Do you Dare???

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Do you Dare to BE?

Playing with a new and simple craft…sharpies and alcohol. First pass at it. Fun to do, but I need to work on my lettering!

So, what does it mean to you to BE?

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – March

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I have not forgotten the March challenge for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! This month just did not sing to me. I have had some larger scraps laying out since March 1…and playing with them. As I understand it from Rossie Hutchinson, this is about learning colors…contrasting, complementary, etc. Also about color values and hues. It is a good lesson and as with all quilting, it still surprises me how much impact there is with using photos. You can see so much that just does not show up when you simply look at something.

I have so much fabric on hand, I was not ready to go buy more, so I decided to play with this using scraps I have. This would help me with the process she is teaching. So, I am posting the final selection (so far) after culling out several pieces. I am still not sure that the “wrong” color, another thing we are supposed to select and the name of this challenge, is what I like. I picked the green…it may not be “wrong” enough for this lesson.

I am not sure these pieces will actually turn into anything this month. I have to just hang with them and see. Purple is not really my color, so I would have to figure out something that works…maybe into the Etsy shop. That little square you see in the foreground…I threw that in at the last minute as a different addition…it has the colors. What do you think?

If I do go any further with this March lesson, I will post an update. What are you working on?

 

Recent Project

Have you crafters out there ever tried the magazine (or newspaper) page bowls? That was our craft on a recent Tuesday, craft day for the Sew Mates!

You can Google the subject for many different tutorials on how to go about it. We opted for the roll-up version. I used heavy, shiny magazine pages and my friend, JudeMadeIt, used newspaper. Thought we would compare the two.

Between deciding which tut to follow and getting going, not much progress was made on this in the Tuesday morning craft session…

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Let me first say that this was tedious, not to mention a bit painful if you have arthritis in your hands. I left it sit there to mull over how far I really wanted to go with this trial.

20160120_083901.jpg I had sort of an ah-ha moment, based on reading several different concepts. I thought, “Ok, not really loving this, so I will try using the basket-weave technique just to say I did it”…finished it…because I hate to give up! Can you see this beginning to fail?

Sooooo…back to the wrapping way, but this time I decided to fold the pages, rather than roll them, which I had thought would be easier. Folding was much better, so I kept at it.

 

I rolled and rolled, folded and folded. Only one time did the whole thing spring apart…wish I had taken a picture of that, but I was just so frustrated! Yes, hating to fail, I rewound it all!

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It won’t surprise you to hear that I decided a SMALL bowl would be great for this trial! In the picture above you can see that I have used the ever-useful binder clips to raise the outer edges as I begin to shape the bowl. Heaven knows, I was taking this in baby steps so as not to have the whole thing unwind again. I was also gluing it as I went and discovered I really like the gel glue.

The following picture is after a couple of days of SLOOOWLY shaping the bowl.

20160123_121423.jpg Not quite finished, but it is coming along and I am actually liking it! Could be a cute little hat now…tee hee!

It is finally shaped and ready for the Mod Podge to finish it off…

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This part is easy and (in addition to all the glue I used) makes a very sturdy vessel. Aren’t the colors fun? I decided I would like it better with glossy Mod Podge, but had only matte on hand. That’s okay.

This project had a happy ending. The bowl ended up 6″ wide at the top and almost 4″ tall. Plenty big for a test and good for stashing keys, little things on the desk, etc. The question is, will I do it again? Remains to be seen. I am happy with the outcome though and as usual, glad I didn’t give up.

My friend may not have finished hers yet. She is off doing other things, as am I. Never just one project going. So, I can’t compare notes on the newsprint vs. magazine paper. I can say that I used a very high-quality, colorful magazine and the pages were heavy, which may have made it more difficult to roll, yet more sturdy. I also didn’t have newsprint-stained fingers like she did. If I do it again, I will try to find magazine pages that are a bit lighter weight…AND I might try some painting and lacquering of the finished bowl, like some I have seen online. For now, I am happy with this fun little piece.

What is your latest attempt at something new and how did it go?

 

Dinner Guests Tonight

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I am really enjoying cooking lately! I think we are all so used to the taste of processed food, our palates may need awakening.

We have guests tonight, so I started early today. Homemade crackers, homemade pie and the bread is rising in the background. I am having fun and the house smells great!

The main courses will have to be made and served right off the stove.

What do you like to cook? Or do you?

MLQC Update

The January project for My Lucky Quilting Club is finished!

It was a lesson for me in multiple things. The January MLQC lesson was in making and using bias tape. That was a good lesson. Not only did I learn about the process, I learned about the different tools and which brand I like better. I also learned how to stretch the tape, just a bit, to apply it neatly and without too many puckers on the curves.

So, as noted in previous posts, I decided to make a table runner, rather than the 9-block top suggested. Since I am a fairly new quilter, I decided to also try the quilt-as-you-go process. I really enjoyed quilting the individual blocks. I decided to stay with a modern theme and follow the random lines of the tape. Now, joining the squares should be pretty easy. I must need more practice on this. However, by the fourth joint, I did not have to pull any stitches out! Yay!!!

I felt the greys needed some color, so I chose the modern print with blue and green. It does add some pop to it, but do you think it is too much? I am basically happy with the way the runner turned out. It does not match our décor well, but will remain at our house. I am not that happy with the joining of the squares to put it in my Etsy Shop!

I still think the name “Chaos” fits well. What do you think? I have a tough hide and can take (and would appreciate) your input!

A New Look

A friend once told me, “When things seem out of control, change your hair. It is the one thing you can control!”

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Well, I don’t plan on changing my hair soon. I did decide to change my site up a bit though. It looks more streamlined to me. Now, if I can just get to posting regularly. No pressure!

More what I believe more is…

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So many things to do! I continue to be a work in progress and I am happy about that… as long as I am continuing to see some progress!

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club

So, I have joined my friend and “maniacal” crafting buddy, Jude, for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club.

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Lesson One is all about bias tape; making it, applying it creatively, and making quilt blocks.

This is a progress report:

I am using grays…a darker solid for the squares and a light gray solid along with two prints for the tape.

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As you can see, I am experimenting with two sizes of bias tape. Note: There are multiple bias folding tools out there. My limited experience says get the Clover brand (at JoAnn’s in the quilting department). The other brand I tried did not fold as tightly and was therefore harder to use. However, don’t think that  the Clover brand is all honey (sweet)! It is tricky and folding the seams is especially tricky! I really like the look of the narrow (1/4″) tape, but the seams are a bear, if not impossible, as shown above, to fold. I think the next step, sewing them, will be equally difficult.

The MLQC goes all year and if you like quilting and think you might want to learn some techniques, check it out. (Link above) It is not a block-of-the-month club. It does give you a chance to learn from well-known quilters for a fraction of the usual price. It is only $5 per month or $50 per year.

If you join, share what you are doing! We would love to see! Tag your post MLQC so we can follow!