Spring

It was a beautiful spring morning…just perfect for visiting the Semmes Library and taking a walk in Comanche Lookout Park. I only checked out three books: joyful Daily Stitching by Valerie Bothell; Rule Breaking Quilts by Kathryn Schmidt; the Best-Ever Appplique Sampler by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins. Lots of good stuff in these books!
When I arrived at the library, this Mockingbird was waiting for me. He did not bother to fly away. Instead, he continued to sing and pose for me.

He inspired me to thread sketch this singing bird when I got home.

I was able to get a four mile walk in the park. It rained heavily last night, so everything looked green and fresh. The walk was so energizing and inspirational, the inner me wanted to break out in song. The real me did not want to scare the other walkers in the park with my singing. 😉 I captured this moment in a thread sketch selfie. I am singing, “Oh, what a beautiful morning…”.

I took a few photos along the way. One is a picture of Fox Run Elementary, where I spent 30 of my 42 years of teaching. The picture is taken from the view of the park, by the path where my students and I would take to enter the park. We would write poetry, complete science nature hike activities, and walk to the library. There is also a photo of the educational pavilion in the park near the library. It made me sad to think that the students were stuck inside the building on a beautiful day like today.

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Saturday Stuff

My friend, Nancy, makes some beautiful fabric, floral pins. On one of our Wabi Sabi sewing days, my Meemaw friends and tried our hand at making floral pins.
    
Today, my sister, Emma, sent me a photo of a fabric brooch that had thread sketching and embroidery. I just had to give it a try.

Now, I am looking online to see what others have done with fabric brooches.
It has been a drizzly, lazy Saturday, so I have not started on any big project. I did complete another thread sketch for the #100 Day Project. I am not a selfie-type person, but I find it easy to thread sketch caricatures of myself. This way, I do not offend anyone.😉
Since I was not able to go for a walk today, I thread sketched a selfie of me taking a walk.

#100 Day Project

One of my goals is to learn how to thread sketch. At this time, I am “drawing” outlines with the thread as my pen. The #100 Day Project is a fun way to keep me practicing. I love making small things, so I chose to make these 2.5″ X 3.5″ fabric business cards. It is quite satisfying to see my stack of fabric cards grow.
Some of the cards will be hand stitched, and others will be thread sketched. I might start fabric painting some of them.

Today’s piece comes after a long day of making a rug, a lunch date, and going for a walk.
Thread Sketching
Big Yawn
Growing stack of fabric cards

April is Poetry month. My message board has a quote by Muriel Rukeyser.

100 Day Project

When I was cleaning off my cutting table, I found some muslin strips that had fusible batting. These were left over from a pillow backing that I had made. The strips were 2.5″ by 20″. I couldn’t throw them away, but they aren’t really a good size for anything. Then, I decided to use them to practice embroidery and slow stitching, and thread sketching. It just so happens that the 100 Day Project started, so I decided this will be my daily project.

Day 1: I thread sketched a selfie and backed it with some scraps.


Day 2: I just can’t seem to throw away even the smallest pieces of fabric 😉


Day 3: Thread sketch of two bluebirds.

 

 

Fall Thread Sketching

I’m in the process of making a log cabin quilt. I have pieced the center, and today, I purchased the fabric for the borders and backing. I decided to take a break before I add the borders.
We have been having some cool-ish fall weather. I pulled out some prepared quilt blocks that I had stored, and started thread sketching some fall images. It has been a while since I have practiced thread sketching. It was nice to get back to it.

The first block I sketched was an owl in a tree. I am beginning to add more detail in my sketching. I feel a bit more confident in controlling the movement as I sketch with the thread. Keeping my hands coordinated with the picture in my head is still something I have to improve.

The pumpkin block came out a bit more wonky. I found this one more difficult than the owl block, partly because I started without a complete image in my head. My grandson says he has an “imagination clock” inside him that helps him make things. My imagination clock was a bit out of sync on these pumpkins.

The last block I made this evening is an owl in a pumpkin patch. I have owls on the brain because my granddaughter loves and collects owls.
I enjoy thread sketching. I want to practice more.

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 #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 #22~June 1 Las Tres Hermanas

Three of my favorite people are my siblings. We like to get together as much as possible.
My older sister, Adri, lives in San Antonio,near me. My younger sister, Emma, lives in Austin. My brother, Joseph, lives in Seattle. He comes in for whirlwind visits filled with non-stop action.
This week, I met my two sisters for lunch. Our brother was not with us, so we made sure to talk about him! It is a great feeling to know that I have my siblings as a built-in support system. My quilt journal block for this week captures the good time I had with my sisters this week. I attempted to thread sketch the three of us.
The faces are definitely not a true likeness of ourselves, but the curly and wavy hair are true to form.
Adri and I are the bookends, and Emma is the center.
I entitled this block, Las Tres Hermanas. I know our brother would say it is more like The Three Tonies, because he says we are all versions of our mother. My nephew has rated us in the order of mom’s traits. Adri is Tonie the Greater; I am Tonie the Equal To; and Emma is Tonie the Lesser Than.
Emma is the one who looks like our mother. Adri and I look more like our dad. And our brother, well, we call him Pepe Jr. He looks exactly like our dad.
We really are our mother’s daughters…and proud of it!

Block #22~Friday, June 1
Las Tres Hermanas
Background: Beige cotton linen memo
Technique: Thread Sketching; FMQ

Yellow Breasted Chat

San Antonio has many beautiful parks that are sanctuary for many species of birds.
One of my Meemaw friends is a Master Naturalist, who is well versed in identifying birds.
We frequently go in search for particular birds that may be in the area during a particular season.
Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy is one of the parks we visit.
The conservancy provides a list of birds that can be found in the park.
One of the birds listed, is a yellow breasted chat. I have never been fortunate to see one in the park, so I decided to paint one on fabric.

I used pastels to paint the bird on a beige, linen memo.
Fabric markers were also used to highlight areas.


After thread sketching the block, I pieced a frame and border.
The block is a 9″ square after adding the pieces.

These blocks that I am making are for practice and trying new things.
I am making a list of areas that show improvement and those requiring more practice.
At the Texas Quilt Museum, I saw a binder that contained blocks made by various quilters.
I am thinking of making my own quilt block binder.