Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Despite that fact that I now realise it is slightly narrower at the bottom than the top (I may do something about this, or probably not!) I am very pleased with it.
The question now is, do I put another border on it (lighter and wider) or just leave it like it is? Please give me your advice.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
While I may not have been posting, I have done some little bits and pieces of work in between all the craziness around here. The week before the recital, I did play with some wonky piecing. I managed to (finally) make a house block to send to Bonnie.
Then I was determined to work on some basket blocks. For some reason, I've been avoiding doing them for fear of doing them 'wrong'. LOL. So I decided to just jump in. I made these two blocks. I really like the yellow background, so I'll probably stick more or less with that idea. I actually hand appliqued the handes, which was quite a challenge for me. I'm happy with some aspects of that, not so thrilled with other parts of it...I had a hard time getting them to lay flay, I suppose that is a matter of practice. These blocks are bigger than I had intended, they are mor like 8 or 9" blocks, though I haven't trimmed them yet, and won't until I get a lot more made. I came to a standstill on these because I was having sewing machine troubles. I was at the cabin, and the machine I have there got a thread wrapped around something on the inside and now needs a service. Hopefully I can get that resolved this week, then back to more baskets.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Nope - don't like. Sorry Tonya - I unpicked it.
Then I thought about this.
Using the olive tree fabric as the background, with a blue border, then perhaps a thicker white border (got some unbleached Kona somewhere) and then the binding.
I quite like it - sort of throws the letters into a 3D effect.
I'm not going to start cutting until you tell me what you think.
after posting last night, I thought to add some images, so here are a few
this is a piece that has been waiting for years to come to a conclusion - it was a repetition of large, upholstery weight corduroy squares/ rectangles. I'm going to use some of the chenille bedspread to back it. yay!
this is the chenille with some florals...
and this is something that I put together with the idea of trellis/ rose... but it isn't big enough to be a blanket on its own.
but it got me to thinking that I could take another dark print and mix it with another chintz and then cut them into larger squares to piece together for a blanket sized blanket :-) repeat until arriving at desired size.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
So I sewed up a blue storm yesterday and got them done.
I think I'm going to reorganise the blue's, but am pleased with it. My favourite letters are the D in "world", the l in the last "blue" and, drum roll Tonya please, look at that S! I've finally cracked that little beastie!
For the filling in, I wondered about hearts, trees (I think no because they will detract from the words), houses, free pieced flowers, or alternatively putting blue borders round the words with the light background, filling in with white/cream, and putting a really jazzy/scrappy blue border round the whole thing.
I don't really want to make the length any bigger - it is already 38 inches long!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Is it any wonder my theme is going to be spring? Here is a photo of my place yesterday, and since i took this photo, it hasnt stopped snowing! doh!
I havent checked in since my "discouraged" email, which seems to have disappeared, but i just wanted to let all of you know that i havent given up...just had to finish a few other projects first. All of your words of encouragement have helped me, and im ready to continue :) I have seen some wonderful things from this group and it has inspired me! Anyways, just wanted to check in and say hi and i hope to create some letters this weekend.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE GEESE
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of common purpose can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels that drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
It is harder to do something alone than together.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation, and another goose flies point at the head.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs. Shared leadership and interdependence give us each a chance to lead as well as opportunities to rest.
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind? We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.
Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick or wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese will fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their flock.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by our colleagues and each other in difficult times as well as in good.