Tuesday, March 29, 2011
(keep posted to hear about a painting Mimi wants to auction off on eBay for the same purposes)
-if you want to sponsor, you can either send me an email or post here how much you're willing to pay per shot - we expect him to make 60 or more shots, so consider yourself warned!
(you can also state a maximum)
We're going to have the Backyard Hoops for Japan shoot-a-thon on April 16th (unless it rains)....I'll keep you posted!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Victory also has a fabulously talented photographer friend that has come into town a few times this year and snagged flipping awesome pics of the Ludwigs... and I just have to share, because even if you don't know them, you can't help but to love them here. These pics are great. (FABULOUS JOB, EM!)
I did the "Lap quilt in a Jiffy" method by Kari Ramsey again... It's seriously fast and easy and though this is a bigger quilt than her pattern, the technique rocks for whipping out something quickly. I also did a self-binding on it to save time... Tonight that gets stitched and this one is D-O-N-E. I made it big enough to use as a picnic blanket, or as a couch cuddler. I'm clueless as to what to write down as it's value... I've never sold a quilt, so I don't know. (this one has taken me about 12 hours all said and done... Thoughts?)
And if no one bids on it... I'm bidding on it and bringing it home... (I like it. Will show you tomorrow, when it's complete and sunlit)
so... I had a blast the other night, sewing this puppy up. Seriously, I paid NO attention to the size. I just kept working with it until I felt like it was done. And the result is something I am really proud of!
I think the ending size is somewhere between a twin and a queen... but not really a full size and I think I love it the way it is.
It is most certainly something bigger than anything I've pieced yet...
Friday, March 25, 2011
I made this quilt this week to donate for an auction I'm involved with. I used fabric that I did not buy... Not one of these are my taste and style, and once again, it's a little game I seem to play with myself... "can I make something I like even a little from materials I hate?"
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
but it's been on my heart a lot.... and seeing how I am a newsradio addict, it's been all news all the time as I want to hear more about our neighbors across the Pacific.
I saw today that Modern Relief is having a quilt auction.
I'm super happy about this and I hope that you'll enter to win... I will be!
check it out here.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
It's the best Young Life fundraiser ever... They left a flyer that says for a $25 removal fee, they'll come get them - and for $10 more we can send the flock to a friend. Haha! (gotta love blackmail as a way to get kids to camp)
I told my friend, the director, that we want to keep them!... The neighbors love it...
I had a horrible day yesterday, this was a fabulous change of scenery. ;)
Monday, March 14, 2011
I did just that last night as I cranked out this heavy duty book caddy for Z's bunk bed. I asked him what fabrics he wanted for the project, "all of them!" ... Ok... There you have it... The perfect place to store your books about heroes and dinosaurs... Complete with pockets for a flashlight and water bottle. Just don't judge my style based on this project. In the eyes of a 5yo boy, this has perfect style.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I was recently asked through my church to express my impressions of the Garden of Gethsemene and the Betrayal of Jesus as a part of an artist series celebrating the Lenten season this year.
Today my artwork was featured and shared and I wanted to share it with you here - as it is clearly still a part of what makes me tick creatively.
this collage was presented with the caption below as reference:
God. As Jesus. In the Garden. Afraid.
Feeling the weight of a shattering world, the pain of betrayal. the agony ahead...
He surrendered to it willingly. For love.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Here I am last night at the LAMQG meeting... Presenting my tiny quilt... Seriously you need to look through the group of photos that go with thus one and look at the flipping amazing ladies that I attend LAMQG meetings with. I was happy with what I made, but BLOWN away by what other people came up with.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Here's what my fingers and gears have been up to:
This first one is a wonky square in square design that I did for Seams Perfect Bee - which is my all scraps bee... I love the color scheme that LeeAnn picked out. Really not my typical shades and I loved working in it - very refreshing... like a summer swim...
I literally was piecing tiny tiny pieces together and then making a piece, cutting that up and re-sewing it back together to get some fun results. ... you can see the tiny little scrap houses that ended up in my Coke rug...
Oh yeah! and (last ones) ... here are some of the side projects for the bees... Each month in my bees, as I make a square to send off to someone else - I also make a "practice" square for myself - so that I can end the year with a sampler that represents my journey and learnings in the bee. Please don't ask me what I am going to do with all these quilts. I have no idea. So my Seams Perfect Bee Sampler is in red and white... which is fun... and my Bee Happy sampler -well, let's just say that I started with this "cool" idea that I was going to use the ugliest most hated fabrics in my collection... and see what I could come up with. Well... it's pretty ugly. I'm not going to show that one until I post about it later. Still, it was a fun experience, and a major creative challenge.
So here are my Seams Perfect red and white squares, along with a blue and white one that I made for a bee buddy who is assembling a quilt for charity for an auction.
yes. The answer is, I HAVE NEEDED TO DO THIS. As I always say, "My sewing machine is the ONLY thing in my life that I have control over." and so far, I think it's still cheaper than therapy... though that may be up for debate.
I have always loved trees more than any other motif and this seemed like the perfect time to start trying to marry my collages with my sewing. It's something J has been encouraging me to do for a while.. But I didn't want to buy fabric for it, so I traded with some friends for sky blue solid and started my little project.
I'm so happy with how it came out! This is the first quilt where from start to finish, I was confident in what it was and would become. The first time where I finished and thought, "I nailed it!" hooray!
I get to show it to the guild this Thursday... I can't wait to see what everyone else has made... The LAMQG is filled with so many talented artists... I'm always blown away (I try to just be inspired and not to be intimidated!) by what they come up with...
But after piecing the squares, I realized it needed yellow as the sashing to make it look good and suddenly it was too girly. Then I made the top and found the lumpiest, most mistake filled top I've ever made. (bummer)
I posted it as a "quilt=fail" on flickr and got some encouragement from my friends there to try it anyways... So I added a thicker than normal batting, some bumpy knit as a backing, and I used spray baste (yay!) and as suggested, I quilted it to death.
The end result is a happy super cozy quilt. But not for G. It doesn't really seem like him at all.
As I was making it, I couldn't help but think about how convinced J and I are in our hearts that we've got a little girl coming to our family soon through foster care. It's something we are more and more sure of (in faith, no signs yet!) and this became a little bit of sewing by faith as I thought about where she might be now, what she is going through, what she needs prayer for...
And now this is sitting in our living room quilt basket, folded and waiting for a special little girl. It is a sunny reminder of our not yet complete family... A reminder to pray and keep hoping.