I’m doing some last minute fixing on my Carpenter Wheel quilt then I think I’m about ready to finish applying the borders. Maybe this next week we can move my machine into the other room so I can start sewing?! In the meantime I’m working on keeping other stuff moving (it’s so great to be doing stuff) and then suddenly I got hit upside my spirit and pink 30’s HST’s had to be made. Don’t know why. Just did. So here they are and by gosh they’re happy. Probably I’ll make more. HST’s make me high.
Also in the news, Inklingo has a new star. called the Inklingo Star 9 inch and it uses the Kite shape plus it makes an additional 18″ block that’s really cool. Just thought you should know.
I’m going to share just a little bit here. Watercolor painting is fast becoming a fixture in my life but not so much that I don’t have a life. It’s so many things I can’t begin to tell you but I can share. I considered making a second blog but (1) I don’t have much to share of interest yet and (2) it’s too much work. I’ll just slide the watercolors in after the other stuff.
Paintings from Workshop. The image detail comes to life if you click for close up but you get the idea. No one was finished here and we’re all working on filling out our palm trees.
I’ve been painting, learning, playing and practicing.
As a matter of fact I feel I’ve practiced enough I can go back to finishing my palm trees and make the final touches on my own Workshop painting.
This was what I brought home:
and this is what I added just to my trees recently:
Here I’m filling in the trees a bit.
I know it’s hard to see but if you click or if you step back you can see a little bit of glow added to the trunk of the first palm tree and a few thin, wispy fronds. Also, …work with me here a bit…my trees make a sort of V shape in height. Just at the bottom of the V can you see where I made one of my tree’s look like a sort of tarantula. Not everyone can see it but I can. Honestly I saw that and I totally cracked up. I love it. “It’s a painting, not a picture” and maybe some palm trees are tarantulaish!
Until later, *kdlee.
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.
So I thought a black stop border, just a tiny one. I unsewed and mocked it up.
And I visualized how that might look (you have to use your imagination here)
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
Cute 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…
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.
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.
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.
I’d also like to recommend you have a continued good day and until we meet again…
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!
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.
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!
Hope you have a great weekend. *kd.
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…
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.
I started the morning taking care of household business computer/paper items. I thought it might be a bitter pill beginning but turns out I’m on the right side of sweet. I wasn’t going to share that, thinking lightning might strike but why not enjoy the moment.
As a matter of fact, let me extend the moment and share the current progress on my Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilt. The details/history are here.
This is the work of probably 9-10 months.
I like the diagonal view and actually think it would make a cool quilt, strippy style. This view also shows where I’m at with the size. I think 48 x 56 which isn’t quite where I want to be so I’ll just continue on as I can. I’ll finish it whenever. It’s all about the process. Well, and the fabric. It’s about that, right?!
Since I discussed MS in my last post I thought I’d let you know I got through the treatment, I’m feeling well and now I’m just waiting on the new drug company to GET IT TOGETHER. It’s taken a long time to get things moving because “surprise!” I wasn’t in the Specialty Pharmacy database Network that Mayo uses for these sorts of drugs.
Sheesh, I didn’t even know we had an additional Speciality Pharmacy outside of Mayo and within that, there is actually another “Network” for these pharmacies that are contracted to fill and distribute the drug I’ll be taking. Everyone is in bed with everyone and it makes me crazy.
I’m not in bed with anyone…except the cats which makes me a caricature of middle-aged women I’m certain of it.