Saturday, February 17, 2024

my creative week... challenges met: SAHRR & RSC, a beaded necklace finish and a painting!!!


pattern from the book,Precisely Sew

 I'm getting faster at piecing these large blocks (can't remember, they may be 16.5"

and it's fun to dig through the box of scraps for a variety in red prints and solids. I was surprised that with all the fabrics, the star just looks red from a distance!!

On both the red, and green one I chose to repeat two fabrics for the center to be more graphic. The tula pink fabric I chose to use for background (I use plain white for foundation piecing around the feathered star points) is busy but cute. Here are this year's two blocks done for Rainbow scrap challenge

each color is done by piecing 4 blocks, then putting them together to make one big block. For this block I ended up making a cutting template to use for background pieces, and another for the odd triangle shape next to the feathers... not fancy but pre cutting the white pieces makes it all go together better. Same with that elongated triangle around the outside. 

Now for the stay at home round robin... the prompt this week is square in a square on point. 

as always for me, how to incorporate the prompt into my little sunflower garden theme... hmmm

hmmm a row to showcase a different scale of sunflower. I used a vintage print by Valorie Wells, cut 4" blocks, having no idea if they'd fit with the previous part. I know I can make it work. 

let's see, do I want them like this? with one fabric on the inside?  


how about this? I knew after piecing the blocks, that they wouldn't fit right into this row

When I cut 4 " blocks of the cute sunflower green print, to cut once on diagonal, then piece around my flower blocks turning them into the S 'n S blocks needed, they were smaller of course! shall I insert  cute trellis fabric ? yes! fussy cut of course...

I ended up with this... waiting a bit to sew the already sewn row to the base quilt...

I love how I can keep my theme going while following prompts, and that the prompts and challenge have helped me create a place for my original block! Thank you!

I finished my beaded necklace this week... and it felt great to bead again, turning this

into this: I think the sparkly crystal beads look like diamonds in it!

I have been writing a lot of essays this week, but felt a need Friday morning while having my coffee, to paint something...

I used tombow markers (that are water soluble) and a water brush to make this. I was watching a video by an intuitive person on what being attracted to a color meant... ( soul manna)  I was drawn to two, of course, turquoise and silver. Equal attraction, so I head both readings and they really applied to my two sides. 

Her reading of silver attraction really fit me,  ... don't try to fit in, you shine like the sun 

So that's my share for this week... 

plus a drawing done for a friend who collects hedgehogs

linking with

Songbird designs

design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts 

finished or not


Thursday, February 15, 2024

I Like Thursday #389 good food, good art, first crushes, and a poodle

recent painting and doodles

 welcome to this week's list of likes

Fine dining

I made a pot of garbanzo bean soup, with fond memories of eating many bowls of it in Ybor City... it was easy and so good, many recipes online, I chose vegetarian version without sausage. 

I think leeks make every savory dish better
and I tried a new to me appetizer on Sunday... zucchini bites. 

grate one zucchini, salt and let weep out liquid, squeeze that out and add eggs, 4 tbsp oat flour, grated cheddar cheese and bake... I made a dipping sauce to go with, greek yogurt, chives, onion powder, bit of lemon.

for the first time my cinnamon bread came out dry and dense, so I made French toast with it...

and later bread pudding, a breakfast of champions!


I've been writing a lot of essays, for a memoir, and I think if someone asked what I do, I'd say, 

" I write" 

Once I said "student" then, "social worker" then many interesting jobs to earn money,  leading to Speaking/teaching/entertaining quilt guilds, then " artist"  Artist covers a lot of territory, but creating is always my main interest with paint/fabric or words.



not many supplies needed

 I love beading, so I finally got supplies together and made this one.... I like how the seed beads look like diamonds. Instead of putting on a clasp, I made it long enough to go over my head.


When I heard it was a friend's birthday, and recently learning she enjoys hedgehogs, I looked them up on google images. I thought I'd try to draw one, and well, looking at them closely I sort of fell in love with them... I drew/painted this on just a scrap of copier paper

and kind of wish I'd done it on nicer paper, but I really loved looking at this next to my computer all week... happy birthday Angie.

 Reading on audio books:

listening to a novel by a fave author, fascinating premise. A woman ends up staying at a house that leads her to a possible past life, 

Prompt this week

Who was your first crush? (Real or fictional?) how old were you, how did you feel, were you a romantic?  

well, in first grade, I kissed, and was kissed by Ricky Puleo   by the back fence. First grade, and he was so cute. I ran into him years later, we were both working in schools, and recognized each other immediately!!! He was still so cute. 

I had a crush on a neighbor, a year old than I. Mike, and I remember about age 12, we were sitting on my front steps one day, and he looked over suddenly serious, and said "I'd want to go with you, but you're a little too fat" crush turns crushing. Oh, I said, well, goodbye. I was chubby which in those days of the late 1960's was the kiss of death for romance. Nowadays it's called curvy and acceptable. 

Steve McQueen became a born-again Christian, found comfort in Billy Graham  before succumbing to cancer: book | Fox News
Steve McQueen

I had some man crushes on tv stars and musicians... Adam on Bonanza, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen. Kurt Russel just a bit older than I,

Kurt Russell in Follow Me Boys! great movie | Famous faces, Celebrities  male, Hooray for hollywood

The actor that played the son on the Rifleman show... 

38 Pernell Roberts-Adam Cartwright on Bonanza ideas ...
oh, Adam...

Always romantic, even my Barbie and Ken led romantic lives at my control. I spoke for both of them, he was always attentive to her. I think I must have written complete movies for them with dialogue. 

Barbie's 9 greatest cars - Hagerty Media

I knew what a romance was from Rock Hudson. I had daydreams of a boy that would hold my hand and dance with me and bring candy and flowers, and be able in my dreams of picking me up. 

Milo's Moment

I'm Mama's crush now!!! bol!
I don't have much to share this week. Oh the usual eat/sleep/play/poop... be kind to animals y'all, after all you're officially animals too. Love you... Milo the good

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