Tuesday, April 15, 2014

~ Dinner for Eight: II ~

So I am well aware that my blogging skills as of late have been less than stellar.
The truth is that I took some time out to make some things for my grand kids and  ... the Boy Scouts. The work for my local 11-year old troop, involved sewing a flag that was embellished with a rabbit.
A Nuclear Powered Killer Rabbit to be specific.

But, I digress.

Before starting those other fun projects, I had already decided on my next Sea Quilts adventure and had already set aside my piles of fabric ... paint.

I decided to reprise my very first Art Quilt, which has long since sold and is no longer in my possession. I am pretty excited not to be starting from Square One, especially since Square Two (the fabric picking process) is my favorite Square of all.

And what is your favorite part of the creative process?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

~ Sea Pillows ~

This morning I added two new items to my Etsy Shop ... and these ones are the real, finished deal! They come fully constructed with no work on your part ... except perhaps for a little fluffing.

They are both 21" square pillow slipcovers, stuffed with commercially made down pillow forms.  They are edged in thin, covered piping.

So take your pick ...

Here's the crazy part:  I made these both last fall and literally forgot about them.  That just shows what the holidays will to do your mind and/or level of sanity.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

~ Machine Quilting: A Bug's Eye View ~

Once upon a time ... I used to dread the machine quilting process.  It hurt my back. 

Still does.

But with the passing of time and hours and hours of practice, I have actually come to look forward to this part of the process. I recognize it as part of the design and not just a necessary evil.

I have come to terms with the fact that my back hurts a lot anyway ... so I might as well enjoy it.

I'm also very excited about my Sea Horse Surfboard. So many favorites all in one quilt!

How about you? How do you feel about the machine quilting process? Endurance or Enjoyment?

Or "Eh"?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

~ The Color Wheel is Alive & Well ~

My current project is just a joy to work on.  You see I have chosen turquoise, orange and hot pink as my palette and there is a reason those colors make me happy.

Remember back in Art Class in Junior High and how we were all taught that complementary colors provide the ultimate in contrast?

Well ... that's a good thing!

Even my cutting mat wants to get in on the act.

You can correctly assume that DOTS will be involved.

And Joy.

These colors bring me JOY.

How about you? What's your favorite color combo?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

~ Seascape II: Now in the 21st Century ~

I apologize most profusely for my lack of attention here.  I just want it on the record that 
It's not entirely my fault.

My computer ... officially older than dirt ... gave me so many Blue Screens that I was actually beginning to lose my fondness for the color Blue.  Until a new computer was purchased and installed, I was forced to avoid any action involving pictures which seemed to upset the old gal.

To add to the fun, when I was finally up and running again, Blogger and Picasa got into some sort of a fight and would not play well together,
Has anyone else had this problem?

In the meantime, I spent a great deal of time sewing on my latest project, this fun little Seascape, complete with a lush green beach and some happy little star fish -- both on the sand and under water.

When it came time to machine quilt the sand, I decided to give myself a challenge: Pebble Stitching. In the end, we are talking about 6 hours of pebble stitching.
I can officially say that I have improved my skills at pebble stitching.

Oh it feels good to be back in the cyberspace saddle.

I am really enjoying the 21st Century!
And loving the color Blue once again.

Monday, February 10, 2014

~ Supplies ~ Shopping ~

So ... I was gone last week on a quick jaunt over to (my former home of) 
the great state of Arizona.

The purpose of my trip was to see friends ... which I did with abandon ... but also to stock up on a few needed supplies.  Along with shopping at my former place of employment, Bernina Connection, I also happened upon the happy accident that was the AQS Show where I spent one day and a whole lot of moola.

One of the "needs" on my list were some fabrics with sparkle.  Let's face it, the ocean is sparkly. Imagine my delight when I came across a table chock full of sparkly fat quarters at The Fat Quarter Queen.

The greatest thing that I came away from the AQS Show with was pure, unadulterated inspiration from the multitude of talent that was there for the viewing. And inhaling. But ... not touching.

Thank you Arizona. Thank you AQS.  
Thank you LifeLong Friends!