Studio Closed

This morning, I went shopping for the last minute things I needed for our trip to Lake Buchanan for the Vanishing River Cruise.
My Meemaw friends and I leave tomorrow.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the forecast for the rest of the week is thunderstorms.
Our hopes for seeing eagles on this cruise are diminishing, but not totally gone.
Oh, well, we heard about the Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.
It has 16 flavors of pie. (Check out the cafe link and you will see the Texas-sized pies.)
We have not been to this cafe yet.
The cafe has a Pie Happy Hour.
As my friend said, “When it rains, let them eat pie”.
So, the trip will be worth while…eagles or no eagles.
As I was shopping, I saw many St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Spring items on display.
I started thinking of what I could make.
Then, I saw this package of colorful 2.5 inch strips.
I decided to go home and make a rainbow fabric rope bowl.
The package had 14 strips that were each 42 inches long; and 2.5 inches wide.
I made the base of the bowl about 5.5 inches wide.
I wanted to make a deeper bowl.

This bowl makes me smile.

Bottom
I want to buy some variegated thread before I make a second rainbow bowl.

I thought I could fill it with these lucky shamrock coins to celebrate the Irish side of the family.
Maybe, I can paint some shamrocks on stones.
Then, for Easter, this basket can be filled with eggs and springtime goodies.
Tierney, thanks again for introducing me to fabric rope bowls.
I am having so much fun making these bowls.
I also decided to try and thread sketch an eagle.
I will complete this hexagon block when I return. It will be this week’s entry in my fabric journal.

I viewed and studied different pictures of eagles.
Then, I very lightly drew the outside outline with a fabric pencil.
I decided to thread sketch in black thread and color with fabric crayons and markers.
I do not have enough pretty blue fabric to use for the backing, so I will purchase some when I return.
The studio is now officially closed for the week.
I will be taking hand crafts and paints for what we are now calling our Craft Retreat.
There is no room in my friend’s car to lug around a sewing machine.
Besides, we are still hoping that we get enough of a break in the weather to go on the cruise.

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.