Hawaii on My Mind

A few years ago, I flew to Hawaii to attend the wedding of my one and only niece. The ceremony was beautiful, and Hawaii is a paradise. My son is in Hawaii on business, and he called and sent some photos. We talked about the roosters and chickens that run free on the island. On one of the videos he sent me, you can hear a rooster crowing.
Our conversation and his photos inspired me to do a thread sketch of a rooster for today’s post on the 100 Day Project.

Then, I tried my hand at doing a water color of a view from above. I had purchased a semi-expensive small water color set. Then, yesterday, I found a kit that was reduced from $10 to $1.50. I thought it was a no-lose situation, so I bought it. Since I am a novice at water color, I really do not see the difference between the first paint set that I bought, and the reduced price set. In fact, I like the reduced price set better, since the paint blocks are larger.
Photo taken by S.Cunningham

I will be out of my sewing/art room for a few days. I am sure to find inspiration as I spend time with my family and friends.

A Flamingo-Kind-of-Day

This morning, I started making a block for my 2019-2020 fabric journal. When I finished with the piece, I decided to make it a quilted block to hang on the door to my studio.
I started out by painting some canvas with fabric paint, markers, and crayons. I cut a flamingo from pink fabric. Then, I thread sketched, using different threads. I am having trouble with the stitches when I thread sketch. I have adjusted the tension, but I think the trouble stems from how I stitch. I find myself pulling the cloth, instead of gently gliding it along. This is an area where I need to consult with someone who knows what they are doing. Any suggestions, hints, and feedback is welcomed. Even with the uneven stitching, I am happy with the results.

For my May entry of the fabric journal, I found a denim block that I had pieced and started embroidering a few months ago. I cut out some flamingos and outlined stitched them onto the denim. I need to add some more embroidery and label it for the month of May.

It has definitely been a Flamingo-Kind-of-Day.

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

Trying Something New

We have been having beautiful spring days…super green lawns and trees and gorgeous, blue skies.
In our area, we appreciate these spring days because our summer starts early and stays long.
Soon, everything will be yellow-brown, dry, and super hot.
Don’t get me wrong…I love summer. There is nothing like a hot, sweaty, Texas Summer day.
But, I am enjoying this cool, fresh bout of Spring.
As I was taking a neighborhood walk, I start thinking of doing something I have wanted to try for some time now…landscape quilting.
I returned home, looked at some tutorials, and just attacked my stash bins.
What a mess!
I decided to start small, keep it basic, and not realistic.
I have mounds of fabric on my cutting table, floor, and ironing board.


I started by laying out strips of hand cut fabric on a 10″ muslin square.

I added different greens for the tree tops.
I went for the bluest blue and greenest green to exaggerate the spring we are having.
I thread sketched the tree trunks and then used fabric crayons to color the leaves and the trunks.
Then, I used black marker to add some shading on the tree.
I attempted to do some stippling.
The batting I used was very thin. Next time, I will use batting that is a bit fuller.
The end result is an 8.5″ x 8.5″ square.

I think the piece needs some flowers, animals, and some movement…but I need to think about how to do this.
I might zig-zag stitch the edges or just leave it as it is, since this is just a practice piece.
Tomorrow, I might view more tutorials and try to learn different techniques.
Trying something new can sometimes be frustrating.
I found today’s project was challenging, but fun.

Block # 14~ Friday, April 5

Easter was filled with family and fun.
My two youngest grandchildren were so happy to be with each other.
I had made them each a rope basket and filled them with sweet goodies.
Bad grandma!
We had a great lunch.
Then came the real fun part…the egg hunt!
Each grandchild was to find 16 eggs that were filled with little toys.
Some of the toys were the same, but some were specific to their interest.
The Golden Egg had money.
As the eggs were being hidden by one of my sons and my husband, the excitement inside the house was escalating.
My granddaughter asked: What is taking them SO long?
My grandson answered: Papa Bob is the Best egg hider!
I had to capture this moment for my quilt journal.

The background is painted with water color.
I appliqued the flowers and eggs.

Block #14 ~ April 5
Egg-ceptional Day!
Background: Water color on fabric
Technique: Applique, thread sketch, free motion

Moving Mountains

Every morning, I have been reading from Simple Ways, by Gunilla Norris.
Today’s chapter was about Receiving Our Opportunities: being open; not closing up; not falling into bad habits.
In the Consideration portion of this chapter, the reader is reminded that one cannot move mountains.
Then, the reader is asked if one could be satisfied with just moving, and taking the next step.
As I was mulling these thoughts in my head, I stepped out onto my porch.
It has been dreary, drizzly, and grey, and I just wanted to look at the sky to see if there was any chance for sunshine.
As I stepped out, I saw this little snail…taking the next step…slowly…deliberately.
It was moving mountains at its own pace.
I captured this moment and made a video.
Maybe it will remind us all to just to receive our opportunities and take the next step.

After spending a few minutes just staring at this snail, I went out to run some errands. When I came home, the snail was still on the porch. It was nearer to the edge, so it had made some progress.
I took a picture of it.

Then I went inside to thread sketch it.
I do not know if I will color it or leave it plain.
I am thinking of piecing this into a block to add to a quilt I am making for my grandson.
He loves snails.

So far, my day has been errands and snails.
I am just taking the next step at my own pace…and enjoying it!