Monday, June 20, 2016

So! That happened.......

So hello out there, it's been a while.
It's been busy here at casa Bernstein

We got new windows last week (yay!)
I can't tell you, how wonderful it is, to be able to see out the front window again!
Not to mention all the others and the sliding doors that actually slide!
It makes me giddy just to open and shut them for the cat.

Then there was the trip to Chicago to see my youngest graduate high school, with high honors from the president, no less!

We then proceeded to pack up all her worldly possessions and drive her cross country, back to Seattle. Where she will take a simester off and start college next fall.

But before all that, I had what was supposed to be minor surgery in - out no problems, back on your feet in no time, mmmmmm, not so much.

Good news, I discovered I'm allergic to morphine/oxycodone etc.
Bad news, I learned this after surgery. So needless to say recovery took longer than expected.

So in all of that I didn't sew much.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

CQJP 2016 march

So here is the march faerie
    cheeky girl is giving me guff about the     empty spot under her branch

I may have to fix that

Also that green ribbon run in the lower right with some more beads

No wonder the spider is running away

 these flowers are acrylic

 I love how this seam treatment turned out
 this one not so much

 and the hootie owl is unsure
I rather like this run too

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2015 CQJP

I haven't finished it entirely

it still needs backing, batting and borders

but it is all together in one place at least

I have it hanging off the font curtain so I can look at it better.

my original plan was to have all 12 blocks together but that was too messy looking

so out came the seam ripper, again

I like the asymmetrical look of this configuration better

I gives your eye a place to rest as well as highlighting blocks.  what do you think? 

Monday, March 7, 2016

February CQJP is done

 this month felt like a gimmie
 not that i didn't enjoy it just that it seemed to simple

but in the end i just couldn't think of anything else to put on it so there it is


or not
I can never tell usually these things tell me they are done ( and yes, I talk to my plants too) but this one didn't

or wouldn't

not as cheeky as the peach blossom faerie but still you get the picture

                                           or not

Thursday, January 28, 2016

CQJP 2016 first block

 Today a mini tut on lighting in photography

I am not a professional and I don't claim to know anything

these are just my observations today

here we have January's Block under flash

notice the rich saturation of reds and the clear definition of almost everything

but the picture is a bit flat and lifeless
Here we have the block under the rooms lamplight

notice its a bit yellow

still well defined and you can see shadows from the raised aspects of the block

but its yellow

Here we have the block under natural light from the window flat on its back to gather as much as we can

so its bleached out by light now

but the objects on it are well defined

lets see what other trouble we can get into shall we?

here I've (mostly) taken the best of the lot

the block at an angle from the natural light from the window,

in this case it's from the right

so now we can see it in, not only full definition but full of those shadows that give it a little life

even though the colour saturation still leaves a bit to be desired

and then there are the closeups
here is some ribbon folding and a nice lampwork ladybug, you can make those store bought leaves a little jazzier by adding fly stitch stems
 I use the same method Gerry Kruger uses to make her birds and etc. to make mine

though I didn't go for an authentic bird I went with the threads that would match my block

 these fans filled the space nicely

I've been looking for a spot for this fellow for a while

over threaded chevron stitch with fly stitch ivy and beads

ok folks, shows over  ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CQJP the missing one

 So here's the thing

I missed one

so in an effort to rectify that mistake

I did this one in a bit of a hurry

and took for inspiration, again, the weather we’ve been having

and after 2 years of no snow woo-hoo! we got some, even down by us.
 though the poopie part is
we cant go skiing,

they've had the pass closed for avalanche remediation

so until they have that mess under control were stuck on this side of the mountains.

better than being stuck in miles long traffic or under piles of snow and trees
so there's that. the inner brat child just wants to go skiing.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

happy new year

Most likely what I'll be doing for the evening

thank you all, for your kind words and continued support, they mean a lot to me


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