Fast Foward

The hollyhocks are are coming right along, Here’s my progress report for my time lapse quilt for 2/16/2014. I’ll  give a few photos leading up to today’s progress., if anyone is just seeing this for the first time. It will make it a time lapse.

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Start Date Jan 19 Fabric painted work begins
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Jan 27
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Feb. 2 2014
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Feb 5
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Feb 9

Progress 2/16/2014

I have finished most of flowers and and added the shading to the stocks. A few side views of the flowers and buds and a little more details and then I’ll be ready to quilt it.

Feb 16
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hollyhocks 2/16/2014

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hollyhocks 014If you would like to follow this series from it’s start here are the links that cover it





On being photogenic and other things. Is this what I really look like?

I’ve been a busy little bee working on the two garden quilts mentioned in an earlier post. My main

focus at this point has been to finish the first one and save the other crazy wild garden for last. It

promises to be fun. The thread painting  on this first garden has taken quite a while, there is so much

detail I’ve logged in a lot of hours already, but I’m liking the way it’s going so far.I

have completed a lot of that, the end is in sight. Just a few more details to wrap up, Oh,there’s the sky

to do, I forgot. That’s more than a little detail I suppose. Well anywho, then I  can get down to quilting

it. So here’s a few updated photos. It’s starting to take shape.

Blue and Orange garden

The color is off, but you get an idea of where I’m going. The stalks haven’t not been added yet,

leaving several flowers sort of hanging in the air, but they will have stocks soon, give em an anchor to

the ground.

flower detail

This is a closer look at some not finished peach flowers on the bottom right and left sides. The color

looks horrendous in this photo, it is really quite pretty in person, but that’s the thing with photos. I’ve

had several absolutely gorgeous quilts that were not photogenic. They looked so different in photos

than in person.

One recent example is a new quilt I just listed on Etsy,” Rain Forest Canopy”. It’s an abstract.

After I had finished the fabric painting and it had dried, I could take a look at it closely, the-big 

unveiling, it exceeded my expectations, it came out super good. There is always an element of surprise

with fabric painting. At a certain point in the process you lose some control and it effects the

outcome, you can surprise yourself. Sometimes there are pieces that turn out especially good, they

exceed your expectationsthis was one of those. I loved it!

When you have those special ones come out, you don’t want to squander this art fabric.

You want to use it in the best possible way that highlights it. If you plan applique,  you have to be

careful that you don’t cover too much of the design, it can’t shine through. The way you quilt it too,

you don’t want to quilt in a way that clashes with it or obscures what makes it special. 

So I gave this a lot of thought, long before I ever began to make an art quilt with it. When I had

finished the quilt, I was really happy with the result. I thought the quilting and design fit it. It works

with the fabric rather than against. And the abstract quilting? Just the coolest ever. I did my

abstract thread painting, using thread that has deep rich colors and metal threads add shimmer.

Great, I’m all happy woo who! This is a really good one. Then I took the photos of it. It looked flat, you

couldn’t sense how cool it was from any of the photos.The fabric colors which I loved, don’t show well.

Sometimes quilts just don’t photograph well. Me either, take 100 photos, you won’t get a good one I

guarantee.I’ve had maybe 5 photos taken in my entire life that came out decent.

I’m beginning to wonder is this what I really look like?

 I just recycle the few decent ones. So if you see a photo of a cute 4 year ol

on my avatar that’s me!It’s One of the few. BTW My current avatar is a few years old 5 maybe, it’s not

from 30 years ago.

My husband needed a photo avatar for my phone number on his phone. He took 3 or 4, awful. I’m

thinking I don’t want his work mates to see that,”well that’s some ugly wife ya got there”. No way,

He’s going to have a decent pic of his wife in his phone. I took the phone, reversed the camera for self

shoot. I tried about 30 photos, I’m not exaggerating not a one. Not photogenic.

peach flower


Peach flower

orange and blue

orange and blueNo pictures thanks…


It snowed! & It’s Cold ” Toto, I don’t think we’re in Vegas any more!”


Its Snowing


We’ve had snow for several days and the weather has been so cold, that instead of melting,

it is staying on the ground, uncharacteristic  for Oregon. I’m exaggerating a bit , Oregon does

receive a small amount of snow occasionally. When that infrequent event occurs everything

seems to slow down. Schools are often closed for a day or two, at the slightest amount of

snow, disappointing all of our children. I don’t have to tell you that, we all know how much

those little nippers love school.

There’s less traffic on the roads, those who are generally driving more carefully

Many, people stay in, and don’t drive. Especially if there is a layer of ice hidden

under that deceptively beautiful white blanket. That ice makes your car slippery,

sliding about quite unresponsive to your loud screaming or any feeble attempts to

gain back control of your car.Now here’s a 

POP QUIZ, what are you supposed to do when your car hydroplanes?

A- Turn the wheel  into the direction your car is sliding? or

B- Turn the wheel in the opposite direction of the sliding? or

C-Bale out, while you are praying for a soft landing place, and for forgiveness

and a last minute conversion to God, hoping He will buy it?

With that last question, sorry, you’re on your own here. I’m not God, but you may

be on thin ice with that one. I’d assume he’s looking for sincerity. Even I wouldn’t

even accept a last minute marriage proposal, justcause you audience waiting, and

the bride didn’t show. Then the groom turns to me and asks me to marry him. No way,

As to the other answers on the Quiz, I don’t have the answers, as you may have guessed by

 now, I made the questions up, surprise!

I don’t know the answers, you should ask someone who lives a region with snow. Before you

call me a wimp and irritating numskull, remember, I’m a Vegas girl. I don’t gamble, but if you

do, don’t bet on snow in Las Vegas, your 

odds of winning that one are low, really low. After all you’re are living in a desert for

goodness sake!

In Vegas people have absolutely NO IDEA of how to drive in it, We don’t  even recognize what

it is, [unless you’re a skier.]  we say things like, “What’s this white stuff? Why is it coming

from the sky?”So don’t blame me. This may make you curious enough to search for the

answers, and save your life someday I love Oregon, Las Vegas kids and anything else which might have




DISCLAIMER-Please don’t take me seriously, everything I said was joking an a attempt at humor, I liked living in  Las  Vegas, love Oregon, love kids and would not seriously attempt criticism of anyone’s  prayers to reconcile with God, or any thing else which might offend. someone somehow


Its Snowing" We're not in Vegas anymore"