Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pulling Weeds and Planting

The title of my post pretty much sums up my week. I spent a whole lot of time pulling weeds, I will admit that it's my fault, if I hadn't put off doing it for a few years it wouldn't have been so bad. But now the backyard is looking much better and some of my garden has been planted.

My sewing machine has not been turned on in over a week, so nothing new to show.

2018 Weekly Leaf #20

2018 Daily Stitching
days 131-137
some background and a couple of fish

Just the one corner left to stitch!

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Textiles in a small town High School

Earlier this week I drove north about 50 miles to the small town of Council, ID (pop. 850) to visit with Jodi Cook, the very dynamic textile teacher at the high school. She had asked me to come visit to help her make decisions about some of the donated fabric they've acquired. This is the only High School textile program that I'm aware of in the entire SW Idaho region. My jaw dropped when she took me into the classrooms, one room holds the three long arm quilting machines, another has stacks of fabric, and the main room has a row of Bernina machines, cutting matts, ironing boards and a very large variety of cutting tools.

The problem that she needs help with is that although she feels extremely blessed to have the abundance of fabrics that people have donated, a very large percentage of the fabrics are really not suitable for quilts, especially youngsters learning the craft. So my task is to help find places or people that could use them. There is a large selection of t-shirt knits and ribbing, lots of silky polyester fabrics and some very heavy knits. I was hoping to find a group that sews for children that are placed in protective services, but so far no luck. I'll be expanding my search to the Boise area, we are trying to keep it relatively local due to delivery issues.

While there I got to see some of the work the students have done and I was very impressed. She currently has 28 students and they average 3 quilts each per school year, some of course do several more. They also make quilts to donate locally, have used batting scraps to make pet beds for the local veterinary clinic, and bags for various projects. A very successful story when most school are doing away with any type of sewing program.

I finished piecing the donation quilt I started last week.

Then all the odd leftover scraps plus some larger pieces from my stash got pieced together for the back.

Now it just has to be quilted.

2018 Weekly Leaf #18

2018 Daily stitching days 125 -130

The bottom left corner is now done.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching", go check them out and see what lots of others are doing.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cleaning is overrated

Studio B cleanup seems to have stalled, it's clean enough for me to use the table and the rest of the mess doesn't really bother me. Of course if I were to have someone come over and play then I would have to do a better job. This week I thought I would tackle the drafting table inside that is totally covered.

It still looks like that, instead of cleaning it, I started to play with some fabric and have been doing this instead.

It will probably be a donation quilt, but I'm enjoying playing with 'what if' ideas.

Yesterday I got to meet some of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) that are in this area. Carol Kimbel, the regional rep for the Idaho/Montana area was in the area for other reasons but emailed us all to meet for coffee. The other three that showed up were from the Boise area and we plan on getting together more often. I know that many of you are very active SAQA members and live in regions where there are regular group meetings and it was nice to discover a few other members that are interested in doing that. Our region is very large and has very few members.

2018 Weekly Leaf
Week #18
Gelli prints for a few weeks

2018 Daily Stitching
More background and french knots

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Annual Studio B Cleanup

It seems that every Spring I take a look at Studio B and realize that over the winter I have created an enormous mess, most of it just because I haven't put stuff away, I've just piled it. Here's a quick peek.

So far I've put away the bags of quilts that were piled up and found homes for the rolled ones. Removed the empty boxes from the table, have them ready for recycling, cleaned up the sink area enough to use it, washed the towels and put them away. It's not done yet but at least I can use the print table top again and I plan on using it this afternoon to do some Gelli prints of leaves for my next group of weeklies.

2018 Weekly leaf #17

2018 Daily Stitching days #111-116

French knots to make a few leaves.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Friday, April 20, 2018

I'm back!

I've had a very busy 2 weeks. It started with a 2 day class with Lisa Flowers Ross on Abstraction from Nature. I love the way Lisa does abstraction and the class was excellent, I highly recommend it.

Next up we drove to western Washington to stay at my daughters and take a trip up to the Skagit Valley for the annual tulip festival. What I hadn't planned on was the surprise my kids had planned for me. They had rented a large house in the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, and they all showed up to spend the weekend. We saw the tulips, a grey whale, went to Deception Pass and just had a wonderful time. Here is our group photo at the Tulip Festival, all seventeen of us.

The fields of tulips were stunning and photos really don't do them justice.

Then the day long drive back home, a day to catch up and then last night I drove into Boise because I was the guest speaker at the Boise Basin Quilters meeting. I gave a talk and slide show titled "Can Daily Stitching Change your Life?".

Now its back to normal for a while.

2018 Weekly leaf #15 and #16

2018 Daily Stitching

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, April 5, 2018

A week of meetings

I rarely have to go to meetings and I've had three this week, that's my excuse for not getting a lot done and I'm sticking with it.

I did finish the two donation quilts and they are tucked away until I need them.

The Weekly Leaf #14

Here are all 14 of them, each one will be mounted on mat board and ready to frame. When I get that done they will be for sale.

2018 Daily stitching days 89 - 95
 More french knots and some strange orange shapes.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A couple more donation quilts

I found a piece of blue fabric that I had dyed and printed that was perfect for filling in the spaces of the pieced blocks I showed last week.

Then I pulled out a couple more pieces that were large enough to cut bigger blocks from and put this one together.

Both of these are now layered and ready to quilt. Then I think it will be time to stop making donation quilts for a while and get something else done. Things like its spring and the garden is calling, Studio B (my wet studio) needs its annual reorganizing so I can actually use it, getting ready for the class I'm taking the beginning of April and a trip to Washington after that.

2018 Weekly leaf #13
I've moved on to some cyanotype leaves.

2018 daily stitching days 82 -88
 more french knots and background

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"