Friday, May 19, 2017

Show + Tell :: Dotted Lines III + Dotted Lines IV

May 22 2017,

These quilts are a continuation of a series.
Dotted Lines I
Dotted Lines II 

This fabric is the same one as seen in Going On A Trip I and Going On A Trip II but in a different color.

Title: Dotted Lines III
Dimension: Approximately 12.5" x 13"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 05.2017
Title: Dotted Lines IV
Dimension: Approximately 13" x 26"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 05.2017
Stayed tuned for a much bigger piece entitled "Going on a Trip III".
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Show + Tell :: Words Series

May 19 2017,

These quilts were made to complement my expletive series.

Aren't they fun?

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

'Nuf Said :: uck!

May 14 2017,

* Note that this post may be offensive to some readers *

A few weeks ago I found these rubber stamps with letters on them in clearance. I then had a light bulb moment. I can make something similar to the "Expletive Series" with rubber stamps.

I spent a good 20 minutes looking through each of the letters. Funny - they didn't seem to have the letter "F". I then scour on the internet seeing if the manufacture made the letter "F" in the same font as the others. I had no such luck - the "F" they had was a cursive "F" which would look obviously incorrect or different.

I decided to write to the manufacturer to ask why they did not produce the full line of alphabets. Surprise, surprise, surprise - they have not responded to me yet.

They must think I'm a nut case, and obviously I am.

Now, go uck! yourself.


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sitting Pretty :: Postcards from the Arnold Arboretum

May 11 2017,

This past weekend, on a whim Laura and I went to the Arnold Arboretum to see the Lilac. Our timing was perfect, the weather was beautiful, the lilacs were "sitting pretty". Every year, they do have Lilac Sunday for Mother's Day - unfortunately this year, it has been cancelled due to a nor'easter. Lucky us!

Here are pictures from past trips to the Arnold Arboretum.
May 2015
May 2012

These two pictures below are pictures that Laura took of me taking pictures. I think these are the only two pictures of me in existence on this blog. Yes, yes, I am camera shy.

Go see nature! Smell the flowers, take in the beautiful sights and sounds.
Be inspired!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

'Nuf Said :: Craig's List Woes

May 6 2017,

* Note that this post may be offensive to some readers *

May showers brings May flowers. Hopefully.

It's been raining and raining and raining. Great for the lawn, not that great for my mood.

I had two encounters this past week with Craig's List.

I am trying to sell two posters - for $3.00 for both. It is too nice to throw away. So a lady emails me on Monday night stating that she would like to buy the posters. The next morning, I had a doctor's appointment (went to see an audiologist), and I did not know how long that would take, so I said I could only meet after 9:30. She said 9:30 works - and I gave her the address of our local post office which is 5 minutes down the road from the house.

The next day, I went to see the audiologist and I was done by 8:10. I decided to run a few errands including grocery shopping and filling up gas in the next town over. I came home at 9:15, unloaded the grocery and headed to the post office. All this time, I had muted the ringer on the phone and had forgotten to turn it back on. When I got to the post office I checked my email and saw that two emails had come in from this lady, Christine. She wrote whether I could meet her further downtown, more towards the highway - which was 10 minutes away. Crap. There was another email and she said this is my number, and to call her.

Note. I don't give my cell phone out the people on Craig's List. I don't know why - but I don't feel comfortable. At this time, it was 9:25 and I started driving to the other side of town. I decided to call her. And she answered. She said that she had already past the exit and she was worried that I was going to mug her because she has never dealt with anyone on Craig's List who didn't give out their phone number. One. How the f*** am I going to mug her at a public place in daylight (note, there is a commuter rail next to the post office). Two. She f***ing changed the plan last minute.

On the phone I was courteous. I said, fine - I can meet you later at 11:30 at CVS.

I drove home.

Then I started thinking. Why the f*** should I go out of my f***ing way to sell this $3.00 piece of thing. So I texted Christine back and wrote, "Hi Christine. It's just not worth my time to drive over to Paparazzi/CVS. I had my whole morning planned. So driving over there is going to take me 10 minutes and 10 minutes back. I'm sorry that I was difficult with my cellphone number. Sorry we could not do this transaction." Her response was "Ok. Sorry too."

This is what I really wanted to write. "WTF! Why did you f**ing waste my time! Why do I have to drive out of MY way to meet you when we had it all arranged. Do you think that your time is more valuable then my time?"

Craig's List Encounter Part 2.

So the next day I got an email from another lady who wanted to see a painting that I have. I said fine, let's meet at such a such time at the post office.

She met me there - and she looked at the painting.

I was selling the painting for $250.00. I said that I was trying to really just recoup the cost of the frame. Framing something is expensive, and the piece measures 32" x 26".

She asked if my price was firm. I said yes. She then asked how i felt with taking the frame and just leaving her with the painting and paying $125.00. Um.... let me think about it. NO. WTF??? What the hell am I suppose to do with just the frame? Maybe I can put up the empty frame on my wall like what the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is doing with the stolen painting.

She said she would think about it and we parted ways.

I don't like it when people still think they can haggle over the price when they meet in person. She knew she wasn't going to pay $250.00 for the painting. She should have negotiated over email instead of in person. She was just wasting my time.

Don't get me wrong. I love Craig's List. I've sold a lot of things on CL. It's just these two off people who just. don't. get. it.

Maybe - maybe it's ME who is not getting it.

'Nuf said.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Show + Tell :: Night Night

April 29 2017,

Ok. Ok. Just one more quilt for this month of April.

So this is a baby quilt for a friend who is expecting a baby girl in the near future. I asked her what color she wanted the quilt to be. Her answer was "rainbow". She stopped and then continued to explain not to take the literal sense of rainbow - but rather an assortment of colors. She must have seen the panic in my eyes. So above is the finish quilt, and I think I covered the colors pretty well.

After the top was pieced, I marked the quilt with the clover hera tool. I realized that the line I had marked was not straight. Using my hubby's laser level - I placed it on the quilt and marked my straight line. When we first bought the laser level - we were hemming and hawing over the price. I said that I could probably use it to square a quilt up, and the price of the laser level justified us purchasing it. We originally bought the laser level to frame our bathroom - yes, studs, strappings and all.

I had such a hellish time with this quilt. As I was connecting the two ends of the binding together, I realized that I had sewn the binding to the wrong side of the quilt. Crap. Crap. Crap. I started taking the binding off - and hubby suggested to just ignore the mistake and to just finish it. As I was reconnecting the two ends together, I managed to twist it. It was not fun. In the middle of it all - I couldn't figure out how to add more strip to the existing binding. If the last sentence doesn't make sense - don't worry - I have completely lost my brain. Note to self - don't put binding on at 5:00 in the morning.

All done. It is not a show quilt - but a quilt with character.

Title: Night Night
Dimension: Approximately 36" x 52"
Materials: Kona Solid Cotton
Method: Machine pieced + machine quilted
Date completed: 04.2017
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Show + Tell :: Into the Light

April 23 2017,

Here is a quilt that's a blast from the past. I didn't make the top. My friend Laura who is also an artist of many mediums, made this top for her boyfriend ages ago.

Laura is the one who did this collage a few months ago.

Laura's collage - entitled - "Divorce"
Back to the story. When I say "ages ago" it is defined as approximately 41 years ago. So when Laura was 18, she made this quilt for her then boyfriend in Marimekko prints. OMG. Let me say it again, Marimekko prints. I drooled over the fabrics when she showed it to me 5 years ago.

Now she's moving. She dug it up from her closet and allowed me to finish it. This was about a week ago. Silly me, with nothing (yeah right!) much in my life going on, I tackled this project. Ta-dah all done.

I quilted it with white Aurifil 50 weight thread and approximately 4" apart. Simple, plain, nothing fancy.

I titled the quilt "Into the Light" because this quilt has been forgotten in the back of a closet for many years - and it has finally come into the light. Since she is starting a new chapter in her life, she is also coming "into the light".

Title: Into the Light
Dimension: Approximately 67" x 86"
Materials: Marimekko prints
Method: Machine pieced by Laura + machine quilted by Q&B
Date completed: 04.2017
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