Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tis The Season

December 21 Equinox

Winter Solstice - a time of rejuvenation and rebirth.
A time for Love, Forgiveness and Charity.

Light returns to conquer the darkness.

May the Yule log burn,
the wheel of life turn,
evil be spurned.
The sun has returned!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!

Between shopping for gifts and wrapping them; I'm
appliqueing blocks for our guild's ~
The Red Rose Quilters Guild
~ Breast Cancer raffle
quilt. Participants were given pink 6 inch squares
and we are to make a finished 8 inch block.

I wanted to make blocks that were cheery and fun.
So I chose a Sunbonnet Sue
and a Sunflower
These are free patterns that you can find on the web.
Sunbonnet Sue
Marcia Hohn's quilterscache

Now that my nephew's red, white and blue quilt is
finished; I will add the label on tonight. Last night
I made 2 hot-dog pillowcases to match. They are
very easy to do and take less than an hour to make.
The link is on the side -->

Will I have the time to bake cookies this Christmas?

Will Santa bring me a new Digital Camera?

Friday, October 24, 2008


I really have to learn more about publishing on this Blog.
I had comments waiting and didn't notice them. Sorry.
Eventually I'll get the hang of things.

This past week I've been cleaning out my closets and came
across a "raggy sweatshirt" that I took a class for 2 yrs. ago.
The instructor said to put it in the washer and dryer and
it would come out really raggy. She wasn't kidding! and
I hated it. So I cut it apart again and sewed all over
it in a free motion 'crazy' way to cover all of the raggy
edges. Then it was returned to hide in the closet.

I've been practicing putting zippers in; I haven't done
that in years. So I decided to make a small bag to put
my sewing supplies in for class or workshops. This
is a piece of my raggy sweatshirt. I just recycled it!
I really like it and the way it turned out.

This is was second project that I did this week.
I used the scraps of my painted fabric for this needle
book. It's my first attempt at trying something "artsy".

While I was dyeing fabric on my deck this past summer,
a little leaf fell from the tree onto my fabric. I grabbed
at it and told it "You're going to become an experiment".
I painted it with gold paint on both sides, waited for it
to dry and then coated it with Mod Podge onto the cloth.

The woman on the opposite side; I found somewhere
on the internet. I sketched her with a black thin tip
magic marker pen. I just wanted to see how the
magic marker worked on fabric. I thought it
would run or spread but it didn't - although I
did work fast, just in case in would.

I'm happy with both of my experiments this week.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Harvest Time

My first attempt at trying to paint faces. Doesn't the top
one look like Michael Jackson? Wasn't trying for that.
I don't know what I'm going to do with these yet. I think
I need more practice and better brushes.

Great tomato harvest this year for my small garden!
When I have this much; I make my own tomato sauce and
freeze it. hmmmm good. The green peppers I slice and freeze
and the red hot peppers - I thread a long needle with
thread and go through the tops and hang them inside my
kitchen window to dry out. Just like my Italian grandmother used
to do. The dried out hot peppers will then be used in my chili recipe.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Post

Going to take me awhile to learn how to blog and use all of the features.
What you will find here is my experiments with dyeing fabrics with various dyes and paints that I use.
It will be used as a way to journal my quilts
and dyeing fabrics.