Saturday, January 31, 2009
So here are my four blocks laid out. You will notice that I didn't measure the strips (on purpose) so it doesn't line up perfectly. I think it adds a little interest to the block. I ain't afraid of no quilt police! hehehehe.
Ahhh...nope, you can't tell which one I "messed up" on, now can you!
Green Fairy Giveaway is Here
Tell Judi "Gene Black sent me"
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I love it. Since this is only the second quilt I have "completed" I am totally thrilled. It is going to look so good on my bed. I am happy!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Some fun prizes in the package of goodies. Go enter, or don't and I will have a better chance! Ha ha.
Good luck all.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Today was the big day. So I did the drawing for my giveaway on Post 125 - The Magic Number. I put them names on slips of paper that were identical except for the name on them. (hey I was as fair as I could be!) I put them in a hat, well actually it is my "Conch Republic" cap. See that picture above ---right at the top of this post.
Then I took a deep breath, shook them up (again) and drew out a winner.
Drum Roll - .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.
I am waiting to hear from you Gari. I need an address to send your prizes.
Thanks to all of you. This was great fun for me and I hope for you as well.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So, I have been working on a quilt for myself, hence the title of this post.
Several posts back, I posted the exported picture from EQ where I planned this quilt. Since then, I have been working on it in odd moments. A few minor changes have been made "on the fly." ((that means I pieced it together differently than planned and decided I liked it and didn't want to "un-sew" it))
Last evening and tonite, I made great progress. The quilt top is in three large pieces that I will put together within the next week. For now, the pieces were kindly modeled by my bed. You see, I don't have a design wall so I have to use whatever spot works. I laid the pieces in formation on the bed and took several pictures. None of them came out great, but a couple did okay. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
I did notice that I will need a top and bottom border. I am undecided if it will surround the sides also. Likewise, I am not sure what it will be. Ooooh, I feel a "fabric audition" in the near future.
Okay, I hope you didn't just skip my post for this - If you did, go back and read it BEFORE you click the link. (please?) The giveaway alert: Chris at WeLoveQuilting is having a new giveaway. She has a nice prize package posted. So go to here blog post here or to the We Love Quilting blog and see the February Giveaway. It closes on Valentine's Day.
Also, if you didn't enter my giveaway, there is still time. My giveaway closes on the 25th. Be sure you comment on post 125, that is where you will find the requirements AND the only place you can comment to actually enter the giveaway.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This lady is relatively new to us. We have seen the male version but Ms. Woody is new here. We think they are Downy Woodpeckers.
Now here are two little cuties feeding with no care that the other is there. Ms Cardinal is skittish so this is the best pic I can get of her. The other is some type of sparrow I suppose
And just so you don't think I have been totally lazy here are some fabric yo-yos that I have been making. They will eventually be sewn together into a nice "quilt," or as some perfer to call it, a coverlet. Even though there will be no batting or backing, just the yo-yos sewn together, I call it a quilt. Those things are surprisingly warm.
And How is your weekend going?
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Now, as my part of this celebration, I am giving away a prize package. Included in the package will be a 5 by 7 inch journal in a quilted cover. I made the cover and quilted it myself. The journal has blank pages with no lines. So it could be an art/drawing/ sketching journal. Or maybe you would use it as a diary.
In addition to the journal, I am including a pendant that I designed and made from polymer clay. I carved a rubber stamp and used it to create the impression on the front of the pendant. The color did not seem to photograph well. The pendant is a muted purple with accents of iridescent bronze.
You must have a blog to be able to win. You must post a comment to this post telling me which of my posts (not including this one) that you have found most interesting. If your email is not available on your blog, please post it in your comment. Your comment must be posted by January 25th at 5 PM Central Time USA. The winner will be contacted and also will be named in a future blog post. If you want TWO entries, blog about my giveaway and let me know where to see your post. Otherwise it is one entry per person.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Here with my faith I stand in a valley
Surrounded by fear, my losses I tally.
Fear, I have little. I feel a strong hand.
My soul reaches out grasping, hoping.
Admiring the wonder, I travel this land.
I seek truth in beauty, my path upward sloping.
Herewith, content I will be, and yet I still seek
The wonder of wonders, a Holy mystique
Copyright 2009 by Gene Black
I am happy to report that both this image and my poem have been published on the Image & Spirit blog. Go see it there!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
First the plan: A while back I ordered a fat quarter sampler and a jelly roll of some fabric that appeals to me. Using some lovely software, I have planned a quilt that will be just for me. The fabric collection is called "Irresistable Indigo 2" and is from Connecting Threads. I may possibly add a border of some other fabric, but that decision will be made LATER. Here is an exported picture of my planned quilt. I think it looks perfect for a man's bed. It is not at all frilly and the colors are pleasantly masculine. Don't you agree?
Next will be the fun part. I will add the white outside pieces. Then I will put the "quilt sandwich" together and be ready to make it a quilt! I am both excited and a bit scared about that part. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Tonight I have made a big stride in it. I had changed the design a bit. The crossbar looks better, I think, with 4 rows instead of 3. It is NOT all together yet. The top section (3 rows) is one piece. The center section -the crossbar- is one section. And the bottom part is one section. (I hope that makes sense.)
Anyway, I am wondering if I should add one more row on the bottom to elongate it a bit more OR should I just go with it?
I am loving the "accidental" color design I see in it. The batiks seem to have almost completed some color bands that make it look like it was cut from a diamond patterned piece. I must confess: that was pure serendipity. Or else a higher hand reached out and guided me a bit.
I would also like a bit of quilting advice. I will be putting this on a white background with a blue border - per the Nana's request. How should I quilt it? And for that matter what will be the easiest way to get this set into the white? (I have an idea which is why it is still 3 pieces. )
I am ready for some advice from the more experienced of you. (Exuberant Color -Wanda, Stitchin by the Lake - Marlene if you are reading either comment or email me!!!) Everyone else, I am willing to consider your thoughts too.
Now I know that my piecing is not perfect (heck not even close!) I learned a lot from this piece. Matching all those angles and getting pretty points is NOT EASY. I guess I am glad no one warned me about that, I might have chickened out.
This is post 122. Don't forget to watch for 125. I am planning a "milestone" giveaway for that one. Oh, yes, I am still taking ideas for what I should give away.
Friday, January 02, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
There is a Whirl into Winter event going on. It involves a group of contests where YOU, my friend, could win prizes. I learned about it on Pat's blog: http://alittleofthisandalittleofpat.blogspot.com Did you read that name in the address? I love it. "A little of this and a little of Pat" I smile every time I read it. My blog name is okay, it is ME but it doesn't sparkle like some do. C'est la vie!
Anyway, in a few days, or more depending on how prolific I am, I will make my 125th post. You see, I totally missed the 100 mark. I wasn't paying attention. So at post 125, I am planning a giveaway. I don't know what I will be giving away....but maybe you can suggest something!
Ideas that I have are: Fabric, notecards with my art on them, something I make (but what???) or ???? something you suggest. Please post a comment right here and tell me what YOU would like to win.
Happy New Year.