Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This is profound!!

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."- Charles R. Swindoll

This is a pic of my Dear Jane and Quilted Diamonds 2 blocks. I had it in my mind that I wouldn't be able to make these quilts-too much work. Well, I've come to the realization that I've just got to reset my mind-having the IQ on my machine is a great opportunity for me to do hand work while it's quilting. This is no longer an impossibility for me.

You'd think that, at 58 years old, I'd be able to figure this out on my own. Heck no!!! I need those slaps up side of the head. :) So...onward and upward!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Yeah, I'm still alive and kicking

The Oxford Dictionary defines "desultory" as "skipping from one subject to another, disconnected, unmethodical." It may be an unmethodical method, but it's a useful one. Here's why: Our minds are capable of far more multi-tasking and multi-tracking than we think. The critical sense that goes with the processes of art-making moves forward on both prior experience and intuition. Quick looks and automatic decisions, devoid of long-term contemplation and recrimination, often produce decent results. Going from one project to another heightens the faculty.

I got this definition from Robert Genn's biweekly newsletter. It describes me to a tee! I'm not bragging, mind you. I don't look at this as a good thing but it's the truth.


The photos are of some of the stuff I've been working on. The heart vine has more detail now. I'll try to post a pic. The abstract is from a class I took last year with Katie Pasquini-Masopust. I finally finished it. The last quilt is for my 2 yr. old grandson, his birthday was in April and the panel's blocks are alphabet blocks.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

To stitch or not to stitch...?

I love to applique by hand!! If I could just sit and stitch all day, I'd be in heaven. Unfortunately, life must go on and I have to make a living. Plus I currently have 3 projects I'm going to work on this year: my Roseville Album by Kim McLean, Ruffled Roses by Sue Garman, and Magical Medallions by Karen Kay Buckley. You'd think that would be enough, but NOOOOO...!!! The Civil War Bride Quilt keeps calling my name. Isn't it awesome? I'm going to apply to the blog so that when (notice I'm not saying if) I'm ready, I can get going on it.
I'm taking a class at MQX on machine applique. Maybe that will help me complete some of my projects. They won't be done by hand but the prep work will be. I'm thinking Magical Medallions may be my machine project. What do you think?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 3, 2011 Stash Report

I'm hand appliqueing the heart from last week's Design Wall Monday, so nothing new there. I needed a backing for my blue/orange quilt so I used some there.

Used this week: 1.5 yd
Used year to date: 3.5 yd
Added this week: 0
Added year to date: 16 yd
Net used year to date: -12.5 yd

At least it's going down ;)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Design Wall Monday

This is the center block for the TQS block of the month. I haven't put it up because I'm still cutting. I'm going to hand applique this block. Check back soon.
I didn't contribute for the Stash busting yesterday because I didn't really use anything except 1/2 yd.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Design wall Monday

So now, all the pieces are cut out and I'm continuing to turn the edges. Let me know what you think; this is the first abstract I've ever done.
I'm searching for a name. I've thought of a few but I'm open to suggestions.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Stashbusting report 1/2/11

Well, I'm starting out well, NOT. I went out today and bought 16 yds of background fabric for 2 applique projects I'm going to be doing this year.

Used this week: 2 yards
Used year to date: 2 yards
Added this week: 16 yards
Added year to date: 16 yards
Net used year to date: -14 yards