Friday, November 26, 2010

After Thanksgiving Surprise!

Wow, what a surprise I received when I woke up this morning, no, when Ricky woke me up this morning.  "Was there a needle in this spool of thread"?  Me in my sleep state replied, What?  He repeated the question and then I rolled over to see this

Tipper, our new dog now 8 months old and tall enough to take anything off the side table, found my thread that I was using to stitch the binding on a quilt.  It's obvious she is still in the chewing stage.  Ricky said that I could pull the twisted parts off and maybe find some good pieces.  I don't know about that, it looks pretty messed up if you ask me.  Oh well, that's what happens when you leave things out.  Luckily she did not get the thimble or small scissors.  Have a great day and I'll chat later!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Be Thankful!

With everything going on in this old world, we all need to thank God for the good things in life.  I look around me sometimes and wonder where I would be if I did not have God in my life.  So, during this week of Thanksgiving I want to leave a little note for everyone.  This is taken from my calender and does not have an author so I don't know who to give the credit to, but it's a good one.

"Throughout the season of Thanksgiving, may our hearts be full of love for all humankind.  Let us draw near to family and friends and reach out to strangers.  In other words, may we act more like angels."

I wish everyone the best during this season and may God bless you all!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Quilting Complete

I have finally finished the quilting on my Carolina Christmas quilt.

This is my first quilt using a pantograph.  I am pleased with the way it.  I used a varigated cotton thread on the top and bobbin.  I wasn't very happy with it while I was working on it but once I got it off the machine and on my bed, I was very happy.  Now all I have to do is make sure to square it up and add the binding.  Just in time for Bonnie Hunter's next mystery.  I am trying to decide about my colors now.

Here is another quilt I have just finished and have ready for the longarm.  I am looking at the plaid for the back but I want to hold off for a while, just to make sure I like it.

This one is a queen size and I'm trying to use fabric from my stash for the backing.  I do have a red that I'm thinking about but I'll just have to wait and see what talks to me the most.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Girl With A Pearl

I finished my newest painting today.  It's a study, in oil, of Johannes Veemeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring".  He painted the original in 1665- 1666.  My painting is 18" x 24".  She is one in a series of paintings that I will be working on titled "Women from the Masters".

I really love the original painting and I'm very proud of what I have accomplished.  I can't imagine the type of oils that were used in the 1600's.  One thing I know is that the painters of that time were incredible.  I guess that's why they are called "Masters" today.  The next in this series will be Mona Lisa.  

Monday, November 8, 2010

Where Have You Been?

Actually, I haven't been anywhere, just not blogging.  Oh, I'm still painting, sewing, quilting, and doing other things I just don't get online that much.  One thing I did was move the computer out of my studio.  I felt that I was spending too much time online so I moved it back into the house and put it upstairs in our spare room.

I think I talked about a fracture in my foot, back in the early part of the year.  Well, luck would have it I torn a ligament in the same foot and was back in a boot for another 6 weeks.  Now, I'm boot free but not back to walking for exercise.  I also spent about 8 weeks on meds for bronchitis.  Ricky had to have stitches due to a run-in with a tree limb, while he was doing some dozier work.  He was very lucky, an inch or two and he would be without an eye right now.  Enough about the bad, now for the good.

We are well, able to do what we want each day and living on the farm is good, thank you Lord!

I don't know how often I will post but I hope to keep up with everyone on a regular basis.  I have missed reading about the blogs I follow, you're kinda like extended family.  Hope all has been well with everyone and I'll chat again later.  (Note: I am using the laptop, in the kitchen, to send this.  On my out to my studio to work on some quilts.)  Have a great day!