I finished this quilt last week…

This one was from a class at Quilt University last January. The class was “Shattered Angles” and it was taught by Susan Purney-Mark. I made it [almost] entirely from scraps in my stash. I think I had to buy two fat quarters of black and white fabrics for the “sticks” near the end as I was running out of the ones I had and needed more variety.

Shattered Angles Quilt

I did have to buy batting and backing, but I don’t really count that either.

Here’s a closeup showing the surface texture:

Surface Texture

And a closeup of the quilting, which was done using Superior Threads King Tut, which is probably my favorite variegated quilting thread.

Quilting Closeup

(Click on the quilting closeup photo to see it even MORE closeup. I *know*. Crazy talk!!!)

The quilting design was inspired by Leah Day, from Day One of her project (!!). I made it my own and had a wonderful time using it for this piece.

Stay tuned…. More projects coming soon. 🙂

iLove2teach




iLove2teach

Originally uploaded by messygoat

I realized after I finished the long-term sub position that I totally forgot to have anyone take pictures of me in the classroom. And then it wasn’t my classroom anymore — it belonged to someone else.

This is the only photo I have… Jerry took it with his iPhone in late July one day when the girls and I went in to rearrange desks, drop off a kitchen stool for me to perch on, and get all the books arranged on the shelves and ready for the students when school started.

It was a very sterile room — the fact that you can only see a little tells you a lot, actually — the view from the window was the air conditioning system for the whole building. If I stood on tippytoes I could see the pasture behind the school. The walls were a boring cream color with a burgundy stripe around it about 3/4 of the way up. No curtains. Nothing on the walls. And since it wasn’t my room, I couldn’t really make big changes because I didn’t know when the teacher would be here to take over and make it his room.

I did create a small quilt (about 12″x18″) that was a color representation of the rotating schedule, and left it in the classroom for the students as a remembrance after I left. They’ve told me that they’ve told Mr. Clark he’s not allowed to take that quilt down, which makes me laugh. It hangs right behind his desk still.

I’m glad Jerry had this one picture, because my excitement is evident even if it doesn’t show you very much else.

Alike and Different




Alike and Different

Originally uploaded by messygoat

My little girls are very much alike, and very VERY different at the same time. I wanted to make a layout focusing on that, without emphasizing the negative differences that are oh-so-easy to do in parenting.

I do plan to make another layout about Helen’s anxieties as we navigate the path with her specialist, and I will make another layout about Alice’s antics since they’re starting to slow down, but this wasn’t the place for that. I want the girls to LIKE this layout, not hate it. And these are such great pictures and I didn’t really have another use for them.

So this is how my girls are alike and different at the end of 2009.

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