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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Favorites

My life is starting to  be a bit more under control, even if still under controlled. But that means perhaps I may have time to start cruise quilting and surface design blogs and restart my Friday Favorites.  Keep your fingers crossed with me, please.

Friday Favorites

Here are some more of Lins Rolling Stamps    I know that I have referred you to her blog before but I really like her rolling stamps.  Maybe the next time FIVE gets together we can work on making some rolling stamps.  I know that somewhere on Lin's blog she has a tutorial for how to make them.  This post by Judi Hurwitt is old but is an excellent tutorial on making different types of stamps, including rolling stamps.  It is worth bookmarking.

Check out the Fiber Art Society gallery show.  I am particularly interested in Laura O.'s paper napkin and muslin piece.  I want to try this technique.  I know many fabric artists incorporate paper into their artwork.  At first (coming from  my traditional quilting background) I turned up my nose and thought "CHEATERS!"  But I am starting to be won over to the idea.  I mean, why not?  We are creating art for the walls not blankets that need to be washable. Why  not use any material that gives the results we crave?

An older post but I love it like I love most of what I find on Tanglewood Threads  It is not just that she uses up the scraps of thread and fabric in her wrapping (appealing to my mother's voice in my head) but that the results are showcased through rusty metal.  Really lovely. Wish she provided  a bit of a tutorial.  And here is another of Penny's techniques that I love. This post did include some instructions.  This one absolutely is going on my to-do list.  FIVE, you wanna play with this one with me?

I have been exploring a new-to-me blog named Fibreheart.   I love this work in opposites.  If you continue reading some of her older posts you will find that she also eco-dyes.  And this is the post that caused me to become a follower.  I love the softly dyed fabric and the stitching on top of it.  That is just so what I want to do when I grow up.  Currently I am still having trouble being that loose or free in my stitching design.  ***heavy sigh****

Elaine Quehl has been dyeing a difficult request for someone but I think the piece is luscious!  I hope the buyer is satisfied but Elaine is right; if the first buyer won't take it, it won't be hard to sell.  And speaking of dyeing, here is why Judy  loves to dye.  That eye candy is also why I love to read Judy's blog.

Well, I am attending a conference for work meaning I am staying in a hotel.  I am off to the pool to swim a couple of laps.   It's a rough job but someone.... LOL.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prep for Nancy Crow's workshop

Did I tell you I am taking a second Nancy Crow Workshop?  This time I am going to Quilting by the Lake in upstate NY in November and participating in the Sets and Variable III workshop.  Have I taken Sets and Variable I or II.  No, of course not.  LOL

Nancy has given us a lot of prep work to prepare for her workshop.  The first thing we are to do is draw lots of motifs with simple and compound lines.  Second, we are to pick some of the better motifs and sew them with a white background and black lines.

Okay, so I am currently away from home attending a conference.  Between making notes on the workshop, I am drawing motifs.  Here are 72 different motifs I have drawn today.  I have posted the numbers on the left side of the motif.  Please let me know which 3 motifs are your favorite and feel free to tell me why.  Motif winners will be sewn into 8"x8" blocks to take to the QBL2.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Grand Daughter= New Baby Quilt

They named her Maggie May from  Rod Stewart's song so the name of this quilt is "Wake UP, Maggie."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Toy has arrived!

I am getting ready for my next Nancy Crow workshop and have been worrying about how to afford the photo printer that I want for it.  Well, our regular printer died so when we went shopping to replace it I said to my dear husband, "Oh, while we are buying printers, I also need a portable photo printer."  Silly man, he said okay. 

The store didn't have any in-stock so I had dear husband's permission to order one on the internet.  Since he was paying (DEAR husband!) I bought a really fancy one instead of the stripped down model I was hoping to pinch pennies and buy myself.  Woooo Hooooo!  Here is a picture of my new Epson PictureMate Show Digital Frame and Compact Photo Printer - PM 300.