Many of my UFOs for the American Patchwork & Quilting’s 2017 UFO Challenge have been stacking up because they’re ones that require a lot of work. March’s project was to quilt an entire quilt and I’m still working on that. April’s project was the same. But May’s project was an easy one to get done in one month because I only committed to making one block from a McKenna Ryan kit. Easy peasy and done!
Last year, among many other things, I decided that I would take on the project of “finishing” the rooms in the house we moved into two years ago. The plan was to tackle the list of “need a piece of art here, need to reupholster a chair here, this room needs painting, etc.) and knocking them out one room at a time until each was done. How’d that go? Well, I fell off that wagon at some point during the year. But, I hopped back on this week and tackled the basement. It was just painted white before and though we had some things on the wall, I still had other stuff to hang. Now, it’s painted a cinematic charcoal gray (“Stormy Skies” to be exact) and is worthy of being called a “Media Room.”
Here’s the last of my homework from the sketching and watercolor class with Jane LaFazio. This was due weeks ago, but I hadn’t gotten to it. But, my tardiness gave me the great opportunity to paint some flowers for a dear friend’s birthday card and then have it do double duty as my homework. So, here are the calla lilies I painted for my friend:
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This week’s assignment in my sketching and watercolor class was to draw a machine-made object. I spent some time noodling over what object had meaning to me that I wanted to draw when I looked down on my work table and the answer became obvious:
Because this month’s BirdZeed challenge word was “pink,” I chose a pink color for the “fabric” in the background.
I’m happy to say that this month’s UFO for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge has only been a UFO for a year (or maybe two?) and even better yet, it’s something that I made for myself. It’s a travel sewing kit from the tutorial on the “lots of pink here” blog.
Now that I am ready to travel, where should I go?
I was really looking forward to this week’s lesson for the Jane LaFazio sketching class. This week: shoes! I chose to sketch the Electric Purple Chucks that I bought myself as part of my 40th birthday presents. They’ve become my favorites. But, they are not as dirty as they look in the painting; I just got a little carried away with the brown paint.