Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Making hand made books and painting papers

has been taking up all of my time when I am not busy with my husband and everyday chores. I have met a lot of wonderful creative people on YOUTUBE and would like to share one of the people that I have come to admire and follow.  I have posted her video of the last book of the year 2013 for her Book In A Day Series.  Hope you enjoy and if interested please visit and  watch the many inspirational and technique oriented videos.  Hope to share some of the papers I have been painting and the many books I have started since my last post.  I have a new love and it is hand made books and painting with acrylics.  Enjoy the video.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Wedding is over,

and  the honeymoon is never going to end.  I have completed the marriage of the shirt and skirt and now the two have become one.  Here are photos of some of the process.  I had to turn the skirt upside down and apply the bottom of the skirt to the near bottom of the shirt since it was the wider part of the skirt.  The collar was removed from the shirt.  I added bias binding to the cut edge and sewed it very neatly by hand. This formed the part that slips over my head.  I added pockets, ties, and hemmed the apron.  I have four pockets which will carry a myriad of things, including my phone.

Blogger was very persistent in trying to post my photos the way it wanted to.  And guess what?  I let it have its way in some of these photos.
well-worn denim skirt
Waistband removed from skirt
Well-worn denim shirt ready to cut
sleeves removed from shirt
Skirt and shirt sewn together
Finished apron  (voila)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The lizards are out sunbathing and I am still doing doodles and working in my art journals.  I was doing so much painting lately that I realized that I need an apron specifically for this purpose.  I have plenty of patterns for aprons, but I had to try something harder than that.  I have decided that there was going to be a wedding.  I married my best old delipidated denim shirt and my best old delipidated denim skirt to make this apron.  I took pictures from beginning to where I am now, so let me get back to this apron and upload the pictures from my camera and I will let you see it all.  Back to the sewing machine I go.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Doodles, Art and Journal Pages

seem to be consuming most of my time as a way to keep myself composed and relaxed during this time in my life.
I enjoy creating and experimenting with different aspects of painting, drawing and designing .  I find that when you concentrate on creativity the other stresses in your life doesn't take a front seat and you can escape to another place for a while.  How wonderful!.  Here's a couple of drawings I have been working on for the past month or so.  ENJOY!!
By the way; the drawing behind my blog title was done during my relaxation time also.

Friday, December 27, 2013


Just as this one rose has managed to grow from a tree that had been mistakendly hewn down, so goes my determination.
The new year is fast approaching and I was determined to post at least one more time this year.  I know I have not been here in a while.  (and who cares?) 
The longer you stay away from something the harder it seems to get back to it.  I use the computer almost everyday, but the demands on my time has prohibited me from even commenting on other blogs most of the time. 
When I saw this one rose from the tree that "WAS", I knew it was a message to me.  I am determined to continue with this blog; however I think there will be some changes to the content.
I am still trying to pursue my drawing and a little quilting here and there, but nothing like I am "DETERMINED" to do. 
Here's wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Back at Curve Piecing and

loving it more and more. I am finding very easy ways to piece curves in fabrics without all the frustration that some find in doing so.  I have decided that I can pin the center of the curve and hand walk to the beginning of the strip and sew without using pins which makes things go a lot faster.  Here are the last blocks that I pieced.  These are test blocks, however I always use one large, or several medium for the preemie sized quilts I donate.
I must get back to choosing fabrics and more curve piecing before I loose my mojo.   Happy Quilting!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Trying to Get With Bloglovin

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I am in the dark about this new bloglovin thing, but I am going ahead and follow the instructions they gave me and hope for the best.
I'm still working on all of my WIP's that have been laying around for a while.  I am also getting quilts ready for "Project Linus" donation.
It has been a bit dreary here for the past few days, and there has been a little rain also.  When it rains and is gloomy in S.D.  most of us get a little downhearted.  I use this time to sew.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Curves, Curves, and curves

revisited.  I have been working on the quilt with curves I showed in my last post.   I decided since most of the fabrics were retro, salvaged and a few new pieces I would consider it my "green" quilt and use green to separate some of the blocks. 

Close up
While working on this piece I had, and still have many challenges. I was going to add a strip vertically between the blocks.  But, after I added a strip to each block and found that going this way I would create too many seams that would have to be matches.  So, I went to plan B,and offset each row by 2 inches and added a strip of a printed fabric on the end of every other block to make them all go together without having so many seams to match. I pride myself on doing things the easy way, so if I can't figure out an easy way to do it I'll put it aside and come back to it later.

I have a few more pieces of retro fabric that I'm thinking about cutting up and making another quilt.  If you have any ideas for a nice design for either of these pieces please let me know so I don't have to think so hard this time.

Retro Fabrics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Curves, curves, and more curves

I have been very busy gardening and exploring my skills in curve piecing. 
Curves have always intrigued me and have been a challenge that I have taken on aggressively.  Wow, what fun and surprises you find in this kind of piecing and sewing.  The blocks shown here are both hand and machine pieced.  I have been working on this for over 10 years on and off sporadically.  It was challenging to decide how to put this "mess" together.  There is no rhyme or reason to it except I tried to distribute the circles so that the same colors were not too close together.  Most of the fabric is retro pieces that were given to me by a dear friend that has since gone on to be with the Lord.  I can't wait to sew it together.
I haven't really decided if it will stay exactly the way it is on the design wall, or whether it will have strips dividing the blocks, or whether it will have a border. 
The quilt below is a newer piece started last month during my curve adventure.  This is a picture of a work in the beginning stages.  I have since backed this piece and it is ready for quilting, but I do not have a picture yet. 
I have also included a little corner of my flower garden that shows my first amaryliss plant.  Now back to the work still to be done.
 Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love suffereth long,

and is kind;love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
I Corinthians 13:4

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Being Made Strong When we are weak

I know this subject has nothing to do with quilt making, but I thought I'd share some of my inner thoughts today and pray that if you have been here, or are still here you can know that you are not alone.
I never make a resolution for the new year, but each day in my life I strive to gain strength in the areas where I am weak. I have been reflecting on my life during the past year, and want to be a better person today than I was yesterday.
It is sometimes hard for us to admit that we have certain weaknesses and short comings.  And we don't have to share this. But I find that each time I share there is always someone else who is struggling with the same things and we help one another . 
I don't know how to love others that do not seem to measure up to my standards.  A wretch un-done am I.  I pray, O Lord, please help me to love others more than myself.
Help me to give wholeheartedly of myself to those in need and to those who are the unlovely; to those who I might find less-than.
I pray for forgiveness if I find myself looking down on others.
I do not want to think more highly of myself than I ought to, and I pray for cleansing and to filled with the Spirit of God that I may not judge another.  I'm also praying that I will do unto others as I would have them do unto me.
Now back to the quilts at hand.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


hallelujah,and amen.  Praise God, for He has brought us thus far.  I am forgetting those things which are behind and pressing toward the things to come. I'll be looking to Him, who is the author and finisher of my faith.
I pray for peace for each of my followers and who stop by from time to time.  I love your comments and kind words.
I hope that I can encourage you this year not only with my art, but with food for thought.                                 A new day has dawned, 2013

                            View from my front patio just before the sun rises
                                            about a quarter of a mile away

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Have you ever noticed...When she takes great risks, she's foolhardy--but when you do, you're brave.

This will be the last of the "'THOUGHT FOR THE DAY".  I do hope you have enjoyed these as much as I have and have given some serious thought about criticizing others. The purpose of these also were to bring us to see ourselves as others may see us, and to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.   
We should also remember that everyone has a right to his or her opinion, and that we should respect that.  I have taken some serious thought about each thought, and these were directed at me first.  Hope to talk about "Pet Peeves" next.

Friday, December 14, 2012


Have you ever noticed...When she says what she thinks, she's opionated--but when you do, you're being honest.
By the way, BLOGGER and I had a big fight today, but I WON.  At one point this morning I thought I was going to have to scrap everything.  LOL !!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Have you ever noticed...  When she is mild-mannered, you call her weak-- but when you are, you're gracious.
                                        When she dresses well, she is extravagant-- but when you do, you're tastefully in style.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Have you ever noticed:  When she takes time to do things well, she's perfectionistic--but when you do so, you're striving for excellence. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Have you ever noticed...  When she tries to treat someone especially well,   she's buttering up the person...but when you do so, you're being thoughtful.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Have you ever noticed...
When one of your friends don't like one of your other friends, she's prejudiced--but when you don't like one of her friends,you're a good judge of character.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Have you ever noticed...
When I notice flaws in things, I'm critical-but when you do, you are perceptive.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Have you ever noticed...

When others are set in their ways,they're obstinate--but you are firm and resolved.
"Love will cover a multitude of sins"  I Peter 4:8

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Prize and the Pattern

Pattern pieces for strip placement

Finally I am able to show the original drawing and the position of the pattern pieces that would have been sewn together for the umbrella, and a set of the kind of strip set used for the stripes. 

Original drawing

Strip set                                                                      And finally the "Prize" 
Thank you all for visiting my blog.  Hope you will continue to stop by, and hopefully I will not be so long sharing as it has been.  Love to all.

Friday, November 23, 2012

And the "Winner " is

Miss. Debra.   Yes, it is an umbrella.  Now, where it is is still in the working. My initial intention was to make an umbrella quilt.  The look of water came in when I was looking for a background for the umbrella.  My thought was sky, but after putting it together I realized that the fabric really looked like water.  The pattern was drawn several years ago.  As I was organizing I found it among all my drawings and could not resist the urge to enlarge the pattern and make it.  As I was auditioning fabrics for the stripes I wanted in the umbrella I found my strip sets I had sewn when I was doing busy work.  You know when you just want to sew and do mindless work.  This is when I sew strip sets for future projects.  When designing the pattern I imagined paper piecing the strips,but why go to the trouble if all you have to do is lay the pattern down on the strip set and cut away. I was going to share the original pattern, but my camera and computer would not work together for some reason.  I will share a picture of the design hopefully tomorrow in my next post.  Miss Debbie, you must e-mail me your snail mail address so I can get the  card to you. I wanted to post a picture of the prize, but everything is working against me in the downloading department.  Will try again tomorrow.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tell Me What You See

I know, I know I have been MIA, but I have good reasons.  I've had more demands put upon me in caring for my beloved. He's good and in good health, but I am constantly having more physical obligations taxed upon me.  I am not complaning by any means, just letting you all know I have been away from my  blog for very good reasons.  It is not that I could not have added a post here or there, but I have a lot of projects that I have been attempting to complete.  Below you will see one of my new patterns that I designed years ago and have just gotten around to printing the pattern and doing my first actual draft in fabric.
Please tell me what you think this is and or what else does this piece need.  And no, it is not a mountain.  To the person who closely identifies this will receive a prize of one of my picture postcards.  Prize to be given after I review the comments will be shown in next post.  You have one week from today which will  be the day after Thanksgiving Day since it falls on next Thursday.
So, put on your thinking caps and tell what you see.  I will reveal in the next post just what this is and a glimpse of the prize.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Designing and Redesigning with "Saturated Colors"

Modern Childs Quilt

Some of the pieces I am showing have been around for a little while, while I pondered how to finish them and some I just started recently.  I am having so much fun mixing and matching and contrasting fabrics.  I pulled out all the bright solids, dots, stripes, and beautiful multi-colored saturated pieces in my stash and I'm having a ball.  I've been like a kid in a candy store.  I have enjoyed the digging through fabrics that I haven't seen in a while or even had forgotten I had them.
I do store most of my fabrics in some kind of order.  For instance I collect black and white fabrics, they have a section, the African prints have a place, the solids have a place, the glitzy stuff that I only use in my art quilts have a home, the muslin and whites have a home. 
I do hope I can get back to posting a little more frequently.  I seem to feel that I need a picture or pictures to add to my post, so I delay posting because I hate uploading from my camera.  I think the pictures make the post more interesting.

Well, back to the drawing board, or should I say the ironing board.
For me it's the indoors or the patio in the summer as opposed to basking in the sun.
Have a safe and blesssed summer whatever you plan to do for fun.

Blogger has been real ugly to me.  I had the hardest time ever to post my photos, so they may look as if I have just thrown them on the page.

By the way, none of the pieces I'm showing here are complete. I like to work on more than one thing at a time.  I seem to lose interest very easily.  I'll finish all the tops and then I'll have a quilting marathon.  Some might call this ADD.  Lol!!!!!!

Modern Childs Quilt
My fabric print blocked for small art quilt
Wall Art Abstract
Modern Childs Quilt

Sunday, July 8, 2012

God has strengthened me

during the month of June.  I've learned to trust God more and to believe in His hand of mercy as He leads and guides me through my adversities.  Sometimes things happen to us and we are led to not even keep on discussing it or bringing it up.  This is where faith comes in.  I do not feel the need to discuss what really happened, but, I do want to say God brought me through and He can do the same for you. 
I used to cry a lot, but since I've become a caregiver I cannot afford to fall apart and lay on my bed sobbing.  I have a lot of responsibility that I choose to attend to rather than  feeling sorry for my self.  All praises go to God for His unfailing mercies He extends to each of us.
I thank God for putting love in my heart so I'm able to give as needed to others.  Thought I'd share a zentangle that has hearts that represent love.
Have a good day and a safe summer.