I've been away at summer camp, a leader in the senior girls cabin last week. It is always so fun and rewarding to spend time with teenagers, mind you, a break from my own. I love my girls dearly, but time spent with other kids gives me a fresh perspective and new found appreciation for the life of all teens. Days were spent on the beach, hanging out, knotting friendship bracelets, and competing in team events. We had time for worship and Bible study and a time to share all that they are experiencing, along with the trials of NO computers, cell phones and ipods! What a time to actually get to connect with others instead of through little technical gadgets, refreshing. It's always interesting to hear how the guys entertain themselves, with what seems like self torture to us, when they are without all of the gadgets as well! It was a week of hearty laughs and tearful sighs, a time to treasure as time goes by.
I'm feeling recovered and back in the swing and am completely absorbed with the idea of a sewing room re-do. I'll keep you posted on progress. Hopefully something creative to share with you soon. Have a blessed day, I have missed you!
Collections evolve over time, and sometimes we wonder how they ever started in the first place. My friend Jana has been collecting handkerchiefs for quite awhile now, and she remembers it starting with the idea of making a quilt with them. No design plan in the beginning, but a need to amass a large assortment of hankies. Then she got picky and started buying only the choicest hankies- round, floral shaped, scalloped, and color saturated. The plan started coming together as she appliqued them to squares of fabric and then set them on point. With a quilt top done, our friend Susan did the quilting for her. Many of us pretty much give Susan free reign on quilting as she always has a great eye for thread and design that we would normally shy away from. She did an edge to edge pattern in a primary variegated thread that looks amazing on this quilt!! Please forgive the poor quality of pictures, I used my phone, I just couldn't delay in sharing the beauty with you.
Isn't that grey daisy hankie gorgeous? She must have a small fortune invested in the hankies alone, but oh so worth it!!!
Rumor has it that she is working on an idea of using more hankies to finish of the edges/binding. I'm thinking that she must really have a collection at this point that she can choose from. What a great idea to start with, and a wonderful result to the years of hunting. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such creative friends, and happy that they are using those vintage treasures in new ways!
Not really, it was "Hey, let's throw paint at each other and design our own clothes!", I stayed in the cool house. I must say that the paint dried rather quickly, given the 102 temperatures outside.
Kids are starting to get pretty brave and want to come over and try this out. I feel a paint party coming on! I'll have to remember to get the dogs put up early next time, Dean came home from work and thought that Bella had a cut, only to discover on closer inspection that it was hot pink paint! I think the turquoise streak next to it was the give away! Enjoy your creativity anyway that you can!
It's hard to believe that summer is passing so quickly. We had a dog dumped out on us a few weeks ago, making a total of 4. What a circus when we go outside! We are looking for a home for her, she is the sweetest thing, but given the fact that she is a Pit Bull, I'm afraid that placement is going to be difficult. She's off to the vet tomorrow for spaying and shots and general upkeep, a bill I wasn't planning on, but choose to do anyhow.
I've not taken the time to work on any of my AFF projects, but have a few pictures that I can share of completed works. First up is a crown from my class with Alisa Burke. What a sweetheart she is! It was a very fun class and a good start to the creative retreat.
The last class that I had was with Ruth Rae, she was feeling a bit under the weather, but that didn't slow her inspiring ways. I made a few pages for a possible fabric book.
There was another class, but I am hoping to get some more work done on it before I share it, I'm guessing that I just need to put it on my schedule. It's hot enough to stay inside and enjoy some stitching, maybe tomorrow. Hope that you are staying cool.
Ahhh, I'm back home from ArtFiberFest and re-entry into daily life is a challenge. Well, honestly, a let down. It is so much fun to go on a retreat with friends and get to be creative, and all the while spend the time laughing. The dirty dishes and dog hair just don't compare. I'll have some photos of my projects, probably next week, as they need a bit more embellishing. But here's the crew.
It is so much fun to meet up year after year, and pick up right where we left off. Jeanne was a newbie this year, and the cool table always has room to expand and welcome new friends, so make plans to be there next year, you won't be sorry!
And as a catch up, I have neglected to post my finished project for the guild challenge. We were given 3 fabrics and allowed to add 1, making something approx 18" square. My biggest challenge was not the fabric choices, but being limited to only 4 fabrics. It was a challenge for this scrapper! So I made two, one within the confines of the rules and one my way. Here they are.
It was good to stretch myself, and Tracy was so excited to get them. She is an amazingly supportive person, so positive and giving, a great role model in so many ways! And boy can she crank out the quilts, she knows no fear in trying new things in quilting.
So, back to the unpacking of supplies and projects and maybe finishing them up soon. Have a great day!