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MQM Flames

My try at flames on paper

My try at flames on paper.

It’s been a while since I drew this, and looking at it, it doesn’t look too bad.  It has some flam-ish feel.  I wrote some notes at the top.  I will share.

  • Have a base line
  • Alternate between high and low
  • Curve taller flame around lower ones
  • Dance to right and left?(no idea)  Maybe make the curves or jags deep?
  • Jagged, may make it more flame-ish
  • Try curve then jagged on opposite side

I haven’t tried it on fabric.  Tho, several years ago I did make a quilt for a nephew that had quilted flames. I remember them being bigger, thicker and more meandering than these.  Don’t remember how I stitched them.

I was contemplating the drawing, trying to think what to write next and thought the flames could be tweaked to be sea weed, eh?

This morning I read my “violin hack” blog, A Way to Stop Underestimating Yourself.  Noa writes about ways and studies to improve your practice and performance.  The question, can you achieve greatness if you work hard?  Correct answer is yes.  But to truly believe that is a challenge.  Study shows it may depend on what type characters you read about as a child.  My takeaway from this is in order to believe in ourselves, we have to see people we think as successfull, experience trials and tribulations and how they overcame them.

So my plan here is to share with you my struggles in quilting.  I feel like everyone is a better quilter than me.  (I’m not trying to poor mouth.)  But you know what?  That’s ok.  I’m where I am and I am improving my skills.  Just like exercise, I don’t have to be faster or stronger than anyone.  Just show up and move!  If you feel like me, the same is true for you.  And you know, my work and your work are better than we think.  Just give it a few months and you will look at it and go “I did that?!”  Yep, you did!

God Bless!

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TaB Workspace

I took a break from my habits that I have been working to build, this weekend.  Did most of them on Monday, and Tuesday took a break from almost all of them.  Today, I paid for it.  It was more work getting caught up than if I had done them at the normal time.  Will I slack off again?  Most likely, but now I know to really think about what I will have to do to get “caught back up”.

That said, I think I needed the break.  I feel renewed.  Taking the break, I was able to focus on my studio.  I have always loved my studio ever since we remodeled it years ago…2005 maybe?  The walls are a lovely teal, tile floor (don’t like that) but better than carpet.  A nice closet with shelves, peg board and cutting station.  My fabric is in Elfa shelves so I can see it and be inspired.

Lately, it has become cluttered.  True, I have stuff from another room in it and it will be that way for a while.  My husband said I had mountains.  He walked in, laughed and said, “Where did the mountains go?”

So not doing the “daily chores”, I was able to focus on a “project”, my studio and now I feel like I can actually work in here.  In fact I’ve moved back in.  (I was at the dining room table.)

I have started in on Spanish, a little.  I think my hang up is the grammar.  Singular vs. plural, the tenses.  I get so confused.  I don’t want to go further til I get it figured out.

The other goal I need to get started on is the practice hack and quartet still hasn’t happened.  Everything else is moving forward!

Hope your goals are moving forward!  God Bless!

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WAYWO Studio

No quilt progress, well a little. I basted a top for charity. Check out my MQM post. I learned my paisley motif with a little help from my friend!  I’m so pumped I may work on it tonight when I get home. Teal Dragon fireball is still a WIP.

But the big move forward is my studio.  It’s looking good. I cleared off my desk, put the monitor I never use in a closet. Freed up some space. Moved my turntable down to that end of the desk. DH says that since I like the vinyl better than digital, we can move to music room and put in soundboard cabinet. I took out a card table that was behind Briggita and moved her table to the wall beside my desk. My laptop goes on desk side closest to sewing table. I’m thinking this will be advantageous. I had a small Elfa shelf underneath the ironing board and in front of some filing carts. Moved that across the room and NOW I have access to everything.

Just realized this did not post!  Oh well, now I can tell you I’ve finished my paisley motif on the charity quilt.  It was fun!  And I can show you my studio.

Paisley!

Paisley!

Close up pic of quilting

Close up pic of quilting

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry no b4 pics of the studio. It was too embarrassing.  But here is my studio!🙂

Stash (some of it)

Stash (some of it)

Briggita

Briggita

Desk

Desk

Design wall

Design wall

 

 

 

 

Peg board

Peg board

Closet with more stash

Closet with more stash

Place to hide UFO's

Place to hide UFO’s

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

 

 

 

 

 

How is your studio?  Hurricane or calm seas?

God Bless!

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TFK Double Needle

Double Needle

Double Needle

I’ve finally figured out my problem.  I have been trying to work out of the “workbooks”.  I don’t think they are made for “self study”.  I have decided to start with the manual and work my way thru.  Just like I used to do with the old software manuals.  Already, I have found my joy and progressed thru the manual to page 46.  True, most of it I already knew from setting up my machine.  Some, like lubricating the thread, I skipped.  I’ll save that for when I have problems with thread.  Oh happy day!

Doesn't this remind you of a Barbie Doll case? You know a place for Barbie, her clothes and accessories? It opened up and could be used as a "closet" during play?

Doesn’t this remind you of a Barbie Doll case? You know a place for Barbie, her clothes and accessories? It opened up and could be used as a “closet” during play?

One corner of my studio is nice and neat.  This is it.  I’m working on the rest.  More on THAT Wednesday! I checked out a couple of videos about using the double needle.  Nancy’s Notions seemed to be the best one.  Her thread set up was different than mine, but it gave me an idea of what to expect.  So the next question is, why?  Why would you want to use 2 needles.  From the little I read, it’s great for hems.  But also decorative stitching!

My favorite!

My favorite!

So let’s play!  First you will need a piece of fabric, stabilizer, a double needle and two different threads.  My manual suggested a manual needle threader, nah!  Easier to push thread thru needle.  Oh and the foot needs to be one that allows for a zigzag stitch.

Two Threads mounted on the spool pins

Two Threads mounted on the spool pins

Here’s the tricky part, you need to take the two threads and thread them together thru the machine.  One thread goes in front of the tension disc and the other goes behind the tension disc.  (I had always wondered why it didn’t matter about the side the thread goes on!)  This is the tricky part.  My manual says center spool goes in front.  Well my brain is wired different than everybody else.  The manual’s front is my back.  Thread wouldn’t pull thru at the needles. Maybe the foot was down, I really don’t remember.  But I switched the way the threads went thru the tension disc and worked like a charm!

Thread Tension Disc

Thread Tension Disc

Then you guide them thru the thread clamp and thread the needles!  You are ready to sew!

Needles Threaded

Needles Threaded

I tried a few stitches and found my favorite.  I may have to try this out on quilting design or machine appliqué.  Maybe even sewing down a binding by machine?  To set this up didn’t take any more effort than normal.

Enjoy the play!

Stitching Straight stitch Favorite Stitch 2

Overview Functions Alphabets is where I stopped in the manual.  I think this will be a much better way to learn my machine and retain the knowledge!  Thanks for reading.

God Bless!

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MQM Paisley success!

Got the quilt basted

Got the quilt basted.

Cotton Pickin’ Bee met last week. Got some help with this troublesome motif. It’s continuous, too!  I practiced on paper and now I’m ready to put it to fabric.

Continuous Paisley Motif

Continuous Paisley Motif

You know me. I’ve got to draw it out and break it down. I had been trying to start it at the loop. Well, it’s easier starting away from the loop.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Then, loop back up.

Then, loop back up.

 

 

We’ve done this next step on waves and spirals.

curl and back out.

curl and back out.

 

 

 

 

Almost there.  Now just cross the line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Then here is the 2nd paisley.  Just continue down the column.  Easy.

Paisley Repeat

Paisley Repeat

Took a little doing, but paisley is done.  Now to go sew it.  But before I do that, I wanted to share a tool with you.  It’s called Kwik Klip.  It saves fingers from getting sore when closing those safety pins when pin basting!

Handy dandy tool.

Handy dandy tool.

So here is my practice run photos of the paisley.  This is my first attempt on the machine.  I am pleased.  :)

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

So here are a couple of close ups.

Paisley with squiggles two paisleys

 

Now, I’m going to sew paisleys on the comforter quilt.  It may take a few days, but watch for it in WAYWO posts.

How do you learn a new motif?  Would love to “read” your process!

God Bless!

 

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FFF Spring

Spring.  Brings to mind so many phrases.  Spring has sprung, which around here it has.  But it’s not Easter and there is always one more cold snap before Easter.  In the South, the seasons like to fool you.

It’s also time for Spring Fever.  I’m thinking that’s why I’ve slowed down.  It’s just time to go sit outside and enjoy this beautiful weather while we have it, eh?  In college we would go sit on the roof of the music building.  Thought we were hot stuff, but it sure was nice up high away from the “busyness” of school.  I even had a few teachers that would catch it and let us go early or dismiss the class entirely.  I miss that.

Now, no slacking allowed, well it’s “allowed”, you just have to make up for it eventually.  Sure, I can put the laundry off for a day or two, but eventually, it will have to done.  I can put off practicing for a day, but eventually, the part will have to be learned.

I’m not complaining, I think it’s part of being a “grown up”.  And I’ve discovered a wonderful 15 minute method.  It works for just about anything.  The trick is to focus on the task for 15 minutes without getting distracted.  I clean my house, I practice, I do computer stuff, I sew in 15 minute increments.  I even sleep in 15 minute cycles.  Actually, it’s more like 13, but close enough.  A 13 minute power nap in the afternoon does wonders, as long as, I don’t make it 26.  If I do, it’s lights out for an hour or two.

So with a Spring in my step, I am renewed, just like all the green we are starting to see.  But remember, we have at least one more cold snap!  Don’t let it catch you by surprise!

God Bless!

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TaB New Month

It’s March and my taxes are done!  Always a stressful time in my house.  But since I took over gathering the taxes together, it’s a lot LESS stressful. ha!  Our CPA has all the info I have and the day after I send it to her, guess what shows up in our mailbox.  Yep, another durn tax doc.  I really liked it when everyone had to get you all the docs you needed to file taxes by Jan 31….Oh well, they are done and won’t worry about them again until December 2016…But every year, I get a little better at getting the docs together.  This year, I think my checklist is complete, so from now on, get a tax doc, check it off the list, put it in the folder then copy the folder and hand over to CPA.  Is it really going to be that easy?

Getting better.  My goals lean toward me getting better.  Better at sewing, better at playing violin and piano, better health, better house cleaning habits.  This week I don’t feel like much happened in moving forward with my goals.  I saw Itzhak Perlman perform over the weekend.  I’ve been re-living the concert, thinking about how I can get my playing to look effortless.  I was told by a teacher that I looked like I was “so careful” as to where I placed my fingers on the violin.  In talking with him, I think it was not pleasant to watch.  He worked with me a while trying to get me to be “flippant” in my playing.  Don’t think it ever took.  The course I’m taking, the first step is to video myself playing to an audience of one.  Struggling here.  One, who do I trust/torture to do this and two, video….uh uh, no way, not going there, too much to do, got a concert have to practice….the left brain is screaming.  One of these days, my right brain will assert itself, and watch out world!

I also started Teal Dragon.  He is awesome!

Dragon Fireball

Dragon Fireball

This is the fireball he spits out.  It is so fun, the beads are so shiny and pretty.  I’m smiling the whole time I working on this. But it’s slow go.

Also gave a presentation about holding open houses.  I had killer open houses back when I was in real estate.  So my office wanted me to share what I did.  So I did, and there were 2 other presenters, young and let me tell you, they really kicked it up a notch!  I was old school.  They had it all on computers.  Where I had a bulletin board….they had tablets.  But it was fun, I also was able to sell some opportunities to win my guild’s Opportunity quilt.

I feel like this post has meandered all over the place, kind of like my week went.  There’s always THIS week to get it going again!

God Bless!

 

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WAYWO Same-o-same-o

Well,not much new going on here. I think I’m stuck!  I added swimming to my routine and my days just disappear. I did start my dragon. He is awesome! A hundred smiley faces!  I finally put the WordPress app on my phone and iPad. Pretty cool to use my iPad.

I am working on a concert for Sunday. Last week we took an emergency trip to our vacation home because hubby thought there may have been a water leak. No leak. Wasted day for me.  It was Supposed to be a catch up day. Oh well, it was a nice drive. This Saturday will be my catch up day.

I’m working on a paisley motif to use in my quilting. I can draw one, but making it continuous and look good is proving to be a challenge. But I love this sort of challenge. It’s like learning a new piece of music. Very rewarding.

I also worked on some reports for the chairs I hold in my quilt guild. I’ve gone to several quilt shops and that has been a blast. It’s amazing the personality that each shop has. And the FABRIC!  Have I told you about my fabric addiction?

Thanks for reading this pictureless post. Hoping for a better week this week.  God Bless!

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MQM bust

Well, MQM just went bust!  It’s Sunday night and I have nothing to show for Machine Quilting.  But I can talk about some things.  The walking foot.  It’s how I started machine quilting.  Straight lines and in the ditch.  Well, my seams were never straight and I fell “out” of the ditch quite often.  Then I discovered the freedom of free motion and I haven’t looked back.

But the modern quilts are using a lot of straight line quilting.  The walking foot is perfect for this.  Did you know most walking foots have a tool that you can use to minimize your drawing of straight lines?  It’s an arm that slides along the sewn line and you can set it up to different distances.  But let me tell you, it’s not very exciting.  But it works.  I don’t have any samples to show.

I did get to see Itzhak Perlman Saturday night at the Grand in Galveston.  OH MY GOSH!  He is the most relaxed player I have ever seen.  (not my first time seeing him).  But he makes violin playing look so effortless.  He played the Beethoven Spring Violin and Piano Sonata.  I have played this piece with a friend of mine from Lafayette.  So I knew it backwards and forwards so to speak.  I was in heaven!  In the moment, no future, no past.  Then after he played what was listed on the program, he and his pianist brought out a 24″ stack of music!  Wow, then he just picked something to play, said a few words about it and then they would play it.  A lot of Fritz Kreizler, who was an outstanding violinist that arranged many pieces for solo violin with piano accompaniment.  (not sure if I spelled that right.)  I haven’t touched my violin since.  There is no way I can play like him and it would be an exercise in frustration!  So maybe tomorrow, I’ll work on playing with a “relaxed” feel…

I am inspired to play, just want to give it some space….Thanks for reading and next week, I hope to have my paisley motif ready for show and tell!

God Bless!

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FFF Obsession

An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.  (from Vocabulary.com)  I feel like I’m obsessed with teal and fabric.  Anything teal, I have to have.  And if it’s fabric, oh. my. gosh.  I hope I have money in the account.  Well, it’s not really that bad, but close.  If I am low on the green stuff, I can resist the temptation, but man-o-man, I sure am sad.

First obsession, Donny Osmond.  Yep, we are about the same age and my friends and I were just “in love” with Donny.  :)  Unhealthy?  I don’t think so, we were just becoming teenagers and experiencing a “crush”.  Moved on, discovered other bands and other music.

Cigarettes, yea they were an unhealthy obsession.  Finally quit that one, but you know, I still miss them.  I’ve quit for longer than I smoked, but I can still remember the satisfaction I felt with a cigarette.  Course it only lasted as long as the cigarette.

Hockey.  That was a fun one.  I watched hockey every night, I went to as many live games as I could.  It was an obsession that I shared with the love of my life.  We went on many a road trip to see games.

Computer games.  Oh yea.  I play those like no tomorrow.  I have to cut myself off.  My favorite?  Zelda.  I would play that one till I reached the end of the game.  It was 9 or 10 levels that had a maze in each level and each maze had to be found.  I’m still obsessed with that game, but don’t have a nintendo.  I did find it online, but I’m avoiding the site….Oh, and Ms. Pac Man!  When we were in school, my husband fixed pinball and video game machines.  I would go with him and he would load me up with lots of free Ms. Pac Man games while he worked on the broken machines.  Not really unhealthy.

So maybe my word should be Passion!  I hope you have something you enjoy so much you are passionate about it without being obsessed.

God Bless!

 

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