Monday, September 27, 2010

Some Days are Diamonds....

I recently quilted this large quilt called "I had a Dream".  I am unaware who is the pattern designer. This was fun to quilt till I got to the borders. My my.... 

If you look closely you will see the wee pleats I made to gather in the fullness. They haven't been appliqued down, so they are not flat and neat, yet! But looking decent already...lots of spray starch to help.

Fullness in Border.
I 've arrived in the season of fullness, here's another quilt with fullness in the centre.

This one of three 'same' quilts in different colour ways. The piecing is lovely except for what ever happened in the centre??  There was some fullness that I ended up carrying along to the border.  When I got  to this point on the first quilt, I re-examination of the other two quilts...same thing.  The piecer took them home and worked on the problem.  The next one I worked on  was substancially
 flatter,  a hit of spray starch, and of course tape on the tiny loose border,  it finished off well. The last one is not as well behaved :)) However, spray starch, extra batting and careful stitching should keep the fullness from traveling to the borders. Stay tuned.
Hope your Monday is a good one,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Greetings, from the Village Idiot.

Greetings,from the Village Idiot.

I am having a series of serious of duh days.  
I sent Lesley's pillow cases off,  after I photographed them,first having to purchase a new set of rechargeable batteries, and charger...and promptly can't locate where I put the file of pics after I downloaded them? What? 
I made a cover for a mixer unit, which stands in the corner on the counter (not because it's bad, cuz I dislike getting it out of a cupboard). Because I have previously made a cover like this  I just grabbed my notes went along my merry way and when it was too late realized I hadn't made it dimensional...just flat.
So now I have a really pretty fry pan cover? It does sorta fit over a very large teapot, and because it is made out of wonderful old seed sack, and quilted so prettily it will cover that stupid t-pot and sit on top of the stupid fridge.
And I'll go back to the drawing board.  Speaking of drawing board, my eldest son use to have my drawing table when he was 'drafting'. Recently I got it back.  It's covered with 'stuff' perhaps using it will help with the idiot syndrome.
Wishing you some sun in your Sunday

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Second Interpretive Challenge

I spent more time reading various philosophies based
on the four earthly elements, than I did creating my
4 elements

I kept coming back to a philosophy that  equates air with thought, fire with passion water with serenity and earth as maturity. Musings:
fire does not pass through water,
fire is reflected in water,
 thought feeds passion
passion falters with serenity
thought is in serenity,
                                     thought slows and then, no more.

Loose threads, attached with help of wash-away interfacing. on a snippet style background.

I had difficulty with the photographing,  what doesn't show well here is the yellow thread 'of air' running through the piece.
It was fun  :))

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Congratulations Lesley, Oh and me too!

The Lucky Lesley from our lovely West Coast will be receiving
a set of pillow cases I  made.  In her email she sounded
more excited  then any pillow cases  I have know are able to
excite....and I was right. As it happens she was also
 just hired as a teacher in her neighbourhood.
She'll be teaching music to children from k to 4.
  Her first job in her field of training.  Wow!

The Fall Fair season is upon us here in Ontario.  I was convinced  by friends, I should
participate in my towns Fair so I did.  I entered a new category "long arm quilting' and the
floral section.  I received two firsts and 2 seconds in the long arm category, the quilt at the top of the
page took a first.
I recd a second in a challenge called " I made it form my old jeans"  click this link  to see the quilt I used.

I entered four florals and took  two firsts in the florals category. I didn't take a picture of the cosmos I entered but the Pic below is of a design challenge called "No Blooms".

All in all a wonderful Fair for me :))

"No Blooms" is sitting on top of canning,   I did the day before the fair.

Floral arrangement " No Blooms"

Antipasto 2010
Here's a really good picture of the work that day.  I had lots of help. DH and DS pitched in with chopping and stirring .....

Antipasto Inspector and Assistant

Happy Thursday,

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Time to 'Give it away'

First, this day is special to me because it is the birth date of my first born.

Second, the give away' is a set of standard size pillow cases, I made.    My youngest son, choose a number
and the number is 21.  The twenty first comment was made by Lesley.
Lesley please contact me.
I'll  post a picture of the pillow cases on the morrow.... it's way past my time to retire for the day.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment.  I don't dwell on this, but I do wonder
who is dropping by to visit my 'world'.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blogging can be fun.

I have read  blogs where things are given away.    Some very nice
things. It sounds like a simple thing to do for fun.  And I am curious about this whole process so,
  I am going to do ' a giveaway' in celebration of....
my 100th blog post.
it is a sunny day
it is the first of September
I am happy
I have  family I love
I have friends near and far
I have a home.
There is reason to celebrate.

What should I give away?  My heart is given but I will give you
something from the heart.
You need to leave a comment.  I do the usual and someone will get a surprise in the mail.
I will post the what  & who on Sept. 9th (an important date to me).
(it's a surprise so why would I tell you what it is?)

  Yes ! This could be fun.

NQR (not quilting related) but how cool is this!

I am not a fan of spiders, but as long as they aren't in my face I let them be.
If they get in my face I is a strange relationship.

Last year I was amazed by a web high above my back door (I am short  :))
and the lack of flies getting into the screen door here. Charlotte '09
is no longer above the back door but,  this year, I found this spider's
tunnel home at my back door, where I have a flower garden and rock collection
and a few other odds and ends.

Back door home for Charlotte's friend.

Close up of Spidey's Place.

Is it not  interesting?  Imagine if Alice fell down the spider hole
Argh I am freaking myself out here :)

Happy Wednesday!