Life is Often Too Seriously Taken, so for that reason, I'm going to post a silly poem from time-to-time. These first several will each be taken from a small booklet entitled, Lighten Up! 100 Funny Little Poems, compiled and edited by Bruce Lansky.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Shady's T family - Grandchild #3

This little fellow is now 2 1/2 years old.

I drew this from a photo taken last June during our visit.

Matted and framed... ready to be a Christmas Present.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another Nursery Mural Update

There have been a couple of painting sessions since the last update.
Thought I'd document our progress here.


(Click on the photos to enlarge)

We anticipate being finished before too long...
and will probably coat the entire wall with a waterproofing of some sort.

A fun day in Des Moines with some Great Young People!

I posted on my garden blog, earlier.

Here's a cute video of these fun High School-ers! :-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Granddaughter Painting

Ah! This is not one done BY a granddaughter... this is one done OF a granddaughter - by me.

I began by using watercolor colored pencils.
This was taken Jan 22, 2009.
(I may have used a flash or a sunny day)
Outdoor Summer activities had me Not working on this at all.

However, in the meantime, I did take it to our local framing shop and had it double-matted.
I then took it to my daughter's home, where she added her wonderful calligraphy.

So, to make a long story short...

... this Christmas present is a two-person labor of love!

You will notice that I've added a few final touches with an almost dry brush loaded with water!

(And the photos were taken in the dining room, no artificial light, on an overcast morning. So I lightened them via the computer. It really is on white paper with a bright, white mat.)

It goes downtown for framing today. :-)

Friday, November 6, 2009

'Crazy For You' Quilt instructions

“Crazy for You”

Materials needed:

These blocks are to be made from a wonderful collection of your favorite fabrics, trims and laces! It will take approximately a total of 3 yards to make 20 blocks.

Note: Please read all the instructions before you begin to cut and sew.

Because you will be drawing the pattern on muslin, you will want to use a fabric pen that makes marks that disappear only during a washing. Work to make the marks visible on the reverse side as well.

Cutting the fabric:

Foundation piecing is easiest if you have smaller pieces with which to work. You can begin by cutting the fabric into 3” x 8” pieces. You will be able to see what works best for you. (I often sew a couple of small scraps together to make a larger piece when necessary.)

Constructing the blocks:

Step 1: It is best to work on one block at a time.

Step 2: Place the fabric on the “back” (lesser visible marks) of the block. When you sew, you will turn the block over and sew on the marks you have drawn.

Step 3: Place a piece of quilt fabric over the #1 area. It must extend over the lines by ¼”. (The fabric you have chosen for #1 will be laid with the wrong side down and the right side facing you.)

Step 4: Note the position of the #2 area. Select a piece of fabric that will cover the entire area plus the ¼” on each side (you will probably use a piece quite a bit larger, that will be trimmed after being sewn). Lay this fabric face down on top of the #1 piece, matching the edges that overlap the sewing line indicated by the arrow and a number 2. Pin the fabric below this line, out of the way of your stitching.

Step 5: Turn the block over, and stitch on the #2 line; stitching from the beginning of the line to the end. You don’t need to backstitch, but do not trim the threads too short.

Step 6: Turn the square over to the top side. Unfold the second fabric to lay over area #2 and press with your iron. You will trim the second piece of fabric to be ¼” over each side of the shape. (I fold back the muslin foundation along each sewing line (one at a time) on each side of the #2 area.

Step 7: Using a marked straight edge ruler, cut the new fabric ¼” away from each sewing line. Be very careful NOT to cut the muslin foundation block!

Step 8: After trimming all sides of piece #2, lay down the block (you now have two pieces of fabric sewn to your block) and select fabric to cover area #3. Repeat steps 4 – 8.

Step 9: You will select, sew, and trim each different fabric piece to cover your muslin foundation block, areas 4 – 13, in the same manner.

Step 10: Trim the excess fabric so that the block measures 8 ½” square. Press the block carefully.

Step 11: Sew the blocks together in the design of your choice. They can be sewn directly together, side by side to make strips. Then sew the strips together, pinning to match the corners. Or sashing (coordinating fabric) can be sewn between the blocks and strips of blocks.

Borders: If you decide to put borders on your quilt top, it is best to use two layers of fabric. That will give all your quilt the same body and weight.

Finishing: Layer the quilt with batting and backing. The quilt can be tied, and hand- or machine-quilted. For a flatter look, it is not necessary to put batting between the quilt top and the backing. Enjoy!!

Quilt Layout:

Crib --- Finished size: 36” x 44” (20 blocks sewn together without sashing) with a 2” border

Need: 1 yard of fabric for border and binding

Cut: 4 – 5” x 44” strips for border

4 – 2 ½“ x 44” strips for binding

Sew: Fold all border pieces in half to measure 2 ½” before sewing onto quilt edges. This will provide the same thickness of fabric as that of the blocks.

Twin --- Finished size: 72” x 88” (80 blocks sewn together without sashing) with a 4” border.

Need: 3 yards of fabric for border and binding

Cut: 8 – 9” x 44” strips for border

8 – 2 ½“ x 44” strips for binding

Sew: Join border strips end to end. Fold all border pieces in half to 4 ½” before sewing onto quilt edges, to provide the same thickness of fabric as that of the blocks.

Queen --- Finished size: 92” x 108” (120 blocks sewn together without sashing) and 6” border.

Need: 5 yards fabric for border and binding

Cut: 10 – 13” x 44” strips for border

10 - 2 ½” x 44” strips for binding

Sew: Join border strips end to end. Fold all border pieces in half to 6 ½” before sewing on the edges. This will provide the same thickness of fabric as that of the blocks.

NOTE: If sashing is added between blocks, adjustment as to the number of blocks needed for each quilt (and its size) must be made.

Note: I scanned the quilt block below. There are two lines around the outside edge of the block. The inside line is the stitching line and the outside is the trim line (where you cut the excess fabric from the block). Each block will be 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" (measure from one outside edge to the opposite outside edge).