Start of a new year

Thursday, 6 January 2011 03:25 pm
lobsterdesigns: (Fish baby quilt)
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I don't generally do New Year's Resolutions, but this year I was inspired by Mathematical Doodling and have just bought a shiny new diary. The plan is to try to doodle every day, which I know will seem laughably forced to some, but I've never been an improviser and it's high time I started!

I've also joined the Bead Journal Project, which I'll be posting about here, here, and at [ profile] fabric_journals. The current plan is to make 5" squares, picking a batik that speaks to me, and perhaps trying out a new technique each month. I'm waiting for the white flannel for backing the pieces to arrive in the post, but for January I have set aside a couple of lightish grey fabrics and have been sprinkling beads about and gazing thoughtfully at them.

[ profile] catnip_junkie's quilt was finished about a month ago, and has just been posted. I forgot to photograph it, but I'm sure she will, and I'll post about it properly then. I'd got bored with it at first, all those concentric circles 1" apart were a drag, but forcing myself to get on and finish it was the right thing to do, and by the time I'd sewn on the gaily multicoloured binding I had fallen back in love with it.

I'm now doing the Welsh quilting on thr turquoise/green baby quilt for my cousin's new baby, and it's going beautifully. The Clover mesh transfer canvas I had such high hopes for turned out to be utterly useless, marks don't stay on it long enough to get them onto the fabric, so I'm having to draw the designs on freehand, with measuring when applicable. It's probably good for me to get the practice anyway, I bet my spirals take far less brushing out by the time I get to the last one. The 11" x 17" Q-snap will cover half a block at a time, and a frame's worth is a nice amount to quilt in one day. This and [ profile] catnip_junkie's quilt are both crazy log cabin blocks, and both made from that badly-cut Fabric Freedom jelly roll I started working on when we were on holiday in North Berwick.

My best friend's kid sister had a little boy ten days ago, and despite being snowed under with quilts I am incapable of not uttering the words "baby quilt" when I hear of a new baby. So my best friend is choosing some flannel, and I'm just going to do a basic tied quilt with one piece of flannel for the front and one for the back, that should be manageable in a couple of afternoons. We've found a lovely owl fabric for one side.

I pieced the top for the wall hanging for my GP, but not all of the beads and such turned up in time for Christmas, plus I've had a horrible coldy-fluey thing for the last three weeks that has left me too knackered to pick up a needle until yesterday. So I've put it aside temporarily and might even do the January BJP first, as I'm a bit stuck on how to bead it.

Date: 6 Jan 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those Appolonian thingys (especially with the circles) looks like a very interesting free motion quilting design. Thanks for the links.

I won't commit to anything else for now until I know the results of my Gypsy audition. If I'm in the show, I won't have time for much of anything else until the summer.

Date: 7 Jan 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck for the audition!

Which thingies?

Date: 7 Jan 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the math doodles videos - the one that maybe sterted out with a large triangle and then a large circle and progressively smaller circles that filled the space in a quasi-fractal sort of way.

Date: 6 Jan 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I pieced the top for the wall hanging for my GP, but not all of the beads and such turned up in time for Christmas...<>.... So I've put it aside temporarily ...<> I'm a bit stuck on how to bead it."

You had at one point invited me to scribble across your sketch or across the LJ image of the [tentative, at that point: it hadn't been stitched] quilt, with any ideas I'd had about the beading. I'd had some thoughts, but gave up trying to draw or sketch them and so just described them verbally as best I could. Did I ever send you those?

Date: 7 Jan 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't think so, but I'm still intrigued.

Date: 7 Jan 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
H'mm...wait...*rummages*...hold on a sec.... I thought I had...
HA! Got it!
Yes, I did. At least, sent my thoughts regarding the beading in a way.

I'd posted a filtered entry in my journal for you, friended as "elettariaquilts," on December 17. You should be able to read it (and view my poor Microsoft "Paint" scribblings, 'cause I did play *a little* in Paint as you will see) on your "Friends" page in that journal, yes?

[*nod, nod*]

Is it possible simply to edit that entry's date and have it appear in my journal and, presumably, yours, under today's date...?

Date: 7 Jan 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, that explains it: I don't actually read the friends page for [ profile] elettariaquilts, I just stay logged in as that on Internet Explorer (I generally use Firefox and am logged in as [ profile] elettaria here), and only go there to do a post. A private message to this journal would probably be easier next time! Anyway, I've now dug it out, and it's looking very intriguing, but I'm a bit brain-dead at the moment (the flipped stuff is making no sense, and I'm sure it would make perfect sense if I were more awake) so I'll read it properly later. (Though you do know that the photo was from something already sewn, so that while I could turn it upside down I can't flip it?) I've added it to the Memories now so it should be easy to find later. Thank you so much!

Date: 7 Jan 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] No: you needn't flip the actual quilt. It doesn't matter that the photo is of something actually sewn already, which I understood but the quilt being already sewn makes no difference to what I was working on.

When you're more awake it will make sense, I'm sure.

The 'level' of my LJ account is the advertiser-paid one without any extra bells or whistles, so I'm doubtful I can insert images into Private Messages. I was also unsure an image would transmit via PM, because those messages, like entries, are limited to ten-thousand characters in English; I'm assuming an image would "use up" characters much the way text "uses up" bytes or kilobytes..
If it's agreeable to you, mutual friending through this journal you're using at the moment, "elettaria," might simplify matters?

Date: 7 Jan 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Could you perhaps send me a link to wherever the image is being hosted?

Date: 7 Jan 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought placing something in the Memories of one's journal essentially links to it, so you have a link already, yes?
My journal is my sole web presence and I believe, although I do not know for certain, that my journal doesn't actually qualify as a "host" site: not my web site, not my web page, and not my own server (of which I have none.)
That was why putting the information and the images in a filtered entry seemed to me to be an eminently workable solution.

Date: 7 Jan 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a just a bit of a hassle to have to use Internet Explorer, the text size doesn't increase properly etc. So how are you putting up those photos? Are you not hosting them on Flickr or somewhere?

Date: 7 Jan 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm becoming...puzzled.

Your photo of what I think of as "Elettaria's Chinese Scroll Quilt, Abstracted," or something like that.
You taught me how to save the image ("Save Image As..." I think I remember? I still have the comment somewhere so I can look it up) and then to put it into "Paint" so I could use it.

There was no text that I found, for which to increase its size.

I'm all the more puzzled because this entry of yours, through which we're corresponding right now (if "corresponding" is acceptable; I hope it is %^) ) shows up on my Friends page and this is the LJ account of yours on or through which I'd friended regarding input on the Isis quilt and through which ---I'd *thought*---you'd friended in return?

I'd rather assumed that when you posted about the quilt for your GP, that you'd be reading through this account, the one with the userID "elettaria."

You've said you don't usually read the Friends page, which I understand.

But I have no Flickr; no Facebook; no Twitter; no anything other than LJ.
I *do* sometimes put up photos pertinent to my own life and of my small creative endeavors from time to time on my journal, but I have no other "web presence" than my journal. (I am considering getting a Dreamwidth account, though, because I've heard good things about Dreamwidth as well as about LJ; but mostly because that account would be a "dedicated" account with a different focus.)

But even if I had Flicker or something comparable, I would never agree that it would never be acceptable to "host" someone else's photos without that person's permission. There's a whole international hoo-hah going on right now about intellectual property and copyright and so forth. I wouldn't want my work stolen; I certainly won't do that to someone else.

I'm also a bit puzzled as to why you'd be needing IE instead of Firefox for a second LJ account, but I'm sure your reason is logical and anyway you don't have to account to anyone---certainly not to me.

Anyway, I'm going to take those images down.

Date: 16 Jan 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm replying to this in a private message.

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