Monday, September 24, 2012

Group Challenge and Eagle's Lake Finish

Once a year within our local Guild, The Cane Cutters, we have a challenge using one fabric-any pattern.  I especially enjoy coming up with a design using only my stash to coordinate and using as many colors as possible from the "one" fabric chosen.  Amazing how one piece of fabric evolves to so many different ideas. I am already looking forward to next year.

What a perfect time to reveal our quilts -- the beginning of Fall (unfortunately 90 degree weather here)-- the outside borders on my quilt above is the focus fabric.  I sprinkled it throughout the quilt, using rusts, yellows, dusty blues, greens and my Eagle's Lake Pattern, through Black Cat Creations.  This pattern comes together quickly with very little waste and is now my third color variation -- did I already mention "Quick"? Yep, it sure is worth mentioning twice.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Batik Scraps and New Camera

After rearranging my sewing room to accommodate my new Gammill, the scrap bins had to be reduced.  I have a huge box of batik pieces -- several are brights.  I dug out one of my favorite background fabric -- black Kona's -- I like anything Kona  -- nothing highlights the main affair like a contrasting solid.  So far I have twelve bright beauties.

I am also busy on the Gammill with new projects.  When I get tired of standing, I sit and piece through the batiks.  I am anxious to see how long I can piece from the scraps before I have to cut into a fat quarter.

I have also treated myself to a new camera --- most of the time my TV is on the USA, TNT or A&E channels -- but a little channel surfing landed me on QVC's special of the day.  When they showed the difference between the "phone camera" photos (that I use a lot) and their photos -- hey, no brainer.  I am not much of a researcher when it comes to non-sewing gadgets, so this was perfect.

Of course, the camera only works when it is used -- so I need a bigger purse.  Hmmmm, I think a little more shopping is necessary.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Post Isaac and Finish

 A Finish!  Dusty Blues, snowballs and pinwheels.  
 A close-up.
Shhhhhh!  Don't wake up my rubber duckies - so serious.  I understand my great niece, Jolie slept during the storm and never knew anything came along.  

To all my family and friends, the eye of Isaac sat over us for several hours, however those to the East took on the brunt of the water while he sat nearly stationary.  There will be many months of recovery in those areas.  Here in Houma, we were out of electricity a couple of days, then the internet and cable returned -- and today we no longer have to boil our water.  Nothing we could not handle -- but my heart sure goes out to those who have lost so much. 

I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times (another gal from Louisiana) for her Design Monday -- aaahhh normalcy!