The K-2 art classes I'm teaching are fun. I have a group of 12 great kids. So far we have done some Mondrian inspired collages,
a study of Van Gogh's Starry, Starry Night with oil pastels
and "macro" paintings of Indian corn.
I want to make clay beads with them next. I found this great tutorial for clay made from old newspapers. I am trying it out this weekend to see if it will work as a kid project. So far I have a pot of soaked schredded paper.
It has been so long since I hand quilted that I had forgotten a few things. I should have basted this with a needle and thread so that my stitching thread would not catch on the pins as I stitch. I also should have marked the quilt before basting.
Live and learn.
My fingertips are now raw from thousands of needle pricks. It must be time to do some recovery time knitting. A crafter's work is never done.
I've continued auditioning fabric colors with the strip pieced triangles.
I really like the chartreuse as a neutral.
I only have enough of the white (I just bought a bolt) so I will have to purchase whatever I will use.
A yellow background would have to be a clear buttery yellow. I was thinking of the Kona Ash, a light gray, but I don't have any of that to try. I like the Chartreuse a lot but think it might look "dated" in a few years. I'm not sure that bothers me though. The chartreuse layout really does give me a happy feeling every time I walk by it.
I wish my local quilt shop carried a good selection of solids. It is too hard to make a choice from the small sample on the color card.
It's time to start on another project or get another top ready for quilting while I struggle with the decision. I am ready to listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I need to be sewing!!!
Yesterday I finished sewing 165 string pieced triangles for a twin size quilt. The sewing was easy and progressed quickly without much thought. There is a lot of sewing time in that stack of fabric. And I have the added bonus of a pretty big dent in the scrap pile. Woo hoo!
Now comes the thinking part. What color or colors should I use for setting. I could use yellow...
actually, just about anything could be the "neutral" here. What about RED, or chartreuse, or a selection of aquas, or candy corn? The possibilites are endless.
Yesterday, I used some fabric from my weekend thrift and made the mischievous gnome messenger bag by Sew Liberated. It still needs a button. I am not thrilled with the fabric combination but it'll make a good school bag for P. She'll have to grow into the strap though. It would also make a good bag for an elementary school teacher...
I want to make another in a scaled down version for myself and have enough of the denim to make another bag with a different coordinating print.