November 27, 2007
November 22, 2007
November 20, 2007
Our new table without the leaves
Table runner, detail
This is the table runner you see on my table. I made it when I worked at the quilt shop in Ohio. It is a pattern by Ginger Sanchez, "Antique Pomegranates". The runner is all hand stitched using hand dyed wools. The background is linen. I used a lot of patterns when I worked at the shop. We bought the patterns and materials and made the samples for the shop and taught classes. I miss those days.
November 17, 2007
I am suppose to be working on an art challenge quilt for my art theory group tomorrow. I will post some pictures of it when it is finished today. I have lots of quiet time today...hubby was still up at 6 am working on the computer (work things) when Emma woke me up for her morning routine. We were suppose to do some Christmas shopping today. I want to get a larger dining room table since we are having all the kids here for Christmas, but then you have to buy chairs...I did notice in the latest Martha Stewart Living mag, that one of the Christmas dining lay-outs showed a beautiful table and most of the chairs did not match. What's wrong with that, you ask? It's perfectly fine to do that...it's just how I was raised in the good old South...all dinnerware had to match, all napkins, silverware, chairs, etc. Not so today! I'm trying to change.
Our TV is flat-lining intermittently when we are watching a really good movie. Guess it's time to get one of those "new" TVs. We rented "Mr. Brooks" last night. I fell asleep in part of it....it is a really disturbing, sad, sick-o movie...do NOT rent it (that's my advice). What a waste of $! I also heard this morning that there is a new children's movie coming out based on a book written by an atheist where the heroine is trying to kill God. Check it out for yourself: http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp It's the Golden Compass. I would not want my children or grandchildren (if I had any) or grand dogs to see such a movie, nor would I support it with my $. That's my opinion because I love God.
Now if you want to see a really scary movie, it's Vacancy. We rented that one last weekend. It's an on-the-edge-of-your-seat-movie. But just a movie and definitely Not for kids.
Thinking of Christmas and the holidays, I am writing a little tutorial today to make a wool-felted star. So, check back later and I will post a picture of it and you will love how much fun it is to make. It is all hand stitching and embroidery but you can also make it on the machine. Thanks for listening today!
November 14, 2007
I decided my Little Bird quilt from the previous post needed some leaves on the trees. Here it is, I think it is done. Yes, it's done... "Do things better & do them done!"...Aby Garvey. I found Aby's website by accident yesterday and she has some great tips on it. I may order her book...she is a productivity expert & organizer. I like the things she says about perfectionists...how they procrastinate because they know they can't make it perfect or it doesn't get done at all. I know that fits me to a T! So, I want to "Do it Done"! Check out her website...it has lots of organizing tips and there is a newsletter.
November 12, 2007
OK, that is my plea for this morning. I'm off to stitch some quilts. (or paint, glue, melt, emboss, or...maybe some shrinky dink charms today).
November 9, 2007
Yesterday, I had internet problems and could not log on, thus no blog or email! I had to call Verizon and first talk to a robot (a polite one) stating my problem. Then, a polite tech lady who had me crawling under the computer and running up to the third floor to check computers there and back under the desk, unplugging and plugging. Nothing worked, so she dispatched a repair person to my door. I was impressed to say the least and who do they send??? A Verizon lady who also owns a Boston Terrier! (I bet Verizon knows I have one...I wonder about those electronic "boxes" with the blinking lights I have in each room.) Anyway, Emma loved her and must have known she was a Boston lover, too. Oh, and the Verizon lady just took one look at my router and installed a new one and everything works faster. She was so nice and friendly unlike the Verizon man who installed our equipment when we moved in. She even said, "nice set-up" for my studio. I am sure there are some who see my room and eyebrows shoot up, and I can see they are looking for the nearest exit! Only other quilters, mixed-media and stamping lovers can relate to "I must fill every square inch of space...oh, there's a 12" x 12" spot...more fabric can go there". It is amazing how much you can pack into a room, but we might need it, right?
OK, I digress, here is the real reason for my post: I finished my Little Bird quilt for my Art Explorations class I am taking from Jane LaFazio. If you want to explore art quilt possibilities in a fun format, this is the class for you! I am behind in my lessons (sorry, Jane) but it's about all I think of lately. Jane's class has my artist's muse working again. I already have so many bird sketches; and I have photographed lots of beach birds and plan to make applique or fabric paintings. Jane has it as one of her lessons, so that was cool. Little Bird is 8" x 8", one of the smaller ones I have made. It gave me a chance to do some FMQ, which I love to do. I don't know if I will add anything else...I had thought about some embellishments but I may do another one just for that. After I had quilted this one, I sort of like the simplicity of it and it looks nice on my studio yellow walls. I used my hand-dyed fabrics, the blue on the bird and the green grass. Happy Emma
November 5, 2007
To get the pewter or tarnished look of silver like in the ATC apply a thin coat of the acrylic paint after embossing. Wipe away until it only looks dull like the picture below.
I like to put another coat of the acrylic on, wiping it very gently to get a thin coat. Cut them up, use a punch, glue, whatever, to make ATCs and cards. Have fun! Below are some of the samples before I made cards from them.