Saturday, December 20, 2014

Busy and Taking it Easy

Happy Holidays! It is almost here. And I'm almost ready. I've been keeping busy making some gifts. Every year I paint some wood ornaments to give to my grandchildren and son and daughter-in-law. I got a late start on them this year as I sort of forgot. But better late than never. Here are how the unfinished ornaments looked before I started.

And here is how they ended up. I had to add an ornament to this year's bunch since we have a new little bundle in the family. The four ornaments on the right are for the grandkids and my son and DIL. And the two on the left are mine mine mine!!!!

I made these teeny tiny baby slippers for Braydon. These are the smallest size the pattern offered--size 0 to 3 months. I am going to make a couple more in the next size up.

For several years I have been making welding hats for my husband. Before I started making these, my mother-in-law made them for him and at one point my husband was worried that she wouldn't be able to do it anymore and asked if I would learn from her. Soooooo....silly me agreed. She already had the pattern tweaked to fit him and I just took over after I learned the process. It's not something I really enjoy doing, but as long as hubby is know how that goes. I'm hoping to make him about 12 hats total as his current stash is getting very worn out.

The next two photos are the most recent scarves to come off the loom. The second one is still in need of some finishing.

This is a wall hanging I made last month but could not share because it was a gift for my aunt. And Auntie Jude watches my blog and I didn't want her to see it. In my excitement to get it to her, I packed and shipped it before I remembered to get a photo. She was supposed to send me some photos of it but evidently she forgot because I've been waiting and waiting. This photo, which I suddenly remembered, was from when I took it to my recent quilt guild meeting.

So, that's what I've been up to lately. I've also been busy with decorating and gift wrapping. I haven't done any baking yet, but hope to start on that in a day or two. For the last 3 days I've been sort of taking it easy because I did something to my back and have been in some pain. I think it's just a muscle problem as each day seems to be a little better. But that first day when it happened I could hardly move and was in constant pain. I don't want to do that again.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THE 100

I think that all of us have been affected in some way by cancer--whether we, ourselves, have fought it or a loved one or friend. It is a reality that we try to deal with. But wouldn't it be nice if we didn't? The American Cancer Society has a vision of a world free of cancer. But they need our help.

I am pleased to tell you that I am participating in a fundraiser called THE 100:

On February 4, 2015, the first 100 people to donate $100 by credit card directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous artists who are participating.

To read all the details about THE 100, please visit this link:

I do not yet have an artwork prepared for my contribution to this fundraiser, but when I do, I will share it here with you.

If you are a Pinterest user, you can follow a board that will showcase some of the art for THE 100 event. You will find this Pinterest board here:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Art Quilting Studio Winter 2015

I have an article in the latest issue of Art Quilting Studio. It is the Winter 2015 issue and it is available for purchase now. Click the image below to purchase the issue directly from Stampington.

The article is titled Sheer Collage and explains how I created the following art quilt.

If you get a chance to read it, I do hope you enjoy it. I really want to get my sheer fabrics out now and play, but with the upcoming holidays I think I have to put things on hold for a bit.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Oh Boy! He's Here!

I'm so excited to announce that my new grandson has arrived. He is perfect and we are all proud of his mommy and daddy. I feel blessed!

In weaving news, I have made a couple more scarves.

I have added a few of my scarves to my etsy shop. You can find them here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kitchen Towels

Why yes! These are not scarves. Ha! I had to try something different on the loom. I used a 100% cotton yarn that was recommended for kitchen/tea towels. Both of these towels are from the same warping on the loom and I wove each one differently with color placement.

Things I learned from this first towel experience:  I need to weave them slightly longer so that they have adequate ends for hemming. Warping the loom for this project takes much longer than warping for a scarf. I love bold, bright colors!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yes! Another Scarf

Scarves weave up so quickly. I love instant gratification. For this one I, again, used novelty yarns for the warp and for the weft I chose a wool sock yarn that was hand dyed in shades of pinks, oranges, and purples. This one is spoken for, but I am currently working on another one that is similar.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Second Weaving Project

I'm really getting into weaving. Here is the second project I made...another scarf. The yarns I used in the warp are all novelty fibers. These are the yarns you see that run the length of the scarf and you can really see them in the fringe.

The weft yarn was a yarn by Noro and it is a blend of wool, cotton, and silk, and is very soft. I really like how the colors in this yarn graduate from one shade to the next.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby Quilt

I finished the baby quilt. In case you missed my post in the past, we are expecting a new bundle of joy in our family. My son and daughter-in-law are expecting a boy. Her due date is early December but we might see our new baby sooner, from the way things have been progressing. She was already dilated to two centimeters over a week ago. Who knows what will happen!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lazy is as Lazy Does

Hmm, so I'm lazy lately. Well not lazy with everything....just blogging, taking photos, and stuff like that.

But today that all changed. We'll see how long it lasts.

The last time I blogged here, I shared all the handbags that I had made for my weekend at our local quilt show.  I took somewhere in the range of 14 or 15 bags with me and came home with three. Woo hoo!

Here are the three that I still have and they now appear in my Etsy shop.

Our quilt guild challenges our members to make something following a set of challenge rules. All the members who participate have their items shown in the quilt show.  Below is the item I made. The challenge was to make something in the same colorway as a crayon that was drawn from a bag. And Yay! I picked my favorite color....ORANGE!

I had wanted a new table runner for my coffee table for some time and the crayon challenge was the perfect time to make one. I love how it looks on the table under my colorful kitty platter.

Since I was really into taking lots of photos today of all the things I've been doing, I thought I should spare you a really long post with all the I'll share more in the days to come.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bags and More Bags

I made time yesterday to set up a photo shoot of all the handbags I've made. There are 10 of them here. 

I have four more bags started but they might have to wait several days as I am in the final days of prep for my classes this weekend. I need to gather up all my supplies and get everything packed up and then go over my class notes, while again, hoping I do not forget anything. Oh and then, just yesterday, I realized I still needed to write up the pattern instructions for the zippered pouch we will be making in class. Yikes!