I've finished my 1st crazy quilt puzzle piece. Initially I found it challenging to work in such a small scale but, as I worked, funny how BIG that small scale became! I did find finishing it off a bit troublesome. The presser foot didn't like moving over beads as I finished off with a satin stitch around the edge. In a couple of places I had to take the presser foot off my machine to get the satin stitched edge. Since I couldn't "hoop up" the piece I had to hold the piece very tight as I freeform satin stitched. Not as smooth an edge as I'd like but, it all worked. I will keep this in mind on my next pieces.
If any of you have been thinking ahead regarding finishing off all your swapped pieces I found this fabric at one of our local quilt shops. This is a batik (I think a Bali batik). The shop only had it in this color but, I'm sure it comes in others. I'm thinking borders. Yea, I know, I have to figure out how borders will work with the "in" tabs and "out" tabs of the puzzle pieces---------------oh, maybe I'll make extra pieces that are straight on the sides, just like a real jigsaw puzzle-----EUREKA what a thought!!!!!!!
Ok, I'm back to stitching--oops, got to go defrost something for dinner if we're going to eat tonight.
Nellie has suggested that I challenge myself with the seafoam green and coral color combination that I'm finding so challenging by making one of her birds using those 2 colors. I think that's a great idea. Thanks Nellie. I will post my result once it's complete, unless of course I flunk!!
Pat Winter's blog (gatherings100.blogspot.com) enabled me to add my music to my blog. I hope you are enjoying the music I've chosen. Pat, if you read this post thanks. Also, thanks for the tutorial on making the crazy quilt puzzle pieces. It was very helpful. I have my 1st almost finished. I will post it when I have finished it but, I will not post all my pieces--they should be a surprise, right?
This morning I thought it was high time I update my blog and let readers know the result of the Harvest Challenge. I did win the challenge, yipee!!!!!!! My prize was a $75.00 gift certificate to www.eveningstardesigns.citymax.com. Oh, I had a great time spending the certificate-------yes, it's all gone, DRATS!!!!!!!!
Carolyn has not yet announced the viewers' choice winner. I'm anxiously awaiting the result of that.
I have found that participation in challenges is a great way to develop my own creativity and abilities. Because challenges typically involve working with specific combinations of materials of someone else's choosing, rarely do I find them to be simple, mechanical exercises in skills. When contacted by Carolyn regarding my entry I shared with her my initial fristration with the package. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. When Carolyn announced the "Harvest" challenge I couldn't sign up fast enough---thinking of all those beautiful autumn browns, golds, oranges, yellows------and then when the pack arrived--to get maroons, black prints, vivid greens---------oh yea, those ARE harvest colors, just not MY HARVEST colors! My brain was stuck on harvest=autumn! The colors in the challenge pack were NOT colors I was comfortable with trying to work together. And so I was challenged and developed some creative abilities I didn't have previously. Working through that challenge gave me confidence in working with different color combinations. So, in the future, when I'm challenged to put that coral tile and seafoam green carpet together into some appealing decorator's dream color palete, maybe I'll come up with something I actually love. That's my current color challenge. I will gladly accept any ideas to that challenge that any of you readers may have.
Ok, so I titled today's blog "OH MY--blogging!!!!!" and what does that mean? Well, I have always enjoyed the blogs that have background music. Bill Douglas' "Deep Peace" is one of my favorite songs (as well as one of his CD titles), so much so I wanted to share it with anyone visiting my blog. Well, it is now 3:17 PM and I have been TRYING to add the background music since about 11:00AM with no success. If I had managed to work through the problems I wouldn't feel that I wasted all this time ...but..... So, if you care, go to one of the music websites and listen to his music (it really is wonderful), until I can figure out what I'm not doing correctly on my blog. I have introduced his music to particiapnts in a yoga class I attend and many of them are now also devout followers.
There was a real "blog" highlight to my day today though. I visited Pat Winter's blog and saw that Pat had won this incredible soft cloth bird. The creator, Nellie Durand has been generous enough to offer the pattern for free for the downloading, hopefully this link will work , but if not her blog is in my "inspirational blogs" list(Pat's is also there. Oh the birds I can see in my future. in fact I think I'll go start on that now----oops, maybe I'll work on Pat's jigsaw puzzle swap pieces (check Pat's blog for information regarding that.
Until next time I'm off to stitch...........you should too!
My name is Janine Franc,
I live in Pennsylvania in the summer and Florida in the winter with my husband and our devilishly precious Havanese, Diablo.
I spent my working career in accounting starting out in public accounting and later as a controller for a manufacturer.
My interests include quilting, embroidery, beadwork, reading, cooking (I love experimenting with foreign dishes) and, working with stained glass (although it's been a while). I try to garden (not so good at it) and clean as little as I can get away with. And I'm trying to learn blogging, as you will see as you visit my blog.
I hope you find things that will spark your creativity as you visit my pages.