Monday, February 28, 2011

February Monochromatic Challenge

Judy of Patchwork Times has a monthly Monochromatic Challenge.  February's color was Violet.  Here's my entry.  It looks a little off kilter in the picture but it really is square.  Have fun looking at the other entries.

The color for March is Brown - another favorite of mine.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Hex Progress

Funny how you can work diligently all day long and not have a lot to show for it.  I spent a major portion of yesterday cutting out 560 hex templates.  It doesn't look like much when it only fills a sandwich bag.  Today, I plan to cut squares of purple fabric so I can make purple flowers for my bedspread.  I'm finally admitting to myself that's what it's going to be.  But it's going to take awhile to piece it together.  It's gotten big enough now so that working on it for hours doesn't show much progress.  I did manage to get to JoAnn's to purchase more white fabric and made a bunch of white hexagons.  They're not as fun to make as the colored ones but necessary to make this Grandmother's Flower Garden look totally awesome.  Here's my progress:

I took a couple of pictures of the zentangle I drew yesterday to show what changing the angle/direction can do.  I think it's pretty cool.

Ginger has been patiently watching all this:

I had my granddaughter Tina (I think that's her online name) overnight Saturday.  She wanted to make a pair of arm warmers.  We made them out of pink fleece fabric.  It was a little difficult for a first project (casings, elastic) than what I had planned but it's what she wanted.  And they did turn out pretty good.  I forgot to take pictures.  Next time we'll work on something simpler.  Luke is visiting next weekend and we'll be working on doll blankets.

Hope you had a good weekend.

--  Pat  --

Friday, February 25, 2011

I am clueless...

I thought we were supposed to have a little rain or an inch of snow.  I have plans.  One of my granddaughters is supposed to come stay overnight with me.  I mean really...this is ridiculous.  8-12 inches?!  You've got to be kidding!  I've got errands to run... fabric shopping, grocery shopping, gas the car... well at least I was able to make it to my dentist appointment.  But that's it!  We can only hope 'the sun'll come out tomorrow!?'

I guess I'll just 'force' myself to work on hexies instead.

I started to piece the hexies together yesterday and this is what I have so far.  I think I'm really going to love it.

I've cut the remainder of the white fabric that I have and need to buy more.

Hope you're having a good, safe day.

--  Pat  --

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Challenge #10 The Space Between

This week's I am the diva's challenge was to explore the space between our tangles - leave some white space.  This was difficult for me because I usually try to fill all the space within the drawn square with as many tangles as possible.  Here's what I came up with.  It makes me think of someone leaping for joy.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Monday, February 21, 2011

Two birds with one stone.

I have a list of things that I'd like to try and managed to cross off two this morning by creating a fabric postcard with Zentangle Inspired Art. (ZIA).  There are some things I'd do differently next time but I'm reasonably happy with it.

1st postcard

I worked on the 501 Project yesterday.  The following are the blocks I was able to complete.

top left/right  Flower Pot     bottom left:  Broken Dishes    bottom right:  Crossed Squares

More hexies:

Zentangle/ZIA:  This isn't the first time I've used hexagons as a template for the tangles.  I love the secondary patterns.

Hope you're having a good day.

--  Pat  --

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Where to start?

More hexies:

Check out Bumble Beans Inc. for instructions to make the following hex flowers.  I haven't tried them yet.  These are Victoria's.


Monochromatic Challenge:  (Violet)

I've put the binding on since I took this picture but it came out puckery at the bottom.  I think I'm going to re-do it.  I still have until the end of the month to finish it for the challenge.  I'm also having a problem taking a photo that shows the true colors.  Even when I tinker with the color settings, it still comes out darker than it is.  Maybe I can get a better picture when the sun is out and it's finished.

Today is 501 Project Day.  I guess I'd better get off this computer and get to work.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Friday, February 18, 2011

Scraps & more

I've accumulated quite a few scraps over the last little while and have planned to make fabric with them.  Today was the day to start.  Here's what I got done in two hours:

They're 8 1/2 inches.  I thought that would be a good size since I don't know what I'll use them for.

I played around with some Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA),  trying to draw something other that just square designs.  Playing around with the different tangles makes me feel like an artist.  I like how these two came out.

And I sewed some hex flowers: (surprise!)

Hope you're having a good day.

--  Pat  --

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Zentangle Challenge #9

For I am the diva's challenge this week, we were asked to include the new tangle 'Artoo' named for her son.  These are the Laura's directions.

I have to tell you that I'm not at all talented when it comes to drawing plants or anything that looks at all real.  So my entry is very simple.  I think I should have made the pod a little fatter.  I'll have to do more practice.

I am however becoming quite good at making hex flowers.  They're the only 'quilty' thing I've done lately.

I've been trying to make them more flower like - six same colored petals around a different color center.  I pinned some of the others from the last couple of weeks together and found that the flower pattern got lost with the various colored hexes.

I have 123 flowers so far.

Hope you're having a good day.  I went to the dentist for 3 fillings.  New dentist - no pain.  Just the way I like it.

--  Pat  -- 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Work to the list....

- pay bills  -- done
- laundry  -- done
Zentangle Challenge -- done
- purple paper-pieced hearts  -- done
- photos  -- done
- upload & blog  - almost done

For this week's I am the diva's Zentangle Challenge, we were to create a heart using two of the previous challenges.  I chose 'Eyes Wide Shut' and Ixorus.  We were also asked to send out good thoughts for Artoo, Laura's son, who was in the hospital with pneumonia.  He's now home after five days.  Here's my submission:

I've finished the purple paper-pieced hearts I need for the Monochromatic Challenge.  I'm going to work it into a wall hanging.  The color was violet this month but we could use a white, cream or black to accent.  I like what I have so far.

It's been a very productive day.  Now let's get back to hexies.

Here are the flowers I sewed yesterday.

Here are a few of my favorites:

So far I don't have any two that are the same.

Hope you had a good day too.

--  Pat  --

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Unhealthy Obsession?

Hexies!  On Monday, I cut 840 templates.  On Tuesday, I continued sewing fabric on those templates.  On Wednesday, I sewed some hexies into flowers.  On Thursday, I'm blogging about hexies and looking forward to sewing more flowers.  Hmmmm!  

I haven't drawn a zentangle.  I haven't started on the doll blankets I promised the grandchildren.  I haven't started the monochromatic wallhanging.  I haven't tried to make a house block or a fabric postcard or a dresden plate or a grandmother's fan or an artscape or 501 blocks or take decent pictures...or...or......  Oh well.  Maybe tomorrow.  Today more hex flowers.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Sunday, February 6, 2011

501 Project Day

I worked all day on the 501 Project and pieced the following blocks:

top left:  Birthday Cake    top right:  The Double Square
bottom left:  Country Checkers    bottom right:  Crown of Thorns

And two zentangles:

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's in the genes...

My oldest granddaughter is going to be 15 in two weeks.  How did that happen?  For her birthday she asked if I would take her to JoAnn's to shop.  (her mom is not crazy about fabric shopping)   Of course, being the wonderful, talented, creative grandma that I am, I jumped at the chance.  We went today and spent a bundle.  We figure sewing, crafting and love of fabric is in our genes.  We went for lunch afterwards.  Jess is a great girl to be around.  I really enjoyed spending time with her and I think she enjoyed it too.  After shopping, I drove her home and spent the afternoon visiting with the rest of the family.  Did I tell you I love having them live up this way again?!

I've been working furiously on hexies.  I finished all the yellows, reds, pinks, and greens I had and have started on the blues.  Based on the number of templates I've cut, I'm guessing I have close to 1000 finished. After the blues, I want to do more yellows, oranges and purples.  I bought more yellow and purple fabrics today.  I forgot to buy orange.  Oh well, I guess I'll have to force myself to go shopping again!

I've only done two zentangles in the past two days because I've been on the 'hexie' kick.

Hope you're having a good weekend.  And safe too!  We're having freezing rain at the moment.  I was glad to get home before it got too bad.

--  Pat  --

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Zentangle Challenge #7

Laura's I am the diva Zentangle Challenge #7 was to 'Breathe' - to pay attention to our breathing - in and out - relax as we draw our zentangles.  I wish I could say that there's some big backstory to the two zentangles that I did for this challenge but there's really not.

I feel like most of my zentangles look the same and am trying to 'branch out' by using different strings.  I'm so envious of other zentangles that I've seen in the challenges.  There are a lot of tangles, I want to try.  To see other zentangles in this challenge, visit I am the diva.  Amazing!

On the quilting front, I finished 4 more blocks for the 501 Project.  I cut out six blocks on Sunday and put two of them together.  I cut most of the remaining fabric into 2 1/2 inch squares to be used for my hexies.  However when I got to the last two blocks, I realized that I was missing a couple of pieces.  I didn't have any  yellow fabric pieces large enough to cut what I needed so I sewed a couple of pieces together to get the size I needed.  I guess that's why they call this piecing?!

left:  Cat's Cradle    right:  Chinese Block Quilt

left:  Coffin Star    right:  Cross Roads

The weather has been extreme the past couple of days and I wasn't able to babysit my little granddaughter this week. (sob)  I babysit on Tues. and Weds. but for the past 4 weeks we've had snow or sleet and freezing rain causing either a bad commute or cancellation.  Why does it have to snow on 'my days'?

I cut strips/squares from all the fabrics in my 'red and pink' box and have been working on hexies in those colors.  I realized last night that I'll have to cut colors from another box today.  They sure look pretty so far.  I'm resisting sewing them together into flowers until I have more colors to choose from.

I've decided to join in on Judy Laquidara's Monochromatic Challenge.  Last month's color was yellow and  I didn't join in for two reasons:  1) I'm not crazy about yellow  2) I have commitment issues.  However, there's no firm commitment required and this month's color is violet (purple's my favorite color) so I thought I'd give it a try.  The selling point for me is that it doesn't have to be a quilt.  It can be anything.  So, stay tuned for 'monochromatic violet'.

Hope you have a good day (in spite of the weather).

--  Pat  --