Monday, January 25, 2010

Just One of Those Days!

Have you ever had a day when you just could not get going? That's me today, can't seem to get anything done. Started sewing but stopped, opened up my paint bag and thought about working on a piece but stopped, looked at my list of birthday cards to make for Feb., but drew a blank on ideas. I did put on a crockpot of soup, yeah!!

Sometimes I feel like I'm just going around in circles. Right now I'm sitting here looking outside and watching the wind blow snow showers past the house. I guess today will be chalked up to ramblings and a little bit of everything. I know there's nothing wrong with that but it's not like me. I usually have my days planned out and stick to my plan. Oh well, I think I'll go have lunch and think about it. Have a good one!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"The Creation"

Well, here it is, my latest painting.

"The Creation", taken from Michelangelo's painting in the Sistine Chapel. This one goes to my church. It is 36" x 48", which is one of the largest I have painted. I'm anxious to get this framed and hung and I hope everyone will enjoy it for years to come.
Next on the list is a portrait of Ricky. He's been asking me when I was going to paint a picture of him. I told him that I would start his as soon as I finished the one for the church. Now I just have to pick out the photo I'm going to use.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Too Much Stuff

Have you ever had so much that you wanted to do but just couldn't find the time for all of it? That is my biggest problem. I love to make quilts on a daily basis. I go to an art studio and oil paint once a week and sometimes I paint at home. I am sending birthday cards, which I like to make, to all of my family and friends this year. I do some type of hand work at night while I watch TV. The one thing I can't seem to find time to do is scrapbooking. I have a lot of pictures and all of the supplies but the time just doesn't come. I was thinking about this last week and wondering how to get this done. I'm still thinking but would love some input if you have it. Maybe I can include this hobby in my "payment for playing", you know, the exercise. Oh,Oh, I know! I can treat it like a challenge. I am in a couple of quilt groups that offer a weekly challenge to complete a quilt block. I think I will try to add a challenge to myself to complete a page or two per week. Isn't it amazing how talking with friends will bring ideas to you? Thanks for listening! I'll let you know how well I do. Off to work and play so have a good day!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Talking to Myself!

Yesterday I had a long talk with myself about the time I spend doing things I really enjoy compared to the time I spend taking care of myself. I came to the decision that if I really want to sew or paint all day I have to pay for it. My payment is exercise. So, after playing in my studio yesterday, I "climbed those stairs" and spent 30 minutes on the treadmill. I actually felt good after it was over.

I have just finished my block of the week for my Dear Jane quilt,
as well as pressing some of my other quilt pieces, so now I am on my way out the door for a nice walk. I think if I look at "playing in my studio" as a reward for taking better care of myself I will enjoy it a lot more. The sun is out and the temp is about 57 so off I go. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What a mess!

Well, this morning I attempted quilting with a panto pattern and all I can say is what a mess. I used a small banner quilt I put together and tried the stars but I'm not sure that's what they look like. The good thing is the fabric hides a lot of the stars which is okay with me. I think I will put together a whole cloth quilt so I will have plenty to practice with. Anyway, I know you have to walk before you run.

That leads me to how nice it is to see the sun shining today. Temps are going up so I will be able to get back out there and walk today. Here's a question for you, why do people, me included, that have exercise equipment in their house always find other things to do instead of using them? I don't mind walking in 40 degree weather but I won't walk upstairs and get on the treadmill. I must have a serious conversation with myself about getting motivated.

I am now going to work on some of my quilt pieces and do I have a lot to put together. I'm working on 2 bed size quilts and this year I want to try hand piecing Quilted Diamonds by Linda Franz. If I would just get as excited about exercise as I do about quilting. Oh well.
I'll work on it, gotta go! See ya later!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cell Phone Cover

Check this out! It's a cell phone cover I made for my friend Jana, to give to her mother. I had the pieces left over from a wall quilt. I added velcro inside to keep it closed and the ribbon so she can wear it around her neck. Her mom uses a walker and has trouble hanging on to her cell phone. Jana wanted something she could put around her neck and wear during the day. It's about 7" long and 4" wide. Her mother still sews and makes these hand towels that you can hang on your kitchen drawer handles.That's why I picked the lady with the pin cushion for the front. Hope she likes it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Double Delight Fabrics

This month I start a new quilt from the Quiltville group. It's Bonnie Hunter's Double Delight. I don't have a lot of scraps cut so I am going with a controlled color pattern.

This was one of the mystery quilts that I was not able to work on when it first started. Several of us on the group have decided to work on it this year. I hope to get my fabrics cut this weekend.

I'm still working on the Carolina Christmas mystery. I am starting on step 4 which is the Broken Dishes units. Of course I have other projects in the works as well as quilting. I want to try my hand at fabric postcards, I have 2 oil paintings to finish and I have knitting, and cross stitching to finish. So much to do, but that's the fun of it all, trying to decide what to work on next.

Stay warm out there!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Husband is Wonderful!

Last year Ricky bought me a long arm quilting machine and I was so excited. I don't have a computer system on it but that's okay. I am learning a lot by free motion. Well, yesterday while I was at my art class Ricky fixed a table that sets on the frame of my machine. He put a mylar top on the board which makes it smooth like a counter top. He also made a stylus for me and attached it to my machine frame. Now I can try my hand at pantos which will give me a very wide range of quilt patterns.

I found a video on YouTube about creating your on pantos by using EQ5. I could not believe how easy it was. So, last night I created my first panto and now all I have to do is put some fabric together to use for practice. Ricky said I should make a quilt, but I don't want to wait that long. Here is a picture of my setup. I think he did a great job and I am so lucky to have him in my life.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Getting Started!

Instead of resolutions I try to learn something new for the year. That's how I got into oil painting and knitting. Well, I was thinking about this year and decided to pick up something I already have learn how to use it. So my choices are EQ5 and Masterworks, which I have had but never put into practice. This means more work on the computer but I hope to be able to create my own projects which will be a big step for me. I also want to work on old projects that I have started but not completed. I was working on a cross stitch piece last night and "dozed off". Ricky looked at me and said I would never get that finished if I kept going to sleep. Instead of continuing to work on it, I put it aside and took a nap. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon. Enough of that, so that is my plan for this year, what's yours? By the way, I appreciate the comments that I receive even though I don't always reply to them. Have a great day!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Another Year Gone!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Ricky and I were talking the other night about all that has happened in the past 10 years. We went over the accomplishments in our lives as well as in the lives of other family members. We reminisced about the friends and family that have passed and finally we thanked God for the blessings we have received. My wish to all is that the coming year will bring joy, laughter and fulfillment in your life. May God truly bless you!