Monday, March 26, 2018

Catch Up



It’s been a while since I last wrote an article for Lanetta’s Creations. So much has happened over the past few months.

I totally missed my February “promise” – I haven’t quilted the scrappy Veteran’s quilt. I did get the border put on, but moved on to another promised quilt for a friend out of her grandmother’s clothes. It’s not finished. I need more to finish its border and haven’t yet made the time to pick them up!

So many projects to finish…

I haven’t written/updated, the Journey in the Yolk Yard either! And, we brought home the baby chicks on March 16th! Another badly needed update! During the interim, I have posted pictures and semi-updates on the new Facebook page, Yolk Yard, if anyone cares to see what we’ve been doing.



As I shared on Lanetta’s Creations Facebook page, I did try the “Double Layer Slice Cake” pattern with the lovely fabric (Front Porch) I purchased while working at the Dallas Quilt Show a few weeks ago. After making the blocks with Trey’s twist (cutting both times 3.5” rather than in half on the second round of cutting), I just don’t like it! I haven’t yet sewn the blocks together because I couldn’t get the blocks arranged on my design board that I found pleasing. I’m not used to such big pieces.

I’m thinking about cutting them once again on the diagonal and sewing back together. Maybe that will better suit my fancy.

But, the new design/attempt has to wait a bit.

I have a custom order I need to get done. It’s making 18 pillowcases out of men’s t-shirts. The t-shirts have arrived!!! Now, to just get them cut out and stitched up and mailed! I’m waiting on a rainy day – which hopefully will be tomorrow or the next day if the prediction is correct.

What are you working on?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Whirlwind Week!



It’s been one of those roller coaster weeks we all have from time to time. The ups and downs of emotions that can overwhelm even the strongest willed.

But, it is what it is.

We move forward.

I must move forward.

I need to get back to my sewing room! It’s been over a month! The weather is getting a bit warmer so it shouldn’t take long to heat up the room.

I need to get the border on this 1080 pieces Veteran's quilt…


Then get it quilted! This will be my “February” quilt.

I WILL keep my promise!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Yard Art Plan



The yard art plan ~ every tree with a large enough branch will have a macramé project hanging, blowing in the wind. This is the first one out…



Several more are ready, including those I shared last week.

I have one in the window on the spring rod under construction! And, I have enough cording for one more. Then I will stop. I have to stop myself! This is so addictive!

I’m easily obsessed / entertained when it comes to learning something new!

I haven’t forgotten about the hand embroidery Chicken project! I started February before leaving Dallas and haven’t touched it since I’ve been home. That will change once the last macramé project is completed – which should be today!

Setting a 2018 goal of severely limiting my time on Facebook has been the best thing I could have ever done! I’m finding myself much more productive, and a lot less moody! Oh, and also, clicking that “unfollow” key on several folks has certainly helped as well!

Anyway, according to this morning’s 10-day forecast, it’s going to be a little longer before I will heat up the sewing room, or we start constructing the chicken coop. That’s okay. I’m keeping busy! 


How are you keeping busy?


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Macramé Police


Last week I wrote about my Comfort Zone and how I planned on learning some new crafty type things. Well…

If there is such a thing as Macramé Police, they are going to be all over me for my first two project attempts! That’s okay. I’ll handle them, just like I’ve handled the “Quilting Police”!!!

The simple act of tying knots… who would have thought! This first one, I sort of followed along a video. Melissa at the “Crafty Ginger” channel makes it look so easy. She works her hands and fingers with such grace! I’ve found it mesmerizing to watch!  
 

I was all thumbs! Literally!

I used clothesline rope (I love the Dollar Store!) on a spring rod in my window. I quickly learned to adjust the height as I worked the project! Goodness! It will give a good workout to the shoulders! Lowering and raising, adjusting where I needed, worked beautifully!


Although Melissa’s video said “beginner” – I couldn’t get the knots going right. I’m thankful I also had also found Andy Newcom on the Hallmark channel. He SLOWLY shows the four basic knots. So helpful!


This second one, I did my own thing… focusing on balance. I need lots more practice to get the angle designed better aligned and balanced.  

Personally, I think they are lovely as is, but will be even more so after I embellish with beads and fabric scraps and feathers and buttons and whatever else I can think of adding! I will share final photos, when they are out in the yard… sending out Whispers in the Wind!

Over the past week I’ve done a couple of small weaving projects as well! Since the loom I’m currently working with is small, of course they will be small! 


Using the fabric strips I’ve saved over time while making quilts (I can’t toss out hardly anything), I created these cuties! 

I’m ready to get some cardboard and make a longer loom!

Perfect projects to do while it’s cold outside!

What are you doing this winter?

Friday, January 5, 2018

Back Home!



Back home and ready to get busy! What am I saying? I have been busy, just not sewing!

It will be a while before I get to the sewing room… it’s 32 degrees F in there! I do have an electric heater, but I’d rather do other things like I wrote about the other day in Comfort Zone!

Also, I need to make a supply list… for the Yolk Yard! And, read on my new book!

Just before leaving Dallas yesterday (after being there since December 21st), I decided once I got back to the country, I would suspend activity on Facebook for a while. Although I enjoy keeping up with my friends, I’ve spent too much time and need to take a break from social media.

Receiving emails are wonderful.
Reading comments left here are fabulous!

Go ahead, make my day!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Comfort Zone


Sewing is my comfort zone. I love to sew. I love making quilts. I’m ready, however, to venture beyond the comfort zone!



It’s really a growing desire to explore different types of things to create, using different mediums. It’s exciting just thinking about it!

This is in addition to the monthly veteran’s quilt I promised myself I will create. I’m not forgetting my promise!

It is also a want to learn how to do more things well by utilizing the “stuff” I already have on hand. Over the years I’ve gone through phases, putting aside started projects and moving on, but never tossing it out.

I recently began (finally) the hand embroidery project, a pattern series bought about 15 years ago at the International Quilt Show in Houston. I came across it when organizing for the move into my dedicated sewing room! Because we plan the adventure of keeping chickens this spring, it’s perfect timing to get it done!  


Since it’s taken me about a week to accomplish “January” I’ll probably not pursue hand embroidery further once the next 11 pieces are completed! At least, not anytime soon! I remembered quickly how finger/thumb numbing holding the needle very long at a time can be! Changing it up, doing other things does help to get it done. But it’s not that pleasurable.

While currently having access to unlimited bandwidth, I have explored various creative sites on Youtube. I watched a few on knitting, and tried my hand ~ AGAIN ~ but got too frustrated ~ AGAIN!

I still can’t see the difference between a knit row and the purl row. As long as I don’t put it down, I can keep on switching back and forth – knit a row, purl a row. But once I stop at the end of a row, then pick it back up later – forget it! Something is just not clicking. At least, I have a small imperfect coaster now!

Oh, and while at Walmart last week, I bought myself a 10” weaving loom! Similar to this one I just found on Amazon.

NOTE: The included booklet is printed for a young person with good eyesight. I’ve tried several strengths of reading glass to no avail so I turned back to Youtube for help… success!

I quickly discovered I love to weave! I can hardly wait to do some fancy things with various types of yarn (even spinning my own roving!) and scraps of fabric I have in my stash! From the weaving projects I want to make Prayer Flags to catch the Whispers in the Wind.

Then I remembered “macramé”!

I briefly thought about teaching myself macramé during the rage in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, but it never really caught my interest.

I’m so thankful for today’s Youtube! Macramé banners will make perfect Prayer Flag projects to add an assortment of beads and items along the ropes and knots. A great purpose for that stash of mine!

In the wee early hours this morning, I stumbled across Shayda Campbell’s Youtube channel. A Canadian living in Iceland teaching us all who want to learn hand lettering, how to illustrate, paint with watercolors and pens, and draw, and so much else! I love her clean, crisp inspirational blog as well!

I’m excited!!!!

Will you be trying something new?


Monday, January 1, 2018

I Am Woman!



Happy New Year!

I’m so thankful 2018 is here! I am full of hope it will be a marvelous year! It is my wish for everyone reading this that you also will have a grand new year!

I have a feeling this year will bring major changes, but not focus. No matter what happens, I am strong. I will overcome any challenges that may come my way.

I have faith.
I have will power.

I Am Woman!

I’m spending this day preparing the 2018 to-do list I love to create! I could not function well at all without my lists. This is the way I stay focus on priorities.

Time gets away from me. I don’t want to waste a precious moment. Life is too short!

Hug someone today!
Cause someone to smile!
Be at peace!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

On the Up Side



It’s now on the up side of the Winter Solstice! Once again, the days are getting longer. And, before we know it, this winter will be over! Spring is just around the corner!

The last time I posted, it was about the Promises I made to myself. I’m thrilled to report: I had the honor of covering three Veterans at the American Legion Post #116 Christmas Party!




Doing the math, I have one quilt finished/ready and safely stored (because I had 4 ready for the party but only 3 new Veterans attended)!


And, my friend’s quilt will be ready for the January’s Post meeting! We have 2 new members I’m hoping will attend!

Once I get back to the sewing room…

This is what 1080 pieces sewn together looks like! It’s called a “Beggars Quilt” or “Charm Quilt” and some call it a “Postage Stamp Quilt”. 


It’s taken me a little over a year to complete it thus far. I put a call out for scraps back in May 2016 in the article “Begging for the Beggar” and the response was overwhelming! Thank you again to my family and friends that now have a bit of their scraps in this quilt!

I quickly discovered, however, I can do just so much cutting (holding/using a rotary cutter) at one time and is why it’s taken me so long! I didn’t make it for the 2017 Dallas Quilt Show, but that’s okay.



With this quilt, I plan on covering a Veteran ~ not a member of our Post ~ but a member of our community. I’ve been acquainted with him for many years now. Back in March, his sought after advice meant the world to me and brought me inner peace I haven’t had since my daddy was called home. It’s past time I cover him.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Promises



Another month, flown by in the blink of an eye!

The original quilting machine and set up have left the building! We get our living room back and a new quilter begins her journey. Win-Win!

Although purchased in October 2016, the new machine and shorter frame in my dedicated sewing room has been set up since April 2017. I promised myself not to use it until the original was sold. I kept that promise.

Now I’m almost ready for a “Quilt Fest”!

The past few weeks I’ve been scrambling to get quilts done, to cover Veterans at our upcoming American Legion Post’s Christmas party in December. I’m on my 4th top and a friend is also making one for the cause. Soon I will have a quilt fest and get them all quilted using my new machine! I can hardly wait!




In October, I made another promise to myself… from now on I will make at least one Veteran’s quilt a month. I then will have spares for new members, or current members that come back to a meeting! Not to mention all the veterans in Lampasas County and beyond who need to be covered!

Because winter is coming, it will be an easy promise to keep. Maybe I can even push it to get more than one done per month, to carry me over the spring when it’s time to get back to yard work, and keeping chickens!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

First Full Day of Fall - 2017



Fall began yesterday afternoon. Already.

Finally.

I’m looking forward to cooler days, and praying for a bit of much needed rain.

Although September is National Sewing Month, something I’ve “celebrated” in years past with a daily blog article, this year caught me off guard!

I found their theme: “Sew for the Beauty of it” perplexing!



I don’t decide the theme. In partnership with the American Sewing Guild, National Sewing Month is presented by the Sewing & Craft Alliance. They make the decision of what to focus upon.

Back in the summer, I discovered the theme for 2017. It was then I began to ponder, gather, and prepare what I wanted to share throughout September. I love celebrating the act of sewing!

I found the prior years easy:


However, this year’s theme “Sew for the Beauty of it” was certainly thought provoking! It’s not easy!

I reached out to family and friends on Lanetta’s Creations Facebook page and a couple of groups, asking what “Sew for the Beauty of it” meant to them…

Some feedback I received:

Sherry answered:

Beauty of the craft, history, art, further generations, love, most is beauty of giving and making. And beauty of the heart that’s put into it.

Valarie wrote:

The beauty of the end result but also the beauty of the process that results in that end result. And can't forget the beauty of the souls who make crafts and share their art with others!

Linda shared:

One way it would have meaning to me is: The sewn project provides a visual time of pleasure in looking at the final result. During the sewing of an item… the touching of the fabric and putting the seams together brings satisfaction in the completion of an item.

Pat replied:

It would encourage me to sew for the sheer pleasure or beauty of the experience and for the pleasure of the finished project.


“Sew for the Beauty of it.” 
What does that phrase mean to you?
How would/do you sew for the beauty of it?

Bottom line, it’s subjective. It is what one brings to the table…

Most unusual for me, I’ve not had the motivation to sew but one time so far this month. That was when my sweet Momma came to visit. She was a huge help organizing a couple of tubs filled with fabric. 



I got the 11th and final drawstring backpack done and all mailed out for the kids at Marty Indian School in South Dakota.

Too much going on to focus, even for the beauty of it.







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