Archive for September, 2006

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Accents

September 30, 2006

Desperate for a topic to post on, I’ve decided to borrow a topic that Jane Ann brought up in an e-mail. “Funny, but this morning in the shower, she said, “I got to thinking about our voices.” She has been wondering what we bloggers sound like, who has a New England accent, who sounds like a Valley Girl and so forth. So this will be a story about the evolution of my accent.

Because, you see, I always thought that I had no accent. I just talk normal. It’s all the folks around me that talk funny. 😉

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But while I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, a neighbor asked me if I was from Chicago.

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No, but I am from Indianapolis, which is southeast of Chicago. I was amazed that she could pin point it even that close. Hm-m-m, maybe I do have an accent.

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While living in Hawaii I was deeply immersed in accents. I picked up a few of the local words there, such as “da kine” and “mauka” and makai”. But I never did pick up the Pidgin English prevalent there. It was like a foreign language to me. Most of the time I couldn’t even understand it, let alone speak it. My husband picked Pidgin up the first week we were there. He was so good at it the locals thought that he was a local. I was always a haole (outsider).

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We’ve been here in San Antonio 8 years now and I definately hear the Texas drawl creeping into my speech. I’ll say something like “y’all” or, even worse, “all y’all” and I’ll think, “YIKES, where did that come from?” The funny thing is, I can’t figure out what I would have said in it’s place before we moved here!!

So I must sound like a Midwesterner, with an icing of Texan drawl and a sprinkling of Pidgin. I wonder what the future holds.

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TGIF

September 29, 2006

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I am so glad that it is Friday. This has been a long week.

I’ve been quilting a throw for a friend. It is made of turquoise batiks and I am using a panto called Waterworld designed by Jodi Beamish. I had some trouble with skipped stitches and breaking threads for some reason. But I am close enough to finished that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Have a great weekend!

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JQC 2006 September

September 25, 2006

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This is my Journal Quilt page for September. As I did last month, I zoomed in on a small area of a house in order to abstract it somewhat. I also canted it to one side to further abstract it. Doing those two things helped me to not think of it as a house so much and I was better able to think in terms of value, shape and line.

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I used a lot of techniques that I’m not familiar with in this one so I learned a lot of lessons. I did some trapunto (under the teal line), inserted piping, applied lace, embriodered and beaded. I also finished the edge with piping rather than my usual binding. In the lace area I learned that laying lace over another fabric will not look the way that I imagine it will look so I need to do mock-ups first to make sure what it is going to look like. I also learned that I need to think through all of the processes and decide what order to do them in and what to do before quilting so that the back is not a terrible mess. I did most of the thread painting, embroidery and embellishing on this one after quilting the back in place so the back is a mess. There will be no pictures of the back here!!

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Texas Star

September 22, 2006

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I haven’t been spending much time piecing lately; all of my quilting time has been spent quilting with the longarm. So to keep my DSM from feeling dejected I spent some time with it this morning putting together this block. I like to combine traditional blocks. With this one I used a Texas Star and put a Windmill in the center.

I had always thought this star was called an Ohio Star. But Barbara Brackman, in her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, calls it a Texas Star among other names. Since I live in Texas… Texas Star sounds just fine!

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Way Too Much About Me

September 20, 2006

I’ve nothing quilty to write about today so here’s Way too Much About Me. If you are needing a nap, this should put you right to sleep!

1. FIRST NAME? Deborah. My best friend in the first grade, her name was Debra. I had a really hard time understanding why my name had more letters than hers when they sounded exactly the same.

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No. My mom’s first choice was Diane but my cousin was born first and got that name.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? I always cry when I watch my favorite movie, Apollo 13. It’s not as though I don’t know the outcome of the story…

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes, it is interesting how it has changed over the years.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? None.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I don’t get out much so it would be unlikely that I would meet myself.

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? My blog.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes, but I am sans gall bladder.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? NO WAY!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Honey Bunches of Oats with Real Strawberries.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No, but I do untie them before I put them back on.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? I believe I can do whatever God wants me to do.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Praline and Pecan.

14.SHOE SIZE? Let’s not go there.

15. FAVORITE COLOR? Green

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I tend to eat too much.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I miss my hometown.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Sure.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black capris and barefoot- my white shoes are sitting next to me, still tied.

20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Candy Corn…yumm.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The whoosh of the air conditioner.

22.IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Forest Green

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? vanilla

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My financial advisor…it was a very short conversation!

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? I am attracted to people who hum to themselves as they go about their day.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Sure!

27. FAVORITE DRINK? Herbal teas.

28.FAVORITE SPORT? basketball

29. EYE COLOR? brown

30. HAT SIZE? Hats come in sizes?

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No, glasses.

32. FAVORITE FOOD? apples.

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? happy

34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? white.

35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Here in Texas we only have summer.

36. HUGS OR KISSES? Kisses.

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? White chocolate/macadamia nut cookies!!

38. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Fabric Collage, Artist’s Journal, The Iron Peacock, George Washinton’s World, The Dark Frigate,

39. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? It says DELL. Gee, it must have come with the computer.

40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Stuart Little.

41. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Birds at dawn and insects at dusk.

42. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles .

43THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Hawaii

44. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Sewing.

45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Anderson Indiana

46. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? OK, no one sent it. I stole it from Debra.

47. NEWEST THING YOU’VE TRIED? Making piping.

48. ONE THING YOU’D CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF: I’d be more comfortable with a large group of people.

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Artist’s Journal

September 18, 2006

A writer can practice her art in a journal with pen and paper. A painter can practice her art in a journal with paper and paints. How does a quilter practice her art? In a journal with fabric and needle and thread? I’ve been puzzling over this for a while now. Would a journal in which I write benefit my quilting? Would a journal in which I draw with pencil and paint benefit my quilting? I can see how, in the long run both could benefit my quilting in indirect ways. But if I am going to devote a block of time daily to this journal I’d like to see direct benefits immediately…OK, short term.

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A little voice in the back of my head keeps telling me that my journal needs to be in fabrics, not pencils and paints. The monthly exercises that I have done for the Journal Quilts Challenge have shown me that kind journaling yields great benefits. These small projects have pushed me to experiment and to try new techniques. I have tried new compositions and color combinations. And while some have been more successful that others, they have all been beneficial (and fun!).

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I’d really like to be able to do my journaling on location, though. Can’t you just see me setting up my sewing machine on one of the cafe tables at the River Walk? With scissors, threads and a large pile of fabrics at my feet I could just ask the waiter for a “Soda, please.”

That’s not going to work. But the brain is working on it. We’ll see what it comes up with.

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A New Trick

September 15, 2006

Don’t let them tell you that an old dog can’t learn a new trick. Because I did just that this week; I learned a new trick. Look at this:

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One bias strip about 2 inches wide, one piece of cording. The cord is about twice as long as the bias strip.

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Wrap the bias strip around one end of the cord with the right sides together.

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Sew across the end of the bias strip near the center of the cord and sew down the length of the bias strip. Don’t snug the needle tight against the cord. Leave about 1/4 inch space. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4 inch.

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Push the bias strip toward the opposite end of the cord, turning the strip right side out.

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Viola, piping with no seam allowance!

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It can now be knotted, twisted, turned or laid straight and stitched in place. How cool is that?!

Have a great weekend!

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Artist’s Journal

September 13, 2006

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For a while now I have wanted to do some art quilts based on the San Antonio River Walk. The relaxed atmosphere, the colors, the shapes, the variety of people; it seems a treasure chest of lovely images and textures waiting to be captured in fabric.

I have been puzzling over exactly how to do it. When I go to the River Walk I take lots and lots of photos. But when I get home the photos seem cluttered, flat, void of the atmosphere that I loved so much (even though the colors are still there!). So I’ve been wondering if I should work from sketches as well as the photos. Sketches might help me to eliminate the clutter and focus on the important parts of the view. I don’t have much confidence in my sketching though. So this weekend I picked up this delightful book at the library.

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Create Your Own Artist’s Journal was written by Erin O’Toole and is published by North Light Books. Erin says keeping an artist’s journal gives you the opportunity to practice being observant. “Observing means letting go of the way I think things ought to look and really seeing them for what they are.”

The book takes the reader through all the steps of keeping an artist’s journal; from assembling a hand made journal and making the first marks on the first page to who to share your journal with after it is full. She covers page design and adding handwritten notes, sketching in the back yard and sketching in public. She actually makes it sound like journaling is something I could do. And she makes it sound like fun! What’s the catch?

Just like everything else, it takes consistant time and effort to develop the skills for sketching. “Find the time and the place that feels best for working.” “Journals thrive on routine.” Ms O’Toole says she works on her journals about 1 hour every day. I’m going to be looking at my days very closely and thinking about what kind of routine I could set up for sketching. I’m thinking that the improvement that it would make to my quilts would be well worth the time.

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9.11

September 10, 2006

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Today, in memory of 9.11, I will be browsing through this book, America From the Heart, curated by Karey Bresenhan. The book showcases quilts made in response to the terrorist attacks in 2001. The images are moving, heartbreaking, beautiful and healing. They show despair and hope. They show sorrow, shock and vernerability. But most of all they show unity among quilters.

Caitlyn has a quilt in this book. Judy Coates Perez also has a quilt in this book although I have not found a picture of it posted on line. Are there any other bloggers that have quilts in the book that I have missed?

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My First Quilt

September 8, 2006

I have enjoyed looking at the posts others have had featuring their first quilts. Here is my contribution.

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It isn’t the first quilt that I started, but it is the first quilt that I finished! The date on it is 1995. I had two toddler boys and no sewing machine so I imagine that it took quite a while to finish by hand. firstquilt2quart.jpg Although they are nothing to brag about, I did design and draft the blocks myself. It is sparsely quilted, in the ditch. It has hung in our various family rooms or dining rooms for 10+ years now and was only last month replaced with a recent quilt.

Everyone has to start somewhere, eh?