Autumn song

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I have been inspired!

I have found a new group of toys to play with from Cedar Canyon Textiles. I didn't get to go to Bernina University this past summer. :( But those who did from the shop came back with a LOT of new information. One of the big rages at BU were "Paintstiks on Fabric".
So the first conversation from those who went to conference upon returning went something like this...
"M" you need to get up a class using these products, they are just up your alley. They were demonstrated there and EVERYONE was excited about the finished projects. They were just

So I have experimented with them. And they are fun to work with. You can get very interesting effects with them. A little on the messy side....but who doesn't like a little mess every once in a while?

The paint sticks come in Matte & Iridescent colors. (Of course I'm an Iridescent color gal!) However the Matte sticks come in a wider variety of colors. But have no fear....there is an Iridescent Blender that can transform the matte colors into Iridescent wonders.

Using the 2-hour Paintstik Lesson plan the"girls" got at are the results with the first experience with them. CCT has rubbing plates in 7 different designs ( curves, Op art, leaves, triangles,garden flowers, floral fantasy and Holiday Happenings) Fun, fun, fun. Beside doing rubbings, you can use pre-made or make your own stencils.

Then I got down the the nitty-gritty and did their "Leaves" pattern for the next project using Paintstiks.
Here are 3 of the 6 blocks I made.
Ginkgo Leaf,

Maple leaf,

and the beginnings of the Oak leaf.

The pattern calls for making the blocks into a 27" x 40" quilt, but being the rebel I am, I choose to make 2 table runners for my dining room table & buffet.
Ah-h-h, I think they turned out right pretty! Don't you?
(And....Yes, I am going to teach this class in October.)
Now I'm off to finishing my next Paintstik project....Holiday Happenings. Pictures to come later.
Have a great day!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Busy-busy summer!

I can't believe the blogging bug has passes me by. The pass few weeks of summer has flown by. It has been busy here on Fernleaf Lane. Working at the shop has taken up a lot of my time. There have been 2 of the girls out with health issues and how another has left for a teaching job in Gastonia. I am happy for her, but sad for the shop. With three employees out all the rest of us has had to pick up the extra days & hours they worked. Hopefully soon those at home recoping will be back this us.
I have been able to spend a week at the beach with DH, and the DD & SnL and DS & DnL AND the granddog! We had a house full.
I had to get a new computer and have not had time to download and pictures, so this is a pictureless post. Just wanted to let everyone know I am still here, just busy!
Hope you all have a great Labor Day Weekend. (And I don't know to go to the shop ALL weekend! So excited to having some MY TIME.)