Sunday, March 28, 2010


In an effort to connect with Oklahoma, I decided to join a stitchalong.

The Air Force Base where my husband is currently stationed is named for Clarence Tinker. I started studying him because I was pissed off that we were sent here instead of England and I wanted to know more about the man behind the name. Tinker was actually fairly interesting and admirable. He was the first Native American Major General in the United States Army. You can read more about him here if you like.

I tried to use a variety of stitches in the less detailed parts of the portrait to add texture and interest. My new favorite stitch is the bullion stitch I used for the shirt button.
The blue-gray areas are more bullion stitch. Tutorial here.

In case you can't tell by all of the photographs, I am really proud of this.

After all, I am a sucker for a man in uniform.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Caw! Caw!

Caw! Caw!, originally uploaded by alexcateye.

I know that I've been told not to use the term "gay for" as a perjorative on this blog before, but I won't be censored. I support the rights of gay people to serve in the military. Really, aren't we all just gay for eagles?

(What I mean is that military service is an expression of love and devotion to a country, personal love relationships have no bearing.)

You can see more pictures at my other blog:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Godzilla Quillta

Green varigated quilting thread on a green wholecloth quilt makes Godzilla skin. So cuddly!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

5 and 5 and 5 again

Steffi likes everything I sew.

It's been a long time.
David went on a mission for the USAF for 5 weeks and I was left with the kids, a full time job, and chronic depression to deal with on my own. I was stuck in Oklahoma, where I don't know a soul, and I didn't handle it well. I've gained 40 (!!!) pounds since we moved here in September. I'm lonely every day.
I need my art back. I know that very few people still read this blog any more. I don't focus on knitting as much as I did originally. I also quit updating for almost 5 months. For those of you still with me, thank you. I plan on sharing again. I need it.
I've been sewing a lot. I got a new Brother machine for my wedding anniversary and I've been honeymooning with it for months now. I had forgotten how much I loved sewing with a machine. I sit at the sewing table for hours. I spend all morning in my pajamas. I hold my bladder for hours. My coffee gets cold before I drink it. The hours fly by and I realize that I didn't plan anything for dinner yet.
The first quilt is a spontaneous number I did for my best friend. I just cut rectangles and attached them at random. Some pieces are larger than a fat quarter and some are as small as a credit card. I don't really know how I ended up with a queen sized quilt, it just happened.

The second quilt is on my bed. It's a giant log cabin square made from 5" flannel strips. (I got all of the fabric from JoAnn's when flannel was $1.99 a yard.) The back is an old sheet with a few leftover 5" strips thrown in here and there.