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I’m Back

Seems like forever since I last posted.  No excuse.   Just putting things off! Nothing much has happened since I last posted.  The weather has been so nice that I have spent a lot of time sitting on my back screened porch just enjoying it.  Being lazy gets boring after a while, so decided I had to get off my rump and do something.  I have tackled a big job –cleaning and organizing my craft room.  Lesson learned –  BE SURE TO PUT EVERYTHING BACK IN ITS PROPER PLACE AFTER USING !!!!! The Senior Games is over at the Senior Center.  Did not enter any of my paintings or drawings in the Silver Arts Competition, but did enter my quilt that I finished last summer.   Got a blue ribbon –  see picture attached:  image1_2 Not very good picture, but you saw the finished quilt some time ago. The only art work I have done this month is a stained glass canvas, painted with acrylic inks and paints.  This is size 11 x 14 canvas.  I like this style, so think I will do more.image1 Hope to be back before too long.  Thanks for taking a look.


Quilt Block prize

One of the blogs that I subscribe to is perfectly4med.co.uk authored by Neil Burley, a mixed media artist in the UK.  I love to see his varied array of artwork, and on his 500th blog post, he gave away several prizes in appreciation to his readers who commented on this particular post.  One of the prizes was a small (6-1/2″ ) handpainted quilt square, and  I WAS CHOSEN AS THE WINNER!     it arrived in the mail yesterday.  It is beautiful!   Thanks, Neil.quilt block - Neil Burley

These are some of my favorite colors, and the workmanship is superb.  I wish I could make such beautiful, tiny stitches.

Here is a link to his blog, if you are interested in looking at some of his artwork.://perfectly4med.co.uk/2014/06/


I haven’t posted in a while, and I think you will see by these pictures what has taken up my time!!!!     The quilt is finally finished, except for the binding.IMG_0891 IMG_0893

Hope you enjoy seeing this, as well as a glimpse of my spare bedroom!

Hope to see you often now, as I want to reach my 50th post by my first anniversary next month.    This is my 40th, so I need to get busy for the next few days.

See you soon.


About 30 years ago, I was an ARTEX representative.  We had home parties and painted on fabric and other media with a ball point paint tube.  There were other brands also, including one called Vogart.  I don’t know if this product is available today.IMG_0882 The principle was the same – you stretched the fabric you wanted to paint on in an embroidery hoop and followed the lines of a printed embroidery pattern.  I did a fifty block collection of the 50 United States.  Each showed an outline of the state, the state bird and flower, a star for the location of the capitol, and the order in which they became a part of the US.  IMG_0880

I have finally decided to finish the quilt.  Each block was only 10″ square, so I had to add some printed blocks here and there to make it come out a correct size for a quilt.  I decided to quilt it in sections, so sewed the blocks together into nine sections that would be easily handled to quilt in a large embroidery hoop.

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After all the sections are completed, you sew them together until you have the finished quilt.  The photos shown will, hopefully, represent what I am talking about.   I am starting with the center section, (photo on left), and  will keep you informed as to my progress.

Holiday Art Sale —–

Sorry it has been so long since I posted.   Was quite busy all last week getting ready for the Holiday Art Sale that my neighbor, Andrea, and I were having at my house last Saturday. We sent out quite a few invitations,  but we had very few visitors on Saturday.  Even though the number of customers was very low,  the sales averaged about $40 per person attending. We were happy with the results, and plan to have another one next year.   Hopefully, we can do a  little more advertising, and get more people to the show.  In addition to all of my items, Andrea had some wonderful buys in pottery, woven and quilted items.   Sorry you missed it!IMG_0837 IMG_0838 IMG_0839 IMG_0840 IMG_0841 IMG_0842 IMG_0843 IMG_0844 Here are a few snapshots of my house after we had set up on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by today, and will see you soon.