Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pin It Weekly #238

Are you pinning? What's of interest to you lately? Here are a few pins from readers.

Tracy Trainer's "Great Ideas" board has over 2000 great ideas!

Textile animals. I totally want one... OR can I make one? I doubt mine would even look like a dog. :):

Have some old silk ties? Wrap them around an egg, boil them for 15 minutes, and your Easter is complete.

Nice - | Check out more ideas for Ikea Hackers at | #ikeahack #ikeahackers #lifehack #bedrooms #bathroom #bathrooms #homedecor #beds #interiordesign #home #homedecoration #designSpring under Glass - Cottage at the Crossroads

40+ Temporary Room Partitions Wall Dividers Design Ideas

Dragonfly #mosaic #stool Tracey, we need to do this together! More

The horizontal asymmetry brings ambivalence to the design, yet is balanced as it its placed in the very center of the space. The block type in both halves portraits the ideas and feelings of the person. I appreciate the contrast of cool and warm colors in order to reinforce the message.Here's something a little different. Cheryl Gushue has a board titled "Branding."It makes all kinds of sense, but it's the first time I've seen a board exclusively for branding purposes. Smart!

ART RIOTS // LET IT RIOT OUT on the Behance Network #facets Fashion week A/W 2012 invitations | Fashion | Wallpaper* Magazine: design, interiors, architecture, fashion, art

LCA Prospectus 2011/12 - Workshop Graphic Design & Print - Harrogate & Leeds, Yorkshire

Amazing Multi-Level Embossed Letterpress Business Card

Here's hoping that you are inspired by what you see every day. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Another Memory Quilt ~~ finished!

Memory quilts seem to be the most requested commissions I get. I'm a little tired of them, but this particular quilt is really special because I've done work for this mom before. She brought this one to me in the fall, so I pushed it back a few times to get other quilts done.  

This little family has seen a few changes: mom got remarried and had a baby. An older brother started college. Another is graduating in May. And somewhere between this graduate and the baby, there's another boy. So mom was not shy about asking me to keep costs down. Somehow, I managed to keep the price down enough that it almost matches the first memory quilt I made for her back in 2014-15. 

That's me playing quilt model in the whole quilt photos. Richard's back and neck hurt too much to hold his arms overhead, so I climbed on a patio chair and did the honors. Hmm, no wonder everyone tries to hide when I come around with a quilt and my phone--quilts are heavy! 

One of my favorite parts of this quilt are the tee-shirts Billy painted. The one above is especially cute. The bottom of the shirt and both sleeves had been cut into small strips and embellished with beads. (Could there have been a girl in the vicinity?) I didn't want to lose that personal touch, so I cut off the fringes and sewed them into the quilt along the top of the shirt. They are still free to move around and really give the quilt some character.

 Another shirt must have been painted at VBS or church camp. There are lots of Christian symbols on both sides of the shirt, so I cut the front and back and stitched them together to make one panel. Then I custom quilted around the fabric paint to help make the letters and symbols stand out. 

Because mom had asked that I keep costs down as much as possible, I decided to stipple most of the quilt but just couldn't help myself on some of the shirts. This sports shirt is one example: I stitched around each of the players so that the characters stand out against the white background and to avoid cutting bodies with stitching lines. This one was great fun--I guess the only thing I didn't stitch is the background!  

Quilt Stats
Name: Billy's Tee-shirt Memory Quilt
Size: 60 x 80
Fabrics: Tee-shirts from client
Backing:  muslin (from stash)
Binding: black Kona 
Pattern: puzzle design
Quilting: stippling
Completed: March 2018

Another way that I saved on costs for mom was to put a few of the shirts on the back. The quilt is not so wide, but it's still ample enough to cover a pretty good size guy.  What do you think about my cost-saving measures? Do you have a few tricks to lower the costs for clients? I'd love to see a few that I can share with my customers. (And still make a few dollars.) 

Have a great week of quilting everyone!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Scratch that list!

I love lists. Well, I love scratching things off a "To Do" list, anyway. My list for this week was getting rather long. In fact, I was forgetting some of the items that needed to be added to the list. 

You know how it goes: you have something in the back of your mind, you need the something now, but it's not happening. I do that pretty often. It's my main reason for having a list. 
In fact without a list, I will do 100 other things--none of them important or necessary. That ADD will get me every time. Some time ago I found this To Do app for my phone. I really like that I can use it in several ways. Mostly I use it to help me stay focused. 

In the screen shot above, there are actually two lists. On the left side is the list I looked at this morning. On the right side is the list tonight. I managed to strike off four items today. Yay!

Of course there are times when electronics just won't cut it. Those are the times for "old school" apps: pencil and paper. When I work on a quilt, I write notes and pin them to the quilt block(s) or strips. I'm not very neat but that doesn't matter. What matters is that I have paper and pencil/marker/pen close at hand and use them. 

I find that keeping a notepad near my worktable doesn't work: I lose it. Instead, I just tear off pieces from any paper that is handy. I recycle, sure, but mostly it's fast and easy. Those scraps in the picture above are the actual notes that I wrote and pinned to the last quilt I made.

The first item on my To Do list for today is to make Leta's bunting. It's for a tea party shower that she is helping with. I agreed to make the bunting and have put it off waiting for her to get back to me. Well, no more. It worried me that I'd forget completely. So today was THE DAY. And here it is.

A couple of the items that I crossed off I can't show you. Just believe that I ordered my medicine. :) Oh and I really did log on and change my password. Easy, quick, done!

And this is the last that I accomplished today. Two members of our guild donated this lovely quilt to be sold (or raffled) to raise money for future projects. My job as president, was to pick up the quilt,  add a hanging sleeve to the back, and display it in the local museum. Hopefully the extra traffic that they get during an annual Easter festival will bring in a buyer. 

 I managed to get the sleeve stitched on yesterday and brought it to the museum today. Luckily, the lady who works at the museum is very accommodating and helped me in hanging it.

Since I've played with Google photos for an hour now, trying unsuccessfully, to create an animation for tonight's post, I'm going to call it a night. Here's hoping your day was at least as productive.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: TURQUOISE

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(Like my brain can differentiate this beautiful mess) 
Do you find it difficult distinguishing between those blue-green colors that we call turquoise, teal, and aqua? I do. It seems that every time I name a color in this family, my artist friend reminds me that it's actually something else. 

The problem is not being corrected, it's remembering which is which even after the many, many reminders. Kind of like recognizing a face but not being able to put a name to it. Guess what? Google knows the difference! Of course, right. 

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Not only did I find an explanation, I found this paint chip photo. The definition may help: aqua-blue water; turquoise-light blue with some greenish; teal-dark blue-green. 

Beautiful turquoise iron stairs

I want a book stack like this! - Oooh! 2 of my favorite things: books and the color turquoiseI really need a mnemonic for this sort of memory to stick, so I'm going with a crazy way to remember. aqua is water blue (no brainer); turquoise (light blue with some greenish) is a long word with a long definition; teal a four-letter word has a four-letter definition (dark). I know, it's not the best, but it may help.
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Notice that Pinterest doesn't distinguish among the colors. If you search aqua, teal, or turquoise, you'll get all three, so maybe the mnemonic may be of use after all. 

photo by Rick Ligthelm

Find and save ideas about Colorful birds, Pretty birds, Beautiful birds and Tropical birds.

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Some of the quilts here have all three colors from this family, but I'm including them because photographs can appear differently. Using the colors as they appear on your device, try to distinguish between them. Did I get it right...are there more quilts with turquoise? 

turquoise nine patch

Stunning "Blue Ribbon" quilt by Kent Williams.

Pretty!  Love the colors... so soothing and BEACHY!I like this quilt..

Swoon quilt with darker background....most are done with white background fabric.

Tula Pink's Pancakes pattern in blues and seafoam. Girls in the GardenVarious size blocks allow for varying size prints

Love these colors: tangerine, Aqua, gray, turquoise

Used Rapid Fire's Hunter Star ruler.  TamarackShack's lovely quilting!Rail Fence Quilts

Recently I got together with a group of women for a sew day.  We meet monthly and I always teach a technique and we make a quilt for charit...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pin It Weekly #237

Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LAMy Pinterest is growing! Yes, indeed, I've been pinning. Not as much as I'd like, but I do have other social media demands. (Ha!)

I recently found a few more quilts for "heart, quilts" and (this is crazy) more covered bridges.  Are there that many covered bridges?

Plus, I added to my "Louisiana, home" board with mostly New Orleans photos. There are well over 200 pins on this one board.

Le Pavillon Hotel—New Orleans, Louisiana.
We love the city and have been many, many times (especially when we were young), so we've seen almost every one of the places on this board. I've stayed at Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, Le Pavillion on Poydras Street, and a couple of places on Canal Street.

Richard and I especially enjoyed spending a weekend in the city to attend a show at the Sanger Theater, eat at one of the fabulous restaurants, and just enjoy a stroll along one of the city streets or ride a trolley car. The architecture of NOLA is unrivaled, and the museums offer interesting, often-changing displays. I saw the King Tut treasures in NOLA in 1978. 

Typical French Quarter courtyardMy favorite place to stay. Hot biscuits and cafe au lait for breakfast in the courtyard.

SOUTHERN CHARM-NEW ORLEANS - The courtyard of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans #NOLA

 Love the long as it's not a naughty bar. #markeric

New Orleans photography, new orleans prints, large wall art, french quarter art, nola art, historic architecture, teal decor, travel by DreameryPhoto on Etsy

How to See New Orleans (NOLA) in Style for Less $$New Orleans shady courtyard and fountain.

New Orleans Courtyard

St Charles trolley in New Orleans is the oldest continuously operated street railway in the world.

New Orleans

Preservation Hall by Rocco Biscieglia, via 500pxCafé Du Monde ~ beignets and chicory coffee

New Orleans Lafayette Cemetery No.1

 bookstore in the french quarter, new orleans, la

Recipe for New Orleans Crawfish Boil - I promise you’ll enjoy this cajun delicacy.If you've never come to New Orleans, now is the perfect time. The weather is perfect, kids are still in school so there are fewer visiting families, and crawfish season is upon us. You can get them cooked in a number of ways: boiled, jambalaya, red or brown gravy, etouffe, po'boys and deep fried with a slew of other wonderful seafood delicacies. 

And that's just one meat. Imagine what we do with shrimp, fish, oysters, rice, beans, (well, you get the idea). As the saying goes: 
Come home to Louisiana.