Posts Tagged ‘space aliens’

Self-help and the Studio

July 23, 2014

My daughter is moving across the country this week. It’s exciting for her – graduate school, a road trip with one of her dearest friends, all that stuff. Me – not so much. As happy as I am for her, I will miss having her and her dog at home. My usual response to these situations is ice cream and retail therapy (aka buying stuff I don’t need). This time, I’m doing a little self-help therapy in the studio.

Lani Longshore works in progress

We’re headed to a family reunion in a couple of weeks, so I will need some hand-work for the trip. I bought the lime green Aida cloth thinking to cross-stitch space ships and bug-eyed monsters. I have no idea where the project will go from there, but the panels are small enough to include in a larger quilt or as part of a jacket.

Lani Longshore sci fi project

I got this fabric from Carol of Quiltfever, a great quilting blog. The circles looked space-y to her, and I have to agree. I’ve been waiting for the perfect project, but I think using it to help get over being sad about my daughter moving is good. I have an article to inspire space-related fiber art, and an embellishment.

Such a cute face

Such a cute face

I got this necklace from Free Hippie Bohemian Jewelry on Etsy, with matching earrings. The charms glow in the dark.

The last item on my to-do list was to get the supplies for a decompression project.

Lani Longshore hat box wool applique

I always need a few days to remember what I do when I return from vacation. The wool applique was made by my friend Lori Vogel. I thought it would make a great lid for a round box, and I have a gray window scarf to use for the rest of the box. The only thing I didn’t have was the box. Of course, I can’t find the fabric at the moment, but I suspect it will turn up in the next week. I’m keeping some of my daughter’s furniture, including a bookcase that my husband has wanted out of the garage for the entire time she’s been here. If I’m not mistaken, I’ll be spending the weekend shifting enough stuff out of the way so my husband can install the case in the studio. Who knows what lost treasures I’ll find?

Luck and wisdom!

Sneaking Up On A Tipping Point

June 27, 2012

You might remember my button blog. I have lots of buttons, including many space ship buttons. Last week I showed you one quilt with space ship buttons. Here is another in the series. Oddly enough, this one also started with a gift from Ann Anastasio that she might not have intended.

Ann and I belonged to the same friendship groups. This cityscape went through both of them, and Ann still couldn’t find a suitable way to finish it. The piece started as a Challenge project to create an urban landscape. Ann made the buildings. It fit the assignment, but not much else. So she used the it as a beginning for a Progressive Party project. I remember working on it (I put in the gray sidewalk and brown cityscape fabric).

Then it sat for a long time. I unearthed it from a bin of fabric she gave me when she moved, and decided to make it another space invasion quilt. I found suitable border fabrics –

then bound it and started sewing on buttons.

Since it is an invasion quilt, I used lots of space ship buttons.

I found an alien head pendant that may or may not glow in the dark in my collection of treasures.

The reason I am so excited about this quilt is that I only used what was closest to hand. I even pieced the batt for it, because I had several scraps of essentially the same weight batting in a stack that I could reach. When I tidy up the leftover bits, I will have shaved something off the top of three separate piles. Since my frontal assaults haven’t been as successful as you might think, I decided I would try a different approach. If I keep making projects with what’s at hand, I might just be able to sneak up on a tipping point where I can consolidate three stacks into one bin (or tote bag). This might not be the sort of war strategy they teach at West Point, but it has chance of working for me.

 

 

 

My Personal March Madness

March 14, 2012

March is a holiday-heavy month for me. Today is Pi Day, tomorrow is the Ides of March, Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day and next week is the vernal equinox. My synapses are tap-dancing with odd connections, ideas for special food, ideas for decorations and possible quilt titles (Leprechauns with Logarithms comes to mind).

While all this is going on, I’m still attempting to finish old projects that have languished in corners. I ran across a tote bag of cross stitch kits that I finished – which is good – but discovered that there are leftovers – which is not good. I also discovered that I still can’t count so the designs on my Aida cloth don’t look exactly like the designs on the kit’s cover, but that’s a story for another time.

In this story, the offending bits are the extra strands of floss the manufacturers include in case of stitcher error. While I made plenty of errors, I didn’t discover all of them until the very end, when I was in no mood to pick out the mistakes. So, I have a little purple, a little blue, some red, some orange – not enough to do anything big but enough to make me feel guilty for throwing it away.

Then I remembered the cross-stitch trim. For some unknown reason, I bought a yard each of gold- and silver-bound, 1″-wide trim suitable for cross-stitch. I decided to use up the extra floss with the silver-bound version. Here is the first experiment:

Next I tried a version of Greek Keys:

Once again, the simple act of getting from four spaces to five spaces eluded me, and the pattern went awry. More than once. After the third attempt, when I could see there was yet another mistake, I decided to turn a bug into a feature. I’m working on When Chenille is Not Enough, the sequel to Death By Chenille, with my friend Ann Anastasio (of Art Quilt Santa Fe fame). We decided we’re going to use the fragment of crazy quilt from the first book as a plot point in the second book, which means we have to come up with a real design for the quilt. The secret behind the quilt is that the woman who made it used designs from the writings of space aliens, so my wonky miscounted cross-stitch would fit right in. With that in mind, I made this:

and this:

I have a little more space on the silver trim, and the entire gold piece. If you have any wonderful, narrow cross-stitch patterns that I could easily mess up, please share or at least point me to a resource. The crazy quilt from space needs you!

By the way, Death By Chenille is available now as an e-book on Smashwords.com, and When Chenille is Not Enough will be available soon (okay, soon-ish).