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Friday, August 28, 2015

In the meantime, in between time, ain't we got fun!

While waiting for the September instructions for the Craftsy Block of the Month I decided to do something quick and less complicated just for fun.

I was given a stack of 10" squares from Craftsy as an apology for an order mix-up.  An above and beyond attitude on their part.  About the same time I saw Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company explain how to make an illusion quilt.  Seemed like fate to me, so I purchased some grey fabric, and pulled some white from my stash.  They really aren't as wonky as they appear.  My design wall is not flat as it hangs over my shelves full of fabric.  Sometimes the fabric bulges out as I occasionally over buy!  Never happens to anyone else I know, but I am weak where fabric is concerned.

This has been happening all week.  

They are only squares at this point and I still have two more rows to put together.  

It's very satisfying to make something that goes together so fast as opposed to the months I have been working on the BOM.
Have a Creative Day
Janet 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August blocks finished

I'm actually finishing the blocks for this quilt on time.  In case you haven't been following my blog this is the Craftsy block of the month taught by Jinny Beyer.  

This months blocks are both paper piecing.  For me these were much more complicated than any paper pieced pattern I have done.  One of them I had to restart three times.  But, I did it!  I can learn new skills.
Here are all of the blocks to date.
I am enjoying this class.  It's a challenge for me but that's a good thing.  
Have a creative day
Janet

Friday, July 31, 2015

Snowflakes in July!

I was invited to join the group Art Quilts Around the World.  I was feeling the need to get back to making art quilts and thought this would be a fun and challenging adventure for me.  There are some wonderful artists in this group.

I just joined two days ago so I was told I didn't need to do the current challenge as the due date was today.  When I saw it was snowflake, I had to try.  

Obviously really quickly made but I think I did ok for my first art quilt in over a year.  

I had to make each snowflake unique because we all know each snowflake is different.
One made with angelina film

One with angelina fiber

One couched embroidery floss

One with ribbon and decorative stitch.


The rest were purchased at some point in the distant past and conviently resurfaced in my sewing space while I was trying to look for ideas.
I called it blizzard and tried to make it look like the wind was blowing from several directions at once. It seems like that is what happens when it snows enough you can't get out of your driveway.

I also added a decorative stitch to the binding which is something I have never done before, but I thought it looked like snowflakes so seemed appropriate.

If you would like to see the other interpretations of snowflake please go to Art Quilts Around the World. Our next challenge is uniform.  I will have two months to work on this idea.  So look for those quilts at the end of September
Have a Creative Day
Janet

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Appliqué

I finished one of the appliqué baskets for the Craftsy 2015 BOM taught by Jinny Beyer. 

 I didn't do it exactly as taught in the class.  I have been researching how to appliqué and discovered there are probably almost as many ways to accomplish this skill as there are quilters. 



 So what I did is a meld of techniques and it will probably change the more I practice. 

 I still have four more baskets for this quilt and then I will begin working on the appliqué for Flowers for my Wedding Ring.  

So, I'd better get back to stitching
Have a creative Day
Janet

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hot, hot, hot!


flowers in my garden

Spring/Summer are always a time for me to slow down with the fiber arts.  I love the beautiful cooler days of spring and early summer.  We are getting to the hot, hot, hot days now though so I will be spending more time inside.  Thank goodness for air conditioning! I have lymphedema, a milder case than some but I am definitely not alone.  Three to five million people are estimated to be affected by this disease and yet very little is known about it.  Kathy Bates has recently become the national spokesperson for lymphedema and is helping to bring awareness.  You can click her name to hear her tell why she became the spokesperson.

There is no cure but there are treatments that can help significantly.  It took 25 years for me to find a doctor who knew what was wrong and knew I could get help for this problem.   I am talking about it so others might realize there is treatment available and it does help. My left leg and foot are swollen from extra lymphatic fluid in the tissues.  This is not edema they are different problems.  Mine is considered primary (which means I was born with it) even though it didn't really become a problem until I was pregnant with my first child.  Some have the condition at birth. The sooner people receive treatment the better the outcome. Many people such as Kathy Bates develop lymphedema after surgery and/or cancer.  I am fortunate as I have decent insurance and it covers the cost of two compression stockings per year.  (They are over $500 each)  Many people don't have this coverage and can't afford the help they need.  Visit lymphedematreatmentact.org to learn how you can help.  Here is a little poster that explains more about this disease.

Anyway, heat makes my problems worse so I am inside more than out now.  The last few days I started to catch up on the Craftsy BOM taught by Jinny Beyer.  I have all the blocks through July completed now.  I need to start cutting out the flowers I will appliqué on five of the baskets.  Once I get that done I will almost be caught up.  I think this will be a beautiful quilt.
Craftsy BOM 2015

I have also been spending as much time as possible with my sweet dog.  He just passed his 14 year check-up.  Not doing quite as well as he used to but still living the sweet life.
Mocha Chip

My husband and I did a 5k on Saturday for the Suicide Prevention Collaborative in our county.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in Minnesota.  These people do wonderful work so it felt good to support their cause. I'm glad it started at 8 in the morning before it got too hot.
Suicide Prevention Collaborative
Together it gets better

Expect to see more posts from me about quilting etc., since I will be spending more time inside.
Have a creative day!
Janet