Sunday, June 1, 2014

Flamingo quilt

Okay, so it is the day before the deadline date. I finished the binding and managed to get a shot of this just before the clouds and pouring rain came in this afternoon. Submission to the St. Augustine Art Association was this afternoon for the Nature and Wildlife show.

This is eighteen inches wide and five feet tall, which is the biggest bird quilt so far. Think there should be a series of these- maybe fish, tortoise and a pelican? What other Florida wildlife would fit?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pastel Exhibition

Last night was the opening of the FCPS Member Exhibit. What a wonderful show! It was fantastic to see how much everyone has improved over the course of the year. There were so many fabulous paintings and I would have been happy to bring about half a dozen home with me. I had two pastels entered, and I won my first award for a pastel painting!

I received a merit award for Bliss, which is a painting of my brother from when we were little. Also included was a gift certificate for Dakota pastels. (Which is wonderful as they have been sending me emails for the last couple of weeks about all the sales the have been having.)

My other entry is a picture that I did from one of the photos I took in France.

And since I apparently don't have enough hobbies, I decided that I needed to add fruit and vegetable carving to my list of skills.  I may have received as many compliments on my fruit plate as on my paintings.

And no, it wasn't too beautiful to eat.  They devoured it!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tropical Bird

Okay, I absolutely HAVE to get better about posting. And getting some more time to work on art.

The good news is that I may have a new house soon with a sweet little ( okay, maybe bigger than LITTLE) studio space. I certainly don't need a dining or living room, so I expect it will be big enough for all my sewing setup. So I am trying to close on a house and pack up all my stuff and get my current project done before the deadline for the St Augustine Art Assoc Nature and Wildlife Show.... And the First Coast Pastel Society has an exhibit opening on Friday that I have two paintings entered.
It's not like I've got a lot on my plate, right?

Here's the start... This is #45 at the Atlanta Zoo.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Finishing up

Got my little quilt done last week and turned it in. Was terribly disappointed in the results. The instructions I had been given were terribly unclear and when I visited the sponsoring shop for finishing up supplies, they told me to turn it in as soon as possible. So I finished it up on the weekend and turned it in on Sunday. On Tuesday night, the meeting that I thought was supposed to be the turning in point was actually the completion of the event.  So my hexagon quilt was only up for two days instead of the whole time. Guess it is a good thing I like the way the quilt turned out, as the rest of the experience was a bummer.

In the interest of getting this done and turned in, I put a machine-sewed binding on this. I never do this and I don't think I did a very good job of it.   I think I may rip it out and sew it back by hand.

The other project I have been working on is teaching myself to knit in two colors. This would be fairly simple if you are always on the same side, but brilliantly I decided to knit a scarf. When you have multiple stitches of the same color the other color has to be anchored under the stitches.  Otherwise there are long strings on the back that are exceptional at catching on things.  So one side is easy and the return (purl) side is a little trickier.  My dad dreads February, so I made this as a present for him.  He finally got it yesterday, so I can post the pics now.

See my ducky dad? That is a duck on his scarf... And yes, dorkism runs in the family!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

In My Mothers Box

Sewed tail feathers all day yesterday, so today I took a break and sewed my little hexagon quilt together. I would never have bought any of these fabrics myself- they are much more mom's speed. She likes really bright, colorful quilts.  These were all in the little monthly packets of 5" squares my favorite quilt shop gave away last year.

Now all I have to do is figure out what to quilt on it!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Flights of fancy

Spring has come to the south!

I watched the bluebirds chase each other around today- I guess it must be mating season.  Looks like there may be baby bluebirds in my future!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A little extra project...

So as if I didn't have enough of my own projects, last year my favorite little quilt shop decided to give out a bag of nickel scraps every month for a contest in February.  Yesterday I realized the deadline is coming right up and interrupted my Blue Streak quilt to sew some of the nickels together. I used Marti Mitchell's hexagon template and spent some time chaining them together this morning-

The sad part is, you had to spend a certain dollar amount to get your baggie every month. So what does it say that I had eight of the little beggars? 

Probably that I am spending way too much time and money at my favorite quilt shop!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Scrap the Resolutions!

Haven't been out here in a while- spent most of the last year getting experimented on by doctors and finally had my gall bladder out in November. So in retrospect, not a lot of quilting or artwork got done last year.  Bummer! But the plan was to be healthy and get a lot more done in 2014.

I managed to bust that resolution as soon as the year started- I spent the first 30 hours of the new year with ripping pains in my gut and thinking I was going to have to crawl off to the emergency room.  Apparently one glass of champagne is beyond me now... Or maybe I managed to eat something that completely disagreed with me.  Managed to live through it though and am now working on the second part of getting a lot more done this year.

So here is the latest quilt, pulled out of the UFO list-

This started out as the Blue Streak quilt from Fons & Porter's December 2006 magazine. (Yes, I am a little behind on my UFO list!) As usual, I have changed things a bit and have moved the blocks around in a circular pattern. 

Maybe I can get this done by the time mom finishes quilting the current one!