Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mini Bags, they hang around your neck, and hold the phone, and a bit more. I just had to do something with the gorgeous yarn. This makes 192

Monday, September 26, 2011

Another in my white on white (not) series, Patience. It is made of cotton and silk, with a zipper bit. I like this one a lot, and I'm thinking it might be the contrast that I like. Or it may be the tidy edges, and straightish lines of stitches. Number 187
I just added the buttons, like it better now. The little jolt of gold on the opposite side from the zipper bit is nice.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Do you want to take a Greek holiday? Go here..Greek Holiday
 I sewed some more tiny art quilts to canvas. I am really enjoying painting the canvases. I use about 5 colors on each one, layered and wiped. This makes 186.

Today I will give you a recipe. My friend Susie gave me one for German Apple Cake. I modified it by reducing the flour, sugar and oil, and adding oats for fiber. I also increased the nuts. The original recipe called for walnuts, but I only had 1/4 cup. And I eliminated the frosting, and will dust with confectioners' sugar instead. I also added the banana and raisins, because they were here. Please tell me if you like it. (We just ate some, and damn, I'm good.) There is only a hint of banana taste, it's mostly toasted pecans, apples and cinnamon flavors. My house smells like heaven.

Kats’ Apple Cake

1+½ cups flour
½ cup oats
1+½ cups sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
4 apples, chopped
1 banana, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup oil
1Tbsp. Water
Mix all dry ingredients. Add all wet ingredients, and mix well.

Top with:
¼ cup walnuts
¾ cup pecans
Bake at 350* for 45-60 minutes.

Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A new way of looking at them. These are mini art quilts, sewn to canvas. Numbers 175-177

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two more new quilts. The left one will say Energy, when finished. The right one says Renewal. Numbers 173, 174

Monday, September 19, 2011

 This is my creative act for today. An 8 quart pot of stuffed cabbage, just put it on to cook. Number 172, even though we'll eat it.
And a 5 quart pot of stuffed cabbage. This one has all the small rolls, made with the inside cabbage. I hope I remember to take some over for Deb, who also loves to eat good heritage-flavored food.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

 I took the silk scarf dyeing class at 212. This is my first tied marbles scarf. Isn't it fantastic?
 I also made a striped one.
This is Blue Moon art quilt. I think that makes 171.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

 Yesterday I had an art day. My friend Kathy came over, and we painted fabric. The first thing I did was make a face stencil.
 I painted some faces with my stencil. It looked pretty good, so I filled this cloth. All the fabric I used was stuff I hand dyed in the past. This one may be a whole cloth quilt.
 Not sure what I wanted to do next, I made plus and minus signs and curls on this dotted piece. I think I'll probably cut strips from it.
 The stamping and squares here were started at an art getaway a couple summers ago. I added the bottom rows, and did a little more painting.
 More curls, another face, and I'm getting in the groove.

The last thing I did was paint a pear. I saw a picture in a book that I liked, and wanted to make a pear like it. I have a long way to go to feel skilled at painting. But this was a very fun day. This makes 168 pieces this year.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

You Hold the Key, my newest quilt. The funny thing about this and the last one, is that my intent was to make a white on white quilt. I like the interplay of texture, and small differences of color. But I don't seem to have a choice what comes out of my hands. My eye is irresistibly drawn to color, and this happens.
 Number 161

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A new quilt, Lucky Day. This is a departure for me. I usually do modern looking, colorful things. But I've been reading all my collage books, and this is the result. It's an amalgam of velvet and linen drapery fabric samples,old lace, new muslin, very old buttons, and messy hand stitching. It was fun to do, a fabric collage. Number 160
That is an antique button card sewn on. The name on it is Lucky Day.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

 I worked on two paintings today. The flower I made in a class 2 years ago. I lightened the background, and added a stem and leaves. Not sure you can see them at the bottom.
This one I started in February, but deepened the colors today. Needs more work.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

 Another Bird Bag. This one has the bird as a flap to close the bag. 159
Prairie Songs, a quilt in a shadow box. About 19" square. 160
Another quilt in a shadow box. This one is called   Alphabetica. About 9" square. 162

Monday, September 5, 2011

Today I spent some creative time recording my expenses. It's creative because I had to sort the whole years receipts, and do them over. I accidentally saved the wrong document as expenses, and lost everything I had already done for the year. Surprisingly, it didn't take very long, maybe an hour. I kept all my receipts together in an envelope, so although they were mixed up, I had them. Don't want to do that again. I feel like it's torture to sit at a computer for an hour.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

This is the same collage I added a few days ago. I have done some more work on it. Is it getting better? Or worse?

I have some exercise advice for you. Go shopping at IKEA. I got almost 7000 steps there today, and didn't even notice.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Is this better? I added an interesting strip of buttons.
This is a BirdBag. I am very disappointed with it. I made the bag, took it apart, and resewed it, took out the pocket, folded and resewed it, and then put the bird pocket on crooked anyway. Some days are like this, can't do anything right. But I do like the quilting on the bird pocket, and the fringe. Number 158

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lazy day. Made no art. Went out for lunch, read Artitude zine, played Words with Friends on phone, walked around at the store to get some steps, played with granddog Charlie, made son dinner, washed bedding, read Observer, arranged tour of the Parade Company, arranged tour of Art Prize in Grand Rapids. Ate brownies, yum. I still need 2000 steps to reach my minimum of 5000. I see a treadmill in my evening.

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