolate syrup!





I bought a fish pillow, some tray for the sofa tables.  And this amazing box for my teas! 





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Soon You Will Have Quilting Photos Again!

Can you believe it is 47 degrees right now?  Huh?  Very cool night.  Loving it, it will be too hot soon enough!

I spent Friday with Carrie.  The last time I will get the chance to spend it solely with her and have her full attention.  It was a gift to do so.  She is always working, so busy with friends and Andrew's family, I have precious little time my daughter, my only child.

We had our toes done and did some design work at my house.  The house is in the final stages off finishing.

Like, how many patterns can you lay upon each other in a room?  Or, how big should the rug be, if there is to be a rug even.  Or even, what? you can't have two floor lamps in one room?  Who knew?

She has been having the practice contractions.  So it won't be long now, Wednesday at the latest.


Saturday Frank and I spent time working in the yard.  The sod David laid is growing like mad!  It looks so good the neighbor across the street called him to lay sod in their dead zone.

I am rewarded with an agapanthas bud.  My first!

Finally I was able to get a good photo of the front of the house.  Looks much better than the one in the header!  Now i need to put the two together.

Today, friends cam over for Slow Roasted Boston Butt and Duck Commander wine! 



I spend several hours each day putting stuff away, folding fabrics, finding places for things.  opening boxes and finding stuff I have and stuff I don't have anymore.


And looking for stuff I just put away and now can't find again!

This box came from Wayfair and contained the bedside table for my side.








And on top of it is a pile of Zentangle books.  Thanks to Julie "the Barn Lady" I have been enjoying the Zen of drawing at night.  A while back she sent me some color pens and some books to draw in.  It really is  a very relaxing thing to do.  If you are stressed, try some zendoodling!

And you will be pleased to know.........I am really wanting to get in the sewing room.  I am now navigating the time problem!






Friday, April 21, 2017

Quilt Show!


By now, you know me well enough to know I lie...a lot.  I will say, tomorrow I willl have a quilt show and I don't.  But you love me and know that the show is coming soon, right?

Yes, you do.

Here is the show, a bit late, but here they are.

These are the ones that came with Charlene last week when she and Stelly dropped by on their way home to Lafayette.

 When I was pregnant for Carrie I made this cute unicorn panel into a soft quilt for her.  It is 32 years old!  Carrie carried it everywhere with her.  So it was well used and obviously very sturdy!





After Carrie was born, Frank's mother sent this.  She had said that Parks men could not produce girl children so she refused to believe this child was his.  She even sent this to Frank to prove his child would have been a boy.

Yep, evil mother in law all the way.

 However, if the baby's name is Sawyer after Tom Sawyer who lived on the Mississippi  River, then it might be prophetic to have the blue Huckleberry quilt. 



I made two of these quilts.  One was raffled off benefiting CAAWS.  They were made like in 2003.  It sold for more than $700!

 I did some creative quilting in the off blocks. 






There is a Boo!

A couple have spider webs and there are two ghosts!





I will throw in the Tree Skirt between the Halloween Quilts.  I made it about two years ago.  Simple but you put presents all over it anyway!  Right?








Here is another Halloween quilt called Jack and Gourdy Throw A
Party. It is a Buggy Barn pattern.  If you are familiar with Buggy Barn, they lay multiple layers of fabrics and then slice the heck out of them.  You then rotate layers in specific ways to get the variety of blocks.



Not for those who need exactness and structure!

It was the first time I wrote words when I did the quilting.  Boo!


 At the Remember Me Quilt meeting this week the program was about Stack N Whack blocks.

This is one that I did when my mom was about half way into Alzheimer's Disease.   She would sew and I would put the block together and pin them for her.

She was a dressmaker/couture so she loved to sew.  We did this until she no longer recognized the machine controls.

This was the last quilt we made together.



I quilted it using a large leaf motif.




One of the blogs  I follow teaches the slab technique for making block elements.  I wanted to try it.  But this Tree Farm Quilt surfaced in the bottom of the pile!

I did this one in 2012.  My green fabric pile is the largest pile once again, so I guess I need more tree quilts!





I made this one two years ago for Carrie.  Not sure she liked it though.   Very modern, I quilted it was elephants, one of her favorite animals.








I bought a toy basket with an elephant on it so i will package this quilt up in that box and give it to her at the hospital.

That way she will HAVE to say she likes it.....