Thursday, September 29, 2005


When I first started this Blog, I thought it would be so easy to come up with ideas to share with those of you who chose to visit me. However, it seems like I am posting less and less simply because when I stare at this emply screen sometimes I catch a void. I promised myself to keep this in the quilting realm, so that makes it more difficult.

So today I guess I will share my mini gathering with you. We have 6 in the group. In the beginning everyone was busy quilting on a lot of individual projects. However, after a period of years we all know each other pretty well, and our lives have changed also. One got a divorce and so now has to work full time. Another was seriously ill, but has worked so hard to get back to the point she could manage on her own. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that this group doesn't quilt so often anymore, but thru our quilting we have all gotten close enough that we can spend 2 nights a month, and even if we don't have something to do, the evening will still pass like a flash. For those of us who are seriously involved in quilting it is a great place to test the waters, and get feedback that you know is truthful! Good friends are hard to come by, it doesn't matter how they come, just that they are there.

I haven' figured out yet how to put my e-mail on this site, so if you want to reach me to ask a question or make a comment here it is. I am usually on Surfbest, but I have been having a problem with it so I set up a yahoo account. It is shedrumcs120@ Yahoo .com.
Come visit me!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Third Ugliest Car on the market. Posted by Picasa
Fabric Painting class--------- Posted by Picasa
Fabric Painting class---------- Posted by Picasa

Third Ugliest Car on the market!!!!!

Honest to God, this is what it is called. It is a Toyota Scion. Gets really good gas milage and drives so smoothly. Actually, my husband was the one that wanted it, and he drives it every day, so I haven't had much time to drive it yet.

My Butterfly quilt is finished. As usual I am a little lost when I finish a big quilt, although I have several other small quilts and etc I am working on or thinking about. Our State guild is having a card swap, and want to play with some ideas for that.

But FIRST I must clean my sewing room. Otherwise I will never be able to find what I need to start something new. I noticed in viewing other peoples sewing blogs that ever so often they also need to clean house. So guess it is that time!!!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Free at Last, sneak preview of quilt that will be in the Houston show Posted by Picasa

sneak peek!

I am working frantically! Why I don't know, but just have a bit to do on the binding and sew on the label and my Butterfly quilt will be all done. I haven't decided where to enter it, so don't know why it is so important to get it finished.

I just feel that after a number of years I have finally found a style that really suits me. Sort of exciting actually. I see so many other artists that fit into a style of their own, and I am always so eager to try something new it has been a struggle.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Back from Teaching

It has been awhile since I posted anything mainly because I was learning how to post pictures, and some other things I want to try adding to this blog.

However, I spent yesterday in Frankfort, Kentucky teaching Fabric Painting. I so enjoy teaching, and those ladies were wonderful. When I arrived they had everything set up with plastic covering everything, so all I had to do was set up my things and get on with it.
They also prepared a wonderful lunch, so we could not have had more fun the whole day. I took some pictures with my digital camera, however, I always like to have some pictures made at Walmart, and then download them from my camera to the computer, and in doing this delete the pictures. Well, those machines at Walmart are always broken as people try and cram their memory cards into the the slots, and so both machines were broken when I went in. So, I can't post any pictures at the moment. Will, do it as soon as I find another place to get my pictures done.

I am working on squaring up my butterfly quilt this morning, and chosing a binding. I have worked so long on this quilt I can hardly believe it is almost finished. It is strange, but before I even started making the top I chose the backing fabric and made a label. I just knew exactally what this quilt was going to look like.

Sunday, September 11, 2005


This quilt was made with the images of myself and my two sisters. It was accepted in the Nashville show 2005.

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Finally finished the top of my Butterfly quilt, and now comes the quilting. It is a big quilt, and the design of the quilt really dictates how is is quilted. Now the big job arrives. I can not quilt on my machine for more that 45 min without having to give it a break. I had lunch yesterday with a friend that does beautiful machine quilting and I was complaining about the fact that no matter how hard I consentrate, there are still moments that the stitches get smaller or larger because there is pull on the quilt from somewhere. Just do not know how to stop that completely. I guess my attention span is shorter than hers.

I am working on several projects at a time. What is new? I almost always do that. I really like to do clothes but then also like to have a big quilt going.

I have a quilt in the Houston show this year. I am really excited about that, and have been giving some thought to attending the show. However, getting a hotel room at this late date is nearly impossible. Especially with all the people they have brought to the city from the Hurricaine. So, guess I will have to pass this year. It's a shame because I have been trying to get a quilt in for several years now.

The weather in Lexington, Ky. is just beautiful for the moment. I have been taking advantage of it by fabric painting in my backyard. Trying some new techniques. Interesting!!! Must make hay while I can .

Monday, September 05, 2005

I did it!! only it is sideways!!!

I finally figured how to post a picture, now I just have to figure how to turn the darn thing right side up. Sorry, but it really is a cute picture and I thought everybody might enjoy. I'll try again tomorrow.
This is Bagel the beagle. Above is the quilt I made picturing both our dogs. Sally is the one sitting up.  Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 02, 2005


Some how I pushed a wrong key and my previous post published before I was finished. Tried to go back and edit, but they was more than I could figure out, so will just publish another blog to finish up.

Anyway, I was just telling you that the gel pens I bought were not anygood for fabric. Of course I can use them on paper so they are not a complete waste.
I am closing by wishing all of you a wonderful long week-end.

Art Quilt Group meeting

Every first Thursday of the month the Art Quilt group meets in the same place that the Guild meets. Last night there were only 6 of us. I think it was because it fell on the first day of Sept., and that caught some people unaware. Anyway, everybody brought whatever projects they were working on and others just brought ideas that they were thinking of. These ladies have come a long way, as they come from very conventional backgrounds. Next month when we meet we are going to plan projects that we want to work towards for the next 6 months. When I was in Nashville I bought the new book Paintstiks on Fabric by Shelly Stokes. I had actually purchased the paintsticks in Paducah in
April, and had actually demonstrated the various used of them at Get-away in June. At that time I had only used them on dark fabrics, and the book gives you a lot of other options.

The other thing I purchased in Nashville were some glitter pens that the sellers said were made to be used on fabric. They came from the Texas Quiltery, and when I tested them they are not permenent in any way. When you heat set them the glitter flakes completely off.

In the mean time I am very preoccupied with what is going on in New Orleans and the other areas that have been hit by the hurricaine. I don't think anyone can not be affected! I am just wondering what would have happened if this had been another terrorist attact. Would the response from the Federal Government for help still be as slow!!!