Block # 7-Friday, February 16

One of my goals as an educator was to teach and celebrate the diversity of our country.
My team and I created lessons to expose the students to the contributions made by the different cultures represented in our school, community, state, and nation.
We did this through all subjects.
We were fortunate to have music teachers and P.E. teachers who contributed to our units.
One of our teachers had adopted a child from China, and she was well- informed about the culture.
Each year, we had so much fun learning about China, through music, reading, writing, and dance.
We had a big Chinese New Year parade.
Since Friday is the Chinese New Year, I thought it would be fun to celebrate by making a block for my quilt journal. 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
I did a little research and decided to include the following information on my block:
Lucky Colors-Green, Red, Purple
Lucky Numbers-3,4,9
Lucky Flowers-Rose and Cymbidium Orchid (I chose the orchid)
Lucky Directions- East, Southeast, South
The writing in the center of the dog paw is the word for dog.

Year of the Dog

Background: Red Linen Memo
Technique: Thread sketching, free motion quilting, crayons and markers, applique
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: None

52 Fridays, February 2, Block #5

Friday, February 2
Block # 5

Tulips for Tonie

Background: 100% Cotton Memo, Champagne
Technique: Applique hand drawn flowers and stem; thread sketching, free motion quilting
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: None

The inspiration for today’s journal entry is my mother,
Maria Antonietta Martinez Virjan.
February 11 will mark two years since my mother passed, and February, for me, will always be a month dedicated in her honor.
I chose tulips for this entry, since they were one of mom’s favorite flowers.
She had tulips in her garden that surround a tree in the front yard.
There is one Sunday, that I remember taking fresh tulips to mom.
She was so happy to receive them and she placed them in a vase on her dining room table.
So, these Tulips are for Tonie.

Fantastic Friday

This has been a productive week.
I got to spend some real people time, go for walks, and do some birding.
The last set of the Valentine placemats was finished.

My fourth block for 52 Fridays was all about Celebrating Life.

And I finished the top and backing of a floral and polka-dot quilt that I started on Tuesday.


Now, I am going to get busy and study the tutorial on how to make a fabric bowl.
Thanks to Tierney, (Tierney Creates) for providing the tutorial links, her own process, and encouragement! I ordered the bowl pattern from Purse Patterns. My sister had given me two jelly rolls, so I think I will use these for the bowl. I can’t wait to get started.

52 Fridays: January 26

When I first thought of doing a journal quilt as in the book, 52 Tuesdays: A Quilt Journal by Sandy Gilreath ,  my concern was that I might have difficulty finding  thoughts, ideas, or experiences to record each week.
Wrong!
I have been finding it difficult to choose only one idea for the weekly block journal entry.
This week alone is filled with possibilities…the Cowboy Breakfast, Pie Day, my birding experience, my daily reading from Gunilla Norris, Simple Ways… so many inspirations from which to choose.
For this week’s entry, I chose to create a Celebration of Life hexagon block.
According to Days of the Year calendar, today is a day set aside to celebrate life, focusing on our children and grandchildren.
I decided to create a tree out of felt and buttons. The large heart buttons represent my three sons.
The smaller red heart buttons represent my daughter-in-laws. The pink and the purple small heart buttons represent their children.

It still needs some more quilting on the sky portion, but this is what I have so far:
Friday, January 26

Celebration of Life

Background: Cotton memo; blue and green pieced
Technique: Embroidery, hand quilting
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: Buttons

January 3…

Look what was waiting for me when I got home today…my rotating cutting mat!
One of my sons gave me an Amazon gift card, and I knew just what to get.
I found this Skyhawk mat for only $25.49.
I made this short video clip to show my son, so he could understand my excitement.

This mat will come in so hand, especially when I am working on my hexagon quilt journal blocks.
Thank you, Mary, for posting information about this handy tool!

So far, I am running a bit slow on starting any of my projects.
Basically it is because I am not so fired up about anything I had planned.
I am excited about the 52 Fridays Quilt Journal, but that is a year long project.
I guess one of my problems is there is no recipient in mind for most of the quilts I had planned.
There is no reason or story behind the quilts, so I just can’t get motivated.
I thought  focusing on the art of the quilt, in itself, would be fun, but something is missing.

I have been working on improv quilt blocks.
There is some motivation there.
I just don’t know where I am going with this.

All my old blocks have been pulled out and I have been cutting, piecing, and cutting and piecing.
I enjoy the process, but so far, I do not see what can be done with these new blocks.
Also, can there be such a thing as being tired of fabric that is in one’s stash?
It seems like the same old-same old.
The improvised pieces come out looking better, but they are still the same fabric I have used and reused.
All my fabric seems to be bright, sweet, and almost sugary.
I think I need a change.
Instead of giving my fabric stash away, I will put it on hold until I think about it some more.

I am also practicing FM and thread sketching.
It is still far from perfect, but I am feeling a bit more relaxed about the process.
I am actually enjoying it.

Maybe if I got more involved in the quilt guilds to which I belong, I could find some motivation.
I guess I started the year with a mental block when it comes to creating.
Maybe it is just the cold weather…
I finally went out for a walk yesterday.
Today I was busy with appointments and errands.

My 2018 Mascot, Joy, just does not seem to be singing to me right now.
Hopefully, I was still hearing some tunes soon.