Thursday, December 29, 2011

The King Speaks

Finished this one yesterday. It feels SO GOOD to be quilting again! This one came entirely out of the donations of Michael McNamara and Interior Effects. The lion and the flowers are upholstery fabric, the background silk curtain fabric.

Monday, December 26, 2011

There's a project afoot . . .

I had to look up afoot. Make sure it was a real word - and it is: astir, in progress. Online dictionaries are really cool anyway - they usually have all sorts of info just there for the looking. The word of the day is solatium.
Anyway, is there a project afoot, or did my favorite bead store just have a 25% off sale? The answer is "yes" and "yes". I've discovered I enjoy beading, now that I found a needle threader that will thread those teeny tiny hole beading needles. It's called the Escort II and it has the name written in Japanese figures below that, probably because it's made by Kawaguchi Co. in Japan.

And beads are pretty cheap! You can build up quite a stash pretty inexpensively and they're really pretty to look at! And you can watch TV without feeling guilty (I never was any good at knitting or even crochet). Right after I found the needle threader that works, I started beading the quilt below and now I can't stop! I think I'll finish the parrot's wing and then stop.

By the way solatium means compensation for inconvenience, loss or injury.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Finally . . .

I'm a pretty crummy blogger. I never think to blog about cool things that happen. Here's one: The other day I went with a friend to an Interior Design shop that is downsizing and the owner offered to donate material to me since I make quilts for the AAQI. Talk about being a kid in a candy store! I found so many wonderful pieces my head was spinning. Here's a shot of about a quarter of my haul.
This is the quilt I made today - the tiger was a piece of upholstery fabric and the twill was part of the goodies I got too.