Monday, May 31, 2010

Facebook is a great social network where I
have meet 2nd cousins that I have never
met before. Reason being is that families
today are spread out all over the county.

The other reason that I like Facebook is
that you meet new people and learn new
things. I probably learn something everyday
that I'm on which can be very addicting!

I was invited by a FB friend to join a photography
group - Macros. I didn't even know what a Macro
was....? So I read, I learned and took some photos
outside in my garden. Great! Another addiction!

I'm finding the photos that I'm taking are
inspiring me in my fabric painting and dyeing.
Still a novice at both but experimenting and
having fun in the learning process.

Here's a photo of the inside of a peony:

When I uploaded the photos to my computer and
saw this photos - I was amazed at the detail! I
also loved the colors.

So I decided to do a shibori dye fabric that
was similar:

The color is more pink than what my computer is showing.

The other day was so warm out and the sun was out -
we've not had good weather here in awhile - so I
decided to try some Sunprinting. First time since last
summer - so I need more practice. Still it didn't come
out so bad.

These leaves are from my Trumpet Vine. I went over
the leaves with the paint and should have left it alone.
But I wanted a darker color (after it was dry) I went
over it again - which I should not have done.
Lesson learned.

The good news is that I have all summer to play!

More Macro photos of my garden:

I'm on the last block for Dawn's Vicksburg BOM !! Yeah!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Well I'm finally catching up on my
Vicksburg BOM by Dawn of
Linen Closet Quilts

I decided that if I was going to catch up -
(I was three blocks behind) - I had to come
up with a plan and stick to it. So now I'm
on my way.

Ta Da

Everything is cut out and ready to sew.

Block 6 Hospitality - Just need to sew down the gold.
I did the back basting method on the "green" and
the "gold" part; I'm using the freezer paper method.

Block 7 Southern Rose - I love this block!

I'm using the freezer paper method on this one

Block 8 Cactus block

On this block I decided it was easier for me to use
the "Back Basting" method.

A good tutorial for this method is by Sentimental Stitches

I already have some pieces stitched down.

Block 9 Trumpet Vine

All cut out and the freezer paper is on the back
by the way. Putting the paper on top is kinda
awkward for me. You find which method is more
comfortable and easier for you to do.

Now I'm all cut out and ready to sew down my
blocks! I'm very happy that I accomplished
this much so far.

What's blooming this week:


And more Roses

Azaleas - Aren't the pretty!

Just a fun sign I saw while driving around the

And another - With good words to live by: