Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tangles and Tangents

In October of 2013, I became a Certified Zentangle Instructor. I have also shifted by creative free time (which isn't much these days) from the craftier side of art to the more "artistic" side of art.

To promote my artistic side, I started a new(ish) blog at On that blog I will post the same kind of things that I posted here, just more zentangles.

Monday, January 16, 2012

T-shirt Quilt Day One

At first, I considered writing a step by step instruction for the quilt. Then I stopped drinking the overambitious Kool-Aid. While I have made quilts before (ten years ago), I am NO expert. Please refer to a quilting book as I am or taking a class before starting your own project. I will be posting pictures of my progress with short explanations. 

So many t-shirts! It will be Aggietastic. 

Wash them all before starting your project. It will help prevent shrinkage.

Good quilting tools are an investment...or at least that is what I have been telling myself to swallow the sticker shock. 

My blocks at 15x15 and therefore will end up being 14.5x14.5 when I take the seam allowances into account. 

I was a little sad cutting up the shirts.

One of thirty shirt squares 

Yea the squares are cut!

I think the 15x15 squares turned out fairly well. I also cut out 7.5x7.5 squares for smaller logos or for some of the t-shirt's sleeves. I cut out eight of those squares and will turn those into two blocks. Next step, iron on the fabric stabilizers so the t-shirts will be less stretchy. 

Dry Erase Weekly Calendar

The Dry Erase Weekly Calendar is cute and easy to accomplish.

For instructions, please visit my new blog Tangles and Tangents

Friday, January 13, 2012


Update 10/21/14: Please follow this link to my newer blog 

I love to create. My urge to "start a project" developed in middle school and has not lessened since. My work and school schedules wax and wane but I continue along with my projects. I usually have something in the works and dedicate my time when I have it to give.

Thus far I have made:
  • ten lap quilts
  • quilled snowflake ornaments
  • wire star ornaments
  • cross stitch ornaments
  • one minor cross stitch project
  • one major cross stitch project
  • Thumbtack pumpkins
  • a hollow book 
These projects have been completed in chunks of time. Often I have to stop my projects for long periods of time or my focus turns elsewhere. For example, the major cross stitch project listed and shown above took me more than four years to complete and I completed all the ornaments during that time period. 

After extensive time on pinterest and following other peoples how-to blogs, I realized that I can easily do the same thing. I love my projects and want to share them with others. I hope that I can inspire others to create. I will post my success and failures and want you, the reader, to learn from both.