Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Also on Monday, I mailed this postcard to one of the people on my quilt guild's exchange. I can't remember why this piece of embroidery didn't work out, but it made a nice little postcard, dimensional where the quilted piece was attached. Some of the postcards I received in June represented work that others were currently doing, so I'm not the only one.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
It was fun to see how their gymnastic skills had improved, especially Nora's. She reminds me of a little gazelle.
By the end of the evening, there were few kids there and they could speed around the area. Aaron laughed and laughed. Surely only kids can laugh and run full speed at the same time.
Who knew that Aunt Annie's has a cup of little pretzel pieces, absolutely delicious. I go by Aunt Annie's on my way home from work, good thing I'm driving a coworker who probably wouldn't want to stop. I'm always a little envious when he walks in his door, I asked him once if dinner was ready when he came home and he said, yes.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I like birds and appreciated Candy's approach to drawing one, since drawing isn't my strong point. She says, "they're just 2 S-curved lines connected at both ends." Oh. My little bird quilt is 8" x 8" and there will be more.
From page 5, words I love, "If you can't make it to Houston in the fall, you might want to consider the new International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati . . ." Definitely on my radar.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
After a little digging around in the wealth of Legos, Aaron wandered away to look at the displays and admired every single one, but Nora never left her spot, rarely even looked up.I think she would have stayed all day absolutely focused. Aunt Sarah would be so proud. (Aunt Sarah still admires the boxes of Legos.)
And, thinking about Nora, Steph taught her how to braid so that she could make the hair braid for the Jessie costume. When I told her I didn't know she knew how to braid, she told me exactly how to do it, "Take one side, move it to the middle, pull it tight, take the other side, move it to the middle, pull it tight."
I'm grateful for (1) her wonderful mother who teaches her such things and (2) that she did not inherit my right/left confusion. I loved braiding once I learned it, but anything like that took a long time for me to learn. Still does.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
And on this day, all of the above happened, although I did make a second vest for Aaron because the first try turned out too small.
Aaron's Woody shirt is dyed yellow with red fabric marker lines. The yellow on Nora's Jessie shirt came from fabric paint. Good times, and I especially love my serger this time of year.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now that it's all said and done, I'm not even sure if I like this . . . but, it's done, and with the help of my friend, I have my forms turned in for the CQAFA Nature Center Show. Maybe there are too may raw edges, maybe it's not fancy enough, but the important thing for me was doing the challenge and putting it in the show. And putting it in a Bellevue gallery next. Figuring things out in my head.
Tonight I was ripping. I started an embroidery on a little girl's denim jacket, thought I had it centered right, and as it started to stitch, I realized that it was way crooked. Luckily it was a satin stitch and ripping was even possible. Ripping is always a little humbling.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I'm not going to say I procrastinated because I want to be kind to myself. I've done lots of other projects between when the challenge was issued and now.
I'm thinking about my mother as I make this for several reasons. Use of recycled fabrics. Bright colors. Angles. My mother was contemporary three decades ago. Sometimes I wonder whether Nancy Crow got inspiration from one of my mother's quilts.
There are some of my mother's fabrics in this little quilt, bits that I cut off her crazy quilt blocks when I squared them. Her hand stitches, going to a show at the Cincinnati Nature Center. I think she'd be delighted.
Differences, of course. I have raw edges everywhere, my mother precisely turned hers over. I use lots of machine quilting. My mother was a piecer, not a quilter. When she did need to hold things together, she knotted, in the old Mennonite quilting tradition. Usually, though, she incorporated the backing in the piecing. Batting. I use a thin batting, but my mother used heavy fabrics and didn't need a batting. I'm sure she never heard of the dual feed foot that's so dear to my heart.
So, I quilt and think of my mother. Add again as much quilting as in the picture. So much quilting that you'll notice that first, not the jumble of colors and textures.
I noticed a label on the back of one of my mother's quilts that said 1973. I'll put on one that says 2010.
Monday, October 11, 2010
This is my favorite time of October, when the weather is warm and the flowers, at least the ones that were watered, look spectacular. Precious, because we all know that they aren't going to last.
I got a new camera yesterday, so maybe I can quit whining (and I can take pictures at quilt guild tonight.) The new one is a Nikon and the good news is that I can upload my pictures without installing any new software. I was holding my breath. There's a new item in my USB hub, a card reader that hopefully will reduce wear from uploading from the camera. At least that's why the camera store clerk said. I'm not convinced yet. The new camera is heavier than my Sony that's in the shop, somewhere, and maybe that will translate to sturdier.
Earlier this morning I went to Hancock and got a full bolt of Warm 'n Natural for half off, plus my 10% coupon. I feel so weathy having a full bolt just waiting. For me, that's about a year's worth of quilting. And the savings was well over $100.
Target was right there, and I also got white shirts for Nora and Aaron's Halloween costumes, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story. One of these days there will be a new Target in my neighborhood, the outside looks about finished.
I'm making potato soup and baking sweet potatoes for sweet potato salad. Procrastinating, maybe, on starting my quilting project and mowing the yard. The grass hasn't grown in forever, but my hope is that if I mow a couple of times a week I may not have to rake leaves. Raking leaves rates way low with me.
My heart is feeling a little bruised after Sunday's Bengals and Reds performances. That's all I'm saying about that. There is no joy in Mudville.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
When I got the topsoil, I also got mums, pansies, and a couple of tiny plants of ornamental kale. I'm hoping that the pansies and kale will winter through. One of the mums went into the front porch planter with the Gerbena daisy. It seems that mums used to be more hearty than they are now. I can remember dividing them in my first house, and that was in Detroit. Every year they'd come back.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
We went for a ride on the horse-drawn wagon and Aaron petted one of the horses afterward. Predictably, Nora did not want to pet the horse. When I was small, we had horses on the farm and once I held the reins and drove the team and wagon home from a neighboring field. I wondered what would happen when we came to a crossroads but the team turned for home. I thought it was because I was a good driver. Must have been around 5.
Last night we watched The Great Pumpkin twice and there was discussion about finding the really big pumpkin.
Thanks to Steph for the pictures. I actually stopped to look at cameras on my way home today, looking for a basic digital that I can carry around and not worry about. Something under $100. What I learned is that there are certain things I want that aren't in that price range, like lithium batteries and the good lens. Anti-shake. Large screen. Hmmmm.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
And, hemmed five pairs of pants for Nora. One for each day of the school week so she can continue kindergarden in style with the cooler weather.
I find that I often give sewing lessons to women who do a lot of mending/sewing for their grandchildren and children. It always strikes me that this is a nice role to play in a family and I'm glad it's my role. I'm marveling a little that the morning's sewing took an amazingly short period of time.
I had such a nice dinner last night at the home of church friends. Really delicious and attractive food with nice linens and a pretty house. Lots of candles. I want to do better in the home area. Better food. More attractive house. Graciousness.