Sunday, February 19, 2017

The New Hexagon Book

I am having a blast making these blocks from the book.... "The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek 

I decided to NOT do my blocks all by hand. So, I'm calling mine Hybrid blocks. I'm piecing by hand, Machine sewing them onto the big hexagon, machine quilting them, and I'm hand quilting the edges with peril cotton threads with big stitches. Then I will machine stitch them all together. LOL!!! "Hybrid"



It's a great time to practice my free-motion quilting.
I have 11 done now...and there are 63 blocks. 52 in the book, and 11 free one the Katja gives out on her website.
And what makes it even more fun to work in this book...I'm NOT doing it alone. I grabbed some friends to join me. We meet once a month. At my house. On our first meeting we of course got a group shot in the "Happy Potty"....Back row Becky, Kate, Paula, then Laura and Me. LOL!!! Kate is so tiny we had her stand on the toilet so she could be seen amongst us tall people...hehe!!
This is a super fun group of Gals!!!
I look forward to them coming :0) 

Be sure to check out Katja's website for this quilt. Click on her name and it will take you there. :0)

thanks for stopping by....I am off to my first Quiltcon ... in Savannah, Georgia!!!
I am too excited!!!!



Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Baby :o)


His name is Jake...and he is 15 weeks old. He is a Cornish Rex just like his brother Jasper. And they are brothers...they have the same Momma...but different Daddy's.

He is so cute!!!

My Niece went with me to collect him. Everyone was busy...and I needed someone to hold him. I have NOT used a cat carrier with Jasper... we harness and leash him... and I want to be able to do the same with this little guy. Jasper is not afraid of any dog. Even strange dogs at the vet can sniff him and he is okay.
Poor little guy...he does look confused and scared here. What is happening?!!! Who are these people? and Where is my Mommy?!!!
I took a selfie with him when I stopped a quilt shop. Yes... I did!!! LOL!!! Come on!! I am a Quilter for Pete's sake!!! lolol!!!
For the first two days we had to keep Bella away from him ... he could handle the little poodles. They simply ignored him. But Bella wanted to get close and sniff him...and that was NOT happening. Thought the little guy was going to have a heart attack!!!
Jake figured out real fast that humans were SAFE-BASE. lol!!! So you often found him sleeping on Me or my Hubs.
Then on day 4 he started following Jasper around and not hissing at Bella so much. (as long as she didn't get to close) He also started to play tag with Jasper...chasing each other all over the house. But when he was done he would always come find me to sleep. He doesn't trust sleeping without being on Safe-base.

But then day 7 happened...and it was quiet in the house..dogs were upstairs with me...and no cats. I went to see what they were up to and found them like this... sound to sleep. Up to this point Jasper wouldn't let Jake cuddle.... which is probably why Jake kept coming to me to sleep.
Sigh... I'm a HAPPY fur-mom. All is right in the house.
The boys have excepted each other.
And Jake only hisses at Bella if she opens her mouth. She can touch him with her nose and smell him...he's okay with that..but the second he sees teeth... Nope!!! He's done. And can you blame the 3lbs little guy. I mean he can fit in her mouth for goodness sakes!!! LOLOLOL!!!!

Thanks for stopping by to see my new fur-baby.
and for those who will ask these cats are Cornish Rex cats. They are known for being hyper allogenic... which is why I got them and have poodles.




Friday, February 3, 2017

PinkSwap2017

So I decided to that I want to create a Mini Quilt wall in my house.... but I didn't want to make all the quilts myself. So, I am joining in on several mini swaps online. The first one that came along was PinkSwap2017...you could choose 12-16" or 4-6" I liked the thought of making and receiving a mini-mini!! So, I took Ms. Hazel above and did my best to figure out how to shrink her into a mini-mini...ha!!!

My first attempt was a failure!!! arrrg!!!!

But I did figure it out and pulled my fabrics and began.

And got so excited about my Pink Hazel...I made 4!!! Ha!!!

Then I quilted tiny hearts all over her!!

....and after binding her in pink...I went looking for something more... and was very HAPPY to find I had pink flowers just the right size. 

She looks perfectly PINK!

Ms. Hazel measures 5"x6" and she is on her way to live in her new habitat. 

and her sister's? Well, One will stay will me, one went to live with my Bestie here in Jacksonville...and the last sister...I'm not sure where she will end up...we will just wait and see....

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Got A New Mini


I have the BEST friends in the world!!! My bestie here in Jacksonville made me a mini quilt for Christmas!!! And I absolutely love it!!! She and I became friends through Art. Then she asked me to teach her how to quilt. So, now she is quilting on her own and I couldn't be more proud of her!!
Becky calls herself the "Wonky Quilter".... LOL!!! I think she is silly. Her quilts look just fine to me!!
 
Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RJR Fabric Mini

I absolutely loved RJR's Cotton Supreme Solid fabric line!!! I used it to make the Big tree quilt. I decided to take some of the leftovers and make a mini for a give-a-way. And I had no pattern I just randomly started cutting the fabrics. Before I knew it....a square in a square started to emerge. 

Then I match-stitch quilted it.

Ta-Da!!! All done. I held the give-a-way on my Instagram account. The winner already has it hanging in her house and loves it. 

I'm happy she loves it :0)

I'm even happier that I had enough fabric to make a second mini for Me. Same blocks above I just need to sew them together :0)

What do you do with your leftovers?
I like this idea of making a mini with them :0) 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My Toy-Sewing Machine Collection


  I have a HUGE crush on these toy Sewing machines!!! They are so stinkin' cute!!! I have started a collection of them. I only have 9. They are very hard to find... and they are not cheap! So, I have set myself some rules so I don't go bankrupt in collecting them...LOL!!!

#1- I have to find them in person...No shopping online.
#2- Have a budget...I stay under 65.00 dollars for these little guys.

 And because of these two rules...my collection is small. I could find them all over the Internet, but almost all of them are over 85.00 - 100.00 and sometimes even higher. So, my collection is small. And I love it.

I have paired each of my little machines with a quiltie that I made years ago. This one I also added a vintage toy poodle.

              This one has another thing I love... wooden spools!!
And sometimes I am blessed by wonderful friends that give these machines as presents...as this baby was gifted to me by Karen Valentine.

And this baby was spotted by my Hubby. He was very proud of himself to have found it.


And finally the first one that started my obsession...I came across this little baby and had to have her. And now when I go junking or antique shopping...I'm always on the look out. 

Thanks for stopping by....I can't believe we are in 2017!!!
But, okay....Let's do this...Here's to a wonderful Art making year!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Art journal Pages

I absolutely LOVE to art-journal!!! The following pages are from my Glue-book Party nights. 
         The theme above was: Red/Black/White.... I do believe I covered that!!! :0)
This theme was: Junk Mail.... I used cancelled stamps on the edges and brochures in the middle.

Not a Glue-Book spread...Haha. 
But it was my response to all the UGLiness that was going on after the election.

Glue-book page...theme: Glitter

Theme: Something that involved Stars.

Here we are in my Art studio making a super FUN mess!! (from left to right) Susan, Becky, Sandie, and Darlene. It was a great way to end the Last Glue-Book Party of the Year!!! 

....and of course you can NEVER come to my house and NOT get your picture taken in the 
"HAPPY POTTY" 

Everyone LOVES to go to the HAPPY POTTY for selfies!!! LOL!! It's becoming famous!!! I have brand new art friends come over, people I have never met. Who follow me on Instagram. And the first thing out of their mouths after they say "Hello"...."Can I please see the Happy Potty?" No joke!!! It just happened not to long ago!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!!

I just started printed the selfies out and taping the Happy Potty selfies to the back of my Art Studio door.... It is a sight to see!!! :0) Which I do...since my door never closes against the wall. I tucked a desk behind the door...Which allows me to see all these lovely people who have come to my home and have enjoyed my Studio's and my art (in the Happy Potty) haha!!

If you want more info on the Glue-book party.... Check out @barebranchblooming on instagram. The party is the first Saturday of every month at 8pm.


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