Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
This Particular book inspired me to make this wallhanging for the granddaughter of some friends The dad is a fisherman through and through. I'd probably do a lot more stuff on it now that I've done a few things like this. Maybe use more embellishments. I don't know if they liked it, but I had fun making it so that to me, means it was a success!
My next favorite book is Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston. Another book that does not have patterns. Instead she has inspiration and ideas and tips to make the blocks your own. It's soooooo cool, you just cut without measuring. I made a log cabin lap quilt using these ideas. I gave it away and don't have a picture to show you, but the logs are at funny angles, and I thought about calling it "Don't drink and Quilt"
This book is no longer in print and sadly I do not have my own copy. The one in the picture is the from the local library. I check it out constantly! I have tried buying it on ebay and amazon, but the prices go up higher than my meager salary can justify. I did for one glorious fleeting moment think about checking it out and "losing" it because the replacement fee would be less than getting it second hand, but I just can't do that. Raised Catholic you know, the guilt would get to me and I would likely break out in purple spots and yellow stripes and have to redeem myself by scrubbing the library floors or scraping gum from under the tables or something equally dreary.
And these are my bookshelves. Not as many as a lot of quilters have, but every one is enjoyed! At one time I felt a wee bit guilty for having all these quilt books and not making something from each one of them. Then my very wise, favorite aunt mentioned that quilt books are like cook books, you don't have to make everything that is in them to enjoy looking at them. And yes, she is the same aunt that taught her grandchildren to say they need to use the bathroom when she spots a quilt shop. Brilliant woman! Hopefully it runs in the family!??? ;-)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
I love the one closest to me, and I love the one in the next town over, and any time I can convince my husband to stop at one on the road, that is my favorite too.
My aunt very cleverly taught her grandchildren to all insist that they have to go to the bathroom immediately when they spot a quilt shop sign! Is she smart or what?
Friday, April 20, 2007
Well, today was my hair donation day. My personal photographer
came along and documented the entire process. Even when I wished she would just put the camera down! I think it is kind of hard to tell how long it is in the "before" picture, but the stylist cut off 12 inches, and she thought that at least 10 if not 11 would be usable. That brings the Green girls total donated hair to-- drum
roll please................ 50 inches!
That is a lot of hair to not clog the drain anymore! The stylist also pointed out that I would be using a lot less shampoo. The only thing I've noticed so far is that MY NECK IS COLD! I also won't be wearing a pony tail anytime soon!
The website to learn more about Locks of Love is http://www.locksoflove.org/
Thursday, April 19, 2007
water from this planter. As anyone with a country dog knows, disgusting old water is much better than nice fresh stuff from the faucet! I thought he sort of looked like a demented St. Bernard. He just looked at us like, "what?" As we say around here, he is a natural blond!
My next big news for the day is that after a couple months of applications I finally have a job interview tomorrow. whew, hope I didn't just jinx it! And, I stopped at a hair salon and they measured my hair and told me I have more than enough to do my hair donation for locks of love. then they got me in tomorrow!!!! My youngest daughter had donated twice, and daughter number 3 has donated, so it is my turn now! My youngest is going along and plans to take pictures, so I'm sure those will be up tomorrow night~
Sunday, April 15, 2007
At our guild meeting last Thursday the quilt ribbons from our show in March were handed out.
My good friend Trudy won one of the children's choice awards. A very cute ribbon made with a crayon box, and ribbons embroidered with the name of the show and the award. Since she wasn't at the meeting I took it to give to her later. Last night my sewing 13 year old saw it, and got excited thinking I had won an award. I explained the whole thing to her. She disappeared for a little bit and came back in with "Vanessa's Choice" award because she thought my quilt should have won something. Sort of makes you go Ahhhhhhh doesn't it? Her award and the quilt I entered are shown here. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but her ribbons are made from duct tape. She is referred to around here as the Duck Tape Queen.
The quilt I entered was made for daughter #2 for her graduation two years ago. She loves all things oriental and the color green. I don't think you can see it in the picture, but the edges have a double frame under the binding. My sweet favorite cousin, who was with me when I pieced it, had been doing similar edging on a wall hanging. Hers had one strip of fabric, cut at 1 1/2 inches and pressed in half wrong sides together and sewn under the binding similar to piping. It looked really pretty. She got the bright idea that if ONE of these strips at 1 1/2 inches looked that pretty, I should do TWO strips, one at 1 1/2 inches and one at 1 inch, that way folded it comes to 1/2 inch and then there would be 1/4 inch, peeking out alongside the 1 1/2 inch piece which, when folded becomes 3/4 inch. Does anyone with half a brain think this would be a great idea to do all the way around a queen size quilt? Well, the two of us, with two brains between us, thought it was fantastic!
I thought that for about 1/4 of the quilt, then I thought it might be sort of nice for the next 1/4 of the quilt, then for the rest of it I pretty much just thought that sewing those two folded pieces AND the binding was actually just a pain in the______. But by that time I was not going to give up and rip it all out. However, live and learn, I will never do that again! Sometimes I feel that I have a lot more of those live and learn moments than are actually necessary.
This picture shows some of my binding time this weekend. Like my helper? That's my sweet Cassie keeping my lap warm.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Fortunately you cannot hear the wind in the picture nor can you feel the little ice crystals zipping into your skin.
On a brighter and more colorful note, the orange thing is my April abstract challenge. My first one!
It is kind of funny though, my first month in the challenge, because orange has never been my favorite color. But I reminded myself that I like oranges, and orange juice, so that's what I went with.
I'm making cupcakes and vegetable pizza tonight to take to my guild meeting tomorrow. I'm one of the hostesses for this month. It's good to have the oven going and be warm and safe and dry inside! I'm going to go do the machine side of the binding on a couple of quilts, and then I can cuddle up under them and sew. Bliss!
Monday, April 9, 2007
Here is the picture of the quilt I referred to in the post about the registry of those not to give a quilt to. It's a super simple pattern, but I was really pleased with the effect. The picture is a bit dark, but you get the idea. My sweet father in law took the picture for me yesterday when we were all at my sister in laws house for Easter. She has it hanging over the banister at the top of their stairs so everyone can see.
I can't wait to give her the quilt I made for her and her new husband!
Dad also took a picture of the label I made for her.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Goodness did that ring some bells! I swear our mothers may have been separated at birth!
Now history on my mother, I do love her. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease about 5 years ago. She is not in the late stages, and can move around and generally take care of herself. Almost 3 years ago, she and my father moved to the veterans home in King, WI. This is truly a lovely place with very caring people. Still she was very resentful to be there, and not in her own home. So a year and a half ago I worked on a quilt for her, she had been a Master Gardener before she retired, so I collected a ton of flower prints and did a lattice type quilt with all of them. I was really pleased with it in the end. My favorite cousin did some beautiful floral quilting on it and I brought it to my mother. She didn't want to open it, then she didn't even touch it. She just said it would be too heavy and to take it away. I can't even begin to describe how that felt.
Fast forward to a month or so later. For some reason I showed it to my youngest sister in law, and she got that "quilt look" in her eyes. You know what I mean! She said, "Oh Mary that reminds me of Laddie Grandma". (the grandma on my husbands side) Needless to say, she got the quilt! And, she showed it to everyone in the family telling them, "isn't this just like Laddie Grandma?" I will try to get a picture of it to post here later. Another needless to say, when that same sister in law got married this winter, I had no problem working on a quilt for her and her new husband! More on that in a future post!
Monday, April 2, 2007
stashbusters site. I think this top is the most fun I have had lately! I collected fabric for my jars for years. At first it was just food, then I found some marbles, then some shells, office supplies, even cigars! I plan to sew colored buttons in one of the light blue jars, and white mother of pearl buttons in the other jar. The fabrics had been sitting in my drawer waiting for the time I would finally make this. This winter I decided to just do it! I made sure that I didn't sew the blocks together evenly because I wanted them to be sitting on the shelf just like they would be in real life. I thought about doing a realistic colored cat to sit on the bottom shelf, but then my husband gave me a blue flowered china cat, so I duplicated that instead. I also plan to stitch some silk ribbon flowers into the basket. of course, that means I need to get some silk ribbon, and then really pay attention to how those flowers are made. Well, it's not a UFO, but it's not going to be something I finish this month either.
I didn't crop this picture too much, because I always joke with my husband that someday I'm going to write a book called "All My Quilts have Feet" because every time we take pictures of my quilts there are someones feet sticking out the bottom. That train of thought leads me to a WHIMM that I want to do someday involving shoe blocks for a couple of my daughters who are shoe shoppers. Not something they got from me! I'd rather quilt than shop! Unless it's for fabric...........