Monday, June 20, 2011

BOM = my Apple Block

The Block of the Month for September is anything apple.  Looking to make some more little blocks, I developed this little 3" x 4" Apple Block.  Not sure which color combination I like the best.  I do know that it is very relaxing to make the pattern and then paper piece.  I need that at the moment.

Ann's Pink Apple Block, 3"X4"

Ann's Purple Apple Block, 3"X4"

Friday, June 17, 2011

BOM Friendship Star

I was excited to learn that the Friendship Star was connected to Quakers.  All of our BOM's are suppose to be 12" square finished.  My thought is that some work better at smaller dimensions, especially the simple ones.  Therefore, I made this block at 3" square.  Not sure how I will eventually put my pieces together.  For now, I'm making these little ones while I wait for the paint to dry on my Dream Rocket square.
3" BOM's = 1 purple and 1 pink

Since I am making smaller squares than the rest of my guild, I am making more.  I'm sure my finished quilt will also be smaller.  I'm aiming for a lap quilt.  It will be very interesting to see what the final quilt looks like.  I'm getting very curious.  Of course I do not know what the rest of the BOM's will be.  This is a catch up block for me.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

I rarely do abstract pieces.  However, last Thursday someone donated several sample books to our 'Free Table'.  I picked up one with a lot of sheers.  After waddling into the house after our end of the year pot luck [pig-out], I started taking the book apart.  This is the first little piece.  I glued prefinished canvas to the board, painted, glued on the sheer and then added some ribbon.  It feeds my love of graphic designs.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
5.5" high x 6" wide

PS.  I didn't have any hard board, so I cut a cover off of one of my note books.  I started reading the first poem.  Now I am thinking I need to hone that poem and make it into a work of art.  Kismet.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gifts for Japan

I few people have asked if help is still needed in Japan. I do not know.   However, for some inspiration, this is what I sent a few weeks ago.   As I read the news; life is still quite a challenge.      I am sure many things are still needed. I just do not know what they are.     Please check the news and see where you might have an opportunity to share.   It feels so good.   A little from many makes a lot for some.

Toiletries for Japan

These are the boxes I sent almost  7 weeks ago.     I get the impression that many things are still needed.  My Quaker Meeting , Durham Friends Meeting, donated most of the filling stuff including mostly bar soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, etc.    After I carefully repacked and stuffed the boxes, I had some room. I used wash clothes for stuffing and added a baby quilt and small toy to all the necessities. It was such FUN!

One thing to remember when packing, everything needs to be enclosed in a plastic bag.    This takes a bit of time, but it ensures the package will not leak all over.

BOM 3" Umbrella

3" square plus border

This was last months BOM.  Since I made this soo small, I'm challenging myself to be able to add it to my little [intended] lap quilt.

We had our end of year potluck tonight.   I ate too too much.    Food was fabulous as usual.  Now I have 2 months to catch up on the BOMs I missed.      Easy to do IF I would just get off the computer. LOL.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hide not your talents

“Hide not your talents.

They for use were made.

What's a sundial in the shade?”

Benjamin Franklin