Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Week 6... Love love love

Last weeks 52 question was... Love Love Love...

I have had a very difficult time with this challenge because I don't think out of my box enough! I tend to find traditionally pieced blocks and things that piece quickly, in all my quilting projects and the reason I wanted to do this challenge was so that I could work with some other medium and make my blocks more interesting... So far I haven't really done that. So this week I checked to see what Dale Ann Potter did before I made mine, and cheated a little, but in retrospect I am glad I did, because I realized I could do some fun things with a little thought and a trip to Walmart!

So I went out and looked for stencils and dug out my oil paint sticks and with a little effort (didn't know you had to peel the skin off those paint sticks) I managed to complete my block. And I was very pleased with the end result.  I paper pieced the heart from EQ7 and the rest was done with a stencil I bought from Walmart and  the oil paint sticks.  I had bought some sewing related buttons a while ago and I sewed them on and my block looked great. I am very pleased with the end result.

Of course this week was Valentines and I have to tell you my husband is a little bit of a sentimental Guy!  This year he got me his usual funny card, a single red rose and a shinny red 2010 Chevy Camaro SS.  Always wanted one of those, but not quite so small... LOL

Happy Valentines (belated) to all my blogging buddies!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My out of the box Project...

I have been searching for my "out of the ordinary" for me to make this year and I think I have found it. No paper piecing... (thats tomorrows story), not traditional and not colours I would normally use.... Out of my quilting Box!

I think I will give it a try... now the search is on for the fabric... Where will I find Black and white striped fabric.... any thoughts???

Does this look fun or what?

 Pattern can be found in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, Vol 19, No 10... page70.  The design is by Estelle Micklethwaite who I am going to google as soon as I finish this.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Week 5... already...

My granddaughters having a snow day

For those of you who think I have forgotten... again.... I have been away and haven't had time to work at anything... should have thought of the fact that I was going to be away most of January right from the get go, but I didn't....

Anyway, I have all 5 weeks started, 1 and 5 are finished so I just need to catch up with 2,3, and 4....

Week one of 52 Questions was..List something you are proud of...

I wasn't sure how you could list something you are proud of when you are working with fabric and making quilt blocks, but I finally decided to make a family tree and hang my kids on it. It didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but I wasn't doing it over again. I didn't think the point of this was perfection... but a compilation of things done as you think about them. I like the tree, but the embroidery is all over the place. I did learn some techniques about embroidering letters and next time it should be a lot better. I think I am going to enjoy this... lots to learn as I go and totally out of my box.

Week 1

Week 2, 3 and 4... Well hopefully I will complete them in the next week, so I will be totally caught up.

Week 5, which is this week is: Use some ephemera from your week.

Great question and I wanted to oblige... but I had never heard the word "ephemera" before and had no clue what it meant.  I went to  Dale Anne's blog to see what she had done, and although her project was beautiful... it didn't help me... so off to the dictionary I went...

Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day.

Well that was helpful, except that I am working in fabric, making a quilt, that I hope will last more than a day! This question definitely made me sit and think. But it is funny how things work.... I happened to be leafing through my new Connecting Threads catalogue, when my hubby asked me to look for something for him and while I was looking I came across one piece of Printed Treasures Print Quality Cotton Fabric Sheets and ... Connecting Threads and fabric were married nicely on my photo copier and I have something ephemeral that will last me a life time... Oh, and that reminds me... I need to go find that thing for Victor... hmmmmmm... sidetracked again!

Week 5

This has been my first sew day in January, (haven't had much time to sew), so I am grateful that the heavens opened up and dumped 20 cm of snow on us, cancelling life as we know it here in our little town. I packed projects for camp, sewed a little, worked on my blog and now I am off to make supper.... It has been a great day!