Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
There are names of composers and musicians along the outer border. This was the biggest PITA! Many, many, starts and stops, and each little blub of thread shows well with this creamy yellow thread on black fabric.
There is an acoustic guitar to which I added wood grain lines. This part was not too hard, except that I had to research wooden guitars to see what kind of grain line they should have. Good thing...they are supposed to run straight along the length of the guitar, which is made up of three different pieces of wood on the top. Didn't JoAnn do a beautful job on the guitar?
The bottom border of the quilt says "Strum those strings and tickle those ivories!" Much easier to do in cursive.
Today I pinned on the king-sized log cabin that I took in the day before my babysitting adventure. This one is in bright, happy colors, with my favorite kind of quilting: foliage, feathers,and some peacock feathers. There are some butterflies and dragonflies in one of the main prints, which looks like a Hoffman. I am using a Reed, or sort of yellow-green, King Tut cotton thread. So far, so good! And another quilt that is waiting will use the same thread and quilting style, so I should be able to transition to that one easily. This big boy is taking two bobbins to complete each pass on the long-arm. But I am enjoying it!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I have never put any items for sale on Etsy, and until yesterday, had never purchased anything. But two of my favorite bloggers posted pictures of some of their creations, and I decided to claim them for chez McBrayer.
First, the delightful Fannie of Imagine, Create, Inspire posted this Rose Art Quilt on her July 25 blog post. The last sentence of the post was "This Rose is for you." I took her literally! The fact that my new sewing room is painted in peach and yellow may have influenced this purchase. But you know I love flowers, and I am also wanting to explore the use of Neocolor pastels.
The second Etsy purchase was from Violette Clark, who I have mentioned in this blog several times. Just use the "Search Blog" text box at the top of my blog and type in her name. I have been a fan since I first saw her artwork and funky home in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. I started visiting her website and blog after that, and saw these little head houses which she featured on her blog on July 23. Had to have one! I purchased the smaller one with the happier face.
My home features a lot of artwork, mainly consisting of my quilts and my father's paintings or prints and some pottery pieces. But why not become a collector? Now I have a good start. Don't forget this lovely piece that I just won from Wanda Hanson at Exuberant Color.
Now, have I started you on another way to procrastinate while you scope out some eye candy?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
He was a beautiful baby boy with silky blond hair, so light it was almost transparent.
Friday, July 25, 2008
If you have never seen it, please take the time to watch.
Rest in peace, Randy.
From The Last Lecture homepage:
On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.
Randy’s lecture has become a phenomenon, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Today, I vowed to do better, and was planning to oil up the Gammill and do some quilting. But after walking Maggy the Mutt, I had a rapid change of plans. The storms must have chased off our heat wave, because it felt refreshing and delightful outside. When we have a day in late July without humidity here in North Carolina, we must take advantage of it! Heading out now to the garden for some weeding.
Like this squirrel seen jumping out of the old squirrel-proof bird feeder (yup, he actually got inside the glass)...I'm outa here!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
But lots of fun.
We have made pictures with my scented markers and water-color painting.
I found out that when Lily gets hold of a marker, she does her nails...
then her lips and even her teeth.
Shortly after she did all that, I took them to the park in Rolesville. We had not been there long when a photographer from The Wake Weekly newspaper asked permission to take Lily's picture. She was playing with another little brown-eyed girl at the time. Since Lily was too busy running around to sit still for a picture, we may not see her in the paper!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Provide links of the nominated blogs on your own blog.
5. Leave a message at each blog you have nominated.
With my two grand-babies here and the trips to South Carolina and Asheville, it has taken me over a week to get around to working on my own nominations. And it has taken me all day to write up my nominations! I use Google Reader to keep up with a good number of blogs. It lists those which have been updated, and it is a quick click to see those. When I feel like visiting blogs, these are seven of my personal favorites.
Cleveland Girlie- Cathie Recca, a quilting friend from Raleigh, does beautiful fabric painting and thread-painting. She also loves music and art, has a beautiful house and garden, and by the way is a great cook.
Michelle's Stitch and Paint Spot- This blog is by Michelle Bonds, another Raleigh quilting friend. She not only quilts, but makes jewelry, curtains, journals, you name it...and often using household or found objects such as bottle caps and paper towels. And her nature photography is worthy of National Geographic!
Field Trips in Fiber- The very prolific Vicki Welsh has an informative blog about longarm quilting, fabric dying, making cosmetics such as soap and lotion, and organization. I would like to be half as organized...but, then, I don't like making lists! Vicki is from the Richmond, Virginia area, and does lots of volunteer quilting for Quilts of Valor. She also participates in many swaps, teaches at her LQS, and was the first person to leave a comment on my blog.
Feeling Simply Quilty- My son found this blog for me- Julie Brunner has a blog with a name that sounds familiar! Julie lives in Kentucky. She is a true inspiration to me as she helps her adult daughter go through cancer treatments. She has lots of links to tutorials for quilters, and a slide show of Paducah's 2008 quilt show.
Girl Gone Thread Wild- This one is a little different- a doll maker instead of a quilter. Monica Magness is the maker of the gorgeous Love Squared doll made from "inchies" sent in by many fiber artists. Check it out! It is to benefit the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Imagine, Create, Inspire- Fanny Narte is a fabulous blogger with daily postings of her artwork, and thoughtful, beautiful musings. She states on her blog, "When I started blogging in July of 2007, fiber art was my main focus.My intention was to take a year and explore the different art media available and select an area of focus. Since then, I've discovered online classes, mixed media, collages, ATCs, portraiture, Photoshop, felting, fabric paper and much more." I have enjoyed watching her discoveries!Exuberant Color- I just mentioned Wanda Hanson's blog the other day when I wrote about the quilt give-away. I have now received my wall hanging, and it is just perfect. Wanda is a very prolific piecer and, guess what? She loves bright colors! She has offered several great tutorials on her blog.
Now, I have to post a comment on each blog to let them know they have been nominated. I hope to get that done before Lily wakes up from her nap! Here is a picture she took of herself:
Monday, July 14, 2008
Today it is raining non-stop. Grandma "Gigi" took the kids to Wal-Mart and loaded up on kid food and things we can play in the screen porch or garage. Better get back to my babysitting!