Thursday, January 28, 2010

is it painting? or just messing with paint?

What's that you say?  Where have you been all week?  Oh, you don't care?  Well, I'll tell you anyway....
It's another cold snowy morning in SW PA - so I've been making messes at the 'painting salon' in the basement and turned out some very colorful batting scraps to use in an upcoming Fiber Art Trade/Challenge:

and yesterday I went to play with friends - with paintsticks and stencils and inkie goodies,
and the day before that, I was quilting on this:

which I'm hoping to finish today.
and then I'll be serving the "World Famous FPC Spaghetti Dinner" at the church tonight... so come on over - it's all you can eat!  Includes beverage, salad, bread and dessert for only $6!  Such a DEAL!  and I'll be your server, and you don't have to tip me!  how easy is that?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday already - where did the weekend go?

A few weeks ago, I joined an online yahoo group called QuiltersFleaMarket - hoping to post some things for sale as I de-cluttered my sewing studio and storage space.... so okay, I haven't posted anything yet, but for any of my newbie friends who are looking to BUY things for their studios, including books, sewing machines, etc. this is a goldmine!

Today I rec'd two wonderful packages in the mail - a box of Aurifil thread:

and a Fiber Art PostCard:

the picture doesn't do it justice - it looks like a treasure map - complete with little treasures made from silk, paper, and brass!  ...and doesn't my stove top make a good background?

Sometime last weekend I managed to start my 'calendar quilt' with a strip for each day of the year... here's January, so far:

I can see why they need to be trimmed at the end of the month...
And  the quilt rack is attached to the dining room wall:

complete with the dragonfly quilt I made some time ago.... and yes - this is hand applique - and free-hand machine quilted, with dozens of tiny little crystals on those orange flower petals.
So - it was a productive weekend, which explains why it is a blur in my memory!
Hope yours was a good weekend, too.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sweethearts Rock, and sewing in general rocks my world!

Hello again,

I've been sewing again....
this little dittie will be mailed on Monday to my swap partner, and I'll be looking forward to the one she is going to send to me!  Whoohooo, what fun!  I love swaps!

Here's a close up:
those are not X's, they are BOWS!!!

Today I worked on my 'calendar quilt' adding 24 pieces to my strip so far this year.

Beautiful day today - hope yours was, too!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

quilting progress

Good Morning (or Evening, or whatever...)
I've been spending a bit of time listening to online radio while I quilt - what fun!
Watch for a pic of my 'Sweethearts Rock' quiltlet coming soon....
Enjoy your day, whatever it brings.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

red, red, red up!

I love to get into the red stash and play - it's invigorating!

This is part of my red stash - sooo pretty!

I'm going to spend the rest of the morning cutting some up.
gotta go now...

Friday, January 15, 2010

fiber art attempt

So, I recently joined a Fiber Art Traders group - I think I may be overqualified for a group with the initials FAT, but that remains to be seen...
Here's my first efforts at being artistic in the group - it reminds me of that old song "The Sun Shines Out of Your Shoes"  by Petula Clark.  Have to smile, ya' know?
the other one was just for practice - these are only 4" x 6" so I had to get my sea legs under me before I got serious.  

So now that I know that I'm not really a doodler by nature, do you think I should give it up or keep trying?  Let me know, before I make a fool of myself!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pat Sloan's Calendar Quilt Challenge

busy day in PA

You may not believe this, but it is only 6AM, and I’ve been awake for 2 hours already! I think this is a sign of aging – or it could have been that the paper carrier was just extra noisy this morning. Just as well that I’m up, tho, cause I have a busy day ahead of me and need to get moving.

I’ve been reminded that there hasn’t been a post on my blog yet and its now TWO WEEKS into the NEW YEAR – so here’s what’s up: I had a lovely post that I thought I had saved, but it is nowhere to be found…. Lost in cyberspace somewhere, pics and all.

First – the Studio part of the sorting adventure took a ton more effort than the yarn sorting, and it’s still not done! There is floor space showing, and the furniture is in place, but the sorting out uncovered yet another 8 boxes of fabric that I had completely forgotten about! How could that possibly happen?

Also uncovered – a LOT of ‘almost finished’ UFO’s – very tempting to just drop everything and finish a few of those, but I’m doing my best to restrain myself. I did have to put the sorting on hold while meeting a couple of deadlines, one of which is this coming Monday!

Other stuff: an almost finished knit scarf, a pincushion, a jar of buttons and a bunch of small gift bags!

AND – I’ve been putting a LOT of my energy into shoveling snow – it snowed here for 11 of the first 12 days of this year – enough already! It’s amazing how long it takes to recover from just an hour of shoveling snow…

Today is supposed to be pleasant, so I’m going out to spend some time with friends and do a couple of errands.

I know a lot of us leave our purses in the shopping cart while we are reading labels, reaching for frozen dinners, etc. - but this habit is an open invitation to purse snatchers, so when you are shopping, consider taking just your wallet and keys in your pocket – or maybe wearing one of those mini-messenger bags with just the necessities. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

And finally - please leave a comment to let me know you are reading this… don’t be a stranger! Let’s be friends. I’ve made friends in Australia, Belgium, and Cyprus just this month!