Friday, May 25, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

Stayed up way too late last night.  Pouring over the giveaways on SewMamaSew and finally subscribing to quilting blogs.  

I mean, I read some of them regularly, but I hadn't subscribed to most before.  Now I have.

What a week this has been. 

Lots of cleaning, organizing and clearing out; lots of cooking; a fair amount of sewing.  

After last weeks teaser with acrylic paints for cultural projects, I truly felt the need to sew, which means, play with color and fabrics!  That and the fact I'm missing our monthly meeting of the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild because of my appointment with the orthopedic doc.  The ONLY available appointment until mid-June I might add.  Had to take it. 

This is Peace, Love & Happyness baby quilt, which, when I started it, was for a yet-to-be-born girl known as BabyBenson3, or B3.

The pale aqua center block that doesn't show so well :( is a scrap of fabric from a bag I made BabyBird that says "friend" "love" "hug" and has tiny, tiny hearts.  I wanted B3 to be surrounded by love and peace. 

Of course, the offset square-in-square layout I intended just wasn't working, so I rearranged, kept pieces up on my design wall, and let it be until ...  Well, until Wednesday.  And now this quilt has a 'heart line' leading to and right next to that most important block.

And these are raggedy square-in-square blocks for Margaret's Hope Chest.

All from my piles.  I NEVER, in a million years, would've thought red, yellow, and purple would look good together.  

But, here's the proof.  These are just random blocks for the good ladies in MI to assemble later this summer.

I like that they're big - 9.5".  I can easily see making more of these with BabyBird and BigP as our summer sewing project.    

Only 5 days left of school!!  Less time in the car means more time for sewing!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cultural Projects - Research or Art?

Cultural projects are due.  Actually past due.  Sigh.  But they are really getting into their chosen research topics.  BabyBird = Coral Reefs; BigP = Jellyfish.  I purchased their tri-fold boards from Target yesterday afternoon.  They wanted blue since their topics were water related.  Target had white.  Solution?  Paint!  

They (we) had a painting session last night.  Good thing I've been stockpiling acrylic paints.  :)  Messy.  Fun.  Creative.  Invigorating.  All of us want to do more!  I can't decide which part of this project they've enjoyed more - the research or the art?  But it doesn't really matter, does it?


Jellyfish background.

Coral Reefs background.

Bella and Khaki checking out the "water".