Saturday, November 28, 2009
This is the quilt I wrapped up in on the couch while icing and elevating my knee..
I made this a few years back, but it's one that gets lots of use. It's the perfect size for two to cozy in while watching a movie. The half-square triangles went together quickly, and the random layout makes for some interesting value shifts.
Family time for the rest of the weekend. We're thankful for each other, every day!
Make it a Wonderful Day!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I'm participating in an ornament exchange, and this is what I came up with. I wanted to use things I had on hand, and make use of as many recycled or scrap supplies as possible.
I sandwiched four layers of batting between the sweater layers and blanket stitched them together with 3 strands of embroidery floss. (Insert and sew in the hook with your last few stitches.
Don't these look like cookies?
I'm happy with the way this recycling recipe worked out, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the "ornament exchangers" make!!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
This is Barbara's, made from a block swap the group did a few years ago, before I was part of the group. This one is a cute Dick and Jane quilt by Marsha...
Terry, one of our long armers, did the quilting on this Halloween Circles for Ardith. This is the back view...
...And here is the front. Yes, circles live on in our group!!
Terry brought her beautiful blackwork embroidery quilt.
Here's the pieced back...
This Christmas circle quilt by Terry is from our block swap we did over a few months last year. It's been fun to see how everyone put these together, and how the different border fabrics really influences the overall feel of the quilts.
Friday, November 20, 2009
We're using a limited palette of warm earth tones, and I love some of the sophisticated colors these young artists have mixed up! We're also working on making the positive and negative spaces of our compositions interesting.
There are several steps to these paintings, beginning with the drawing in pencil and then inking with Sharpie. The next step is one that really surprises the kids- I have them crumple up their artwork, as if they were going to throw it away, and then repeat that about three times. Then we mist the papers with water and iron them flat again. This really softens the paper, giving it an almost bark-like texture and making it a great surface to paint on.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
These Hot Cakes are a bit different than the ones I grew up with. Pumpkin, apples, and nuts make these perfect for a fall morning. Or have them like we did, for dinner! (Yes, another pumpkin recipe. I can't help it, it's my favorite fall flavor.)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
This dancing elephant is in colored pencil...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I used this King Arthur flour- It's 100% hard white whole wheat, which has the same fiber and nutrition as traditional red wheat, but a milder flavor. It has all of the wheat germ and bran, and it's not bleached or anything like that. (Oops, didn't mean to do a commercial for them! But I like this flour!)
See all those yummy bits? Sweetened dried cranberries, golden raisins, toasted walnuts, and crystalized ginger. I LOVE the sweet/spicy bits of ginger!
The bowl with nuts in the background is thrifted (Value Village)-that green is one of my favorite colors, so it had to come home with me.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We've moved on to our next project, but I may HAVE to show you some more of their drawings- I think they are wonderful!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
When she moved away, I continued teaching there and then added two more schools.
Make it a Wonderful Day!