Sunday, April 20, 2014

Go West

I have spent the last week on the road to Oklahoma and back.  We drove out to see my Aunt.  I always get rejuvenated when we travel out there.  The changing landscape along with the sights and sounds are so different than back home. 
A sight from Tennessee 

The red dirt of Oklahoma 

Race Track in Kentucky 

And, best of all, my Aunt is an artist!  I just love sitting on her back porch and soaking in the creativity. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Big 60!

There is something positive to having a simple cold with a scratchy throat turn into something more that needed an antibiotic to knock it out of my system.  Staying home from work, between taking naps and hand stitching the binding, I was able to finish the wall-hanging on Wednesday.

It was fascinating to watch the  unison of man and machine to plant the grape vines.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Quilted, Finally

 This week, I was able to carve some time out of my busy week and quilt my wall-hanging.   With the coming of spring, my schedule seems to have become more and more busy.  My Saturday morning now starts at 7:30 AM setting out in the car with my mother to comb the area for yard sales and the treasures they may hold.  Our annual trip to Oklahoma is quickly approaching.  Mom and I will take off soon in her SUV for the open road to discover new sights and revisit familiar ones.  Why do we drive and not fly?  I will share pictures from our trip of what we would miss, if we choose to fly.  My husband hates the long drive, so he elects to stay home (I think he enjoys the peace and quiet).

Quilted and really for binding 

 Close up of the leaves and grapes

Here are some pictures of our friends farm and the very beginning of their vineyard.

The field has been fenced in, plowed, and ready for the grape vines.  The fence is to keep the deer from feeding on the plants.

They hope to rebuild the barn and turn it into an events' venue.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Coming Along Slowly

This week I had planned to start quilting, but that didn't happen.  I caught a cold and it had other plans for me.  Lots of naps after work and going to bed early.  I even skipped my weight class on Wednesday, so you know I wasn't feeling well.

I did make time to print the pictures on pretreated fabric.  As well as, ironing them onto the fabric I used for their borders.

After surfing the web for a couple of hours, I was able to find a quote that related well to the adventure of our friends buying a farm and planting a vineyard.

"Wine is an art and a science at the same time.  That’s why there’s a mystique about it and why a little grape can hold so much adventure for our family. "  -Bill Wilson

More sights from our cruise down the Rhine:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Picture Layout

I spent a long weekend in Florida visiting my Uncle.  Lucky me was enjoying the sun and warm temperatures, while my husband was back at home suffering with the cold temperatures and snow last Monday.

 He sent me pictures of snow.

I sent him pictures of sunny blue skies and palm trees.

Needless to say, having fun in the sun in Florida, I did not have much time to spend on the wall-hanging. 

Auditioning pictures and layout

Design 1

Design 2

Design 3

I think I am going with Design 3.  I plan to put a quote in the white square to the left of the wine glass.

Here are some more pictures from our trip down the Rhine.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another Milestone Birthday to Celebrate

Another milestone, another wall-hanging to celebrate the occasion.  We have a friend who not only is quickly approaching a major milestone but he is also seeing a dream fulfilled.  He bought a farm last year and planted a vineyard.  The wall-hanging I have in mind is one that will commemorate both occasions.  First, I thought about using one of the many pictures I have taken of the farm and making a "photo inspired" wall-hanging of it, but I couldn't decide on which one to choose.  Then I decided why decide on just one photo when I could make a "scrap book" wall hanging.

Which design do I choose?

Choices, choices, choices

I wanted to incorporate the wine glass design that appears on their label.

Here is my decision for the background design.

I pieced the wine glass.  I decided to use a very subtle change in tone for the two pieces of material used for the wine.  It will hang on my design board for a couple of days while I ponder which pictures will be chosen and the overall design for placing the pictures.  I am also thinking about putting a quote in the bottom left hand corner.
Since this wall-hanging has a wine theme, the only logical thing to do was to share pictures from our trip to Europe last summer.  We took a day long cruise down the Rhine.  
We saw acres and acres of vineyards.

The scenery was breathe taking with the castles situated among the vineyards.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Big 50

Time flies by.  Youth is wasted on the young.  No matter how you look at we all are getting older and there no holding it back.  We can either embrace it or crawl up in a ball and hide in a corner.  I choose to have fun with it and celebrate with wall-hangings.

I quilted this wall-hanging using the stippling stitch.
  All I need to do now is box it and send it to my brother.

I can't explain the feeling I get when I look at these pictures from our trip two years ago.  It was a marvelous adventure out west.  These are scenes taken from the road in North Dakota. Can you imagine driving a covered wagon through this landscape?