Thursday, October 30, 2014

AlphabeThursday – Living with your X

Been there.  Done that.


Actually, that’s the title for chapter X in Letter Perfect : the marvelous history of our alphabet from A-Z.  I bought this book back in July, after reading a little excerpt somewhere on the web.  The New York Times Book Review gave it a nice review, starting with “as fun to read as it is enlightening.”    


Author David Sacks writes, “As an initial letter, X ranks dead last.  It’s the one that appears last at the start of English words.”  So that’s why so many of us at AlphbeThursday have such a hard time thinking up words for X!  This is probably one week that a lot of us in Ms. Jenny’s class will be playing hookie.  

But I’m here!  I know I’ve been gone for a while.  I needed a break from the computer as a whole.  Now my bedroom is painted and the furniture (including the computer) is back.   Along with boxes from the second bedroom, which I plan to paint next.  Here’s my crazy quilt on the bed.  Don’t think I’ve shown it off yet online.  My last post was about sashing… 


I also started 21 Secrets this month (my art journaling workshop.)  And I’m thrilled.  I finished my first project this past weekend with Jill K. Berry, called “Map to Happy.”  All I needed was lots of photos, a piece of mat board, and a plan.  It’s actually a gameboard of what makes me happy.  The map goes through many themes, starting with artwork (bottom right), things that make me laugh, and goes through favorite things relating to my senses.  Then good friends, lots of my artwork, things that I’m proud of, places I’d like to go see, and places I’ve been.  At the end of my map is family.  That’s my grandfather and four older cousins in the middle.  They are all so young – very cute.  X marks the spot!    


Ms. Jenny’s AlphabeThursday “class” is a blast.  So come and visit!  I’ll be passing on more  information about the English alphabet; some historical and interesting tidbits.  Join in or just read and make friends. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

AlphabeThursday - S is for Sashing

I’m on the next step of my crazy quilt, which I wrote about two weeks ago for my Q post .  Sashing!  I’ve sewn a top sash and a bottom sash onto each block and connected the rows using the bottom sash.


 Now I need to fold the top sash over the bottom, to cover all the raw edges.  I’m using my favorite stitch; it’s a flower or maybe a star.  This will probably take some time, since I’ll be sewing on both sides of the strips. 


Pictured above, I’ve sewn only on the right side.  I hope to have my quilt finished by the time the weather gets cold.  Which gives me about a month.


Come by Ms. Jenny's site, ...off on my tangent... 
and see other Letter S posts for AlphabeThursday.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AlphabeThursday - Q is for Quilting

This past weekend was super busy.  I painted (one coat) my workroom from a dark red to white, and finally finished another step in my crazy quilt.  If you don’t remember, I’ve been sewing a shortcut quilt, where you first quilt the top, bottom and batting together into single blocks.  It’s a method invented, I believe, by Marguerita McManus.


I broke down and bought a 16” square on Amazon, since I knew it would be much easier to cut with a square the size of the finished block. 


 Here’s what some look like.  Next step is to attached the blocks with vertical sashing, then horizontal.  The last step is to wrap the whole quilt with binding.  See the pink post-it?  It’s a marker.  Before I trimmed the blocks, I laid them out to make my final design. 


And this it what it looks like.  I hope to have the quilt completed for my bed by wintertime.


Don’t forget to go by Ms. Jenny’s blog  …off on my tangent… 
and see the other Letter Q posts. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AlphabeThursday - P is for Princess

I sat down one Sunday after my house got broken into and took out my art journal.  I’ve been in a funk - just haven’t been feeling like doing any artwork

All I could think of was, “I will not be an enabler anymore.”  (Long story)  And that’s what I wrote, over and over.  Then I added blocks of paper, sprayed with my mini-misters (first time to use them; they’re great), scattered around some inexpensive cardboard flowers and glued down a princess that I saved from one of my “Year of the Fairy Tale” lessons.    

Still, I wasn’t happy.  Would I ever be? 

 I’d seen others scrape gesso on top of pages with credit cards, and change their artwork into  backgrounds.  So I tried that, except no gesso on my princess and flowers! 


 Later I added a “grass” bottom and wrote inside the blocks.  And finally walked away from my art table.  Moral of the story: remember to leave unwanted baggage in the background and move on.      


Come over the Ms. Jenny’s blog, …off on my tangent… 
and check out what other words were chosen for the Letter P.
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