Monday, May 28, 2012

Week 21 was pretty exciting. I had another birthday and got to spend it with family. I got lots of happy birthday wishes and it reminds me of how lucky I really am. I finished a small quilt that I entered into SAQA's " I'm not crazy" exhibition. I sure hope that it gets picked. I worked really hard on it. All I can show you at the moment is part of the quilt label.Sorry, if it gets picked then I will show you a picture. Until next week, keep on quilting.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Well, week 20 and I have finally finished my project for the week, late as is becoming usual. I do have good excuses though...Want to hear them?  I entered two of my quilts into shows and have heard back from one of them. My quilt "Bedazzled" has been accepted in to the show at Houston..Can I get a big "Woot, Woot"?
Stunned is the word that came to my mind when I got the acceptance email. It will be at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, then travel with the exhibit called "In the American Tradition 2012" for the next year. It has over 1,000 Swarovski cystals on it, plus fabric beads with Swarovski crystals on both ends of the beads. It's based on the traditional pineapple quilt. I do love bling and paper piecing.
I am also working on a quilt to enter into SAQA's exhibit called "I'm not crazy" and I'm in a time crunch.
My project this week was neither of these quilts. I did a small piece for my #1 Daughter's birthday that is in June. It's a paper pieced project that turned out real cute. I think she will like it a lot. I won't be able to post a picture till after June 17. But I will remember to do it.
So remember, if you want to be a world famous quilter, you have to keep your nose to the grindstone and enter competitions. No one is going to come knocking at your door if they don't even know if you quilt.
Keep on quilting.....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Week 19. It certainly has been a whirlwind. I've flown back and forth between the two coasts for a child's college graduation, finished my own college class, with finals done, and still managed to get my project of the week completed. I don't even know how that happened.
This week I did another project off of pinterest. The block is from Purl Soho titled Golden wreath mini quilt- although I did mine in oranges. It was good to work with curves again, since I have done several New York Beauty quilts in the past. I liked it so much that I'm working on a pink one. I may do a whole quilt, you never know. Have a great week and keep on quilting.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Week 18 zoomed by and of course I'm late. Seems the norm these days but college finals are next week, so I've been pretty busy drawing up a storm. Self portraits? Can't say I like them much. Getting lots of practice though. Maybe one day I will actually be able to draw what I see. Not as easy as it seems.

What did I learn this week? I learned that even if you think you can dye, everything you know goes out the window when you are dyeing silk. Colors are what colors should be and the results can be mighty humbling. Check out the pictures. My oldest wanted me to dye some silk (8 yards) to be a deep cranberry color. Being the die hard dyer that I think I am, I said sure, no problem. That's when the confusion started. I mixed up the dye and did a test run. My muslin came out cranberry, my silks came out blue.... What the heck??? I then did 4 other test runs and the results were not what they seemed. The rust brown came out cranberry, the drab olive came out semi true to color. The fire red came out semi red and "barbie pink" and the plum came out .... sort of purple..ish. So I went with the rust brown and it wasn't as true when I mixed up a large batch. Well, I can a least overdye and maybe, just maybe.....Something will come out semi right. I worked hard and learned a little, but the most I learned was to expect the unexpected. So, keep on quilting and dye a little, it will surprise you lots.....