Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Sprouted Wings and Away It Went

Highlights of the month in pictures:
The above box (packed yesterday & shipped today) contained these 3,
And these 3,
And these 6.

This brings our total to 29 that have been completed and shipped out. We have about 2 dozen more to finish and get sent out. 

George snapped a couple of pictures of the peanut fields and cotton fields that are being harvested at this time. There's a field trip to a cotton gin mill coming up soon. 

The Dimensional Weaving Workshop with Martina Celerin was an experience I won't soon forget. This is the one I started planning way back in January. Two years ago when I accepted the nomination from a fiber art guild to do the job of programs, I had no idea what I was getting into. There wasn't any format given to me to follow and it was a 'learning as I go' experience! I learned that I'm not good at making every person happy, just most. I won't lament it any further, suffice it to say, I no longer belong to that group. However,,, the workshop and the instructor were terrific. Here's a glimpse of my piece, not done, but definitely 'in progress'. I also worked on a free standing turtle, but he needs legs and a tail before I can show him,, he's a bit shy! LOL

I also finished my journal cover. This was the locker hooking project that I took to Wisconsin on vacation. I also took the instruction book in case I needed it, as I was teaching myself this new technique.  I made this to fit composition books that have the black and white mottled covers. I can fit 3-4 inside. I might attach them to each other, OR use an old book (pages removed) as the base for attaching creative adventure pieces to. 
And the other side,

I spent a little time at our local fair, visiting with people coming through the Creative Arts building. I was sitting at the Cobblestone Quilters Guild table, and everyone was so friendly. I really enjoy my Quilt Guild.  
And when I got home I got busy with clean up,,,,

I've been cleaning, clearing, and sharing with others. After I make a backing and cut binding I decide if there is enough fabric to keep as is, or do I want to cut it into 2 1/2" strips, 5" or 10" blocks, or, or, well I'm sure you get the idea. I've been using my Accuquilt Go cutter to help with this. 

Two very large bags of fabric scraps and trimmings from the batting were given away this month. I also gave away a bag of selvedges. An overstuffed bag of yarns, threads, strings, etc. has gone to an after-school teacher at the Y. And, an extra machine found its way out the door to a person interested in machine felting. 

And YES, I am putting together some of the month's proposed projects for our Creative Adventure Journal. What this amounts to is:

We each have something that we love to do, and want to do, and sometimes find it hard to get around to DOING! I can't believe how many others are putting something like this out there for people to join in on.  I'm on the same page as a lot of them, but I'm not going to sell you anything. I'm just going to let you 'look over my shoulder' as I move through 2018. 

With that being said, if you want to play along start to think about what area you want to focus on for YOUR Creative Adventure. The journal could be a notebook where you keep your 'notes' about your focus area. Or it could be a picture album, no notes, just pictures of what you've been up to. Another idea is to use a 3-ring binder with page protectors to gather your info throughout the year, and then make a decision during 2019 how you want to keep it. I plan to start with the binder, collect things along the way, then as I feel comfortable with an idea, I can explore an option for keeping them. A box where you tuck 'items' inside would work nicely too. 

I already know that I want to:

Finish some 'half baked' sewing and quilting projects into fiber book pages.                                    

Explore making paper, book binding, carving stamps, and using mixed media in my projects. 

Work on wet felting, machine felting, and hand felting along with more dimensional weaving.  

Knit and crochet my beautiful yarns into useful gifts, and to enjoy spinning yarn on my drop spindle.  

Create 'something' with the volumes of buttons I have collected. 

I'd want to say that I have a husband that loves to cook, and he likes it when I don't get cranky about the clean up! So, my time in the kitchen is usually based around arts and crafts, not cooking. But, this year, I think I'd like to make cheeses (again), artisan breads (again), and artisan pizzas (not again!). Obviously, losing weight isn't a main focus for me this year,,,,

So, start thinking about your focus for 2018, and how you want to 'journal' , or not,,, 
I think journaling is such a personal thing that telling anyone they SHOULD is not my style. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventure, and that it entertains you. I actually have one very big disaster that I really MUST share early in the year. I can laugh now, but I wasn't laughing when it took place. 

And here's an image of the orchids my hubby brought me when I was having a sad moment recently. 
It's always nice to be treated, acts of kindness are never wasted, and remember that a word of encouragement can be more healing than medicine. 

My big intention for November is to finish out the Quilts for Houston project, and be especially thankful on this Thanksgiving Day!

May God Bless the Work of Your Hands. Luann

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