Botanical Navaho Rose

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Mike made this quilt. It’s so beautiful.

This is a popular quilt in my area because the pattern designer is also my LQS owner. You can find the pattern here.

I have seen this in pretty much every style you can imagine from civil war, Christmas, musical, beach, western ect. It’s probably been the quilt I have quilted most in my career…..honestly. It’s that popular around here….I have also made 3 of them myself. ( maybe an extra …I can’t remember) It was the first quilt I ever made on point. :)

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Mike chose beautiful batiks and that border fabric just makes my heart sing. I think that was chosen first and then everything was chosen to compliment that one fabric. Pretty fabulous.

IMG_2018 IMG_2019Look at all of those roses…..eye candy.

So for quilting I wanted to keep the designs oraganic to match the theme of the fabrics.

So I quilted a fern in the border, leaves in the sashings and l’s in the side setting triangles. Continuous curves and Charisma curls finish it off.

IMG_2016It was a beautiful project to start off my first day back at work. :) Now this has to go to Beth for Binding before it will be shipped back to Mike.

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Charisma

 


My First Day Back to Work.

Well today is my first day back to work. It’s also my 3 week anniversary since surgery.

So the stats on that is that I have lost 33 pounds total. I am doing well as far as side effects ect. I am not having any issues. My wounds are healing fine. I am eating fine….I have been introducing things slowly and tolerating everything well. I would say it’s a “chore” to get all of my liquids in. I just don’t think about it. So that is the struggle.

I am not really seeing a difference in my appearance or anything. But my current weight is the weight that I was hanging out at for several years…so my clothes are feeling normal and loose. I was outgrowing all of them before….I just refused to buy a bigger size. So I looked pretty ridiculous. :)

so now I don’t look ridiculous in my ow clothes anymore. So I know with another 10 pound loss I will get to get rid of my current size jeans. I discovered that I have 3 different sizes of jeans in my closet…so I will be good to go on pants ect for a while. Which is good. I am probably going to stick with work out pants & sweats for the most part …I can get more use out of them and make them last longer. when you lose weight so fast it doesn’t make sense to keep buying clothes until you get to a weight where you are comfortable. but then again…maybe things will change in my mind?

Anyway…I have to say I am dragging my feet about starting work again. Not that I dislike my job…but because I really love my freedom. I love that my Hubby provides so well (not to mention the debt diet plan helped) and I didn’t have the stress of “money” while I was out. I took a few days to sew a few tops….I knew once work started again I probably would have time to freely sew again. It’s just the nature of the next 6 months. There are fairs, quilting shows and then Christmas. So I won’t have free time in the studio. But I did make the most of those days. I completed my Wild & Goosey quilt ( which I now have to quilt). Which was a very good thing. Bonnie Hunter is taping a show and she accepted my quilt for the taping. YAY!  I wasn’t planning on doing any fancy quilting on the top….which kind of has me second guessing now …just because it’s going to be on Tv…..so I am not sure. I say that because I just don’t think I have enough time to make it fancy now. LOL. But We will see how I feel. Anyway. I will figure it out.

I also watched some TV marathons. Mainly hallmark Channel movies. I record them …..and I can watch them all day long. it drives my boys crazy. But the movies they watch drive me crazy…so it’s fair.

Bryce is having some adjustment issues. He’s really homesick and wants to come home. He’s mainly homesick for his girlfriend & friends. Which is normal. But I am not going to give in to his emotions because he needs to grow up and figure out life. If you are comfortable you aren’t growing.

I have learned that in my life. So many times. I even torture myself on purpose to make myself do better…hence a stomach surgery. Seriously, in the last 3 weeks I have even had dreams about food. Weird right? Last night I dreamt that I kept eating all of these carbs and my stomach was never ending. My family kept handing me plates of pasta and rice..and I just kept eating it…..we were waiting to see if I ever got full and we kept getting amazed that it wasn’t ever filling up. LOL. I never would have thought those would be the dreams one has. I can’t eat those kinds of carbs anymore. honestly I don’t have room anyway….it takes every bit of effort to get my protein in. I went off of sugar and carbs….and I don’t feel hunger anymore.. (right now anyway..that eventually comes back).

Well I thought I would finally share the few tablerunners I quilted when I first got back from Mexico. They are terrible. It’s after I quilted those I just decided to take several rest days and sit in front of the TV. ( While watching tv I ripped papers off of 400 paper pieced blocks).

My friend Donna gave me a bunch of scraps…in her scrap pile were several of these Quick Curve ruler blocks. They were rejected from another project…I am assuming. I think the colors must have been too close or something. I don’t really know. So I decided to put them together and use them as table runners. I can always use those around here. Quick & easy project for me….My movements when quilting were terrible and I was not able to get the muscle control. I didn’t realize how weak I was. So After I finished the first one..I stippled the next one.:)

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I used a gray for the back:

IMG_1989So here is to July. My first day back and new beginnings!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Charisma


Crabapples

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Well this is another Bonnie Hunter pattern called “Crabapples.” The pattern is located in her book called Adventures with leaders & enders.

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I decided on this quilt because I had several 1.5 inch strips cut & ready to go from my scrap bin. IN fact I had them back from when I completed Tumalo Trail…..Yes, it’s been that long. About 6 months ish? Anyway I was able to use the strips I pulled for that for my W&G quilt and for this one. I am finally out of scrappy strips for that. Well not completely out…I will just have to do some more scrap bin sorting to get more. :)

I really didn’t want to have to throw them back into the bin…because then you know…you have to re-press them….measure them ect. It’s best just to use them.   That’s my philosophy anyway.

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I used scraps for the the blocks and little 9 patches. But when I was searching through my stash to find sashing & setting triangle fabrics ..I stumbled upon this little bundle of fabrics I bought several years ago.  They were all in greens, light blue, and browns….I thought they might be ok to add to this quilt. They all had a “nature” type theme to them with birds, leaves, branches. I thought I could make them work. Eh…it looks ok. I was happy to use up fabric that was old and hadn’t inspired anything.

IMG_2009I decided to add a couple of extra borders just so I could use up a majority of this fabric I have…it worked. It took some magic….but it all worked out. I just have a few cuts left and I am happy with teh end result. Plus who doesn’t like a bigger quilt?

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There is paper piecing in this quilt as well as regular piecing. I have quilted one before. My friend Felicia sent one a few summers ago..I had loved hers…and knew one day I would make one. It’s just so charming.

IMG_2010I love Bonnie Hunter patterns..they are simple and easy to use….and you always feel like you accomplished something great when you are finished. NOt to mention I used a lot of scraps …once again.

IMG_2008 IMG_2007I am not yet sure how I will quilt it. I am running out of time on my vacation. So I doubt it will get quilted anytime soon. :) But It was fun to be able to sit & sew a few quilt tops while I was down. It’s actually been awhile since I have been able to sew. I had been so busy trying to get everything done and sending my son off….then surgery. Of course I will probably be so busy for the rest of the year…that I am sure any time I get won’t produce must results. So having this little bit of time was nice for me.

I hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday!

Blessings

Charisma

 


Wild & Goosey Blocks

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Last Fall Bonnie Hunter came out with the Wild & Goosey Block in Quiltmaker magazine. It seemed to catch everyone. We all boarded the W&G Train. HONK! HONK!

Actually, I was a bit late to the game because I started in Jan or Feb.  What can I say I am always late.

At first I thought everyone was crazy because each block is 3.5 inches ( 3 inches finished) and I think each block has about 13 pieces of fabric. In just the W&G blocks I have 5200 pieces of fabric. CRAZY! They use the tiniest bits of scraps. A perfect piece for all of these are all of those leftover triangle cut offs we all have a million of in our scrap bin. Or All of those odd shapes from other paper piecing projects.. They perfect for these because they are so tiny.

Here is the PDF if you would like to make some…or a few 100.

So total in the quilt ->I think ,I have roughly- 6518 pieces of fabric. Pretty fabulous! all scraps. Even the sashings. I just cut up different cuts of background fabrics I had in bins. The finished quilt measures 94×94.

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Bonnie had one setting available for the blocks..and I think she is coming out with more. But in the quiltville Studio someone posted a picture of a vintage quilt setting that I really liked. So I saved it to my phone and knew I would use it. It looks like me. :)

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However, you can see the dimensions are a bit different. That didn’t bother me. I also wanted my arrows to point outward. I am not sure why…I just liked it better that way. It seems normal for me?

I figured out the size I would want  and thought 100 blocks would be a great size. That meant 400 individual blocks.

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So here is how I put mine together:

 

So I needed 400 Wild & Goosey blocks. After they were complete -I put 4 together to make a setting of 4. You can choose if you want your arrows to point in or out.

Then you need 122 -9 patches. I used 1.5 inch strips. They finish at 3 inches (the same as the W&G blocks)

220 sashings – 3.5 x 6.6 (unfinished)

Pretty fabulous!

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Now I am trying to decide how I want to finish it.

I am thinking of using a natural cotton batting. That way it will get the vintage crinkly look when it’s finished..after all it’s a replica of a vintage pattern ( like most quilts aren’t??) …but it just seems so cozy & comfortable. So If I go that route I will want to keep the quilting simple.  Baptist fans, clam shells, stipple….something in that order. I am not sure yet. It’s just so pretty and appeals to all of my senses. I am already sure I am going to make more W&G blocks. I just love them. They also use the fabric in my scrap bin that no other block uses….so they really serve a purpose in my studio.

Love the Top!

Thanks so much for looking! My next scrappy is well on it’s way. I only have a few more “free” days until I have to get back to work..so I am taking advantage of them. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Blessings

Charisma

 

 

 

 


A Year Of Pottery

Well I kept thinking all year I would make a post about my pottery projects and I never got around to it. Now is the time. I started pottery class last September. It’s an adult class at my local community college. I had no idea how much I would love my class and the struggles I would have with pottery.

I have been a natural at most every craft type thing I try…..I say that kind of loosely……because sewing didn’t really come that easy for me either. I had a natural eye for color & a picked up long-arming really easily. But the sewing wasn’t easy for me at all….many tears and times with my seam ripper.  But somehow somewhere something eventually clicked and that part came with perseverance.

Pottery is the same. I really love the finished products. I love that you take a lump of dirt (clay) and turn it into something useful and beautiful. I love that it is grounded. I love that all of our ancestors used pottery and that it has history. Just like quilts(blankets). All of that gives me a sense of “roots.”

I however am good at decorating my projects….and it’s honestly my favorite part. I love slab work because it’s something I can accomplish. The wheel and I on the other hand have a love hate relationship. I am utterly convinced it’s because I simply don’t have the time to master it. I have 2 hours once a week to master the wheel. It’s enough time to feel like I can get something decent at the end of my session….and then forget everything for a week in between.   I really want to invest in my own wheel and kiln. I simply don’t have the room for that currently. So it has to wait. I am fine with that….but I will accomplish this task of conquering the wheel. for sure.

There is so much that goes into one piece of pottery it’s pretty time consuming and many steps. I think one of the things I love about it is the journey. Seriously. Sometimes with quilting …I take it for granted because I have been doing it so long. When you form the piece of pottery..there is a process to drying it before you can fire it. Then after it’s fired for the first time you glaze it..then fire it again. You just never know how it’s going to turn out in each stage. Your finished piece is like you have seen it for the first time…because it’s always a surprise.

I took some pictures of a few of my pieces….not all of them. For one…I have given a few away. But also because well…..they are scattered around the house…but I did get pics of my very favorite pieces.

Here is my very first pinch pot:

IMG_1998In our first session our instructor teaches basic pinch pot techniques, then coils. Then we learn slab work and molding ect. Then she teaches us the wheel. after we learn the basics then we get to just work on whatever we want with her help & guidance.

So my first slab vase. This is one of my very favorite pieces that I have made. I did the swirly carving on it. IMG_1999 IMG_2000During the first session I didn’t really get to know any that well…I am usually pretty quiet when I first get into a class or new surroundings. But I Did sit next to a lady Named Fran in my first class.  We kind of became partners. Fran is a really sweet lady. She is a mother & grandmother to many ->I think. She is retired but still works full time at the high school. LOL I will probably be the same way. So she was just very open & shared freely. Always has a kind word for others and helpful. So we hit it off immediately.

I would slowly but surely get to know the names of the other gals & a few guys in my class.

There was a night in the 2nd quarter of class when there was a discussion going on…and I really hesitated to add my personal perspective…it was about drug addict parents ect. As many of you know I have so much to say on this subject. So I just freely opened up and shared part of my testimony. Well it was heartwarming. I had let myself become vulnerable in a classroom full of people who didn’t know me…and well it really made my experience with these people so much richer from that point on. I love my class and my instructor. I think my instructor is a “kindred spirit.” ( How I love Anne of Green Gables…..she made it so easy for me to describe these people in my life). I miss class when I can’t go..mainly because I miss the people…but I do also miss the creative outlet. I love that I get to be there with no deadlines or pressure. I can spend 5 weeks on one thing if I want. I Don’t have to impress anyone..and nothing has to be perfect. In all actuality my favorite things are the imperfect ones. It shows character.

But of course I have always been that way. :)

So I made quite a few platters in class. Not that I need many platters…..but I like them because they provide lots of space for me to carve in beautiful designs. :)I am not exactly sure how many platters one needs…..or can possibly use. But I guess my kids can fight over them when I am dead. LOL.

IMG_1992So my most favorite platter is this one with all of the quilting designs. I purposely wanted a vintage look. So I would paint on the glaze..then wipe it off ect. I was a bit nervous on how it would turn out…when it was finished ->I fell in love. It’s exactly what I wanted. It it my most favorite piece to date. I also made that rectangle shaped bowl…..it’s good for a table or something to catch keys..hold fruit ect.

I have decided i am kind of  fan of glossy glazes….I have been trying a few different ones…so I might put a clear glaze on that bowl to see if I like the glaze a bit better. I am undecided.

Here are my last two platters:

IMG_1990I love the simplicity in this one. I was fighting myself every step of the way to not add anything “more” to it. and I am glad I held out. It’s simple & elegant.

This next one was fun:

IMG_1991I wanted to work with some coils and just have some fun. This would be good on a vanity or something. I used an iron oxide on this with a clear glaze….I was unsure how it would turn out….I like it. But I wonder if I would like the shabby chic feel like that was on my favorite platter a bit better? I might make another and experiment again.

I also made this casserole dish:

IMG_1997Some of the glazes got mixed up. I thought i was paining it green. I am not a fan of blue so much…..and a blue fern doesn’t really go. But it’s functional. I know it might seem weird that I wouldn’t know the color when I was painting it on…but if you aren’t familiar with pottery glazes..they don’t look anything like the finished glaze before they are fired.

These are some projects I made on the wheel:

IMG_1993My first mug…it’s huge and pretty perfect. You might notice that they way I glaze my pieces is very streaked and uneven. I really like that imperfect look. I think it bothers a few people in my class…LOL. They try really hard to get everything evenly coated & perfect. I put it on evenly then wipe parts away because I like the distressed uneven look. It looks home made.

IMG_1994I also did some trading in class. If a person will make me a bowl on the wheel I will carve designs in a piece for them. :)

So one of the gals made me this bowl…so I could keep it and decorate how I wanted….:)

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So those a few of my pieces from pottery. I really love my class…mostly the people. I will for sure be going back…for the next quarter..it’s completely worth it.

I would encourage my quilting friends to try a class in their local area……as you can see I am taking my quilting designs into pottery and it’s very fulfilling. It’s stretches me. It’s good to grow and expand. Gets you thinking and finding joy in more things.

Many blessings to all of you!

xoxoxox

Charisma