Friday, June 11, 2021

SAQA Auction Quilt 2021 etc.

 In going through my files this week I found a couple of small projects from the last couple of months that I don't think I blogged about.  Apologies if I've shared them and just don't remember, I'm not always great at tagging or finding things on the blog.  

The first thing is my annual 12 x 12 donation quilt for the SAQA auction.  SAQA is a really great organization; I'd encourage any of you who are art quilters to think about joining.  They have a wonderful array of educational materials for members, a phenomenal global exhibition program and exciting regional programming and exhibitions amid much else.  The annual fundraising auction isn't until the fall, but I made my 12" square quilt for it a month or so ago.  

Sometimes I have a clear idea what I'm going to do, or sometimes it's a smaller exploratory version of something larger I'm working on.  It's always fun to go back and look at previous 12 x 12s, some of them really stand out to me and some I can hardly remember.  Here are some if you want to take a peek: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.      This year I didn't have any strong feelings but I made it when I was feeling stuck on something else and I just wanted to get out all my bright and colorful fabric scraps.  I started by making a big swoosh on a piece of light background and then just laying out rainbow colored swooshy bits cut from my stash of fabric that already had fusible.  It was so much fun digging through those bins.  Some are hand-dyed, some are old ties or prom dresses that were cut up, some are just other silks and brocades and weird things from my stash.

After fusing down all the little bits, I put a layer of tulle over it and then quilted.  The binding is a favorite rainbow galaxy sort of print from an old Caryl Fallert collection.  It was all chunked up, so I loved being able to extract enough long pieces for the binding.

I had a lot of fun making this, and it really lifted my spirits.  I'll probably circle back around to it when the auction nears, but it's nice to work on some small discrete projects occasionally.

One of the other small projects from this spring was this clutch wallet I made for my mom for mother's day.  The pattern is from Sew Sweetness, it's from the Greenbacks Wallet Trio.  I love her patterns, they're really fun.  I made one for me a few years ago and gave it to my sister, and not too long ago my mom saw it and asked for one for herself.  She's always loved hippos and yellow which is probably why I bought this fabric many years ago, but I've never done anything with it.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity!!

Assembling always feels like it will be tricky, but is fairly straightforward as long as you take your time and go slow!

Aren't those hippos adorable!  

Thursday, June 10, 2021

I Like #216

 Welcome to another week of things to like!

The best part of this week was a wonderful weekend with Anna and Becky.  We went swimming and water sliding, then Anna and I went to the OKC Philharmonic, and then we all three went down and did the big six story ropes course in the riversports district.  It was super fun and I'm continually amazed by Anna!

New to me artists this week include Benjamin Shine (via) who makes portraits out of tulle.  They remind me a little of the glorious work of Mary Pal who is well-known for her amazing cheesecloth portraits.

I was also amazed by the work of Paulus Architect (via) whose incredibly realistic portraits are all done with ballpoint pen.  How cool is that!

I also love my new laptop sticker.  My mom has been doing a lot of digital design and has started working on a redbubble store so you can get her designs printed on stuff like t-shirts and coffee mugs.  She sent me a picture of her quilt called "Best Beloved" on a cool sticker so I added it to my laptop!  The quilt is great, it features her silk screens of many of our beloved pups from over the decades.  If you're interested, you can find her redbubble store here.  Each design is shown on only one item in the main link, but just click the design you're interested in and you can see all the things it can be printed on.

Spooky got neutered on Tuesday, so far he's recovering well.  Keep your fingers crossed for him!!

I love my plants!  The flowers are growing slowly but this pumpkin plant is taking over the world.  Excitingly, it has several flowers on it, so I hope that means pumpkins later in the year.

I love Cotton the rat!  She is staying with me while Becky's family is on vacation.  She had a tumor removed last week so she has a funny bandage on but she's doing well and is such a sweetie.

I also love having less hair!  I got a whole bunch cut off this week and it's so much lighter now.  Much better for summer.

I hope you're all having a good week!  Click over to LeeAnna's for more things to like!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

I Like #215

 Welcome to another week of things to like!

The very very best thing to like this week is that my beloved Anna is here staying with me!  She's going to camp at the zoo while I'm at work and we've been having fun together in the evenings.  Lots of game playing together and eating of chocolate cake.  She is truly such a light in my life!  And later this summer I get Alex (her brother) which will be just as fun!

Other things to like this week include this delightful icebox cake.  I haven't made icebox cake before but I wanted to branch out. I've been making the same pies/cakes/cookies for 25 years and though delightful I wanted to try something new.  This grabbed me because of its creamy filling and Malted milkball/malted milk flavor.  Malt is a favorite flavor of mine.  The cake was super tasty-  it's alternating layers of homemade chocolate wafer cookies, chocolate malt cream filling, and crushed up whoppers.  It's lasted really well too-it firmed up nicely in the fridge.  It's actually a little too chocolatey for my taste- I think the next time I make it I'll use the chocolate wafer cookies (which are VERY chocolatey) but leave the cocoa out of the cream filling.  Anyway, this is definitely adding to my dessert list.  Here's where I found the recipe.

The pups!  Spooky and Blue wrestling on the armchair.

And Spooky desperately trying to "rescue" a piece of kibble under the dresser.

While I wait for my seed started flowers to keep growing, my annuals are doing great and my over-wintered geranium and begonia are too!  My geranium was so sad inside, it was down to one little leafy branch and it's recovered so great!

That's all for this week, Click over to LeeAnna's for more things to like!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

I like #214

 Welcome to another week of things to like.  At some point I promise to blog about some art quilts I've been working on, I have one major one finished I haven't shared and another almost finished, but I just haven't been organized enough to get things together to do a post.

Some cool things from this week:

I love these fantastically colorful mosaic street/sidewalk repairs.  What a fantastic and artistic way to bring some little patches of joy to some fairly colorless areas.  I love that the artist Ememem is known as the pavement surgeon!

 I love the math/science nerdy comic XKCD  and this one from this week made me laugh.  Having 19th century authors or martian soil chemistry show up in your classroom would definitely be weird but good, and volcanology or quasar astronomy showing up in the classroom would definitely be weird and bad.  I love the XKCD classifications!

I love my pups (duh) and my flowers!

Bentley did not want to look at the camera.

Spooky is a (wonderful loveable) dork.

My friend Brett came over with his dog Cash last night to play with Spooky.  I think Cash must be Spooky's long-lost long-haired twin brother :)  He's super super sweet. He's not sure about super bouncy licky friends (ahem Spooky), but they did really great last night.  

I've been working on my armadillo quilt, there's not much time left to finish it and lots to still do, but one of the things from this week was painting all these rubber stoppers.  They were black stoppers with holes in them from the lab, but we had hundreds and hundreds we never ever used, so I rescued some from a drawer during the move and painted them bright colors.  I'm going to stitch them to the quilt.

I hope you're having a good week!  For more things to like, click over to LeeAnna's!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

I Like #213

 Welcome to another week of things to like.  I was excited to get to go to Anna's dance recital and piano recital this weekend.  She did great at both and it was super fun to get to see her and spend some time playing with both kids.  And of course the dogs had a blast.  Lots of running and playing and rumpusing.  All five do so well together, and Bentley mostly stays out of the way as the other four careen around the yard.

We also had lots of fun playing with the rats- they're so sweet.  But it's nearly impossible to take a picture of them while they're out playing, so here's one of them sniffing.  Super cute!!

I like knitting!  I finished kniting another pair of ankle socks this week.  I like these short socks for the warmer part of the year.  This pink yarn was leftover from another project (my Deco Drape shawl) and I had almost enough to finish the socks!  I love using up scraps.  I used the Jelly Roll sock pattern but just did a single cuff since I wasn't sure how much yarn I had. They knit up pretty quick! 

I like my quilts! I also finally got all the quilts hung up in my new office.  I have more wall space than my old office (since I lost all my windows) so I brought a bunch more quilts from home.  At least I have super fun bright colors!

I like my flowers!  It's been a very cool wet spring here so my garden is not growing nearly as well as I'd like.  Lot's of stuff hasn't come up and I'm afraid many of my bulbs may have rotted.  But some stuff is growing! I have a handful of blackberries peeking out.

And my annual pots are doing well.  I planted some salvia this year since I had such a hard time finding petunias at first, and it's lovely too.

And here's a Spooky for you.  He thinks he's going to get a bit of cookie. :)

I hope you're having a nice week where you are, click over to Lee Anna's for more things to like this week!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

I Like #212

Welcome to another week of things to like. This was a very productive week, one of those keep your head down and get-things-done sort of weeks.  I'm still behind, but it does feel good to have made a lot of progress on a bunch of things that had been on my list for far too long.

Lots of long days at work during the week, and long days in the studio this weekend, with lots of puppy snuggles in the evening.

A new-to-me artist this week is Wayne Tsay (via).  I love his beautiful color sense.  The pictures of cats are just wonderful.

There is a small cow in a piece I am working on right now, and I was excited to make some progress on him this week.  I'm using vintage doilies a lot in this project, hand stitching them on.  Here they were supposed to be black spots on my cow, but I think it looks like she's wearing a face veil and jelly shoes :)

The pups are as snuggly as ever.  

Spooky on my lap, with Blue on one side and Bentley on the other.  The best snuggles.

Blue on wone

I hope everyone is having a good week, click over to LeeAnna's for more things to like!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

I Like #211

 Welcome to another week of things to like!  

The best thing about this week is that my sister and some very good friends and I took a post-vaccination girls weekend to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter World.  It was so wonderful to go to places in person again!  We are all big Harry Potter fans and we didn't go to Universal when we went to Disney World with the family a couple of years ago so it was all new and fun.  We also spent a day at Disney Hollywood studios to see the fabulous Star Wars world there.  It was such a great break. Such a blessing to see friends in person I haven't seen in well over a year.

In front of the Knight bus

About to be eaten by Blue in the Jurassic Park World

The whole Harry Potter Hogwarts/Hogsmeade/Diagon Alley areas at Universal were just amazing.

The pups all stayed at my sister's with her husband and kids, but here's a picture of Spooky tugging on my skirt yesterday.  Such a love!

It was so nice to have a mental break for a few days.  Things here are still chaotic, but my brain is in a calmer place now at least!  Click over to LeeAnna's for more things to like!