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!

Liebster Award!

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I was quite amazed and appreciative when CateCrafts nominated me for the Liebster Award! So here I am, accepting and nominating more. This is appropriate, as it is about loving other blogs and bloggers, so fits the love month theme!

The rules are:

-Add the Liebster Award logo in your next post.

-In that post, link the person who nominated you.

-Answer the 10 questions that the nominator asked and come up with your own questions for your nominees.

-Nominate 5-10 blogs with less than 200 followers and link them. Let them know you nominated them!

My ten questions from CateCrafts:

  1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken! I love sweets, but if I had to survive, I’d better have something that will help me do that. Chicken is so versatile! I am not much of a meat eater but chicken…yes! Cluck cluck!

  1. What is your favorite quote?

“Jump and the net will come.” – Julia Cameron

  1. What is your favorite song/band?

This one is tough! I enjoy almost all music, can sing along with so many songs, but can’t often tell you the name of the song or the band! Both my children are musicians, but I can’t pick just one of them! I have probably been singing “It Is Well With My Soul” the most of late. Hmmmmm….I just can’t answer this one!

4. Who is the person that inspires you most?

The first person that came to mind…Dali Lama. All kinds of things inspire me and it depends on the area or subject matter. Spiritually, we have so many people to respect. Who would not want to be like Jesus? As an artist, there are so many creators that make beautiful things. My children have proven themselves to be great people! My husband is so encouraging and supportive and inspires me to be all that I can be. My friends, my family, scientists…There is so much inspiration in this world!

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Doing this exercise, I think I should focus my interests, but I don’t want to get bored! I think I would be to be free of guilt. I work on this, but it rears its ugly head on occasion. It also serves no purpose, as we can’t go back and tomorrow may not come. I hope/trust I have learned things and move ahead!

6. If you could tell your ten years ago self something that you know today what would it be?

This day, this time, right now is all we have!

7.What is something you do that drives your spouse or friends crazy?

My husband hates that I fall asleep in front of the tv.

  1. What is the best advice you have received?

Love with all your heart.

  1. If someone gave you 1 million dollars what would you do with it?

See the world and share that with my kids.

  1. What is your favorite TV show?

We watch some of the night-time serials, but I can’t say they are particularly enlightening…Gray’s Anatomy, The Americans, Nashville, House of Cards. I almost never even turn on the tv when I am alone.

OK…so now I get to ask the questions!

1. Why do you blog?

2. Where do you call home?

3. If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?

4. What is your favorite pastime?

5. How much room does the heart have to love?

6. What inspires you the most?

7. How would you want to spend a totally free day?

8. If you could go anywhere, where would you go first?

9. Would you change your life?

10. How do you feel about being nominated for this award?

I nominate the following blogs:

1. mummaplusthree

2. toldbyginger

3. ceceliaintherain

4. pot8o

5. theygrowuptoofast

6. quiltingmedusa

7. tickledinnyc

Here is my confession (NOT part of the requirements)…as a new blogger myself, I had to search for blogs to nominate, because they need to have under 200 followers. What I have decided is that there are many inspiring blogs out there. I can always create a new award nomination list, once I have collected more! Oh, and it really frustrates me that I can’t get this blog to format correctly!

Here’s to the blogosphere!