Saturday, September 2, 2017

September One Day At A Time

September 1,
I saw this piece at Artists & Craftsman Supply (981 King Street,Charleston). It's on the third floor of the repurposed church. If you're in the area, drop by. They do their best to help you find the perfect 'whatever' you might be looking for. There is a stair lift for anyone that can't maneuver steps, and entry is on ground level. Parking is a bit tricky, so if there is a convenient spot on the street, I'd grab it. 

I came home with a few 'ingredients' for testing out some of the ideas that are percolating for the 'YOUR CREATIVE YEAR' journal project. It will be a Follow Along that's coming in 2018. Plans are underway for this once a month project, idea, tutorial, prompt, etc etc etc. If you want to partake, the easiest way is to follow this blog. Enter your email in the FOLLOW ME bar at the top right side of this page. Then confirm by responding to the email you will receive from Blogger. You won't miss a post, and I'm not into posting every day so I won't be filling your inbox. 

September 2
Quilts for Houston is underway. Over 50 people have joined me since Wednesday evening at 8:30 when I put the first post up on Facebook about the idea. Quilt tops are already coming into be layered with backing and batting for the longarm machine. Once quilted together, they will go to volunteers for bindings to be attached. I'll be sending my Sand in My Shoes quilt to Houston. At present all sizes are accepted, but we're asking for 36"x48". This size will bring comfort to a child and the adult that holds the child! 
September 3 - a day to thank God for our blessings, and we have so many to be thankful for!

It's now September 30th, where did the last 27 days go???? Here's a quick over view with a few pictures from along the way. 

Saw this beautiful moth on the side of the gas station we stopped at on the way home from church. 
Betty dropped off the top, batting, and backing for a 'comfort quilt'. After I quilted it on the longarm she picked it up and attached the binding. It's on it's way to Florida along with the quilt from Ruth Ann. Here's RuthAnn dropping off her top and backing. She came with Kathy, who brought two fully completed quilts. 

And Melinda getting ready to take some down to Florida. Harvey and Irma were two miserable hurricanes that left lots of devastation in their path. We want folks to know that 'WE CARE'. 
Quilt tops, backings, and bindings are coming in on a regular basis. Sew Suite Studio on Trolley Road in Summerville, SC has been our drop off site. Some completely finished ones have been brought in also.  Nancy and Ginger have been helping out with attaching bindings, as well as making tops. We will continue to collect tops, etc, and finished quilts for finishing and distributing to others that have felt the impact first hand. We didn't determine a date as to when we will quit, perhaps we will just continue, as it seems like there is always a need somewhere. I'm trying to keep a list of those that have helped in any way, but some of the quilts have been turned in without a note of any kind. I will try to do a separate blog post about our project a little further down the road. I have 14 completed, 3 have been sent off already. 21 more are in que to be made into a quilt sandwich! I'll be accepting at least another 10 at the Cobblestone Quilters Guild meeting in October. 
I started a locker hooking project on September 11. I determined my needed size, trimmed the base material, then used Lumiere paint so it would stay interesting and attractive while I worked on it. Within 2 days on the road it was full of all the locker hooking portion, now just to finish it off. 
By this time we were well on our way to visit the grandkids in the Midwest. My brother in law, Barry, passed away on our first day of traveling. We were sad, but at peace with knowing he had a relationship with Jesus, and we have our hope in the Lord that we will be reunited with him in the future. Today was the Memorial Service, one brother lives in Florida and couldn't have gotten here for a week after Irma blew through his neighborhood. 
Our clean up consisted of a few branches and some debris. We were blessed. 
All 12 Soldier quilts were given to Cindy from the Evergreen Quilters Guild in Green Bay. I really like that flag fabric I bought for backing. 
And while we were in Green Bay we were able to see Jake as he was working on the Brown County CourtHouse project. And we grabbed some of our favorite foods at The Mustard Seed, on Limekiln Drive up in Suamico, WI. Chef Ken visited with us and it was a real treat to be brought up to date on his family. 

Then it was family time!!
Then off to Door County for a bit of 'us time'. 

And eating,,,,
Then back to Green Bay, and the NEW Zoo with another set of grandkids. 

And more eating,,,,

Then we traveled the rest of the way home, tired but content to have seen some of our children and a few friends. There is never enough time to see everyone we want to, and this time we needed some 'down time' to be ready for all of what had to take place this week after returning. 

The quilts are pouring in, my workshop for October is coming to it's time, and honestly, my house is not a very tidy place right now. Not to fret, a few minutes each day, in each area of messiness, and it'll be fine by,,, Christmas??? Probably a lot sooner than that, but I've got quilts to quilt, rugs to hook, and pictures to weave. No one is going to want a picture of my clean house, but something I create?, ah yes, that's my legacy! So, with that being said, 

Let's Create Today,,,,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

August Review

The girls look pretty happy with their twirly skirts. I used my serger on sewing the panels together, and it went lickety split!  I think Molly's trying to tell me she wanted hers to be longer, but sometimes the fabric is only so big,,,   Actually, she is always making silly faces. 
Well, I couldn't let this little man go off to school without something from his Granny! I pulled photos that I thought he'd enjoy and had them printed onto the front of a little notebook/journal. I think he's happy with it!  I sent some things along for the big kids too, but you know how much they like their pictures taken. On the left are the eggs that are being collected up at their farm. Smallest is from the 'laying' hen, next is from one that will be a chicken pot pie ingredient, and the largest is from the ducks. Hopefully the 'layers' will produce bigger sized eggs as they mature. But heck, if I was up there, it would help with the calorie restriction I should be involved in, but aren't,,,,! Soon, maybe, maybe not!

These are mug rugs and placemats that Hannah and Molly worked on while they were visiting. They chose their fabrics and helped with the choosing of quilting designs. They also learned that I watch the longarm quilting machine when it's stitching, because thread sometimes breaks. I put the bindings on because we ran out of time during the vacation. 
These next 3 collages are of the 12 comfort quilts for Evergreen Quilt Guild in Green Bay, Wisconsin. These will go to military members and families. Cindy, a friend of mine in WI, sent them out with my son when he came on vacation. I supplied the batting and did the quilting. The flag fabric is a wide back from Missouri Star Quilt Company, that I purchased. The red and yellow backings were from Ron and Emily, friends from here in SC. I pieced 3 lengths at 72" each together of the yellow then put 2 quilts onto the piece. I try to be frugal with fabric, so I opted to not use a diagonal seaming this time for piecing the backing fabric. I used my gentle meander design for the quilting on most of them. Then, because I do get bored with that one, I switched it up just a bit. 

Here's a quilt that I pieced the top and backing entirely with my serger. It was one of those things I've always wanted to try and it sure got the job done quickly. I then used the circle meander that I love as the quilting design. It will be ample for a twin-sized bed. The top and right side have a wide border of a sky and tree fabric. The bottom and left wide border is a deep teal. I used a jelly roll called Sand in My Shoes by McKenna Ryan. I purchased it through Missouri Star Quilt Company on a Daily Deal and saved about $20 on the jelly roll.  I have the binding cut from a fabric that will read like a stripe once it is sewn on. Hope to get it done soon.  

I'm just one quilt away from hitting my 5,000,000 stitches! I think I may just have to do a free motion one just for the fun of it. 

Till next time, stay cool and create. 

The above was written on August 26th. I thought I might get back into the sewing room and at the machine to put the binding on the above quilt. It didn't happen, I got a bit sidetracked. Now I'm in the process of helping get some quilts for the people that were recently hit by Hurricane Harvey. I'll be hitting that 5,000,000 mark on my stitch counter very soon!! 

So this is my review and update for August 2017. May God bless the work of 'our' hands. Amen. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

End of July

The past 10 days were spent being 'tourists' in our own area. Here is the 'crew' en route to Fort Sumter. 
And the girls enjoying the ocean breeze. 
And one must try She Crab soup. Then if you like it, you try to get some of everyone's!  
The big sister had her own bowl, it's a favorite of hers. 
Lots of time at the beach, but then an overcast day gave us the opportunity to show them the Angel Oak tree. It's a live oak, the Angel portion of its name comes from the Angel family that owned the property it has lived on for several hundreds of years. 
They were learning about taking good pictures. 
While they were here they chose fabrics and used the longarm quilting machine to make placemats and mug rugs. I just need to get the binding done before sending them off. 
It was sad to see them leave for home, but we're already planning our next time together. 

And I got busy and finished the bindings on these two quilts. 

My sewing room looked like this at the beginning of today. 

And like this at the end. 
They brought along 12 quilts for Evergreen Quilters Guild Soldier Quilt Project. I'm an 'away' member. I'll supply the batting and backing for these, quilt them up on the long arm machine, trim, and return them on my next visit. (Or ship them, if I get them done quickly). This is the stack. 

Well that wraps up another month, and several projects finished. 
Nice to have some things done, but I'll opt for time with loved ones any day. Luann 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July - Busy Month

I've been inspired, by Dawn's prodded flowers, to get moving on my Burlap Ribbon with this technique. And aren't those 'threads' of ribbon yarn and silk beautiful. They're waiting to become specialty cording. 
Found a wine I really like at my local Publix Store.  At the Sunrise Bistro in Summerville I had a treat for my breakfast. Banana Bread French Toast complete with a banana cream cheese drizzle, including some almond slivers and chocolate. Yummy! These were my ONLY finishes for the month! lol
I've been working on creating journal covers from cereal boxes. A bit of a learning curve, but absolutely having a blast with the process. 
The beginnings of a redo on an old suitcase. 

Here's a before, and the top as far as I've gotten with it. Another fun project. 
I moved on to taking an old book apart. After applying gesso I did some interesting color applications. An application of ModPodge created a very wood looking background. I then glued down the painted area of a canvas I printed from a water color I did several years ago. I like this piece a lot. And because I kept the entire book cover it can stand up on a shelf on its own!
This is a 'tribute, piece. Jackie passed away several years ago. I never met her but through a long string of events I was asked to help find homes for some of her possessions about a year ago. Most have gone on to be with other creative friends. There were a few pieces I just couldn't part with and I knew that someday I'd figure out how I wanted to exhibit them. I still have work to do around the outside edge, but I'm good with where I am. 
Here's the sewing room and my fabric closet as I start the cleaning process of my own things!
My art studio/dining room is looking a lot better since the cleaning bug hit! And the fabric dyeing closet got organized too. 
Lots of containers have come in and gone out over the past few months, as I continue to help others with their 'finding of new homes' for their crafty collections. 
Sewing room's cutting table was cleared at one point, then another trunk full was accepted! Most of this is off to new homes already. I'm getting much quicker at the process of sorting and gifting onward. 
I'll leave you with some snapshots of flowers from the past few weeks. That's one big benefit to living here, I can see flowers most every day of the year. The only downside is in this next photo. No, I wasn't driving, I was taking the pictures, George was driving. 

Having A/C and plenty of fans make it all good!! Hope summer is treating you nicely. I'm off for a vacation for the next 10+ days so I'll probably not post again until August. Can't believe how fast the summer months fly by. 
May God bless each of you as you go through your day. Luann