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Day 956

Posted by Beatrice on April 7, 2014

From and including: Friday, August 26, 2011
To and including: Monday, April 7, 2014

Result: 956 days

It is 956 days from the start date to the end date, end date included

Or 2 years, 7 months, 13 days including the end date

Here we have it. No posts since 2013. But none-the-less he days have passed. Things accomplished and things undone, the nature of life.

I have two new books but few new quilts to show and the project I intended to have this blog spur on is still undone.

Much has water passed under the bridge since last post including actually placing a real foot-bridge over a real creek. Quite an accomplishment in itself considering my lack of expertise.

I do have my color presentation prepared but not enough practice yet.

Also, I need to get the Lansing Are Patchers show ribbons finished for next month. They are nearing completion but it is just another task to focus on.

Must go practice.




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July 22, 2013

Posted by Beatrice on July 22, 2013

The last time I posted a comment was May of this year. This is not my usual format and I am just checking in to let anyone who visits know I am still kicking!

I am working on another book but also developing a PowerPoint presentation on color, which I will be presenting in the coming months. I am enjoying working on both projects. The book deadline is closer than the presentation so I need to focus on that.

The fun part of working on the color presentation is that, from one of the many designs in the book, I am having fabric printed. I will use the fabric in my PowerPoint presentation.

Now I best get back to work.


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Day 70 Friday October 7, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 8, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 70 Friday October 7, 2011

Project Accomplishments: I did not work on this project but on a couple of others that have a real deadline.

Books:  Title: #10 — Cat’s Eyewitness —  Author: Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown — # of Discs: 8 —  listening time 9 hours 30 minutes (can’t use this one toward project)

Book Comments: I finished this book this morning. I liked the beginning and the mood it set. I have read others by this author and they are cute, light books. I like the personalities more than the story



Observations: I feel I should have used my day more productively but things sometimes take longer than planned. If you bet that I would continue today the 11-point project from yesterday, sorry, it did not work out that way.

Prayer: Lord, when things are going well, it is easy not to pray and hard to develop meaningful prayer. Today I pray that the efforts I put into advertising will bring rewarding book orders. You know my web order address but to those who read this prayer, it is fcp123.com. Thank you for always being a thought away.

Diversions: I woke up really early and put together the pattern I printed for the doodle quilt block I designed. Then I worked most of the day on color wheel permutations. I now have a nice notebook for color reference. I had an appointment in Mason and lunch out. I worked on some advertising material. In the evening, I took a nap and I watched an old movie.

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Photo Troubles!

Posted by Beatrice on September 2, 2011

Today I decided to add some fabric color photos to this blog. They are fabrics used in both the narrow diamonds and the large diamonds. Boy, in WordPress, what you see in the editing window is not what you get on the published page.

I finally got arround the site format complexities and eventually got the layout I wanted but WOW! it took me a long time to figure it out. I quit with the first five. I have 15 more to add but they will have to wait. — Maybe tomorrow.


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Day 12 Wednesday August 10, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on August 28, 2011

Date: Wednesday August 10, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  Continued black pen work on one set of diamonds to enhance and change—worked in front of TV

Books: …See August 8

Exercise: none today

Tools: no new ones


Diversions: Updated accounts, balanced statements and paid bills. I baked Black Forest cake. About noon, went to east side of state (Holland) to visit and have dinner with Sister Katherine and her husband Terry. My brother Bill and his wife, Greta was also there. I purchased a couple of worktables.

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Day 16 Sunday August 14, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on August 28, 2011

Date: Sunday August 14, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  Finished working on eleven black and gray diamonds, turning them into black and red diamonds. I cut 66 more diamonds in shades of black.

Books:   I listened to discs 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Exercise: I walked 15 minutes possibly 20 because I do not remember if I walked in the morning.

Tools: no new ones


Diversions: Went to a family reunion at Sheraton Township Hall near Fremont, MI from 1:00-4:00–left about 11:00 a.m. Got home about 6:00 p.m.

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Day 17 Monday August 15, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on August 28, 2011

Date: Monday August 15, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  I now have the pieces of a sample star point (made up of diamonds) pinned up for observation. I continue to look at the fabrics I have auditioned to be sure they are pleasing combinations. I am not happy with the gray graduation from light to dark. I had a gray and red print on a neutral ground and decided to use a fabric dye pen to see what it would look like to darken the ground. The pen gray was a bit too blue and too dark. I also decided that inking each of the 22 diamonds would be too much work and that the color might not be uniform.

I do not have much of the fabric, about six inches by 42” wide so I would have to be careful cutting samples. I laid out the templates and determined that I had enough to cut my 22 pieces plus some extras for samples.

Since I did not like the dye pen results, I decided to use textile ink instead of a fabric pen. I mixed some black into white. I decided to dye the entire piece at one time. After the first textile ink application, I had the dye too light. In addition, even though the mix looked completely blended the white did not entirely mix. I got some light streaks in the fabric but I could cut around those. I decided to make the fabric darker and got it too dark. Then I bleached it to lighten it but the ink was set and the fabric did not lighten. I will look at again tomorrow but I think I am back to finding the right gray. On my samples, I enhanced the red in the print with a red pen and did like the result.

I also completed the blogging class on-line. I also wrote this material. I contacted my son about possibly hosting a blog. I always hesitate to ask him for help because he is busy with work and family.

Books:   I did not listen to disc 20, the last disc.

Exercise: I did not walk on treadmill.

Tools: FabricMate pigment fabric dye pen, Sakura Micron Pigma pen, Pro Chemical & Dye, Inc PROfab Textile Ink

Observations: I had to concentrate on selecting a gray color run so I could not listen and pay attention to discs. I liked the red pen on the gray ground. The red was subdued enough to blend in but add an element of interest. I was excited about using the textile ink but should have been more cautious about darkening the piece of fabric. I also learned that the white textile ink streaks would remain light. That impressed me because I thought they would blend with the dark on the wet fabric but once on the fabric, they did not.

Diversions: Laundry, I did five loads. Helped husband set up Fall Semester 2011 course material—

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Day 18 Tuesday August 16, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on August 28, 2011

Date: Tuesday August 16, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  I worked on this blog. I spent a couple hours looking for a gray fabric that would complete the color graduation I hoped to achieve. I went to Country Stitches and found zip. Then I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and found a white and gray circle fat quarter print ($1.90). I liked the circle theme but I will have to dye it to achieve the background color I am looking for. Then I went to Everlasting Stitches, about ½ hour drive, and when I got to the door, there was a sign “Sorry for the inconvenience but I needed to go help someone with surgery pain.” This is forgivable but they have niches in which to look and in which I was hoping to find the perfect fabric so I was disappointed. Then I went to Mason, MI and talked to Janine at Yards of Fabric. She said grays were not popular now. I walked to Keans and Robin had nothing that would blend. Then I drove to Haslett, MI and visited Custom Quilts where I talked to Susan and found a print fabric in the right color range and bought a quarter yard ($2.12). The print is bolder than I would like, but the background is pretty good. Not to leave out any area stores, I went to Hobby Lobby but they did not have any fabric that worked. I purchased a couple Sharpie pens ($6.15) and went home. I washed the two small pieces I picked up.

Later I tested the floral print and decided that if I used it, I would fussy cut it as I have done with so many other templates. However, I did not have enough repeats in the ¼-yard cut. I then used textile ink (black only) to dye the gray circle design Jo-Ann fat quarter. I put the textile ink paste through a sieve to be sure there were no lumps. The fabric dyed fairly well although there were some light spots. I could work around those. I then began to add red accents within the circle designs using a Sharpie red permanent pen. I will continue that tomorrow and I quit working at 11:00 p.m..

Books:  Disc 20 of The Given Day (the last disc)

Exercise: I walked 5 minutes on the treadmill – Summary: with the three books I have listened to so far, I have now worked on this project for 52 hours 54 minutes plus any time while I was not listening to a book. I have been keeping a running log now for 17 days. That means that I have worked about a half hour each day – plus any time on computer or shopping for supplies. The three books so far had 46 discs and I potentially might have walked 3 hours and 50 minutes if I began this leg of my journey when I began this project. In the future, I will keep more accurate track of my walking.

Tools:  no new ones

Observations: It is almost never a successful to shop for a specific color or look of a fabric. I cannot tell how many times I have been disappointed in this endeavor.

Diversions: I helped set up PKG 101. In addition, I shopped for gray fabric. I made dinner.

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