Monday, April 30, 2012

Week 17 came to an end quickly and I was ill prepared. Just finished a sinus infection then acquired a back problem, leaving me without the ability to finish what I started. Nevertheless, I found a great pin on Pinterest and had to make it and share with everyone.  I claim that I'm not a traditional quilter, but I love, love, love paper piecing, so every now and then I just have to do it all over again. This week I tried a paper piecing pattern by Diane Bohn called "Scrap Attack Block". Her blog is I downloaded the pattern off of and away I went. It's a block that helps use up your scrap. Now, I don't know about you, but I could make 20 full size quilts with my scraps and still have leftovers. My plan is to use up all my fabric before I die. Somehow I don't think I'm going to be able to fulfill that wish.  I look at the scraps and am reminded of all my friends. The polka dots remind me of Betsy, anything vintage reminds me of Cathy,  the beauty in the florals and dainty butterflies remind me of Sally, the fabrics I can't even remember where in the world they came from have to be Shirl's. Of course the collection wouldn't be complete without the whole motley crew, hence Wilma comes to mind and then I start to giggle about all the alms for the poor. I have been very blessed with the most amazing groups of friends, old and new. I know that I don't truely deserve them but there they are. So here's to you friends....Keep on quilting.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Week 16 is at an end and although I finished mostly what I started, the pictures are difficult to see. While in Houston last October, at the International Quilt Festival, I bought several DVD's by Sharon Schamber called The Spirit of Mother Earth, Longarm Stipple. I have been meaning to watch and learn, so this week, that's what I did. I still need plenty of practice, but I can see an improvement. To improve at anything, you need to practice. Just wait and see what I'm going to do with these practice pieces next week. Until then, Keep on Quilting.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Week 15 has come to an end. I was sick many of the days but here is my project. My oldest daughter bought me a Zentangles kit which I finally broke into. Here are the results. Hoping to convert some of these designs into quilting designs. It was really fun and the results are way cool. Anyone can make fabulous designs. Keep on quilting.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Well, as the 14th week draws to an end, I am tired but feeling very creative. I'm working hard in my college art class and learning lots. I recommend anyone who wants to learn to draw to take a college class because then you are held accountable and have to spent all that time on homework. I tend to snicker under my breathe at the young teenagers who don't seem to want to spend the time necessary to complete their assignments. I just keep plugging away.

This week I make some pretty awesome beads out of wire, paper and more wire. Sweet...I got the tutorial off of pine rest, check out my board for the details. Don't know what I'm going to use them in but I really like them. The other photo is my drawing assignment for class. We are working in charcoal which is a new experience for me, not to mention light theory and value. Hope you enjoy. When you think you don't have anything left, just hang on and keep making art, you will surprise yourself. Keep on quilting.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Week 13 has come and gone. I had double the assignment in my art class over this week and last due to spring break, so I am using one of my art assignments for my weekly project. I don't normally do that but I didn't have time to finish my other project. I am, however, making something really cool for my next weeks project. I got the idea off of pinterest. If you are going to pin, you should be doing..

So here is this weeks project. Hope you enjoy it. The ink picture is in the style of Daniel Zeller, a really interesting contemporary artist that lives in New York, the charcoal drawing is a still life that I had to do for my college art class. I am progressing slowly. They were a lot of work. Keep on making art and keep on quilting.