Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Face is a Challenge

The weather is definitely changing; hot one day and cold the next.  The colors in the sunset are changing from their summer shades to their autumn colors.  The silhouettes against the sky are going from leafy trees to skinny leafless limbs. Summer house decorations are giving way to Halloween decorations. Yes, it is definitely fall.

This week I didn't accomplish very much because the shading on the face is presenting itself as a real challenge.  I keep cutting out different shades of fabric trying to find the right one.  I really do feel at the bottom of the learning curve on this wall-hanging attempt.

 Houses decorated for Halloween:


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trouble with Flesh Tones

There is nothing better to renew the soul and spirit than to sit on the beach.  The feel of sand under your feet and the pounding of the waves just does something to help melt all the cares and troubles of the world.  We went down on Wednesday and the weather couldn't have been better if we had personally ordered it for that day.

The fabric scattering on the floor keeps growing because I am having a very difficult time choosing material to choose for the flesh tones on my daughter-in-law.

Scenes from Rehoboth  Beach:

The gorgeous sunset was the perfect ending to a great day.

The moon rise was spectacular over the ocean.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Taking Comfort in Creating

This week we experienced a lost in the family and great joy with another member of the family on the same day.  It is overwhelming to say the least when your emotions are very raw and are torn in two totally different directions at almost the exact same time.  Life will continue to hold surprises around every corner. 

Working on my wall-hanging was a much needed stress relief.  I'm not sure how much time I will get to work on it this week.

More pictures from Lake Anna:


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Retry on the Shirt

This week I hope to dig out the fall decorations; table runners, Halloween fun, and door decorations.  Thus begins the season of constant "door revolving" decorating until after Christmas.   The holidays will have special meaning again with having a little one to share them with again.

I think the shirt looks better.  I will add more shading with thread.

I am digging out my material to take inventory for possible flesh tones.  I am heavy on the yellow and browns.  Oh my, I think I will have to visit my favorite quilting stores, Prints Charming in Fulton, MD and Patches in Mt. Airy, MD.

Signs of fall at Lake Anna:


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Too Much of a Contrast

I love fall as much as any other season.  I enjoy the pumpkins, fall vegetables, and all the craft shows, special activities and holidays associated with the season.  Last night we had an outdoor movie night with a New Orleans theme; Cajun cooking and the movie Double Jeopardy.  We had a gathering of 15 people with a variety of dishes from Jambalaya to beignets.  There is nothing better than fun, food, family and friends.

The shirt just isn't working for me.  It will come apart right after I finished typing this post.

More pictures from the lake:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A beginning

This week our mini heat wave broke and there is definitely the feel of fall in the air. Yesterday, for the first time I put on a pair of jeans before we went to our daughter's house.  I must admit I do like living in an area with four distinct seasons.  Each bringing it's own sounds, smells, flavors, and sights.



I had a hard time deciding where to begin .   Finally, I decided to piece  together the shorts.  It took awhile choosing the fabrics.  This piece is definitely going to be a challenge for me.

Here are some pictures from Lake Anna:


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Unconditional Love

After reading some new books I had bought on making realistic quilts and portraits, I am ready to stretch out and try a family portrait.  I still am not ready to go large, the picture portion of the quilt will measure about 15 inches by 25 inches.  Although, this is larger than my last quilt.

Picture taken by Rebecca Ebersole of Snapdragon Photography in Maryland

The photograph was taken by Rebecca Ebersole of as part of a photo shoot for my granddaughter's first birthday.  This is just one of the wonderful pictures she took that day.  I just love the look of  "unconditional" love that is portrayed by  my little one.

I had a harder time picking out the larger shapes in the shirt on the left.  I feel as though I broke the pattern  down into too many smaller shapes.  I may combine a few lines when I trace on fusible web.  My feelings are to keep the background very simple because I to have all attention drawn to the family.

Last weekend we went to Lake Anna with our friends.  The weather cooperated, thus, we had a wonderful time swimming and boating.