A Different Kind of Wall-Hanging

Who needs a $160 antler mounting kit? Not my sweetie and I. Just give us the pieces of an old oak table, some screws, wood filler, varnish, some quilt batting and camo fabric - all things we had on hand around the house. Then VOILA!

Axis Deer Antlers

My Sweetie mounted these Axis antlers from our friends' wild game ranch down in Texas. We babysat the ranch for them 2 summers ago for a week so our friends could go on holidays.  My husband shot an axis deer buck while we were there, and we never found it... In reward for his efforts, though, he got to choose a set of the antlers that they collect around the ranch every year after the shed.  So, he calls this, "The One that Got Away".

The Nativity No. 2

My FIRST ever item posted on ArtFire.  What fun!

This is a stylized version of the Nativity, completed as a paper-pieced quilted wall-hanging.  Perfect for smaller spaces, it's only 15 inches wide x 14.5 inches tall.  The smallest pieces in the quilt are less than 1/4 inch.

This Blog is Carbon Positive

It seemed like the right thing to do.

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I have a tweep (someone I follow on Twitter) who told me about the "Plant a Tree" initiative.  This program plants a tree for every blog or site registered in the program.

Why plant a tree?  Because trees use carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen in the air.

Still not clear?  Think about this:  visiting a blog uses electricity, and making electricity (to power the servers, computers, etc, as well as the cooling systems) discharges carbon dioxide, having an overall negative impact on the environment.  They've figured out that 1 new tree planted for each blog will actually use more carbon dioxide than the blog creates, essentially negating the carbon dioxide effects of the blog on the atmosphere.

I'm not sure how it all works, but I do know enough about science to know that planting a tree is rarely (if ever?) a bad thing.  If my blog is contributing to the mounting carbon dioxide discharge in the world, and I can do something to minimize or even stop contributing all together, then that's a good thing too.

Ixpo will plant a tree for my blog, just because I added the button to my blog, and told you about it!  Cool, eh?

So, this blog is carbon positive!  It just seemed like the right thing to do!

Behind the Scenes

Lots going on around here, in the creations department, but nothing completed yet to show for it!  I am oh-so-close to being finished with another Nativity, and when it's done I'll also unveil another thing I've been working on behind the scenes - my ArtFire shop.

So excited for both of these things, and have several projects scheduled already - hopefully shorter ones that I can crank out pretty quickly.  Plus a few series of posts on some of these projects (like the Grade 3 Class Project Quilt).

I also feel the need to apologize for weird formatting and font issues here on the blog.  I'm sorry if any of the posts are hard to read.  I have NO idea how to fix it, but the first sections of my posts keep coming out in tiny font, so I change it to Large and now it's ENORMOUS.  I can't figure out the coding stuff to know why it's doing it.  A behind the scenes thing I don't get and need to work on sometime.  

Summer is supposed to mean more time, right?   Well, around here, not so much!  HA!  But that's OK.  I'll get some of these things up, front and center, soon, and you'll be able to see what's been going on behind the scenes!

UFOs - quilts that is...

disclaimer: I'm not sure WHY it's happening, but I AM aware that the first section of all of my blog posts is coming up with smaller font than the rest. I can't seem to find the coding or formatting error, and can't fix the problem. I apologize for the smaller print. Still working for a solution! Thanks for your patience! :)

In the world of quilting, a UFO is an Un-Finished Object (or  something like that).

Well, I posted all my UFOs as an entry for a giveaway a while ago, but I have finished a few of those, so I thought I'd update things.

As I went through my collection a few weeks ago, I didn't have as many UFOs as I thought. I have lots of patterns, and LOTS of ideas, but haven't started as many of them as I originally thought I had. That's a good thing. It means that I can maybe actually catch up with these projects...... nah, what what I thinking! LOL!

UFO #1 - Girls of the World

 Girls of the World
part still together

Girls of the World quilt pieces  sashing pieces already removed
parts coming apart and sashing bits removed already

improperly sashed
improper sashing

This is a quilt that was done with fabric paint (Tri-Chem if you remember them) by my mother and pieced by my Granny.  The piecing was done improperly (note how the sashing is incorrect), and it they didn't use batting (just an old blanket on the back) and I'm taking it apart to put together again.  (SHH!  Don't tell Mom and Granny, they don't know.) I love the girls, and want it to be properly quilted.

(more projects and lots of pics after the jump)

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