Sunday, March 16, 2008

Eye Candy Sunday......

It was a busy weekend. Friday was Sabrina's BIG show -- she took a 1st place Blue Ribbon (out of 12 schools) for her watercolor sunflower. So that piece won a blue ribbon at her school level AND the regional level. (Good Job Honey!!) Below are pictures of both her 1st and 2nd place pictures.

In between working outside on the herb garden and filling up bird feeders, etc., I did manage to get some work done on Dear Jane. What a !@#*$!@#*$!@# delightful experience this is. The pieces are so small that I end up sewing and ripping apart each block at least once or twice. I am quickly learning the importance of absolute zero tolerance accuracy with regard to cutting, and sewing that "scant" 1/4 inch seam allowance. I can see my efforts improving little by little, and by the time I'm done with this -- my skills should be formidable. I got 6 blocks done.

I did get this cute little cutting mat/ironing pad and a tiny little iron to iron the teeny tiny pieces because my regular iron was too huge to deal with those little 4 1/2" blocks and I kept burning my fingers. It was a bit on the expensive side (about $50 for the set) but worth every penny.

I also worked on some "folk art" sketches for a kid quilt I'm designing. I want to do a "whole cloth" Egyptian Cotton with folk art applique -- so I've been sketching out some little applique designs for whatever.

Finally - here are Monica's package (I can't show you because she'll see it and I want it to be a surprise!) and Tammy's package (the sunflower wall quiltlet ready to go out in the mail. Monica has been working diligently on our art doll for charity - so she hasn't been around much. I'm hoping she'll have pictures up of the doll soon as we are all getting anxious. Tammy's package went out last week but was returned because the address label did not stick the paint on the envelope (duh!).
Finally, I'm working on another little contest in honor of ONE YEAR of blogging which - came and went without me even knowing about it. Oh well. Anyway, I'm working on something for that and certainly want to make it interesting - So... keep your eyes peeled as details will be coming about that sometime this week. Tammy wants me to do another hide and seek as she really enjoyed going through my suitcase and drawers!!! Maybe I'll do something in my closets this time -- you guys should have alot of fun going through those. We'll see what I can come up with.
Anyway - Have a great week. And remember, inspiration is everywhere -- create something wonderful! XO


GraceBeading said...

Fun post, lots of wonderful goodies to behold. CONGRATULATIONS to Sabrina on her blue ribbon and her second place! Both are beautiful. Loving all the other stuff too.

I'm with you on the doll - I've thought about Monica all week wondering how she's doing, I'm so excited to see it!

Have a great week.

Teresa said...

Congratulations Sabrina. You are worthy.
Glad to hear you are enjoying Dear Jane. Remember what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
Keep up the good work busy lady.

abeadlady said...

Way to go, Sabrina! Your work is beautiful. Of course you can't tell that your Mom is proud.

The quilt squares are looking great. I think all the ripping out I would have to do is what keeps me from doing quilting.


Guzzisue said...

well done Sabrina, beautiful work

Anonymous said...

Hey! I just saw your dj blocks…they’re absolutely darling and you did such a wonderful job! I really love the fabrics/colors you’re using.

I hate ripping seams more than anything so I know your pain. I hope you keep with it, though, since your blocks turned out so well. You’re right, those tiny blocks will definitely teach you some new tricks and improve your sewing. Accuracy is the key. :)

I can’t wait to see more!

Karol-Ann said...

Love the DJ blocks in the Fassett fabric - really different!
Well done on your daughter's success too :O)

Solange Bonnet said...

Congratulations. It's a very beautiful work.

crooked heart art~tammy said...

hi cathie
big giant congrat's to sabrina-and her proud mama!!
i definetly know i will never try a dear jane-ever!!-vbg
watching monica's progress too with egar eyes and heart
enjoy your day
x's&o's tammy

Nikki said...

Congratulations to Sabrina! I can tell you are one proud Mama! Excited to see how your little blocks are turning out. I don't know if I could do anything that acctually required accuracy.

Susan said...

I've been so busy over the past month or so I've gotten behind on blog reading and missed SO MUCH on yours! Congratulations to Sabrina! I've really enjoyed catching up, seeing your fractured quilt, reading about your trip, etc. Thanks so very, very much for sharing!

Cindy said...

Congratulations, Sabrina, on your awards for your lovely artwork!

I just sent you Mom some colored pencil resources to check out for you.

Color On!!!!

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