And so it begins

This is probably only interesting to…well…me….but, printing has begun: 

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(My trusty Photosmart 8250 printing front covers)

I’m still proofreading (mom found a few things, not the least of which is some punctuation issues…), and I still have photographs to add in.  I took some samples outside (70 plus degrees today!) and had a photo shoot.

Look!  It’s green out there!

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And here, how about a sneak peek at one of the designs from the new book:

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This one is called Hanging Hearts.

I’ve shown off the cover in a past post, but here’s a closeup of the picture that’s on the cover.  This design is called Corkscrews.

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The quilt itself is a pattern by my friends Miki and Diane who designed it just for me!  As soon as I have pattern ordering information I’ll be sure to share!

In addition to finishing the book, I’m trying to spend time today getting things ready to take orders.  I just love messing around with website stuff.  Ugh.  Everything takes twice as long as think it ought to, and I know just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to be really efficient. 

Well, time to eat something and then back to work.   I may have to go change into a t-shirt (and shorts?)!

Big Fat Tears

Why am I crying?

Well, first are the tears of sadness. I went to see the movie Bridge to Terabithia last night.  I didn’t even bother to try to wipe away the big fat tears rolling down my face.  I recently read the book, and I thought the movie was a beautiful adaptation of a wonderful story.

Second are the tears of joy.  The book is nearly done.  I have some photographs to add and a little bit more proofreading to do.  I have definitely taken it down to the wire, but I think I’m going to make it.  This is one of the reasons why I like the fact that I am printing them on my own, and printing them on demand.  I do wish I had made myself stick to the schedule I made several months ago.  I intended to be done with this part close to 3 weeks ago.  A lesson for the future….

And last — the start of the running eyes thanks to the fact that it is Spring!  I’ll try not to complain too much yet about my allergies, because I am very much enjoying seeing the green grass and feeling warm again.  My husband is actually wearing shorts today!

We started talking about a summer vacation today.  We are thinking about the Grand Canyon and other points of interest in Arizona.  We are contemplating a cheap flight into Las Vegas and a rental car.  Mark wants to see Hoover Dam, and I know that we could probably spend at least 2 weeks exploring.

OK, I’ve got to get back to work, but thought I’d post a quick update.  After staring at the computer for hours working on the book, I haven’t had the energy to try to post anything on the blog.  You should be hearing from me more this week, though….maybe even with actual quilt and art related content!

A Treasure

My 85 year old grandmother has had to move into a nursing home.  I am helping my mom, my aunt, and my grandma sort through Grandma’s apartment and decide what to keep, what to toss, and what to sell.  I have come home with a few treasures, one of which I wanted to share just because it’ll bring a smile.  It’s completely out of season, but that’s OK:

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The idea came from a preschool project.  We made several of these for Christmas in 2003.

I think we had a lot of fun making them, but that was a long time ago, and I might be remembering the project with rose colored glasses.  I think I got the wooden trays at Hobby Lobby.  I was just looking at the big bottle of blue paint in a drawer, wondering why I had purchased it — now I remember!  I think I probably let them do nearly all of the painting.  I think all I painted was the bottom of their feet so that they could do the print.

The book is going well, but still lots and lots to do to get it finished.

I’d better get back to it….

Another page done

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Turquoise "T" on Two-color fabric with Twin circles

I Trapped Tangled Threads with Tulle and did some Threadplay on Top.  (Actually I did bobbin work, as the Thread I wanted to use is Turquoise Kreinik metallic blending filament, which I didn’t think would work coming through the needle).

The fabric was layered with Two layers of Totally Stable stabilizer (a Sulky product).

Some of the "T"s were on purpose, some I only realized after I got going like the Twin circles or the fact that the name of the stabilizer started with a "T"…)

The color is much prettier in person.  I still need to attach these to the appropriate places in Marilyn’s book, and will get it in the mail next week.

ABC RR Pages for Marilyn

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This post is a copy of what I posted on the ABC Round Robin blog that we are using to keep track of what our group is doing.  (Which can be found here if you are interested.  I should put a link in my list of links, I guess.)

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I’m still contemplating what I’m doing for my second letter in
Marilyn’s book, but I wanted to show off the front and back of what I
did for the letter "P" for her book. In all honesty, I’m not sure yet
which is the front and which is the back….

I’m particularly fond of wordplay and being clever, although I hope it isn’t too silly.

Make note of plaid, pink, poetry, polka-dots, pocket….the pink background is painted paper…

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are 3 printed poems in the pocket (which is made of two layers of polka-dot
fabric and a layer of Peltex interfacing). I might add more poems, just
haven’t picked any others yet. I was trying to see if there is a shade
of green that has a "P" name, haven’t found one yet…LOL.

Are the blue letters and brads Powder blue?  I don’t think they are Periwinkle, but they might be Persian blue.

Oh wait — what about Persian Green or Pine Green?

I told you I was silly…..VBG