Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Intentions

First a picture,
it was taken by George H. Fischer, November 30, 2016 at Folly Beach. Beautiful image. 

December Intentions:

First, and most importantly, are our Christmas activities. We have Contatas to attend, family gatherings to travel to, decorating our house, get-togethers with friends, guild parties/meetings, and a possibility of company coming into town for a few days to stay with us. I'm looking forward to all of these moments for making memories. 

Second on my list will be to get all decisions made and work underway on our kitchen upgrade project.

Third is a yard project that will take a bit of our time and patience. 

Fourth will be getting my creative intentions together for 2017. With this in mind, I'm going to pack some things up, label them, and find a convenient spot for them. Getting the distractions out of sight helps keep my focus on the task at hand. 

I have no intentions for finishing specific projects.  I'll be enjoying the process of making progress. 

I will relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and be mindful of why we call it Christmas! 

May God bless you with love and joy in Christ 

November Final Review

Most important items have been shipped out today! Inside those two boxes are Christmas and December Birthday gifts. Below is the throw and pillow I got finished for Miss Molly's BDay. 
I had a real setback when I tried to piece a little quilt for her. The fabric I ordered to go with the pillow didn't have any foxes on it! 
I had cut and started to piece the top when I just knew I was not going to be happy with it. So I did some quick online looking, drove to Joann Fabrics, found the fleece throw kit and purchased it. When I got home I decided to trim the edges with a pinking rotary blade and leave it as one layer. She wanted it for wrapping up in when she's watching tv, and two layers would make her too warm. So, it was a quick finish. I now have these pieces to use in another project. 
I also took some time experimenting with Silk Fusion. I really enjoyed the process. Here are my first 3 pieces. I have to decide just how I will use each of them. I won't be using them in anything that would need to be laundered. I'm thinking prayer journal, art piece, hmmm. 
I decided to unravel my crocheted piece and wind the yarn into balls for future use. 
And the child size quilt top is waiting for quilting. 
All the other possibilities, well, not finished but progressing. 

Today my kitchen is being measured for updating. Hope to have that finished by mid January. 
We may have some company between Christmas and New Years. This is something that I would truly enjoy. I never have enough time with my loved ones. 

I first thought, 'gosh, I don't have much to blog about this month'. Then I realized how busy I've been with family events, concerts, meetings, get-togethers, gift shopping, wrapping and then shipping everything out. 

It 'was' a productive month. 

Almost forgot this one that I finished and gifted to Bob and Donna. 

May God bless you all with a Christmas Season filled with wonderful memories. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mid November Update

I have been working on these two projects this past week. 

The first picture is of a child size quilt I'm working on. The top is pieced, backing is prepared, batting chosen, and all the pieces are hanging in the quilting room. I'm going to keep it simple and get it finished soon. Then I need to work on the quilt for the 'mommy'. 

Second picture above is of some of the beading I'm doing on my project for Kathy Shaw's Basic Crazy Quilting Class. I need to attach some lace, charms, and a personal touch before I can consider it done for the class assignment. Then I'll remove it from the stretcher bars and decide on how to finish it. 

I've also read Silk Fusion, watched the DVD regarding this method (2hrs), and unpackaged the tussah silk slivers I ordered. I can hardly wait to get started. 
And no, I'm not going to make myself wait until some elusive number of other projects get finished. Here's what those fibers look like, could you wait?

We also did a fair amount of fall cleaning around here these past few weeks. I'm ready to get back into my creative groove. Christmas is fast approaching and I'm getting into the spirit of the season. 

May God bless each of you with a heart filled with love for others. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

First Finish for November

I got that first intention out of the way, with a day to spare. 

I'm calling this one done! I thought I wanted more quilting on it, but have decided to leave things alone. This was a paper pieced Impatiens, Judy Niemeyer pattern,  that I appliquéd onto an improvisationally pieced background.   

And here it is with a flower sitting on top for added interest. 

This was going to be my entry into a President's challenge with my quilt guild. We drew envelopes that contained three color chips. 80% of your finished piece was to be those colors. You could add up to 3 other colors. It had to be a minimum of 30" on each side. 
My color chips were represented by the yellows in the flower, mottled jade in the background, and the pale green in smallest inner border. I added brown and fuschia. I think I hit the 80% criteria. 
Then it was time to quilt and bind it. Something went wrong, very wrong! I have learned my lesson, I need to stabilize the quilt top to maintain the dimensions. It doesn't meet the minimum of 30" on each side. I could add something to make it larger, like giant rick-rack or prairie points. But, to tell the truth, I'm ready to be done with it. I really liked what I did, but it took so long that I've lost my enthusiasm for it. It is time to send it off into the world. Giving it away gives me the most pleasure anyway. 

Hope your projects get finished before they become boring. Luann

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Intentions, Progress, Finishes

I'll get right to it. I've gotten plenty of tasks accomplished over the past few months, but they weren't necessarily the ones I had intended to do. This happens occasionally and that's ok, but I want my focus to stay more on target. So, I'm going to try the monthly intention listing again. It's helped in the past, I believe it can do it again. 
First up:

I want this piece completed, now. It needs more quilting to lay flat. The binding has been prepared for it. The center will get a brown unit. A circle, Hexie, yo yo, or ? I'm determined to get this done by November 6. 

Here's where my piece has progressed to for the Basic Crazy Quilting Course I'm taking online with Kathy Shaw. It's a free course, has 12 tasks, and is very doable. Check out her site for when the next course will be offered. I have plenty of tasks to finish out before I will consider it done. Projected completion is November 30. 

The red one is another impatiens placemat that I want done by Nov. 30. This one, unlike the yellow one, will not be appliquéd to the top of a background. I want to try a pillowcase/facing finish it. This will be a sweet little table topper when done. 

I have an idea for a quilt that is rambling around in my head.  It will use lots of different size blocks, scraps galore, and strips to give it a portrait feel. I have orphan blocks, scraps, and left-overs from several finished projects. I will be searching for one or two fabrics for bringing some cohesiveness to it.  I won't be using any basic neutrals, as that just isn't what I'm looking for. 

I also have a piece started that I refer to as my Pojagi piece. Not sure where I'm headed with this. 

There are also one knitting and one crocheting project. Both are sitting in the basket. I'm not pleased with how they look, so they may get undone and the yarn put back into a ball for the future. 

On my design wall is a piece I call Flower Garden. It has flower heads from hand dyed cloth fused on. I want to try couching the stems with my longarm onto it. Even if it doesn't turn out the way I want, I need to try. 

I think that my biggest drawback to getting some of my projects underway has been fear! Yep, fear of messing up what I've already done. That's why I'm counting on this post to help keep me motivated to make progress. Progress comes before completion! I really should print that out. Maybe even have it tattooed on my forearm! 

Well, that's enough for today. I'll be back as I get some progress made. 
Until then, Let's Create Today!  Luann

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October Review

Considering my usual level of activity, and finishes (or at least progress made) this month is looking pretty dismal. Why? Well, I'll explain.
I returned from vacation on the 4th, to find out I needed to evacuate for Hurricane Matthew. They wanted people to go inland 100 miles from the South Carolina coast. Well, I didn't get back from that until October 9. 
George did the yard clean up, we only had minimal tree debris. He also helped in the neighborhood with some tree limbs that stopped folks from entering their house safely. 
I took care of getting all laundry caught up. Clean bedding, and a general zone up of house that sat for 18 days, some of those days were without power. We only lost two items from the refrigerator. We try to have nothing that will spoil in it when we go on vacation. I spent a bundle at the grocery store and just putting it all away seamed to be taking all my energy. I hadn't realized just how stressed, on the inside, I was about that hurricane. But, it's past now and I know what to do if another one comes- get myself outta here! lol
I had two clients, each with four quilt tops, that needed to have things quilted. Finally, a few pictures!
Betty's four:
And Paulette's four:
Here are images of the texture from the quilting. 
That circle meander by Nancy Haacke is fast becoming a favorite of mine. 

I did some quilting on this wallhanging/table topper. It needs more quilting. Then the binding, and a brown center is best for a sunflower!

It's Saturday the 29th and my focus is not on being creative at the moment. I'm going to give myself a 'break' by posting this now and that way I'll stop fretting over having no 'finished' items to show for the month. My kitchen windows are clean! That makes me happy to. I guess I generally don't look at getting seasonal cleaning done as a creative endeavor. I really should, considering how creatively I can get when I'm looking for reasons to not clean! Anybody else have 'creative focus' issues going on?

May God bless you with a unique idea this week, one that surprises you!  Luann

Friday, September 30, 2016

September Review

This post is going to be short and sweet, but lots of pictures.
I finished this quilt's binding. Then made pillow cases to go with. 
Next up was a Labyrinth pattern. (Debbie Maddy) I tweaked it a bit for how I wanted it to lay on the bed and to accommodate only having a single one yard piece of my focus fabric. 
Instead of pillow cases, I made the Euroshams to fit two pillow forms I was able to get locally. 

Here are princess covers for two of the grandkids. Their mom had given me the fabric last spring. I thought it was about time to get something made. Only had a 'skimpy' yard of each. Some stores are downright stingy. They cut at 36" but it isn't a square cut to start with and you get less than a yard to work with. 
 And because the prom fabric finally got used, I was able to cross this page out completely! First full page crossout since May of this year. Lots getting done, but they aren't all on a few pages. Some day I plan to have this little notebook filled with 'finished' projects. Just a fun thing for me. 
Four fat quarters that I dyed up. 2 are ice dyed, and the other 2 are a low water immersion method.
The beginnings of a quilt. And a pillow case to accompany it. I had to remake a pillow to fit, sometimes my fabric choice just is 2 inches shy, and I use it any way. Then I have another project to get done. 

I'm taking a Basic Crazy Quilting Course with Kathy Shaw. I've really enjoyed learning her techniques. 

 I really like how it's turning out. 
 3,283,792 stitches since I got my machine at the end of July last year. And I have 5 or 6 quilt tops that will be delivered early October for getting made into 'quilt sandwiches'. Sandwich Making is a lot of fun. Yes, that's what I call it when I stitch the top, backing, and batting together. 

By the time this post goes up I will be on the last few days of my vacation. I'll see you back here sometime in October. 

May God bless you with a loving family, and time to spend with each of them. - Luann