Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pin It Weekly #168

dogs: weimaraner pups

Wimies!!!!: My pinning has been lacking lately. We're back in school and, goodness, it's kicking my backside! I'm already swimming in papers to grade and we're starting our first essay tomorrow.  But I'm not complaining or whining. Well, not much. 

So, as I have been doing, I'm going to introduce you to other pinners and their boards. Luckily, several of you have mentioned that you enjoy these posts. Thanks for the notes.

Carmen Urra, has over 2,000 pins on her 10 boards, one of which, "perritos," is all about puppies.

Sandra Samiento Musalan is another pinner with lots of pins--over 6,000! You may want to follow one of her 18 boards. Look at these Christmas pins...aren't they just adorable?  She has lots of idea and patterns to share. Definitely check out her Pinterest!

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pine wreath

These brilliant "outdoor fun projects" and "beachy" boards by Cynthia Holmes are just two of 19 that she has on her Pinterest. 

Succulent Garden Ideas:

How to make a sparkling bead wind chime with bells! I’ll admit I’m a bit of a craft supply hoarder and have accumulated a massive amount of beautiful beads over the years but have barely used them. This project is the perfect excuse to get out my bead supply and make something I’ll enjoy seeing out my window every day.:

California Friendly works of art! Driftwood and various succulents...

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These last ones are from Martie Nutuschil's board, "Time and Tide Wait for No One." She's a pinner extraordinaire with over 79,000 pins and 345 boards! Yes, I keyed that correctly!

Fallen cities: how artists have captured ruins, from Kabul to Rome – in pictures:

An old, abandoned general store in Carrollton, Georgia, not far from where I live. I love the rust and the faded Coke sign. A beautiful picture of happier days in my beloved South.

Old abandoned farm house.:

This last board reminds me of my "forsaken, heritage" board which contains many buildings, places, and objects forgotten by everything but time.  In fact I recognized a few of the pins. I think I'll have to revisit this board and pick up a couple of pins.

Thanks for visiting and a special thanks to my followers. I hope you enjoyed meeting a few pinners.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Closer and closer to a finish!

I may get this one finished. This big, huge king-sized quilt. The one I've been working on for such a long time. Since July 23rd, in fact. Over a month. That's a long time for a quilt made entirely by machine. Especially for me. 

And it's not even finished. Yet. But I'm getting closer.  I took this picture to before pulling it off the machine so that I could show you just how big the quilt is. My machine is 120 inches wide, the quilt backing has a wingspan that stretches from one end of the machine to the other. It should end up about 105-110 inches.  And it's just as long. 

Oh wow, I just had a hint of the amount of binding I'll need. I may as well shoot for 450 inches--12 yards?! That just can't be right. I double checked my math. Then I had Richard do the math. Yes, 12 yards of binding! 

Each of the chevrons has a different quilting motif which really stretched my brain and forced me to work with a few motifs that I'm not entirely comfortable with. 

But somehow I managed to get through the entire quilt and took it off the machine. I hope to begin cutting out the binding tomorrow and perhaps sew it on over the weekend. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: O R I G A M I

Macaw by Anna Trundle. This one is such a beauty, a paper sculpture made of…:

origami cats: Origami Whale ~ So cute! <3:
Muntazar Kusudama Tutorial – Origami Tutorials:

15 Tutorials for Dollar Bill Origami Tooth Fairy Gifts:

5 paper origami star box…:

Cute Origami hedgehog:

Awesome Math Art: Transforming Ninja Star:

Additional Images of Move Over Quilt Kit by Mari Martin - xxx: Simplicity at it's best: Like a quilter's eye chart the scale of the squares becomes smaller and smaller. This quilt WRITE ON WHITE features only the white fabric scale of the REEL TIME collection by ZEN CHIC:

Colour Explosion Quilt Tutorial | Bonjour Quilts | Bloglovin’:

What a dreamy quilt. It's so simple just using the one fabric but the overall design is so effective. Love stripes!:

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So, it's been a pretty exciting week for me.  Last Friday I announced my calendar quilt and today I get to share another publication with you...somebody pinch me because I can hardly believe it!!  ...:

Stripes and Herringbone by Sarah Thomas of Bluprint Textiles  A Free Pattern from Robert Kaufman Fabric Company:

What a happy quilt:

Additional Images of Bedroom Style Perfectly Pieced by April Rosenthal -

Piece N Quilt: Nonchalant - Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Can close count in quilting?

I've been working on this big ole quilt for weeks now. I know, I know, it's taking me longer than I anticipated forever, but what can I say? I have a full time job that does not include time for quilting. 

For some reason there's this idea in places (where there are no teachers) that we teachers work from 8 to 3 and then we go home to eat bonbons do nothing.  Well, let me dispel that lie myth: I start work at 7 a.m. and, while I may not get paid after 3 p.m., it doesn't mean that Elvis I have left the building. 

In fact, on Monday and Tuesday I worked until 4:30, still teaching-- but at that time teaching the teachers. Some of our new people and a few of the older retired people who have returned don't know how to use the computer programs specific to education. Somebody has to's said I'm a sucker patient mentor.

Then I spent an afternoon helping to repaint the big panther and letters on the front of the field house. I was there to support my art teacher/friend and our Betas. I was there for forever less than an hour, which was about five minutes of hell heat more than I can handle. But we survived and somehow finished the job. 
The panther is nothing short of ferocious. 

And last night. Well last night was my night to work slave at the football game. It was the first game of the season and our jamboree. The jamboree just happens to be the one time that all three high schools meet up on one field and play ten two games each. Sort of a tournament for the parish schools. Sort of the biggest night for the ticket booth. Sort of the longest night, too. Sort of includes some algorithmic math. Oh, the luck! (Who even knows what algorithmic means? Is it really a word? I may have to look into that.)

You know how hard it is for an English teacher to do math an entire night for four hours? Hard. No, real hard. Difficult. Herculean. So I decided to make a cheat strategy sheet: something to help me remember how much to charge. Multiplying 8's is not easy, especially when I don't have time to count on my fingers. 

I found an old bag and tore off a chunk, used my metallic Sharpie to write the algorithms multiplications and taped it to the wall where everyone could see it. Turns out that I wasn't the only one to conceal take a peek.  (Also turns out that algorithms is a word--meaning a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps. Yeah, I don't believe it either, but it's in the dictionary.)

Me...don't let the smile fool you! I looked
like a Mack truck had run over me at the end.
And that's my work week...a few extra hours at regular no pay. According to my algorithm, the total number of hours is nine, and then there are the two hours of grading papers. But who's counting, right? I'm a sucker a teacher...what matters is that I have summers off.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pin It Weekly #167

What's going on in your world?  There's lots of rain here. Plus, it looks as though there will soon be more if the weather systems headed toward the Gulf comes just a bit closer than the weather guy is predicting. I don't know how Louisiana could possibly hold more water. 


Martha Fultz has 218 boards and well over 100K pins! Wow! Now that's dedication! Here are a few pins from her boards:

French country:
Isn't this piece gorgeous?

Pinterest Pretties.....Blue and White Love! - The Enchanted Home:
Who doesn't love a toile look?

Sewing room organization! Oh yes...need some of that!
x: Make these w heavy duty velcro strips on back for easy hang up, swapping & removal to organize crafts, art supplies, journals, home office, command center. Use over PVC pipe tubes or shower curtain tension rods. Also great for closet organizing in bedroom, bathroom & kitchen. Mix n match fabrics to the season & holiday decor just like we do for table runners & place mats.

Martie Netuschil has over 11K pins on her board of cake stands alone! Talk about going over the top! But look at how pretty these are?
Beautiful cake stand
Purple Cake Stand $26.99 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.cakestandsgal...</a> - Cake Stands Purple

Don't be fooled by Simon (sorry no last name)'s 15 boards...he has over 1,000 pins on those boards. The first one is a texture of rocks to make it hard and crumbly. The second has some soft grass. 

ESCAPE – Wild Hunt – Team Old-School - Page 4 - Polycount Forum

New Life:

And from his "Abstract/Design" board.

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Multi color parrot 35×100cm by Sunthorn Phrachannok Price: $65 Description: 35x100cm painting on white canvas

.Saatchi Online Artist: Indrė Bankauskaitė; Painting, Digital "Dream Guide":

Have a great weekend. I'll see you for Sunday Quilt know when!