Archive for January 1st, 2007

12x12x12 progress report

My darling husband has been busy taking down the Christmas decorations, and I’ve been busy doing other stuff.  Not the least of which has been mucking around with ideas for my first 12x12x12 project.   I’m not really sure why I picked a Tree for my first one.  T is obviously not at the beginning of the alphabet….

I’ve been debating about how this is going to be interpreted in fabric.  At first I thought I’d just cut the tree out of fabric and applique it.  Then it occurred to me to try using a Snippet-like technique — cutting up tiny little snips of fabric and laying them out to form the tree.

Then, I had a head-smacking moment.  Threadpaint.  A "T" word, of course!  I think I may still cut the tree shape out of fabric in order to get the base color, but then I’ll have fun with thread.  At the size I’m using, it’s still not very big, so I’m still undecided about how to do the leaves.  I really like the addition of the red, too, so that’ll probably end up in there somewhere.  Oh, and I still have to figure out how I’m going to do the lettering at the top.  And what to use for the background….and I just had a thought —  maybe I’ll do the tree on some dissolvable stabilizer, and then applique the thread painted piece on top of the quilt sandwich??  And, and, and!!!!  So many ideas!

Here’s what I’ve been playing with today on paper:  I used some markers and an oil pastel and a watercolor pencil to do all of this.  I guess I could have let the paper dry before taking a picture (that’s what the shiny spot is in the blue).  The brown tree is a blown-up cutout of the tree I showed in an earlier post.  I traced it on the 12×12 paper, then colored in with a black marker.  It’s nothing spectacular, but it helped to see what the scale of my project actually was.  It is hard for me to work this small.  Not hard — just different — it’s good for me, right?  Character-building!



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ABCs of Quilting

Oh boy!  An alphabet meme!  The entire Quilt Studio webring was tagged by Debra, so here’s mine.  Couldn’t resist this one.  Plus, I saw another alphabet meme on somebody else’s blog earlier, so I’ve got that one to do some day soon, too!

A- Artist? Is this supposed to be artist I most admire?  Most emulate?  Wish I could be?  I’ll go with admire:  Jane Sassaman.  I love her work.

B- Best Blogging Buddies? I’m so new at this — I’m not sure I can answer this one (yet)!

C- Crazy or Sane Quilting? Well, my husband would say that all quilting is crazy, but I would have to answer this one "sane".   I admire crazy quilting, but it’s not something that I have a desire to do.

D- Dyeing or Stamping? Neither — I’ve wanted to do some dyeing, but am leery of what is required to really do it and be successful.

E- Essential Item? Only one?  Computer…….

F- Favorite Fabrics? All of it?  It would be easier to say what I don’t like — muddied tones, not crazy about 30s, and orientals don’t do much for me.

G- Great Quilt Design? My favorite block is Churn Dash.  I love wholecloths and I would dearly love to do some more appliqué work.

H- Hand or Machine Quilt? Machine quilting, definitely.  Though I admire hand quilting, and wish I could do it well and without hand pain.

I- Indispensable Notion? Seam ripper.

J- Janome or Bernina?

K- Kits or Original Designs? Both.  Original is best, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the occasional kit.

L- Life in the Studio is? Sometimes fun, sometimes frustrating.

M- Most Projects Made in One Year? No idea.  A lot.

N- Number of Gadgets? I’m supposed to count these things?  You are kidding, right?

O- OH, I wish I hadn’t. . . . .?
Cut my finger with my rotary cutter.  I think it’s been 3 years?  I’ll have the scar (and the memory…) forever, I’m afraid.

P- Pet Peeves about Quilting? Can’t really think of any.  Quilting is my passion, and I enjoy the process as much as I enjoy the finished product.  I’m sure that tomorrow I’ll think of something that frustrates me, but nothing is coming at the moment!

Q- Quilt Show? Haven’t been to Houston — yet….so for now, it’s a tie between Machine Quilter’s Showcase and Machine Quilter’s Exposition.

R- Reason to Rip Out? Yes, I’m crazy.  Yes, I rip out quilting, a lot.  I don’t think I’ve ever ripped out an entire quilt, but I’ve removed lots of quilting in the past 5 years.  Mostly it’s tension problems, but it’s also often design problems.

S- Sewing or Knitting? Sewing.  Although, knitting is kind of fun, too.

T- Tag, You’re It!
I don’t think I know anybody else to tag!  If you are reading and haven’t done it, please consider yourself tagged!  Oh hey — CarlaB — you’re it!

U- FOs?  Too numerous too count.

V- Vexing Quilt Pattern? Y seams.

W- Wishlist Item? More hours in the day.

X- Xtra Fabric you will never use? None of it is extra — it’s all part of my palette.  That’s my story, anyway.

Y- Your Biggest Goof?
Again — only one?  I try to look at goofs as opportunities.  I think my most recent goof, though, was rolling up a pair of scissors in a customer quilt.  Thankfully the hole only went through the top layer and was relatively easy to repair.

Z- Zip! And it’s finished?
For some reason this one has me stumped.  One of the fastest things I make is a layer of minkee, a layer of batting, a layer of colorful print — quilt it with a fast allover, and you’ve got a really cozy kid snuggler.

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Happy New Year, Part 2

Phew.  I feel much better today.  I’m not sure what was wrong with me.  I was really worried it was the nasty stomach bug that’s been going around.  I had just been talking about it on the phone with my sister before we watched the movie last night, so that’s what was stuck in my head.  I made my DH give the boys buckets and a reminder that if *they* woke up feeling sick they needed to aim for the bucket or head for the bathroom.  Luckily, none of us needed a bucket last night, and hopefully we’ll stay that way.

Today’s post is a list of my goals for the New Year. 

I’m not calling these resolutions and I’m not trying to set myself up for failure.  These are things that I would like to accomplish in 2007, and while I hope I can accomplish every last one of them, I am well aware that life gets in the way and sometimes things don’t always turn out how we plan them.

So here we go (and in no particular order):

1.  Self-publish second book of machine quilting designs.
2.  Have at least one teaching engagement (whether in studio or traveling) per month.
3.  Send quilts to Machine Quilter’s Exposition, Machine Quilter’s Showcase, Home Machine Quilters Showcase, and Innovations.
4.  Submit quilts to at least 1 other national, non-machine quilting specific, quilt show.
5.  Work on my altered book each day.
6.  Complete all of my 12x12x12 monthly quilts, as well as each of the Fast Friday Challenge quilts.
7.  Finish first semester of correspondence classes.
8.  Start second semester of correspondence classes.
9.  Take better care of myself.
10.  Try to send more letters and postcards.
11.  Be open to possibilities and ideas and have fun with the directions in which quilting and teaching and blogging take me in the new year.

I have lots of quilts in me that are itching to get made (and some tops that are itching to get finished).  I won’t set myself up for failure by trying to say I’m going to complete a certain number of quilts — making quilts is, for me, a fact of life, and setting a goal for how many I’m to make isn’t going to happen!

I’m enjoying visiting other blogs and reading goals and thoughts about the new year.  I’m still thinking about trying to post a list of how many projects I worked on this past year.  I’m not sure I can remember everything!

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