Friday, April 29, 2016

Quilt Painting ~~ Finish

I should be sewing and having fun at Fountainbleu State Park with other crafty friends, but I've worked so much on testing that I decided to take a raincheck on the weekend. I just didn't think that I'd be able to drive the 2½ hours to the lodge. So I thought I'd finally share this finish.

Several weeks ago I told you about a painting class that I "attended" at school with both students and other teachers. We painted a cotton stalk with the cotton bolls. I really enjoyed working in paint medium, so I decided to combine it with quilting. 

Oh my! what fun! Of course, I chose fabrics (in this case blues with a touches of gray and navy) and sewed them up in a variety of lines and curves. I made the quilt sandwich on the long-arm so that I could quilt and paint interchangeably. 

I chose the places where I wanted the cotton bolls to be and drew them out with a few stitching lines. I then quilted around those areas so they would pop forward. At this point I stopped to paint inside the stitched areas. For the most part, I switched back and forth between stitching and painting until I felt that it was done.

After it was all done and dry--which took several days--I mounted it on an empty frame that my art teacher friend, Leta, had given me and decided that I really do like it. 

In fact, this project is the result of those free frames. Leta told me she knew I'd "do something with them." And so she gets credit for putting me on the path to painting both pieces. 

Imagine what she'd have me doing if I actually took her art class! Her classes are painting another project, this one with a Louisiana theme, and some of the works are pretty amazing. Because I've been busy with testing, I haven't been in much, but what I have seen I love. Now to share this work with her so she can see what I've been doing.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pin It Weekly #151

I am getting a bit excited about this coming weekend--I am going to the Sew-Craft-acular Weekend at Fountainbleu State Park just north of New Orleans, right on the shore of Lake Ponchartrain. 

Sunset Fountainbleu State Park:

There are six of us who are going. Each one is bringing her own projects to work on but not necessarily sewing projects.     
Took portraits this morning at this beautiful spot. I love Louisiana.   ***Fontainbleu State Park, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans:

These pins are some of the images that other folks have taken at Fountainbleu and pinned to their pages. 

Fountainbleu State Park, Louisiana:

Oak with Spanish moss, Fountainbleu State Park:

Can you see why I am excited? There's sewing, quilting, crafting, and food, plus these awesome places to see when we need a break. 

Fountainbleu State Park:
Sugar mill ruins

I want to take a picture here, its the visitor center at fountainbleu:
Visitor's center

Expect a post on the weekend fun and maybe even a few projects...assuming I can get some packed up by Friday.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Of Amaryllis and Puppies

What can I say? I love these beautiful amaryllis. They bloom every year at this time and are huge, even for amaryllis. 

Apparently the bulbs are multiplying because there have never been so many before. A closer look shows that there are eight open and two more are close to bursting.

While I can't get the color quite right in a photograph, I can tell you that they are lipstick red with a tinge of white on the backside of the bloom. I bought one bulb in a box meant to bloom on my desk, then once the flowers were finished, convinced Richard to plant them in the yard. 

I can easily see them from the kitchen window, a perfect location! I'm a bit tempted to dig them up and separate the bulbs, but they are doing so well, that I've decided (again) to leave them alone. Apparently the camellia shrub is a wonderful neighbor because they get along beautifully. 

And of puppies...this is a typical evening at our house:

Little Little claims her own seat.
Candy claims a lap.
Cotton claims a footrest (mine).
Have a great week. Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: S U E S S (as in Dr.)

Yesterday I asked for a rain check for Sunday Quilt Inspiration because I was exhausted after preparing for testing all afternoon and night. So tonight I'll do my best to catch up. 
I also mentioned that my sister pointed out this cute cup on FB.  It's the beginning inspiration for tonight. Join me and Dr. Suess, will you?
Giant Oh The Places You'll Go Sign by SwitzersSweets on Etsy:

A fun craft project for Read Across America Day! Directions and photos here:

Free Print of the Week: The Lorax-Inspired Earth Day Coloring Page |

I will never forget when my high school English teacher read this book to us on the day of graduation. Not a dry eye in the room!

Dr. Seuss Makes Reading Fun Photo Booth Party Props - 19 Piece Set

Pre-K Tweets: free printable Dr. Suess fish!
dr suess classroom door decor - Bing Images

Dr. Suess footprint crafts for kids - cat in the hat & thing 1 and thing 2

Definitely wearing this to school as soon as I get it!

Dr. Suess

And some quilts!
Robert Kaufman  Fabrics is a wholesale converter  of quilting fabrics and textiles for manufacturers as well as a supplier to  the retail, quilting, home decor, bridal, uniform, and apparel industries.  Established in 1942.

dr suess quilt - I know and have this pattern. This is a must!

Dr. Seuss quilt. Maybe have each student draw a scene from their favorite Dr. Seuss book and put them all together to create a classroom quilt.:

FREE pattern: Dr. Seuss paper-piecing block (Fandom in Stitches)

Cat in the Hat Quilt by Elise of Lovelea Designs

love this dr. suess bag!

Dr Suess Baby blocks

Dr Seuss panel quilting

Dr Seuss Quilt: cute and simple pattern, I especially like since I have these fabrics

Wavy line, spiral line, line pattern, space foreground background middle ground near/far

Dr suess quilt

You have brains in your head, 
You have feet in your shoes, 
You can steer yourself any
     direction you choose.
                       Dr. Suess

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pin It Weekly #150

150!    Not bad for something that I wasn't sure would take off or that I'd keep up with!  So 150 pins of 150...just kidding! 

Ford all aluminum F-150:
Ford F150

15 pins actually with something 150 in 'em, on 'em, about 'em, or just 150 cause that's the theme of the day.  Enjoy.

CG 150 by Buds Motorcycles | Garagem Cafe Racer:
CG 150

Over 150 21 Day Fix recipes separated by breakfast, lunch & dinner, snack, dessert, & Shakeology–to help you be successful on the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme!:

A 150 square feet tiny house on wheels built using SIPs with floor-level pullout bed in Cochranton, Pennsylvania:
150 sq ft tiny house

CHRISTIAN HETZEL: blue with past 2016 - 150 x 120 cm - Mischtechnik auf Leinwand,:
CHRISTIAN HETZEL: blue with past 2016 - 150 x 120 cm - Mischtechnik auf Leinwand,

Psalm 150:6 //Red Arrow Lettering:
Psalm 150

After being tortured by seeing all the "diy plates" with sharpies, I feel honor bound to post that you really should be using a Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pen. Seriously, this is what we use and sell at work-- don't use sharpies people!:
Porcelaine 150 Pens

Jesinta Campbell.. 150 push ups every morning..:
Do 150 pushups a day/look like this

1959 Jaguar XK150 SE Roadster... Maintenance/restoration of old/vintage vehicles: the material for new cogs/casters/gears/pads could be cast polyamide which I (Cast polyamide) can produce. My contact:
1959 Jaguar XK150 SE Roadster

$150.00 - Seychelles Sashay Booties #anthropologie:

10 Satisfying Smoothie Recipes and Ideas under 150 calories. Great for making in the dorms (if you have a blender) or in the dining hall!:

A list of 150+ Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY that are (mostly) family friendly activities. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is a lot to do in Niagara Falls, New York, Buffalo, New York, and all of Western New York.

I loved my Vespa 150. Traded it for a P200 :-(:
Vespa 150

150+ Wonderful Pallet Furniture Ideas | 101 Pallet Ideas - Part 5:

Psalm 150:1. "Satan so hates the genuine praise of Christ that his fiery darts of discouragement are not effective against us when we respond in praise." ~ William Thrasher:
Happy 150 for Pin It Weekly!

Thanks for visiting and keeping the fun going!