Monday, February 29, 2016

T Stands For Tea Journal

Hi Everyone! Today for Elizabeth's group, I am sharing another page in my Tea Journal.  I must have Spring on my mind....
This spread came together really fast after I came upon this quote: Tea is quiet and our thirst is never far from our craving for beauty.
Some scraps of mulberry paper made excellent grass and the tea tag flower pots worked for me with their flower stems. The clouds are fabric  with puffy paint around the edges--I salvaged them from an old shirt project.

I used a piece of washi tape down the middle which I see is going to need some glue help to stay down.

And now one last look at my t-shirt anniversary quilt which is now finished:
I bought a turquoise bed sheet and used that to back the quilt. I decided not to tie it together after all and stitched by machine around each block to keep the layers together.  To finished it off, I rolled the edge to the front, turned it under and sewed it down for the binding.
In this close-up you can see the appliques I added here and there.  The fishy in the top left corner of the bottom right block actually hides a stain that I could not get out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

T Stands For Tea Journal

Hi everyone! We certainly are getting "paid back" for the warm weather we enjoyed back in December and most of January.  The last few days we have had single digit weather with wind chills well below zero! It is hard to get moving on cold days like that, so not much has been going on around here.  I did manage a page in my Tea Journal which lets me stay in touch with the tea group.
On the left side, I used some gorgeous handmade paper gifted to me by our lovely hostess, Elizabeth, as a background. I had several copies of cups, and with a little cutting here and there, was able to stack them up. I wanted to carry over the music theme and images(which were rub-ons) from the other page
so I rubbed the images on a separate piece of paper, cut them out and added them to the steam. I thought I didn't have enough swirls so I drew some as well as the musical notes.
On the other side I added the rub ons directly to the page as well as some music notes that I stamped on stickers but had to glue down anyway. I used a calligraphy marker to write the quote, "Tea is to the body as music is to the soul".

My goal today is to try and get the quilt finished! I hope you have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Thank you for the kind comments and suggestion. I have now linked up with AJJ in!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

T Stands For Another Quilt Post

Hi everyone! I'm glad you stopped by today, because I baked us a little treat for T Stands For Tuesday...

Double chocolate chip walnut cookies! I'll be enjoying mine right after lunch with a cup of this delicious green kiwi tea! I think I am becoming a "tea snob" because ever since I discovered the taste of full-leaf tea....I don't think I can ever go back to dunking a bag. Do the tea drinkers out there have a preference?

I have found that I really need to just get off the computer for awhile if I want to get anything done, and I am still attempting to be a "working" artist, so apologies for not being such a regular visitor last week. I am finishing up my T shirt quilt and thought I would show more photos and explain about the lettering.
Here it is with all the connectors cut and removed--certainly easier to read. I even added our names and wedding date at the bottom.
Some people asked about my machine and if it is computerized. Well, yes, but not really in a fancy way. He has decorative stitches and letters built in--no dies and no other symbols can be added.

The charts on the right side of the machine list the symbols the machine can make & have a number above it. At the top of the machine you will see a screen and some buttons. You use the button to enter the correct numbers. Sounds simple, but it is really easy to get confused or enter the wrong code, or even forget to add a space. So I was quite proud that with all those line of stitching, I only see one spacing error which didn't look bad enough to correct.
I printed out what I wanted to do in stitching and as I entered the codes, crossed off each letter and space. By the time I got to the 2nd & 3rd verses of the song which were repeats, I decided to make a chart I could follow (sheet on the right) so I would not have to figure it out the second time. All this was then complicated by the fact that the machine can only hold 35 characters (including spaces) at a time and many lines were longer than this. So when the machine stopped (as in finishing a line of programming) I just punched in the rest of the line and continued with the fabric still in place. I did not do all this in one day! But when I was finished and put the rest of the block together, and then added the sashing and borders....
This is where I am right now! I have some tropical appliques that I am thinking of adding before I back the quilt. They are good for covering up the odd stain or two on the shirts that just would not come out. I hope to be finished by next week so I can move onto other projects.

I appreciate you stopping by and all the kind comments I have received. Happy T Day!