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Archive for July, 2012

Child Labor

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

My daughter called to ask if we had any odd jobs that Mia and Miles might do to earn some money. I immediately thought of the fused scraps in a box that I wanted to sort by color. I suggested that Miles might do some sorting of the mess of screws and nails and nuts and bolts in his workshop.

Here is my box of scraps before.

Here is Mia at work.

Here are my scraps in plastic bags. I am so happy to have this done!!

Here is Miles at work sorting.

Mr C went out an bought a storage unit with little drawers. Looks awesome, now. Later, we took them out for sushi. It was a nice day.

Jayme sent me this photo of Paige in her new chair. How cute is she?

Slip Sliding

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I am kind of coasting through the days, right now. Just getting the bare minimum done. Since I am taking off at the end of the week, I am feeling less inclined to start something new right now. I ordered some fabric for the Rhythm and Hues show for the High Fiber Diet show at the Latimer Quilt and Textile show late this year.

I finished the house quilt. I just need to sew rings on the back for hanging.

Here is the special label that each piece gets.

I realized that I had not pulled my linen and cotton clothes out of their winter storage. I have them washed and was going to iron every thing today, but I only got two tops done. I think we are in for several weeks of real summer weather.

Tomorrow, Miles and Mia are coming over to earn some money by doing some odd jobs for us. I am going to have Mia help me sort my fabric scraps by color. I think she might enjoy doing that. I will report on our progress tomorrow.

A Quiet Week-end

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

I mainly puttered around the house this week-end, doing odds and ends of stuff. We had a great dinner on Friday night. I am still savoring it. After doing our household chores yesterday morning, we headed for downtown Portland to look for new chairs for our kitchen. The chairs we have were purchased when we lived in NY and are Hitchcock chairs with stenciled backs. They are wonderful chairs, but don’t really work with our more modern aesthetic.

We saw that Design Within Reach (named Design Out of Reach by our kids) was having a sale. We found some chairs that we really liked and now are waiting for them to be shipped from Kentucky.

I had nice phone calls with all 3 of my kids. Look at this wonderful photo of Mark with Paige. I just love it.

I also had time to keep up with my 3 x 3s.

I have 3 days to get some work done in my studio before I leave for 3 days in Long Beach for International Quilt Festival.



Indigo House

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I am finally getting this house quilt finished. Some of my readers may remember when I cut this house out of a finished quilt.

I wanted to use the house in a quilt for a program I found out about on Jamie Fingal’s blog. The project is The House Quilt Project. Click the link to read about patriotic house quilts made for the walls of rooms for individuals in the Wounded Warrior Battalion and Habitat for Humanity. Each quilt must have an American flag and the size is 12 x 16 inches.

Most of the fabrics in this quilt are indigo dyes by me or prints from Kristine LaFlamme.

I made a background for the quilt. The grass is the only fabric not dyed by me.

I added the sidewalk and some plants and then quilted it. I added the house and used an applique stitch on my Janome to stitch the house and trees to the background. You see the finished quilt up at the top of this post. I still have to finish the edges. I will deliver this to Jamie when I go to Long Beach for the quilt show next week.

Here is today’s 3 x 3.

Now, I am off for a dinner out with Mr C.




Thursday This and That

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Not much excitement around here today. I vacuumed packed 5 pints of berries for the freezer this morning. I actually spent most of the morning photographing quilts to burn to a CD to make a magazine deadline. I was contacted earlier this month and asked to send in high quality photos of some of my work. Not sure if it will be a feature article or included in a theme article or maybe nothing at all. It is nice to have been asked!

I found out this morning that all 4 of my element’s quilts were juried into the High Fiber Diet show which makes its debut in September. That was nice to hear. I was surprised that there were so few entries this year, but I think it will be a good show.

One of my blog readers asked for more information about our hanging system. Our show goes to more galleries than to quilt shows so we need to be able to hang them with whatever gallery system they have. Sometimes, the hanging system has wires on two sides. Sometimes, there is one hanger and the quilt needs to hang in the center.

We use a lath or wood slat cut to the length of the sleeve. Screw eyes are attached to the top edge of each end.

Here it is in the sleeve with a wire attached. For the two part hanging system, the screw eyes can be used.

When the quilt needs to be hung from the middle, we attach the wire to the wood, through the sleeve, with staples. Then, the quilt can be hung from the wire without the wire showing above the quilt.

I hope this makes sense!

I have been a bit distracted as I have been watching Season 10 Project Runway. Looks to be an interesting season.