Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Painted Quilts and TIAS 2017, Days 4-5

At the January 2017 meeting of the West Alabama Quilters Guild, Dr. Bethany Windham Engle spoke to us about her quilt-inspired paintings.  She brought two of her paintings for us to see.

From a distance, they look like they are made with fabric, much like a traditional quilt.  Up close, it is easy to see that they are in fact painted.  Dr. Engle used acrylic paints to mimic fabrics and pencil drawing for the portrait.

Thanks for sharing your artwork with us, Dr. Engle!

Here is my progress with Jane Eborall's TIAS 2017.  The instructions for Day 4 called for zig zag chains.  I tatted a lock stitch chain first, then realized my mistake when it didn't look quite like the diagram.

I printed Jane's technique pages on Lock Chain and Zig Zag Chains and made samples before continuing with the TIAS.  It was a good challenge. :)

Day 5 was a row of split rings.  Much easier!

'Til next time,

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kirigami and TIAS 2017, Days 1-3

Happy New Year!  I have lots of things to share with you, and I will start with two ongoing projects.

At the beginning of this year, I purchased a page-a-day style calendar of Kirigami designs.

I have enjoyed folding and cutting out the various motifs.  Below are a few that I have made so far.  I hope to have many other pretty Kirigami as the year goes on. :)

I have also started tatting Jane Eborall's "Tat It and See" project for this year.  The length of the project and the outcome are both a mystery!

Part of the fun is learning new techniques and another part is trying to guess what we are tatting.

On Day 1, it honestly could have been anything!

On Day 2, I thought perhaps it was the beginning of a snowflake.

On Day 3, I was thinking that it is the start of a very fine vase.
(The painting is Flowers in a Vase by Odilon Redon.)

But my husband says it is the Taj Mahal!

'Til next time,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day Tatting

My husband and I stood in line for about an hour this morning so that we could vote.
I made good use of my time. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Travel Tip: Konmari-style Packing

Over the years, I have tried several different ways of packing clothing for travel and even done some research online into recommended methods.  After learning how to tidy my house from Marie Kondo's books, I decided to try her folding and vertical stacking method for clothing in a suitcase.

So far, this is the best method that I have found.  It doesn't eliminate wrinkles entirely, but wrinkles are minimized.  Clothes are easily organized this way, and it is very easy to find anything I need while travelling.  The photo below shows pants, jeans, shirts, and pajamas folded and vertically stacked.  A few more items will fit on top.  When I get to my destination, I can easily pull out the items I need without disturbing all the others.

Here are links to Marie Kondo showing her folding method for Tops, camisoles, and socks; Odd-shaped clothing; and T-shirts (YouTube videos).

Konmari-style Packing

Another Yay! for tidying. :)