Borders and a Sale

So you know now I’m getting into Watercolors. Oh y’all I have OMG so much to learn and dontcha know it, just like Quilting you need a few start up items. Pricey but I do have fabric.  Loads of it actually. So I thought I might start selling a bit of what I’m not ever going to use. Please see the Sale Items Tab at the top of my Blog, alongside Home – A Bit of My Work if you’re interested.

I actually have been doing some sewing.  What you’re seeing is my Carpenter’s Wheel quilt on my bed being analyzed. You know, where you look at our quilt and decide to stop or add. I’m realizing this quilt doesn’t need a border. It’s a fine size.

That’s nice but you know I want a border so I ended up going with the same fabric as the setting triangles.

It troubles me at first, all that cheddar.

 

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So I thought a black stop border, just a tiny one. I unsewed and mocked it up.

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And I visualized how that might look (you have to use your imagination here)

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Once I looked at that 6.5″ border I realized this would be just fine w/o that black stop border. Perfect really. Then something came up and this is as far as I got but the borders are cut thanks to the kindness of a friend.

 

It’s All New

We’re having one of those Florida afternoon rainstorms. I love this rain with the wind going sideways just a little bit. Kind of like me. Sideways just a little bit. :)

I was thinking after my last post how great it was to hear from all of you. Even if you didn’t leave a note I sense you’re here and I appreciate it.

So I wanted to mention that, to let you know how great that was and to say thank you.

Anyway, back to the rain. Do you notice that makes you want to curl up and read? I do and since it rains here a lot lately I could go right there. But I’m doing new things and distracted and falling behind.

As you might imagine after my last post, I spend time working with watercolors. It’s all new so you know the setup is funky, you don’t know what you need, you don’t know how you like it, and you learn as you go. It takes time. But when you’re putting in that effort and overcoming the “rookie moves” check-in. Look at your work and see if you’re happy with it? I can honestly say today I had fun (I also had a plan so that probably helped) and I was happy with the way things were going. I’m in the right place with it.

And that’s all great but y’all, would you look at this:

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and this

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So it’s nice the painting and all but it looks like I have been hiding from something! Try to find a photo in there!

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Being Creative

Hey fabric lovers and makers of many wonderful things, how are you? All kinds of things going on around here and I’m sure you would report the same. Summer is just moving right along. Pretty soon the weather will change (eventually, not soon) and it’ll be time for my bundled cable contract to end. Changes will be made.

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I am still quilting when I can, I still have the desire so from time to time I work on stuff. The design wall continues to grow. Missing from this photo is one more red and toile Ocean Waves unit and close to finished additional Winding Ways block. It’s an extra good sign when I work on an Ocean Waves block.

spoolsCute Alert! I found these three-inch cuties cleaning house. I counted how many and apparently didn’t write it down.   I do recall thinking I have enough for setting a smaller size lap. I’m not sure where I’m going with this except to remember it would be a fun one to finish up. It might be a while though. I’m a little distracted. If you look below you’ll see why…

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This summer I took a Watercolor Workshop from my cousin Guy.  I’ve been thinking about doing this for well over a year.  I felt so certain this would be the perfect creative outlet for me to explore. Based on the look in this photo I think I was right on that. There is so much to learn, practice and play with – a perfect journey really.

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Here you can see all our paintings. Gosh y’all, it was so much fun. I need Watercolor Supplies now – of course I do. There will be a fabric sale, friends. Watch this space!!! :)

In the reading department I’m currently enjoying The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. Not my genre but I thought an easy, quick read. Wrong. Interesting, lengthy and in places a slog to get through and yet, it’s good.

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Earlier this summer I really took a leap out of my genre. I don’t read mystery/thrillers. I’ll do Sci-Fiction and Fantasy before I’ll do a Mystery/Thriller but this was recommended to me. My Aunt has good taste so I trusted her judgement and read The Yard by Alex Grecian. 5 Stars!!  The story was great, the history of forensics was kind of cool and the writing was just perfect, so well crafted. This is one I would recommend. 13056152

I’d  also like to recommend you have a continued good day and until we meet again…

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Fabric Storage for Felines

I know I’m not alone when it comes to making the house work out for the pets. I’d love to hear some of the things you do to integrate your home and your furry critters. So while you scan this, consider what to share and leave a comment!

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This part of my fabric stash is for the benefit of Kipling because of course the convenience & comfort of his life is paramount!  He is the oldest and therefore gets prime everything which means he’s horribly spoiled. Awfully spoiled. He likes to nap on top of the hutch but he’s a larger cat and not as nimble as the little cats like 8 lb Kricket. He needs help getting up into the higher places so this was designed. A stash ladder!

I thought this series of photos was cute. I really like the first one where he’s looking up, doing a quick analysis of the set up then smelling the handle/edge at each level.

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I love this blur shot. From here he goes to the top of the hutch where he’ll be left alone by the girls (for the most part) and very happy with practically the highest place in the house. Prime real estate for a cat!IMG_0158

Hope you have a great weekend. *kd.

Fruit Loops

Happy Easter, everyone.  Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I happen to be resting and I’m thankful for it. I also happen to have a story to share…

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Strange things happen when you have to use an electric cart at the grocery store and you’re looking not injured and like you don’t belong sitting in it.  People assume – well I don’t know what but things happen.

Yesterday at 7:15 am I was at the grocery store on an unplanned, and at that hour practically unmanned trip. I say that because I had no coffee and actually didn’t eat either. I was sort of zoned out but with my list to depend on and with an empty store I had every expectation of a good, quick trip.

I started in fruits and vegetables where I was apparently perfect prey for a rather large woman that has issues with electric carts. She had to tell me how she hated the electric cart (her words not mine) and how awful it was when she had to use it for over a year. She was really angry and aggressive about it.

I’m thinking “Holy Cow! Really? Okay. OMG!.”

I half listened and half smiled and did a sort of shrug and eventually, when l found an “out” of that discussion I said “I guess you just get used to it after a while.”  I think she might gone silent after that but I’m not sure. This was all so weird!!! I was a little tweaked but saw my exit and positioned my cart to get out of there. As I was leaving she said loudly:

“I would rather lose one of my arms that use on of those things!”

Those words were horrible when they came flying across the vegetable case. I mean, I thought that’s not something to be saying so lightly but then, to lighten the weight of that burdensome thought, I immediately said to myself:

“Obviously NOT a quilter!”

I eventually got away from her but I had to go back for my berries.

 

 

An Alabama Beauty Block (or two)

Hi there. Little bit of progress over here. Lots of happenings. I’ll skip the happenings and share the fabric.

I’ve got one of the Alabama Beauty blocks (a favorite) in cheddar and navy blue whipped up. This was NOT hand pieced. I tell ya, I make an effort with hand piecing but it’s just not happening. I can do a little bit but it’s not enjoyable. Either it’s uncomfortable or I just don’t enjoy it. Go figure? I was so passionate about it but maybe I’ve just accepted the current state.

Good thing I’m able to machine piece because then I wouldn’t even be here – at all and while I can’t decide what to do about my blog or blogging or even with my life – at least I can machine piece an Alabama Beauty block. I can share that.

What really struck me here was how incredibly cool that navy and cheddar print looks. I hope it views nicely for you. It’s really pretty neat.

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Sadly, I can’t find where I put that cheddar toile. I did some fussy printing with it if you look close but actually it’s hard to see so I don’t know why I mention it except I’d like to do more. Thing is, I can’t find the fabric.  It’s in one of those places that’s very special and you know you won’t forget…but you do!

Thanks for taking the time to drop in. I really appreciate the visit.

*karendianne.

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