Thursday, November 27, 2014

Baby Blue Stained glass blocks

These are my stained glass blocks in baby blues, for this month's color from the RSC (link)
The picture isn't very dramatic but they look good in person. I have to admit, using only one color of only one colorway is not my preferred way to use colors.
I like to explore a color from light to dark, mixing visual texture. This has been a good exercise for me as it's not my usual way of doing things.
Do you agree that it's good to stretch oneself? To try things a new way? To allow a challenge to put parameters on your sewing which make you do things differently? I think there's value in that.
See my tutorial on how to construct this stained glass block HERE!  and more of my little tutorials here

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Cole

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and hope the dinner table is full of laughter, and good food, and remember if you are put at the kids table, it can be more fun than the adult one!
Love, LeeAnna, Drew and Cole

Monday, November 24, 2014

Out on the town again

 Fall is almost done, and many people are already putting up Christmas lights in our neighborhood. We went back to the last big Sugarloaf Craft show of the season this weekend. Cole was calm this time luckily!
 Here he is investigating the doggie metal sculptures with his favorite, Daddy.
We had quite a surprise this time. One of our favorite vendors had gotten a standard poodle puppy! Cole met "Stanley" and the two layed down on the floor side by side in mutual acknowledgement of their poodleness. It made me want a puppy... the vendor said she got Stanley because she loved Cole for years!

We passed many a dog, all nodding at each other til one little min-pin had a go at Cole who totally ignored his barks. Good boy.
As we stood in line visiting with friends from dancing days, someone asked if Cole was in line. He wasn't but the pug ahead of us was intent on getting a sausage.
All that fun and then ... (insert heavy music here) bath time. Why oh why do the good times end?
Linking to Monday Mischief Pet Party

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thankful for friends and fabric from friends!

Cole loves Fall  circa 2003

I made this quilt when Cole was a puppy and president of the Stick Relocation Team for our area.

He loved picking up a stick of dried up leaves, and shaking it. Rattle rattle. Then carrying the "carcass" home.

 I painted leaves with acrylic textile paint, pressed them on fabric and appliqued them to the piece.
Metallic threads of course, I have  had a long love affair with shiny-sparkly items. The teeth are hand cut and 3-D. I might make different choices today but I still put this favorite up every year.

Let's talk about Friends and Fabric for a moment. I entered a drawing for 12 FQ of brights on the objects of design and Sally hand picked these lovelies for me including the pink poodle print! I so appreciate her generosity and gift.
 While I'm at it, look at the cool gifts I was given by friends at the Houston Quilt Festival this year.
Nancy at pugmomquilts gave me the fun, and colorful, mug of the patchwork sewing machine, the ultimate power tool. Note, her  furbabies photo

Maggie at funkydiva  gave me the sweet faced file and magnetic clothes pins, currently living on my fridge.

 I gave them an owl pin cushion to remember me by. 

The following fabric was a total surprise and sent to me by my friend
 Janice Paine-Dawes at   Just because we share a love of dogs and fabric, she sent me this piece of reclaimed fabric with art deco poodles. What a treasure!
As the Thanksgiving season is upon us I wanted to say I'm thankful for my blogging and internet friends who are Real and important to me even if I didn't mention you in this post. You know who you are, and I am grateful for the friendships that have developed between us! Love, LeeAnna

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The color is light blue... and a tutorial

Sugar Cone  3 inch block
The color for November at RSC14 (soscrappy) is light blue. I know one needs lights and darks to make a quilt sparkle but I must admit I don't reach for pale fabrics as often as bright saturated colors.

I like them and blues that remind you of sky are beautiful. Out came the blue scrap bins, the paper pieced pattern sugar cone and I made some blocks.

I figured out an easier more exact way to match block segments and thought you might like to know too.
 First place the two segments face to face. Stick a pin straight through both corners, turning it over to make sure it's in exactly the right place. Push the pin all the way thru til the pinhead bumps the paper. Do this on both corners you want to sew thru.
On the 6 inch blocks, I also stuck a pin midway.

Then carefully while it's in place hold a pin parallel to the paper and carefully making sure not to distort it, pin parallel to the sewing line. Repeat on other side. Take out the first pins, sew, flip over and it should be sewn on both printed lines and match exactly.

You see, by pinning this way you leave the pins in while not sewing over them.  You can knock off your machine's timing by hitting a pin.

And now I want to tell you about my favorite new tool! I got a little Fiskars cutting set last year for little paper piecing blocks. I didn't use it til yesterday and WOW! I love it! It twirls around so you can cut without moving the block or ruler.   It turns around easily. Perfectly.

My white mat is so hard I have to push down with my rotary cutter but this one is perfect with a light touch.
In fact it's so perfect I don't want to use it.
I don't want to use it because I'll use it up and hopefully they'll make more.
They stopped making my favorite bra, my favorite lipstick, my favorite running shoes, so I hope they'll keep making these!

I am behind on making the 3 inch squares in monthly colors but here are all the ones I've made so far. 
I have no idea how I'll set them but I like them a lot. And they are all from scraps a sane person would have thrown away!
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Learning is a good thing

Our sewing group took on the study of the book  
Inspirations in Design for the creative quilter (K.Masopust)
We decided there would be more of a chance of us actually doing the exercises if we did them together!

Laughter ensues.

We led each other through the first exercise after arranging the white items to be drawn. Oh yes we're artists despite no one wearing a beret and some of us drawing like a 4 year old (me)
We all had paper, pencils and mat corners with which to crop an image we liked.

We got through several sketch-without-looking-while-listening-to-jazz exercises and my personal  outcome?? well... I didn't love the process or the outcome on my sheet. I do like sketching especially in this setting where I am among friends who are too busy trying to keep up to judge my weird offerings.
When tired we took it in turns to move the items around the table.

Yeah that's why it isn't working, it's the arrangement!

After lunch, the weekly highlight of our meetings, we resumed looking at that white still life but this time only using squares and rectangles to interpret the scene.

Hold the presses!!

I like doing this! I LIKE my drawings and the process and what I see. Then we tried it with only triangles. I kind of liked the drawings but again found I liked the process.
Sometimes if it's new, and not so fun, if you just keep going it gets better! LeeAnna

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Odds and Ends and a waaaay cute video

In case it doesn't open on your viewer, try this link click
My friend Suze, who is a very good friend that I only get to speak to on the phone as we now live far from each other told me about Marcel.
She knows me. She knows I am creative and appreciate creativity. She knows I like humor and whimsy and she's right, I want to be friends with the makers of this video.

It would probably be another long distance friendship.

I thought I would also show you the statue I bought at Houston Quilt Festival.
It's Dorothy from my favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz.

It was a once a year treat to stay up late and watch this movie when I was growing up. It was shown once a year only. I only really flinched when the flying monkeys came out, but used to sing the munchkin song while in high school to make friends laugh. I do that voice pretty well. I thought Dorothy was the luckiest girl in the world, as she had not only a dog but three friends who went through life with her. She belonged.
And had great shoes.