Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

QOV presentation case

It may look like a pillowcase, but its really the presentation case for the Quilt of Valor quilt I finished recently. I guess all of Mr. Bear's industry has worn off on me and I'm trying to finish up some of my own ongoing projects. The finished QOV quilt was washed successfully at a laudromat and now I am ready to mail it off tomorrow when I'm in town. But more to the point, the lovely dyeing in both the body and band of the pillowcase are by Vicki W., and goes perfectly with the backing, also dyed by Vicki W.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Peach tree RIP

Mr. Bear again as your guest blogger with some final productivity tips. First, if you have trouble finishing a job because you are constantly interrupted, pick a time when you can  have a lot of time to yourself. And when you've completed your project, don't forget to go the extra mile. For example, in this case, as I was picking peaches I decided to also do some much needed tree pruning.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Finishing projects

 Good morning! Today, I (Mr. Bear) am going to teach you how to finish that project that you keep putting off. From my first photo, you might think that I'm going to show you how to use a lawn mower. But no, today we are going to finally finish off the remaining peaches on the peach tree.
First, choose a quick and simple method for project completion. Here, instead of climbing into the tree, I merely hold down the main limb and pick the peaches. I then chew the peach and spit the pit out of the side of my mouth. Work quickly! You don't know how long you will have before you are rudely interrupted!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

cicada t-shirt

Cicada wreath t-shirt reprinted. Screen print, three colors.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cicada screen print fail

Cicada wreath screen print on a t-shirt. What a mess! Can you find the three problems? Okay, the registration problem for the red ink layer is obvious around the eyes. But taking so long trying to get things aligned, clogged parts of the screen so details on the wings didn't come through. And of course it all started out with the black marks coming through at the edge of the screen. To be revisited...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

painting. leftover exterior paints

Painting 6X6 inches. In the manner of Cassandra Tondro. Using leftover exterior latex paints.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Christmas in July

Christmas in July. Pattern from a green/red mottled leaf discarded by a tree.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mary Ellen Hopkins

I just found out that Mary Ellen Hopkins passed away on July 9th. Here she is standing in front of a quilt that Cassandra Tondro made back when we "worked" at Crazy Ladies and Friends. I think this goes back to three days after rotary cutters were invented.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Quilt of Valor 2013

Here is my Quilt of Valor for January. I obviously have a new found fascination with trees that stand upright.
 Here is the back with label.
And here is a closeup of the handywork of Vicki W (and yes, you can order a custom quilt back from her too!).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I (Tommy) am your guest blogger until the binding on a quilt is completed. Good thing I have access to a vast library of my pictures. You're welcome! Tommy

Monday, July 8, 2013


For unknown reasons, we have had quite a few lizard visitors in the house. Tommy likes to demonstrate how the tail comes off.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

screen print two color

 Jimmy! Final two-color screen print on t-shirt. Colors are oddly close to Illustrator image although I didn't refer back to it.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Raccoon quilt

Raccoon quilt. Okay, this is a bit of a cheat. This is revisiting an 8.5X11 quilt I made back in 2011.