Monday, February 1, 2016

Playing with Solvy

I've been laying low this last weekend with a light concussion caused by being blasted in the head from a kicked soccer ball early Friday morning at school. It hit me with such force that it knocked me to the pavement.  I was totally blindsided.  The student wasn't aiming at me, but nonetheless got me.  Hopefully this will result  in a 'no ball playing area" in our quad at school, something we used to have but has not been enforced this year.

Had a little time and energy to play with making a little lacy piece with the possibility of using it as embellishment on my newest quilt.  It was fun to to it, but I don't think I'll use this particular piece here.

Here it is all stitched but still in the hoop with the solvy.

Here it is on one of the white sections where I was contemplating putting it. It shrunk when I removed the sulky  plastic in the water.  On to plan B. I'm keeping the 'lace' but won't use it here.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Itajime and Arashi Shibori Quilt

Here is a picture of my newest quilt all sewn together.  I can see lots of great places for hand stitching on this one.

Below is a closeup.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Reversible Tote Bag

The other day, Saturday to be specific,  on Laura Kemshall's blog, she had a great post on making an easy reversible tote bag. Instructions are here:

Here's a picture of mine. Since I was using two lightweight fabrics, I added interfacing to one of the them so the bag would be more sturdy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Elephant Seals, Beautiful Stenciling and Family

Sorry I did not get to post a blog this weekend.  Nor, did I get to any artwork. Oh well, I did have a great time however. My oldest brother,  sister-in-law, and nephew from Michigan were visiting us.  They had not been out here for about 9 years.We took them to two missions, three wineries and the show at the SLO museum where my art quilt is hanging as part of the "Off Kilter" exhibit by the Cutting Edge Fiber Art Group. We also took them to see the elephant seals on the beach near Hearst Castle.  They were really incredibly interesting.

Here's the whole group of us at our house.  We had a wonderful, long overdue visit. 

 Some beautiful stenciling from the San Luis Obispo Mission.

The largest Elephant Seal we saw on the coast.  They can get up to 5,000 lbs.  Watching the interactions between them, the females and the pups was really incredible.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Planning New Shibori Quilt

This is what I sewed together late last night, thinking it was pretty good. 

This morning it didn't look as exciting as it did last night, so I did this:

Then I pinned up this variation:

Followed by this last variation:

So if you are looking at this, please give me some feedback as to what you think is most interesting, 1, 2, 3 or 4.  I'm leaning towards 3 or 4.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mission San Miguel at Christmas

My husband and I visited Mission San Miguel yesterday. It really is a very beautiful spiritual place. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

On the Design Wall Now

Been very busy finishing up Christmas 'stuff', like making cookies, cookie dough for sugar cookies, wrapping presents, blah, blah, blah.  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours cleaning and sorting in my studio.  It was a huge mess! Found all sorts of buried treasure.  Rediscovered and remembered at least three or four UFOs that I want to continue working on and put away some that I have lost interest in.  Picked out some fabrics to jumpstart my next two quilts, one being in reds, greens, blacks and yellow and the other the same except interchanging the red for the orange.

On the far left is an arashi shibori.  There are three that are marbled fabrics, in yellow, orange and blacks with circular motifs, and the remaining ones are itajime fabrics.

I like having projects in multiple stages, incubation, physically putting pieces together and finishing up, i.e., quilting or embroidering, in this case.