Block #40~ October 5

Autumn is slowly making its appearance in my part of Texas. The days are still warm, but there is a breeze. This week, I had a very special autumn evening. My son, Ed, and his wife, Shenika, came to Austin for a business trip. Since they live in a city that is further than I feel comfortable driving, I do not get to see them as much as I would like.  The block for this week commemorates this special visit.
Shenika made me two ghost mug rugs and a Halloween wreath. The wreath is hanging on the door to my studio. It reads: The Witch is In.

Wreath

Block #40 ~October 5
The Witch is In
Background: 
I used the strips that were leftover from the Halloween place mats that I made.
The background is a remnant of the candy corn fabric that was used in making the place mats.
Technique:  My new sewing machine has a foot for stitch-in-the-ditch, so I got to try it out.
Applique

Block #38~ Friday, September 21

The block for my journal is all about special memories about sewing, friends, and my Tia Isidra.
This past week, my friend, Francine, set up a special sewing class for me and two of my friends.
Francine is the owner of Las Colchas. My friends and I were given special attention and guidance, as we attempted to make clothes for ourselves. As we were sewing, we shared stories about how we got interested in making our own clothes. One of my friends had a mother who made all of her clothes for her. Another friend, weaves her own fabric, and is now interested in making clothing. We had so much fun learning, sewing, laughing, and remembering.
My interest in making clothes comes from my Tia Isidra. Tia made fabulous clothes for all of my Madame Alexander Dolls. I had the best dressed dolls! Every summer,Tia made me a fancy birthday dress for my birthday. She let me choose the fabric, which usually included organza. Tia would make the petticoat attached to the dresses. I always felt so pretty in those full, poofy, fancy dresses.
In high school, I took a Home Economics class. Tia helped me with my sewing project. From her, I learned that the finish on the inside had to be as good as the outer outfit.
The block entry for this week was made with the fabric I chose for making a tunic. It represents more than the outfit I made for myself. It represents memories of a very special aunt, and a time with friends.

Block #38~ Friday, September 21
Sew Special
Background: 
Yellow 100% cotton
Technique: Applique

Block #35~Friday, August 31

This last week was filled with so many things to celebrate. But it wasn’t difficult to choose what I wanted to do for my quilt entry. The days with my grandson were beautiful and I wanted to capture a very special moment…he read his first book!
My grandson has been read to since the day he was born. He loves books. It is so much fun seeing him delve into the National Geographic Books for kids. He spouts off information about space, dinosaurs, and just about any topic. I could see that he was recognizing certain words as we looked through books. He has also been getting reading readiness training at his daycare. I knew he was ready to read. One of the greatest pleasures of my teaching years was the joy of seeing the look on a child’s face as they realized they could read.
I gave my grandson a book and told him it was time for him to read with me and then to me.
I used the Neurological Imprint Method of teaching reading. The look on my grandson’s face when he read the book himself is something I will remember forever. The look on my son’s face when his son read to me is also imprinted in my memory.


Step into Reading Series

Block #35~Friday, August 31
Background:
White,100 % cotton; blue on blue polka-dot backing
Technique: *
Thread-sketching; fabric paints and colors; *FMQ

*This is the first product made with my new Juki machine. I was able to use a letter writing decorative stitch. The FMQ and thread-sketching was so smooth.

Block # 34~ Friday, August 24

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas

True friends are blessings, and I am fortunate to have been blessed with beautiful friends.
This past month just confirmed how blessed I am.
First, I reconnected with Patsy. She was the para-professional that taught with me in my Pre-K class in Georgetown, Texas. As part of my Migrant Teacher duties, I would have to drive out to the farms to visit the migrant families and recruit students. Patsy would accompany me on these adventures. She was a great teaching partner.
Then, I was able to visit with Sharon. She and I have been friends since we were three. Even though we have not seen each other in ages, we were able to pick up as if we were still living across the street from each other.
This past week, I met with Nancy. She went to elementary school with Sharon, and we met when we were about 9. We both went to the same high school and the University of Texas. I love to meet with her whenever I am in the Austin area. She is one of the most creative and inspirational people ever!
Nancy brought her grandson over to swim with my granddaughter. My granddaughter enjoys his company. They had fun splashing in the pool.
I also got a chance to meet with one of my Meemaw friends and her granddaughter. Marti and her granddaughter met us at the Meadows Center in San Marcos, Texas. The two girls hit it off right away. They are the same age.
It was so much fun, seeing my friend’s grandchildren interacting and becoming friends with my grandchildren.
The fabric journal entry for this week just had to be about friends. I decided to use the Celtic symbol for friendship on this block.


Block #34~ Friday, August 24
Friendship
Background: Gray cotton; floral gray, daisy print backing
Technique: Applique

 

 

Block # 33~ Friday, August 17

In a previous journal entry, I posted a thread-sketched and painted block of the pets that are part of my youngest son’s home. Today’s post is about two other sweet pets that are in the family. The two dogs in this entry belong to another one of my sons. I spent two weeks taking care of them as I spent time with my granddaughter, and house sat for my son and daughter-in-law.
Cimbri and Vandal are beautiful Rottweilers that are now about 12 years old. I love to see my granddaughter interact with her precious dogs. She has been in charge of them since she was in diapers. They follow and protect her; and live for her doting attention. At night, Cimbri would settle right in front of my granddaughter’s bedroom door. Vandal was sentry in front of the room where I stayed. I loved it when I would be watching television, and Vandal would just plop his massive head on my lap. He would stay there until I rubbed behind his ears. Cimbri is playful and silly, yet she is the one who routinely gets up at night to patrol the house. Vandal is more serious and quiet.  Both dogs are beautiful and delightful.

A Napping Cimbri


A Nappy Vandal


Block #33~Friday, August 17
Cimbri and Vandal

Background: Off-white cotton; beige plaid backing
Technique: Thread sketch, fabric color and acrylic paint, FMQ

Block #31~ Friday, August 3

The block entry for this week is all about the two precious pets that kept me company for four days.
Marley is the sweetest dog. She is about 14 years old and I think she is still living because of the love she receives from my son and his family. We had a bit of an incident one day. I took her out for a bit, and she spotted an armadillo in the yard. Luckily, she is not as fast as she used to be. Still, I had to do some intervention to protect the dog and the armadillo from each other.

I am not a cat person, but I dearly love Richard Parker. This young cat loves to play. He is also very inquisitive. I would find him in my tote bag, my purse, and my computer. He would curl up with me when I slept. He also would knock his treat jar over to let me know it was time for a snack.


Block #31- Friday, August 3
Background:
Beige and white fabric; darker beige backing
Technique: Applique, thread sketching, fabric coloring
Embellishments: Buttons

Block # 30~ Friday, July 27

We celebrated my granddaughter’s 7th birthday this month.
She is so proud of being 7.
And we are so proud of her.
My granddaughter loves owls, so this was the theme of her party.
She chose all of the decorations and party favors; and was a gracious host at her party.
When it came time for gifts, she thoroughly enjoyed reading each card out loud.
Without parental prompting, she thanked each person for the card.
Followed by a thank you for the gift.
The thank you included a detailed appreciation for the gift.
It is only fitting, that the block for this week be an owl.

Block #30~Friday, July 27
Happy Birthday

Background: White fabric; sunflower print fabric for the backing
Technique: Thread sketch, fabric crayon, FMQ
(I tried FMQ-ing sunflowers.)

Block #29 Friday, July 20

Spending time with my grandson is something I love to do. We recently spent time together, and it was non-stop fun and action. Scavenger hunts, conversations, reading, drawing, playing games…so many special moments.
He is one Incredible Kid.
So I wrote this fun poem and made a block to capture these special days with an incredible boy.

There is an Incredible Kid I know.
I am his Gramma.
He is my Super Hero!

Judah has all the great qualities to be had.
He happens to be just like his dad!


Block #29 Friday, July 20
Background: White on white star print fabric; red and white star print fabric for the background
Technique: Drawing, applique, fabric colors

Back in My Studio

The morning drive home from Round Rock was very pleasant. It has been a very busy and fun four days for me, as I pet/house sat for my son. I miss my furry buddies who followed me everywhere.
                                
Marley (Geriatric Sweetheart)                         Richard Parker (Sweet Phat Cat)

After unpacking, I couldn’t wait to get back to my studio. I am behind in making my hexagon blocks for my quilt journal. I had the two blocks already drawn in my design book, but I just haven’t had the time to work on them. This week’s journal block will definitely have something to do with Marley and Richard Parker…or maybe the armadillo incident.

I made one block, about the time I spent with my grandson. I had written a poem and drawn a picture for my paper journal. I just redrew my superhero, and made an applique for the block. All I need to do is sew the binding.

The second block is about my granddaughter’s birthday celebration. I drew and colored an owl, since she loves owls. She chose all of the owl birthday decorations and party favors herself.

I will thread sketch and assemble this block tomorrow.

I also made another Pokemon pillow for a very special boy in the family.


While I was away from my studio, I was busy getting new ideas for projects that I want to try.
I hope to get to one of these ideas this week.