Thursday, October 8, 2015


I wrote this this morning and just getting a chance to post it now.

It's Thursday and my second full day at the new studio. I am excited. Still meeting neighbors. There's so much I can do to decorate but I've got other projects to start, work on, and finish. No running around on errands today. Lots on the docket.

  • stitch down binding on a lap quilt
  • start cutting 2 1/2 inch squares of scrap fabric for some paper piecing which I've never done before
  • design some doll clothes
  • cut out a few more Halloween dolls
  • start some mug rugs
  • figure out some Halloween/Christmas ornaments
  • start a Tula Pink square from her book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
  • prep for NANO, yes, I'm attempting it again. I seem to hit every other year and this is that year.
  • work on Sashiko
I've crossed over what I got done so far today. There are still a few more hours before bed where I can work on some other things after dinner. But, I do not like moving. I can't find a project I've been working on and I know I packed it but can't find it. Looked all over and nothing. Very frustrated. Of course it's a small project too. Ugh! Oh well, I'm sure it will show up. I hope it shows up now that I've figured out what to do with it.

Two and a half inch squares to paper piecing.

Colors selection for Tula Pink pattern number 9.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


The one thing about life is that you can start over or pick up after being body slammed. First. I have had my longarm quilt machine for almost a year now, this month. A friend was nice enough to let me use space in his house to get started. Well, he decided he was ready to sell the house so I had to hit the road. I found a studio closer to where I live. So that's what I've been doing since my last post. Looking for a new spot, packing, moving, and finding things.

I like my new space. Lots of storage, big enough for the frame, sewing table, work table, and ironing board. I have a key to my space. I don't have to worry about disturbing or interrupting anyone when I want to work. My space is in an office building that now houses entrepreneurs and other creative types. There are three buildings in this creative campus. The building I'm in; the second building has a yoga studio, distillery, glass blowing studio and gift shop (The Olio), cantina (The Porch) and a bar (Hoots). The third building is an old mill that is being renovated and turned into shops and other spaces. More creative types. I like the idea of a creative campus. I'm hoping this will give me a creative shot in the arm that is sorely needed.

Moving is a notion. I've put things away and will have to remember where I put what. I still can't find my paper scissors or my X-acto knife. I know I packed them. I'm looking for a small padded office chair and will head over to Goodwill soon. I'll also need to get a small vacuum cleaner.

Now that the quilting service is steady, the holidays are coming up and I plan on being slammed with work, I can get back to working on dolls, all things Halloween, and other artwork. I'm ready to continue on with this ride called life. Never a dull moment.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I'm Still Here

Yep, I'm still around. I'm looking for a new place to put my longarm machine. I think I may have a place but another place has come up too so I'll be looking at that one. It's going to be a bit crazy for the next two weeks while I make a decision and get everything moved and set up.

This is my new adventure. A friend helped me out when I got the machine and allowed me to set it up in his home. Now he's selling and I've got to move on. At first it was sad but now, it's quite all right. The Universe is continually moving to align itself with things that I'm supposed to go through. And now is the time to spread my wings and fly. I can't believe that next month, I would have had my longarm for a year. Crazy how time flies and now it's time for me to start having some fun. I'm behind on my faces but I will catch up. Here are two I did a few days ago.

I also have two quilts to work on, so I'll be busy with those and packing things up. I will work better on my postings.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

7 & 8

Here are faces I did two days ago and just now posting. I will be doing two more before the day is out.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


I can't believe I'm keeping up with something. I guess I've found the right size for doing this challenge and I can get two faces done at a time. The month is still early though.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Keeping up with Faces

Okay, I did two faces today in order to keep up. Something weird happened to me and I decided that I was better than the incident and that I was going to get busy. So here are my faces.

The blue one is for how I was feeling yesterday. It was a sucky day. But... I shall persevere and keep on keeping on. The green one is one continuous line and both are done with color pencil.

I made progress on my Bargello quilt. I'm doing the wall hanging just to see how the thing is done. But I can continue on to make it a bit longer so it will turn into a throw. The backing is flannel. I'm finally excited about this project.

And here is a job on the longarm frame. So far so good for the end of the week. Time to continue to find my happy and create like nobody's business.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rocky Start

I was off to a rocky start. Yes, I know, only three days in. Little voices of self-doubt were trying to creep in because life happens. Anyway, I got my second face done for 29 Faces. I make no promises of finishing. The weather sucks. 90 degrees and very humid. Working on staying positive in the fact that autumn is coming along with cooler temps.

I have no idea where I'm going with these faces. I'm just going to do them. The first two I've used watercolor pencils. I would like to be able to blend better. I think I know what to do now. Layers before adding the water.

I will finish longarming a quilt today. Can't show it because it's a gift. I did pull fabric for two more wallets, one is a gift. I really need to get back to my Bargello quilt top. I've given up on the garden. I will have to prep the soil this fall so there will be more nutrients in it next spring for planting. I will most definitely plan better for next year. So I guess I better get going. Seeing that there will be a lot of things I work on that I can't show because they are gifts. Hmmm...


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hello September

A brand new month and it's close to 90 degrees and humid. Gah! Summer is just hanging on and feeling a little punky. I just keep thinking about the cooler temps that are coming. I went to my Finish It challenge meeting and showed my black and white quilt top. They liked it. Now I've got to get it on the frame. The rest of the day has been a  no go. Just couldn't get my motor running but I did manage to do something for 29 Faces. Draw, sketch, paint, sculpt a face for 29 days. Usually it happens in February but there's one going on now. That's fine. I need something else to do in my day as a break. I used Derwent Watercolor Pencils. I think I'll try another with them. Maybe more blending first, then the water.

She's summer turning into autumn.

I've also started my next Sashiko piece. It's coming along quite slowly. I have a slight idea of what to do with them once I get the last design done. I think there's one more kit.

#29faces #sashiko

Monday, August 31, 2015

End of the Month

Gosh darn! Another month has gone bye bye. What? Summer is still trying to hang on. Soon, fall will be here and I can't wait. Well, I will have to but you know what I mean. I love the colors that fall brings. I love the smell of the air, the chill, how crisp it can be. The birdsong in the morning has changed. Seasonal summer birdies have left town and new fall ones have replaced them. Or I'm hearing more song of those birdies who don't leave the neighborhood.

First, I will do my Wrap Up.

  • 4 books read, down by four books from last month
  • 9 business quilts longarmed
  • 1 personal quilt top done for Finish It challenge
  • 1 workshop taken to make a wallet, which is also a gift
  • 7 World of Wendy Lu blog posts
  • 13 Wendy B Quilt blog posts
I didn't do any writing or editing. I didn't take a day trip anywhere. My applique and Sashiko have gone by the wayside. Didn't make anything Halloween. Didn't practice my language. And didn't watch anything on Netflix. Well, that will have to change for next month. I will blame not doing anything on the humidity. Because I can. I guess I will always be working on how to utilize my time better. Because now, the holidays are coming up.

Here are the last two quilts I worked on. One I longarmed and the other is a completed top that will get finished to become a holiday gift.

This black and white one is lap size. Maybe a little bigger. I think this will be my last black and white quilt for awhile. This one is my second and I'm kind of done.

So what do I have in store for next month and the rest of the year? Lots. I'm trying not to scare myself into not doing anything at all but there are two really big events I want to happen in the next couple of years. I really need to work on those things and I've got to get back to being the creative mad woman I know I can be. How can I say I miss making dolls and Halloween things when I don't even attempt to make anything. My creative mojo has disappeared again. Taken a vacay. Is hidden away in the back of some pub. I will drag it kicking and screaming into the new month. I shall surprise myself. Life is ever changing and you've got to roll with the waves. So go out and enjoy this last day of August. Make it special because it won't be repeated.