Sunday, June 22, 2008

May Purple Color Study Block

The above block is Pat's block from the Purple Color Study Round Robin in the Crazy Quilting for Newbies Group. All of the stitches and embellishing needs to be done in shades of purple. This is the 4th month of this study. I added the colorful shades of purple leaves and swirls. The seam is done in a twisted fly stitch with an shade of purple seed bead at the bottom of each point on the stitch. The block has now moved on to Connie to have even better things added to it. I will receive a new block and it should be from Tasha. When making Tasha's block, I think that I may add a hand stitched butterfly to the block and other creative things as well.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wedding design photos

On the 13th and 14th of June, I was asked to help a friend decorate a old corn crib that was turned into a small reception place. The reception hall is called The Grainery and is located in Cherokee IA. It has 5 - 6 bedrooms and can sleep up to 30 people family style. I was asked to decorate the entire outside deck area with white tulle and bows. They wanted to have both sides of the deck done and the small patio on the second floor. The arch was to have the tulle weaved through it but it wouldn't stay in place. I had to sew the tulle to the arch to keep it in place. I decorated the arch in with artificial greens and white flowers. If anyone wonder how much tulle it take to decorate a deck on a corn crib it is approximately about 150 - 200 yards of tulle and only took about 5 hours to complete. The mother of the bride and the bride wanted to have the bride and groom to have covered chairs for them. I personally made these chairs and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I made 2 extra covers for the couple as a gift to have a complete set for their family at home. I will add a few more pictures of the wedding as I decorated it with the family 's help. The wedding went off that weekend without any hint of rain or flooding at site. I and some of the had to drive through flood areas of Iowa to get to the Wedding. Some of the roads were opened the day we left and the 14th when some of the family came from the Cedar Rapids to Iowa City area in Iowa.

Wedding design photos

The top photo is of the decorating of the head table.
The center picture is of the tulle decorations on the deck and the chair flowers for the ceremony.
The bottom left picture is of the tulleing that was done to the patio of the bridal couples room.
The bottom right picture is of the stairway on the other end of the deck.
The bottom left picture on the above post of the wedding has the photo of the other end of the stairway with artificial hanging ivy with berry red bows and chair covers with berry red bows.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

june 10 storm clouds

These are pictures of one of the thunderstorms from the week of June 3- 7 2008. The storms are seeming to be coming every day or every other day. I am hoping that when I have to decorate The Grainery in Cherokee IA next weekend that the rain and storms will be over or not happening that day or weekend. I am surprised that the kittens aren't afraid of the thunder and lightning when it comes. They just sit at the window or patio door and watch the weather change. I can't believe that the kittens stay at the window to watch even when the Thunder and Lightening are really close by.