Radio in hand, snacks by feet!

“Guap” is money, a lot of it, according to (not safe for work or kids). I like this quilt, with it’s faux leopard spot/camo look, “Spray on Military” style font, and some hand stitched bling. Green for St. Patrick’s Day too.
I don’t consider myself really “with it”, but I do listen to B-96 (96.3 FM) which is Chicago’s Hit’s and Hip Hop station. I have been listening to this station since the late 70’s. I even won tickets to see a concert when I was calling to request a song. The concert? Lionel Ritchie’s Dancing on the Ceiling Tour. The song I was calling to request? Run DMC’s “You Be Illin’“. So it’s listening to this station that I have heard all of these words. Thank you hip-hop station, and sister’s 6th grade class, that helps weed out the words that are too dirty…

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Resolutions update

As an update to my New Year’s resolutions, here’s how I’m doing.

1. Continue the weekly quilt series. This time, each month will have a theme.
**Going well!

2. Start a new monthly series where the works are larger, 8.5 x 11 inches, vertical orientation.
**Also going well, theme is “personal shrines”.

3. Enter my quilts into competitions. (3 quilts are started for entry into shows)
**One entered, and did not jury in. Second one going into an open show later this week!

4. “use it up!” I buy so much personal care products that I have too much. This year, I am not allowed to buy more until I use up all of what I have on hand. Except fabric and art supplies… I can never have too much.
*** I haven’t bought shampoo in months, nor bars of soap. I have been using up my ample supply of hotel shampoos and soaps after I ran out of the regular large sizes back at the end of January.

5. Write more letters. Keep in touch with distant friends and family. Who doesn’t love to get a letter?
*** I have been writing, no one has written back yet. In order to get mail, I have been using “Postcrossing” which has resulted in postcards from overseas!

6. See the bottom of the blog for the obligatory weight loss one…
***This one has sucked. Despite working out occasionally at the local community gym, DH and I have not been eating right. Must fix this soon.

7. Blog more!
***and thus the post on my resolutions! 🙂

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For real this time…

I have been travelling for work, so I apologize for being away from my blog. I was in Orlando at MegaCon, a really neat comic book convention, in which I met a bunch of cool creators and artists, and tried to sell the heck out of the program my company wrote.

This is the paper quilt entry I submitted to Quilting Arts/Cloth Paper Scissors for their “true colors” challenge. It was not accepted for either the magazine or the show in Chicago. I was a bit disappointed, because I used a paper technique I learned from Patricia “Pokey” Bolton herself at last year’s show, but in the end, I know what is wrong with the piece. It will go proudly on my wall and be entered into other shows. More pomegranates.

Next up, this month’s theme. After checking my schedule for this show in Orlando, I knew I would not have much time at all for myself. So I picked the easiest of themes, with the help of those who voted on my poll. I chose “words”, but not just any words… hip hop words.
If you need help defining these lovely words, I would suggest However, this site is not child or work friendly, so be warned! (NSFW) My sister works with 6th graders, who have added to her vocabulary, and now mine. I am surprised that 6th graders know what “crunk” is, but I’m apparently out of touch with the younger set.
As for how they were done… I used a technique I learned from Ann Lullie called “The Escape Hatch”, where after stitching all around turn right side out using a cut hole in the backing which you then fuse closed. This made great finished edge pieces for me to quilt using hand stitching. The “bling” quilt is done using what I call “rice” embroidery, and “crunk” is done using good old French knots. The words themselves were designed with Microsoft Publisher’s word art tool, and fussy cut and fused.
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Sad proof that I am not, in fact, perfect.

For the final pomegranate for this month’s theme, I wanted to do something that was based on a block I found in the interweb that is quite old. This quilt was auctioned by Four Corner Quilt Gallery, and for a while, i guess you can see more of this quilt here.
I adapted this antique pattern into the this weekly quilt. This has all of the Jennifer Sampou swirls fabrics in it, of which, I discovered, I have quite a bit of. In fact, the background fabric is the background of my ever-unfinished Baltimore Album Quilt. (Yes, I have 11 blocks and 1/4th of the center completed, which I took Mimi Dietrich’s Baltimore album class in the year 2000, which is when most of them were finished) Now the antique quilt this pattern was adapted from had little hearts under neat the leaves of the stem, because the pomegranate is also known as the “love apple”. Now I wish I would have added them.
Now, here is the first attempt at this… and I did spend time hand appliqueing this block. When it was done, it was just… wrong. So I will leave it for now, and get to quilting it for some other reason some day.

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Under the weather

I have been sick all week long. I went bowling last weekend with my sister and her friends, and have come to the conclusion that bowling alleys are havens of disease. The weather has been all over the place too, which doesn’t help. Rain, snow, freezing cold, then rain again.

I have been trying to come up with a bit abstract take on the pomegranate for this week’s theme. I think this works. I love this one.
I have a plan for next week’s as well.
DH got me the most beautiful bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day. I’ll post pictures of it soon.
I also completed some ATCs for a trade. My favorite trading site went under this past week. We are all rallying to a new site that is still under development, but it is sad to see the site go. I’ll post the ATCs tomorrow, as I’m too tired out to scan them tonight.
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