Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: C E D A R

Yes, cedar!  I know, right?  How many ideas can a girl come up with using cedar for inspiration?  Well, it's surprising, actually.  Let's begin with a cedar chest to store the quilts.

Cedar Chest Designs -- My grandmother has an old hope chest, and I covet it.

refinishing a cedar chest

Cedar closets to store fabric (and other things) so that moths and other insects aren't a problem.

A cedar-lined hunting closet, part of our garage/clubhouse addition.

Featured on Houzz: a cedar hunting closet by Mosby Building Arts designer Adrienne Nienkamp.

Apparently guys like cedar for storing their stuff, too.  What about shelves?
Driftwood shelves made from Western Red Cedar and by driftedge for $175. I'm thinking I could make this (and better) for under $5

Industrial Floating Shelves. Use rough  cedar planks and plumbing fixtures. #diy

And, of course, anything that can be made with wood, can be made in cedar wood.  However, cedar doesn't rot and decay like other woods, so something made of cedar especially for outdoor use will last much longer.  That makes cedar a prized wood that can be much more expensive to buy.  

In addition, it's difficult to cut and hammer because it's especially hard and dry.  Oh, and there's the roughness.  It's really rough and requires lots of sanding and polishing to get that beautiful smooth finish that you see in furniture. 

Beautiful cedar wood ice cooler! Great deck / patio box or tailgating cooler!!

Backyard Landscaping Ideas Garden Structure Shower Structure: After a hot afternoon of gardening or for an apr├Ęs pool rinse off, nothing beats a cool shower. This outdoor shower is made from weather-resistant cedar and features wrought-iron hardware. A scalloped door opens to the changing area.

So you pay extra for cedar wood, but how do you know, for certain, that you're getting cedar?  The smell is your first clue.  It's a different smell from any other wood you'll encounter.  It also is a mixture of red and yellow.  The closer you get to the heart of the tree the deeper the red color and, of course, as you get farther away from the heart, the wood is a light (almost milky) yellow.

privacy-screen-cedar-timber-wood-supply ***Repinned by Normoe, the Backyard Guy (#1 backyardguy on Earth)

King Rustic Platform Bed 100% Cedar Wood. $2,200.00, via Etsy.

Interestingly, the darker the color of the wood, the stronger the scent.  And, even better, a quick roughing up with sandpaper will release the scent all over again, as will heating and wetting the wood.  So, using it for cooking adds a rich tangy flavor to food.  

Cedar-Planked Salmon pairs smoky cedar flavor with a  Sweet-and-Salty Salmon Rub for this simple and delicious salmon dish.

How to Make a DIY Cedar Smokehouse

Cedar Picnic Table - The Contractor Chronicles

Okay, last one: love this bench.  The colors are beautiful and it's easy to see the beauty of the wood.  It's finished, so the cedar smell will not be present, but it will last longer and the colors will remain vibrant much longer since sun and water can cause fading.
Hand Crafted Cedar Bench. $150.00, via Etsy.

So why all the interest in cedar?  My son has been busy on a cedar project and, since he's making it in our backyard, I've been keeping an eye on the progress.  I'll tell you more when it's complete.  

But this post is supposed to be some sort of quilty inspiration, so here we go--cedar inspired quilty things.

Red and yellow quilt blocks. I love the log cabin pattern.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart cheerful!  How simple and effective - great baby quilt idea with rickrack and maybe even some lace for a little girl

I like the sashing.  Beautiful!

I just discovered that there are not very many red/yellow quilts out in Pinterest-land.  Red, check.  Yellow, check.  Red and yellow together, not so many!   Apparently not many people have been inspired by the colors of a beautiful piece of cedar.  We should probably fix that!
Red Pepper Quilts. beautiful liberty of london tana lawn baby quilt--love the dashes of yellow and black and white polka dots

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Teaser!


There aren't many words, only a few hints....

Have you figured it out?

My Pretties!

{said in my best witch voice}

I ordered new fabrics [cause, you know, I NEEDED new fabrics] from Sew Fresh Fabrics, which is closing its online store.  They have a 30% off sale to finish out the last of their pieces and now those pieces much be purchased in 1/2 cuts.  

There are no minimums and, as you can see from the flyer, fabrics are cut in chronological order as received.  I love, Love, LOVE my new fabrics!

So much so that I couldn't wait for my phone to recharge and took pictures by placing the fabrics on the floor and holding the computer as directed by darling hubs to get a snap.  

It weren't easy!  

But we made it work, and the pictures are no worse than when I normally take them!  

I did, however, have to crop out my feet.  Rich laughed at every attempt.  I think he had me squatting, shifting, and twisting just to see whether I would (or could) follow.  It was just a little too much like playing Twister!

And almost as fun!  Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Modern Mondays Once Again

I know, I know: its seems to have been forever since I last even mentioned modern or Monday! That's because I've been overwhelmed with school and grades.  I almost can not believe how crazy I feel at times.  Regardless, I have one little thing to report--I completed one block for the Louisiana Traveling Quilt project that I promised to work on.   

If you're interested in catching up with how much as been done and what the quilt tops look like so far, click here.  The link will take you directly to the Pinterest page for the La Traveling Quilt.  The most recent completed blocks have been uploaded so we can watch as our own quilts progress.


My block is this one: the LSU block in the upper right-hand corner. My idea was to include some purple and gold to work with the small purple and gold border above the Superdome.  I also wanted to add some of the light blue and white that appears throughout the quilt.

really wish you could see the paper-pieced fleur de lis!  They are fabulous.  

Did you wonder about the red stick next to the Superdome?  That would be the Baton Rouge stick....baton rouge is French for red stick.  Most Louisianans know the translation, but if you're not from around here...

Oh, the Cajundome is paper-pieced, also. As are the New Orleans street signs.   Well, actually the quilter embroidered the street name just the way the signs are written in NOLA, with the full street name in French in the white strip above the black.

I hope you've enjoyed Modern Monday.  I'll do my best to keep it going, but I could use some help: I welcome suggestions, pictures, and stories.  All you have to do is email me at or comment here.  I'll contact you.  

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: E P H E M E R A

Captivated Visions - Way More Than 10 Mish Mash: Blend me stash 05 [Blending Mask] Mish Mash: Stamp Stash 06 [stamped brushes] Mish Mash: Alpha Stash 02 [alpha] You Are Worth It [Elements and Ephmera] You Are Worth It [Mixed Media Papers] You Are Worth It [Inky Papers] Darkest and Deepest [Elements and Ephmera] Mish Mash: Edgy Stash 02 [Edgy Overlays] TFL..Linda :)

Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) -any transitory printed matter not meant to be preserved or retained over time; things that exist or are used or enjoyed for a short period of time.

For the Launch Zone Template Challenge  Captivated Visions  Believe in Beautiful

I like to think of ephemera as short-lived art.  Generally, it's made of paper or vintage items that have found a new life for a little while.  Vintage postcards, photographs, maps, books, and so on make great pieces for ephemera art pieces which can serve as wonderful ways to get the creative juices flowing and inspire artists of all mediums.  

life goes on…

Although the two pieces below don't credit the maker, it's fairly clear that the same person was working through an idea.  That's one of the wonderful ways to use ephemera.  Since the cost is practically nothing if you use items you have on hand, you can work on a series of ideas to get a clearer understanding of what is in your creative mind.   

Captivated Visions  Create, Captivate, and Inspire Signature Collection

"INSPIRE" from the gallery at Real Life Scrapped For the second Creative Challenge on Rachel's blog Made with  Create, Captivate & INSPIRE: Signature Collection by Captivated Visions at Scrapbook Graphics

Some ideas to work through may include what you want to do, which colors work well for your plan, how to arrange your composition, and so on. 

Scrap Butik

The Dies Have It: Special Moments

art and life: BLOOMS

Sweet Heart Mixed Media by Kaori Fujimoto using Madeleine Collection

Collecting or pinning a variety of ephemera photos can also tell you something about your creative self.  Just a quick look at the photos I've posted above, can tell you that I'm a romantic at heart.  I can't seem to resist flowers, pearls, lace, ribbon.  I love old books.  I especially love words.  

Prima September class - Limor

Your Journey Begins Now...8 x 10 print...from original mixed media painting and collage Blue Flower

One of the things that I like about ephemera is that its affords an opportunity to work in mixed media.  Anything goes!  And everything wants to play.  Granted, not everything plays well with everything else, but that's just an opportunity to start a new page.

Happy place - birgit koopsen - tag with spirograph flowers

Oh yes, this piece reminded me that you don't have to make a big piece.  Just a little card will do, but feel free to start (or end) with a poster-size piece.  Remember, there are no rules.

Scrap, Travel, and Bark!: It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

And finally, you don't have to frame, show, or share your work.  I sometimes put together a small piece in my art journal.  In fact, I don't usually "finish" my pieces.  I should, I suppose, but mostly I use it as an opportunity to think through a process, test colors, or sketch and color for play.  I start a piece, figure something out, and begin working right away.  The ephemera gets abandoned, but it's okay since you can use it in whatever way works for you.  

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this she art girl by Junelle Jacobson!!!!!!!

ephemeral inspriation

Wow this is something different!

Altered Altoid box by loocie, via Flickr Witch Wiccan Pagan Craft inspiration

love. wonder if I could do something like this myself?    ...BTW,Check this out:

Assemblog of Michael deMeng: Michael the Archangel

Russian Doll by ~bjesomarka on deviantART

Thankful - Mixed Media Art Original - love the colours

Cracked burlap book sample

Mixed Media Art "Sticks" - Bridget Hoff  Witch witchy craft inspiration pagan wiccan

stephanie lee

Stephanie Ledoux, newspaper girl

What A Wonderful World - Canvas Art Vintage Sheet Music Lyrics - Louis Armstrong. $39.00, via Etsy.

And to help you get started with paper ephemera, here's a photo of a terms with actual pieces to show you how to create them.

Paper sculpture techniques

I hope you try some of these techniques.  You'll find that it's quick, easy, fun, and rewarding.  Or at least I hope you do!

Happy Quilting and Crafting