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A Productive Day

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I did it! I managed to make a 3 x  3 for every day of January. I am ready to move on to a new color. I have decided to do the primary colors first, and then the secondary. So will it be blue or yellow for February?

Here is today’s 3 X 3, made from scraps of vintage kimono fabrics.

I spent the morning getting a Constant Contact mailing out for Trinity Arts Call for Artists for our May fine art show and sale. I have received 5 entries so far.

After lunch, I went out to The Pine Needle Quilt shop in Lake Oswego to beef up my batiks for my online class/Twelve challenge piece.

Here are my piles by color and value:

I am very pleased with the range of values.

The light values are the hardes, but I am very pleased with these.

Tonight, I cranked out 2 Constant Contact e-mails for SDA reps. When I signed up for the Trinity Arts Constant Contact, I received a phone call from a CC coach. I laughed and told her, I was not new to CC as I do most of the e-mails for SDA. They are really a great company to work with. They have recently made some great changes in their system, making it really easy to edit and send.

Tomorrow, I have to put away a mess of fabric and get to work on assembling my work of art. Never a dull moment!

Fabric Frenzy

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Wow, only one more day in January and then I move on to another color. I still haven’t decided what it will be. Here is today’s 3 X3:

I am having so much fun doing zigzag free motion quilting. Yesterday’s and today’s are kind of two sides of my quilting life — organized and contained and exuberant free for all.

I have a totally messy studio because I am auditioning fabrics for the 12 X 20 metamorphosis challenge:

As usual, I am having a problem with light fabrics. I will be off to the fabric store tomorrow to see what I can find I have to get this done and move on to the next deadline.

Working on Values

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I am selecting fabrics for the next Twelve by Twelve challenge which is to be revealed on Feb 12th. It is the result of one of my exercises in Elizabeth Barton’s class. One of the things we are working on right now is value. I have done several value exercises, and I do know how important it is. The above colorway in silk is one that I am considering. Here is the grayscale showing the nice value variation:

I really want to use this beautiful fabric that I bought from my friend Judy at the APWQ show in August, but I can’t work out the values.

I need another color to work with this cotton/silk blend. That blue gray is just not doing it. I tried painting some silk charmeuse, but didn’t get the color I wanted.

Here are the latest 3 X 3s


The above is painted silk with some free motion quilting fun.

I found some Japanese fabric with reds in my stash and did an applique with some zigzag free motion quilting.

We went to see The Descendants tonight. An excellent film. I cried. Much of it was filmed on Kauai, a favorite place of ours. I think George Clooney could win an Oscar for this.

Hope you are having a great week-end.

A Beauteous Day

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I had to get up early this morning to walk Scooter since Mr C spent the night in Corvallis where he has been for 3 days starting his new consulting gig. It was a beautiful morning and the birds were singing. I took this photo which was an omen of the beautiful day to come.

Later, when I was washing dished in the kitchen, facing SW, the sun was so bright, I felt as if I needed sun glasses!! However, when I took Scooter out again, just before lunch, this was the scene to the south.

The clouds looked menacing, but  dissipated. At 4:30 pm, when I took Scooter out, there was a beautiful sunset from the Rhodie Garden.

Mr C arrived home, just as we walked back to the house. Scooter was very happy to see his other person. He kept running back and forth between us!

I can’t believe that I am running out of days for red 3 X 3s. Today’s is up at the top and here is yesterday’s-

I am trying to decide if I want to work my way around the color wheel or mix it up and do a random choice or go across the color wheel to the complement. I am feeling like I would like to go to the cool side for awhile.

Happily, the cold I thought I was getting did not materialize. I saw my dermatologist yesterday for a check-up. I had to have a suspicious mole on my upper chest biopsied. It was a tiny little thing. I hope it is negative. Then, I went to Kaiser Vision Center and ordered some cool red glasses. I have missed having red glasses! Today, I got the color on my hair refreshed. I am looking good!

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012