So for years I’ve wanted to do a portrait or a landscape quilt so I decided to do this picture! So I guess I am combining a portrait (sort of) and a landscape. This pic was taken at Big Spring Park in Huntsville, AL and that’s my youngest daughter who is now 20 but in this picture was 5. She always loved feeding the ducks…even at age 18. We went to Big Spring Park for her to take photos for an art project she was doing. She goes to Memphis College of Art and is an amazing artist!
I am a PhotoShop user, but decided to try this with PicMonkey so someone wouldn’t have to invest into an expensive piece of software. So after Lesson 2, I was able to take the above image, change it to black and white, increase the brightness and contrast and then “posterize” it. That’s where you have to play to get no more than 6 values in. This becomes the pattern to use to make the quilt. So the next step is to get this image printed 20×30 at a local print shop and it becomes my pattern. Then it’s time to watch Lesson 3. Stay tuned!
This weather has been so weird here in Alabama. One day it’s 40 and then next it’s 70. I am longing for warmer weather to STAY!
Last year, I got a Moda quilt charm pack called Beach House. I fell in love with the bright colors and of course, the word BEACH was in it. Maybe I was just dreaming of owning a beach or a lake house, but anyway….I digress…I wanted to do a fun, bright quilt to hang in my studio so I created this quilt. I used a new Pantograph fromQuilting4Fun.
If you handle lots of fabrics or work with your hands a lot, sometimes your hands get dry. With the cold weather and dry indoor air that’s right around the corner, you want to keep your skin from drying out. This recipe for lotion is all natural, organic and helps your skin heal, especially if you have eczema.
1 cup of Shea Butter – I buy this brand from amazon.com
1/2 cup of Coconut Oil (see photo for type I use)
1/2 cup of Olive Oil (see photo for type I use)
Vitamin E and Essential Oils of your choice. I only use Young Living Essential Oils.
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and let it cool. After it is cool, add olive oil and any other essential oils. I use 30 drops of Lavender and sometimes add vitamin E drops.
Put the whole bowl into the refrigerator to start to harden. Once it is harden on the edges, remove and whip until light and fluffy. I use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the whisk beater and beat it until fluffy.
Store them in small mason jars or any decorative jars of your choice.
It’s always a little scary to start something new especially a new free motion technique. I’ve been doing a lot of meandering on quilts and wanted something different. I’ve had a quilt sitting in my pile to be quilted for months…maybe even a year… and decided to load it on my long arm and try something new. With free motion quilting you need to stay relaxed and able to freely move about the machine without feeling it all over your back and shoulders. My fantastic long arm quilting teacher, Valerie, always said having a glass of wine before you quilt helps you relax. It’s not always appropriate to do that especially if you are quilting early in the morning. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” runs through my head, but I resort to thinking my needle is a paintbrush and begin to “paint”! The consistent humming of my machine is enough to relax me! I’m pretty happy with my results!