Monday, July 25, 2011

Part 2: A Wannabee Quilter

More gorgeousness from my very first visit to one of our LQS (local quilt shows), or ANY quilt show, for me.  This one was the Quilters By the Sea Guild.

Susan and I loved this idea!  I have hankies that were my mom's and grandmother's, plus some from other countries.

This was shown in my last post, said it was pretty in pink

Now here's the full monty; 
this might be a take on the log cabin block.

I'm betting this has a pattern name, but I like the randomness.  
I call it a scrappy quilt.

Oh so luxurious!  It appeared to be suede.

More cats!  And such diversity!

This one looks complicated, but so lovely!

The colors in this one were more vibrant

This quilt intrigued me:  I studied it for some time.

If you look closely at the edge, you'll see the fabric before cutting.

This "flower" was created using butterfly wings from the yardage.  Each 6-piece flower inside the blue border was made from certain parts of other flowers or butterflies.  
My expert quilting friend tells me this is a variation of "stack and whack", a technique I hope to learn someday!

Beautiful purple!  Notice the triangles that are larger?  
And in both directions.

Susan's dream bag, sans bow ;-)

Amazing dolphin quilt seams so tedious!
 Look how small the pieces are!

I really liked the fancy swirly quilting on this one...
enlarge to appreciate.

And finally, a fabric landscape.  This is remarkable!
I am able to do similar things, with glass...
only microscopic in comparison!
Come back tomorrow for a show in glass beads.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Wannabee Quilter

In the back of my mind I've been thinking about learning to quilt, and a recent reconnection in blogland with a friend from long ago has moved those thoughts closer to the forefront.  I've been learning how-to's from reading Freda's blog and others, and soon hope to put these ideas into action ~ once I get a sewing machine.  I'm thinking this winter after market season would be dandy!

Yes indeed...that was the view from my front door last winter, a bit unusual for the coast, but I'd like to enjoy that again...but briefly.

A few days ago, my friend Susan phoned me and gave notice about a local quilt show happening "tomorrow", and would I like to go. Yes! 

Quilters By the Sea Guild had a beautiful display of local quilts, and I wanted to share some of them with you.

Oh!  But first, I was led to a little workshop where I made a yo-yo!

Now on to the quilt show!  Isn't this first one fun?!

ready for my close up!

Fish triangles

This quilt had a cute note attached

Look at the incredible depth!  And this one seams tedious! ;-)

So pretty in pink.

Wow, fabric portraits!

What talent!

I'll be posting more of these fabulous quilts in the next day or two, stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Please...Coddle Me

an egg or two!  Oh, the simple pleasures and beauty of egg coddlers!  My friend Carol introduced me to them several years ago, and now I consciously look for them in thrift stores.  They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes.

Recently, my dear sister gave me this gorgeous blue and white for my birthday!
Isn't it lovely?!  Thanks Sis!

the back side

And it's a DOUBLE!  It holds 2 eggs, so I'll use it for when I awake extra hungry or to share with W.  (My first one stands beside it).

I have come to realize that alot of people have never heard of egg coddlers, so here's a little "3 minute egg" education, *lol* (I almost said "eggucation", but resisted).

Egg coddlers have been manufactured by Royal Worcester in Worcester, UK since at least the 1890s, and were probably invented there.  

Coddled eggs are gently or lightly cooked eggs with the help of a porcelain cup or ramekin with a lid.

The inside of the egg coddler is first buttered in order to flavor the egg and allow it to be removed more easily.  I then lightly salt and pepper the inside before breaking a raw egg (or in this case, eggs) into the coddler;

a little more pepper on the top, screw on the lid, and place in a pan of near-boiling water for 7-8 minutes.  

the end result

 This was the double coddler debut and quite honestly, I left it too long in the water and it is a bit more firm than I like.
The egg white should be soft, and the yoke not quite runny.  I'll have to run another 'test' tomorrow, as I'm not use to a double egg coddler, but I sure will learn!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Playing with Fire and Glass!

 This is your opportunity to get your creativity on!  
Learn to make glass beads with me on 1 or more of 3 available dates: 
July 23 
Aug. 13
Aug 27.
We'll be discussing the process of how glass rods are made.

You'll be melting these rods in the flame of a 2000F torch 
{previous classes}

 to create bright, beautiful beads such as these:

We will have plenty of time to make beads, with personalized instruction and individual assistance
Each student makes 20-30 beads!
Click the link to sign up online at:  ART EXPOSURE 
(scroll to the bottom of that page to register).
Class is limited to up to 6 students, so register early!