•July 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment
After piecing these blocks together they lacked appeal; my husband agreed even though I had to force him to look. I wasn’t thrilled with the colors of the charm squares to begin with; the greenish aqua squares made me sick…they looked dirty. I tore through my stash trying to find a sashing fabric that would make this quilt un-ugly. I wondered what would beat this mis-mash of color into submission. Red…I just love red…red will beat down any ugly color! When I showed my husband the fabric that I was going to use for sashing he was skeptical; he knows how much I love red so he shrugged his shoulders and disappeared into his own realm as fast as his legs would go. (He hates it when I drag him into my color changes.)
I love red so much that I made my tile guy dig out some of the small clear glass tiles while installing my backsplash. Poor guy had to cut every 3 inch red glass tile down to fit. He didn’t complain but I did see his eyes bulge when I pulled out the little red glass tiles that I wanted him to cut. You can see my backsplash a few posts down, the photo with my Daughter and her Coconut Quilt…some of the dark tiles are red but the camera did not fully pick up their brilliance since I wasn’t aiming to. There is another whole story of what I did to my backsplash to make it look as I wanted but its a bit long to tell. The only thing I’ll say about it is that my husband freaked when I pulled out a can of wood stain then headed toward my backsplash; he body blocked me (lol!). I had to wait until he left before I pounced. Later, he noticed something was different but never put his finger on it. What can I say???…the tile didn’t have enough browns and I can’t make my own tile. You should see what I did and what I used to make the stained glass lights hanging over my breakfast bar come to life. My husband has no clue and would have tackled me had he known what I intended to do. He didn’t fully notice but mentioned how much he liked the lights after I performed some magic on them.
I’m not an expert on color and pay no mind to rules; It’s more fun to bring to life what the mind creates or make mistakes and turn them into beautiful. Less rules and regs imposed on color makes it more fun playing with them. This quilt looks like a freshly tossed, juicy, fruity salad… thanks to red.
•July 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment
Like so many states across the country, the weather has been ungodly in NJ. People simply going about their business look like wilted lettuce, even after being freshly dressed; children are not squealing with laughter as they play or ride their bikes since the only place to escape this nightmare is indoors. While finishing this quilt I had longing thoughts of autumn drifting through my mind but those thoughts were quickly chased away by visions of snow. I’ll take cold over heat any day…always have, always will.
Thankfully, it as raining this morning but it was announced on the news that the corn crops have failed across the country. This will effect every part of industry across this great land since corn is used to feed our livestock.Last year it was reported that we needed a perfect growing season to bring our food store back to par; this season is a failure which leaves one wondering about the coming food shortage and the price of food. I care about how many will be able to afford food. It was announced on the news that we should report price gouging but to whom do we report to????? Like that will do anything to stop it anyway (insert eye roll HERE).
Learning to be self sufficient and growing our own food would help but the market is flooded with “suicide seeds”. The American Indians couldn’t fathom the idea that a man can “own land”; on the turning wheel, we can’t fathom the idea that someone can own the rights to fruitful seed. This is an evil device and inhuman; we have to pay to live on our own planet…now we have to pay to grow food that WAS naturally reproductive to start with??? No more “heirloom” tomatoes unless you pay for new seeds yearly; I believe the farmers are being forced to use these evil seeds and not allowed to use their own. I’m always disgusted at the insidiousness and greed of the few that enslave mankind; I’m sad that our government officials have sold out the American people and that so many “We the People” are blind to it. All this because of a quilt…sometimes I think too much but that’s my nature; question and wonder, wonder and question.
Longing for cooler days and the freedom not to be controlled by a few evil men making dirty deals on a golf course.
•July 15, 2012 • 1 Comment
These pieces were cut away from the Tree Quilts but I couldn’t toss them. I put them on the trim on my window…I like it.
•July 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment
I finally finished this throw for my daughter…ummm… I mean I finally admitted its finished. I’ve had it casually tossed onto my couch waiting to be tacked in a few spots for the last two months. It looks like coconut and one cannot help but touch it; it appears luscious enough to eat. My 4 year old Grandson takes a nose dive into it every time he walks through my front door. The flip side looks like sparkling snow when lights hit it. When I saw these fabrics I couldn’t walk past; I had to make something, anything with them. This was simple to make but one of the most glamourous pieces I’ve created. It fits my Daughter and ignites the senses; all it needs is a spritz of coconut oil to bring the nose into the arena.
- Flip Side
I was concerned about how my machine would take to this fluffy fabric. I had no problem shoving it through; this fabric didn’t stand a chance against my machine and my determination. I am tough on my machine and expect my machine to take what I give it…so far so good.
Luscious Coconut Sequin Throw
I really don’t want to let this one go but I promised; when my Daugher first saw it she gasped…she should have it, it reminds me of her. I have a few precious scraps left with an idea for a fabulous pillow to match…I believe she will love it.
I’ve got to get that dress from her when she is finished with it; a pillow or a lamp shade maybe? Hmmmm…we’ll see
•July 12, 2012 • 2 Comments
A quilted Tree
I’ve finally decided to go ahead and do what I want with my sewing machine; no rules or regulations…just exercising my freedom to do what I wanted without concern for others opinions (like my sewing machine dealer guy…HA…my machine is just fine thank you!). This piece is unconventional and will make blue haired quilt ladies gasp with horror at what I did to bring this quilt into being. I used anything I could get my hands on like… the cord that was unfortunate enough to be hanging from my blinds in my sewing room, alpaca and wool yarns, ripped glitter ribbon, hand dyed silk thread, big chunks of twisted fabric strips, fabric coloring pencils and more. They sky was the limit.
Inside of Tree
A closer look inside of my 3-D quilt
I attached lights inside of this piece; I am unable to capture with camera how beautiful it looks when lit.
A bad photo but shows how much it glows.
It’s called???? I don’t know…haven’t named it yet.
•April 8, 2012 • 1 Comment
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