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Christmas books….

December 16th, 2012

Yup…this is LATE for Christmas books….but I have these two to share with you…and maybe two more tomorrow, if I can get to them!

This first one I shared about awhile back because I am a contributor to it and it came out in the E-version last year I believe.  Pretty in Patchwork Holidays came out in print version this year.  I really prefer the print version of all books so I was delighted to actually get it in my hands.

My friend John Adams put this baby together with many wonderful bloggers whom I am sure you know contributing to the project line-up. I started on this gift bag that John designed , and I had really hoped to get it DONE to show you, but I have been so overwhelmed by a great many NON-sewing related things in the last few months, I have had Very limited time in the studio.  Ok, almost no time in the studio....However, January is looking good to have a change around in that department, and I am ever so excited about that change!!

Anyway, there are MANY other wonderful projects in this book beside the bag including pillows, table settings, wall hangings, stuffed stuff, and the cutest little hedgehog embroidery pattern.

And of course there are quilts.  This one by John is one of my favorites. All snowy and chilly-warm using the only real shade of purple that I like, a “grey-ish” Perkin’s purple.

PIP John's Quilt

and of course I am fond of my quilt in the book as well!


The next book to mention is Christmas Magic by Ingrid Perra.  This book is definitely a throwback to the early quilting revival days of the 70’s and 80’s.  Very country, very simple.  I am not sure if a lot of you would like this book or not just because the fabrics used in the book are very much that of that “Laura Ingalls Wilder” look.  They definitely would appeal to you if you like that current Scandinavian revival I see popping up here and there in the sewist arena.

Christmas Magic cover

Most of the projects are simple and very homespun looking.  Looking through the book, these two projects struck my eye as unique and interesting.   I could see them done in more contemporary fabrics as well.

I found this tree “basket” concept very interesting and love the concept behind it.  Same trees with some hip mod fabrics? Could be a fun project!

CMagic tree tray

And Linda and I are always looking for some fresh takes on the whole Advent Calendar theme.  This one is very “gingerbread” looking with these pinks and beiges,  but might be just as much fun in some Chartreuse and Cherry combo, right?

CMagic Advent House

So that’s it for today’s post…hope to have another one for you with two other Christmas books that you might really like to get yourself  which do include some fun things that you still might have time for this Christmas…...if you get them right away….and I get the post actually finished!!  :)

Inspirational Industrial Images

June 12th, 2008

To go with the wet damp weather we are having here in the Pacific Northwest, here are some more pictures from that old building in Seattle:

S3010187.JPG      Nice layered look of brick, wood, and plaster, huh?  S3010180.JPG  Very steep, shallow stairs from a long time ago…certainly not to code these days.

 S3010190.JPG   Another nicely layered look here    S3010189.JPG  and for my friend Melissa, rusty cement and brick.

Yesterday was supposed to be spent out in the yard entirely…It rained most of the day, so I spent it in the studio instead….that and journaling. At the moment I can’t necessarily show the results of that work, as it might become a published patterns.   I am waiting still for three lines of fabric to come here from the manufacturers to work on some designs I have started.  Until they get here, I feel rather plunky…...yeah, I made that up, but that is how I feel.  So that is today’s post for now….I may get more posted by tonight, but for now that is it!


June already?

June 9th, 2008

I missed a whole week writing ???  I worked hard on many things …but none were art related.  One day in the week though I did take pictures of parts of an OLD building I was working at in the Seattle area.  They were inspired by pictures that Melissa Averinos posted on her site of a cemetary across the street from her home.

So here are a few takes from my “photo op”

S3010175.JPG    They just don’t make hinges like that anymore…..well they probably do, but this looked cool here.

S3010162.JPG  I do like things that look old.  Oh the things that this clamp has seen.  This building is at least 90 years old, probably older.

 S3010157.JPG  This isn’t as old as the rest, the wiring has been updated, but this still looked cool closeup I thought.

S3010148.JPG  And this is too shiny, but the paper behind looks cool, and the closeup of the industrialness was interesting I think.   I am late to bed now, so I will post more tomorrow.  I was feeling blue most of the day yesterday and the week before….I think the record rain we had here in the NW was a large part of it.  I have a long day of traveling and 3 major activities, including going to a final planning meeting for my guild’s upcoming quilt show (my first time to one of these meetings, but I haven’t helped like I would like to at our show’s, and I have decided that I am going to do more from now on) Today I spent the morning at church, but not connecting to God like I wanted to. This afternoon I worked on some gardening things, and that helped a little bit, but I was very tired for some reason.  I did a little journaling, and I think that helped.  And now I am posting on here to finish up my day.   I don’t feel phenomenally better, but you know, it is okay to say that I feel well enough to just keep on pushing through.   The past few days I didn’t particularily feel like pushing through… was more like dragging myself through….

Later mysterious readers who need to do more commenting!!   :) :)

running out of time…

May 29th, 2008

Well, not really running out of time…actually time is about all we really have….but the list of things to do in a day do not give blogging or design or art a large priority, but I am trying to give it more time

Any way….here is a brief potpourri of things to look at…and explore

bench.JPG   I painted this bench two years ago, and had so much fun doing it…I didn’t do any creative painting last summer at all…I hope I get to it this year…

quilt and geraniaum.JPG Here is my Grandma’s planter that I never saw plants in my entire life, until we had it…hoping to fill this with geraniums this year….it actually would be the first time my kids actually see plants in it too…and we have had this with us….oh about 10 years….it usually gets filled with crap that we don’t want to see on the porch!!

katmandu 4x4.JPG  I made this mini 4” x 4” “quilty” thing for a friend and just mailed it to him….He is fairly famous quilting wise, and you can probably figure out who it is if you read my blog, but for now I am leaving him nameless…for now….I am hoping he will like it enough to put it on HIS site  Shameless gift-giving, well, kinda, but I do want him to like it whether he puts it on his site or not!

peacocks we like.JPG My mother in law picked up a pair of these great peacock metal wall thingies, and gave us one…I was thrilled….Linda was not as thrilled but did allow me to put it on the wall of the front porch…..right next to Linda’s “peacock” chair from the 70’s….I didn’t realize that when I put it on the wall, but when I started taking the picture I figured it out…

And then one last thing.   I am officially adding Melissa Averinos to my blog links….Melissa has great pictures, finds great stuff, and is a brand new fabric designer for Free Spirit.  I have emailed her a couple times, trying to not seem like a “stalker”.....she seems very genuine and creative….I think  you will like her stuff!!

I also wanted to put a cool link here for a technique on hanging mini quilts on the wall, but the time I mentioned above is cracking the whip over my head, and I gotta get finished….so you can come back for that later…

Anybody out there reading this???




Actual quilting entry!!

April 21st, 2008

star and flower.jpg   I made these blocks for my class ”The Parts Department” based from the book Collaborative Quilting. They are variations from parts in the book.  The big pink and black star came out much bigger than I imagined (18” square), as I didn’t really do the math for the overall size…but I rather like it, and I think it will become the center for a mandala style quilt based from the parts department.  Pinks and blues (with a bunch of black and white), what do you think?  The flower? I am not sure but I think a row of three of these with a fairly simple border would make a nice bold wall hanging.

 beginnning of baby quilt.jpg  These 4 blocks are the beginning of a 49 block quilt for my wife’s cousin’s firstborn baby coming soon.   The parents are calm, very “planned-out” people, so I decided to stick to their chosen colors for the baby’s room in a very subdued, slightly planned, but not completely symmetrical quilt.   They will find out soon enough that babies really don’t fit every plan created by parents, and they are seldom “quiet”.....but that will be in due time.   I am excited to make this quilt, as it is back to my “original” palette of earthy, country colors. 

There have been so few entries in here this month, as my work and home have seemed to call me to other things. I wish I could tell you what they were, but I don’t really think I know.  The previous entry shows the chicken coop portion of the month, but it seems like there was more than that going on.  Probably it has just been emotions of the job situation.  Being caught in two worlds where I do not feel comfortable in either at present, but the family still needs to be fed and sheltered.  Pretty tough…..but I will hang onto the promises that God will always take care of me, and that He does love me and my family more than I could ever comprehend.

Sunday the 24th of February

February 24th, 2008

Not the most exciting of titles, but today doesn’t seem like the most exciting of days.  Here are some pictures that I would like to post though, and perhaps later I can do some more writing stuff..

freddy chicken.jpg  a chicken from the Collaborative quilting class I have been teaching….I don’t know if I like it as much as the Country Threads type of chicken I have made in the past, but it is a chicken so what’s not to love

country heart.jpg  A country colored heart that I made as an example to hawk my Parts Dept class at Ben Franklin’s in Monroe.  I made this so the calmer folk among us wouldn’t be scared away by the bright colors of the Collaborative Quilting book by Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston.