Thursday, March 31, 2011

Is today the day?

I've given clues for the Monochromatic Challenge - Brown project I've worked on this month and now for the big reveal.  What do tv, vcr, dvd player and roku have in common?  Remote controls!  Here's my remote control holder.  It has an extra slot for another control if needed later on.  Or it can be used for pens, pencils, glasses, or some other item I keep on the side table next to my chair.

For other Monochrome Challenge - Brown entries, go to Patchwork Times.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One? Flower Wednesday

Or two? Or three?  Today, I sewed three more purple hex flowers to add to my collection.  Enjoy!

Go to One Flower Wednesday to see more hex flowers.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I enjoy handwork

I'm finding that my Grandmother's Flower Garden is growing so large that it's no longer a 'take along' project.  But I still need something to do when I'm babysitting.  My friend, Gretchen of 120 Blocks is working on a project similar to my 501 Project but she's hand piecing all her blocks.  So taking her cue, today I took along the quilt block pieces for 'Black Spruce' and pieced it by hand during my down time.  I think it came out pretty good for the first time out.

left:  hand pieced  Black Spruce    right:  paper pieced house blocks

On Sunday, I tried paper piecing again.  I've been wanting to make some house blocks and found a few in the book '300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks' by Carol Doak.  I only made one mistake (on both).   I got a little over zealous in my trimming and cut off my quarter inch seam allowance.  I guess that's what happens when you try to do something from memory.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A tangling we will go

I've drawn a few Zentangle Impired Art (ZIA) to share.

I've used some tangles that I've never tried before - some more successful than others.  I was kinda bummed for a few days because I thought I'd lost my 'Totally Tangled' book by Sandy Bartholomew.  I looked everywhere for it.  I even called my mother to check if it was with the magazines I saved for her, who checked with her friend that she passed them along to, who checked with her daughter that she passed them along to.  But no luck.  When I woke up at 3am, I finally realized where it could be.  I found it down the side of the chair where I usually do my tangles.  I'm so glad I didn't order another copy.  Although that's usually when you find what you've lost.  Anyway, I'm glad I found it.  I have other zentangle books but I like this one the best.

Hope you have a good Saturday.

--  Pat  --

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My new best friend?

Last week I purchased this rowing machine.

It arrived yesterday.  It didn't take long to put together except for the part where I was a little dense and made one step harder than it was.  I'm ashamed to say that after reaching my goal weight on Weight Watchers last summer, I've gained a portion of it back.  But I'm back with the program now and have been wanting to start an exercise program that would help to keep the weight off, get rid of my belly, tone my arms etc. etc.  Anyway, rowing machines are supposed to be a total body workout as well as aerobic.  So I checked on the internet and searched for some ideas for a good workout.  It boils down to about 40 minutes, lowest resistance, blah, blah, blah.  So I sat down last night to try it out for the first time.  After one minute, I was breathing heavy and some of my muscles were burning.  I think I have a little way to go.  Today, I rowed one minute, thirty seconds.  Progress. That's okay.  Any exercise I can do sitting down and watching movies is the exercise for me.  I like it.

I was heading to my son's house yesterday and saw 5 swans out on the lake.  I took a few pictures but only one came out somewhat clearly.

I worked on my GFG last night, sewing white hexes around the edges.  I'm still working in the round.  At some point, I'll have to square it off but for now this works.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I thought I'd join in on the fun hosted by Karen of Journey of a Quilter.  All you have to do is make one hex flower per week and post it on Wednesday.  Pop on over to see other flowers done this week.

I don't have many purple flowers in my collection.  This will make a great addition.

Have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Challenge #14 I Walk the Line

This week's challenge from I am the diva was to draw our Zentangle or Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) using only straight lines.  No ovals, no curves, just straight lines (or as straight as you can draw them).  I did a number of drawings before I found one I was happy with.  While this was an interesting challenge, I have to admit that I miss working with curves.

These next blocks are what I sewed together yesterday from scraps.  I don't have a plan for their use.  I just keep putting them aside for a future project.

I spent today babysitting this lovely little lady.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Monday, March 21, 2011

On a roll

Yesterday was a good day.  I worked on the 501 Project for most of the day and completed 5 blocks - two were the same. (Fruit Basket)

left:  Domino Net    right:  Sawtooth II
I got a little creative with Domino Net.  According to the book 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks, the block was to be done in two colors but I wanted to use up a few scraps.  I kinda wished I'd stuck with the plan though because I'm not crazy about the block as it is.  Oh well.

left:  Footstool    right:  Fruit Basket

Again, the Fruit Basket was to be done in two colors.  If I'd stuck with the name, I would have used fruit fabric but I didn't have any so I used flowers instead.  I like how the brown of the basket looks somewhat wicker-ish.

I also worked on my GFG.  I started out to only work for 20 mins. but I went over - more like 2 hrs.  Surprisingly my hands aren't too sore today.  Maybe I just need to work the kinks out everyday.

Today, I think I'll make some fabric using my scraps.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Blue Funk

For a week now I've been in a blue funk.  My hands hurt.  I haven't been able to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden (GFG).  Wah!  What if this never goes away?  What if I can't finish?  Don't be such a baby.  Others have bigger problems than this.  You can always finish it some other way that doesn't require hand sewing.  You can work on machine piecing, quilting, whatever that doesn't require such intense hand clinching.  But I don't want to.  I want to work on GFG.  (foot stomping!!)   What it's National Quilting Day? (yesterday)  I'm working on the GFG, at least for 20 mins. then I'm going to piece a couple of blocks for the 501 Project.  So I did.

I feel much better now.

left:  Beginner's Delight    right:  Cups and Saucers

The Cups and Saucers block was supposed to be in two colors but I wanted to try to finish with the brown flower fabric.  I still have enough to cut a triangle or two.

I'm planning to spend today doing a little on both projects.  Remember - moderation is the key.

Do you ever talk to yourself?!

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  -- 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

How did that happen?

My daughter is 39 today.  Happy Birthday Corey!

Have a good day!

--  Pat  --

Friday, March 18, 2011

Challenge #13 Non-Dominatrix

Laura Harms I am the diva's challenge this week was to draw our tangles using our non-dominant hand.  For me that's my left hand.  This is my second drawing.  I'm surprised it came out so well.  It wasn't easy to do but it might be fun to try it again sometime.

Check out other drawings at the link above.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Here it is...

the photo of the Zentangle Ensemble I completed and was unable to upload yesterday:

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Monday, March 14, 2011

My First Zentangle Ensemble

I've taken a break for a few days from hexies/flowers.  My hands and fingers hurt.  It comes from too...much...hand...sewing.  So, yesterday, I played around with creating a Zentangle Ensemble.  Basically, it's 3 rows of three 3.5 inch drawing tiles that have a string (basic structure) drawn that interconnects each tile.  I confess I didn't purchase pre-strung tiles and the string I drew was a little loosey, goosey but I'm still pleased with the outcome.  It was fun to do.  Can't wait to do my next one.

Did you know there's a limit to Google Image Storage?  I didn't.  You get 1GB free.  Today I had to purchase more storage.  I can't have a blog post without a photo.  Who wants to read just words?   Some days having something to show you is what gets me motivated to work on something.

Anyway, back to the Zentangle it is:

Nope!  Not yet!  I have to wait up to 24 hours to get the additional storage.  I guess I'll just post this without the photo.  Photo coming later.....

How about another clue for the Brown Monochromatic Challenge Project?

What do TV, VCR, DVD Player and ROKU have in common?

Hope you had a good day!

--  Pat  --  

Friday, March 11, 2011

Challenge #12 Something Blue

The challenge for this week from I am the diva, Laura Harms was to do 'something blue'.  I thought this would be an easy challenge.  I like doing tangles.  I like blue.  Putting them together should be easy.  Hah!   Here's what I came up with.

I've come to the conclusion that I don't like working with color...or...I need more practice.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Plan - me?

The other day a blogger posted a site - CD Designs - that calculates the number of hexagons required for a particular quilt size.  The calculated results show number of rows, columns, hexagons and half-hexagons needed.  What a great tool!  But I wondered, what do they mean rows/columns?  I've been working in the 'round'.  But as I look closer, I can see rows.  This is what I have so far.  See the rows?

According to the calculations, for a queen size quilt with dust ruffle, I'll need 45 rows, 34 columns, 1479 hexagons and 44 - 1/2 hexagons for a total quilt size of 88 x 102.  If I put in a little effort, I should be able to figure out approximately how many flowers and white borders are needed for my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  It'll be interesting to see if the calculations are at all correct.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Can you guess?

Here's what I'm working on for Patchwork Times  Monochromatic Challenge - Brown.  Can you guess what it's going to be?

Watch for the 'big reveal' later in the month.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Monday, March 7, 2011

Old trick

Yes.  I can be retrained.   I've taught myself to use a thimble.

Happy Fingers!

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's about the process

Last week I cut 560 hex templates and spent the week covering them with purple/maroon fabric.

Today, I cut another 560 templates.  For those who don't know, this is the process I use:

Step 1 - Print templates on card stock

Step 2:  Cut into strips

Step 3:  Cut strips into individual hexagons (rough cut)

Step 4:  Cut around each hexagon

As of today, I've cut over 4000 templates for this Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  How many more?  Who knows?  For more info on English Hexagon Patchwork see the following youtube videos:

English Hexagon Patchwork Step 1 - Creating the Medallions

Step 2 - Handsewing the Patchwork Hexagons Together

For the most part I do mine this way, although I don't tack the fabric through the template but around it.  When my daughter realized how much work this quilt is, she requested I put it in the will that she inherits the quilt.  I've done so much lately that when I wake up in the morning it takes me a minute or so to straighten out my left pointer finger.  Ouch!  It must be from pinching the pieces together.  But I don't notice any pain when I'm doing the work.  Go figure.

On another note  -- Luke, my 6 yr. old grandson is staying over with me today and tomorrow.  As planned, we worked on making blankets for his babies.  He did a pretty good job with the sewing machine.  He chose some blocks I had on hand.  I pinned the blocks to some flannel.  He sewed the seams, took the pins out, turned the blankets right side out then stitched the opening closed.  One blanket is for Mickey, one blanket for Minnie (that Mom is bringing home from Orlando) and one for 'the parents'.


I think he enjoyed himself.  I know I did.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Week 11 Challenge

This week I am the diva has challenged us to 'Monotangle'.  That's one tangle throughout.  I drew two different ones but couldn't decide which I liked best so I'm showing both.

Tangle 'Buttercup' by Sandy Bartholomew

Tangle 'Printemps' by Zentangle

Both of these tangles I found in the Totally Tangled book by Sandy Steen Bartholomew.

Check out the other entries at the link up top.

Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat  --