Sunday, March 23, 2014

Oh no

Another grand-baby of a friend will be arriving soon.  The couple has chosen to be surprised and their colors are brown and green - a woodland theme.  Well color me stumped.

SO back to the fabric store I go as I have no browns.

Second fabric purchase after the Color Intensive class
 In my new found color freedom I decided that this palette needs a bit of ........something.
A couple more greens, a solid and light blue or grey for the back ground

 Yup. I have actually picked a pattern, Through the Looking Glass by Sarah Price (www.ItsSewEmma.com), that I bought as a pdf from Connecting Threads.  Easy peasy right?

I decided to go with the gray back ground and guess what - I ran out.  So I am sending a scrap to my mother, who lives "off island" and has access to fancy stores that sell fabric in the hopes that she will be able to find some more.  

Stay tuned.


   

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring into Color

Hi Everyone,

While Spring is officially here our outside thermometer told me is was 24F.  It just makes me shiver writing that number.

The last time I posted I had just shattered my elbow while ice skating with my DgD. A month and a half , 23 stitches, a plate and some screws later I am well on the road to recovery.  Physical therapy is a challenge but so very helpful.  I was actually able to use my rotary cutter today-yay!.  Silly me. I thought one had to hold that darn thing up right and press really hard.  Well, if you put a fresh blade in, it can be held at an angle with slight pressure and a steady push.  I have got to stop being so cheap and refresh that blade more often.

While on the couch I decided to take  Rachel's Color Intensive class.  I have never felt comfortable putting my own color combos together so I decided to go to school.  She is a wonderful teacher and gave her students lots of helpful advice. 

Some of the most helpful, to me, was stash evaluation.  My stash is full of hand-me -downs and lots of focus fabrics.  I do not have many blenders or solids.My first purchase after her class (it is okay to laugh) was
                        One solid and one primary blender- reminds me of a famous mouse.


                        To go with the bicycle, bicycle  (anyone remember Meatloaf) fabric.

                      Then I added more from my stash thinking value, organics and geometric.
                  Some more -from ye old stash.  Maybe my next class should be photography.
           This is what I removed from the fabric pull as it struck the wrong note with me.

Now I have to find a pattern - hummm pinterest here I come.

Take care ya all - the fam is ransacking the kitchen trying to make caramel popcorn  (can you say mess?)

NANA B




Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hugs and Kisses


Greetings Everyone and Welcome,

This lovely hop was the brain child of  Madame Samm and Soma, creators of the lovely paper piecing pattern.  I must admit that I struggle with paper piecing.  For some reason I can never get the fabric size right and I end up un-sewing way too often.

So on to my adventure!  First up is the heart.  My DgD loves loves pink, purple and hearts.  I did not think she would understand the arrow so I adapted the heart to stand alone.  Woot woot so far so good.  I used it to make a sweet apron from the tutorial offered by Amanda.

We both love the way this came out - win!


Then I started work on the O (is that a hug or a kiss?).  Humm something seems to be amiss.....


Yikes. how could I not have seen this??????  I was running out of fabric as I am trying to work from my stash.  For some reason I thought I had a lot more of these two fabrics than I did.  So some fancy un-sewing, ripping and cutting ensued.

And back together again; in a manner of speaking.  There is a raw edge on the inside of the O.



And then the X
Not too bad.  But then I put them together and I don't know what I was thinking
So this part was a fail but I did use this "mat" as practice for my free motion quilting so all was not lost.

I seem to have odd luck every time I sign up for one of these hops.  Just when I was going for a re-do I broke my elbow.  Yup painful and limiting.  Surgery in a couple of days.

So this will be it this time around for me.  Enjoy the other hoppers!


Feb 17th
 

Lady Vickie

Lady Anne

Lady Selina

Lady Theresa

Lady Jane




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Received!



Today I received by package from Sarah Beth!  She was so generous.  This package made my month!  A lovely beaded decoration (for my office), three red & white fabrics (next years swap?) AND peppermint hot chocolate (two of my favorite flavor combinations)


Before my broken elbow tells me ENOUGH! I want to show how far I did get on the Twist into the 60s (Batik) Blog Hop.  As I had no batiks Madam Samm said tie - dyed would be fine.  I had a whole series of photos on how I did this (remembering when) but have only one left.
The pink is much brighter and the swirl came out really well.  At this point I think it may end up being a jumper for DgD.

Take Care All.

Nana B










Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Initial Heart Swap

My creation for the Initial Heart Swap hosted by Cheryl.  We were asked to make anything as long as it had a heart and the heart had the recipient's initial.  My first attempt at the initial "H" was unsuccessful

Too small
But the next attempt was just right. 
I call this mug rug Puppy Love.  A  chocolate bar from a company that donates a portion it's proceeds to an endangered animal fund  was included in the package.
The pattern was free from Craftsy - sorry don't have the exact link


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Funny Frosty


Greetings All,

I have actually been getting some sewing done in this young New Year.  The weather here has been frightful and I really haven't been able to do much outside so.........

One of the items almost complete this weekend is my table top January quilt block.  My office is very brown, brown paneling, and there is no natural light where I sit so it can be very gloomy.  I decided I wanted to put some fun into my space so I am making a small hanging for every month.  Honestly, this is something I have wanted to do for a while but for some reason never gave myself permission to start the project.  One of my co-workers knows I love yoga so when I mentioned a snow man she suggested :

Namaste








Friday, January 3, 2014

XXOO

Hello again,

I am getting very frustrated with my seeming inability to post even the most simple of things.  This little bit has taken me twenty minutes.  But enough of the very un-New Year rant.  On to the positive.

I am positively joining Madame Samm  in another of her world famous blog hops:  Hugs and Kisses 2014.  After all "....we need is love......."  So join us if you would like for some paper piecing   
                                                                 
                                                           f rustration un !  


This is my second join for 2014 and both are for February.  I must admit that I have a reason for liking February as it is Heart Health Month  with a focus on Go Red for Women.   My husband and I have both had heart problems (his much more severe - but we are both fine)  so I don't mind the ads and fund raising on the telly this month.

 We had a snow day today on our little island.   As you can see, not only snow but winds and flooding.
 
Ta for now,

Nana B    

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