Monday, September 1, 2014

Ocean Waves Part II

Here is my mini design wall with my first block of Ocean Waves.  I am totally happy with it.  All fears were put to rest.  At one point I was very nervous about my color choices.  It was like the painters regret I have had on so many occasions.  You paint, the room is empty, and you think OMG! What have I done?  But then all the furniture gets moved back in accents get put out, paintings and wall art get hung and you say to yourself, it worked, it really worked. I guess its all about the interplay of the colors.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Fabric, New Design

I was working on NY Beauty.  I finished the complete circle and then I was distracted. 

If my friend was here she would yell, "Squirrel".  Like in the movie "Up"- the dog is walking along minding his own business and all of a sudden he would see a squirrel and it would completely distract him.  This has become the joke at retreat.  Because so many of us are attracted to shiny things.  We all say we have ADD because fabric or new patterns can be so dang distracting to us.

Back to my story, some time ago my friend and I were at a local quilting store and found some yummy fabric on sale.  We decided to get it- we both loved it.  We bought three different ones.  We agreed on the way home that we would find a pattern, didnt have to be the same, and make something with those fabrics. 

I have been looking and looking for a pattern and alas I found it.  Nothing ground breaking mind you.  A simple, tried and true pattern.  One that has been on my hit list since I started quilting. 

I realized though that I needed some variety.  (Any excuse, dont yah know.) So I headed back to that same store because they were having a  sale and bought about six half yards and 2 full yards of fabric to go along with what I had.

You might have thought I was crazy.  And I really thought I was going crazy because they don't seem to match.  Matter of fact when I pulled the samples of what I had out of my pocket I made sure no one saw because they might think I was crazy for my color combination.  And yes, I was a bit skeptical myself... Well, very skeptical.

I cut in... Yikes, what was I thinking...

Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NY Beauty Beginnings

Here is something I have been obsessed with.  NY Beauty.  Not sure where I am going with it... So many options.

I am looking forward to having some time to complete some unfinished projects.  Some cooler weather when I won't mind turning on my iron. Or to be underneath a quilt, quilting it.  I have a bit of a back up in the tops waiting to be quilted department. 



Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18: Peaches

Oh, peaches!  Delicious, juicy peaches.  So many ways to enjoy them.

Did you know peaches came from China? 
"Although its botanical name Prunus persica refers to Persia (present Iran) from where it came to Europe, genetic studies suggest peaches originated in China, where they have been cultivated since the early days of Chinese culture, circa 2000 BC. Peaches were mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as the 10th century BC and were a favoured fruit of kings and emperors. As of late, the history of cultivation of peaches in China has been extensively reviewed citing numerous original manuscripts dating back to 1100 BC.Wikipedia

Peach flower, fruit, seed and leaves as illustrated by Otto Wilhelm Thomé (1885).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17th: Quilt Show

I could post for all my missed days... but I am not going to.  Life just gets busy sometimes.  Or it could be that I forget sometimes.

I went yesterday to a small quilt show.  Actually its a decent size quilt show.

 Isnt this the cutest- a pieced bathing suit!

A gathering of color for an art quilt- sample for a class.





















Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11: Scrap Quilting

These are a few, ah hem, of my scraps...  I might have just a bit more.  Yes, I am scrap crazy.  I was scrap crazy when scrap crazy wasn't cool.  I have always loved a scrap quilt, especially paired with white.  It really is what quilting is about for me.  It makes me think of older quilts.  Scraps of shirts, feed sacks, whatever.

There are a number of scrap quilts I have made and a number of them I want to make.  Here is the ones I have made.



 




Here is one in progress:


Here is the one I think I will make next:
Lake View Quilters Guild
Or in this color way.
Source:  Spring Water Designs

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10: Mint

I collected some mint from my garden.  I really should have had this done a few weeks ago.  I like to dry it for tea for the winter months.  I love mint tea.

Mint tea has great health benefits... Its an old time remedy for upset stomach. "Though there have been few human clinical trials on the health benefits or risks of peppermint tea, there is some evidence that peppermint-based products (and potentially, the tea) have healing effects because of the peppermint oil or menthol that it contains, and that treatment using orally ingested peppermint oil will relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.[2] The oil of peppermint has also been shown to be an effective antispasmodic during colonoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. "  Wikipedia.

If you are tempted to plant mint, be careful.  Its a weed.  Its crazy voracious.  It sends runners just beneath the soil.  It will spread very quickly.  Where you want it and not where you want it.  In other words everywhere.  If you dig into the soil and put up barricades it will stay where you want it.  Get a large planter, cut off the base, sink it into the soil, at least five inches and have it above the soil as well, about two or three inches.  This will it keep it in place.