Monday, February 25, 2013

Snow and a pair of socks finally!

It snowed all afternoon yesterday.  We sure needed the moisture, but without sunshine, our sunroom didn't get so warm, and we had to actually heat the house during the day. 
It was beautiful today when the sun was shining, but I was too lazy to dress for it and shovel a path to the sewing room.

Instead I finished the pair of socks that have been on my needles for some time.  I think I intended them for Pat for Christmas or a birthday, and maybe now they'll be a retirement present.  
Of course they may be too big for her slender feet, and then she'll have to wait for another pair!  I'll see what machine washing in warm water will do to them.  It is a cotton/hemp blend fiber.  

Saturday, February 23, 2013

5X7 again!

These really aren't works of art, but exercises--playing and working at art.  They don't deserve titles, and I already have a hard enough time naming quilts.  They usually just get the basic info on the label. 

I did a little more handwork again, and it's still enjoyable in short bursts.  

Speaking of naming quilts, I still haven't labeled my finished batik squares.  I took it for show and tell to Phoenix and my longarm meeting before that, where they got a few good pictures.

I love the texture of this quilting.  The center is Mayan Glyphs by Judy Lyon. I've wanted to do this panto ever since I first saw it.  It really wasn't as daunting as it appears.    

 Actually the palm trees also by Judy Lyon was tougher, and of course I learned a lot of tips at the longarm meeting that I could have used before this quilt.  I'm thinking of calling it Mayans Meet Batiks!  I'm keeping this one.  Thanks Pat for the inspirational batik squares.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A couple of finishes from the pile...

I got two of the tops I brought home done.  This one a flannel top, which should keep some child warm.  
This next one was pre-pieced yardage.  It made a nice soft little pink quilt which I backed with pink flannels.  

Two down, about a dozen still left.  

Sunday, February 17, 2013


I'm continuing with 5X7s, but not very well at doing them weekly.  The magic of picking post dates on blogger allows me the illusion that I'm doing one a week.  

Oh well life gets in the way.  I'm having to stretch a bit to come up with stuff to do with my findings.  I did a little hand stitching on this one.  It was rather enjoyable, though I know my hands don't tolerate a lot of it.   

I'm trying to also get going on the mountain of tops I brought home from Phoenix.  It's been a long while since I delivered quilts to Dr. Kaufman, and I'm sure the need hasn't lessened any.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Good thing I don't live closer...

I always think of Phoenix as a Goodwill shopping mecca!  There are lots of stores, and every other Saturday everything is 50% off in order to deal with their unending supply!

Well, I have now found THE store for fabric shopping...SAS Fabrics Superstore.  Between the store in Tucson, which was not as nice as the one I went to Phoenix, and the Phoenix store, I came home with a lot of fabric, nearly 40 yards for an average of $3.98/yd.  A few yards of fabric from the Tucson store were priced at $9.99/yd., which raised the average.  Most of what I bought at the Phoenix store was $2.99/yd.  It really is a super store!

I cannot pass up a bargain.  My stash needs rearranging to accommodate the new acquisitions.  Lots of yummy fabric.

I found this awesome, hand-dyed rayon ribbon at the Goodwill store.  I just have no idea what to use it for besides embellishments.      
I have three skeins, so surely enough to make something with it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A great birthday!

I spent my birthday at a yearly retreat in Phoenix.  It used to always be scheduled during my birthday, but then they started having it later in February.  This year because of a scheduling conflict with the hotel, it was back to my birthday.  I spent a few days in Tucson visiting a friend there first. 

Even though I prepped my 5X7 supplies, I didn't actually create it until I got home.  

I used all found embellishments. I liked the little exclamation shaped button!  These aren't works of art, but make me work at art.  Another 5X7 challenge participant linked to this great video of Elizabeth Gilbert at the TED TALKS.  It's very much worth the 20 min. video.    

Monday, February 04, 2013

I am a gatherer...

I pick up "finds" almost every day.  We don't have mail delivery to the house, and therefore usually walk to the post office daily.

I find many treasures that come home in my pockets.  Bits of dishes, pottery, metal parts.  The ceramic I've collected in a big 5-gallon bucket.  I'm planning on making a mosaic sometime, something on the order of pique assiette--I like to dream grand.

While I've accepted the 5X7 weekly art challenge I was trying to find a theme that I could work out for the year.  Just making a 5X7 willy nilly is a bit hard and I needed some focus.  This morning I decided that I would make works incorporating my found treasures, so that eventually I can hang them together with some sort of unity.
 This is only a little bit of my collection.  I have little piles all over.  My husband will be happy to see some of it put to use!  So here is my next "first" 5X7.  I'm officially starting my year this month, with February since I'm starting a new decade, and now have a plan.