Autumn weather hit home this week. I enjoyed my cup of coffee and the brisk weather out on the side porch. As I would sip on my coffee, a crow would perch on the highest limb of one of the trees. This crow would caw to me every morning.
It is said that when a crow caws at you he is telling you to be bolder, braver, and brazen in your self-expression.
Something to contemplate.
I enjoyed the crow’s visits so much, that I couldn’t pass up these adorable crows I found at a store.
These crows are now perched on the work table in my studio, and I can hear them cawing at me.
(I made this cloth pumpkin last year.)
Block #45~Friday, November 9
Background: 100% cotton, feather print
The block for this week is all about two fur babies, Marley and Richard Parker. They were my closest and dearest companions for over a week.
Marley is a geriatric dog that is still going strong, in spite of some maladies. It was great to see her frisky and playful as we sat outside and enjoyed the fall weather. As I spent time on my sewing machine, Marley would lay right behind my chair keeping me company.
Richard Parker is an adorable cat with plenty of personality. He would leap onto my sewing machine whenever he thought I had spent too much time not giving him the attention he deserves. He would jump on my lap whenever I sat to watch movies.
Both of these fur babies are great listeners. They would listen to me chat for hours on end.
Marley and Richard Parker…truly, unconditional love at its best.
Block #44 Friday, November 2
Background: 100% cotton floral; grey backing
It was a whirlwind, emotional wedding weekend. I am taking a few days to put my feet up, sip on my coffee, and reflect on the blessings in my life. Then, I will be off to house and pet sit while the honeymooners are on their cruise. This will give me the opportunity to take my sewing lessons at the store from which I bought my sewing machine. I will also catch up with friends in the area. It will be my retreat.
Block #43~Friday, October 26
Pause to Reflect
Background: Fabric remnants from a bird quilt that has yet to be quilted.
With a little help from above
This was a weekend filled with love
Friends, family, and fun
There was a Wedding at Maple Run
Block #42~Friday, October 19
A Wedding at Maple Run
Background: The fabric I used for this block were remnants from the Log Cabin quilt I made my son and daughter-in-law for the wedding. (It is being quilted.)
This week was all about celebrating my youngest grandson turning 5. He had a Pokemon birthday party, with Pokemon balloons and delicious power ball cakes that resulted in black tongues. A great time for a great young man.
Block # 41~ Friday, October 12
Background: Black/color swirls
turquoise polka-dot backing
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.
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.
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
Background: Yellow 100% cotton
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.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
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
Background: Gray cotton; floral gray, daisy print backing
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