Wednesday, June 23, 2010

DECISIONS, Decisions. . . HELP... Which background ??

A few more stars are sewn  up and I need to choose a background. Can't seem to decide, so thought I'd put a picture on my blog and see what others think. 

Which is better, the GREEN, or the BLACK ? 
The black [it might even be very dark blue!]seems to help the colors in the stars 'pop', but it can't run through the printer using INKLINGO [to print the shapes] because the back of the fabric is too dark... I'd have to use FP templates, or EPPing.  The green might not be the best choice, but it WILL go through the printer and simplify the final cutting & piecing!

Sheesh... I can't decide. What do YOU think?

Thanks for stopping by and having a look. I appreciate your comments and opinions.
Cyn; -)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

QUILTER'S RUN - First Weekend. . .

The Southern California Quilter's Run began this weekend. My DD Laura drove me to the Temecula, Riverside, & Fallbrook areas to visit their shops last Thursday. [pic on right shows the block from The Temecula Quilt Company - pics below show various ways to use it].
The one above is 'cheater' fabric and the version on the left is pieced.  Below, the block is shown made into a 'pocket' and applied to a large tote. . . isn't that neat? I love it! Cheryl, the TQC owner is a wonderful and creative designer.

Today I hope to cover several of the local shops. This year every QS is providing a FREE quilt block pattern to all the runners, along with a 'charm'.  Here's one idea on how to use the collected charms -- a necklace:

Most of the shops I've already visited are also offering a small packet [for sale] with all the necessary fabrics to make their shop's block. Here are a few pictures of what I've seen so far. . .

This Shoe block is from the Quilter's Cottage in Fallbrook and the second pic [below] is how their staff has put it into a quilt using several of these blocks... cute!

  The next pic is of the Quilter's Coop block made into a pocket and placed on a purse. I love the little "flip flop"... fun!

Well, that's about it for now. Hope you enjoyed the "little quilt show" of blocks and project ideas.

Have a wonderful Sunday. . . I'm off to go visit the local shops and see what they are doing.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

FIRST Tomatoe of the Summer. . .

Hurrah! We have harvested the first tomato of the summer from our potted tomato plant.  This poor little 'mato won't win any beauty contests, but it was very tasty! lol

The Southern California Quilt Shop Run has started and will be going on all weekend, so after my morning class I will be off again to go check out what the local quilt shops are offering.

More later. . . have a wonderful day.
Cyn; -)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Quilt, Knit, Garden... oh my!

Hi! Today I'd like to share some photos to "catch up" on project pics and bring my blog current:

First a wonderful little quilt made by my friend Steffini. She does impeccable work... some of those "pieces" are less than 1/8" -- wow! Thank you again, Steffini.

Remember the Shawl I was working on some months ago? Well it knitted up really fast on size 10 needles in Unspun Icelandic Wool that I buy from here. Since then the poor thing has been languishing while I figure out how I'm going to block it. It measures 74 inches across, unblocked! Blocking will definitely help the lace designs pop out and be more visable. Now if I can figure out a space big enough to pin it out. lol

Two of the three orchid plants in the house are in bloom... I just love orchids; they are my kind of plant as they thrive on neglect!

DD and I are trying our hand at growing a tomato plant in a pot in the front yard. This location gets lots of sun and is away from her dog who sometimes likes to "decorate" the yard plants. Yuck! lol.

It is fairly loaded with green fruit now and has a RED one kinda buried in the center of the plant. If you look closely, you can barely see the red peeking through the greenery. Let's hope the rest of them redden up... yummo!

We planted a lemon tree last year and it has really taken off. Even tho' it remains somewhat scrawney, it sets quite a bit of fruit. We're hoping to get enough lemons at one time to make a Lemon Meringe Pie... my fave!

That's it for tonight... hope everyone had a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by and hope you will visit again soon.
Cyn; -)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WOWZER ... Blog Has A New Face...

When I signed in today a little message popped up. Looked like it might have some new design opportunities for my blog... and it did! After just a few clicks, I now have a totally NEW LOOK! Now that was fun and totally frustration free! lol

I had tried this before a few times but got 'lost' in the HTML or whatever language it was using. LOL. This makeover just took a few mouse clicks! I love it when something is changed to be easy and simple!

Today I'm printing up more Inklingo diamond shapes for some buddettes I'm trading with. I'll post another picture of these cute little diamond stars after I make more progress.

Hope you like the "face lift" my blog received today. I really like the blue sky and soft white clouds that are in the new border--reminds me of driving down the road which is something I really like to do.

Thank you for stopping by & have a nice day everyone...


Cyn; -)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hello World... I've been away sooooo long

Some friends and I are hand piecing little stars made from six one-inch diamonds. We are using Inklingo to minimize the prep work -- NO templates... prints right on the fabric! ;-) ! We have been printing and mailing strips of diamonds to each other to increase the fabric variety in our projects.

So far I have 14 little stars sewn up:

This is the pile
of mostly 'brown'
fabrics that I printed
and mailed first:

And below is a pic of the back of a sewn star... I just love the way the s.a. swirls and flattens out so nicely. See the 'printed' lines & cross-hairs on the back of each piece? That's Inklingo. It's not necessary to print this dark, but with these ol' eyes, I'm making it as easy as possible & it shows up better in a photo! lol

OK... I've been real bad and haven't kept up with my blog. Health issues got in the way, but I'm starting to get back on track.
That's it for now. . . thank you for visiting . . . have a great day.

Life is good!

Hugs to all,

Cyn; -)
A quote from inside my fortune cookie of last week:
"Education will never be as expensive as ignorance." Makes sense to me. ;-)