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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The birds are coming!

I'm working on another project and decided I wanted a bird in my piece.  A few years ago, I beaded a pattern, Western Tanager, by Helene Knott that was in the American Quilter, March 2011 magazine.  Here's the finished beaded piece.

In that article Helene had two other bird patterns, which I also beaded and they are all framed and hang in the house.  I like this first bird and thought I'd use that same pattern to create another bird but this time in fabric.

So here is what I'm playing around with!  I'm sure which ever bird I end up using, the remaining orphans  will find a home somewhere!!  At least I hope so!

First up is a discharge on black fabric using Jacquard Discharge Paste.  I think with addition of thread this might work.  That's a piece of freezer paper for his eye!

Bird 1 - Discharge
Second, I had a stencil piece of scrap fabric from another project.  It's actually leaf prints which didn't show up that well, hence, the piece became a scrap.  But I liked the faint leaf on one of the areas of the fabric and thought it look like a feather!

Bird a

Doesn't it look like feathers on his belly!  The colored areas are ultra suede.
Bird b

I changed two feather areas to be the same shade of suede on the bird on the right.

Third, I had a piece of rusted fabric that I traced the bird on.  My bud, Carol, suggested at our fiber meeting this week to use leather or suede, hence, why I using the suede. I do like the look but not sure I'd use it throughout the birds body or just in some areas.

Bird 3 a

Bird 3 b

I just changed the tail feather to a brown suede on this one (right).

So those are my birds.  I'm thinking I need to start my background fabric and that should help me decide which bird to go with.  Right now my background is browns/blues/turquoise.  At least that's what I'm thinking today!  But we know that can change in a heart beat!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cranbrook Art Museum - Part 2

More pictures from the Alexander Girard exhibit.  Very interesting exhibit and man!  He certainly was a collector of so many different art forms, in addition to creating his own art designs.

This is a painting on tracing paper...he did this quite often.

Some of his stamp collection

What I wouldn't give for these stamps!

Pieces on top of tracing paper

Another paper cutting - at least a 12" circle - look at the detail!

Some of Girard's folk art collection

His Day of the Dead collection

I just liked these!

Some of his writings...kinda interesting if you read some of it! I'm printing this one out.

I'm so glad Carol suggested we go...she knows I'm not big on traveling long distances so it worked out for this exhibit!  I just drove to her house and she drove to the exhibit, which was only 16 miles from her house!   Thanks, Carol!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cranbrook Art Museum Part 1

My bud, Carol, and I went to the Cranbrook Art Museum to see the Alexander Girard exhibit.  Mr. Girard was one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century.  You can go to the link above and read more about Mr. Girard.  I'll just show some of the work that I enjoyed but too many pictures so there will be a part 1 and part 2!  

I loved this piece - my favorite.  It appeared to be wrapped on canvas.

This fabric was also printed in green.  

Nips and all!

These were beautiful sheer fabrics.  Love the pattern.

More designs, again printed on fabric

This was a paper cutting which was wonderful!!

He accumulated a lot of folk art and also created folk artwork

These were painted on wood

Of course, there's always food involved, right!  We started off with Opa Flaming Saganaki!!!  Delicious!!!

I ordered their Mediterranean Salad and it was fantastic!  I only ate 1/4 of it and Bob and I each had salad for dinner and I still have a bowl of salad left for another meal!!!  Their Asian Dressing was the best!

Carol had a Chicken Challah Club sandwich.  She only ate half and said it was very good too!

No, we didn't have dessert...unless you count a glass of wine!  More pictures tomorrow...but no more food pictures!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yep...I'm still here!

I know it's been awhile since I posted but I have been working on projects...I just can't show what I'm doing!   I beaded Mr. Blue's feet on Saturday and started on the binding for my 12"x12" challenge squares that are due in September.  I also played with some stencils last week, which was fun and I can show those!    I used commercial fat quarters pieces I found to paint.  I have some ideas for these but will show those later.

I used and Indigo fabric paint on these and Golden Fluid acrylic brown(s) below.

This week will be what else is new!  Today, I'm headed off to have lunch with my friend, Joan, then we're going to the movies to see 'Dunkirk'!   I'm not big on war movies but poor Joan has sat through some of my strange movies I like, so it's her turn to pick!  I hear the movie is good...I just don't like sad parts in movies.
I'm more of a mystery or horror movie kind of gal!  In fact, my DIL Kris and grandson, Nick, are planning to go see 'Annabelle2'!!  How's that for a horror movie.  I think it comes out August 11th or around that time.  Now to try and work around their schedule...between work, football and entertaining we may have to get it on Red Box to watch!  HA

Wednesday is time with kids and Friday I'm headed to Cranbrook Art Museum with my bud, Carol, to see the exhibit of Alexander Girard - a designer who headed up the textile and fabric division of Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan.  You can go to the link and see some of his work.  Of course, Carol and I will have lunch and talk...lots...that's what we do best!  It's hard to be me and be so busy!  But I wouldn't have it any other way!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happy 18th BD, Amber!

That's my girl!!!  I still can't believe  she is 18....but Amber is turning into a wonderful young lady!

 She had her BD family celebration this past weekend.  Kris , Amber's mom,  had their dining room table set up with Amber's favorite items, Starbucks!  The entire table was full of coffee, Starbucks cups, a bedazzled sweatshirt from Starbucks....on and on!

Check out the sweatshirt!!!  How cool is that....

I thought this was so clever!!!   Great job by Kris for sure!!!

Of course, it's not fitting unless you have dessert!  And those were also on the table!  Kris had Starbucks cup holders around the cupcakes!  How clever is that!!

Kris always outdoes herself in making birthday's special!

Amber received this beautiful bracelet from her other grandma.

 And I think she enjoyed her money pad and balloons

Kris brought out a cupcake with a candle in it!  She did think about placing 18 candles in it but decided against it!  HA

  Of course, Kris and Darrin outdid themselves as usual with a fantastic meal.  I'm also so anxious to start eating  I forget to take a pic of the fabulous food!  Darrin smoked chicken wings, sweet bacon strips and pulled pork (along with his home made BBQ sauce, which is delicious!!).  Kris made tomato/balsamic salad, cheesy potatoes, corn on the cob,  large fruit and veggie bowls, taco salad, cornbread....yum, yum, yum!!!

What a wonderful day celebrating with family and see this next milestone in Amber's life!!!  So glad we can be part of her life!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nursery Rhyme Challenge

First, I need to explain the Nursery Rhyme theme for the online Art Quilters Around the World challenge.  We take turns selecting a theme and this time it was Christine Lee's turn and here is her explanation:
'Nursery Rhyme'
"Illustrate your own amusing reason for an author to have written what he /she did. ie was little jack Horner a naughty boy and was sent into the corner as punishment?  Did another egg push Humpty Dumpty off the wall?"
Christine Lee

Before I show my finished quilt, check out a cartoon I found on FaceBook!  It sure hit Cristine's theme!    Cute, isn't it!  

I've always enjoy Theodor Seuss Geisel's , a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, books...who hasn't!, so I thought I would start researching some of his stories and try to figure out why he wrote some stories/books.    In doing that research, I found out that  Mr. Geisel was asked to write a reading primer for children.  The thought back in 1956-57 was primers (e.g. Dick and Jane primers) were boring and made learning a chore for children.  Who knew!  Not me...I grew up on Dick and Jane....but I digress!!    Mr. Geisel was asked to write a children's book/primer and he was given 250 words that he had to use in his book.  Hence, Mr. Geisel started with the first 2 words, which were...CAT and HAT!  Hence, The Cat in a Hat was born!!!  

 Here is my "The Cat who Taught Kids to Read"!

So that is where I started.  I transitioned Dick into becoming the CAT......

And poor Jane became Thing 1!

I've had this piece finished for several weeks just because it was so much fun to make!!!  I started off looking up  coloring pages of Dick and Jane as well as different images of the CAT and printed on paper to get some ideas on how to fit them in my quilt.  Here are Dick and Jane printed out on paper!

Of course, I had to draw some hair for Jane (or Thing 1!) and a hat and bow tie for Dick.  Once drawn up on fabric I just painted with textile paint. Then I printed out on fabric colored pics of Dick, CAT and Jane and painted over some areas with textile paint just so they looked a little brighter. 

I quilted the background fabric first then fused all the pieces and used buttonhole stitch (red pieces), straight stitch then free motion quilted all of the other areas.    This was another fun challenge!  Do stop over on the blog to see how the others created their Nursery Rhyme piece!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Getting ready for a birthday!

Nope, not my birthday but our grand daughter, Amber, turns 18 next Wednesday!  18!!!!  I can't believe it!!!  Amber's birthday party with family and friends is today!  Of course, Darrin is smoking his usual wonderful pulled pork and smoked chicken wings.  YUM...

Amber is at that age where it's hard to buy for her and she's quite the shopper or saver I should say.  She's always looking out for the best sale(s).  So, it's cash for her BD...but that's so boring and I'm tired of giving the gift what to do!  Google!!

And this is what I came up with!  You make a money pad!  I went to the bank and got 50 brand new one dollar bills.  Then I stopped and picked up a can of Plastic Dip!

Several layers of Plastic Dip are applied to the top of the pad (I used chipboard for front and back to hold the dollars together).    I won't go through step by step, if you're interested you can go to this link and see a video!   I used Bob's vice to hold the pad while applying layers of plastic dip.

And my finished money pad!  I made a cover for it...and the 50 reasons I wrote on each dollar bill!

Amber is a very caring young lady so it was pretty easy to come up with 50 reasons why I love her! e.g., you are beautiful, you are so considerate, you are so get the picture!

 She can just remove the dollars one by one!  How cool is that!

Next up I rolled some money around a skewer so it was rolled quite tight.  I place a roll inside a balloon then I blew up the balloon and tied it off!

Can you see the little roll of money!  I put a small piece of scotch  tape to hold it in shape.  There's only four of these!  I think Amber will be happy with her gifts and happier to be able to spend them!

The money pad is all wrapped up and the balloon dollars are tied to the bag!  We're all set for the party!  I'm picking up fresh corn from our local farmer this morning to take for dinner.  We love Weil Sweet Corn and today is their first day for the corn being ready!!  Can't wait!!!!    Good food, fun and family time!  Can't get better than that!