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Last day of 2008

This is before declutter.  It will look a mess until new table installed.
Accomplished cleaning out sewing room and now await the new table DH is making.  In the future I will try to not hang on to scraps.  More time is spent trying to fit scrap to piece, to say nothing of the time spent looking for said scrap.  So junk is down and now to get working on things.  The to do list is made and the leggings started a month ago are finished.

Chrismas is OVER

Carolyn and Dwight came over for a cocktail evening on Monday and she and I were on cranberry juice.  The party girls are currently under going restoration and refinishing, (Carolyn gave blood to store for surgery and I was under the influence of antibiotics).  
Chris brought in a cedar sapling and I decorated it in a minimal style.  Here you see Tripper giving it the once over.  We named it the "Miracle Tree" as it's a miracle it remains standing and there are no broken balls.

This was a strange Christmas.  My wrist is just about healed so I was all ready to sew, cook and create.  Then wam bam!! bladder infection known as UTI.  Worst of all after ignoring it for a week then drowning in cranberry juice and pills I realized what it was and bought an OTC concoction that fixes symptoms, not the infection.  Friday during my trip to Central Market for meat I could not stop shivering.  It was an aweful day and I just did not browse or have fun just shivered myself through my sho…

getting old

On Monday Chris and I made pink grapefruit marmalade.  It turned out fabulous.  We have 5 jars.  I think next time we should get smaller jars.  We never give it to anyone as it is tart and bitter and not really on the American palate.  Cooking is my other passion.  Just bought a mullti task stock pot from Calaphon and now understand why everyone says buy a goo pot.  It is much easier than using the corck pot as I can brown everything in it. Have I cooked up a storm!!!

Just recovering from carpel tunnel surgery and my hand does feel OK and I can hold pens, paint brush and needle though I must wear the brace for a month.  So that's fixed and now guess what my right foot seems to have a problem.  It's enough to piss off the pope.
Back to making Christmas gifts and using ideas from Sue Bleisweiss class.  I will post them after they are given.   I never quite finished it as we were travelling and I am about to blast off when I get rid of this brace.  I bought lots of silk hankies at …

houston quilt fest

This is  Jamie Fingal with her new book.  Jamie always uses bright colors so I love her quilts.  She was in the book swap organized by Janet Ghio so it's great to see her.  
Also at the Make it U was Frances Holliday Alford and guess what?  She was making button pieces.  Sh is lots of fun and we are gong to swap post cards.
Oh here is another masterpiece of photography Maggie Winfield's shoes.  I just love them.  The dress is rather good.  She had a mermaid piece in the Bernina show.  It was one of the garments that looked good from afar as well as scrumptious up close.
This was someone doing a section in the class on Thursday afternoon called Mixed Media miscellany.  Unfortunately it was sort of disorganized and so it was impossible to see most of the artists.  The only positive thing I left with is that i never want to do encaustic anything.  Too much work and pots etc.  It brought back memories of old aunts and Victorian memorabilia they all had around their home.  In Texas I …

Quilt Fest Houston

Houston is always so much fun and a chance to catch up with old friends and on line names.This is Peggy my sewing mate from Houston. 

 She creates fabulous clothes and really is into Sandra Betzina and all those creative designers in Vogue Patterns although her true love is Burda.  Since Peggy is over six foot she really looks good in designer fashions.  She and I spent some real time critiquing quilts and vendor booths as well as spending money.This is a Sandra Betzina jacket.  She had me all fired up about making clothes again.  I am going to make some leggings and other funky stuff.  Peggy also introduced me to the Chico outlet store in Houston.    This is Peggy with Hannah another sewing buddy.  Hannah is always making all kind of things and is very skilled.  We three attended the last Bernina Fashion Show together.  Later Peggy and I viewed the garment on the festival floor and realized how little you can see from from far away.  We also listened to several of the designers speak a…
Arrived home to carnage in the kitchen.  The victim, a young bunny, left on the threshold of  the kitchen, skin torn from throat, and blood every where.   The usual suspects were rounded up :   Spunky was rounded up hiding in his special safe house
Tripper was found on the deck, his favorite look out  for spotting enemies entering his territory.  Spunky gave me his witch cat look and when questioned and made an effort to escape and get the corpse.  Tripper gave a meowing yes when asked if he caught it !!!   Bunny was dispatched to the garbage can and the ffloor cleaned.   A  large glass of wine was required to continue with unpacking my finds from the Quilt fest.  An hour or so later the phone rang and a neighbor told me they had come over and turned off the septic tank alarm.  Did I say Chris was gone for 5 days hunting!  It never happens when he is here.  So I had to hunt down the septic tank repair people.  Fortunately i remembered how Chris had all that organized.   So all was going …

CRAZY QUILTING A LA MODE-a soft sculpture

"What inspires you?" is one of those topics that frequents all kinds of art list.  The inspiration for my latest piece was a desire to create something for a friend and the timeline was tight.  Many ideas floated around  based on techniques and a new obsession - using accumulated fabric.  In this instance, to use fabric from my crazy quilt period.  The collecting was far more robust than the making.  A gift of the Painted Quilt by the Kemshalls had me fired up and the fire really exploded after watching their DVD.  I don't quilt I  free motion stitch as a means to an end and  piecing is an absolute no no. 
Suddenly there I was gathering silks in colors I never use, piecing and quilting.   All this so that I could paint it.  Here it is painted.  (above)
  Here is the back after the quilting.  I rolled paint onto the silk of the left and front side to create depth and texture and painted the flowers and hearts with acrylic, from WalMart,  Stewart Gill Byzantium  from Joggles…


A few years back, we passed Talladega during race time and it looked so much fun that I told Chris we really had to go there one year.  This was the year.  
Arriving on Thursday we set up in our 20 X 40 foot assigned space, on a sloping grassy.  Thus the front wheels were off the ground and I needed a foot stool to get out and in.  Soon we were surrounded by trailers, campers, RVs and tents and  huge wood piles.  This was the view from our site when we arrived.

This is not a bad photo, its  smoke!!!
We first tried a bucket for me to step down, the stool was safer.  Note this was before any fires were lit and folks were just arriving.

This was the start of their wood pile for night one.  (Never can organize my photos for this blog).

Chris lighting our barbe, no we did not dine al fresco!

  At nightfall, camp fires sprouted up everywhere, it was about 88degrees in the daytime so this was not a necessity for warmth but rather a point to gather, drink and whoop it up.  To complete the set up re…

ATC Wall Hanging

In the second issue of Cloth Paper Scissors I saw a wall hanging by Dlae Rollerson and always wanted to make one. So I did. it was very time consuming and my carpal tunnel came back as it was hell hand sewing through melted stuff all 44 ATCs. I plan to add a few more dangles. It involved lots of heat gun application and burning. now I have a sodering iron with a pencil thin tip I can set the world on heat. I am making another, minus hand work and I plan to sew up all those other ATC I received in swaps.

RV nut case

This guy obviously did not know what he was doing. The land dropped quickly beneath the front of the RV.

The jacks are on the ground and the front wheels are about a foot off. I cannot imagine how they will get it to the ground. They say never have the wheels off the ground. This was there all the time we were there and no-one was in it. Everyon with bg rigs parks them parrallel to the shoreline

trip to Texas Coast

You would think that after all the years of living on the Gulf Coast that we would realize there is no way we can sleep without AC. Wrong we took off to the National Seashore, Padre Island, Aug 21 where generators have to be off between 10pm and 6 am. This was OK until about midnight when the cool inside has warn off. Opening windows invites in humidity that destroys any cool air. The first night was bad but a breeze helped somewhat. Night two was hell with no breeze so we packed up and went to Mustang island where they have electric hook ups. So a pleasant beach walk and dinner with friends followed by a cool night was just the thing. The walk to the beach the next morning was another matter. Mosquitoes the size of elephants gleefully descended on us every time we approached standing water or wet dune grass. The night walk had us covered in OFF. So the next day we headed to Goose island. It is on the water so no mosquitoes except in the tree shaded walks and there are hook ups. we wa…


this is the ARCA from the back
This is the Arca with the TOMES. I made it like this as it is easier to removes the tomes. The tomes are bound into a book

Here is the top panel. I painted that image after I printed the outline onto fabric, it was then fused onto a stabilizer and stitched to red felt. Then the madness began. It is embellished and finally topped with Textiva and tulle. This was then put to the gun , the heat gun. Wow!!! I love the effect. here are the four panel before construction. They are made with fabric paper that is fused to the red felt after painting and a liberal dose of Angelina. The figures were printed on fabric painted and fused to the surface.
An ARCA is a special box according to Patti Culea, Queen Doll maker and originator of the Stargazer Tomes and Arca patterns. My ARCA was created to hold my book of TOMES. I used the techniques Sue Bleisweiss taught in her class on Mixed Media, to make the box. It is a terrific class and very exciting with m…

Travel with an eye on the weather 3

we went to Chicago to meet with john and Liz. It was great fun. They plan to sell their home of 30 years to move into an apartment in Chicago's Lincoln Park area and cut out gardening and caring for a large house. Smart decision for urbanites who really groove all a big city offers. that means wining and dining at the cities great ethnic restaurants and doing art and interesting exhibitions scene. We always have fun with them. this time they came to Milwaukee with us. They stayed at the Hilton and we returned to RV that was in the Wisconsin State Fairground. I wanted to visit Milwaukee for the Bead and button Show and found that the week before that show there was a weekend of Indy racing. it worked out well as there is no where in Chicago to safely leave an RV.

The storms caught up with us on our last night in Milwaukee and instead of a farewell feast we went to bed early and left at dawn the next morning to flee Illinois by way of the tollway and on through Indiana to Ohio. Illi…

Travel with an eye on the weather 2

This is Millenium park in Chicago. That's me with Liz. It was a great day