Friday, April 28, 2017

I Am Officially A Rapper



Here you have the answer to the question you have been wondering; what is Tommy up to?  Here is some of the continuous bias I have been making and then wrapping them on cards.  I cut some at Quilt Cult this morning and after Happy Hour at five I will come home and sit on my butt and wrap six more cards.  Linda will then show me what do do with it all.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Floaters



A mere day later that the floating chairs arrived at our front door and several trips to the big box store for attachments for the air compressor and a little blood letting and voila!  And each has two cup holders?  Life is good.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Continuous Bias Tape

Due to a bout of vertigo I didn't attend my class last week with Sherri Lynn Wood on using bias binding.



I wanted to attend the class for technique rather than being a fan of Sherri's quilts.  So because my BFF Linda went to the class without me, she came over this morning and showed me how to make

 

continuous bias fabric.  She walked me through the process of taking a perfect square of fabric.  I made my square 31".  When the loop was made I cut about 8 3/4 yards at 2 3/4" wide.  Linda gave me homework of making different colors and widths of bias.  Then she's gonna show me what else I was to have done if I went to the class.  Making bias is my afternoon chore.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Orchids



I have about twenty, twenty-five orchids hanging under my magnolias in the semi sun.



They make the trees look like they are having fun under the tree.



I occasionally mist the orchids (usually if I am waiting for a ride and am outside early!) but
basically I don't do squat.




Yet look at the blooms I have.



This photo should have been taken yesterday or the day before, as it is on it's last legs.




I can't believe how hearty these precious subtle flowers are




Most of the other orchids are starting to form buds but I will probably not be here when they bloom.  I will have other blooms at the lake that I will need to take care of!!!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Lost Weekend

My cable box in the studio went out a week ago. They literally changed it out the next day but I didn't realize that all my taped stuff would be lost to me forever. I was a little upset because I had Victoria's first season on it and because I was taking some down time (pretty much not doing anything but tv and knitting) I was in need of a Vicky and Al fix. I scoured the internet for it and finally found that I can join local PBS for a one time cost of $60 and watch them to my hearts content, in anticipation of the next season which I believe starts in August.

I also watched a PBS special about the Bronte sisters and their brother. It was very good and well worth the watch.

We had the  modern meeting on Saturday and it was a good group of gals and also lots of great show and tell. I have offered to show the technique of using gel glue as resist. It will be, with the speaking help of my friend Lynn, scheduled before one of the next years meetings.

Things were starting to stockpile so I decided to hang a few things.  Because I was too late to enter Houston this year I decided to hang the last daisy in the master for awhile.




The pods got put off for a while, not feeling like strattling the counter top to measure so that the pods



were the same width apart and they were level.  I just decided to get it done.  They look adorable.  My friend Linda is going to make the pattern bigger and if so I will use her pattern to make a couple for the laundry room up north for those random one sock situation.

There is one more thing I have to do before I go back north for the summer and I'll let you know if I manage to get it started today.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Got The Blues

I just returned home from The Quilt Cult and got to share lots of quilt talk with my fellow quilters.  I also got the opportunity to photograph the last daisy quilt done by Linda



It is called 'This Daisy Has Got The Blues'.  It measures 48 x 56 inches.  Each petal is piped around it's perimeter.



Make sure you double click the quilt photo to see all the detail.  It's pretty delightful!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sam's Daisy



It all started with this photo by our friend Sam.

 
and then we had 'Sam's Daisy; All Buttoned Up', done by his wife Kathy.



I did 'The Great Imposter' first.



Karen came up with a great take on hexagons called 'Sam's Flower In Hexavision'.




'Mellow Yellow' followed sometime later by me.


Linda's 'Sam's Broken Bloom' was artfully and  gracefully done.




I couldn't resist doing 'Get In Line' but before that I did




'Andy-Fied' in honor of Andy Warhol.




And just because I can I did this last one that I named 'In Black And White'.



Lynn did this back side of what she thought the daisy would look like on a
beautiful ombre that she named 'The Other Side Of Life'.



Janie, our rookie quilter, did something she was comfortable with and that was
log cabin that she named 'Red Hot Log'.



Then comes Joyce, who is a newbie to quilting too.  She did this buttonhole stitched beauty called 'Daisy Dot'.



Karen went way out of her comfort zone to make this striking piece that she named
'A Daisy Can Dream'.



Lynn's second quilt was called 'Pale Sister' and is trapunto-ed fleece if you can believe that



Lynn's first daisy was called 'Negative Space'.

I showed you all these because last night we got rejected for a 'Special Exhibit'  in IQF but you can see the gals did a grand job trying, wouldn't you say?


I am late and have to dress to get picked up for a luncheon and fashion show.  I am gonna try and not buy too much stuff.  We shall see!!!!




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jacquie Gering Again!

I finished up the quilt I started in the Jacquie Gering class last month.

 

It measures about 24 x 36 inches.  It is faced but no sleeve or name yet.

 

While I was in the class I ordered two of Jacquie's books.  This first one is a favorite of mine.  It is full of wonderful walking foot quilting which is what I do.  Maybe I will change it up a bit!!!

 

I haven't had a chance to read this second one yet.  Maybe this weekend.  It is filled with techniques and projects to do.

 

Bella and I were followed home from a walk by a italian greyhound.  He was seemingly nice but he was very in your face to Bella so I had to carry her home.  The dog hung around the house  for a good half hour, looking in all the doors and the lanai.  It certainly entertained her!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Little Of This

I feel kinda free, now that the daisies are all done. I decided to finish up some things that I had
started.

 

 I finished all the pods. Aren't they adorable? They will add color to my laundry room.



I figure they can hold a stray single sock or something like that.

Today I am going to work on a quilt I started in a class a couple weeks ago.  After doing that for a while, I am going to go over the list of things I need to take to my all day class tomorrow.  It is a class on bias curves and the instructor is Sherri Lynn Wood.  It should be  interesting.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter!!!!



Hope you are all enjoying your Easter Sunday.



It appears that the granddaughters and hamming it up and seeing the light.  Very fashionable!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

In Black And White



Finally I finished my last daisy quilt.  It is made up of 25 little quilts and I hand made a sashiko daisy using 12 weight thread.  The center of it



is made up of over 40 yards of 1/8" ribbon made into ribbon flowers.  It measures 44 x 39.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Transparency

I just got back from The Quilt Cult weekly get together. It was a very informative morning. Three more daisy quilts were there and because they are due next week, it's just about the right time for binding, facing, and sleeves to be added. Photos will be taken and hopefully Houston will decide to show the quilts in the fall. If not as a group, some can enter in the category of 'In Full Bloom'.  Time will tell!

 


I finally put the facing on the Modern Quilt Guild's third challenge, which was take a traditional quilt block and make it modern. I decided on flying geese. These challenges can be no bigger than 24" on any side.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Keeping It Centered

I have been playing around with various ways to address the center of my current and last daisy quilt. I think, that unless you give me a better idea, I will go with the ribbon

 

clumps as shown here. These are not sewn down yet; just held in place with pins.  I have already auditioned covering the center with white first and then putting the ribbon on but I seem to like the black showing through.  This quilt needs to be done by the end of the week.  I want to move on.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A New Opening

We finally got our new front doors. It's been seven months. I had no idea it would take so long. I had a complete custom door done for the lake and it wasn't more than a couple months for delivery. The reason for the new doors was originally for Bella, so she could see outside. Well, the dining room windows on one side of the doors and the office windows on the other are not high and now Bella has her habit of looking out of those two places. Best laid plans and all that.

 

But now, the new doors are wonderful by themselves because of the wonderful light that they let in and that the old solid doors did not. It gives the front of the house a whole new feel.  We are waiting to have the door painted until the county inspector comes and okay's the doors and we can then take the stickers off.   Regulations.  Why?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Finishing Up


I am starting up another 12" block exchange.  If you are interested in participating, send me an email and I will give you the particulars.  There will be no more than three 12'' blocks to make (not counting your own).  The exchange deadline will be September 12th.  That way, they can come to Florida as I will be back from the lake by then.




This is the start of an improv scrappy quilt top that I did in a Jacquie Gering class last month. I took it to the modern retreat and completed the piecing



and a good amount of the quilting.  I plan on finishing it in the next few days.



Last year, at another get together with fellow quilters, we made a pod.  The center one of these three was done then.  I had since decided to do more and so put together six more

 

in order to have a line of them on the wall of my laundry room.  These four are just waiting for tv time when I can do the hand work .

I took other projects that just didn't get completed.  There is always next year!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Sandhill Family

I haven't even unpacked from my second retreat that ended yesterday. I have had no internet service for those eight days! After a while you get used to it. None of my stuff is unpacked so I will show you some of the stuff I worked on tomorrow.

 It is good to get back and watch the very speedy growth of the sandhill cranes. This particular family loves to hang out in our yard.

 

Here is one of the teenagers checking out the WSJ!




It was sad for me  to see that one of the parents was limping and then I saw the right foot was going backwards.  It has been that way for quite some time, maybe as much as a month.  Besides the limp, it seems to keep up with the rest of the family.



Here are the parents and the twins.