Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eye Candy Found in Quilting Books and Magazines

I suppose I needed a new place to wonder and work in the creative zone. Lately, I find myself attracted to quilting magazines and books. I'm loving the whole "art quilt" concept. I guess quilting always seemed a bit rigid and maybe not enough media to play with.....BOY WAS I WRONG! I bought the above book by Spike Gillespie which features many wonderful quilt artists and provides much eye candy and inspiring words. You can get it at Amazon.com for a lot less than I paid for it at B&N (mental note to self for future purpose).

You know me, I could not stop, I also bought the Quilting ARts Gifts holiday issue. How could I not get it? The cover was so bright and beautiful....it seduced me! It did! Anyway, after going through that about a thousand times already in less than a week, I decided on trying one project...the legal portfolio on page 11o by Diane Rusin Doran. The first one was so hard, I had so much trouble with the directions mostly regarding the flap placement and closure. I'm sure experienced quilters and seamstresses had no trouble. The second one was a little bit easier but I still don't have closure problem solved....I just used velcro on the second one. They are cute anyway. PICTURES OF COURSE.....



Oh, and I have to share some fun pics and story about my little neighbors. Gabi and Mary are my little neighbor friends. They caught me out on my front swing sewing on a purse one night and talked me into making them one for Christmas. Well after much thought, I decided these girls needed to experience making their own purses. I wanted them to be exposed to the whole experience of painting on fabric, hand sewing, maybe even a little sewing on the old machine. So I invited them over yesterday for a few hours of messy fun. Their pieces are painted and they will come today to start the sewing process. I enjoyed the girls and their delight in creating. It was one of those "take time to smell the roses" moments. It was a "not all about me" moment and it was wonderful. Here are some pics...








Sunday, October 18, 2009

Feeling it for Fabric Postcards


Somewhere in between the laundry, housecleaning, and grocery shopping, I decided to work on fabric postcards. I finished this one. I must say that I like my first one better as it was stiffer and that is because I used a stiffer pellon. So, forgive me-oh receiver of the not-so-stiff fabric postcard. You will know who you are in a few days unless the wimpy card gets lost in a crevice of some mailmans car or something like that...oh well...."small things.....great love" lol.


Then, I made fabric postcard number 3. It is a Halloween style card and it is not even worthy of a picture. Really, it looks like something a first grader would make. You still want to see? OK, here it is.....
Did I scare you? This card is being mailed to a family member tomorrow. I am working on number 4 fabric postcard tonight. I think it is cool that you can send these in the mail. Please email me if you have any questions about making these. I have found a few really helpful tutorials and then I do what I want with some of those instructions. Can't help being a bit of a rebel! Still hoping to hear from some more of you with fall photos for the fall photo challenge.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Where My Girls At?

OK, I Posted the Fun Fall Photo (fhoto) challenge and only a couple of you have bitten? I know that there are more of you out there that love a good photo challenge! I really hope you will share your fall photo with me for this challenge. You don't even have to have a blog (Rhea, Ronetta and Mama). I just want to see your interpretation of "fall". So get to sending! (Not mentioning any names....Renea, Lisa, Susan, Susan the Queen, Marah, Amber, Running with Scissors, Rhea, Ronetta, Mama, etc) I know you got something in your mind, go and get it. Share it sistah!

Here is a pic I took of my little decoration for my front yard. I had to do something to keep up with the neighbors. Really, my neighbors go all out for Halloween. They do an inside spook house. Last year, I got some great shots of their indoors spookhouse. Really, these
guys were in their living room~
CHANGING TOPICS
Sorry to change topics on you so rapidly but I have to tell you about the lovely little envelope I discovered in my mailbox this evening. I had a sweet little card with 6 moo cards from RXBAMBI in my mailbox today. Wow, what a nice way to finish off an exausting (bad shoe day) Monday. It made my day, really Susan~! Makes me wanna do a Moo card swap...Thanks and watch your mailbox for something sweet. That is all folks for today.