Friday, January 30, 2009
I have managed to make two more birds though. This first one I think I'll keep for myself.
And this one may go to a local friend:
I've also been struggling with the exercises for Jump Start January. Well, working with them. There's a lot of journaling and thinking and trying out new ways of approaching things. It's refreshing and frightening at the same time. I doubt any of this is going to show up in my work in a noticeable way. What I'm hoping for is that the stuff I do behind the scenes will come more easily and in a more organized fashion. I've got to do whatever I can to offset this annoying tendency of chemical intolerance to get in the way!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I considered several options for selecting the winners of the two birds. Because there were so many entries I finally decided to use this random number generator. Saved me from having to copy over a bunch of names or numbers on little scraps of paper!
And now the moment you've all been waiting for...
This little bird will be winging its way to Stacysews:
And this one will be flying off to live with Quiltdivajulie!
Now I've got to catch the other birds and get them into their shipping container for their trip to CreativeKismet, the originator of this exchange and give-away. I meant to do that a couple of days ago but got waylaid by chemical exposures. Getting these little guys to the post office may be an adventure in and of itself. This affliction is teaching me how to ask for help, that's for sure.
Friday, January 23, 2009
As a result I decided to make a second green bird to give away:
I'll announce the two winners on Sunday. Good luck to everyone who entered! And remember, you have until Saturday at 7 (Pacific time) to put your name in the hat.
I have finished the preemie quilt for January:
See you on Sunday!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
All the birds are pieced on both sides. For example, this is one side of the yellow bird...
And this is the other side:
Monday, January 19, 2009
I did, however, pull out a small UFO that has been on my mind to turn into a preemie quilt.
The hospital I donate my preemie quilts to wants them to be at least 24" x 30". This top currently measures 26" square. My plan is to make some flying geese units to create borders for what will become the top and bottom of the quilt, thus bringing it up to size. Well, actually it will end up a little bigger than it needs to be but that's okay. So when I'm feeling better this will do double duty as my January preemie quilt and my bit for our national day of service.
I was hoping to post my Birds of Change give-away today because I know it's already the 20th on the other side of the globe. Not happenin'. Tune in again tomorrow, dear reader, to find out how my birds turned out and how you might be able to win one :- )
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It's all so surgical. I even use hemostats to help with the delivery. ;- )
I'll be sending most of my nestlings to Regina at Creative Kismet for the Birds of Change Exchange. Remember to stop by on the 20th though (that's only a few days away!) because I'll be taking applications (via comments) for a new home for one particular winged messenger.
Meanwhile, I thought I'd show you one of the few gifts I made this Christmas. Remember the Dilbert tie I found at the thrift shop? I first showed it in this post. Well, I turned it into a decorative pillow for my sister. Dilbert is one of those cartoons she really identifies with. I didn't think the black and red color scheme would work in her home decor all that well but she loves the pillow. Score!
And the back...
Monday, January 12, 2009
Hmm... You may not be getting any pictures today. I'm getting error messages when I try to upload photos... Guess Blogger is having a Monday Morning too.
Maybe I'll go make another bird and try again later... or tomorrow. See ya then!
Friday, January 9, 2009
By the way, our immediate area seems to have escaped the brunt of the flooding issues currently plaguing Washington and Oregon. Whew!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The fabric is a print Jason Yenter designed a couple of years ago for In The Beginning and the Western Washington Shop Hop. All I did was lay it over a piece of Peltex and then topstitch/quilt around a few of the framed images. I tried to highlight those that pertain mostly to the area in which we live. The upper right corner needed something though... there was sort of a dead spot there.
I found this charm of a bald eagle, which are native to our area. It wouldn't show up against the colors of the fabric so I scrounged a bit of leafy green print in the blue-green so common around here and voila: eagle swooping through the treetops!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
You can read more about Marin here.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Paula was doing a clear-out and shared some bits and pieces of old saris from her stash with me. I whipped up the postcard above as a thank you. The yellow center was an orphan block from my stash, about 3" square. I chose it because the hearts on either side of the X speak to me of a generous heart on one side and a grateful heart on the other. After that it was simply a matter of bringing it up to size (4" x 6") and embellishing it. In addition to the bluebird sequin and the flower pot button with ribbon flower I used some short bugle beads to emphsize the lines of the X shape and sequined the dots in the purple polka dot print. Quick and fun :- )
Now I'm trying to incorporate at least a couple of the bits Paula sent me into a postcard that I will keep as part of my collection of TIF challenge responses. So technically I'm making two postcard quilts for the challenge this month.
This is how I've been displaying my postcard quilts:
When I began this challenge a year ago I purchased a small photo album that I thought I would use to store the postcards. Then my second card ended up being so dimensional that it wouldn't fit into the sleeve. That's when I started lining them up along the bookshelf.
A short time ago I went out to look for something to store the postcards in as I don't feel the need to have them on display all the time. I came home with this:
And the cards fit nicely inside:
I'm even thinking of making a special card to affix to the front of the tin as a label. But don't hold your breath!
Since we have DD and family here for the day I will save my plans and goals for another post. In the meantime, let me officially begin this new year by wishing everyone who reads my blog (whether you comment or not ~ hint hint!) a year full of creative energy and the time and resources to make the most of it.