Monday, April 30, 2012

Creativity... where are you?

You would think with being done with STAR Testing (state testing) being done, I would be super excited and ready to get all crafty again. Ha!

No such luck. Instead this weekend, I cleaned my house. For over 3 hours. Yes, I really did just say for over three hours. Almost no room was untouched. I scrubbed, I vacuumed, I dusted, I swept, I did laundry, I even ordered more cleaning products.The only rooms not completely clean yet are the guest room, the laundry room and  surprise, surprise my craft room.

The fore mentioned room is a disaster area. I think a fabric volcano may have gone off in there. Actually I am pretty sure one has. I would show pictures, but I fear for my own safety. Taking pictures would surly distract me and I may fall in to never be seen again. I need to work up some courage to walk in there. Then I need to finish a couple blocks before I can even consider cleaning it.

It was my plan tonight to work on those blocks. However, dinner failure got the best of me. First my red onion disappeared, when I say disappeared I mean my husband threw it away because he thought it was trash. Then my roasted red peppers were growing. Yep right there in the jar, white junk. Sigh. That was 2 of the 6 may ingredients. Yep 1/3 of my meal was gone. The flavoring to the meal. So no making dinner for me. You would think I would be able to pick something else, but it was already close to 7, I was tried and everything else took prep. So, I hit the drive-thru instead, which is what I was trying to avoid.

Then sat down for some TV and here we are at 9 at night. Well, time to get ready for bed and fall asleep on the couch. Maybe tomorrow I will be able to find my creativity.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Work in progress

It has been another slow week here. I did do a little shopping this week for my 4x5 block. It turned out really really cute.

Plus I had a bit of time to work on my embroidery 101 block.

However, that is it. One more day of STAR test (California state test) and 24 more days of teaching. Then I am hoping to get more done.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Work in Progress - or lack there of

Things have been very very slow around here. I finished one block (I should have had all 6 done for the 4x5 bee).

4x5 sample in my colors

 And continued some embroidery.

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*Note - Don't keep reading this if you don't want to hear my excuses for my lack of creativity.

I am still not feeling quite back to normal yet. I haven't really felt "well" since February. The weather is horrible; hot then cold, cloudy and rainy, no sun. The weather is really not helping with the whole not feeling well. Plus this time of year is busy season for me.

Actually it is state testing time. Which means I force the students into  relentless practicing for a THE BIG TEST. We review a whole year in less than 2 weeks and I hope and cross my fingers that they will do well. Which of course means I come home exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed. The most stressful part of it is that it takes a lot to get 9 and 10 years to take a test some what seriously, especially a cumulative one. Some days I feel like shouting really you don't remember that you have been doing this all year, but then I take a deep breath and review basic math and literacy skills. Most days I feel like the teacher/adults from charlie brown -


Yep that must be me during this time of the year. Normally, we do fun activities where the kids get up and move, or the create things, but not right now. Right now it is all about "THE TEST".

All of this really means that I come home tried and just want to sit down in front of the TV and veg. I feel like all my creativity has been sucked away from me. Then when I do try be creative bad things happen. Like this.

broken extension table

Yes I did break my extension table.  Yes I did try to fix it with epoxy. No, it did not work.

Or this...

Scrap basket

Yes, my scrap basket exploded on me. All because I could not find the scrap color I was looking for. I just wanted one long piece of fabric in one certain color. So then of course I had to start organizing it.

Scrap sorting

I mean  it is not like I am easily distracted or anything. By the way I did not finish organizing it.

Sigh.... Just a little while longer and it will be summer. We end May 31, but hopefully my creativity will come back before that. I am sure it will. At least I am going to keep telling myself that.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tag

Ok so it just happens to be one of my favorite games... and I always feel so bad yelling "no tag" when I have playground duty. I remember running around playing tag as a kid. For goodness sake, I leave messages on peoples voice-mail that say, "tag, your it!" Maybe that is why I often teach tag games when I teach PE or give my students some extra play time.

So needless to say, when I get an mail from a bloggy friend that tells me I was tagged, I was quite intrigued and I just have to play along. I was tagged by Cindy over at Hyacinth Quilt Designs to participate in a little game of blog tag. How fun is that. I met Cindy though a giveaway day link up. She gave away some great fabric and some of her books she has written, and I won. Now right there that makes me like her and her blog, but even better than that she has some really inspiring work that she shares. It seems like every time I check out her blog I am amazed. Here is just one example, photo linked from her page.


Isn't that just amazing. So pretty such nice quilting... and that is just a wall quilt. you should really go check out some of her larger quilts too.

Ok on to the game of tag. She asked the people she tagged some questions.


1. If you're not quilting, what are you most likely doing?
 Well, normally I am teaching. It is what I spend most of my time doing. However, when I am home and I am not quilting I am usually playing on the internet, (reading blogs, playing on pinterest, reading email). Sometimes, however, you can find me reading or watching hulu/netflix. It just matters how stressful of a day I had, the more stressful of a day I have had, the more likely it is that I end up on the couch. No matter what though, I am always   near my two German Shepherd. They make good foot warmers and/or good cuddles. 

2. Do you buy fabric with a specific project in mind or "just because"?
Both. Usually I have a project I am thinking about. However, sometimes, I walk by a fabric I just have to have and then it comes home with me. Now when I say walk by that does often mean I am shopping online and see a fabric I must have, or I may even be looking at someones blog and see a fabric I must have so I search for it on the internet until I can find somewhere to order it. 

3. How many quilting projects do you have going at once?
Way to many. I have 6-10 right now. However, I am trying really hard to work on one or two at one time and then move on to the next. Doesn't mean that is always how it works, but it is what I try to do. 

Sewing closet

4. How many completed quilts do you own?
I own 7 quilts. Two are lap sized that I made for myself. One is lap sized that my mom made and she said I could have if I just finished the binding. I have one mini quilt by my computer. And one quilt that is Suzie's (my dog) that she has in her bed that is in our room.  I also have two quilts that my grandmother made. I would say in 1930's for one and the other I am not sure, but my dad used it when he was a kid, so at least the 1950s. 

5. How do you use your quilts, or are they stored away somewhere?
I use most of them. The one from the 1930's ish time is pretty ragged. It was definitively made from recycled materials and it has seen better days. I also only bring out the other quilt my grandma made only every once in a while, but in the summer it is one of my favorite things to sleep under. The others get used regular. 


Grandma's Quilts

6. What is you favorite food?
Bread - lets just leave it at that :)

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I am really drawn two color combos right now. 
Tangerine and Aqua 



And Red, Pink, Aqua



8. Where do you get your ideas and/or inspiration?
Blogs, Patterns, Pinterest, flickr. 


Now it is my turn to tag some people.

I am tagging -

Jill at Ducks and Rabbits
Susan at The History Quilter
Rebecca at Rebecca's Rags
Mrs. Pickles at Mrs. Pickles Garden
Debbie at Traveling Quilter

So now on to my questions.
1. How big is your stash?
2. What is your favorite treat?
3. When do you usually quilt?
4. How many projects do you have going on right now?
5. What is the weather like?
6. What keeps you from quilting?
7. What color fabric do you buy most often and is it your favorite color?
8. What is the largest and the smallest quilts you have made?


Well, TAG your IT! And Have fun!
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Work in progress

This is really surprise, I actually have progress to share. I finished a quit. This quilt took me a lot longer than I thought it was going to. I am so glad that I have it done.

Carnival Quilt Finished

I also finished a block for my embroidery 101. I had to redo the little butterfly, but now I think it is so cute.

Embordery 101 block done

I also got started on my geese in the park quilt. I can't wait until I get these finished.

Geese in the park progress

This week was a good week for quilting progress. It has a lot to do with the fact that I am on vacation. I did the embroidery block in the car on my way down to LA. I wish I would have brought a second one with me for the trip home :). I am hoping to get some more progress done before my break is over. I hope to have all the flying geese made for my geese in the park quilt.


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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Good bye March, Hello April

I actually finished something in March and I am very happy about it. I finished my carnival quilt.

Carnival Quilt Top Finished

I am really glad that this is done. It took me so much longer than I thought it would. The blocks aren't very easy and then life also go in the way. However, it is now at its new home, Sew Katie Jean's, and Katie is very happy with it. If you ever want to go visit it just stop by her shop.

Anyhow, here is my March finish. Sorry for the not so great picture. It was raining. I used what I had.


Carnival Quilt Finished



Quilt Stats:
Name: Carnival Quilt
Size: 43' x 51'
Fabrics: Pinwheels, a layer cake - So Sophie by My Minds Eye for Riley Blake. Thin border, thimbleberries some reproduction print. Thick border, Riley Blake - Woodland Trails. '
Binding: Kona (not sure what one)
Pattern: Carnival by Jaybird Quilts
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted with large stippling
Completed: March 2012

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