Monday, September 21, 2009
If you'd like to see my rough drawing of what the quilt will look like, check yesterday's blog entry. See if you can match my appliques to the drawing.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I got all the painting in the main room and the bedroom finished last week. I still have to paint the bathroom walls and bathroom cabinet. I have to finish that before the flooring is put down. Home Depot is coming on Monday to give me an estimate on the floor. What I'm hoping I can use is a product called Allure. It is a "floating, resilient plank flooring" that has the look of wood. It is 100% waterproof, which is a necessity for me in the basement (just in case).
This picture shows the "nook" in my quilting studio. I'm planning on putting some cabinets and shelves here. I want to put a small refrigerator under the countertop. I'm thinking I'll also locate my "coffee station" here too. I thought it was a good picture of the ceiling. I just love it--it looks really industrial and the light reflects off of it (which is an added bonus). As you can tell, there is still a lot of work to be done. As for any quilting/textile projects I'm working on...the only thing I have worked on lately is my last UFO (unfinished object) for the UFO Challenge. It is due in November. I like a lot of quilting on my work, so I marked it with lots of quilting lines. Now, I'm not so sure how wise that was! It is just taking me "forever" to get it done.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
The piece could be any type of art medium. I decided to stay with what I know and do a quilted piece (rather than try something new for this). The symbol of the Hosparus is an oak leaf. This represents the seasons of life. I didn't include an oak leaf, but my design is based on the grain of a piece of oak wood.
Oak was specifically chosen because of its symbolism. The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance. In Celtic mythology, it is the tree of doors, believed to be a gateway between worlds. Oak is an emblem of virtue, strength, resiliency, longevity, and re-birth. It represents inner fire, courage and nobility of spirit.
The colors were also chosen for their specific meanings.
Blue is the collective color of the spirit invoking rest causing the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, blue is an introspective color. It is the color of the Throat Chakra and encourages spiritual communication.
How the color blue affects us physically and mentally
Ø calm and sedate to counteract chaos or agitation
Ø to open the flow of communication
Ø solitude and peace
Green is seen as tranquil and refreshing and is considered the color of peace. In several religions, green is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration. Green is the color of balance, learning, growth and harmony. It symbolizes the master healer and the life force. Green also has a calming effect and symbolizes hope, peace, gentleness and modesty. It is soothing, refined and civilized with great healing power. It suggests stability and endurance. It is the color of the Heart Chakra which bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds. Opening the Heart Chakra allows a person to love more, empathize, and feel compassion.
How the color green affects us physically and mentally
Ø Relaxing mentally as well as physically
Ø Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
Ø Offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony
I included a closeup of the quilting below. This piece is machine appliquéd and hand quilted.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
That one Simplicity pattern makes the dog and the cat; all you change are the nose and the ears. They have even more besides the dog and cat, but I don't remember the pattern numbers. They have a bear, butterfly, and ladybug that I remember. I made my youngest niece a simple rag quilt made with squares from the left-over fabric. I put some chenille flowers and letters of the alphabet on hers. They all really enjoy them, and they were lots of fun to make.
I'd like to thank everyone who comments on my blog. It is nice to know that people actually read it--so leave me a little note! Be sure to leave your name with your comment and an email address if you'd like me to respond directly to you. I'd like to thank Ann and Mary for their questions and comments.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I have been spending most of my time sitting outside on the deck watching and listening to the ocean. It is such a peaceful, beautiful place here. I'm getting some reading done--These is My Words by Nancy Turner. I am just loving this book. It is about a girl/woman from the mid-1800's and her daily joys and struggles in the Arizona territory. It sure makes me appreciate the modern conveniences I have, but at the same time makes me curious about what it would be like to live a simpler more independent life. It's a good one.
I also have spent a little time working on my LAFTA project. I have most of the quilting done. I may finish that tonight. I'll steam it when I get home and get it wrapped around my canvas. I will have to search for my staple gun to do that. With the remodeling going on, it is hard telling where that is! I'll post a picture (and explanation) when I get it finished. I'm hoping the picture will be good enough to show the quilting on the piece; otherwise, it will look really plain.
My son-in-law is busy working on the quilting studio while I'm gone. I'm anxious to see what he has done. I'm sure I will need to be painting some trim when I get back!