Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Look What I Found!

On Thursday I went to a city wide yard sale and this is what I found.

I have 12 circles all hand stitched from original 30's - 40's fabrics.  They just fit into a 9" square.  I am going to soak them to see if I can get them a little cleaner and then they are going on muslin squares. I'm also thinking about adding a sashing made out of squares of reproduction fabrics that I have.  I'll have to do a sample and see how it looks.  I was so excited when I found these and the lady gave them to me for $10.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Where's the Repair Man?

Do you know how frustrating it is to sit and wait for a repair man?  Do you know what it's like to be without a washer for 3 days?  Now, add to that the fact that it's so hot outside that Ricky is changing his clothes about 2 or 3 times a day.  Yesterday morning he came in after working the cows (YUK, the POOP!) changed and went to the hay field.  Later he came in from the hay field (YUK, the SWEAT!) and then in the evening went back to add rubs for the cows (YUK, the DIESEL FUEL!). I made him leave that set of clothes outside. I told him this morning I was having withdrawals from washing.  Well, today the guy was supposed to be here between 8 and 11.  It's 10:45 and I just called and said: "you were supposed to be here this morning", his reply, "oh, yes I was, now tell me again where you live".  Now, I'm waiting again for another hour, oh well, it's all in a days wait, but it sure is frustrating. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Another Quilt Top Finished!

This afternoon I finished this top.  It was a mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunters Quiltville site.

I hope to get the backing ready and have this baby loaded for quilting by the end of the week.  My son & daughter-in-law came by Sunday and she said she would like to have it so I think I'll give it a name: "Christie's Choice".  Now, I'm off to put the blocks of another quilt together. Have a good one! 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Paintings In Progress Page!

Today I decided to add another page to my blog.  This one has photos of my paintings that I am working on.  I have 4 that I am working on here at home and 1 at our studio, Artists On Main, in Goodlettsville. Here is a picture of what I did today.  I'm stepping outside my box a little with this one.  Instead of painting the leaves in the background in detail I decided to really distort them.  I might add some more prominent ones later but for now I like it as is.  

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New Painting Added

Here is a new painting that I have added to My Paintings page.

I went a little wild with the colors but I really like it.  It adds a little pizzazz to a room!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hemingway's Cats

I spent most all day in my studio painting.  Our art society is having an event this fall and I wanted to get to work on some pictures that have been hanging around begging for completion. So here is what I worked on today:

I painted the chairs and table as well as some of the greenery and flowers.  All that is left to paint are some additional flowers and vines and, of course, the cats.

This painting is from a photo I made at Hemingway's home in Key West.  There are quite a few cats there that have the run of the property.  I couldn't resist taking a picture of them lounging in the garden. They looked so peaceful and I love cats.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Updated My Quilts Page!

I finally have my quilts page updated.  I'm pleased with the way it has turned out, so take a peek at it.  I will continue to add new pictures as I make progress in my quilting. Things are going well and I plan on having a quilt on my frame by the end of the week. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm Scrapbooking Again!!!

I'm so excited!  I now have space to scrapbook again! 

Notice that rolling cart beside my table, I purchased it over the weekend.  It holds all my scrapbook supplies which allowed me to clean off the table.  All I have to do now is roll it around to the side and I have everything I need right there.  I even added pictures to five pages this afternoon.  Now I get to work on my albums again.  Yahoo!!!

New Quilt Block

Here is a block from my latest quilt in progress. It's a pattern designed by Debbie Bowles, "BQ2", from Maple Island Quilts.

I purchased the floral fabric to make purses with but, one day while strolling through my local quilt shop I noticed a sample quilt on the wall.  That was all it took. I had to have the pattern.  I am making 30 18" blocks which will give me a queen size quilt.  They really go together quickly. I should have the top completed this week.  You can see the pattern at www.mapleislandquilts.com.  She has some real cool patterns.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

EQ7 is here!

I received EQ7 yesterday afternoon.  I am really looking forward to working with this.  I have EQ5 but never put it to good use.  About the time I started working with it I heard EQ7 was coming out and all the talk sounded like it would be worth having it. I am getting ready to install it and take a look at what it can do.  Ricky ask me several months ago when I was going to design my own quilt.  Now I will be able to do that as well as create a panto to use for quilting.  Looks like I'm going to be a busy lady this summer. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Making Some Changes!

I have been playing around with the new designer section of blogger and found a lot of neat templates.  I chose this one because it reminds me of Orange Sherbet and looks refreshing for the summer. 
I hope to get all of my quilts photographed and loaded on My Quilts page.  After all, quilting is my favorite hobby and I have neglected to show what I have actually completed.  I also plan on posting about some of the projects I currently have in the works. 
I will also be adding a couple of other pictures of my oil paintings.  So, tomorrow is my catch up day. Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Things Have Settled Down!

Mom made it through her surgery better than expected.  She did have a set back 2 days later but the doctors changed her medicine and she slowly bounced back.  She is back at the nursing home and is beginning to make progress.  The therapist is working with her to get her up in a wheelchair so she can take some physical therapy. I pray that her progress will continue and she will have a good summer.