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.



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.


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.



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.


Busy Afternoon

After I picked up my granddaughter from school, we had a busy and fun afternoon and evening. As soon as homework was completed and reading time was over, we started on our hexi- blocks. My granddaughter loves owls, so she drew one using my Micron pens. Then she used fabric crayons. The owl is waving hello. The owl block will be finished tomorrow. She found some owl buttons in my jars and she decided that she has to use these.image.jpg

Then she drew a flower with the Micron pens and again used fabric crayons to color. She sewed on the button and embroidered her drawings. She will embroider the sun tomorrow.9A2F62AA-C884-4CF9-832A-1C7E4199826D

I just love these days with my granddaughter!

Practice, Practice, Practice

This block was supposed to be a sun.
It ended up being an off centered unidentified object.
But, it was fun practicing.

My sewing studio is closed for now.
I am off for Granny duty…which I love.
This time, I am not taking my sewing machine.
I am just taking small craft materials, and my granddaughter and I can decide on a project.
She will be in school, so we won’t have that much time.

Color or Black and White

I used Pentel Fabric crayons to color the first bird.
When I used the iron to set the color, the blue pen marking reappeared.
I used a pencil to lightly sketch the second bird.
Maybe if I had a definite project in mind, I could decide whether to use crayons or not.
I do not know how permanent these crayons are, even though the directions state that setting with heat will make color permanent.
If any of you who have worked with fabric crayons could share your experience, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anyone have any recommendations as to what type of pens can be used for sketching without leaving a marking?

Time for Celebration!

My Meemaw friends and I had a very nice lunch today.
Beautiful weather, great conversation, and so much fun.
We set a February 20 to 23 for our Traveling Clown Car to go to Lake Buchanan for the Vanishing Texas River Cruise.
When I got home, I decided to stop dreaming about Zentangle thread sketching and start doing something about it. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, making those journal covers gave me some practice and some confidence in free motion.
I drew a bird with a blue water soluble pen. I need to find a better tool for drawing.
The blue shows up with heat.
This is my first attempt at Zentangle thread sketching.

There is a small gap between the beak and the throat, but I am happy with my first attempt.
I did not know if I should color it in with fabric paint or leave it as it is.
My sister said to make another one and color that one.
So, I think I will.
Right now, I am going to celebrate this small step forward with an apple and cheese squares.
I am trying to lay off the apple pie ! 

Scrappy Fabric Journal

Today, I made another fabric journal cover.
I had made a piece of fabric out of scraps, so I decided to use it for this cover.
One of the main reasons I am making these journal covers is for practicing my free motion.
It gives me the opportunity to try different things.
I am also finding that my control and coordination of my hand movement with the foot pedal movement is improving.
It was a fun way to spend a few minutes this afternoon.