Most smiles are started by another smile.
Frank A. Clark
This past Monday, I couldn’t resist buying this adorable sheet metal patio sculpture.
The slightest breeze or passing movement results in Franny’s head nodding a sweet hello.
Every time I pass by Franny, I find myself smiling.
I had to enter Franny into my fabric quilt journal.
Block 21~May 25th
Background: The floral print was purchased a few months ago at Mesquite Bean; the backing is some green with white polka dot fabric that I had in my stash.
Technique: I drew Franny onto Steam-Lite 2 and made an applique. I outlined stitched in black. The FMQ is based on the floral print design of the background fabric.
Embellishment: Buttons for eyes; embroidery stitched smile
After being cooped up for two weeks, I ventured out with one of my Meemaw friends.
We hit two quilt shops, Mesquite Bean and Las Colchas. We squeezed in a lunch in between shops.
I found some Grunge fabric that I have been wanting.
Then, I let myself be talked into getting a pattern for a bag. My friend and I plan to make the same purse this Sunday. I really do not need another bag, but I found some linen fabric that convinced me. She chose a fabric with owls.
The pattern is by The “Lucille” Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts.
This is my stitch meditation for today:
It is great to be back on my feet again.
Of course, I had to spend this day shopping for fabric!
My sister, Emma, always encourages my endeavors. She is a great source of inspiration.
Emma is enjoying a small vacation, and she sent me two short videos of snails.
I made a short video and created a stitch meditation based on the clips my sister sent to me.
Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.
After days of not being able to work in my studio, I am now back to working on different projects.
My friend had given me a copy of Modern Blocks, a book of designer blocks compiled by Susanne Woods. She found it at Half Price Books for a good price.
Our plan is to make these blocks together, when we meet for craft day. Since I am still not going out just yet, we are working on two blocks on our own. We will meet later to continue this fun project. She also has a friend in Florida who is making these blocks along with us.
The designs in this book have great texture and color. The blocks are all unique…and they encourage more creativity and uniqueness with your own interpretation of the block.
The block I made today is Boxed Up ,by Angela Yasten. Her fabric color choice included a green word print fabric with two different texture gray fabrics. I had a brown/gray word fabric in my stash, along with two different gray textured fabrics.
I am still trying to find the right combination of fabric for a block called Birdsong, by Rachel Roxburgh.
Autumn is my favorite season, so I decided to join the Fall Into a QAL by Partners in Design.
During the coming hot summer days, I will be able to have some Autumn Moments as I make these blocks. The first block is an adorable hedgehog designed by Vanda of Quilt in Piece.
Last year, I purchased autumn fabrics to make various projects. I had enough pieces to make this first block. I enjoyed making this cute little creature. My hedgehog is named Hojas Hermosas…Beautiful Leaf.
A big thank you to Abbie !
The designers are:
Abbie of Sparkle On!
April of JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi of Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer of The Inquiring Quilter
Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travel and Eats
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs
Sandy of Sandy Star Designs
Sherry of Powered by Quilting
Vanda of Quilt in Piece
My plans for Mother’s Day were changed since I was not able to travel. However, I was able to speak with all three of my sons. Block #20, Joy of My Heart, is inspired by my sons. They have and always will be the Joy of My Heart.
Joy of My Heart
Background: Turquoise linen memo, black cotton with filigree design
Technique: FMQ, wool felt hearts, buttons
Last week, my Meemaw friends and I drove to Camp Verde,Texas. We had a delightful lunch and dessert at the General Store. It was a breezy, sunny spring day.
After walking the grounds, we drove to Comfort, Texas. The chickens in the video were absolutely beautiful. I got a picture of a Longhorn, but he bowed his head just as I took the photo. We visited the Tinsmith’s Wife Shop. It has gorgeous yarns. Walking through this store made me want to take up knitting. The Treue Der Union Monument is in Comfort. This monument is in honor of German settlers who were established here. They were against the Civil War. They were followed and killed on their way to Mexico during the Civil War. One of the fathers of the slain settlers went to retrieve the bodies and had them buried in Comfort.
We also visited a very quaint little public library.
Definition of “just ducky”: When asked how you’re doing, “just ducky” is a sarcastic way of saying everything is fine.
Block #19 is eight days late in getting done. I had it in my mind, but I have been side-lined by a health issue. Last week, after strolling the San Antonio Riverwalk and visiting Comfort, Texas with my Meemaw friends, I came down with a case of shingles. All I can say is…well, I can’t print the words I have been using. Let’s say I am “just ducky”.
Today is the first time I felt like coming into the studio to work…so, I consider this progress. During our stroll on the San Antonio Riverwalk, we were delighted to see so many ducks and ducklings.I found myself singing one of my favorite children’s songs, Six Little Ducks. This is the version of the song by Raffi…one of my favorite singers for kids.
I enjoyed watching a mother mallard and her ducklings…such a sweet sight.
I decided to record this memory in my quilt journal. My plans were to thread sketch ducks, but that would have been a bit too much for today. Instead, I drew and painted some ducks on a linen fabric.
I decided to tell a story with this block by having one duckling going in the opposite direction. This is the duckling that swims to the beat of a different drummer.
Block #19 Just Ducky
Background: 100% Cotton Linen, acrylic paints
Technique: Drawing;fabric pencil colors used on ducks; acrylic paints used on background; FMQ
It was great being back in my studio. It made me feel much better.