Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shops Closing

I have really been disappointed during this month because 3 of my favorite shops have closed. First I received an email telling me that my local quilt shop was closing. I think she is moving all of the material to her home. The next week I found out that my local Baby Lock store was closing.  This one really got me, I don't think anyone had a clue they were shutting down.  About three days later I received a letter in the mail telling me that another sewing shop was closing. I used to buy my material for baby dresses there. It was were I learned to smock and they had such a good variety of threads, buttons, and lace, oh my the lace was beautiful.  Anyway, I could not help but wonder what is going to happen to other independent store owners as time goes by. I will surely miss all of the friends I made through the years at those stores and I wish them all a great future.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Changes to my blog

Today I have made a couple of changes to my blog. One is the template which I really like. The other is an additional page, My Paintings, listed at the top. I have moved my paintings to one page where you can scroll through to look at them. Eventually I will add information about each one. I read in one of my groups that blogger had the capability of adding seperate pages and I like that idea. I will be adding new pages for my quilts and my fiber art work. I am excited about this change so stay tuned for additional information. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Chalk Pastels

Have you ever used chalk pastels? I recently purchased a small set of soft pastels and thought I would give them a try. Here's a couple of pictures that I have done.

I found the pictures on the internet, printed them in a 5 x 7 size and used colored tracing paper to outline the objects. I have a couple of hard bristle brushes that I used to blend the chalks with. I really like the way they turned out.

Since I have completed these I have found Pastel Paper in various colors that I plan on using for my next picture. I don't know yet what it will be, I just have to wait for the spark to hit me. Have a good one!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Christmas Quilt Top

After many month and many pieces I have completed my Christmas Quilt top. I just put the last row on it a few minutes ago. I'm going to let it set for awhile until I come up with the right border for it. This one was a challenge but it will be beautiful on my bed. I have already decided on variegated thread, in shades of red and green, if I can find it. Thanks to Bonnie Hunter for providing the pattern in a mystery. If you like scrap quilts you need to check out her site at www.quiltville.com.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Another First for Me!

Here it is, another first for me. I am in the Learning Fiber Arts group and one of the classes is thread painting, which is something I have never tried, until today. This morning I was determined to try my hand at this and once I sat down and started the first stitch it all came together. This little guy doesn't look to bad. I found the limb outside on the ground and thought I would just perch him on it for awhile. I plan on thread painting one to finish the project. I really had fun doing this and it was something else to get me out of my box.

Friday, April 2, 2010

My First Postcard!

Here is a pic of my first postcard. I'm really pleased with it. Now all I have to do is make 2 more in this color range. Then I have to start on the ones with sequins. I like the way this makes me think. Have a great one!

My First Mini Quilt!

This is the first Mini Quilt that I have made.

It is for an exchange with a group, Postcard Pizzazz, that I joined recently. This worked up really quickly and I had fun using the ribbon, crystals and beads. I think I'm going to like the new groups that I have joined. I also made my first postcard and mailed it to myself. I want to make sure it goes through the mail process before I work on the others. In the Art4Mail group the exchange I joined is for a color study with purple and yellow. It's kinda fun to learn new things. I hope they help me broaden my thinking when it comes to fiber art.