Wannabe Art

A place where one old woman shares her daily ups and downs and her attempts at art with strangers and friends out in Internet land.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Christmas Lap Quilt

Have been busy so thought I would do a small update...my friend Bette showed me away to do a simple scrap quilt so that you quilt it as you go...to me the the hardest part was getting all the batting and the background fabrics cut...the strips are easy as you just rip those as you go. The idea of a finish quilt with "mindless sewing" really got my attention. I had a box of Christmas fabric left over from making each of my grand girls a Christmas quilt so I decided that I would use that and make a lap quilt. I started it a week and a half ago and will have it completed by tomorrow. I have decided that even thought it is an utility scrap quilt...nothing really special...I kept thinking about my friend with breast cancer through out the sewing progress..she just kept popping into my thoughts as I sewed...so instead of one of her fabric postcards that she gets once a week from me...next week she will get this Christmas Scrap Quilt. This Christmas might not be a "one to remember for her", but her future Christmas will be...so my scrap quilt will carry a message to remind her of that. Will post a photo of the finish quilt before mailing.

My cat Rufus as a recent new addition to our house, didn't understand that I use the wooden floor in the master bedroom as my design wall when making a scrap quilt...so as I laid out my 6 inch squares in a pattern that I liked, he would wait until I was almost done and then do a flying dive into the squares scattering them everywhere...then sit there as if he had done a fine thing. So even Rufus is helping on this project.

Will post a photo when the quilt is complete.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Breast Cancer Strikes Again

My friend Sandy, who comes down to Sanddestin every year has just been stricken with this disease. She has always been so healthy and now she is facing chemo and surgery. She has a very positive outlook on life...always has and she seems to be looking at this as just another bump in the road that will delay her trip South just for a short time. I decided that I would make her a fabric postcard once a week until she is back on the road to good health and back down here in Sanddestin acting like a proper SnowBird should be acting. This is card number three for her.

The card is hand painted fabric and the mermaid was handpainted and then appliqued on , the face was poured Utee and then stamped with a face stamp. The picture really doesn't do the face justice. She is not as scarey as she looks.

Here is a close up of the Utee face that was stamped...I made it very flat so that it could be glued onto the card.

This is the back of the card . Since it has the Utee face is will be mailed in a padded envelope.

As you go through your day please stop and think a good thought for all of the women out there that are dealing with breast cancer, surely with time and the right research we will be able to conquor this disease. I am truly hoping that a cure will happen in my lifetime so that my grand daughters and daughter will never have to deal with this desease.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Utee Mermaid

I agreed to a one on one mermaid swap with a friend, who lives in New Jersery. She sent me a great mermaid card with beads and yarns and a beautiful embroidery mermaid. I decided to make a black mermaid and use one of my UTEE molded faces for her head. I hand painted the fabric and the mermaid body, then threadpainted it and then sewed on beads. The Utee head was glued on. This was one card that I really wanted to keep as I loved the way she came out