Friday, March 31, 2017

It's just one of those days...

I created a writing prompt page and Blogger decided to index it along with my recent posts.

It had to be a rude prompt, of course.

If you saw it, I'm sorry.

If you didn't see it. Never mind. 

Skulking back to my writing desk now.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today is a green day...

I recently had some bionic eye work done (cataract surgery).

Each day my brain seems to grab onto another color that's popping out at me. The other day it was blue. There's been a red day, an orange day, and a yellow day.

Today is a green day.

I know these pics don't capture all the greens around here today, but I thought I'd try to capture them for you and for me.

I feel so blessed every day to see so well. It's just a little short of three weeks since my surgery and there hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't been grateful.

Colors are keeping me working on the Ravioli quilt even though my work life is trying to infringe on real life.

What colors do you see today?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

100 Ravioli

Sounds like an Italian restaurant menu item.

I have not purposely picked out colors before I have cut them at all, so I was surprised they spread out so well. I have many blue fabrics left. The greens will not be so prominent in the ending layout.

I'm enjoying this project so much. Hand sewing is so relaxing.

This is a three-day weekend for us. It's Prince Kūhiō Day. Today we're driving up to Lahaina to visit the one remaining bookstore on the island (Barnes and Noble). It's about 30 minutes up to the west side of the island.

I hope you're having a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What a beautiful sky this morning...

Today, I woke up to a sky so blue that it literally hurt my eyes.
This photo doesn't begin to capture the clear beauty, but it's the best I could get this morning.

The tradewinds were quiet for a few days and we had vog. It happens sometimes. It's from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. Kilauea has been erupting since January 1, 1983.
I'm on Maui, the next island north, and I'm in the South Shore area.
Wishing you great Spring weather. I'm envious of your daffodils. We have none here and we can't even order the bulbs. Pick a bouquet for me, please.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Not necessarily the most fun part of quilting...

It's hard to make ravioli without squares.

I ran out of my cutting mojo before I cut all the muslin I wanted.

These squares, however, should keep me going for the next five years or so. ;-)

I hope you're having a great weekend.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

The green of this Red Ginger flower was the greenest thing I could see in my front yard today. It started raining or the green would have been even greener in the sun.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

About the Ravioli quilt

The Ravioli quilt is actually called a puff quilt or a biscuit quilt. My understanding is that they have been around forever. I actually ran onto a picture by accident, and the difference of the quilt grabbed hold of me.

Did you ever see something like that? It's not your style. You'd never seek it out. But, you see it and it's got you.

I immediately saw bubbles in the water. Now I see ripples in the sea. Some people stuff the puffs quite full. I'm going to stuff them "some" and leave some of the "ripples" in. The colors are going to be random, but I'll try to avoid the same colors touching each other.

I'm calling my quilt a Ravioli quilt because my beloved partner said, "What are you going to do with fabric ravioli?" It cracked me up, so mine is a Ravioli quilt.

Here is a borrowed pic with a link to its original owner.

From Growing on Goofy:

I wrote and asked if it was OK to post this photo. Word was that it was OK. If that changes, I'll pull the pic down.

There are several ways to make the quilts. I think I've chosen an odd way, but we'll find out. Eventually.

Here's a link to a site from 2008 that actually showed a Clover tool for making puffs. There's a pic there that shows un-stuffed puffs.

I hope you're having a great start to the new week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ravioli update

There are no 54 ravioli, but who's counting. ;-)

They are easy to store:

Thank you for your patience with my lack of posts since last week. Real life got in the way, but things are settling down now. Thank goodness.

I also noticed that I had been playing exclusively with embroidery and ignoring the ravioli. I'm going to try to alternate days between embroidery and the ravioli. Otherwise, the 380+ ravioli will take a decade or two to complete.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stems and leaves are making me smile

I figured out what was making the stems and leaves not work for me. I was using bright greens and one color at a time. Barbara, of Pinelands Treasures. left a comment that really helped me see a different way. Thank you, Barbara. I'm not sure the truth of your comment about vines and leaves being different colors in nature would have occurred to me. (Duh?)

Also, I want the yellow flowers to be the focal point of the project. The bright greens were fighting with the flowers.

I turned to an old project, that I'll never complete, and started pirating darker shades of green. (Pirating courtesy of Black Sails that I've been binge watching.) I also started playing with multiple colors on the stems and leaves.

I've decided to make "clumps" of flowers and experiment with different leaves and stems.

A great big mahalo (Hawaiian for thank you) to everyone who has left such positive comments, ideas, and encouragement about this simple project. You've helped me more than you can possibly imagine.

I hope your week is going great for you.

Thank you.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A project that sings to you...

I forgot what it was like to love a project. To look, and tilt, and stare at it. To stay out of the way and let it be.

The vase, which was a mystery to me, is the way I want it for now.

Next up? Vines and leaves. Vines and leaves I have no idea how to make. In colors that have nothing to do with green.

The challenge now? Using what I have. Not buying anything until I'm out of my last thread and my last piece of fabric.

You can't probably see much, but I wanted to share a pic just because this project makes me happy. I wish I could take a picture that shows the project better.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
Emme asked to see a closer view of the vase. This is the best I can get. I have no idea why this project is so hard to photograph. I think all the yellow is whacking out the camera. It's funny, though. As I added the orange tones, the camera calmed down about the yellow. So funny.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Learning new stitches...

A very long time ago, I knit lace like this:
If a pattern was new or complicated, I would practice the stitch on worsted weight yarn and bigger needles. It was then much easier to switch to lace weight thread.

I'm trying to learn how make Close Fly Stitch Flowers by Shagufta Fyms.

At first, I jumped right in to sew a flower on my blank, new project:
I don't know if you can tell, but I have a very nice collection of holes where I took out the knotted stitches. I won't show you the second place I tried.

Then, remembering the idea of scrap yarn, I brought out an extra piece of cloth and tried again:
Closer, but still not right.

I tried no hoop next, but that didn't work for me.

Another try:
Still not right, but a little closer.

Guess what I'll be doing this fine, Saturday afternoon.

With hope, by the next time we talk, I'll have something that will be even closer.

I hope you're having a great weekend.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I needed a quick finish...

I knew I would find joy in completing something this week, so I made this:

It's just a simple, cotton dishcloth that doesn't even require counting. I've literally made dozens of this pattern over the years.

Isn't it fun sometimes to just do something easy?

I hope you're having a great day.