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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Favorites

These are not all my Sandy Blocks but are a sampling.  I volunteered to make 20.  I think I ended up with 23.  We are told not to send more than the number we volunteered but I have put together enough scrap quilts to know that a couple of extra blocks can let you have some choices in the arrangement of the blocks.  I will send all 23 and the volunteer putting them together can use them, donate them, or throw them away.

These are the last of the sock animals I will be making for the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.  If you can't tell, they are a lion, giraffe, dog, and rabbit.  I didn't count how many I personally made in total but it was somewhere around 25 I believe.  Now I get to make one for a give-away on "And Then We Set It On Fire" and several for assorted grandchildren for Christmas presents.  The most exciting part of the sock animal saga was when I taught my 8 year-old granddaughter, Abby, to make them.  During my two day visit she made 4 of them.  Her stitches were close to mine. She is quite the artist.  Since every year their family makes things to donate in the name of one of their grandparents as a Christmas Present, Abby is donating them as a gift to her other grandmother.  Isn't my daughter doing a wonderful job of starting the children early to serve others!

Friday Favorites
Okay, I admit it.  I get PVA and PVC mixed up all the time.  One is a white glue and the other is plastic pipe.  When Working to Live-Living to Work talked about a new resist method using PVA glue, I thought she meant PVC glue.  Oops! My bad.  I have tried this resist technique using the gel type glue and it washes out very readily.  I like what she has done in her experiment!  While at her blog, I also checked out her paper-stencil technique with the silk screen.   I have tried just random paper strips but not a cut intentional pattern like she did.  I will have to give it a try soon.

It is not that Jane LaFazio needs me to hype her classes but I do like the tiny tutorial she wrote on sketch and watercolor.  She makes it look so easy! And while there, I checked out other tutorials she has on her blog and found this one on making a studio box.  While a lot of work, I think I might make a few to put the granchildren's sock animals in for Christmas.

So little time and so much to do!  I am back to the sewing machine.


  1. Oh -- a watercolor tute -- too cool! Thanks!

  2. Thanks very much for the mention. I have lots of hits from your blog since you mentioned me (the joy of blogger - you can track your sources). I really appreciate it. The last hits seemed to come mostly from Israel. Blogging is truly international. I love it! Hilary

  3. What a fine thing to do and how sweet your grand daughter is learning this so young!


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