Here's to wishing you and yours a safe and healthy New Year!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Here's to wishing you and yours a safe and healthy New Year!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Only wish I had prepped my Some Kind of Wonderful blocks to work on. First blocks due by Saturday, and I'm going to miss that deadline.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Can't go into details - though I don't think the recipient reads my blog. She really appreciates quilting and has a French background. Wish the photo was truer (lot brighter, in life), but it's dark when I leave in the morning and when I get home.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
My best friend is having a quiet Christmas in Maine. Another confidant is facing life's issues in Pennsylvania. A third is all the way in Boston. And my work cohort & quilt critic has moved to Utah. So far away.
I do take comfort in my quilts, though. My house is too small for a real tree so it's decorated with Christmas quilts & wallhangings. Many of them in the gallery below came from my friend, Lisa, over the years. Seeing them.... I can feel her spirit nearby.
These are only a few of my holiday quilts. Every year I have to pick and choose what goes up. About another dozen in the cedar chest and one more in the works.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Also, Bronwyn very generously shared 3 Christmas samplers for 2011:
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I have started to decorate for Christmas. I don't go overboard because I live in a very small house (my nephew calls it the "doll house"), but I have put up some of my recent projects. Thought I'd share several of them from last Christmas. Love these little hangers by Ackfeld - Ginger has already knocked them over once!
|Snow Much Fun|
And, I know you've probably seen this a million times on this blog, but, once again, Snowman and Friends is up too.
|Snowman and Friends|
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Hope all of you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I came down with a cold, but that just motivated me to relax for four days - woot!
I did get a chance to practice more applique - all practice but no completed blocks yet. I've been trying various techniques: freezer paper on top, glue stick applique, regular needle turn, and freezer paper/starch. I normally buttonhole but am determined to give this a try.
I'm finding that regular needle turn on large pieces and freezer paper/starch on the smaller ones seem to be my thing. My friend Caroll has a great tutorial on freezer paper/starch applique (makes a darn cute Halloween witch with baggy leggings!).
So far, I've been given some great applique advice by different friends (sorry, I'm getting older - can't remember who said what!):
- For the most part, you need to know more than one technique because the same technique won't work in every instance. I like the flatness of freezer paper/starch on the small pieces, and it's less stressful not having to worry about shredding. However, regular needle turn on large pieces adds a little poofiness.
- Nobody is going to sit next to you comparing your project to the picture in the book. Only you will know if you deviated, and, if so, who cares!
- Make yourself an "applique kit" so, when you decide to add applique to your work, you're not scrounging around and trying to remember which needles, marking pencils and pins worked best.
- (This one is from my own previous blog posts) When you do find a technique you like, write it out on a big index card so you can replicate it in the future. Nothing is worse than having to "reinvent the wheel" each time.
- Buy a package of round toothpicks from Cracker Barrel. They are a little thicker so they hold up well if, like me, you store it in your mouth in between stitches (I know - very bad). Wet toothpicks are fab for tucking seams into the right place.
- My friend Lisa sent me one of these Sewline pencils from Maine for Christmas last year. LOVE them! They come in many colors, mark crisply, disappear pretty easily, and are very comfortable in your hand. It wasn't, however, until I took this picture that I realized they are color-coded up near the clicker (the one on the far right is white).
|This half-circle was my first attempt at "needle turn" applique.|
Well, all for now, tomorrow is a work day, and it starts pretty early. Do you have any more tips to add?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Will catch up when I have full Internet again.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Spent last Saturday at the Belle Isle Aquarium. It was the longest continually-run freshwater aquarium until it was closed 6 years ago. Now, it's only open several times a year including the "moving of the koi". Twice a year, 50+ year old koi are moved from the aquarium's basement to the outdoor pond and then back.
Saturday my sister and I joined dozens of others in this fabulous event. As another volunteer said, the only way to save Detroit is one volunteer at a time.
Monday, November 7, 2011
I'm going to make a giant Trip Around the World scrap quilt over the next year. You know my feelings about 15-minutes-a-day!
Because... you know.... I have so much free time on my hands!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
"One of the most prolific sculptors of the twentieth century, Marshall M. Fredericks is known in America and abroad for his monumental figurative sculpture, public memorials and fountains, portraits, and animal figures. His sculptures can be found in more than 150 public and corporate locations in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Wisconsin, Denmark, England, Freeport Grand Bahama Island, Finland, Japan, Norway and Sweden. Fredericks' works are located in parks and gardens, government embassies and royal palaces, museums and zoos, universities, hospitals, and libraries.
|Detroit Zoological Gardens - Royal Oak, MI|
|Whitcomb Conservatory - Belle Isle, MI|
|Graves of Marshall and Rosalind Fredericks|
Down the street from the Fredericks' former studio
Greenwood Cemetery - Birmingham, MI