Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
It's not exactly "visions of sugarplums", but my kitchen took on a very Christmas-ey atmosphere today. While the snow blew outside I baked cookies all day. Now, cooking is not really one of my artistic crafts. Fact is, I would be perfectly happy if I never had to cook again - as long as somebody feeds me, that is! But every once in awhile I get the urge to bake. I try to make that urge come out around Christmas because what would the season be without all these goodies? And then you have to wrap everything up in pretty ribbons. And I do love the ribbons!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I'm thinking I can use this for generating designs or at least to jumpstart my creative ideas. For example, I really like that little gray area, kind of like a waterfall. I'm pretty sure I can use that in an applique or embroidery piece. Oh joy - another thing for my ToDo list!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Batgirl is an adaptation of Mary Tressler's "Real Women Have Bellies". In fact, seeing her pattern is what made the whole idea gel. When I say "adaptation", it can mean just about anything. Sometimes I just tweak a pattern a little bit - and sometimes it gets modified so much the designer may not even recognize her work. BUT, if I even took the pattern out of the package, then it is an adaptation. So, I want to thank Mary for her great designs and if anyone is offended because I did not give her credit in the original post - well, I'm on my knees - please, please forgive me. I'll do better from now on, I promise!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Well, the binding is stitched on one side of the big quilt. Now to begin the hand work. Fortunately, I enjoy doing handwork. Although I cannot watch television while I stitch anymore. I have to wear different glasses for close work and the TV set is a big blur when I'm wearing them. Man, this getting old stuff can be a real pain!
Friday, November 23, 2007
I got this back from the quilter today. The fabric is something that Mom bought many years ago, thinking she would make a simple quilt to match one a friend gave her. When they moved to a retirement facility (in 2004, I think) all the materials were neatly folded and waiting. I took them - along with a good portion of her unused stash - and finally decided what to do with it all. It's "whole cloth", meaning no patchwork, but I did seam together two pieces to make it large enough for her bed.
Now it needs binding and finishing. This is without question the biggest piece I have ever worked on. If I'm not heard from in a week, send a rescue party!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. Reading comments is so much fun it could become addictive. So keep it up, folks!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This doll is from our club's "parts" exchange. We all made doll parts for a twelve inch doll. To exchange, we put parts into paper bags and each member drew parts for the person sitting next to them! The parts were all colors and shapes - and even sizes. It appears that "twelve inch doll" is a pretty broad designation for some people! I think I made out pretty well. The doll parts I got were closer in size than just about anyone else's. Mine sure looked closest to a conventional doll! I can't wait to see what the rest of the dolls look like! Saturday after next - a long wait sometimes!
I'm slowly learning about blogging. This one is pretty simple so far, but never fear. Eventually it will be slightly overdone like the rest of my work! Today I learned to put titles on each blog. Nice little box at the top marked "Title:" - duh!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This time it worked (uploading a picture)! I thought for Halloween I'd show off one of my quilt projects. This is my first experience with paper piecing.
I have always loved the idea of quilting, but never got very far. Now that I've been retired for two-and-a-half years (!!) I decided to give it some attention.
One thing I am learning is that making quilts is a long, time consuming process, requiring plenty of patience. Oh my - I never have been very good at patience!!
A few thoughts on blogging before we get started. I find it quite frustrating to visit a favorite blog site and find nothing new has been posted for more than a month. Arrgh! So I pledge to really, really try to post at least once a week.
Also, I personally find long blogs with no pictures boring. Short attention span! And this one is all about pictures anyway. I hope to improve my picture taking skills as well, so stay tuned.
This blog is about what I do creatively. Of course, my personal life will creep in occasionally, but if you want to know how my family is doing or what the weather is like in Kansas, use my personal e-mail. If those things are any of your business, you know the e-mail address. (Oh my, that sounded - well, rude - didn't it? You'll survive.)
OK, now I need to figure out how to post a picture.
Some time later . . .
Well, that's not going well. I'll have to get back to you.