Archive for January, 2006


JQC 2006 February

January 28, 2006

Shape is the element of design I will be dealing with in February. A shape is a self contained, two dimensional area. It can be organic or geometric. A shape can be created by line or by color and value changes which define the edges. A positive shape automatically creates a negative shape.

So my challenge this month is to depict a house using mostly just shape. I have chosen to use this house( Thanks to ADNA for the use of the photo). I want to focus on the shapes on the house and some of the negative shapes that are created .

I’ve done some sketching but haven’t really come up with a direction yet. I think I will probably fuse this piece as it seems it would work well with shapes. I don’t have a lot of experience with fusing. So I need some practice.


I’ve been bonding

January 26, 2006

I’ve been bonding with my new Prodigy longarm quilting machine. And I am having so much fun! I think this new machine and I are going to get along just fine.
It is a lot like learning how to sew all over again, though. I’ve had to learn how to wind the bobbin, how to adjust the thread tension and the bobbin tension and how to time the whole machine.

I’ve learned that all of the tracks have to be clean and smooth. I was quilting along and it started doing this lurching thing every once in a while; it felt like we were running down a dirt road. It turned out that there was a thread wrapped around one of the wheels and every time the wheel ran over it, it lurched.

But I am so excited about the possibilities. I can just imagine Victorian houses stitched very large and very detailed!


JQC 2006 January reveal

January 19, 2006

625 Main Street is my first page in an informal quilt journal to record my exploration in the elements and principles of design as they apply to quilting and the needle arts. Each page will also use Victorian Architecture in my hometown of Anderson Indiana as inspiration.
In January I have focused on line; exploring thick lines, thin lines, straight lines and curved lines. The home that I used this month was

built at 625 Main Street and was a wonderful example of Stick Architecture of the early 1900’s. It is a shame that the home was demolished in order to make way for the growing business district. King Solomon explains in the Bible, though, that there is “a time to break down and a time to build up” (Ecc. 3:3)
This journal page is 8 1/2 ” x 11″. It includes both machine stitching and
hand stitching. Materials are all 100% cotton. To see a photo of the original house and details on the construction process please see JQC2006 January.
Thank you to the Anderson Downtown Neighbors Association for the use of their photo!


I ain’t got no bread!

January 18, 2006

( OK, I admit, I am trying out that backlinks thing. Let’s see what happens…)
Linda wrote a wonderful blog today; I love baking bread. And I just have to say that I love baking bread too. I go the lazy route though and let my bread machine do all the work for me. Most of the time it is wonderful. Yesterday, though, I measured all the ingredients into the pan, snapped the pan in place, pushed the button and BAM!! BAM!! P-s-s-s-s. It was a no-go! No bread today. 😦

Also there is a phenomenon that I have noticed with home baked bread. If I buy a loaf of bread at the store it lasts quite a while, sometimes a week or more. With home baked bread a loaf disappears in under 4 hours! How does that work?

Tomorrow is the first day of reveals for the Journal Quilt Pages. I’m looking forward to it!

( What I thought would happen with the backlink didn’t happen there must be something else I must do.)


Hearts for Valentines

January 17, 2006

I designed this project for a hand quilting class at a homeschool co-op starting in late January. I expected the students to be 4th and 5th graders so I tried to make this first project simple and quick to finish. It includes some piecing, some applique and a few embroidery stitches; the Running Stitch, the Blanket Stitch, the Lazy Daisy and Spider Web Rose. And I thought that it would make a good gift for the students to give away.

Well, I just found out that the students in the class are 7th through 9th grade… just a bit older than I expected. So now I need to decide if this is too simple…too juvenile… for these middle schoolers.


Grandma Leta’s Quilt

January 12, 2006

My husband’s grandmother made this quilt in the early 1930’s. She apparently won first place at the Indianapolis State Fair with it. I have not been able to find out the year though because the State Fair archives did not keep records on the quilt contests that far back. I can find out whose pig won first place, but not whose quilt.

There are 48 blocks set in sashing. Each block has an image of one state’s official state flower. The flowers are embroidered in French
Knots with the leaves and grasses done in the outline stitch. The state’s abbreviation is in the lower left hand corner.

All of the embroidery, piecing and quilting were done by hand. I cannot imagine how long it must have taken her to finish it. Talk about a labor of love!


What is JQC 2006?

January 10, 2006

Journal Quilt Challenge 2006 is a challenge to produce a series of journal quilts with only two requirements; the size; 8 1/2″ x 11″; and the rate; one per month. 33 online quilters accepted the challenge. A web ring was established with their sites and a Webshots site was set up to display all of their work. Please visit these sites to see all of the wonderful work these quilters are doing. I decided to accept the challenge and to use it as a way to revisit the elements and principles of design and to explore how they can relate to my quilting. I used images of Victorian Architecture from my childhood hometown of Anderson, Indiana for inspiration. The following links will take you to posts detailing my Journal Quilt Challenge responses.


Back to school!

January 10, 2006

The kids and I started school again yesterday, after 3 weeks off. I’m not sure on whom it was harder, the kids or me. No more drawing and sewing as I want all day. 😦

We didn’t get much school done yesterday either though. My boys both got new computers for Christmas and somehow I forgot to get all of their class software loaded on the new computers. So most of yesterday was spent loading software. That is an essential part of a good education though, right? Loading software.

Hopefully, we’ll do better today.


What do you think?

January 6, 2006

I’ve had an idea for my January journal quilt page that I would like to run by you.

I was thinking about adding a border around the whole drawing but I didn’t like fencing in the top of the tower. It looks like it is reaching up to the heavens and I don’t want to restrict it from that. So I started just sketching the border around the bottom. The border started looking like the spandrel on the porch (the decorative work spanning between the posts). Additionally, I was thinking of using the address as the title of the page so I was trying to figure out where I could put it.

Then I had this idea…break the spandrel posts, turn it upside down and put the address, upside down, like it had been hanging between the posts. Breaking the posts and turning it upside down symbolize the fact that the house was demolished and no longer stands.

Is this just too weird? I’m a little uncomfortable with it but I don’t know it that is because it doesn’t make sense or if it is because I don’t usually put symbolism in my work. So, what do you think?


David’s Doodle 3

January 4, 2006

I did finish David’s Doodle. I think it turned out fun. I like the 3-D effect of the diamonds. Nice design, David.