Saturday, July 28, 2012

Crazy Summer and Crazy Quilting

Summer is really flying by for our family.  In a couple weeks, I help my son get moved into his apartment for his second year of school.  Two of my other boys have already started football practice--in the 100 degree heat we've been having!

I had high hopes for a summer filled with art projects--finished art projects!  That seems to be quite a challenge for me.  Still, I've had fun experimenting with some new mediums and taking online classes through Artful Gathering.

Crazy Quilt Bag

One of the classes I took was Patricia Winter's Crazy Quilting 101.  It's been quite a fun class though I haven't gotten very far with my bag.  The photo above doesn't show it, but I do have one row of herringbone stitching completed.  Being a quilter, I've never done crazy quilting before, and it is addicting!  Once you learn the basics, it can be applied to so much.  In fact, it has inspired me for my next swap project coming up in September--you'll have to stay tuned for that one!

Crazy Quilt Accessory Bag
I am also doing the Session II Crazy Quilted Accessory Bag class which builds on what we learned in Session I.  At least I have the front pieced for the second bag.  I'll be working simultaneously on both bags.  Soon, I will add some ribbon embroidery which I've always wanted to try.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blog Party Time!

Welcome to my studio!

Where Bloggers Create is such a fun event!  Last year I met so many lovely people.  Many thanks to Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage for hosting.  She really knows how to throw a party!

My laundry room studio showing the "fun" side of the room.
I'm cheating just a bit this year...please don't hold it against me.  Some of my photos are from last year--when my studio was clean!  It has been a particularly busy summer with my children's activities.  My high hopes of doing a reorganization of my studio just weren't possible.

The laundry side of my studio.  Yes, there are two dryers. 
I have five children and the machines are always full!
Over the last year, I have managed to complete some projects-I am a perpetual procrastinator.  I've even gone through a bit of a metamorphosis with my blog.  If you visited me last year, I was known as 42 UFOs, a quilting blog that was intended to chronicle completion of my many unfinished quilting projects.

The door to the laundry/studio that also shows my "fabric pantry"
My interests have evolved over the last three years since entering the blog world and taking my first art workshop.  It just seemed like a good time to spread my wings and try a new avenue with my blog so I renamed it:  Snips and Threads.
Inside the "fabric pantry"
I love to quilt and will always make them-I have plenty of unfinished quilt projects to keep me busy for a loooong time!  There are so many different creative pursuits I would like to try and continue experimenting with them.  You can read about some of these things in the posts along the side bar.  I especially love participating in swaps.  It really gets me outside the box and trying new things!
Cabinet that stores some of my vintage trims and laces and supplies-needs organizing help!

Last year I failed to mention that the glass knobs and handles on all my cabinetry are very special to me. They are vintage and most of them came from my father who is currently mostly "retired" from antique dealing. He loves it too much to ever really retire.

One of my favorite tools is the Gingher shears I finally broke down and bought myself a few years ago.  Love them!  The local quilt guild hosts a show each year with a fabulous vendor mall-my favorite part!  One year I bought this fused glass, magnetized pin holder.  I love the colors and that it was handmade by a local glass artist.  I also started using a vintage mini jello mold to hold pins.

These cute vintage planters now hold my vintage spools and a few buttons and other odds-n-ends.

This is part of my inpiration board.  The framed art piece showing a girl with a flower on her head is a piece by Kelly Rae Roberts.  It says "Explorer of truth and beauty."  Love it!  The big pink tissue paper flower was given to me on Mother's Day by my first grader.  Those are the best gifts!  I enlarged this photo so you can read the cartoon with the poor mom crammed into a tiny slot for "me" time.  Can anyone relate? :)

I love my book cabinets.  In fact, I love books almost as much as I love fabric!

Keepin' it real
This is how my studio looks this morning.  I have some piles going on the counters and lots of laundry piles that I will spare you.  It's been a bit of a challenge to juggle a multi-use space since laundry sorting tends to migrate to the studio side.  When I'm trying to get a project finished, supplies tend to find themselves over on the laundry side.  It's also a very public room with the children, my husband and the pets coming in and out.  That just ensures that I'm never lonely!

Ranger, our Australian Shepard with Periwinkle the kitty lying in her favorite spot by the sewing machine.
I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit.
Please come back again to see what I'm up to next!