Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Cobblers' Kids Have No Shoes

My Friday Bee (Patchwork Friends) made purple and green nine-patches for me las t Fall when I announced that I was going to be a new grandma! I put the blocks together at the Galveston retreat, and am nearly finished quilting it with an overall freehand feather meader. There is a pretty 30's style fabric on the back from the HELLO BETTY, Chloe's Closet line of fabric from Moda. What a coincidence that my grand-daughters name is Chloe!!! She is growing so much, and I haven't seen her since Christmas. Some of my Bee friends say I am flunking "Grandma" because this will be the first quilt poor little Chloe is going to get from her Grandma! Something about the Cobblers' kids have no shoes!

One of the "Things I want to Do/Try in 2009" items was to "Make silver DANGLE earrings". My buddy Linda gave all of us lessons in different jewelry making techniques - at the same time! Bless her heart - she was teaching 3 different techniques and we were all asking questions at the same time about our project. I think we wore her out!

On one side of the room, Sharon was stringing beads making several strands to go with a shell type necklace. Barb was working on a wire bracelet with Swarovski Crystals, and I was working on several pairs of earrings. I think they turned out pretty cool!
After the earrings I saw Linda some of her Peyote stich bracelets. There were so Anthropologie. Anyway, then she showed me how to get started with that, and I completed a couple of inches worth that last evening.


Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Betty, your wire-wrapped and strung earrings turned out beautifully. I'm always happy to get another friend hooked on beads, wire-working, and any kind of jewelry making. Let's do it again soon!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hi Betty,
That is such a pretty quilt. I love the colors. And your earrings are nice as well. I found you from the Lone Star Gals group on Quilt with Us. It sounds like you are super busy. I wish I had that much time for creative endeavors. Maybe someday. Thanks for sharing and way to go with your goals! Have you heard of Spoonflower? It's a website where you can apparently upload your designs and they'll print them onto fabric. I think that's one of your goals for the year, right? Good luck!


Betty said...

Linda- you are an awesome teacher! Sorry we worked you so hard, but we all ended up with beautiful pieces!

Betty said...

Hi Anna, Thank you for your kind comments! My daughter -the 'artsy' one, had told me about that website way before I had made my 2009 list. I need to go check it out again! I have LOTS of ideas for creative things, but am also a little short on time. I try to squeeze in time whenever I can. It really has helped having the goals listed where I can see them on a regular basis. - Betty