Weather Report and Project Update

This is our second day of below freezing weather.
Those icicles are what remain on my roof after two days.
One of our local grocery stores has broken water pipes due to freezing.
One of our main streets had pipes broken and water is flooding the area.
And, there have been numerous car accidents.
My sister’s house in Austin had a broken pipe.
Tomorrow we should hit 43, so that’s good.
I have had enough soup, stew, hot cider, and hot tea and I am ready to move on.
Not whining…just saying…
My hat is off to all of you who live with this type of weather for months!

In the meantime, I have been working on a project.
It might be a wall hanging, or a pillow.
I loved the inspirational and positive word fabric.
At this time, I am thread sketching the bird fabric.
I am also trying to decide if I should FMQ the brown/gray fabric.
I cannot decide on the color of thread to use, and my meandering is not the best.
Maybe I will parallel stitch in the ditch.

This is for practice and for me, so whatever turns out will be fine.

Ice Day

My nephew posted this with the caption: The city closed down because of ice.

Well, it may not be a lot of ice, but the streets are covered with black ice.
I, for one, am glad that I do not have to drive on it.
Walking to the mailbox was treacherous enough.
We need to enjoy this temperature, because the 100+ degree weather is just around the corner.

I spent this afternoon making the Valentine burrito pillowcases for my grand-kids.
For my granddaughter, I found some cute Bee Happy fabric.
I chose a Bee My Valentine theme for her.

For my grandson, I found a donut fabric. He loves sprinkle donuts, so I thought this would be perfect.
I plan to make  a felt donut for his “card”, but I do not have a dark brown felt for the icing.
Since it is too icy for me to venture out, the donut project has been put on hold.

On his card I will write this message:
Donut Forget 
You are My Valentine
I will also add some donut jokes.
Knock Knock…
Who’s there…
Donut…
Donut who?…
Donut ask, it’s a secret!

 

Why did the donut go to the doctor?…
Because it was feeling crummy!

I know. I know.
I am going stir crazy in this house.
I need some fresh air!

Scrappy Heart

We are getting ready for a big cold front with ice.
Nothing compared to what people up North have, but major for us.
I went to stock up on groceries, along with all the people on my part of town.
It took longer than I planned to run errands today.
I did stop to get Valentine fabric to make pillow cases.
When I finally got home, I decided to work on one of my goals, which is to use up scraps.
In the spirit of MLK Day, I  made a scrappy heart pillow.
It was going to be a hanging heart, but I think I will keep it as a pillow.



Recycled Denim

I am happy to report that I am feeling more control when I am FMQ.

MLK Day

One of the best books that I used every year in my classroom was Martin’s Big Words.
The children would interpret the meaning of these words in their writings and illustrations. It was always very inspirational to hear the children talk about showing love, and not hate.
I pulled this book out today to celebrate a man whose words are so relevant to today’s dangerous political climate. 

MLK’s words: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

52 Fridays: January 12

WHoo-oo Loves You
Inspiration for this block came from this past week that I spent with my granddaughter. It was a
fun-filled, loving, and creative week. Morgan loves owls, and she made an owl hexagon block to hang in her living room.

I decided to try my hand at thread sketching an owl to document this great week with Morgan.

Background: Light blue memo, 100% cotton
Technique: Thread sketching, free motion, hand sewn borders, Pentel fabric crayons, Tulip fabric markers
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: Buttons for eyes

Just for Practice~Just for Fun

I finished the owl hexagon for my 52 Friday Quilt Journal.

Then, I decided to practice some more on FM.
I drew the outline for a Valentine heart.
I made the main curve lines in black permanent ink pen because I thought I was going to use black thread for the FM. I changed my mind and used pink thread. So, to cover up the black lines, I used fabric marker. It didn’t fix the problem, but it looks a little better.
This heart pillow was just for practice and for fun.
It is a bit lumpy because the top fabric is a bit too thick to use with the bottom fabric.
So, it turned out to be a wonky heart.

Front


Back

Whooo Loves You?

I’m back in my sewing studio and it feels great!
My intention was to prioritize my projects.
I need to finish some old projects, work on Valentine projects, and then start on my new projects.
I also wanted to continue practicing some thread sketching.
This past week was all about owls.
My granddaughter loves owls.
I had found an owl notepad to write lunch box notes for her and she loved it. I left the pad for her to write notes to her parents.
For the 52 Fridays project, I decided to make a block to commemorate the special week with my granddaughter. The block is not yet completed. I just finished the thread sketching and now I am trying to decide what else it needs.
This is what I have so far:

I noticed that I forgot to sketch in the top and the claws.

I sketched in the top and I just drew lines in the claws.

For now, I am thinking that this is the only touch of color I will add.
I will put it aside while I think about it.

Home Again and Ready to Go

This year started with me dragging my feet and having no real direction when it came to quilting.
Thanks to my blogging friends and their insight and support, I am now back on my feet.
Also, this week with my granddaughter has been so motivating.
Seeing her create in drawing, music, dance, fabric, writing, conversation, and play, was SO inspiring.
I took photos of some of her art pieces and plan to make some sort of quilted wall hanging based on her work. She also had this t-shirt that she said was her favorite because it looked like her.
I want to see what I can do with this image of her shirt. The shirt no longer fits her, so maybe I can make something from the shirt.

During my week away from my sewing studio, I got to visit with my friend, Nancy.
She is so full of ideas and creativity. I wish we lived in the same city and shared a sewing studio.
When we visited the Valli and Kim Quilt Shop, in Dripping Springs, I was in awe of all the beautiful fabric. I must have had a case of the Fabric Flu, though, because I left without buying fabric.
I was so overwhelmed with ideas when I saw the fabric, and I just couldn’t decide on what to do.
After a restless night, thinking of all the fabric, I knew the only way to cure the Fabric Flu was to go back to Dripping Springs. Luckily, my granddaughter’s ballet class is just a block away from the shop.
I got a bit carried away with my purchases, but I feel SO much better.

I also visited the B&B Quilt Shop in Buda.
I purchased some cute Bee fabric to make a Bee My Valentine pillowcase for my granddaughter.

They also had a bird/inspirational panel that I couldn’t resist.
It is for making a book, but I do not yet know  how I plan to use this fabric panel.

I know I may be fixated on birds, but why not stick with what you like?
I purchased this bird fabric and an inspirational word fabric.
This could be for a pillow or a wall hanging.

I have so much to think about now…Where do I start?

My plan to not buy fabric until I utilized my stash just went out the window.
I still plan to continue using up my scraps by making scrappy quilts and making fabric from scraps.
So much fun ahead!
Home again and ready to go!

Great Week

This fabulous week with my granddaughter has gone by so fast. Tomorrow, I will take her to ballet class. When we return, her parents should be back. I told them they could stay away a bit longer, but it didn’t work.

After school today, my granddaughter and I worked on some heart yo-yo’s. I found this heart yo- yo maker at Valli and Kim’s quilt shop in Dripping Springs.

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I had some pony buttons in my jar that caught her attention. I had brought a scrap bag from home, and she chose some fabric. She is pretty good at sewing stitches and buttons. I help her hold the fabric and guide her when we are stitching from the bottom – up.

 

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We made hair clips with the yo-yo’s and she hung them in her room.

She finished sewing the owl buttons on her owl hexagon block yesterday. She is so proud of her work.