Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Creating Organization

I organized fabric today with the help of my friend Heidi. A fellow quilter who is highly logical and organized, we make a great pair of opposites! We started by folding fabric. She showed me a neat trick of folding over an Omnigrid ruler so that all pieces are the same size and can stack neatly.
What a difference it already makes! The Qi can now flow freely. I feel more creative already!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Back to the basics

I am frantically creating pieces for Art-o-Mat this week so I can take them with us to Seattle next week to mail them to North Carolina. Sounds convoluted? Well, postage from Denmark is very expensive. And slow.

I'm still working on the A-Z series and I have not been happy with the pieces I've produced. I was stuck on Q. What art movement begins with Q? And this morning in that twilight space between awake and asleep I realized the answer was always right there in my own back yard. Q is for Quilt. (Big DOH!)

So, here is my little quiltlet in the Amish style:

Here is our view of Rosenborg Castle across the street. And look - I see a shadow! And the manic birds returned this afternoon but I was not quick enough to capture them.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

More Art-o-Mat and a Little Bit of Sun

Here are some more pieces I finished today. I basically put on a binding and sttached the charm. I feel the need to finish up what I've got before starting something new. That counts as a-thing-a-day, doesn't it? The important think is I am creating again!

There was a little blue sky today! We had brunch with Microsoft folk from 1-3. We left the restaurant about the time the sun was beginning to set. This shot was taken at about 11:00 AM.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Art-o-Mat Series and Birds Attack!

I completed three more art-o-mat pieces today. This is a new series...which does not have a name yet. I randonly quilt each little 2 1/8 x 3 1/4" piece and then attach a carved bone pendant.

And Bruce was busy creating in the kitchen - a beautiful Apple PanDowdy

A Hitcockesque view from the studio today....

Friday, January 11, 2008

What did I do today? Finished more small peices. 8 in all. Here's 6 of them...

This view form the studio was taken at 4:00 PM. It's 4:30 now and pretty much dark. And the days have been getting longer since 12/22.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Unfinished Business

Look at all these almosrt finished pieces! All they need is binding. What am I waiting for??

My goal for the year is make A-Thing-a-Day (Note: 13/02/2008: Thing-a-Day has aready fallen by the wayside...thank god! The whole process was just not working for me. It became a burden above a creative exercise.) Here's one I finished today - it took all of 6 minutes. It might be all I do today as I am leaving the house at noon and won't return till late.

And here is the view from the studio today...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


I worked on Art-o-mat pieces today. "What is Art-o-Mat?" you ask... The short answer is art from a vending machine. Small art, about 2 x 3 1/4". For the long answer, check out the Art-o-mat web site:

These cards were inspired by the pop art of Peter Max. The Art-O-Mat card was just for fun..

Maggie joined me in the studio and took her favortire spot...on the radiator!

And this is the view from the studio today at 8:30 AM. Yesterday we actually had blue skies for a while!

Monday, January 7, 2008

First Monday of the New Year

Today I went to the bank to get a new ATM card and then to the Kommune to get my CPR (national insurance) card replaced. My wallet was stolen the Saturday before Christmas along with my entire identity and credit worthiness. It was easy enough to cancel everything, but then getting them replaced was only a slight hassle, not having access to my credit or bank account is a real pain. I curse whoever took my wallet - may you be constantly annoyed and get the run-around when you have to interact with a banking or government institution. I also hope your dick falls off.

After the bank I played around with free-form blocks. These triangles were left over from the quilt I finished on Sunday:

It snowed a bit today, but then, alas, it turned to rain...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

It only took 4 years...

I started this quilt for my nephew Colin just before he was born... almost 4 years ago! Since this is the year for cleaning out and organizing and tending to unfinished business, I finished it today.
View from the studio today:Oops - forgot to take a photo. See Saturday's was about the same! :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

A Quilted Shoe and Some Snow

I created this post card - 4"x6" - for a challenge entitled "Fashion". I did a web search for Manolo Blahnik shoes and found this from his 2008 collection "Brutal Shoes". Is this for real?
See for yourself at

View from the studio tonight. First snow of the year.

Friday, January 4, 2008

some organizing, some sewing, mostly trying to stay warm

It's windy again today. Here's me on the (sun) deck.

And here's the view from the studio

First Thing I made, 2008, Day Two. Working title: Cranky and Barfy (a homage to New Year's Day 2008)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

First Post January 3, 2008

It's January 3, 2008. It's snowing and the wind is blowing about 25 MPH. Why do you think I'm indoors blogging?
This is me there trying to show you how windy it is.

This is the first thng I've made this year. I'm trying to organize the studio and I got overwhelmed and sat down to sew. I grabbed a box of scraps and started sewing manically. This is what happened.

This is the view from the studio today....