Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Don't Cha Wish. . .

you looked this cute from the rear? Sorry, couldn't resist.

I've put some cross stitch books for sale in my Etsy shop. The link is on the right. I'm offering free shipping in the USA. If you're interested go have a look. If you know someone who's interested, send them on over. I'm still in my clean out phase.

This is Rebecca's block in our Your Favorite Song Round Robin. She chose "High Hopes" for her song. The last verse talks about a balloon going "pop" and that's what I chose to do.

Monday, October 29, 2007

#2 in Series Done


Awhile back, I showed you this picture. I call this type of photo transfer my little "ghost girls." I told you there would be a series of them. Well, this is Jean and Buster at Buster's birthday party (that's why he's wearing the party hat). Got Jean all done and binding completed.

I've been working on #2 in the series -- Emma Violet. She's also a "ghost girl." I'm only going to show the pics for now, no explanations or stories because I am getting ready to submit these to Quilting Arts magazine for a possible article. Wish me luck! A year ago, I submitted a quilt for their calendar contest. They were kind enough on the rejection letter to tell me it was a very pretty quilt and they'd like to see more from me. But it was a rejection letter and I didn't make it in the calendar quilt contest. So let's see if they like the little ghost girls.
Here is Emma Violet:

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Etsy


This summer I had fun playing with some old wood, bits and pieces of various things and lots of bird pictures. Here in the heart of the Midwest, very conservative, people just "don't get" the concept of altered art and are just not into my fun little things. So I'm putting a couple of these up in my Etsy shop. The link is over on the right if you'd like to jump over and have a look. It doesn't cost anything to look (LOL)

I tried working some on my Dark Tower quilt yesterday but just couldn't get motivated. I have so many ideas running through my mind but just can't settle down just yet. Thank you for all of your comments on the Tower section. It's still not finished -- after all, what's a tower without stonework on it? Hopefully, after this weekend I'll have more progress to show.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tagged!

I have been tagged by Courtney -- a member of CQForNewbies, our CQ group on Yahoo. I have to share 7 facts about myself, some random, some weird. Well, I could fill up a whole blog with weirdness (LOL). Here goes:
  1. I'm left handed. While that's not too weird in the world in general, I am the only one in my whole entire family. No siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. are left handed. Just me.
  2. I hated sewing in high school. I would write English compositions for a girl in my class and she would sew my garments for me. Now I have a very expensive sewing machine (my 3rd one) and I love to sew!
  3. I do not know my multiplication tables past the 5's. For some reason I have a mental block against them and have never been able to learn them.
  4. I cannot and will not stand to see an animal mistreated and will immedately step in and stop it. My little brother and I beat up a teenage boy when we were barely in grade school over animal abuse, and I confronted an idiot in the back of a pick up truck that was beating a dog while in my twenties (and wearing a dress -- free show on the edge of the highway while I picked up my skirt and jumped into the back of a pick up). I will also "steal" an animal from someone when I see it being abused and find it a good home.
  5. My worst month is January. I hate the cold and January seems to go on forever. It is best if you just don't talk to me during that month (g).
  6. I am totally addicted to Diet Coke. I rarely drink anything else and keep a steady stream going from sun up until way past sun down.
  7. And the last and probably the weirdest for anyone that knows me -- I would love to renounce the world and go and live like the Amish. No electricity, no phones, no modern conveniences. Just peace and quiet and all the time is YOUR time, not someone else's.

So there it is. I haven't been able to make it around too many blogs lately, but I will tag:

Chelle and JK. I would tag Judyth, but I know she hates these things. If not, then Judyth, step up and let us know some facts about you.

Here's the rules: Link to your tagger and post these rules, Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird., Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them), and Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Journey Begins. . . .


What journey? Why, the one to the Dark Tower. Here's the first piece, the most important piece, the Tower itself. This is not sewed down yet, just auditioning backgrounds. Not sure if this is the one I want -- may need to do some painting. But we've taken the first steps. . . .

Monday, October 08, 2007

Thanks!

Here are the participants who did such an outstanding job on my Mardi Gras block:
Christy, Linda, Kate, JK, Jenny, Lori, Rebecca, Nancy, Sue and Lynn. Stand up and take a bow! I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. If I have -- stand up and take credit for your work.
This is one of the Harlequins in the center section of the block. Check out his collar -- isn't that the coolest thing? He also has bows on his shoes, but of course I managed to cut those out of the picture!
I have this hanging on the wall in my sewing room and every day I notice something new on it. That's the fun of CQ blocks -- so much detail it takes you a while to really absorb it all. You never get tired of looking at a block because each time you see something new.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Your Favorite Song

On my group, CQForNewbies, we're doing a round robin of Your Favorite Song. You pick your favorite song and piece a block. Then everyone in the round robin works on your block, adding elements that fit the song. The first block I worked on was Linda's and her song is Blessed by Martina McBride. Linda used her own photographs (edited in Photoshop, I believe) to personalize her block. She even printed the lyrics to the song on fabric for her block. I added the big sun using hand-dyed threads in chain stitch and outline stitch. Then beads, lots of beads.
And since I *finally* figured out the setting on my camera for close ups -- here you go:

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mardi Gras Block Home


About a year ago, we had a round robin at CQForNewbies and my block was a Mardi Gras one. It has finally made its way back home and isn't it gorgeous? I forgot my paper that had everyone's name that worked on it so I'll have to edit this later, but I'm totally in love with how this turned out.
Look at this seam treatment. And the feathers on the charm are dyed. Sorry for the glare, but these are silk/fancy fabrics and they are hard to photograph. And more close ups:

My little Maddie cat has been sickly. Seems she has an internal parasite. Since she's an indoor cat, the vet thinks she got it from eating flies. Yep, she's quite the fly catcher (and eater). Now we get to take mega doses of an antibiotic for 13 days and hope that our next sample comes back clear. Meanwhile, she's very droopy (very un-Maddie-like) and she decided the priority mail box that came yesterday was the best place to nap.