Thursday, May 30, 2019

Pin It Weekly #279

Happy Weekly! I'm running a bit late this week. I've been busy writing and mailing these invitations to vendors for our guild show. Don't you love computers at times like this?

I haven't  been pinning so much as looking at things. I decided to play with the Silhouette a little and needed some inspiration. Here are a few things that I found which I like.
A step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own DIY decorative sign. Tutorial available at

I really like the ones like this that look like a dictionary entry. Of course, I have handled a few dictionaries, so it should be no surprise.


Marriage Definition - Timber + Gray Design Co.

Scripture wood sign Proverbs 24 - living room wall decor - scripture wall art - bible verse sign - B
And I especially love the Bible quotes. I am thinking that I'll practice with a few and then make some for the girls each with their favorite Bible quote. It's to be sneaky and get that info without their knowing that may be the problem.

Excited to share this item from my #etsy shop: Go be great sign | signs with quotes | signs | farmhouse decor | signs for home | farmhouse sign | wood signs | bible quotes | rustic signs #homedecor #patiooutdoor #framed #signsforhome #farmhousesigns #farmhousedecor #woodsigns #signs #rustic #farmhouseliving #signswithquotes #livingroomdecor

I say I haven't been pinning much, but I still pinned a few quilts. I guess I can't help myself. I ran across several bookcase quilts

Bookcase Quilt Pattern

Bookcase Quilt Class

Bookshelf Quilt 2

Happy pinning, everyone!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Another Cotton on Green ~~ Finished

On Friday I told you about the most recent cotton painting I created. What I didn't tell you is that I had loaded two canvases and worked on them side-by-side. Sister paintings, if you will. 

They have many similarities, but one is not their sizes. This one is 15 X 18. Another difference is this little blossom on the upper left side of the canvas. It just found its way there with no argument from me. I just sew without thinking when I work on these. Sometimes some interesting things happen. 

Related image
Cotton bloom - Google images
I decided that this serendipitous occurrence was something to take advantage of. So the blossom became a cotton blossom out of season. I quilted around it in the same way that I quilted around the cotton bolls, and let it take care of business. It may not be a cotton blossom, but it's not far off. 

Image result for cotton bloomThere are the right number of petals and it is white. Which, by the way, means it has not been self-pollinated because, once they are, they turn pink becoming a deeper pink as time goes by. 

In the next stage the flower dies and falls off leaving the green boll where the cotton grows. It is enclosed in green bracts which dry up and split open as the boll gets larger. Once the boll is fully mature, it will eventually fall off the stem. The seeds are in the fluffy cotton boll and are supposed to find their way to the ground, but most end up at the gin. But that's another post.

This cotton painting, then, has all the stages of the life-cycle of a cotton plant. Now that's serendipitous! 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cotton on Green ~~ Finished?

I've worked on this piece and another one for several days. I had built the canvases quite some time ago and set them aside. At the time I had another, more pressing project. Oddly, I can't think of what that was. 

Nevertheless, I discovered the stack of canvas pieces and decided to load them on the long-arm before something else jumped in front of me. I have a few more canvases in the stack, but I want to see what the green background looks like. 

I've been working on this series of cotton paintings and have eight or ten pieces. I haven't really named any of them, but I think I'll just number them. Luckily, I've written about them and can look up the order. 

With this piece I was going for a cleaner, less is more, feeling. I'm not sure it's working. I keep thinking there's something missing. If you realize it, please let me know. I will definitely rework it. Otherwise, my plan is to show it to my artist friend and ask her opinion. She will be absolutely honest with me! And I believe strongly in the power of constructive criticism and learning from others.

Oh, I have to give credit to my sweet husband for building the frames! We've created a pretty good system: I sew the canvas in no particular size--just whatever works for me for the moment--then choose one when I'm ready to paint. Once the painting is complete and dry, I decide on the dimensions and ask for a frame. This one is 16" square. He builds it, I mount the painting, and voila! we have a painted quilt. Isn't he the best?!

Here's another picture so you can help me with a comment. I really want to figure out what I'm missing. Plus, some of the other painted quilts in this series.
You can find the posts for these paintings here: upper left blue, upper right neutral, lower left neutral, lower right blue.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pin It Weekly #278

Last week's Pin It was so popular that I thought I'd continue it. We met a few followers, so that's what we'll do again this week. 
Melinda Wingard Knox has many boards but her "home projects" board really caught my eye. Here are a few ideas that I had to follow.
DIY Concrete Fountain Instruction - DIY Fountain Landscaping Ideas & Projects #landscapingdiyWine Barrel with Flowers - Put Solar Lights in planters. Can't believe I never thought of this.

20+ Simple And Small Front Yard Landscaping Ideas (Low Maintenance) Add value to your home with best front yard landscape. Explore simple and small front yard landscaping ideas with rocks, low maintenance, on a budget.", "pinner": {"username": "VintageHomeDecorIdeas", "first_name": "Wood Home |..

BEST Kitchen Backsplash i've ever seen! | Just love the picture galleries <3 #Kitchen #KitchenBacksplash #Backsplash #KitchenIdeas #KitchenIsland #KitchenDesign #KitchenMakeover #KitchenDecor #BacksplashIdeas

Ginger Denise Salinas has a board just for squishes! And here are some pins from her "slime" board. 
Unicorn Ice Cream ~ Butter Slime - Scented slime ~ Charm slime

Homemade slime is all the rage, so watch one of these how-to videos and learn how to make your own from unicorn slime to glitter slime.

scented watermelon Mini Crazy Poo squishy by Puni Maru

Ellie Halliley has a Disney board. If you're a Disney fan, this is the board for you!

If you call Disney "home", this sign is made just for you

Personalised Chalkboard Countdown hanging Plaque Sign Holiday Days until Disney

Disney Shadow Box Savings Bank adding money

Of course, we need one board about quilting. Here's one from Debby Lytton
Five Sweet Quilt Blocks for Easter and More - Quilting Digest

Cathy’s CRAZY BY DESIGN: Sewing a Blue Streak

Natalie Ross in Stitches....such a gorgeous pattern! Could do a Jelly roll race quilt with applique on top. Could be lady birds or flowers on top.A new quilt rack from a repurposed crib.

Do you have a board you'd like to share here? Just let me know in the comments or pm me. I'd love to feature your boards.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Columns

Greco Roman columns.

Camillo Boito-Ornamenti di Tutti Gli Stili, 1882  Doric Perfume Oil

Back when I taught Fine Arts Survey at Bunkie High, I studied enough architecture to be able to know the columns of ancient Rome and Greece. When I was pinning earlier in the week, I discovered these drawings. Of course, I had to add them to my "architecture buildings construction edifice structure" board.


Here's the thing: now I love them for a different reason. Oh sure, the architecture is stunning, but the lines, feathers, and scrolls are all motifs that I love to include in my quilting. Studying these drawings may be helpful in preparing for my next quilt.

Strangely, I didn't see the connection back then, but now it's quite obvious. 

The quilts I'm showing aren't about the curvy quilting, they are more about the straight lines and columns. When you search for column quilts on Pinterest, the responses tend to be more about the piecing, so that's what we've got.

The Quick Column Quilts miniseries is coming soon to PBS, or watch online by clicking here. Column quilts are ideal projects for quilting newbies and fresh concepts for quilting enthusiasts. During this 3-part series and in the book, I’ll show you how to replace traditional quilt blocks with sleek columns of fabric.Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour – Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Twelve, ten-inch quilt blocks in multiple colors and patterns can be use to create the project of your choice! At least two dozen different fabrics were used to create these one of a kind quilt blocks. All are pressed and sewn to Missouri Star quilt paper to retain their shape. Just

Quilting - Bed Quilt Patterns - Pieced Quilt Patterns - Six, Slashed Bed Quilt Pattern

Icicles – Quilting Books Patterns and NotionsStripe inspiration. "Embracing Gray by Alissa Haight Carlton, 2010" via

"Crows" Flying Geese made from recycled Shirts

pretty quilt back from mila + cuatro: On Nanny's Lap

I Love Dirt – Quilting Books Patterns and NotionsShattered