Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hard at Work

Sunshine, chocolate and needleturn applique...who could ask for anything more? We spent three days working on any combination of four designs. Some have decided to do all four, some only two, and some only one. There was no wrong answer!

Here are three of the ladies working hard. Right outside the door is Lake George. We'll see more of that later.

Two more--so serious!

Here are three finished hearts. The project was for nine hearts with a ruffled-looking edge. These were done by Nancy, Gale, and Sandy, who decided to add a 10th heart to hers.

Tomorrow--more pictures of these ladies and their projects. And there is a tale of daring-do coming in the next few days--stay tuned!



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pics and a Project supplies! This time of year makes those of us with an office/school supply addiction salivate. To help fuel your creativity, here is a project that's perfect to use at home or in a class. Check it out!

First you need letter size manila folders--I like colored--choose what you like. You will also need 150 grit sandpaper cut to 8 x 11 inches. Open your folder and either glue or double-sided tape the sandpaper inside. I usually put it on the tab side of the folder--but be bold--do whatever you'd like! Shut the folder and press firmly to seat the tape or glue. (Please note: If you put the double-sided tape on the folder without the sandpaper and then close it, you will have a wonderful folder--stuck firmly shut! I put the tape on the wrong side of the sandpaper and then apply it to the folder--so I don't forget!)

Next: Stickers! Lots and lots of stickers! I've always loved stickers and am not ashamed to use them in my supposed adulthood! At a recent event, we made folders on the first night--to be used for the next few days in classes. Here are the results:

Sandy decorated not only her sandpaper folder but her class folder as well.

Sharon G's penchant for ladybugs is readily apparent!

Nancy was more reserved, but equally artful.

Cindy decided to take no chances--first and last name--so no one else could claim her prize!

And here is my version. 13 is my lucky number, so I used that instead of my last name because we were out of S's! Who knew we needed so many! It was a fun time, reminding us of how much fun we can have with such simple things. Join the fun and make your own. When it gets ratty, you can trash it and start over--the fun never ends!

Over the next several posts you will see what other creative things these ladies did over the course of three days. We had so much fun it should have been illegal!



P.S. I've listened to 10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and am now listening to Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb. And I'm reading Outfoxed by Rita Mae Brown.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Still No Pictures

I've been reluctant to post yet another picture-less blog, but I guess that's marginally better than no blog at all.

Things have been hopping here. Scheduling new classes, working on the new hand piecing sample (one of the things I will take pics of--hopefully soon!), teaching classes, driving to and from classes (PLEASE beam me up, Scotty!), plus the usual day-to-day stuff at home.

I've listened to lots of books while working on the new quilt--Bel Air Dead by Stuart Woods, Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts, A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag. I've also spent a fair amount of time in the car listening to the 20th Anniversary Edition of music from Dirty Dancing. Can we say Hubba Hubba about Patrick Swayze? Okay, and Brett Cullen. Or insert your own hunka hunka.

I think I'd better sign off for now. Hot Donna, if you are reading this, there is a Charley Harper calendar at the Ithaca Barnes & Noble. Just so you know....

Hugs to all,