Archive for May, 2006


QOV Top Finished

May 31, 2006


I finished dthe Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt top yesterday. I think it turned out very nice. Judy of Sunshine Quilts designed the top and hosted the quilt mystery. She posted a photo of her version a few days ago. If you look closely you will see that my colors are reversed from her colors. That is just a sample of my inability to follow directions! It is a good thing that in quilting it usually doesn’t matter! So now this top will have to wait patiently for its turn on the quilting table!


Which Star Trek Character are You?

May 30, 2006

Your results:You are Uhura; You are a good communicator with a pleasant soft-spoken voice. Also a talented singer. (That’s debatable)
Uhura 80%
Beverly Crusher 75%
Data 73%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt) 70%
Chekov 60%
Geordi LaForge 60%
Jean-Luc Picard 55%
Deanna Troi 55%
Mr. Sulu 50%
Spock 45%
Leonard McCoy (Bones) 45%
Mr. Scott 45%
Will Riker 45%
Worf 45%
James T. Kirk (Captain) 20%

I’m just glad I am not an expendable character!!

Click here to take the “Which startrek character are you?” quiz…


Press’n Seal 2

May 27, 2006


A lot of you commented on my post yesterday about using Press’n Seal in the quilting process. Thanks for all the comments. A few expressed warnings about sewing right through the drawings as the ink might come off onto the thread. So I did a few samples to see what would happen and you were right! The thread picks up the ink as it is sewn through the drawing and looks terrible. Yuck!! I tried permanent marker and ball point pen. So I won’t be doing that. That’s OK, as I like to freehand my quilting anyway. I will continue to use the Press’n Seal to audition possible designs though, as I think that works great.

On another note, my teenage boys have been sleeping on the couches in the family room alot lately. I commented to them that if they just slept there all the time they wouldn’t have to worry about making their beds and they would always look neat.

My husband jumped in and yelled, “Don’t do it. She’ll start moving her quilting stuff in your room and the next thing you know you won’t have a room. It will be a quilting studio!”

I can’t imagine why he would say such a thing!! 🙂 Well, I do have to admit that I covet the boys’ closet. It is a big walk in closet with floor to ceiling shelves. It would make a great spot for my stash!!


Press’n Seal

May 26, 2006


I am trying a new technique for auditioning quilting patterns on a quilt. I am using Glad Press’n Seal. The Press’n Seal is transparent so it is easy to see the quilt through it and it lightly sticks in place and leaves no visible residue when I remove it. (Visible being a key word here; I don’t know yet what will happen over time…)


I have been drawing on the Press’n Seal with a permanent marker usually at the drawing table and then move it to the quilt. I have also tried drawing right on the Press’n Seal on top of the quilt and the marker did not bleed through onto the quilt…just don’t draw off the edge!!!


It makes an easy way of making lots of different designs to audition and look at.



It is easy to make multiple copies of a design to see how the design works on adjacent blocks.

A mentor of mine has told me that I can make copies of the final design and use them to sew through while quilting. The pieces then just peel off. I haven’t tried that yet.

Has anyone else tried this method?


JQC 2006 May

May 24, 2006


This month in my study of the elements and principles of design, I am focusing on the depiction of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional plane. It often is not listed as an element of design but it seems to me to be very important.

When we look at a picture on a two-dimensional surface visual signals can convince us that we are looking at a three-dimensional image.


The paintings of the Ancient Egyptians are a good example of images with no depth. They are about as flat as they can get.


Whereas Raphael’s paintings of the early 16th century are good examples of two dimensional images projecting a three dimensional space. (I’m not sure how all the yellow squares got in the picture…. please try to ignore them)

Some of the tools for creating illusions of three dimensional space are overlapping, changing size and placement, linear perspective, relative hue and atmospheric perspective. For this exercise I decided to play with the size and placement of items in the picture to change the perceived depth.


The photo I chose to work with is very flat looking and does not read as very deep. In Microsoft Picture It! I pulled out the small lamp post in front of the house, enlarged it and replaced it in the photo.


The house isn’t any bigger or closer but the front of the picture was brought closer to the viewer. So the percieved depth of the picture was increased.

To further play around with the photo I applied a photo illusion that Microsoft calls accented edges, which basically just highlighted the edges of the objects in the photo. After printing the photo on fabric I colored it with Crayolas and edged it with zig-zag stitching.

In some ways I feel successful with this page, in other ways I don’t feel successful with it. I think that enlarging the lamp post did successfully increase the depth of the image, (even though my son told me, “I don’t see it!”) But I don’t feel like the crayons did anything for it and the whole piece lacks the interest and punch I’d like to see. So I am calling it a successful failure. 🙂


Standardized Testing

May 21, 2006


My kids are taking the Stanford Standardized Tests this week. They are actually happy about it as that means they will not have to do their regular work this week. To them, anything that gets them out of studying is a good thing.

I used to avoid any testing…I guess because I just like to rebel. But we did it one year and it actually was a help to me in planning what we should concentrate on the next year; not only what they are behind in but also what they are ahead in, because that is usually what they are most interested in and enjoy the most.

So on to the testing! I just hope we get home early enough that I can squeeze some quilting in!!


Do These Pass as Greys?

May 19, 2006


My goal in dying this fabric was to achieve a 5 step gradation of greys with black. Well, I got some really beautiful fabrics, not 5 steps of greys and a black, but beautiful none the less. I am anxious to use the fabric in a project I have going right now, but I think I’ll be heading back to the dye studio (the kitchen sink!) for my greys. There are a few problems with these.

First off, they are very warm; almost burgandy. I know there was a lot of blue in the dye, because I saw it going down the drain as I rinsed. I read in the Dharma catalog that chlorine in the water can inhibit blues. Maybe my water has a lot of chlorine in it? I think I will try some distilled water instead of tap water to see if I can get a slightly cooler grey.

Secondly, the gradations are heavy on the dark side; there are no lights. The top end of the scale is so dark that I can’t really tell which order they are supposed to be in. I started out with 8 tsp of dye for the darkest and cut that measurement in half for each step. For my next run I will have to adjust that… not sure how yet. Maybe I’ll start out with 6 tsp of dye and cut that in half for each step…

Thirdly, there are some spots in the fabric where the dyes didn’t get completely dissolved/mixed and it left a dot of color. I guess I’m going to have to stop being lazy and get the old blender out to mix the dyes to be sure they are mixed.

So, theoretically, my next batch will turn out as I plan…

Wanna bet? 🙂


C&C Composing with Shape

May 17, 2006

The next section of Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter deals with shapes and placing them in different compositions. The exercises ask that you cut out certain size shapes, arrange them in compositions and fuse in place.


This first one is a horizontal composition.


This one is a vertical composition.

Both of the exercises use the same shapes and sizes except the second one has an extra square in a different color to provide a focus. This was a very simple exercise. It just took time to fuse the fabric and cut it into all of the required shapes. After that it was all play time! It is interesting how the same shapes can result in such different compositions.

The next section of the book deals with Value and Color. I dyed fabrics yesterday to use for the seven-step gray-scale value run. I am looking forward to rinsing the fabrics out today to see if they dyed up the way I want them to … or if I will be running around town later to find 6 grays!!



May 15, 2006


I quilted this quilt for my guild. It is to be presented to a family through Habitat for Humanity. One of the women in the guild pieced it. She is 80 years old. I hope I have half the energy she has when I am 80 years old!


There were a couple of aspects of this quilt which were challenging for me. First off, at 74″ x 95″, it is the largest quilt I have worked on. Secondly, for the quilting I decided to do a freehand fern meander. I have not done much freehand work on my longarm yet so I was hesitant to start. But it all went off OK. In spite of the challenges, it went more smoothly and more quickly than I expected.


Happpy Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2006


Happy Mother’s Day!