Impulse Buy

The only cameras I own are my iPhone and a Go-Pro. I have limited experience with the Go-Pro. I have viewed tutorials on how to use the camera and I have used it a few times. I need to learn what to do with the footage I take with the camera.
I am happy with the camera on my phone, and it is my go-to camera. The other day, I gave into an impulse and bought an instax mini 9. It was also a type of nostalgic buy. I used to have one of those old instant cameras. I know the film on that instant camera was not the best, but I enjoyed using it in the classroom back in the day.
I thought the instax might be fun to take on outings with my Meemaw friends and my grandchildren. I read some positive reviews on this mini camera. I plan to try it out soon.
I made a tote that has enough room for the camera, extra film, my phone and wallet.
Another impulse buy for today was at Las Colchas. I went for the purpose of buying fabric for the backing of my quilt. I also ended up buying some yardage and fat quarters that caught my eye. So, I have already used up my January and February budget for fabric. Oops!

Pajama Day

(Photo taken with my iPhone)
Last night was filled with the excitement of the Blood Wolf Lunar Eclipse and a football game. I stayed up way past my bedtime, so I officially declared today to be a Pajama Day.
My morning meditation began with reading one of my all time favorite books that my students and I loved. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. , by Doreen Rappaport is an awarding winning book. The illustrations by Bryan Collier are absolutely stunning. Teacher Tube has a reading of this book.
The rest of my day was spent completing my quilt top. I had all the broken dish blocks already made, so it did not take long to piece the last border together. I had been dreading making all of those broken dish blocks, but it turned out to be the most fun part of this project.
I do not know if I will piece the backing or look at the wide quilt backing that my friend and quilter, Jeana, has on hand.

Freddy Moran advises quilters to never point out mistakes. So, I won’t point out the blocks that are too white and light for the rest of the quilt. 😉
I might rip and redo those two sections.
Or not.

Day 4

We had a cool front that came in with a lot of wind. Outside furniture and things were strewn about. The chimes my son made me were ringing like a church.
Inside my studio, there was a wind storm of another kind. What a mess!

There is no point in cleaning up at this time, since I am in the middle of making a bajillion broken dish blocks. Maybe not a bajillion…but it feels like it. I figure whatever is left over will be used in another project.
Today’s work:

I completed a floral border. I just barely had enough of the fabric.

I think I need a black and white fabric strip, maybe just 1.5″ wide, in between the yellow floral and the broken dishes.
Right now, all I see are triangles…so, I need to stop.

Today’s Progress

Music was always playing in my classroom. We had special music for every occasion…morning greeting, thinking time, working time, end-of-day…just to name a few. Years ago, I attended an educator workshop that showed research showing that playing Mozart for math. I do not know if it was the placebo affect or if it was for real, but it worked. My students would ask for Mozart whenever they went to work on math problems, independently or in a group.
Well, today, I had Mozart playing for me. I was trying to figure out how to make a star block to fit the corners of the quilt border. The border itself was an odd size, so this made the star block difficult … for me, that is. Thanks to Mozart, I figured out what I needed to cut.

I need to sew the bottom border together, make three more star blocks, and then I can attach the borders and corner. All the pieces for the remaining star blocks are cut.

I could have gotten further on the quilt, but I decided to work on one of my other goals for the year.  I have never been a cook or a baker. My sons all became great cooks, out of necessity, I am sure. This Christmas, one of my daughter-in-laws made me a cookbook with some of her recipes. Phyllis and my son even gave me spices and basic supplies to start up my kitchen.
My daughter-in-law is a great cook and baker. With her support, and her cookbook, I have begun to make a few meals and breads.
Today, I took time out to make zucchini bread…from scratch! I feel like Betty Crocker.

It looks a little dark, but it is delicious.
Thanks, Phyllis!

On the Wall

For two days, I have been cutting and piecing like a crazy woman…and I love it. I am making this quilt based on ideas from Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. What I love about their books is they offer a Parts Department, where instructions for blocks are given. There are no specific patterns, just samples of gorgeous, inspirational quilts.
This is what I have after two days:
Day 1
(I just noticed an oopsie on the right strips. It’s a good thing they are not sewn yet.)
Day 2
All of the half-triangles are made. I have pieced the two strips on the right together. I hope to get the other three sides pieced and attached tomorrow.

Wonderful Wednesday

So much for my resolution for a low fabric buy month. I just spent a very Wonderful Wednesday morning with my friends, Francine and Toni. They are the owners of Las Colchas. Francine and I have been friends since 1967… I was a bridesmaid at her wedding. Las Colchas offers a varied selection of fabric that will catch the eye of anyone who likes to play with fabric. They also have wool, felt, threads, etc… just about anything you need to create. The bonus at this store, is the help, guidance, and support that Francine, Toni, and all of the gracious people who work in the shop.
I have been wanting to branch out and try something different, original, colorful, and artistic. At my library, I ran across books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. Collaborative Quilting Talking It Over, and Collaborate Again, are books that I just had to order for myself. I have been pouring through these books for some time, and I have been purchasing colorful and different fabric …just because…no real plan. Over the holidays, I started designing my own quilt based on suggestions and ideas from the books. Yesterday, I started pulling out some of my fabric. I realized that even though the fabric was beautiful, it was all still real “safe”. Not “matchy-matchy”, but just not free enough for what I had in my head. I decided to consult with Francine… and I am so glad I did. We spent the morning talking about my ideas. Both Francine and Toni encouraged me to have fun and just pick out different fabric. I picked some out, still a little conservative, and then Francine helped me out. She threw in fat quarters and talked to me about looking at the fabric as pieces, not as a whole. Each piece in one of the fat quarters added a different splash of color or design that would make blocks stand out. This was so much fun!
 This may not look like much, all stacked together. But I think this fabric, along with the fabric I already bought, will make some great blocks.
So, thank you, Francine and Toni! I am cleaning up my work space and plan to start tomorrow. Wonderful Wednesday was a bit too much for me and I need to put my feet up for a bit!


Headband DIY

When I was with my granddaughter last week, she was still wearing her reindeer headband. We went in search of new headbands, but we only found one with sequined cat ears. Of course, this cat-ear headband was a must, but my granddaughter also asked if I could make her another headband. I had previously made her a fabric origami headband.

This afternoon, I looked for some tutorials. I found only one that I thought my granddaughter would like.
It is a tutorial on How to Make a Diamond Ribbon Headband by Sheryl. She gives very good directions and visuals at a good pace.
Since my granddaughter likes sequins, I purchased a red strip. I hot glued the sequins strip onto the top of the band.Then I slip-stitched some black felt onto the underside of the band. The band is flexible and has a rubber bottom, so she will be able to shape it to her head.
I added some shiny hearts on top of the sequins.
I do not know how durable these will be, but I hope she can have some fun wearing them.
Now, I want to get down to making another quilt.
I have been working on a design, and tomorrow, I plan to start pulling fabric.

Wabi-Sabi Day

My Meemaw friends and I met for our Wabi-Sabi Craft Day. We are planning another quilt project to donate, but today, we each had a different project for today.
I decided to work on my stitch book entry for January. I just returned from a beautiful week taking care of my granddaughter. On one of our special days, we went to see Mary Poppins Returns. We are both fans of the original Mary Poppins; and we both loved the new movie.
The song at the end of the movie is Nowhere to Go But UpMy granddaughter drew this picture to reflect what she thought about the movie.

So, inspired by the movie and my granddaughter, I chose to make my January block based on the song also.
I used Gelli-art plates to print the sky and clouds. I appliqued a balloon by the needle turn method. Then I stitched the words and the clouds.

Stitch in Time

For the last two days, I’ve been working on the flypage for my stitch journal. In an another post, Fabric Painting, I talked about the results of my attempt to use the nesting print technique, using Gelli-plates. The elephant is off center, but I decided to stitch it any way. I stitched a Mandala type pattern. I also stitched a simple pattern on the outer circle in order to help the purple stand out a bit. I added a trim and some beads to the center circles. The next step is to set it aside and look at it with a new perspective later on.


Fabric Printing

This week, I am out of my sewing studio. Instead of bringing my sewing machine with me, I brought art supplies for both paper and fabric. I also brought some things to use on the introduction and January pages of my stitch book. Last week, my sister, Emma, sent me a link to a tutorial on using Gelli-plates to make a nesting type print. Just about every tutorial I have seen about how to use Gelli-plates, remind the viewer to have fun. And that is exactly what happened today, as I used the Gelli-plates to print on fabric. I printed on canvas, and I followed the the tutorial to make a nested print. Household items were used to add texture to the print. I drew and cut out an elephant to print in the center of the nested circles. I had more paint on me and on the table, but that was part of the fun. I might be using this first attempt with this printing for my stitch book…I don’t how just yet.