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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Off to camp!

My flight to San Jose CA leaves at 6 AM tomorrow, and it takes about an hour to get to the airport from our new house. I am going to be one tired, but happy, puppy when I arrive there! I get to spend an entire week with my girlfriends, sewing, laughing and just generally being friends! I've already sent a project box ahead, and now I've got the suitcase packed with my Words project. There's still room for a few clothes, too. Of course, Clyde knows something is up!

I think the house we rent is right there on the coast where the white houses end. Do you see it?

Have fun while I'm gone - will be back on the 30th!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yard work and quilting

I've been getting ready for my girlfriend retreat in Cambria, CA. I've gotten a pedicure, had my hair cut (decided to leave the gray alone), and I've even shaved my legs! GASP! I'm leaving Sunday, returning the following Sunday, and we'll be sewing and laughing the entire time.

I've gotten started on my Words project at least 3 times (and more in my head), and so far I haven't liked a single experiment I've tried. And the pressure is mounting to land on something that I like so I can work on it in Cambria, and have it ready to be submitted by the middle of April. Well, I hadn't found anything that I like that is, until this morning.

I know we get inspiration from the strangest places, but I have to tell you that this is my strangest one of all. Here's my story of how I got from A to Z.

Chapter 1
My first inspiration for the wavy words was from my bathroom rug. I like the rug:

I don't like the wavy words:

Chapter 2:
I have a "Hubby-do" list (as I'm sure many of you do) for while I'm gone. This is our first spring at our new house, and what we've discovered is that we have the worst of the worst CLAY dirt here. So much clay, I think we could sell it off for the stuff they use to line ponds with! At any rate, it wasn't draining off the house correctly, and I couldn't plant my old fashioned flower garden out my stewdio window, nor could our new vegetable garden get dry in order to till. So, Hubby rented a "cutter", and started in making french drains away from the house. All in all there is about 400' of drainage between all the lines. Here's Hubby with the new toy - Watch out, though, he is cutting through everything that isn't moving!


Chapter 3
As I was documenting the work for posterity, it came to me how lovely that arch is in cut through the dirt. The water that immediately started running in the grade just emphasized the curve of it, and my brain ran away with me back to the stewdio to try out something. Ah, success, I think!

And the eye candy working in my garden (a local college boy) isn't too bad either!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday Stitch Day

Today was our Stitch day with the Amazing Quilt Babes. We all worked on bits and pieces of UFOs. I worked on bindings. Shirlee worked on her next applique project, and Vicky worked on the Bunny Hill BOM brought her Simple Gifts (the one with the flowers and insects), and her Bubbles and Pinwheels. Aren't they beautiful?

Carol brought her Roses and Chocolate for me to look at to figure out the construction. I love these colors!

And the last picture? Well, that's my first cut through for my Measured Words. I don't think it's going to be like that....

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Friday, March 13, 2009

She's Happy!

Dana stopped by after work to retrieve the memory quilt made from her mother's blouses, jackets, blouses and t-shirts tonight. I'm so happy that SHE'S happy! One last photo of it with her before it leaves my stewdio.

Saturday is a stitch day here at the house with the Amazing Quilt Babes (minus one). We will be doing our own thing with UFO's, and I plan on working on bindings. I also have a plan of attack for my next art piece Measured Words. I might even get around to starting some cutting for that. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bonsai Complete

Bonsai is now completed and has been shown to the client (who cried). If you'd like to see a close-up of the beading and quilting, you can double click on the pictures. It is constructed of batik, thai silk, vintage kimono and yukata fabrics, fabric mat (fabricated), hand beaded with pearl seed beads, swarovski crystals, and hand quilted. It is about 30" wide by about 42" tall (estimates). My personal "chop" is located on the lower left side in red/white silk.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Time for a change of pace

I've finished the beading on the Bonsai finally, but I won't post it until next week. It took me a while to decide that it was actually finished - no more beading, no more embellishments and what kind of edge finishing I would do for it. The client gets to see it Thursday, and I want her to get the full scope of it in person, rather than on the blog. I will show it at Guild tomorrow though.

Today, I spent quite a bit of time unpacking and organizing my stash, tools and supplies. At our other big house (2.5 times as large as this one), I had a lot more space, with cabinets build in for my stash. Now, I am not complaining - no siree! Hubby was so sweet and built some shelving for me, and is just about finished with it. Here's a few pictures of what it looks like.

The picture below will be my fabric work counter. This is where I will pull fabrics for a project, then put the tubs away. Of course, I still have more fabric to put away; I just tucked the extra stuff under the counter to make some room!

This is the "L" side of the area from the picture above. A lighting fixture will be added in this area, too.
This is my wet area to play. The sink and counter tops were recycled from the kitchen upstairs, because I wanted Corian counters with an embedded sink. So, now, I have a place to dye and paint and silkscreen without worrying about the mess inside the house. I plan on putting curtains in front of the open shelving later.

To the right of the "cubby" area of the first two pictures, is this unit. It goes all the way to the ceiling, and I will be able to store batting on the very top most shelf. I sort of rushed it by putting the tubs onto the shelves before he had the bracing on. I don't think he knew just how heavy fabric can be!
And of course, what would be a post without a picture of my helper? Here's Clyde making sure that the latest quilt I put on the guest bed for my BIL's visit is just right!