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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Postmarkd'art, Steampunk

I keep forgetting to show you my Postmark'd art postcards. We are on our 14th round, and I signed up for 3 different themes. I just finished Steampunk. I used commercial fabric, and my hand-dyed orange.. Rubber stamped the design, added the metal, I think they are called  gears with pukka beads and small brass beads. Glued some tiny beads to the edge of the design.  Used an ink pad to subdue the commercial fabric, it was just too white..

Received some wonderful postcards in the mail... we are all sort of running with the same idea... I guess that is what portrays "Steampunk" wheels, watch parts, moving creative pieces.. I looked up Steampunk Art on the computer and the art exhibits are very creative and fascinating.Visions of Jules Vern.
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Karen's Challenge, Rayna's Book

While looking at blogs, I came across how to  spray baste vertically.. This project is small enough... although the artist did say, she had basted a queen size piece with her husbands help. It worked beautifully.. and was easy.. not to worry about over spray.. the newspapers on the side took care of that.

All finished and bound.. (32W X 24 L) You might notice that it is up side down from the way the photos were taken previously. Color photo is more accurate in the precious photo...
Well, I started to sew the binding on and forgot to put the sleeve on.. So I turned it up side down, or right side up, which ever you want to call it. Instead of taking out stitching.. Lazy? maybe, but good abstract art should be able to be hung any which way,,, or so they say.

A close up of some of the blocks.. I used variegated thread by Superior.  And, well ok, I did not start out to sew straight lines or shall I put it another way.. up and down, and across.. I had visions of circles and lines, and... However, my machine did not want to work that way.. I had to take out lots of stitching.
Guess my machine was right, straight lines worked out better.. I did not fuss with really "straight" I just zipped some close together, some wide apart,, after all that is the way the pieces are also. I might add some beads... maybe this is not done. What do you think?

Thank you Karen and Rayna, this has been great fun..  I used the Challenge fabric, in it's Original state, and also dyed it in red and brown.  It was a great Challenge Fabric and started lots of "What If's".

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Challenge Blocks-Rayna- Karen

This block is not exactly exciting, Needs something.

Recut and pieced back together with some other strips. Sorry if this is a bit blurred, getting near dinner time and it is Valentines.

A little more cutting.

A few rows done.. Almost finished with the top. I found I started to cut smaller and smaller pieces.
Could not leave a scrap on the table... Till I decided that I could always do an other wallhanging.

Maybe a smaller one for the gallery. 
Plan: This may work for next months Theme at Timberline.
Metamorphosis- Transformations
What do you think?

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Quilts in the Attic- Karen S. Musgrave

Quilts in the Attic is a fascinating book. I recommend it to anyone that loves reading history and quilts in particular. Many of the designs and names of quilt blocks are familiar to quilters. However, now we can see how the history was followed and the research that Karen has accomplished.  Quilts in the Attic is very interesting to non quilters, and genealogists.. It is about friendship, families, and our country.
 It reminds us of the challenges some families have gone through, and how the quilt has been handed down in  the best and the worst of times. The quilt has survived and in many cases the story, the emotions and the lives of the past have been honored.

I met Karen through Postmarkd'art and over the years we have become e-friends. She has demonstrated how one person can do so much and share her thoughts and achievements beautifully. If you would like to know more about Karen Musgrave, please check out her site and her blog.

We are in the middle of a Quilt Challenge and the format is Rayna Gillman's new book, "Create your own Free-Form Quilts". Another accomplishment of Karen's, is to bring quilters together in a common bond... Friendship.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Challenge, Karen Musgrave

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time in the studio... I am rearranging my blocks and having fun. Tomorrow I think I am going to make some more strips... Progress, and Fun!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

First Aid Course, Sierra Amblulance

Yesterday was cold and rainy looking.  I had been invited with the Search and Rescue group to attend a First Aid; CPR Course given by the Madera Sheriff and Sierra Ambulance Service. I must admit I really did not want to spend an 8 hour day participating.  However, when I gave it some thought, I changed my mind.

Sierra Ambulance, is a non-profit that services the mountain area. Most of the citizens support them with their annual dues. 
But back to the day at hand.. I decide to take the course, for several reasons, 1. We live out in the country, and the time required for help to get to us is probably 15- 20 min.  That does not seem like a long time, unless you are ill, and in maybe many cities with traffic that could be the same amount of time.. But it is vital when an injury occurs that help is right away.

2. There have been some changes in how the Heart Asso. suggests that emergency care be given to someone when they think they are having a heart attack.. And I am guilty of always saying to my husband, " Let's wait and see how I feel in the morning or later".. Thankfully, it has never been a health issue that needed immediate attention. But they stressed that calling help right away when you feel it is  an emergency, is the best way. The Paramedics can make an evaluation when they arrive.

I could go into many details, but I won't. What I would like to do is stress, that for your well being, and the well being of your family, if you have the opportunity to participate in such a class, DO IT.

There was so much information that was important to hear, changes that have been made to improve chances of survival.  I hope I NEVER have to use any of this knowledge, but I am better equipped mentally to help in an emergency, and that is what it is all about.

Check locally, is it best to call 911, where does your cell call go, vs. your house phone. Have the phone number posted where it is easy to read.  Sierra Ambulance, has a magnet  you can put on the outside of your refrig.  In case you are alone in the house put any medical information there also.

Some of my quilter friends have said their information is in their Freezer.. so pull out the info, and put it on the door to the refrig.

Let us all be prepared to help each other.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Western Sierra Nursery

                    Shapes and designs, circles and sky. The nursery is one of my favorite places to photograph. There is always a variety of wonderful goodies to enjoy.

Love little benches, especially this  bright color, can't you just see that in your yard!

Donations, for the Eastern Madera County SPCA facility, were cheerfully accepted, and love the chili.

Mark and Robyn Holland the owners of the Nursery, cooked up a batch of chile, the old fashioned cowboy on the range style.  It smelled so good, and it all went for a great cause,  to help our lost animals in need.
The chili was free, and delicious, of course, donations were appreciated.
This is an annual Christmas time occurrence, be sure to stop in next year.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Frozen, ooops

Ice and Snow...  no, just sunshine. Beloved sunshine... Several weeks ago, I forgot the sprinklers on, and look at the beautiful icicles that formed on my rosemary bush. We were having freezing nights, down to 19 at the lowest.. Thankfully, no pipes were broken.

We have had some amazing weather this year if this were summer.. No rain, or hardly... I keep forgetting to water the yard... hope we don't lose any plants.. We took all the timers off because they usually freeze and break. Sure could use them now.. Off to water the yard... Enjoy your day!  I want ta  be in the Studio!!! but the sun feels so good!
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Timberline Gallery- Hungry?

I have been out of town at a Quilt camp... oh, so much fun. And now back to catch up with 400 emails. It is not the amount so much, as how interesting some of them are. Yes, there are sales adds, but also lots of quilting information. 

However, wanted to show you this delicious ceramic piece at Timberline Gallery by David Caras.. Now, this is the way to diet... although it makes me want to run to the nearest donut store, Judy's in Oakhurst,  17 miles away. Not so near!

Julie Mitchell's wonderful figures are all gathered together along with Joyce Wycoff''s beautiful digital art.

Have you seen our expanded card rack? If you would like to send a special card to friends or family, be sure to stop in and see the variety the artists have made especially for you... Many can be framed for years of enjoyment.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Timberline Gallery, Animal Totems

The Timberline Show, Animal Totems still up till first week in March. Many great artists are showing their work, in the middle, is a piece by Valerie Runningwolf.

David Carras has some wonderful ceramics and jewelry showing. Carolyn Hartling is inspiring with her landscapes. No, that is not hanging at an angle, I just noticed the shadow..or maybe it was the camera...

Kathleen Mattox, always has some inspirational message with her art.

Suzanne Banks, is showing, "Afternoon Reflections". As you can see there is an amazing variety of art at Timberline, do stop in and enjoy viewing our local artists creativity.  Bring a friend and then go to lunch in one of the many local restaurants... Gallery row has a number of beautiful galleries.
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