Giddy up!

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Little Mister got a cowboy hat and stick pony, courtesy of his Boo Boo, for Christmas. The Toy Story trilogy has been a huge hit in our house.

Q Man managed to find some stuff to occupy his time while big brother ran circles around the house.

Of course, he wanted to join in the fun, too.

General chaos and madness continued. Lots of giggles, snuggles and even an occasional kiss for my loves!

2011 Block of the Month – Intown style

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m starting to feel like I am getting back in the saddle again. I’ve been good about making time for myself to sew, quilt, etc. and I’m going to start teaching classes at Intown in February. I’ll only be there one Saturday a month but being around other quilters is something I love whether I’m teaching or working (or let’s face it – just hanging out). The shop has been a place of refuge for me for years. And a source of some great friends, too.  Oh, and great fabric. Did I mention that before? Lots and lots of great fabric.

Last November I approached Sarah about teaching a Block of the Month this year. I’ve done it in years past but I knew having a new person at home would put a cramp in my style. While at Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Sarah, Taffy and Mary decided to participate and offer the Michael Miller Clubhouse Block of the Month at Intown. The quilt is a bit of a different style for the shop, but different isn’t always bad. It’s fresh, though there is a lot of white, but that seems to be the new “thing” these days.

Because we are the way we are, Taffy decided to put a spin on the quilt. She pieced the center block, the baskets and some of the pieced triangles. Then she broke her wrist. ick. So I grabbed all the parts and assembled the center.

In addition to the center block being pieced, and it having a green border instead of pink, I changed out the four corners to a pieced block. In all honesty we weren’t huge fans of the bird fabric. I used the lighter pink that’s already used in the center and made the same block on the four points that’s in the border of the quilt. I know it doesn’t make sense now but it will once you see the completed top. The borders are entirely pieced and I’m certain it’ll take me a while to complete. Unlike the center of the quilt, I’m not rushed for time.

Class starts Saturday, February 12th at 10 am. Spaces are filling fast! Hope to see you there!

Hero of the Rails

January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Little Mister LOVES trains. LOVES them. I don’t think I can adequately express his adoration for trains. He’s pretty much obsessive about them. We indulge him, too. Documentary movies about trains on the History channel, PBS, movies we buy at big box retailers – you get the idea. Have you ever watched Matt Brown and Extreme Trains? I think I can recite them. Really.

Little Mister also likes Thomas the Tank Engine. Let’s face it. Most little boys do. I’m sure there are some that don’t care for Thomas, and that’s perfectly fine, but my little guy thinks Thomas is pretty cool. I think he’s growing out of it a little bit, and that makes me sad, but it’s part of life.

The other day he asked if we could watch Hero of the Rails. I needed some peace and quiet so I agreed. It’s funny. I must have watched that movie a million times and all of a sudden it came to me! It would be a great to pair my indigo fabrics with grey, gold and red. Hiro, the Japanese engine stuck on the island of Sodor, was indigo with grey, red and gold accents. You’d think it would have come to me sooner than this. And since I’m trying to be better about documenting my process I thought I’d share this relatively random, yet pertinent, piece of information.

Toot! Toot! 

I won, I won, I won!!!

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I worked at a high end photography studio for six years. It worked well because I had a creative outlet but didn’t want to shoot, though I have always loved photography. I learned a lot while I worked there – lighting, composition, settings, printing, editing and so forth. I’m grateful that I learned so much because it turns out to be a pretty cool thing for me.

During the great snowpocalypse a friend of mine sent me a message about entering one of my photos in a contest at a local photo and video store. When I worked at the studio we would go there for ink, paper, film (yes, back in the dark ages), advice, cleanings, you name it. So I entered a photo. And I won a free 11×14 gallerie wrap print. How cool?

Here’s the photo

Icy

January 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

The great snowpocalypse of 2011 continues. Tuesday there was an impromptu party at our place. Necessities for the adults, children and the morning after.

This morning I saw a beautiful icicle outside.

The Little Mermaid

January 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

The Little Mermaid

A childhood favorite. Hans Christian Anderson. Denmark. A Prince. A mermaid. A Sea King.  A witch. A tragic ending. A glorious entry into the Kingdom of God.

And now a quilt block.

My friend, Anita Weinraub,  published Georgia Quilts and an Olympic Quilt book for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Well, edited one and published the other if I remember correctly – you get the idea. Now she’s working on another Olympic quilt project. Quilter friends we asked to make a 12″ square block to represent a country. I chose Denmark. It was available and my parent’s hosted an exchange student ages ago (yes, now she’s a sister) and she was from Denmark. Kind of a way to honor Grit.

I chose to represent Denmark by appliqueing the image of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen onto fabric.

First, I chose an image *

I printed the image as an 8×10 and outlined the shape of the rock and the mermaid on newsprint. Chose fabrics. Traced pattern onto my favorite fusible web. Grabbed some thread and a needle and began.

First she came out too small

Then I made her larger and added some blue to the bottom of the block since the statue sits in the bay in Copenhagen.

Finished my mermaid with a satin stitch and detail stitching inside the silhouette so she was identifiable and voila!

*image courtesy of http://www.ifimages.com

Snowpocalypse 2011

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

We don’t get a lot of snow in Atlanta so when we have a “weather event” it’s a big deal. A very big deal. I think Atlantans could deal with the snow but we get snow, thaw, freeze, thaw, freeze and so forth. And snow tires, chains? Out of the question since we need them once a year at best. A half inch of ice over four inches of snow is ugly, as is the case with this storm. No one can drive in this. They think they can but they can’t. Cars and tractor trailers are stranded all over the city. Parts of major interstates are closed. Accidents are everywhere. We are at a complete and total loss of what to do when there’s ice on the road. So we shut down the city.

Which means….fun in the snow!

I snapped a few early morning photos

Followed by mid-morning frolicking with DL

After a quick bite and some hot chocolate we went to Freedom Park to go sledding with all our friends.

And at the end of the day our tired feet walked a half mile back to our places knowing that there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to make sure we can call Inman Park our home

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