Friday, March 24, 2017

Fiber Junkies - Where Do I Begin?

Fiber Junkies met yesterday at Gen's home for a very fun filled day of playing and chatting. We have decided to have our show and tell in the morning with our coffee to give us more time to play in the afternoon.
 Mary showed us a lovely plaid quilt she has been piecing with her new Janome foot which works like a dream. She has experienced so much frustration over sewing a good straight stitch and finally found the foot that works.
 Mary also showed us a house warming present for her son who will be moving into a new home shortly. Since he lives in San Francisco, how appropriate to make the Golden Gate Bridge.
 There is so much detail to this piece such as
 the beautiful and extensive stitching to create grass along the shoreline.
 The bird was a nice touch...and then my favorite...the bicycle!
 Her son who likes to ride his bike had to be featured...well, it took us a while to figure out how she did this very intricate bicycle. Mary printed it on a fusible backed fabric, using the same fabric as the background and then cut around the outside only. When fusing down, it blends perfectly with the background because they are the same fabric. Clever Girl!....
 And the binding...each section done in appropriate fabric to match that area...very effective.
 And the backing using the same color way and a ribbon motif which resembels the arches of the bridge.
 Denny has become quite the piecer and every meeting seems to have at least one new quilt to show. She did a beautiful job matching points which is always impressive to me.

 She has also been taking a 10 year Master class with Hollis Chatelaine. This group has stayed together to work on new challenges presented to them each year. The culmination of their efforts is a mini retreat where they share and present their work. One of the challenges was to recreate a piece they've done in neutrals and to keep the theme but distort it. Denny took an old time theme park and fast forwarded it to recreate it in a very run down state. It's quite clever and interesting to see. She used paint in areas to create shadows and also the refection of the moon on the water.

The old ferris wheel...
 and a delapidated roller coaster..
 This month we were exploring alchol based inks, markers, powdered pigments etc.   - lots of interesting information. Denny showed us her sample of inks and pens all labeled for referece.
 She also had some lovely samples with Sharpies using rubbing alcohol for blurring the edges.
 and more samples...

Val brought along a piece of watercolor paper she had rusted and was going to work on...this will probably become a book cover. There is so much to cover, this will be continued tomorrow and hope you come gets better and better. I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday. Please check out this fun sites to see what other fiber artists are doing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chillin on a Chilly Day

On a snowy day, what's one to do....We did have another snowfall just pretty and didn't last but a day which is what I like...

Well I owed my son an apple pie...promised for his birthday last year and never delivered..
I make it from scratch...good old Betty Crocker's cookbook way so it takes hours but it does warm up the kitchen and sure makes it smell like Thanksgiving!

Also a good day to hang out with furry buds who can keep you warm - featured is Fraggle my 16 1/2 pound kitten...well he's 2 but very kitten-ish in behavior and a people lover.
But the best thing....John and Mike were working in the basement on a "Bee House". Mike saw them online and decided to build one himself. Both are avid gardeners - especially Mike (son) who has the eye for color and design; they're always adding something new. John built the frame and then Mike cut the bamboo (from our friend Gary's yard) into small lengths. They are held in place with wood glue and can endure the weather.
I love all the different sizes of bamboo....
The bottom part has holes drilled into wood...more apartments for the bees. Mike has done a lot of reading about these cute little dwellings and apparently bees love them.
And as soon as the snow melted, it was hung outside..They are supposed to be placed X amount of feet from the ground to protect the bees from wasps...will find out more about this later.
It's on a larger tree on the side of the house...easy to see and enjoy. I think they did a great job and can't wait for our little buzzing friends to find it and take up housekeeping.

Friday, March 10, 2017

PTA at Gens

PTA (our fiber group) met yesterday at Gen's home with Gen and Mary B hostessing. Well, first drama of the day...Barbara, Linda and I meet up in Ingles parking lot to carpool. We all hopped into Linda's car but upon reaching Gen's condo (about 20 mins away), Barbara realized she forgot her bag with her quilt and other things for show and tell.....well, no can show them next month...right!! Well no, Barbara said in a panic...I took the bag out, laid it down on the ground and forgot to get it...Uhhh Ohhh...I stayed at Gens as Barbara and Linda made a mad dash back with fingers crossed that her precious quilt would still be there....
Barbara called to say, it was there but mentioned...think I'll need a glass of wine when I get to Gen's..
What's better than a glass of wine when you are in big stress mode - ?...TWO glasses - one for each hand.
Our meeting consisted of talking, gossiping, drinking wine and looking at wonderful show and tell. Barbara made Mary this ruffled scarf in Packer colors....guess who was a happy camper!
Mary Berry showed us a cute teddybear she hired someone to make. It's made from an old t-shirt used at a family reunion. Mary said she had lots of shirts but needed to find one with a logo that would fit on bear's tummy.
Barbara, who is great at piecing finished the top and it's ready to be quilted.
It has a pulsating effect which is so interesting.
Gen showed us some pieces she purchased, made from paper.
We took a break for lunch and Mary B made this fabulous dessert which tastes even better than it looks!
Dort, prolific as ever show us some pieces she was working on. This is a waterfall which has some beautiful texture.
Look at this amazing texture created with thread and the wonderful Stonehenge fabric that lends itself to this theme.
And more threadwork....
This is another one of Dorts smaller pieces recreated from a photo she took. Dort is known for her attention to detail.
Dort picked these blocks from our stack of White Elephants gifts from our Christmas party...has them together already.
Kate made this wonderful piece....
along with this darling childrens quilt.
Georgia was giving us an update on the quilt trail...
along with a brochure on where the many wooden quilt blocks are located so people can drive their own tour.
Georgia also showed us a series of owl pillows she's making as a gift...lucky lady to get these. The background is my favorite Stonehenge fabric with a tree theme.
Mary B showed us an adorable wall hanging made from an angel pattern her little grandson drew at a very young age.
And last but not least, Mary B is relocating...and still close to us. It's always hard to leave a home that's been part of our lives for so long but she's very happy to be going to this retirement community. She has made a collage of the very wonderful things she has to look forward to...always our very positive and loveable Mary! I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fiber Junkies and Daffodils

Well, better late than never...and it seems like I've been saying that a lot's not like I'm involved with any big project that's demanding my time...but life does get in the way. We had our February Fiber Junkies meeting at my home this past week...using Denny's die cut machines for cutting fabric. First we did a quick show and tell...
Denny has been making big, big quilts and every month, she seems to have several to show...Denny makes wonderful art quilts but has had to stray from that path for a while to do some easy sewing. Sometimes it's just great therapy to sit and sew with little thought in mind.
I loved this piece made with Tim Holtz fabrics
and a detail.
I love Kaffe Fasset's fabrics with the big bold prints and this was a beauty.
Kate made this from cuts from a previous meeting...really a darling piece and beautiful quilting which is not visible in this picture.
I think I've shown this before but I really love this piece that Mary made using ice dyed fabric. She did a beautiful job blending several fabrics. I thought it was all from the same piece but not so.
and a detail...
Onto my studio which has some big tables (thanks to hubby who made them) and good for the many die cut machines Denny brought...We are all so thankful to Denny for sharing and bringing them for us to use.
There were so many die cuts to choose from along with an electric cutter and a hand cranked one...whoops and some wine...!
Gen was such a doll helping Mary with ironing and cutting her squares....I know Mary just did a post on our FJ meeting...much more timely...but she does say how we all want to be Gen when we grow truer words...this is one great lady...not only talented but so very giving.
With these machines, there is no waste. Kate and I were working together as we're doing the same quilt at retreat. We're using half hexagons and there are 3 sizes...the smallest which accomodates very small pieces of fabric. Kate being the piecer took the small ones....she'll do something great with them; I would be ready for a straight jacket if I attempted to work with this size.
This is the quilt we'll be working on...very pretty and bright.
I chose a more subtle palette; I love it but also think I'll need to sparkle it up a bit.
On another note, the following night my hubby and I went to our bi-monthly supper group. It was the night before the frost and our hostess has a huge daffodil garden ...soooo...she cut lots to treat us to a little bit of spring...beautiful...
and we all went home with a little bouquet. A fun couple of days. I am linked to Off the Wall Fridays and Whoop Whoop Friday.