Play props

I’m helping add detail to scenery and make some props for the Wizard of OZ.   This morning I designed a simple large flower with things on hand.   This was a 15 minute  throw together before I had to leave the house this morning.  I think with a few  modifications and actually cutting out the leaves it will work great.  I’ve figured out how to light up and make the witches broom smoke – just have to find some supplies and make the broom.



Spring Lurks


An old poem that fits the season

Spring Lurks
The south wind has come calling
telling new jokes
that leave the trees
shaking with laughter.
She tickles the stately pine
and whispers soft innuendoes
His boughs bend
with embarrassment.
She whistles a gay tune
trying to lure me from the house
with bold rumors of spring
But I am not fooled.
I know she is a big tease
Spring may be lurking
around the corner
but winter is still here
to bully us.
Feb. 7th 2009

This morning’s sunrise



12 by 12 number two


HereImage2 is a picture of the prompt for QAK ‘s (quilt artists of  Kentucky) second 12 by 12  challenge quilt.  The photo  made me think of Esher’s art work and a fear of heights.  It  took me awhile to figure out how to draw a Penrose stair.  

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Next I cut it out of peltex  and then fused fabric over it.  The next step was to satin stitch the fabric edges.

DSCN2474   Then then blue organza was added and next a layer of  batting cut out where the organza would show.  The quilt was backed with a silken taffeta fabric in Prussian blue.  All the inside edges were stitched down and then  straight line stitching was done without marking or measuring.  Here is a picture of the finished quilt.


Spring in the Garden –

Spring is in the garden, but the weatherman says more snow is on the way.  The crocus survived the last snow and are still going strong.  Monday, I found a plethora of tulips, plenty of daffodils, and even hyacinths getting ready to make a show.   I even found that my  lilac that’s only 10 inches high has buds on it.  If the  cold doesn’t freeze them out, it should be a colorful April.   Guess I should wait to remove the leaf mulch.  I’m so over winter.












March BOM

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The block for March is the snowy tree.    Here is a picture of it  before it was  all pieced and after it was finished.  I added my own rabbit as an extra.

I don’t like wasting fabric and this pattern has you sew two  2 1/2″ blocks diagonally and cut off 1/4 inch from the side.  I have two ways to not waste the triangles.  One is to sew a second line over 1/2 from the first.  Then you end up with the 2 1/2 inch and a one inch square.  I just turn it around and sew a second line – the red one and then cut on the green or in between them.    It’s also much easier then sewing tiny triangles.

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The second way is to cut your two blocks 1/2″ larger than you want and then mark the diagonal down the center and sew a quarter inch from the diagonal on each side.  A handy tool if you are not sure about your lines being straight is the magic triangle method tool.  You line the center of the tool on the diagonal points and then mark down each side with a mechanical pencil and sew on these lines.  Then cut in half for two equal half square triangles.



This shows the difference in size of the two blocks but from the larger one you get two half square triangles of equal size, no waist, and less overall fabric.

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