August 28, 2007

Aunt Britt - Small Art Quilt

I completed this small art quilt depicting my Aunt Britt in her Naval Uniform. It measures 8 1/2" x 11". The photo is printed on white linen weave cotton. I chose the fabric because the weave reminds me of an oil painting canvas. The background cotton fabric is printed in pink, grey, green and cream colors. Just under her photo, the fabric is a quilt block tht I acquired already sewn together. There is lace embellishment around the border and I also included four Navy buttons along the right side.

August 24, 2007

Granda's Chickens - Wall Hanging

Granda's Chickens

The subject of this wall hanging is a picture of my grandmother with her chickens that was taken on the family Minnesota farm in the 1930s. Everyone called her Granda from the time her first grandson called her that when he couldn't say Grandma. The piece measures 14" x 20" not including the hanger, which is a vintage rolling pin fitted with cotton striped tape as the means to hang it on the wall. I chose the rolling pin as a hanger because it reminds me of what a terrific baker she was. The original photo was approximately 1.5" x 1" that I scanned , enlarged and then printed on heavy weight unbleached muslin. The printed photo fabric is first sewn to a piece of floral printed flour sack and then to a vintage kitchen dish towel. A scrap of fabric with a rooster print is added to the lower left corner, four plastic yellow shank buttons along the top and two light blue plastic buttons sewn to the striped tape just above the rolling pin handles. The backing is blue and white ticking and there is a thin piece of batting between the layers.
This piece hangs in the kitchen of our Rineyville, KY cottage.

August 16, 2007

More Fabric Postcards

I finished 7 fabric postcards today and listed them on my Etsy shop. Although they are a bit labor intensive, I like the end result. I printed the illustrated images from onto white cotton, and chose simple greetings for the messages. The fabrics and lace are vintage scraps from my 'stash'.

August 12, 2007

Bike Riding Along the Ohio River in Louisville, KY

Yesterday, 8/11/07, four of us went on a fourteen mile bike ride along the Ohio River in Louisville, KY. There are several bike paths in Louisville, and eventually there will be many miles of interconnecting paths. It was a nice morning for the ride and hadn't gotten too hot when we began the route at about 9am. We rode seven miles to Shawnee Park and then did a turn around and rode the seven miles back to the area near where the Belle of Louisville steamboat is docked. As we rode back, we could hear the calliope of the Belle playing recognizable songs as it awaited passenger embarking for an afternoon outing. We stopped along the way both going and coming back to take pictures. At the end of the ride we ate and visited at Joe's Crab Shack.
Near the beginning along the Ohio River
That is me on the left with Hutch & Jo
Under the tree canopy - Jo, Hutch
& hubby John
Bridge for train across Ohio & Louiville skyline

The Belle of Louisville

Relaxing at Joe's Crab Shack

August 10, 2007

Fabric Postcard - Happy Birthday

I created this 4" x 6" fabric postcard today and listed it on my Etsy shop. The beautiful illustrated image from is printed on white cotton and is stitched to a background of lightweight cotton. There is lace along the left side and a Happy Birthday fabric tag is stitched below the photograph. The back is ready for a written message and then to the post office for mailing.

August 6, 2007

Biking on the Rail Trails in Ohio - Converted Railroad Tracks

We went biking this past weekend in Ohio on bike trails that are made from old railroad tracks that are not used any longer. The campground we stayed in is just outside of Waynesville, Ohio and convenient to the trails. Our friends have a motor home that we stayed in, and we all had a wonderful time. We rode a total of 16 miles on Saturday on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. We rode half of that to Waynesville, where my friend, Jo, and I spent a while antiquing. Storage space is limited when riding a bike, but I found a few 'treasures' that day and will be making something very soon with them. Since I am the novice of the group, I didn't ride on Sunday. The others went on a bit shorter ride (14 mile). The link to this website has pictures and descriptions about Saturday's ride. It is so nice to be able to ride without sharing the path with vehicles.

The Motor home

The guys in camp

Campground grounds

Campground grounds

Jo ready for antiquing in Waynesville, Ohio