Friday, May 29, 2009

Meet the Masters-Matisse

Yesterday was another Meet the Masters day. The artist that I taught was Matisse. I enjoyed my time with the children so much. They really got into doing this project. My only regret was that we didn't have more time. We took our inspiration from his Beasts of the Sea. I created this sample before hand. First we talked about positive and negative space. And how putting different colors in those spaces change the feel of the picture. Then we drew a sea scape. Then the fun began as we cut shapes for our sea scape. First I had them cut wavy lines in blue and green paper. Then arranged them on their papers.
Then they added other shapes.
I loved watching them get excited as their picture took shape. They really did a great job.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scrap Baskets visit the 30's

I made another scrap basket quilt. This time in thirties prints. I had a few friends test the pattern but I wanted to make doubly sure it worked. It is now available for sale. Visit my website or you can buy it now here with the paypal button on my side bar. I did my first show yesterday. In all the excitement of the show I forgot to take pictures. But this is my living room where my friend, Holy and I moved the furniture and marked out a 10 x10 foot space and played with arranging my booth. A lot of my quilts were already at the shop where the show took place so we had to use our imagination. I think it turned out well. I learned a lot. Met some really neat ladies. And had a ton of fun.
My home did not fair so well. Hubby said when he came home. I had two five year olds in my house. (I don't even have a five year old. My kids just let everyone hang out here.) My DD and here two friends were raiding the freezer for Popsicles. J was playing video games. N and his friends were in the backyard skate boarding. A was doing homework on the computer, a last push before graduation. My hope that they will all grow up and be responsible one day.
By the time I got home. None of them were home. The boys were at a church activity. DD was at her friends. My home looked like a cyclone had gone through. I better go and try and find some order in this chaos.

Monday, May 25, 2009

When my A earned his Eagle Scout I make him a quilt. Recently J earned his so I am working on a quilt for him. I sketched up a design. I pulled out all the red, cream and blue scraps out of my scrap bag and made these log cabin blocks. I started a needle punch eagle for the center. It is my first needle punch so if it doesn't turn out I'll embroider one. Stay tuned to see how this evolves.I also washed the quilt on DD bed. Here it is hanging to dry. Yes I need a clothes line. I put that on my hubby's to do list. Hopefully he will get to it one day soon.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Bloomin'

Don't your children just amaze you. Watching them grow and blossom into wonderful people. My
J has become quite a photographer. He has been taking a class in school. Here are a few of his latest photos.









Not all these pretties are growing in my yard. I have quite a few neighbors that are master gardeners. But the best one grows in my yard. J you are amazing!






Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Rainbow in My Mail

Imagine my delight when I opened my mailbox today and found this lovely rainbow. I was part of Jane's Rainbow Swap. I am so happy with these little beauties. What a pot of gold.

Close up to let you see these lovely ladies work. The black block is by Kaaren. The dark green by Kathleen (not sure of her blog). The spring green by Barbara . The blue by Cheri ( also not sure on her blog.) The lavender by Karen The maroon by the lovely Jane herself.The red is mine. The orange by Sherry And the yellow by Chen Thank you ladies for your beautiful work. Any ideas on how to set these little gems?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Scrap Baskets and a Tote

Over the weekend I finished my scrap baskets. Can I just say this little quilt makes me smile. I love it's scrappy feel and the ric rac is way to fun.
I also made this little tote for my DD out of an old wool sweater I found for a dollar at a thrift shop. I made the flower out of another wool sweater. I've been collecting them. I hunt through the racks for any 100% wool I can find. Then I come home and felt it. I am getting quite a little collection. This is the first little project I have made. It was fun and very easy.
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Feelin' Scrappy

I finished quilting my scrap baskets. I'll post a picture when I get the binding on. I was a little behind on the Friday Block Party blocks so I pulled out my bright scraps and went to work. Here is my Union Square. I think I should have made the outside star points a brighter or darker so they stand out better. Oh well live and learn. I still like this scrappy block.
This weeks block was very simple. Just a variation on a pinwheel. I changed how I pieced it because I didn't have enough of the pink dot to do it the way the instructions read. The price you pay when you commit to going scrappy. Small price I feel. I just love scrappy quilts.
I recently bought a pineapple ruler. Here is my first attempt at a block. I have always wanted to make a pineapple quilt. One block down, many more to go.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of scraps of joy.
Em


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trying to Keep up

My kids were complaining that there was nothing to eat in the house. So I made cookies yesterday. Before school let out this cookie jar was so full I couldn't put the lid on. No wonder I have nothing to eat at my house. They devour it as fast as I can make it. I cleaned up my sewing area. Look you can see the table. A-MAZE-ZA ZING! Now that is a rare occasion. I'm ready for some fun, fun creating.
But first I needed to quilt the Friday Block Party. My guild meeting is next week and I need it done for my charity birthday gift. I finished the quilting last night and now I just need to bind it.

I have one other quilt I need to get quilted before the new creative projects can take place. I'm hoping to get it done today.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Old Friends and a Finish

Well I finished my wonky log cabin this weekend. I am happy with how it turned out. I enjoyed trying this method and will most likely try it again.
On Saturday night I got together with my friends from high school. It had been a while. We need to celebrate this great guy's 40th birthday. Happy Birthday Klayne!
Here's the ol' gang. Boy did we have some great times. I stayed up way past my bedtime reminiscing with them.

Nothing better than old friends and finished quilts. What a great weekend.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Antique Little Girls

Forty years ago yesterday I made my mom a mom and my grandma a grandma just in time for Mother's Day. To celebrate I spent the day doing things I love. I slept in, well until 6. I went to the gym and when I scanned my card I was sang to. Which caused everyone around me to wish me a Happy Birthday.
I have been wanting to try some raw edge applique so I did it. I had asked Jacquie for some tips a while back. So armed with her good advice I made this little wall hanging for my Grandma. I hope she will like it for Mother's Day. It says, "Grandmas are antique little girls" I went shopping at the fabric store and found a few fun things.

At the local thrift shop I found this book for $1. I have always wanted to try a bargello quilt. When hubby saw this he really liked the quilts. So maybe one for him is in the future. We went to dinner. Very, very yummy. Probably ate too much. To be truthful there is no probably about it. I did.

Hope all you antique little girls and not so antique little girls have a wonderful weekend! Happy Mother's Day to all!
Em

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Me and a Funny Story

In my quilt guild we are suppose to wear name tags. If you forget yours you are to put a quarter in a jar. I've been going to my guild for ten years now and never made a name tag. I just brought a quarter each month. But a few months ago Sue was wearing the cutest name tag. We all fell in love with it. She was kind enough to share the pattern. She even took time before one of the meetings to help people make one. I traced the pattern then but not until yesterday did I finally get around to making it. Don't you just love this sweet little sewing machine? Now here is a story that just might put a smile on your face. My DD and Grandma thought it was pretty funny. The other morning I rolled out of bed a 5 a.m. I got dressed in the dark like I always do. (Don't want to wake my dear hubby.) And went to the gym. I ran 4 miles on the elliptical. Came home fixed lunches for the kids and got in the shower. Only after everyone was gone for the day and I was cleaning up the bathroom did I realize I had gone to the gym with two different shoes. One pink and one blue.
Hope your shoes match and that you have a great day!
Em



Monday, May 4, 2009

Happening Weekend

I got a little sewing done this weekend. Just a couple of the Friday Block party blocks. One of which I should fix because I got the color placement wrong. Most of my time this weekend was spent celebrating J's 16th Birthday! Here is a photo of him when he was younger helping dad fix the car. Now he thinks he should be driving it. Man they grew up fast. It was also Prom this weekend. Here is A with his date. Can't believe he graduates in a month. Where does the time go?

Hope you had a great weekend.
Em



Friday, May 1, 2009

What's in a name?

I feel in love with this little quilt when I saw it last year. I knew I would make one like it one day. Em's scrap bag needed a bunch of scrap baskets. Don't you think? So with the above quilt as inspiration. I set to work. I feel in love with Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup new fabric line. I thought it would make for some fun scrap baskets. Here is my rendition. I'm planning on binding it in orange. What do you think?
I am looking for a fun name for my quilt. If you have a catchy one I'd love to hear it.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!
Em