Monday, August 14, 2017

Still At It

I will conquer this.  I will.  I will.  I think I can, I think I can.
This was the second guest bedroom, where my granddaughter stays when she comes to visit.  I'd been dumping things in there, as I've cleaned the other rooms.  In reality, this was not as bad as it looks.
 This is the after.  I need to decide what quilts to put on the wall.
 I also worked on part of the closet.  That is a job for another day.  What does one do with 100's of VHS movies?  I've yet to decide.
I did not finish my BOTV desk.  I took a picture, but I'm not sure what I did with it.  The good news is that the rooms were clean enough to welcome my daughter and granddaughter for a quick visit.
 She was happy to find both the Barbies and the pool in working condition.  :)
The reason she was here was to go to a baby shower for her cousin-to-be.  I don't think I've ever been to a shower when the baby received more than one quilt.  This baby received THREE!!

I believe the first quilt was made by my daughter-in-law's great aunts.  The first child from each generation receives a quilt with this pattern.  This is the fourth generation.  Most have had pink sashing...and been given to boys.  Maybe that's why they went with purple.  Just in case the ultrasound is wrong.
 This quilt was made by our DIL's mother's mother.  (That is her mother in the picture, with her.)  Cute quilt.  I did not realize that she came from a family of quilters!
 This Grandmother's Fan is the quilt I gave her.  No, I haven't had time to quilt lately.  But back in the late 90's, when I did have time, I listened to my quiltie friends who advised me, "Make quilts for your grandbabies when you have time.  When they get here?  You'll be too busy to be able to get one done in time."  Excellent advice, which I am oh, so glad I heeded!
And, other than that?  It's back to trying to regain lost ground in the room I loosely refer to as The Studio.  Goals have been pushed back yet again, but they still exist.  Which is a good thing.  A very good thing.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cleaning House

So, back in June...WAY back in June...I tried clearing out the Studio, so that I could "get organized."  What happened was that the bulk of the contents were moved into the guest room, which I renamed "The Annex."

For the past two months, I have been trying to sort/slog through the mess in The Annex, find a place for everything, and put everything in its place.  To refresh your memory, it looked like this:
Look carefully.  If you don't, you're liable to miss all kinds of things, like the stacks of bins in front of the window seat, etc., etc.  And this is just 3/4 of the room.  You cannot see the things in front of the closet, or in the closet.

Fast forward to this past week.  My youngest son is talking of having a yard sale in September.  This used to be his room, when he lived here.  The closet was still full of his belongings.  I cleared the room enough to reach the closet.  The piles that were once in this room are now different piles in the living room (for the yard sale). The Annex has reverted to The Guest Room.
 The bed is cleared off, and accessible.  Nothing is blocking the bookshelves, the bottom of which are filled with children's books.
 Even the closet is clean, though it may be filled with quilting paraphernalia.
 And, just so you know I'm not joking, here is the other side of the closet.  See?  Amazing!!

Okay, so maybe I did not show you that I have two tables stashed behind that design wall, and I did  leave the Tiara right there, front and center.

And maybe I took the last few (several) piles back to The Studio. It was going to end up in there anyway.  Here's how it looks today:

 I guess the good news is that it is once again a working Studio.  I was in there, working, all of yesterday afternoon. 
As of now, I have no work to show you, but I've been setting goals, and might actually meet one this year.  Goals are good!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Art Art

When I was growing up, Art was a big part of my environment.  I had no idea that other people did not have walls hung with paintings.  My grandfather's home was like a museum, with Tiffany lamps, antique china, Stickley furniture and the like.  Unfortunately, a few years after he passed away, his Malibu home burnt to the ground in one of their horrible fires.  It all went up in smoke.

He was also a painter, who dabbled in oils.  I have several of his paintings in my home, as I was given them before the fire.

My parents bought paintings.  My dad preferred desert landscapes.  My mom liked figures, often done in charcoal, pastels, or woodblock prints.

My home has paintings (I purchase primarily watercolors, though I inherited a number of oils).  Two of my sisters also have homes filled with paintings.  One has a bit of everything, the other loves abstracts.

This is my dad's house:
 This is my house (new sofas, from Costco!)
These are hanging on my sister's walls:
 huh. Each got turned on its ear.  I guess that means it's real art, because they still look good!  And balanced!
Are we odd?  I always thought this was normal, until my husband indicated that he prefers blank walls.  I would have the place hung like a gallery, if I had my druthers.  I have two closets filled with paintings, which never see the light of day.

Again, are we odd?  I guess I never thought about it, until I realized that each of my sisters have so much art in our homes, we will be hard-pressed to know what to do with my dad's collection once he is done with it.  Add to that my quilting, and one sister's knitting, and, well, I guess the creative gene runs deep, along with appreciation.

And on that note, all I've got to show you today is one polka dot:
 and one birthday card.
Thanks for hanging in with me, as I think about Art, and appreciation.  Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

12" Art

You may remember about a month ago (or was it longer?) that I emptied my studio in an effort to condense, organize, and facilitate my quilting endeavors.  I've reached an impasse, with The Annex still full of quilting materials, and the Studio regaining its status of The Dump.  groan.  sigh.  sigh again.

Anyway, one of the things that I uncovered was a stack of quilts purchased from the 2016 SAQA Online Auction.  The quilts for the 2017 auction in September can be seen here.  Usually I make a contribution, but this year?  Quilting has been at a minimum.  I'm lucky if  I can pop out a birthday card every 3 months.

I hung the latest acquisitions, and thought that you might like to see the quilts bordering my Studio ceiling.  Here they are, in no particular order:

 This first quilt is "Sequoia Mini," by Teri McHale.

Next are a quilt by Phyllis Cullen, and "Joy Cometh in the Morning, Psalm 30:5 by Margaret Blank.

This is the view of the ceiling, as you first enter the Studio.  The other quilts on the wall are by Nancy Brown, (then Phyllis Cullen, Margaret Blank), Kristin Eilers, (Teri McHale), and Sara Kelly.
 Pivot 90 degrees, and you see this one.  

  "Ramble" by Marion Shimoda.  I had the privilege of meeting Marion in May 2016, when I was in Sisters, Oregon, taking a class.  Her detail work and teeny piecing are exquisite.

 Next are "Cloudburst" by Gwen Goepel, and "Found on Whangaumu" by Mathea Daunheimer of New Zealand.  I bought "Found" in Houston, in 2015.
 This is what that corner looks like.  I've actually added one more quilt.  I'd run out of hanging slats, and apparently have yet to take a picture of the last one.  Hang on a minute...

This is "Green Fields #3" by Christine Hager-Braun.

 This lusciously textured raspberry one does not have a label, so I cannot tell you its title or its maker.

This is the corner, to the left of my sewing space.  The quilt on the far right is by Charlotte Rogers.  The triptych on the far left is by Sharon L. Schlotzhauer.  The four crazy quilts in the corner were purchased from the Alzheimer's fundraiser, again in Houston, probably around 2013.

Above the door are "Abstract #3" by Shoshi Rimer (of Israel), "Trail Ride" by Jennifer Hammond Landau, and "Philodendron Phantasy" by Aileyn Renli Ecob.

Next come "Red Coleus" by Susan Brubaker Knapp, and "Spring Ginkgoes" by Franki Kohler.  I know both artists, and they are as lovely as their quilts.  (I've also met Aileyn Ecob.  She, too, is a delight.)
 Finally, I have "token (ART) quilt" by Deborah J. Bein, and "Croc" by Paula Benjaminson.
 This is what that wall looks like.  The bulletin board is crammed with as many postcards from my quilting friends as it can hold.
whew!  That's quite the tour, and quite the collection.  And I don't have room for any more, unless I seep into another room.  I prefer to have the quilts on display, as I find them to be quite inspiring.  They represent artists worldwide, using a myriad of techniques.  Each quilt spoke to me, and several are made by nationally recognized quilt artists.  I am thrilled to have them hang in my Studio.

And, just in case you think I've done nothing but sit back and admire other people's work, I have done a tad of quilting of my own.  I've pinned, 

I've made templates, 


and I've even made a (belated) birthday card for my daughter.
I keep setting goals, but family calls, and the goals get delayed, postponed, and then delayed once more.  Later this week, I'm off to help my sister deal with more stuff with my dad, so quilting remains stalled in the goal-setting stage.  No actually quilting will likely occur.  oh well.  Good thing Goals are good!!  :D

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Updated Chairs

I got my last chair back from the upholsterer.  They used the same foam, and fabric I bought from Joann's.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  What do you think?
 Fixing up all of these chairs inspired me to finish a chair that has been stripped and waiting for at least a year.  When in Oceanside, I bought some red (chalk?) paint.  I really like the results, though I got a couple of unwelcome drips on the top coat.  I'm not sure what to do about those.  Sand and coat again?  Like I said, I'm not sure.
 My son got a new puppy.  She was a stray, found on the other side of Tulare.  When he picked her up (no collar, no chip, no response to ads), she was covered with ticks.  After "helping" with the irrigating, she was covered with dirt.  She's yet to be named, but that's Roscoe in the background.  They are both sweethearts, and a lot of fun to watch.
 Here they are, cavorting with my youngest son's wife.  The two of them (son&wife) did the last round of irrigating.  Their newly purchased home (Sept) was just discovered to have serious water damage in the kitchen.  They need to pull out everything, including the subflooring.  The repairs will be pricey, so they're trying to build their savings to fund the repairs.  Welcome to Grownupland.  fun, fun, fun.  (And they're expecting in 2.5 months.  Lots to do, not a lot of time to get it done.)
Quiltwise, I don't have much to share.  Sacred Threads is open now through July 23.  If you are in or near Herndon, VA, I encourage you to see it.  (And then report back to me!  ;)  I do have a quilt hanging in the exhibit.  I had hoped to get there to see it, but life gets in the way.

And I guess that's it.  Until next time...stay cool!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bit o Stitchin'

Well.  It's not much, but it's something.  I pieced together the blocks of String Quilt #7 to make a top.
 yay!  One less pile of something on top of my sewing surface!
 I thought I ought to do more sorting and stashing, so I dumped a bin of bits.  uh oh.  Looks like I've become a bits hoarder.  I need to sew something out of this mess!
There weren't many purple pieces, so I pulled them out and made this:
The cow was an afterthought.  I'd cut her out for a different project, then set her aside.  I bought the little hand-crafted milk bottle button at...you've guessed it!  An estate sale, a few years ago.

That's all the sewing that happened over the weekend, but I've been thinking about it.  More to come, if I can turn goals into action.  Goals are good!

Friday, June 30, 2017

6" Cutie

Little bit of lace, a row of French knots & beads, and a few more beads for good measure.  I'm calling this one DONE. 

Too much fun!!  :D

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This n That

What a week!  SO nice!  Eight days in Oceanside were followed by a 2 day "40-ish SPHS reunion" event.  Yesterday was our 36th wedding anniversary.  Lots to keep us busy during the end of June, that's for sure!

One of the things we did in Oceanside was go thrifting.  My favorite place to visit is Estate Sale Liquidators.  Usually it is packed to the gills, but the owner was on vacation, and they'd just finished a big sale.  Still, I was able to find some treasures.  My favorite is the Bavarian roses bowl. It had two price stickers on it:  $50 and $5.  I paid $5
 When I asked about it, the gal said that they purchased six storage units from a 95 year old antique dealer.  This was part of the liquidation.  I paid $2 for each of the little creamers.  The gold-striped one also had an $18 price tag on it.
 This one cracks me up.  Look at the fish spout.  It has a lot of character!
When we got back, I retrieved two chairs from Quality Upholstery.  The first has been my studio chair for quite a while.  I neglected to take "before" pictures, but here is the after:
 The other is a bedroom chair.  As you might have noticed, neither the Studio nor The Annex has been straightened into submission.  yet.
I've been home for three days, and have spent the time changing lightbulbs, doing laundry, cleaning leaves from the yard (courtesy of the heatwave) and dreaming of the last week in Oceanside.  Yesterday, I paid a visit to my sewing machine.  Another 6" treat is in the works.  This is where I am so far:
If this is a sign of what's on my mind, there will be more ocean quilts in the not-too-distant future.

In other quilt news, I have shipped "By the Sea" to Sacred Threads for the upcoming exhibit.  If you live in the Washington D.C. area, you might want to stop by.  The exhibit runs from July 7-23, 2017.  I had hoped to make it out there this year, but life got in the way.  Maybe in 2019?  Goals are good!