Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
I need to add a few more short words or phrases to fill in the spaces and I'll be ready to assemble this one. I'm planning an inner border using all the colors of the letters and then a wide outer border of the background gray. I really, really hope there are no spelling mistakes!
Friday, December 09, 2011
I have been writing fabric words for the last few days for a Meditation quilt. The phrases are from the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn, originator of the Mindfulness course that I took awhile back.
Brenda bought me this bag of remnants when we went to Faye's Henhouse fabric store in Mayville, ND. When I unwrapped them, I discovered that they were all third yard and quarter yard cuts from gorgeous fabrics. Now, what to do with them...so much fun deciding.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011
I finished this one on Friday. The only word I'm a less pleased with is NOW because the yellow is a bit too bright. I may make another one or take one of my Shiva paintsticks to that one and dull it down a bit. Or look on it as the most important word.
When I folded my fabrics last week I realized I was very short of red and had only one piece of purple. Yesterday in Fargo I went a little way toward curing that problem. The green piece is obviously neither red nor purple but it was just too beautiful to resist. Some of the fabrics are from Mill End Textiles in Fargo and some are from Faye's Henhouse in Mayville, one of my favorite quilt store in the world.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I finished the letters with the same fabric but with a brown background. They show up better than the photo would indicate. It was already quite dark when I took the picture. I like the B better in this version but the A not as much. The cross bar doesn't show up as well. Still the message is there. Tomorrow I'll quilt and back it and start on the words.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I am almost finished the words. I'm thinking the last one will be gentle, as in "Be gentle with yourself".
Of course, I could make lots more words and not hang them all at once. This could be an on going project. I have pretty well decided that I will use buttons and make a loop on the top of each word with some round black elastic that I have. I'll use fusible fleece instead of batting in the words so they will be stiff enough to hang properly with only one loop.
I am really liking this project now and I may have to make at least one more, maybe in brighter colors.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The basic banner is finished. Now I want to make some words to hang from it. I did LOVE in different fabrics, mainly because I don't have enough background fabric to make them all the same as the banner. This one might be too different but I'll make a few more words and see how they look. I'm thinking of doing some sort of hanging system so I can hang one word if I want to focus on that particular feeling, or many words if I wish. I'm thinking of either buttons on the front or a strip of velcro on the back of the main banner. The velcro would give more freedom for the placement of the words. I could then make some of them horizontal if I want to use a long word or a phrase. I already have a long list of possible words so stay tuned.
Sorry about the bad lighting. I have it pieced together and it's nearly six feet long. That should get the message across. I am debating the idea of making smaller words vertically to hang from the bottom. I'll make one or two to see how they look. I thought of dream, love, relax, calm, and other words like that.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Today I started the letters for the BREATHE wall hanging that I have been planning for my Yoga space. These letters are about 12 inches high. My usual size is about 2 inches so it's a bit of a challenge to get the proportions right. I'm not satisfied with the R. The slanted part is too cut off but I may be able to repair that without making a whole new letter. Also I'm not sure about the blue bars on the B.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I went to Elkhorn Resort at Riding Mountain National Park for a few days with my family. This is a picture of the part of the crew that went for a hike. We also had a spa/massage afternoon and did a lot of eating. We stayed in fully equipped cabins so were able to do our own cooking. It was a beautiful time.
On the way home we made a slight detour to stop at the quilt store in Plumas. They have such interesting fabrics including a package of Beatles fat quarters and lots of Australian fabrics. I was hard put to get only two of those. I also couldn't resist the word fabric but have no idea how I'll ever use it. A close runner up was a piece of jelly bean fabric.
Friday, October 28, 2011
The quilt is all assembled on the design wall except for the borders. I decided to go with the striped fabric since I had nothing that looked better in my stash and I'm trying to curb my fabric addiction right now. (Not very successfully, I might add.)
I'm thinking I might add several borders but I'm not sure what color the first border should be. I'll audition the daisy fabric first.
Meanwhile, the Miles Davis quilt is now off the frame waiting for binding. First I have to find the fabric I want to use in the mess that is my studio. Maybe it's time for an organizing session.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I have the Miles Davis quilt on the frame and half quilted so I thought it was time to start a new top. This is just on the design wall so far, no sewing done. I'm thinking I want a more clear red and I'm not sure about the stripy squares in the sashing. I do love the daisy fabric and I wonder if the stripes kind of overpower it. I have some dot fabric that I will audition before making a decision.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I think it's time to get in gear and finish the quilt I'm working on so I can start something new with these gorgeous fabrics...
Friday, October 07, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Today I added the first word. I also plan to add Wonder and Enthusiasm and possibly others if the quilt doesn't get too big. Right now it's about 50 inches across and I'll probably add a border to stabilize it for machine quilting.
This is one way to organize your scraps. This is the third tub I have filled. Where do they all come from???
Monday, October 03, 2011
All those blocks and the scrap pile is just as big as it was before I started. Go figure.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I'm auditioning the black paw print fabric for borders. They will be narrower but I do like the dark around the edges.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Last Friday our friends Lionel, a Cree Shaman and Irvin, a Cree sculptor, conducted a pipe ceremony at our stone circle, in honor of Marcel's life. Marcel was not Native but had a huge love and respect for the people and culture. The ceremony was attended by immediate relatives and a few very close friends.
Following the ceremony there was an outdoor potluck dinner organized by my friends Brenda and Tanis. After we finished eating a sharing circle was formed (quite a feat when dealing with this batch of relatives!) and each person was given the opportunity to say a few words.
The day was perfect. Everyone commented that it was just what he would have wanted and that they left feeling much more at peace.
On Sunday there will be a public memorial which will be open to anyone wishing to attend.
My daughter Carmel, from Australia, will be staying here for a few more weeks. I am sure that I have the best four children in the world. I don't know how I would get through this without them.
Thank you so much for all your kind comments and prayers. They are much appreciated.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
On behalf of mum I'd like to let all her blogging friends know that our beautiful dad and mum's soul mate passed away peacefully yesterday just after four. He waited until all of us kids and mum were with him, took a few more breaths and slipped quietly off into a land filled with rainbows and seven pointed stars.
We love him so much and will miss him forever.
Your support and condolences mean so much to mum and I know she appreciates all your kind words.
Thank you so much on behalf of mum, us kids and all the entire family....
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 09, 2011
This year at our annual July 7 party we had native drummers from Long Plain Reserve near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. They were totally amazing.
My grandsons sang and played guitar. I thought they were amazing too. I may be a tiny bit biased but many other guests assured me that they were indeed very good.
My niece from Alberta lit the fire.
And what a fire it was!
Everyone helped light the grass circle around the center fire.
Is anything more fun than leaping through smoke and fire?