Saturday, October 1, 2022

sewing saturday, a finish and a finished top


For this week's sewing round up... a finish, a lot of scrappy sewing, and a finished top! 

In honor of Fall, the cute small (about 20" X 24") quilt above was made with fall scraps, from a pattern I got from canadianneedlenana (maybe from this source. ) I love the little bird and would make that again

note little fussy cut fall images in stars

fussy cut words in the pumpkin stars too. I love this orange fabric with crows!

I admit, it was hard to allow myself to cut into the hoarded rust colored moda fabric to bind it. Feels wasteful to use pretty fabrics on backing or binding to me but it was perfect. Now to hang it in the family room to enjoy and maybe bring on cool weather.

as I mentioned before, my friend Jan at colorfulfabricholic, sent me her project scraps from making a kaleidoscopr quilt last year. I love getting scraps but especially when they are all from a project. Weird angles, all go together, and I can just play with abandon! 

from the tiniest pieces came my favorite item so far, the long banner on the left. 

on it's way to a finished top


When you make a kaleidoscope quilt a la Ricky Tims, you have a lot of angular strip scraps left.

see the tiny strips added to make them work?
  I tried to make the most of them, recutting with my 60 deg triangle ruler when I could to make 6 sectioned hexies... and I fell hard for her orange and black striped fabric (wish I had yardage of that one) 

I cobble together left overs, making them work, try to balance colors, sew in strips if needed. I turned a set of 4 the same size into a runner by adding in corner pieces of black and one of my halloween prints for a border... it says faintly happy halloween in gray!

time to quilt this and put it out for Halloween! Thank you Jan for the hours of fun!!!

I separated painting from sewing this week, doing a paint party Friday post yesterday


I would love it if you went to see what I painted this week. Color is color, art is all good, and painting informs my quiltmaking.

the link is: HERE!


Linking to

patchwork Sunday                    

design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts

Friday, September 30, 2022

watching paint dry.... and learning, always learning



For this week's painting round up, the focus is on learning... doing things differently but as always enjoying color! 

I am taking two intensive workshops with 3-4 hourlong videos each this week. It's sad when good things overlap and a person has to make a choice of what to leave behind. I started a lot of paintings this week, and hope to get to them later but a few things were made.

the owl seemed plain til I thought to add in mice! The cut out word was done on an index card, then cut into a leaf shape, a calligraphy word and some leaf drawings then taped to the piece, sitting on the mantel now

new pens!!!

 speaking of calligraphy I'm signed up to take a free workshop next week and tried my new brush pens. I like them a lot!

the workshop this week, CreativeU asks each presenter what color they usually leave off their work. 

I like all colors, except beige...and although I enjoy vibrant hues and saturated color, I am finding a use for the quiet, neutral colors where there is less contrast. It seems to be peaceful and allow the viewer to complete the picture. 

one presentation on illustration, said to paint with a watercolor back ground in all colors, then paint over the negative space... 

I painted two backgrounds, then in darker colors the negative space  leaving the pretty colors to become the image

next time paint darker color around the images

the top index card is the leftover from cutting out the fall leaf at the top of this post. I glued them to the card, and painted around the bits...

Kind of amazing that trash can become more...

it's all in what you see when you look at it...

since I can't really share the starts to lots of projects, I'll show you the last one. I do a lot of female portraits, and have developed my way of starting them. This presentation from Willowing's Life Book taster sessions, had a different approach. Just start laying in blobs of color... made me uncomfortable and I don't like it but...they don't all work, and there is beauty in all

dh's reaction wasn't positive... "your other portraits are a lot better" he said. I know, but it's a different approach. I'm using a new paper to me, Dick Blick brand 90 lb watercolor paper. Very inexpensive for learning on, don't worry about wasting it, but it absorbs the paint like crazy. The colors dry to paleness.

colors are much more intense in real life the photos are washed out

I think her technique deserves more attempts later, and like the quick line drawings done in staedtler black ink pen. 

More videos today, can't keep up but I can try....

linking to: face off party!

                Gillena(lunch break) of art

Thursday, September 29, 2022

I Like Thursday #d 317


the trees are starting to color up

must be the shorter days, and slightly cooler nights 

I love fall colors


I've read all of Dr Weiss's books, and need healing right now. This has been a life of pain...


Finished the Grace Kelly Dress on audio and it was so good... now listening to the charming story while working in the studio....


on a gift of leftover scraps from The Colorful Fabriholic (LINK) We both made the kaleidoscope quilt last year (mine is basted but not completely quilted) in Fall colors. Jan sent me her cut offs and I'm having so much fun making quilts from them... a this is the tip of the iceberg of what I've made so far....

watching on tv

finale's of a few shows, start of New Amsterdam, Amazing Race, Survivor. Sadly we are still in season 3 of Offspring out of Aus. and netflix is about to stop showing it. Know where we can see it? 


lots and taking two very heavy workshops running at the same time... paint post tomorrow

I am showing you a palette I bought on amazon that is very handy. I mix up colors to use in a painting and if there are any left, they stay put in the triple fold case. Link

Our prompt this week is to share health and beauty aids you like...the first ones are lancome face cleaner that smells great and is gentle. The shampoo is one that fluffs up my terribly thin straight hair. I also love the scent, and use his lotion too.

it's dry here, and ever since I was a little girl I've dealt with violent nosebleeds. If I remember to spray my nose each night, and put in some ayr like the ENT specialist said to do, my nose is healthier. I discovered arnica which helps with pain and bruises. Okay, I've daubed it on terrible bites too.
Our feet crack here in the extreme dryness and bee bar lotion is just about the only thing that keeps them in check. It's a solid bar you rub over dry skin, and is gently scented ( I like citrus) and I've been using this lovely product for years now.

This video is so touching.... 

and I'm now officially obsessed with this animal chiropractor. I've seen his videos working on cats, dogs, pigs, sheep, and more.  I wish he would work on my body pain...what a talented, strong healer, with such a love that he'll kiss a horse on it's nose during a treatment.

Milo's Moment

Milo: it's still hot and sunny here even though Mama said it was gonna get cooler

Mama: the weather predictions were for cool but they changed back to hot despite it being officially Fall now. 

Milo: well, I still want to go outside, still like to chase my ring toy at least twice before finding shade. I still like to get treats out of my wishbone toy at night and my teeth are getting cleaner! Oh, and I like ice cream after it melts!

  I like to walk at night in the dark but am afraid of all the critters out there. I am being very independent and getting on and off the big bed using the chair the pawrents put there for me.

when I was a young pup (3 1//2 months old) I got injured when a big dog leapt onto my shoulder and tore ligaments. It took almost a year to heal after surgery and the dogter said to not let me jump. 

to tell you the truth I'm kind of afraid to even step down onto the chair, then floor but I'm doing it!

now please visit mama's friends to see what they liked this week. Tell us if you wrote a post too

rosie and the boys nature pics