Saturday, March 19, 2016

By the Numbers

Working away on foundation paper pieced (FPP) blocks.  Here are some factoids for this block.

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10 inches finished size

250 individual pieces

59 “sections” (if you don’t do FPP, little pieces become larger pieces, etc.)

4 days to complete – about 16 hours

2 words:  Never Again!

Monday, February 29, 2016

What the Heck Happened to February?

It just got here and I turn my back for one minute . . . .  Good grief!  OK, so a little bit of flu caused some lost time.  And spraining my foot has limited some mobility.  But, really.  I mean I neither sew nor type with my foot!

At least there HAS been some sewing!

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You might remember that I did a series called Serendipity Sunday in 2013, working my way through several books on fabric manipulation.  These three panels have sat on my work pile (and been moved numerous times) and I finally decided what to do with them.  So they are finished!  Some close-ups:

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I’ve been working on a quilt using one of Jenny Doan’s tutorials.  These are 12” blocks so it went together really fast!  Waiting for it’s borders now.  Here are the first six blocks:

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And another quilt project I’m working on:

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The blocks are paper pieced – with a LOT of tiny pieces!  I don’t know why I get into these projects sometimes.  The patterns are from Fandom In Stitches, Alice in Wonderland collection.

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I took a Postcard class at the local quilt shop.  Teachers were from the quilt shop, the yarn/weaving shop, local art gallery, and the Janome dealer.  Our little town has some great resources!  As always, though, I need to finish these before they can be called postcards!

So, there’s a few of what’s going on behind the scenes.  A couple other items are still on the camera.  Here’s hoping I get them posted before the end of March!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Intention

noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of intention (from Merriam-Webster)

: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose

Full Definition of intention

  1. a determination to act in a certain way : resolve

  2. import, significance

  3. what one intends to do or bring about

  4. a process or manner of healing of incised wounds

  5. concept; especially :  a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge

That’s it – my Word of the Year.  I decided I need to focus on where I’m headed and what I want to achieve – as opposed to just letting each day take me where it will.

Our intention creates our reality.”  --Wayne Dyer

Last year, my Word sort of fizzled out some time in March.  I don’t want that to happen this year.  To help keep this year’s word in front of me, I created a planner.

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I searched for quotes about Intention and included one for each week.  Some are about what Intention can do for you, and some are reminders that it takes more than just intent to make progress.

Mindfulness has helped me succeed in almost every dimension of my life. By stopping regularly to look inward and become aware of my mental state, I stay connected to the source of my actions and thoughts and can guide them with considerably more intention.”  -- Dustin Moskovitz

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I printed out calendars for each month as well, and space for notes, plus a review at the end of each month.  I even made a separate section with specific goals and space for more notes.  Oh boy, am I ever organized!

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I had the most fun, though, binding it all together.  I saw a post  somewhere once where the binding had heart patterns in it.  So, I figured why not put the year on the spine?  It’s pretty rough (and it was really a hassle to do!), but I am amazed that you can actually read the year!  Wow!

So, now that January is almost over, how am I doing?  Well . . . . . my intention was to write this post at the beginning of the month .  . . . . and my intention was to actually write two posts – one for the Word and one for the planner.  But, hey!  At least it’s still January!!

Maybe February will be better.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saying Goodbye to 2015

This is the time when everyone is posting a wrap-up or recap of the past year before turning toward the New Year.  Well, actually, everyone else did this LAST week.  I’m always late!  Sigh.

I didn’t seem to take as many pictures this past year as usual (Note to self:  add “take more pictures” to the ToDo list – item #3,086!).  The one advantage is that it was easier to put together this summary layout.

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Most of those photos were posted here at some time during the year, but in case you missed one or two, here they are.

Dolls:

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Quilts:

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and Other:

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Well, now that that’s out of the way, I can get started on this year.  Lots of fun stuff coming up.  I’ll try to keep you posted and (ahem) take more photos!

Monday, January 4, 2016

If I Were A Superstitious Woman . . .

I might be worried about how the last week or so predicts my next year!  It’s been a bit frustrating, really!

It started with this guy:

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I’m showing you his picture again so you can see the before.  Once he had a body I baked him again.

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Yikes!  I didn’t notice his head was right up against the heating element.  Oh my.

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So, his hat just needed to be bigger.  I couldn’t bear to put him aside.  He’s so darn cute!  Here is the rest of him.

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It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing to get to this point.  That beard had some issues, too.  But I learned a lot of lessons on this project and I’m ready to motor on.

Posting to the blog became a problem when I started getting errors in LiveWriter.  Seems LW and Google have stopped talking to each other.  I started using LW because I don’t have the patience for posting directly on Blogger.  Pictures are a problem, and you know I like to use a lot of pictures!

Eventually, I discovered some other bloggers having the same problem, and followed them to the solution – OpenLiveWriter.  Yeah!  We’re back in business.

Er . . . maybe not.  No internet on the (new) laptop!  Everything else seems to be working, so I start trouble shooting and get no where fast.  Eventually, the tablets lost access, too, and that pointed to our WiFi. 

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So, new equipment installed, devices reconfigured, and NOW we’re back in business!

I’m taking the view that all the equipment has been upgraded and all the “bad” stuff has already happened.  So, smooth sailing and blue skies and all that from now on.  Right?  Right.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

WIPs

I’ve finally realized that I can’t post very often if I keep waiting for a finish!  There are so many works in progress, that I seem to be always working, but never have a finished item to show.  Personally, I enjoy reading blogs that show how a piece progresses.  Apparently I am not good at that kind of post.  But I’m going to try – at least once!
 



Beginning with quilts . . . this one is soooo close!  Just one more border, but it is really big already.  Borders get harder to sew the larger the quilt in my experience.  The story behind this quilt is that the butterflies were designed and appliqued by my MIL in the year before she died.  She had finished the blocks, planned the layout in Electric Quilt, and purchased all the fabric for sashing and borders.  So I decided to finish it.  And I’m still finishing it!  Probably one more sewing day for this one, then I can show you another Quilt In Progress.



For dolls, this one has been in progress for quite awhile.  I think the doll herself was a muslin pattern tester.  I dressed her at a club meeting earlier this year.  She needs a face and shoes.  And probably more embellishing.


This little guy IS finished, although I don’t know what I’ll do with him.  On a whim, I purchased some Heather Bailey patterns and made this of scraps from one of my quilt tops.


This cheeky fellow is coming along nicely.  Sarge found him a nice stump to lean against and I can now finalize his pose.  Arms come next.  I have the hardest time doing hands, so it may take awhile before there is more progress to show.  Yes, he’s pretty skinny in the thighs, but I do plan to put pants on him, so they will be fine in the end.


While I had clay out, I did these fun faces following a video by Fabiola Perez.  She made hers to look like Santa’s elves, but I’m thinking of something a little different.  They need some antiquing and then something to be mounted in/on.



My most recent sculpt . . . a certain “jolly old elf”.  I had to get something holiday-themed in here!  Lots more work before he’s done, though.

That’s all I have pictures on so far.  Let’s see . . . there’s an owl, two more quilt tops, an embroidery cloth, some new art journal pages . . . then there are the projects all lined up to put into the queue.  Good grief!  Who has time for housework?  (hee hee!)


Now, if I can stay on task long enough to finish any of this, I’ll be back here to show you eventually.