Friday, August 30, 2013

Week in Review 2013 - 08/30

Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Remember the baby in Adoration? That's Andrew, my first grandchild. He started first grade this week. Many people's lives revolve around the school year be they students, teachers, school administrators, school bus drivers, maintenance staff or parents. This has me thinking about the importance of learning and how to continue to learn even when we no longer attend a brick and mortar school. An on-line place that provides excellent quilting classes is  . 

What I have done the past several years is a more self directed education versus signing up for particular classes. This has been thanks to the Visioning Project on (Studio Art Quilt Associates). You do have to be a member of SAQA to participate in the Visioning Project, but the project itself is free. The Visioning Project has you set a goal/project that you would like to achieve between October 1 and September 30. The first year I did a weekly lesson from Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim. It was a great way to gain confidence with my drawing, especially developing a more whimsical versus representational style. This past year I committed to working in my studio for 120 full days. Now I am deliberating about where to apply my focus for next year. 

If you were to sign up for the Visioning Project what would you take on?

Enough blathering. Time to check in and see how the week went.

Companion Oysters is nearly done.
1) Companion Oysters 

a) Finish quilting Companion Oysters. - Done!

b) Square up the quilt in preparation of facing it. - Started.

I did soak Companion Oysters to remove the basting glue, marker and water soluble basting thread. Surprise, surprise when I drained the water from the tub there were a few cat hairs that hadn't been in there when I filled it with water. The quilt is now blocked and dry. It could be my imagination, but it looks a tad brighter, too.

2) Leah Day's weekly assignments

Do whatever assignment Leah comes up with next. - Mostly done.

The assignment from last Thursday was to create a section of the goddess's hair in Express Your Love from log cabin blocks created directly on a foundation. This proved to be a most frustrating experience for me. Leah's method of filling in the gaps between blocks just wasn't registering. It was far more complex for me than create a fabric from log cabin blocks and then cutting out the portion I wanted to use, much the way Michael James used to work. I didn't bother taking a picture of the debacle in progress. I am hoping that when it is finally finished it will make more sense.


Tuesday's assignment was another free motion quilting motif. Leah named this one, Bellybuttons. 

Another practice piece is full. Note how Bellybuttons
is basically the same pattern as Missing Pieces
(lower left squares) only the shape is different. Can you find where
I tested some ideas for Companion Oysters?

3) Pictorial Painting - Face "Canyon." - This will be an assignment for some distant future date. I keep listing it because I don't want to forget it.

I am taking a week break to celebrate my 120 studio day goal being met. When I return I plan to spend the week attacking the following:

1) Companion Oysters 

a) Square up the quilt in preparation of facing it.

b) Face Companion Oysters

c) Make and attach the sleeves.

2) Leah Day's weekly assignments

Do whatever assignments Leah comes up with next. 

3) Pictorial Painting - Face "Canyon."

I am now linking up to two blogs on Friday's. The first is Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project and the second is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays.


  1. Companion Oysters is very impressive. You are so good at reaching your goals.

    1. I just keep plugging along. I have also learned to set obtainable goals, ones that I have control of versus that are dependent on others.

  2. I love the 'Adoration' quilt - something very special ! I agree with your comments about Craftsy, their classes are worth their weight in gold to me in my part of the world !!

    1. Thank you, Ann. Many of live in places where we are dependent on on-line resources to learn, shop and find fellow quilters and artists to hang out with.

  3. Wow, your quilting is coming along so good. I hope to get more time to get to my own soon.
    I am so glad for the link ups so I can follow along with your quilts. They are so great!

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. There is a theory that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something. I am not sure how many hours I have put into to FMQ, although it wouldn't surprise me if it were close to 1,000. It is enough to make me comfortable and proficient. In other words I can fake it.

  4. So cool! I'm going on a mission this year to learn some metal work techniques. I'd really like to be able to make my own buttons, findings, buckles, grommets etc. Should be fun!