Sunday, January 31, 2010

FFFC#41, Raven in the cherries

I have just finished my challenge piece for this month. Way out of my comfort zone, but I diligently worked away and find that it turned out not too bad.  Our challenge was, use three of the primary colors and their compliments. I chose to use all three primaries and their varying hues.  We also were to fracture the piece and to use something with wings.  I did a still life, as the raven always seems to sneak into them, but this time he is front and center.  Fracturing is totally new to me, and I think I might have got a bit carried away.  I was trying for a dark side wall and the sun rays coming in onto the light wall.  This is one technique that I would like to do more of.  That is what so great about the FFFC group, a challenge every month.
If you want to see some gorgeous fracture work:  Katie P Robbie J E

Enjoy and please leave a comment I appreciate receiving feedback from my peers.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

Joining the Friday Night Sew-in is a way of setting some time aside to work on those projects on your to do list. And remember - it doesn't have to be a sewing project.. maybe you have a knitting project.. or some scrapbooking.. it could be anything. Join us on Feb. 19th.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New blog

I have started a new blog for my traditional quilts. I have so much stash and a lot of UFO's, my commitment for this year is to finish UFO's and bust some stash.  I have a couple of post there if  you would like to check it out.
Have a nice day.

Monday, January 18, 2010

more snow dyeing

Here are two more pieces that I have done. The turqoise colored one is Jacquard silk dyes, and the brown/rust one is reed dye!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Disappearing 9 patch

I finished the Disappearing nine patch for my brother in law. Just have it in the dryer and then will take it to him. He has menengitis and has been very ill and still is ill. I'm hoping he'll find comfort from this quilt, and I busted a bit of stash. The mega quilter co operated well this morning.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

more snow dye fun

On the first one I used Dharma blue pigment and some brown. It reminds me of 'jack frost' on the windows in the winter.
The second one was done with apricot and turquoise silk dyes.

Such fun.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Snow Dye

We have lot's of snow so decided to try Beth's method for snow dyeing. Here is her tutorial:
I can probably tell you what not to do after my first try, don't take it out of the snow bath too soon.  I was over anxious and took it out way too soon, that is why there is little color.
I'm pleased with my first results, they will make nice backgrounds for wallhangings. However I am really looking forward to the next batch.
I've got two more on the go and will leave them long enough to become saturated with color. And I used Dharma pigments...just using what I have on hand :)
Thanks for the inspiration Beth.
I think the first one looks like a jelly fish with a huge clam shell in the corner, and I can see some trees in the second one. What do you see? Let me know. Thanks for taking a look.
A friend  just drew my attention to the face on the left hand corner of the first piece!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I got the camera out this morning. I don't do this near often enough. Inspiration is right in front of us and often we miss it.
A gorgeous sunrise and a lonely wheelbarrow. Enjoy.

On t he design wall

I've started a Disappearing Nine Patch for my brother in law. I don't really have a pattern, so am winging it from blocks I've saw on the net. I've used two shades of green and two of gold, so far I'm pretty happy with it. Now must get it sewn together.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bliss FFFC#40

I was the host for the challenge this time. We were to do a still life, plant, and the color scheme from product packaging.
I love dark chocolate, especially during the cold winter months.
While researching the topic of  color schemes of product packaging and the mood they evoke I now know why I reach for Bliss Dark chocolate.
Brown for warmth, comfort and security, pink for romance and calmness, and gold for happiness.
This was a great exercise, both in putting together the challenge and in doing it.
I used some gold leaf on the background
I've included a picture of Hersey Bliss package and my still life.
If you would like to see more of this challenge visit
Enjoy, and I look forward to your comments.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I have sadly neglected my blog for too long. I had surgery on my left hand Nov. 18th, a few complications so lot's of pain. Have been in a cast comes off Jan. 7th!!! Then a brace for six weeks.
Therefore my accomplishments have been few.
The grandaughters got right into the Holiday spirit and we had a baking day. They followed directions very well :)
Hoping everyone has a Healthy Happy New Year.
A picture of the lefse and sugar cookies the girls made.