Friday, April 18, 2014


This week I've discovered (or perhaps remembered) that I really enjoy doing "slow" things. Or more correctly, doing things slowly. 

I really like to spend big chunks of time tangling. I really like to take walks through our neighborhood slowly. I actually like to cook and serve dinner, when I can do it calmly and slowly. 

My new goal is to do more of the things that I have to do and want to do in a "slow" way. 

I hope that you'll join in on the ZenFriday fun by leaving a comment and/or a link in the comments to your own ZenFriday post. It can be a blog post, or a picture on Flickr or Instagram. Whatever. Just share with us all how you approach ZenFriday. 

Here's my Zentangle tile for this ZenFriday.  Have a great weekend everyone and please share your link! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Hey Friends. I have a gift to send to you. 

Anyone who donates to TEAM TARA for the 2014 MS Walk in South Bend, IN will receive one of my Zentangle art tiles. They're small, just 3.5" x 3.5", but they're beautiful, if I do say so myself. You can put it on your bulletin board at work and when someone asks about it you can say you got it because you're awesome.

And you can tell them you got it because you donated to important research that helps people live with Multiple Sclerosis.

Just make a donation of any amount between now and Saturday, May 3rd (race day), and I'll send a tile right out to you. If I don't know you personally, you'll have to send me your mailing address (jencrutch at gmail dot com). Or use any of the contact methods in the right sidebar (twitter and Facebook both work great).

Click here to donate and/or join our team. If you're local, I hope to see you on race day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Diva Challenge - Rixty

I honestly find that I usually don't have much to say about what I've drawn. I guess I'll just leave that up to others. The only thing about this one is that it took me FOR EVER. I'm not sure why except that I couldn't decide which tangles to use. The more tangles I'm aware of the more I think that there must be a better one to use than the one I'm about to choose. Gonna have to get over that.

Check out the weekly challenge here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Diva Challenge - Initials

The Diva Challenge this week is to use your initials for your string. If you look closely you'll see my lower case jc in there. Above is without shading. Below is with shading. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Elliott's Log Cabin

Just a short and sweet update for you today. The baby for whom this quilt is being made was born last night so I guess it's time to get it finished up. The top is done for now and as soon as I decide how to quilt it I'll get it basted. This is always the hardest part.

I also think it's funny that all of my quilts have fingers at the top and feet at the bottom so I decided not to crop them out this time. By the way, Jason is a really great quilt model for me. He never argues when I ask him to help me out. And he's always smiling behind there. I can tell.

This quilt has lots and lots of polka dots and letters, along with a few monkeys and giraffes for good measure. All the fabrics are from my stash (love that). It's basically a crib quilt that grew a bit because I decided to add the sashing and borders. At this point I think it would have worked either way but it's growing on my like this. Sometimes you have to live with a project for a while before you fall in love with it. I'll share more after it's finished!

Linking up this morning with SEWjo Saturday. Check it out. And also to Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, April 4, 2014

ZenFriday - Quandry

Today's ZenFriday entry is my attempt at working on the tangle called "quandry." I like to share in process drawings and sewing projects because I think that too often we compare our "still working on it" attempts at art/whatever, with other people's finished projects. So, you get to see my mistakes and works in progress as well as the finished work.

Anyway, I don't think I've ever used this tangle before so it was interesting to see how it worked. One of my biggest challenges in drawing anything is that I have a really hard time keeping the spacing even. So much so that most of the time I don't even try to keep it consistent. I started this one at the top of the page and moved downward, quite obviously drawing more and more tightly as I worked my way down the page.

Jason thought the loose pieces at the top right looked like petals that were breaking off and flying away.

This post is linked up to the weekly Diva Challenge. You should go take a look at everyone's work over there.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Quilt Designer is Born

Prepare for lots of pictures.  (You can click on any of the images to see it larger).

This quilt finish is #3 in the Year of the Log Cabin Quilt series. It's also Sarah's first official quilt design. Sarah was involved in the project almost from the beginning because the quilt is a donation project for her school auction which is this Friday, March 7.

So I was thinking we would do something like one of these designs:

When Sarah came in and said, "can I move some, Mom?"

So I said, "sure," this being one reason I take lots of pictures during the process. We can easily change things and use the pictures to go back to a design that was better.

After crawling on the quilt for a while and moving around just a few blocks she says, "I'm gonna have to change the whole thing, Mom." Again, that was ok with me. I literally sat on the couch and watched.

She picked up all of the blocks except for the ones in the corner that she wanted to start with.

And after two tries, she ended up deciding she liked this one best.

I realized she was right. It was better than my design and since the quilt is for her school event, she should get to pick. I think a tradition is born.

There wasn't time to do the actual sewing together of all the blocks on the day we first designed it, so I had her do it again for me (below) before she went to school on sewing day.

And I sewed and I sewed while she was at school.

And here's the finished product.

Along with the official quilt label.

She's pretty proud of herself.

We like the back, too.

I'm really super nervous about how much it will fetch in the auction. If it does great, I'll edit the post to let you know. If not, well, back to the drawing board for next year, I guess.

Edit March 7: the quilt sold tonight for $250 at the auction. Sarah was beyond thrilled that someone actually bought what we made!