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Make it Monday Turned to Tuesday...

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I have been playing around with making my own stamps so that my designs can be my own.

I have started with leaves from my back yard. Scanned them, traced them, then put them onto fun foam...
I then scratched the design in with a needle.

I learned this in Alisa Burke's  -  Beneath the Surface class. http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/

What a lot of information! It was amazing!!!

This was the result of my experiment...


The three leaves in the centre were done with my new leaf stamp and acrylic paints Then I did some stitching on the stamped leaves. The branch is an applique and then couched sari silk on top.
I attached two leaves that I stitched veins on the  leaves to match the stamped leaves. Then I put wonky boarders with some of my favorite scraps...
This was a finish on Sat. so this is what I made last week....
I can't wait to try more of Alisa techniques.
Jo

Made it Monday...

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I don't just sew...
I have to find portable projects that I can work on in the car, for watching TV with my family or when visiting with friends at the cottage like we did again this weekend.
It is absolutely wonderful that we have such good friends to spend time together at the lake.
This weekend I made these fingerless mittens for my DD and started a pair of my own.
The pattern is a Churchmouse Classic http://www.churchmouseyarns.com which I purchased at my local favorite yarn and quilting store http://www.stitchonline.ca. The yarn for the finished pair was from left over yarn that I made a hat and a scarf for my daughter. I doubled the yarn because it was quite a bit thinner than this green wool. The green wool is so soft!
So now I have made two pairs of these gloves for DD and I have almost finished the first glove in my own pair.
I also make some stamps out of fun foam and can't wait to try them.
And I did about 10 blocks of my nieces quillow in between loads of laundry …

A Finish!!!!!

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I started this top 2 years ago for my ds1 for his room. My dd complained she had to wait for hers until she went to university. She actually pieced her quilt herself and I hand quilted it the summer she was to leave for university...
I was not going to get caught again with finishing it just in time....  So the top was pieced and life happened.  I decided to machine quilt this quilt due to time and the fact that it will probably hold up to the use my son will give it. He is harder on his things then my daughter...  So true to form this was finished at midnight the night before he left.  My baby off to University. It will be an adjustment this fall....  Two out of the house and the third busy with his life.  But this is good... 
Here is the finish of the quilt and the start of a new adventure for son and mom....

What have I been doing the last month...

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What have I been doing the last month...
Taking care of family - mom had a heart attack, stints put in and is now back on track...
                                 - DS2 sent off to Korea for two weeks Mission Trip.
                                 - Vacation with hubby....
                                 - working on finishing projects already started..
                                 - special room surprise for DS2 arrival home....
                                 - work - bookkeeping and catch up....
                                 - cosy pj's for my nephew....
                                 - normal everyday stuff.

Here I am relaxing with my friend... (I am on right)
This is my crazy 13 year old dog who licks her paw until it bleeds  and wears a cone so she won't. And still tries to go through the water to get to the boat house.... Determined old thing. She has a lame back let too!
Here is my outdoor "office" as my BIL would say. We had 10 great days here. …

Fun Stuff!

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In early June I went to our family cottage with a few of my BFF's. How many BFF's are you allowed to have? What is a BBF? To me it is someone loves you no matter what. When your happy/sad, right/wrong, giving/taking,talking/listening and when you screw up. It is being to say able to say sorry even when you disagree and and you don't know what you did. It is a love you anyway kind of relationship.


Anyway, I am blessed with such a supportive group of women. And did we laugh, cry and laugh somemore. Oh and eat!

We did some shopping on our way up and I went to Rockport my favorite shoe store because I have to buy supportive shoes. But usually I don't feel I can afford to buy them or it is too much money to spend on a pair of shoes. But I am not held to not buying them when I get a deal. I got 4 pairs of shoes but these were my favorite!
Cute, cheap and funky...and comfortable. 
So then I needed a purse... Hummm 
Off to my stash of newly dyed fabric and I chose this.  I us…

dying fabric

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Took my second dyeing class from Colourvie  colourvie in Toronto on Sat.
It was great fun.
Gunnel is so helpful and upbeat. She is wonderfully generous with her knowledge and workshop supplies. If she doesn't know the answer she is into experimentation.
You come home with usable fabric.
It is an easy system to clean up and do at home and doesn't smell!

Here are some pic's
Rubber stamp for leaves, gold dye paint for stems, flowers a wooden stamp, center of flowers dots of gold dye paint. 

 Making our own stamps with fun foam shapes and wooden blocks. 





I had a great day!

Now to get back to my sewing room. It has been painted and things are going back in. I am going through everything before it goes back in and the things going out are going to my son's garage sale to raise money for a trip to Korea this summer to teach English through VBS.

What fun to clean up stuff and help him too!

I am hoping June gets me back to sewing. If not I have July vacation at the cottage! Two …

Wonderful Play Day!

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4 or 5 years ago I came across a vendor at the Creative Festival in Toronto whose product I just had to have.
I wanted to learn how to dye fabric but not have the mess.  I thought I would do it on my own... I thought I would do it with my friend.  Life happened. Using the product didn't.  So fast forward to now and I finally did it! I signed up for the class and drove to Toronto on Saturday.  I met some neat new people. So interesting. All wanting to expand what they do... quilting, sewing, smocking,  spinning and dying. 
What did I do? 
I went to the Colourvie Studio and took a class with Gunnel Hag and had a fabulous time. http://www.colourvie.com
“IRRESISTIBLE RESISTS” (with Gunnel Hag)April 2, 2011: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Are you ready for a fabric adventure? Experiment with the use of soy wax and other resists to create a wide range of patterns and textures on fabric. Learn how to mix pigment colours as well as a variety of  techniques for hand painting/dyeing and making simple stam…

On vacation....

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Literally I am on vacation. February was a downer of a month in some ways. In others it was a very growing month.  Sometimes the negative - events in the first half of the month can change your perspective and allow you to get a fix on things.  Traditionally I do not enjoy the lack of sun in the winter.  In the last half of the month I  - got caught up at work.  -went downhill skiing - had a wedding shower for a great couple  - went to Ottawa with my daughter, husband and good friend - saw museums, saw the Senators win, shopped with my daughter, skated on the Rideau canal, and laughed a lot. Good medicine.
March came in and even though it snowed we are enjoying it. 
First Saturday in March was spent with my good friends doing a collaborative project. 
This will go into the Dundas School of Art Auction. Lisa is a raku artist and Diane is a fiber/weaver artist and I am the fiber/quilting artist. It was a great experience to work together. 
Now I am off again visiting my family in Vermont. Taking…

Why I like my mini bolts...

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Why do I like my mini bolts?

I guess I am obsessing on my mini bolts. I just find this so easy to use.

This method keeps my fabric from getting to messy and mashed. When I fold my fabric an put it in plastic boxes and I start pulling for a project I start hurrying and stuffing stuff back in.

And it does allow me to play deal a fabric. Like this:
 Or this
 Or this.....

Then it allows me to put things back into the boxes like this. 

I also can pull my boxes and see at a glance what I have. The piles don't topple. Are not falling off the shelves and the pets can not knock them over. 

This works awesomely for me when I am making small art quilts or any other project I do. Larger pieces than a yard go in my cutting cabinet. I have material ear marked for projects here and then bigger pieces I have to use up when I need to like neutrals and fabric to great to pass up. 
I had a suggestion from a comment to the way I do my fabric bolts from the Quilter Club of America site. They use hair…

How I store my fabric.... Part one

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Storing your fabric.

Risky topic to bare to the world.

Why? If you hubby happens to see your blog he might realize how much you have. Or you might feel embarrassed that your stash is smaller than others. What if someone doesn't like your choices? Or what if????

Does it matter how you store your stash? Not really. But for me I have found that out of sight is out of mind. I just don't remember any more what I have. My kids call one space in my basement the wall o'fabric. A storage area in my laundry room of photocopy boxes with fabrics of different kinds. Fleece, knit, scraps, poly cotton.....

Slowly I am gifting to organizations my stash of unrelated to quilting items. I am teaching my niece to sew. She picks from the stash... Donations needed for orphanage in Africa. My girlfriend picks from the stash.

I thought of trying to sell it online to raise some money for more fabric - quilting fabric. But I am too lazy or somehow it doesn't appeal to have someone reject it. I…

WIP storage

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While surfing this morning... a hard thing to do in Canada when it is freezing ice on the driveway and temperature high will be 6 degrees C ... no, blog surfing...

I went to Em's Scrapbag who I follow and from there to www.13woodhouseroad.com/ where Shruti Dandekar has a great blog and giveaways. One of the ways to enter the giveaway is to become a follower.... the other was harder ... to link to a post of how you organize your WIPS.

Now I love to organize. In fact it calms me somewhat. It is my go to activity when I am agitated and feel out of control. So you think that my house would be uber organized. Not so. It seems it has to degrade to a point where it is so bad it has to be done from the bottom up. My sewing room is no exception. And it is weird that  sew less when it it disorganized and it gets disorganized when I am under pressure to get things done. And it seems I get things down under a deadline. Who knows what that means to a psychologist! 

But  I digress... So I did c…

What kind of writer am I like....

I have a friend Madame Samm Sew I Quilt who  is a very talented creative person. She is now managing TWO blogs... the one above and has taken over at Stash Manicure Stash Manicure she is amazing at finding things. On her site today she had a challenge to find out what author you are like. I am apparently like

I write like Cory Doctorow
Now I didn't even know who this is... and I read a lot! So I went to Amazon to find out who he is and he (or could be a she) writes science fiction for teens.  What  a hoot since we are science fiction geeks. Star trek, Stat Gate, Dr. Who etc.  
It used to bother me that my family was a bit odd. Now I embrace it! We laugh a lot here. We are a family that laughs about been geeks.  That is why I chose sewinggeek for my blog. We love information! It is very fitting that my writing style is like Cory Doctorow. Maybe I will have to read one of his books.  I can't for the life of my see that my friend Samm writes like Stephen King. She is not gory, or horro…

Play Day Postponed...

With a play day cancelled  postponed until next week... I am taking stock and regrouping.
The fact is that I run on deadlines and procrastinate the rest of the time. Either that or I take on to many deadlines or have to many hobbies. lol
So last night I went into my lair and started to straighten up from the mess that I had created before Christmas.
Since I spent most of my holidays with a virus (two weeks and holding...) I really didn't get stuff done and away. Just do what is needed and go back to bed...
I had a great time last night... not with my Quilty friends (although I did miss that too!) but I had a date with my stuff - Dr. Who and Magnum P.I. I can't listen to anything intellectual or that I have to pay attention to when I am in my room because often my mind drifts. So books on tape do not work because I lose where I am in the story.
So back to the basement I will go until I get the job done.
From this exercise I have learned...

When I create - I create a mess but I can not…