Sunday, July 31, 2016

Did I Say I Was Taking July Off ?

Here's a couple of treasures I received from Hannah, one of my Grandkids. I am so happy that she is doing things like this. She's one of those kids that enjoys learning about everything. Reminds me of her Granny,,,

In the mail this month, I also received these little gems. 

Now what do you think I'll be up to next?

I was taking July as a month to refresh.  I chose to skip any formal meetings. I actually got some areas of my house not just clean, but uncluttered and organized. And I invested time in my creative pursuits. 

 I finished making some previously quilted fabric into a tote. I've been going to get this done for about 3 years. Sometimes a girl just can't decide which buttons to use. I used the pears on the fabric as the design for quilting. The front pocket has Peltex in it for helping the tote to stand up, and a notebook will fit into it nicely. My usual would have been a pocket all around the bottom, but I decided to do something a little more artistic this time. I am pleased with the outcome. It may get a stiffened bottom, but is very useable right now. 

Batik Improv Triangle quilt is completed. It definitely takes me longer to do improv pieces than a predetermined block. I do like how the colors all played well together. 

Mystery BOM is completed. I am crushing on the thread play of this one!
Ice dyeing of 8 Tshirts was fun and I got the colors I was aiming for. I'll put up a separate post with specifics as to colors and my methods, probably mid August. 

Pieced 2 Impatiens placemats. They need centers, quilting, etc. I'm not sure if I'm going to appliqué them onto a pieced background and make them into table toppers, use stiff stabilizer and make some wallies, or do the placemat thing. Time will tell. 

We spent some time visiting Fort Moultrie, on Sullivans Island. I was impressed with how big it was, and how many cannons they had at one time or another. I almost got lost in the underground maze of ammunition storage areas. 

I started an improvisational knitting project. This time improv means 'flying by the seat of my pants'! No idea of where I'm heading, just using some luscious yarn I got in January from our 'Studio Destash' with the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild. 

We were invited to a pot luck at Summer Salt. George cooked three pork loins; a spicey BBQ, an orange marmalade with soy sauce, and a blackberry with jalapeño peppers.   All of them were delicious. But by far my favorite item on the menu was his Blackberry Cobbler made in a cast iron skillet. Yummy!

received 4 quilt tops from clients. I told them I wouldn't be starting them until August. But, when something is sitting there, well, I can hear it calling me and I do enjoy running my longarm machine. 

Patriotic Colors got Starburst Flower Meander, a design by Mary Beth Krapil. 
Orange Sorbet was done with a Nancy Haacke design called Circle Meander. 
You can see the texture this design creates. 

Daisey Days was quilted with an HQ Design called Daisey Marie. I'm really liking these new designs I'm working with this time. I especially like the use of white background fabrics in this quilt.

And the last one was a delightful string quilt, done with a gentle meander. 

Enough Pie, Charleston SC, asked if I could help out again by cutting some squares for dyeing at The Indigo Vat Shack this summer. I've done squares and 'strings' for the rag quilt project back in May. This time we changed the size and I got a total of 225 pieces for them. And a tiny bit of cut offs. This will be picked up on Monday, in time for their Wednesday workshop. 

Visited Edisto Beach.

Fort Sumter was awesome. If you ever get the chance to take the tour, GO! We're seniors so we paid $17 each for the boat ride and tour. Well worth it. Here's the hubs as we arrived for the tour. That sign makes one think we were out west somewhere. However, we don't have buffalo at Fort Sumter, SC. It's just the Park Systems signs, I would think they would be more area or site specific, but that's a quilter for you,,,

McKade's and Eliza's quilts are ready for the UPS Store. 

Top 5 colors from my ice dyeing adventure where I did 36 fat-quarters, each with its own color. Hard to believe, but each of these 5 pieces are dyed with only ONE color. The ice makes very interesting 'splits' of the colors. 

My two pieces for the 'Call and Response Challenge' for PFAG, due in August. 

I twined a 24x36 inch rug for in front of my fireplace. This took the better part of three days! I have since given the frame, and a placemat sized one, away. I enjoyed doing it, but I have other things I like better. And they get done quicker! 

Two quilts that I did the quilting on for my quilt guild. They had a competition much like Iron Chef. I wasn't there, but I could be a help by making the backs and doing the quilting. 

Two more pillow cases were made. I really like the colors of these and I may just keep them for my bed. I say that, but someone will tell me they match their decor perfectly, and away they'll fly! 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the projects that got my attention this month. It's been a more relaxing month than I expected it to be. 

May God bless you with enjoyable projects and sufficient progress to encourage you along. Luann 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Got A Sweet Tooth?

I have a sweet tooth! There, I've admitted it to all of you. Most of you already knew this, but transparency can be good for the soul. This is how I'm going to handle it from now on. 

Please don't let Publix know that by them moving the florals to the entry area, they may just have given me a method of getting out of there without purchasing any sweet treats. Like, hmmm, Milkduds!  This little bouquet was $5.99 and a box of my favorite treats run $2.49. So, yes I spent more cash, but I saved myself hundreds of calories! Now if say that was 500 calories, which its way more than that. But, at 500 calories times by 7 weeks means 3500 calories. This would be one pound not put into my body! That means almost 8 pounds in a year! And the $2.50 per week is cheaper than any program out there. So, I think they shouldn't call it the Floral Dept. They could use my approach and call it the Beautification Boulevard! Maybe we should let the store in on this,, best thing is I kept looking at the flowers and walked right past the junk. I had my 'emotional fix' and my kitchen is prettier, not to mention the calories unused on junk food. 
This is a win-win situation for me. 

And now, I'm off on my next creative adventure. 
May God bless you throughout your entire week. Luann

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ice Dyed Treasures - Icey Delights online class work

I just finished Icey Delights, an online class with Lynda Heines. Bloom Bake Create blog. We have been experimenting with various techniques using a method that incorporates ice for transporting the dye powders into your cloth. I've done something similar in the past but I never did 'controlled' tests, much less kept track of quantities and color names. Following are images of the 36 fat quarters I recently finished. Each piece was folded to fit within a space for photographing. I also wanted to be able to read the label in the future. 

Most produced a significant splitting of colors. These were all mixed Procion MX dye powders from Dharma Trading. No pure dye colors were used. A few, even though mixed hues, only had varying tints/shades of the color and no true splitting happened. Perhaps more dye powder, or longer batching time would have produced different results.

I have a significant amount of undyed (white) areas. This doesn't pose a problem to me. I can over dye the entire piece and those areas would be more subtly shaded. I doubt I'll do that, but then, it's all about getting the answer to the age old question, WHAT IF?

Let's create today and find another possible answer. 
May God bless the thoughts to your mind and the work of your hands. Luann