Archive for September, 2007

Journal quilts — May’s quilt

Yes, I know it’s September.  Way back at the beginning of the year I committed to doing monthly journal quilts  that were 12 by 12.   I got stuck back in….May.  Good grief.  I decided it was finally time to just finish the stupid thing and move on.

If you want a refresher, you can see the other posts about my journal quilts here.

So, here we go.  My theme is the Alphabet.  That’s a pretty wide open theme and I sort of wish I’d chosen something a little narrower, or stuck with some of my initial ideas that would have wound up tying all of them together better.  Oh well, it’s a learning experience, right?


You are going to think that what I’m about to say is going to sound like I’m being overly critical and hard on myself, and honestly:  I’m not.  I don’t hate this piece or think it’s terrible, but I do think it’s a little boring and could have been a lot better.  Or different.  Or something.

Things I do like

1.  The beads edging the leaves and flower petals.  I used something similar on the journal quilt I just sent to Houston, and I’m really pleased with the look that this gives to the applique.

2.  The beads in general.  I adore beads.  I still have a lot to learn about successful beading, but I know that I want to continue trying to incorporate them in my quilts.

3.  The colors.

Things that I do not like or wish were better or different or something

1.  I liked writing the words with beads, but I think my beads are too inexpensive:  the consistency in size and shape of the seed beads (or lack thereof) made it hard to always have really nice smooth lines.

2.   The size/scale of the flower.  I was using some applique shapes from an abandoned project, and I wish I had either made the flower smaller and had more flowers or made the flower much bigger and cropped some of it out.

3.  The background:  I wish I had quilted it on the longarm to give it some texture.  I also wish I had bound this with a regular binding instead of “birthing” it.

4.  The beaded edging at the bottom:  I like it, but:  I should have marked out where the loops were to stop and start so that they are all consistent, some aren’t the same and you can tell (in person).

The key is that these don’t have to be masterpieces:  they are supposed to be experiments and learning tools.

Honestly, all I had to do yesterday was the beaded edging — the rest of it was done.  And now I’m calling it good and moving on to “June.”  Hopefully it won’t take me  5 months for the next one.

In other news:  I had my first rehearsal with some of the kids that have solos in the upcoming high school production of Grease last night.  Went pretty well, all things considered.  I have a lot of practicing to do — so do they.  5 weeks and counting!  I got copies of the movie and the original Broadway cast recording to watch/listen to — this music is a lot of fun, and I hope our cast can have a good time with it.

Gotta go — my studio is calling me to come back for a short while before bed.




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Quilt sleeping weather

I was so nice and cozy in my bed this morning, I had to say something:  I love that the weather is cool enough to sleep under a quilt again.  The weight and warmth of it — yum.  We keep our house cool enough that eventually we’ll wind up with 2 quilts, and that’s even better……

That’s all for now.

Have a fabulous Friday — more later.  I’m finishing up a long overdue journal quilt…



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Woohoo!  I got my postcards done for the first postcard swap we are doing at MQResource!

As I mentioned the other day, the theme is New Beginnings.  It took me forever to come up with an idea.   If you are a member of the swap and want to be surprised, you will want to stop here.  For the rest of you, you can click to read the rest of the story (and see the pictures).


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Good mail

I’m participating in a postcard swap.  The first two pieces of art have arrived.  The theme is New Beginnings.  The first is from AnnMarie:

I had the pleasure of meeting AnnMarie at Innovations this past weekend in Tacoma.  I was incredibly touched and surprised when she said she had something for me.  Isn’t this little piece darling?  There is even a tiny hanging sleeve on the back.  Need to find a dowel and a place to hang this!

The second card is from Gretchen:

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done — these are just awesome!

I can’t wait to see what I will do — I’m running out of time!

Apparently what I needed to do in order to feel better was (a) whine about it on my blog (b) go see my chiropractor and (c) spend more time in bed with ice on my neck and back.  I feel a lot better than I did this morning, although I do feel a bit like I got beat up on by the chiropractor.    More ice and more rest and I should be back to normal by tomorrow. Or maybe the day after.  (Hey.  Don’t laugh.  I do normal…once in awhile.)



(quit laughing, I can still hear you)

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A Grey Day

So yesterday I was going to nap, and do some stuff, and then nap some more, and then…more stuff…and….

Pretty much all I managed was the nap.

All day.  Headache, nausea, achy everywhere.

At a few points I was sure I was dying.

But that might have been because I was lying in my bed watching a Grey’s Anatomy marathon, which maybe isn’t the best of ideas for someone who doesn’t feel good.

I’m feeling marginally better today, but only marginally.

I think I might have to quit traveling, because it always seems to take me days to recover when I get back home.

Today looks to be another Grey Day — literally (as it is raining) — and I only have 2 more episodes of Season 3 to watch, so you know I’m going to have to fit those in.

I’m hopeful to accomplish more than I did yesterday, though.

And because I don’t want to leave you with just boring complaints, here’s a link to a blog that has the cutest artwork:  The Daily Dress. Adorable.  I keep thinking I’ve seen my favorite, and then she has a new dress posted the next day….awesome. The artist is Liz Tran — you can see more of her artwork at her website: http://www.liztran.com .  I love her style.

I had to laugh at my brother’s comment on yesterday’s post about how funny it was that I, a quilter, felt the need to buy other people’s unquilted tops.  I’ve resisted it in the past, but these just called my name.  It’s a sickness, David, a sickness.

Right now, by bed is calling my name.  Maybe I’ll have something more interesting to report on later, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.



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All football, all the time

Well, not really, but that’s what it sounded like the boys’ weekend consisted of:  football practice Thursday and Friday night, homecoming game at the high school Friday night (our team won!), game on Saturday (the boys’ team lost…), followed by a trip to Wal-Mart where they each got a new football, plus a football movie…and then they watched a game on TV Saturday night….plus lots of throwing the ball around and practicing field goals….

Before leaving for my trip, I had asked if there was anything they might like me to bring from Seattle (I’ve picked out t-shirts before that were never very popular) and the requests were a Seattle Seahawks t-shirt for one and a Seahawks hat for the other — in other words:  more football stuff.

Last night we watched the football movie they had bought —  We Are Marshall.  I really enjoyed it.  I was in tears for half of it, though.  It must have been because I was so tired.

My weekend, on the other hand, consisted of all quilting all the time.  I keep saying I went to Seattle, but that’s not technically true — I flew into Seattle, but the conference was actually in Tacoma, 20 miles south.   The sky cleared up enough that I did get to see Mt. Rainier off in the distance on Friday, but that’s pretty much all I saw.  I touched down in Seattle in the dark and then left in the dark, and didn’t get to see much more than the airport and the Interstate.

I did get to see some beautiful quilts — although most of the time I was at the show I was in a classroom or vegging in my hotel room.  Pam Clarke was selling some of the quilt tops that she has collected over the years and for some unknown reason, 2 of them decided to come home with me:

The first was a really cheerful Lone Star.  It seems to be pretty well-pieced and in lovely shape.  When I pinned it up to take a picture, I did discover some issues with the side borders, so I think I’ll be taking those off to redo them.  I’m not usually a fan of 30s fabrics, but this one is “my” colors and it just seems like such a happy piece.  With any luck this will be an entry in MQS this spring…

The second quilt top is a huge (90 by 102) appliqued quilt:

Again, it seems to be pretty well done.  I really don’t have any idea on the actual age of either of these, and that wasn’t really important to me — I just thought they were both nice looking tops, and I know I’ll never get as much needleturn applique done as I would like to, so I might as well take advantage of te work that someone else has done….

On today’s agenda:  a nap, filling some book orders, another nap, mail my journal quilt, and then maybe early to bed.  I was tired but not sleepy last night:  I’m paying for it all today, though, as I slept in until 7:45 (thankfully we made it to school on time…).  My head is achy and I can’t stop yawning, so even though I’ve only been up for an hour and a half…I think I’m going back to bed for awhile.

I hope all of you had a great weekend, too.  I’ll yak at you some more later!



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Small funny

This is not the funny part.

Monday morning, my Mom slipped? tripped?  she’s not sure what, at the gas station on her way back to her car.  Her foot came down funny and her ankle twisted and…….

I made her go to Urgent Care:  it’s broken.  Ugh.

She’s got a boot on it now, and is taking things slowly.  I don’t think she’s in a lot of pain, but definitely a lot of discomfort and she is continuing to ice and elevate and all of that good stuff.

 This is the funny part.

She stopped by last night for a short while and after she had walked out of the house, I said to the boys, “You guys should run outside and give Grandma big hugs and kisses and tell her you love her.”  I knew she would know that I had sent them, but I didn’t figure that would matter as long as they did it.  And they did — they ran right out, didn’t argue or say anything smart-alecky to me.

I just got an e-mail from my Mom with a report of what they said/did when they did go out.

She asked them how their mother had gotten them to do that.

She said that they didn’t really answer, but Joe started talking about character building.

This is another funny part.

Mom was wearing a pair of her brand-new hand-knitted socks on Monday when she broke her ankle.  One of her first thoughts, and I have to admit one of mine went something like this:  “I hope no harm comes to the sock.”  You’ll all breathe a sigh of relief to know that nothing happened to the sock.

This is the part where I sign off for the weekend.

I’m headed to Seattle for the weekend to teach some classes at Innovations (a machine quilters conference).  I still have a lot to do to pack and generally get my act together and out the door.  I probably won’t be blogging until I get back, so I wish you all a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you in a few!



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