August 2013

i find myself deeply disturbed by something i read on facebook about aspartame – if it is true, people are literally being poisoned!  and even more disturbing – we are back to pointing the finger at monsanto – AGAIN.    and i must ask the same question i asked the last time – given that a company is not an actual ‘being’ in and of itself – if you say that “monsanto knows what they are producing and selling is poison” – exactly who is it that knows???  some all-powerful person who holds everyone’s fate in his/her hands??  every single employee??  if ‘everyone’ knows – do they feed it to their families??  if not, how do they sleep at night?  would the possible loss of your job be justification enough to remain silent and keep allowing the product to be manufactured and sold to unsuspecting people around the world???  have they all been hypnotized or brain washed to the degree they believe it’s safe???  it sounds to me like we need an eric snowden to show up within monsanto!! and to expose up to and including all the politicians who have been ‘bought’!!

and, further, if we the ‘consumer’ would just stop acting like “stepford wives” and stop buying what we know is not “good” for us (a gross understatement in this case) – how quickly would the problem be solved when ‘they’ were no longer getting rich off our stupidity/unconsciousness!!

the other eye-opener for me was that some of those other ‘names’ i considered ‘ok’ are simply aspartame by another name!!  i shall have to re-read the article and record them so i don’t forget!!!  as it was posted in facebook:  Jim Klinger   A KILLER IN YOUR FRIDGE   even if it’s only partly true – and i did not do snopes to verify – my guess is – that stuff still not good for you, period!!

i was determined to spend this ‘free’ time productively – and there wasn’t much i needed to do to get ready for the next show, given the last one was a lot less than anticipated!  so, put my attention on ‘unfinished projects’ – things that are in line with where i’d like to go next with regard to ‘what to do with my life’. ^_^  these are projects that i plan to sell at some point down the road.

so, the first was one that hadn’t even been started – until recently.  i had done an initial drawing for an idea that was born way back before i even moved out here!  once i had the drawing done, i dug out the inspiration – and was not ‘impressed’!  not exactly as i had remembered it!  and still this idea had stuck in my head for over 15 years!!  seemed it needed to be done – one way or another!  i will just have to do the center however it gets created in the present time!!  i had to take this picture outside as my (expensive!) camera flash no longer works. grrr  i thought i had cropped it – oops! ^_^

poinsettia 3







that one is currently percolating – not yet certain about that center!  have some thoughts.  so, decided to pull out ‘next’ – and the star fabric seemed to be calling to me.  no, not fabric with stars on it – fabric from which i cut diamonds to make 8-pointed kaleidoscope-type stars.  in the past, i’ve used a ‘stripe’ kind of fabric, but some years ago there was a series that came out with a lot of metallic and in 3 (or 4?) colorways!  i could not resist cause i could just see those stars!  there was also a ‘matching’ stripe.  i think they went on sale at my local shop, so i bought some of each of what they had.  i had made some stars – both the 8-pointed ‘block’ kind and some 6-pointed smaller ones to applique.  the past few days i have been working on those and cutting out a few more.  they are very simple to sew!  the real challenge/trick is in knowing how/where to place that template to get something fun and interesting – and then to do that 8 times, as exactly the same as possible!  the first thing you learn is that fabric is not printed perfectly!!  oh, and then to pin them together as perfectly as possible. ^_^  so, here’s a picture of the non-stripe and one of the stars i made from it.  the star looks finished, but it’s just lying on the same black that i will use to finish it, so the seam allowance is still showing on the outer points – they will look slightly different once ‘completed’.

star fabric

star stripe a star 1










well, ok then – since i did that, i’ll leave it.  that’s the stripe that goes with that one.  will be making some from it as well.  it kinda works better for the smaller stars.

and that, my friends, is how some crazy people spend their time. ^_^  and, yes, i do have a large project in mind for these.  only problem is – it feels beyond my piecing/quilt designing capabilities.  guess that’s never stopped me before – does sometimes slow me down a bit. ^_^