About Janet

I am a quilter, painter, scrapbooker, jewelry-maker, and all-around crafter. I just like to make stuff. I'm good with my hands and I get bored easily, so I make a lot of stuff.

The Easy Friday List, November 2

Every seven days it happens. Yet somehow it remains both unexpected and inevitable. Yes today friends, we’ve been struck by an Easy Friday List.

[I write this somewhat tongue-in-cheek: It's been more than seven days since my last Easy Friday List. I am shameless; this is my burden to bear. I share it with you because I think it's funny.]

Hello topic! These are the items that have made my life easier during the last week. Maybe they can make your life easier, too. Friday should be easy!

Coffee makers: I have a cheapo 12 cup Mr Coffee drip thingie. I cannot live without it. Particularly these days, with the Big Election and Big Weather, I’m all but glued to the TV and I need the caffeine to keep me going.

Cell Phones: They keep you in touch with friends and family. And until you can’t get in touch with a friend or family member during a Big Event, you don’t realize how important and easy they make your life, even when there isn’t a Big Event going on.

New Sneakers: I am now officially old. Once upon a time, a long time ago, I could wear whatever cheapo shoe I wanted and feel perfectly fine. Those days are over. I need comfy supportive shoes or everything hurts. And finding comfy supportive shoes that don’t look like something a doctor would prescribe? Almost impossible.

Hancock’s of Paducah: Online fabric store – if you know what you want, it’s amazing, particularly if it’s on sale. They have fabulous sales!

Spoonflower: I sell fabric here. I also now sell wallpaper! The Brick Flower Queen is calling my name in that wallpaper… Also, I’ve entered another contest. This is a big one; if you have an account with Spoonflower, you can vote. Here’s a low resolution view of part of my entry. Flash Gordon golden age comics were my inspiration.

Be My Hero

Every intergalactic hero needs a raygun!

The theme is Be My Hero and it is supposed to be designed for boys ages 6-12. I was never a boy, aged anything, and I had trouble with this one. My first design was way too baby boy. And this one, I think, reads a little older. Also, it doesn’t seem like it is just “boy” fabric. I think a girl would like this, too. At least, I would have liked this when I was a girl.

I like it as a woman… I’m thinking about making a tote out of it, after designing a coordinating fabric for the interior lining. And shyeah, I know: I have often said that I have the taste buds of a 11 year old boy. Proof?

Anyway, if you like my fabric design, go vote for it!

Quilt Show Weekend

Mom and I went to the Georgia Quilt Show at Gwinnett Center Saturday. It was great: quilt inspiration and shopping under one big roof with clean bathrooms! What more could a quilter want?

Aside from wanting a Taco Bell inside Gwinnett Center, I can’t think of anything. This is not a strike against Gwinnett Center; by my estimation, any building can be improved by an addition of a Taco Bell. Luckily for us, Discover Mills Mall was close by with a handy Taco Bell. (Though, no clean bathrooms in that mall… It used to be a wonderful mall, but it has really deteriorated since I lived in that neighborhood. Shame.)

But you didn’t come here for my (admittedly verbose) Theory of Building Improvement via Taco Bell and Clean Bathrooms. You came for the pretty quilt pictures. I have ‘em. Here you go.

At the Georgia Quilt Show

Not a rug, a quilt! I loved the design of this one. Clever.

At the Quilt Show 2

I loved the traditional quilt blocks in the bright colors. Gorgeous! That black band across the bottom of the quilt is the rope used to keep people away from the quilt, not a part of the quilt itself.

At the Quilt Show 3

And now, for something completely different. This one is just lovely. I love how the designer alternated appliqued blocks with embroidered blocks and echo quilted around them all.

At the Quilt Show 4

This is a whole cloth quilt in a very striking purple/blue. The quilting on this is amazing.

At the Quilt Show 5

This is a detail of the whole cloth quilt above. I hope I can quilt like that someday!

At the Quilt Show 6

This is a detail of a green and yellow quilt. I love the wavy quilting around the square Celtic knot. Does anyone know what that’s called? I can’t find a reference for it.

I spent most of my time (and money) at the Primitive Gatherings booth. I wanted everything. I settled for buying some bundles of miscellaneous wool and a wall hanging kit, From the Bittersweet Vine. It has a pumpkin, sunflowers, a crow, and embroidery. Of course I love it; with that combination of themes, I could not not love it.

When I returned home and looked at everything, I realized that my worst fears had been realized: I didn’t buy enough wool. I blame inexperience. It was my first quilt show and I just didn’t know any better. Next time I’ll seriously stock up when I can be there to touch it.

It is so hard to find wool in this area. (Maybe it’s because we’re in the South?) The local quilt shops just don’t carry it. At least I can order it online now that I’ve experienced the wonderful quality of Primitive Gatherings’ wool.

Anyway. I’m going to make the wall hanging next Spring. I just don’t have time to do it right now. In between fighting off the Worm Horde, finishing the already large project list, making presents, avoiding the news, cleaning, cooking, working, and gaming, I just don’t have time for another project.

The Bookshelf

I’ve just added a new page to the blog: My Bookshelf. It’s where I’ll list the books in my massive book collection. The permanent link to it is on the header bar above. I’ll update you here when I add to it.

Right now, I have only 5 books listed, but I’ll be adding more soon.