Monday, November 26, 2012

Miss Gran Says

While I'm busy with quilting and piecing today I thought I would take a break for lunch and quickly add a post. This is a piece I did last week. Miss Gran is what all the school children called my mom when she worked as a teachers aide. This is my first attempt at a paper doll type in mixed media. I just love her. Have a great day.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Abby's Quilt

I finally have Abby's quilt loaded and I'm getting ready to "go to town quilting".

I have a great variegated pink thread for the top and a darker mauve variegated color to use in the bobbin. It's hard to see but that dark band across the top of the photo is the backing fabric.

I have also worked on my strips for clue #1 from Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt titled Easy Street.

If you're interested, check out her website for the info.  She always comes up with fantastic quilts and there are so many variations of fabrics that all the quilters are using.  There is also a yahoo group that you can be a part of.  It's really fun.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mystery Fabric and Fleece

This morning Ricky told me I had missed the sale at Hancock's Fabric Store.  He had the sale paper in his hands as he was talking, telling me it was over after the 21st.  You see, I always buy fleece for baby blankets to be given to our local hospital.  Well, he thought I had missed the sale.  God Bless him, he is a jewel.  Anyway, I looked at the paper and realized the sale price would be going up after 12 noon.  Boy, did I get a move on because it was close to 10 at that time.  I made it and stood in line for about 45 minutes. 

I came out with 20 yards of cute prints for my blankets and save $150 on my purchase.  I also came out with 2 pieces of batiks to be used in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  The first clue was released today. 

I am finally going to use my batiks that have been sitting around for who knows how long.  I picked up the limey green piece and the black and white piece.  The white is actually cream with streaks of gold in it.  This one will definitely have me stepping out of my comfort zone but I love the brightness of it. 

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two Birds

Today I'm "killing 2 birds with one stone". I'm pinning the borders on my blue ridge beauty quilt and watching a video about art journaling. Who says I can't multitask!! What are you doing today?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two More to Go

I had a wonderful day today.   First there was housework and then about 2 hours on the phone to switch my mothers Part D insurance (Wow, that was something). 

Finally made it out to my studio and finished 4 more quilt blocks for my Chocolate Truffle quilt. 

It's hard to believe I only have 2 more blocks and then I will have another quilt.  This is the first time I have worked on a block of the month and I must say it was fun.  I really love the colors and I'm excited to see how it looks when it's all together.

If you don't climb the mountain, you can't view the plain.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Little Things!

Oh my goodness, it is definitely the "little things" that make me happy.  Friday I had a wonderful day with my daughter, Amanda.  We had a great lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  My first time having lettuce wraps and they were great.   After soup and sandwich we split a piece of pumpkin cheesecake.  It was soooo goooood!!!!!  Then we headed off to the annual Christmas Village and strolled through 4 buildings full of vendors selling "good stuff".  The best find of the day was my new calender.

I can't believe it!  Someone took the "left-hander" into consideration for a change.  I love it and I can't wait to use it.   If you're left handed and think you would like one check out this site Andrews McMeel Publishing.  They also have a Day to Day calender available. 

I had a great time and loved finding the little things that made me happy.  May you find your little things today.  Have a great one.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Five Quilt Blocks

Wow, I have got to get busy.  I have been out of my studio for awhile due to my mother's illness and things have really been stacking up.  Here's what I'm getting ready to work on.

Five blocks from my Chocolate Truffles block of the month.  It's hard to believe I will have another completed quilt by the first of the year.

I had a free day last week and spent it all on cleaning and rearranging my studio.  I have moved things around more times than I care to say.  I am always thinking about the layout and how it can better serve my needs.  This time I think I have it.  I moved my sewing area closer to my fabric baskets.

This gives me access to everything I need to create my quilts and fiber art without moving around too much.  My longarm machine is still in the middle of the room. 

Then I moved all of my art supplies and art desk to the front of the room.

I have the sunlight from the window and I get to watch the dogs playing in the yard or the birds eating from their feeders. I really like this arrangement because I can leave my paints out and not worry about getting them on my fabric.  I was using my cutting table as a table for my paints and I had to be very careful about cleaning and moving fabrics.  Now my cutting table is strictly for my fabrics.

That left my other desk with my computer, so I moved it to the wall just as you come in the door.

Now I have 3 separate areas to work in and I love it.  I put my computer and printer on an extra sewing table that I used to keep my Serger and Felting machine on.  I have moved my machines under my long arm and I can set them up on my other sewing table when I need them. 

Today, I will do my best to be about the business of angels.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Your vote counts

Today is an important day. We live in a great country that gives everyone the right to vote. Make yours count!