Thank You

Mariss, of Fabrications, posted the question I have been asking myself…Should I be writing about the fun I am having with fabric and thread during these sombre and scary times?”
Thank you, Mariss. I agree that writing nothing at all is not a good alternative. I believe we need to continue with our art and crafts in order to stay emotionally healthy during these times. Reading posts and viewing the work of others is something I look forward to doing each day. We need to take care of ourselves, in order to take care of others. Thanks to everyone who continues to post and share.

I am sharing Today’s Art for April 2 and 3. For April 2, I used scraps to make a fabric collage of a house. The text fabric had some words I thought fitting for these times: Home Sweet Home; Hello Life! ; Create. Making this piece was a form of a Gratitude prayer for me.
On April 2, I had Zoom time with my granddaughter. I recently read about the hacking problems with this online tool, so I do not know if I will be having other Zoom sessions. I will be talking to my sons about this. On our chats, we include drawing activities. This time, we also wrote an acrostic poem. When we draw, we take turns giving directions on drawing something. Sometimes, we start with the same basic shape and each draw something based around this shape. On this  particular day, she was wearing her owl robe. I could see her head bobbing up and down as she was drawing. I could not help but chuckle every time I saw her owl head. I pen sketched it and showed it to her. Then, today, I decided to thread sketch it and make a square. I wanted to capture this precious memory on fabric.
Last spring, my friends and I went on a bluebonnet outing. The bluebonnets in Texas are a beautiful site.  My second project for today was embroidering some bluebonnets.
I also spent some time working on my 1 1/2 inch square quilt. I cut more fabric, and completed one block.
Take care, everyone.

International Women’s Day 2020

March 8, 2020 is International Women’s Day. This is a day to celebrate the accomplishment of women. I wanted to start by celebrating women close to home…my three daughter-in-laws. I am very lucky to have these three women in my life. All three of my DILs are strong, loving, and dedicated women who are a positive force in our family and wherever they go. They are each accomplished in their own field.
For Angela, I thread sketched an image from one of my favorite photos of her doing a handstand. She does handstands wherever she goes…just for fun.
For Shenika, I thread sketched a Sugar Skull. I appliqued the thread sketch onto the top of a sewing notion pouch.
For Phyllis, I thread sketched an image of the two of us dancing to a song we both like…Feelin’ Alright, written by Dave Mason and sung by Joe Cocker.
I enjoyed giving these gifts to them this weekend, as I let them know how much they mean to me.

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Just for Fun

When I retired five years ago, I joined the retired group of teachers and school personnel that worked at Fox Run Elementary. This group meets for lunch once a month. Three of these retirees and myself started hanging together because of our mutual interests and crazy spirit. We are the 4 Meemaws. We meet quite often to craft, sew, bird watch, travel, zumba,…and just because. Every now and then, we pack our Clown Car and take a trip…which always includes eating pie. Soon, we will be heading towards Rockport to see the whooping cranes.
The Meemaws tend to tell me that my some of my ideas are far off the normal path.  A while back, I got into teacher mode and came up with the idea of having merit badges to document the fun stuff we do. I was just kidding, and they just laughed it off as another one of my crazy ideas. Since I have been thread sketching inchies, twinchies, and rinches, I thought these would make great badges. I got the idea of making the merit badges for our upcoming trip. I ordered black satin sashes to showcase our badges. I had also bought some bling to stick on the sashes, but I have misplaced them… so the sashes will be bling-less.
I personalized one of the badges for each of us. The No-Boss is for Marti, who always says she is not the boss and then proceeds to be the boss. The check is for Terri, who keeps us organized and in-check. The peace sign is for Kaye, who is the one who keeps us calm and peaceful. The lightbulb is for my ideas.
I tried sketching a whooping crane as the merit badge for this trip. The crane came out looking more like ostriches…but, oh, well.
The next badge I made was the Japanese symbol for Wabi-Sabi. We meet monthly to work on different projects. I also thread sketched a Clown Car. Of course, I had to make a badge for pie. We have driven out of town just to eat pie.
My sister asked if we would actually wear these on our trip to Rockport. Of course, we will. On our Christmas trip this past December, we went to visit small towns that had parades. We wore Christmas glasses. The frames were shaped like Christmas trees, wreaths, bells, and holly. It’s all just for fun.
So, Rockport, here we come!

02-20-2020

For the past nine days, I have been working on a rectangle scrappy quilt designed by Jo Parrott. Originally, the plan was to compile scraps with two of my quilting friends. We are still going to do this at a later date. We are planning our own spring retreat.
The pattern gives an option for using either scraps, or half-yards of 18 different fabrics. I had a bin with some fabric remnants, partial fat quarters, and less than half yard pieces. I thought the colors and designs in this bin would make a nice quilt for my nephew. I finished piecing the quilt top today, and dropped it off with my friend who will longarm it for me. I will post about this quilt when it is quilted. Thanks to Mary, from Zippy Quilts, I was able to be more successful with matching intersections. I read her post when I was about half-way into piecing this scrappy quilt. Her tips really paid off and made the second half of piecing less of an ordeal.
After dropping off the quilt, I started to clean and reorganize my work area. Then, I decided to just have fun instead. I backed some muslin with light fusible interfacing. Then I thread-sketched two birds. I used water color pencils to paint the birds. A textile medium was used to coat the water colored birds. I had a piece of cloudy fabric that I used for the background. This was hand-stitched. I used brown grunge fabric to collage tree limbs. I free motioned the stitches on the tree. After these steps were done, I backed the top with thin batting and a blue fabric. The birds were then quilted onto the block. I couldn’t decide if I wanted buttons or not. My daughter-in-law helped me with that decision.
It was a fun way to spend the afternoon on 02-20-2020. I hope you enjoyed your day also.

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