I actually finished this blanket quite a while back – except for the fringe. For some reason, I always get to the point of putting on the fringe and then stall.
A while back JoAnn Fabrics had fleece on sale for $2.99 a yard. Since we’ve had these unsightly, old, nearly worn through cat window seat covers that I’d been promising to replace with new ones – for years – I decided to purchase a couple of yards of jungle print fleece and make the cats some new window seat covers. As you can see from the picture, Oz really approved of my fabric choice.
I don’t make many changes to things that work – why fix what isn’t broken – right?
That said, the popularity of Yellow Highlighter Classes, the long waiting list for sold-out classes, and the number of people who are disappointed when they don’t get into the classes on registration day have necessitated a couple of changes that I am excited about.
Okay, you’ve asked for it – and here it is. I’ve created a site-wide calendar where I will list workshop schedules and class registration dates. As I put together quilt and fabric swaps, contests, and other fun stuff I’ll be adding it here so check back often to see what’s afloat.
Making hats for the homeless and for the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is something I do year-round, though this year I’ve crocheted more baby blankets and made fewer hats. Last year all of my hats were crocheted the old fashioned way, with a crochet hook and yarn. This year I’ve taken up loom knitting and have really enjoyed making hats on the loom. I find loom knitting very relaxing, easy to learn, and a nice lap-sized project for TV time.
There are many different types of writing classes. I teach many different classes myself. In fact, I just finished organizing my 2018 teaching schedule for OIRW. I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching one class each month for them. There are some old favorite classes that are always popular, which will be returning. There are also some new classes which have never been offered before. I’ll be posting the schedule here on the site once it is finalized. I will be offering a free week long class on the legal ways to change point of view in December, so you’ll want to check that one out. That said, Yellow Highlighter Classes are a different type of class–and it’s time to register now.
Every now and then you find that book that you want to buy for everyone on your Christmas list. For me, The Forgiveness Solution by Misty Tyme is one of those books.
I really like the soft floral fabric that is the focus fabric for these quilt blocks. It’s one of those pieces of fabric that I purchased because I really loved it…but it took me years to find the right pattern and the right accompanying fabrics to motivate me to cut into it. I think it pairs well with the pink and lavender borders and the aqua and yellow star points.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are a unique type of class. While other classes offer advice and theory and the occasional homework to teach the basics of one writing related element or another, Yellow Highlighter classes are entirely hands on classes.
Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.
I’ve been working on a new quilt! This one is BRIGHT! But bright is okay! I LIKE bright. I think there’s a little girl out there in the world somewhere that will like bright too. This will be a donation quilt though I’m not sure where I will ultimately donate it.
Nothing goes to waste in my sewing studio and both the cats and I are happy about that.
When I first heard about making cat beds out of scraps of fabric and batting I wondered how they would launder. I’m happy to report that mine launder very well.
I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales. My earliest memories include my mother and my grandmother reading me fairy tales. Later, when I went away to camp at the age of 12 or 13, there was a boy at camp that delighted us with what he called fractured fairy tales. His fractured fairy tales combined elements from several fairy tales into one story…and they were quite funny and quite ingenious. How he ever managed to come up with all the twists and turns that brought together strings from Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Bears to create one story – extemporaneously, I’ll never know. But I must admit, I was impressed. It’s partly because I was impressed and hoping for a similar literary experience that I was excited to host Reut and her Funny Fairy Tales Series.