Friday, the 13th

It’s Friday, and I have yet been able to start piecing some of the blocks for my grandson’s quilt.
There are too many things going on, and I need to prioritize.
I am happy to have planned and designed more pieces for this quilt, so time was not wasted.

Tomorrow, I will be going to Gruene, Texas to celebrate my sister’s birthday.
There will be a fabric shopping trip included in the day’s activities, since I know there are at least two quilt shops in the area. I want a few more bright pieces to add to my grandson’s quilt.
A few weeks ago, I made three black and white baskets for my sister.

Then this morning, I completed a wall hanging.
I added more thread sketching in an attempt to add texture and shading.
My thread sketching control is still a bit wobbly, so there are some oopsies.

I am in the process of painting some rocks for my sister.

The larger snail stone is painted on both sides.
When I found the stone, I thought it had the perfect shape for a snail.


I hope that you have had a safe and productive Friday, the 13th.

Happy Birthday

Friday, March 2, marks the birthday of a man who wore many hats…author, cartoonist, poet, animator, artist, political satirist. There may be some controversy in Theodore Seuss Giesel’s past; and although I do not agree with one of his early political stances during WWII, I am not here to pass judgement. I believe that we can learn from mistakes in history. And I believe he did learn and have a change of heart.
The contribution Giesel made to promote reading, and the teaching of reading, still has it’s affects on children’s literature today.
Dr. Seuss came into my childhood home when my brother was born. I was 10. My mother joined a book club, and we received all Dr. Seuss books on a frequent basis. I used these books to read to my brother. Even as a child myself, I could see that it was a good tool for teaching reading. I got my brother reading, and this was a boy who could never sit still!
Hop on Pop was a favorite Seuss book that my three sons chose for their dad to read to them at night.They were reading at a very early age.
The curriculum I wrote for my students was literature based. I collected and purchased children’t literature to use for instruction. I had a very inviting classroom library. Dr. Seuss was a special selection in my class library for each grade level that I taught. I taught pre-K through fifth grade. The fifth graders learned how to interpret the author’s purpose and message when reading Dr. Seuss. My reluctant and emergent readers in the early grades learned the basics of word families and enjoyed the playful, musical, non-nonsensical words.
Every March, my students and I would participate in the Read Across America, which is celebrated on March 2 in honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel.
When I was thinking that I might retire, I had many discussions with my sons.
I quoted Dr. Seuss to my youngest son, to express how I felt about the possibility of retiring.
He made this poster and framed it for me:

I may not have a classroom anymore, but I still celebrate March 2.
One of my Meemaw friends shares a birthday with Dr. Seuss and we will be celebrating on Friday.
I always attempt to write a Seuss-Like poem for her, and I am working on one today. This is my first draft:

Shout it from the rooftops, the tree Brumbles, and Broars
Shout it out loud, ‘til your throats are all soar
Say it in email, snapchat, or twitter
Spread the word with rainbows, and Boohahs, and glitter
It’s Marti’s 65th revolution around the earth
Sing! Dance! Fill the world with mirth!
Fill it with PIE, we’re not watching our girth
Happy birthday, dear Meemaw
Happy birthday, sweet friend
We celebrate you from morning to day’s end!

As part of my celebration, I painted two Cat in the Hat rocks and I attempted to thread sketch the Cat.

At this time, I am still only sketching the outline with thread. On my bird thread sketching, I have practiced adding texture and shading with thread. On the Cat, I just did the outline and colored in the rest. I am not happy with the face, but it will have to do.


Thread Sketch plus fabric crayons and markers

Sunday

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. 
Joseph Addison

I gave myself a day to relax before I returned to my studio.
It was fun getting back to my sewing machine.
I am still trying to decide what type of quilt I will be making next.
Time was spent designing different quilts and thinking things through.
Nothing really says, “This is it!”.
It is fun designing and planning though.
In the meantime, I have enough to keep me busy.
I painted some more rocks to get ready for Easter.

I also made a couple of baskets. I am trying out new sizes and shapes.

It was also time to make some Easter pillowcases for my grandchildren.
 
When I returned home, I had a letter from my granddaughter.
It was part of her class assignment.
She had to write to someone who was special.
The letter touched my heart.

The candy was a bit mushed!

She loves rainbows. As part of her Christmas present, I had given her a unicorn tape dispenser that had rainbow tape.
My son told me that she loved the postcard that I had thread sketched for her.

My other son told me that my grandson ran and showed the postcard to his cat and his dog.
I had thread sketched them on the  postcard.

The “rust” from last week’s rainy days is all washed away.
I am ready for Monday.
Hope you are, too!

Bluey Did It

As a child, my brother had an imaginary friend named Bluey.
Bluey was always the one who told my brother to get into mischief.
Two years ago, I made a blue quilt for my brother.
Today, I painted Bluey on a flat stone.

I have run out of flat stones, so I need to go on a hike to search for more.
I checked out some stores today, but the selection of stones was not quite what I need.
Besides, it will be more fun to go on a rock searching walk.

Stone Painting

My collection of stone paintings is growing.
I painted three more today.
Once I have a bit more, I will seal them with some coats of varnish.

All You Need is Love


Sunshine Bird

Now, I need to make more fabric rope bowls!

I think I will do a few more stone paintings before I get back to quilting.
In a conversation with Cindy, we talked about all the options for quilting projects.
I remarked that I was stuck in deciding what project to do next.
Cindy suggested writing my options on pieces of paper and choosing one.
I did just that, and I picked up the paper with English paper piecing hexagons!
This will actually come in handy next week when I am on the road with my Meemaw friends.
We will be going on the Vanishing River Cruise in hopes of spotting some eagles.
The weather forecast is rainy, so I do not know how much we will get to see.
We will have fun, no matter the weather, but I might have some down time during the trip.
I can work on the hexagons if we get stuck in the condo we rented.
It will also give me the opportunity to use up some of my fabric stash.