Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Postcards & the Post Office

So, I joined this online group to start getting me back into postcard, which I love doing but never seem to get myself motivated. Me & my forced deadlines... It seems like the only way I finish anything, but it works.
I finished the above batch for a generic postcard swap and got them into the mail yesterday. I didn't think I was every going to get out of there though. The postal employees had a huge discussion on they should cost to post, and then they wanted to know exactly how I made them. It was kind of funny!

Today I went to the post office to mail out some more cards for the birthday swap. More "oohs! And aahs!" Bur I got out quicker!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Art vs Packing

Okay so I am suppose to be packing to go to the Bay Area this weekend. I have a memorial service for my aunt to attend, and we leave tomorrow after work.

Instead I decided to go to the studio to create some fabric for my postcard exchange I joined. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go on these, but I found this great blue fabric that I dyed last month and dug out the ginko leaf stamp that I carved. I used lime green paint, but I think that I want to foil on it also. Tomorrow... I need to let the fabric dry. Maybe I could get it done before I leave for work.

I was thinking of ideas for the cards and I love the idea of breaking it up into color blocks. I pulled the hand-dyed red-orange and lime green... I think they go well.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pet's and Art

Izzy on Africa Revisited

Last Night I went to go quilt on my Africa Revisited quilt and what do I find. Izzy has decided it is a great place to relax.

Jesse had a plan to corral the animals... Ace, the cat, seemed okay with the idea.

But Izzy was a definite NO!

Oh, well I will just have to get use to the idea of working around them!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Winning at the State Fair

Sunflowers - Best in Division

Okay, so a fellow quilter talked me into entering some quilts into the Nevada State Fair, and once I was on the website I saw the section for knitting and decided to enter some knitted items also.

Although I entered 10 pieces 5 quilts and 5 knitted items. I only had 9 at the Fair. Number 10, my Africa revisited quilt, I didn't finish in time, but I am loving it. I made it two-sided and now I love the back, which has become the front... What was I thinking? Not only did I decide to enter an uncompleted quilt, but I decided to make it a queen size, piece the entire back and hand quilt it sashiko style. Honestly it was finished in time just not quilted. Crazy!?!

I made out fairly well for just entering on a whim.

Close Up of the Sunflowers

Although this didn't win a ribbon, I thought I would repost this with the embellishments, and yes those are washers from the hardware store.

Green Camel Wool Shrug - First Place and Best of Division
It received a perfect score of 100!

Pink Mohair Sweater - First Place

Cole's Blue Baby Sweater - Second Place

Multi-Colored Fingerless Gloves - Second Place