AND SEW IT GOES
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Last update: September 1st, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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My art, my life, my family and whatever strikes my fancy
I am trying to post to my blog, using my Kindle Fire. Yay! I think it worked.
It's done.Can you see a difference? I ca
Thanks for all the interest and suggestions for changing my big, ole quilt. You guys need to get together and agree on things before you post these comments, though! Some of you said "change the sky" some said don't. Some liked the added details—some not. These comments are always so interesting to me. The most help
I've had a busy week with meetings and s
I am glad, on days like today, that I decided to have a ceil
Two new, very small little beaded pieces. Each is about 4" square, mounted on 6" square black mat board.
Back to those little beaded thingies. Most of you seemed to agree that cutting a couple of them into smaller pieces was a good idea. A couple of you didn't. Del thought the purple/blue one no longer had room to "breathe." I can see that. What bothered me more about all of them was what happened to the corners when I put the
Off I went, last Wednesday, to Oregon City to a memorial service. Bertie was my Dad's cousin and perhaps the last of that generation of his family. She died at age 96 last month. Though I hadn't seen her in years the news brought back memories of family reunions at the beach where she lived with her second husband, George.
I am still beading and stitching on little bits. I know several of you said you liked this one despite my feeling that it had too much going on.
Fifty years ago this summer I embarked upon a great advent
You can't stop with just one. These are small, but intense. Most in the 8" - 10" range.
I have spent the past two months working on big pieces. Big for me. Each about 1
Sofia and I decided that for the rest of the summer she could spend Thursday afternoons with me and it would be our "studio day." Today was the first and I decided to teach her some embroidery stitches, explaining that embroidery was part sewing and part drawing with a needle and thread.In preparation I purchase
That is what I should have named this blog. "Making it up as I go along." That could be my personal life theme, actually. But today it is about quilting motifs. I have been quilting the big quilt and I decided it needed some interest in the quilting. My friends convinced me that the full-out
How is it that summer comes flying out of nowhere and then suddenly it is half over? Does the rest of the world get more of a lead up and gradual glide into summer, or is it all like it is here in Oregon—long, cold rainy winter, long cold rainy spring and then you wake up one morning and the sprinklers are going and the c
Ray has been working so much this month that I feel like I barely see him. This morning he suggested we get out and do something for a couple hours. We like estate sales. I found three on Craig's list that looked interesting and put us in the vicinity of the
Our SAQA Portland group met at the Waterstone Gallery in Portland's Pearl District yesterday morning to see Trisha Hassler's show. Now if you have never seen Trisha's work and I start out telling you how she has been combining rusted steel, that she cuts with a torch, and stitched fabric you just aren't going to understand
I am cutting it off. The only logical solution, really.
Simple ain't simple. I keep saying I want to simplify my work—make it more graphic, less fussy, less detailed, more abstract. But it isn't easy, as I keep discovering. Remember how I struggled over this blue house? I continued to struggle and fuss an
Today I dyed some shirting fabrics in a green bath. It is wonderful how differently the different fabrics take the dye. Much, of course, depends on what the underlying color is.
The travelers have returned from Ecuador, pretty much in good shape, but both thoroughly exhausted. We were all so happy to see them, especially Emily's children, who missed their Mom desperately.In our family, returning travelers and Ecuadorean visitors come bearing gifts and special orders. There are a few thi
Some new photos from Andy. Looks like they have been hanging out in Quito's Old City. Here is the Iglesia de San Francisco (The church of St. Francis), Ecuador's oldest church.
More of Andy's photos from Ecuador. The previous bunch focused on cities, but some of the best places in Ecuador are not in the city. I have been to Emily's in-laws' house in the country, or in "el campo" as they call it.
So much going on here I can't keep up, much less post to this blog! It has been an emotionally exhausting week. Thursday was the day my son Andy had oral surgery—15 teeth removed, bone grafts and 12 titanium screws set in his jaw. He has been very forthcoming on Facebook, so I don't think he will mind this disclosure. Poo
After getting the new bathroom put to rights, I
I did a lot of that today. My seam ripper was my most used tool today.
The bathroom project is nearly finished and there will be photos in due time. Suffice it to say that I love the result, but the mess was getting to me earlier this week. The chaos and noise of saws whining and workmen hammering and dust flying does wear thin. On Tuesday we were all a little of sick of it and Marco, who stay
We painted the new bathroom this weekend. The bathroom isn't finished, but it is easier to paint before the cabinets and toilet and floor are in place. While I am usually most drawn to warm, earthy colors for my surroundings, for this new bathroom I wanted something light and cool and clean looking. I have a