Monday, February 16, 2009

Quilting Squares

The quilt progresses I have 5 of the six 20 inch blocks done. This being the 4 " center

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A charming letter

A short film on two people drawing letters, one 4 and the other an adult.

Print Liberation!

I found this great shirt while looking at one of my favorite design sites-

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Indianapolis Home Show

Here's the formal dining area of the $350,000 CP Morgan model home built in the coliseum at the home show. This was a very nicely appointed home, but the upper floor plan was somewhat confusing. I did LOVE the master bath.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Newspaper inserts

Indy star production center insert machine in their warehouse.

Indy star production warehouse

Storage racks in the Indianapolis Star production facility.

CTP- computer to plate

Plates coming out of the CTP machine at the Indy star production facility.

Small press run

A small run on the 'yellow press' at the indy star production facility.

Overhead conveyor

A shot of the small press run after comes off of the yellow press at the indy star production facility. This conveyor takes the print job directly to the production ware house in the same building. Automating the process of inserting the product into their daily paper.

Geoman Press at Indy Star

This is the front of the press stack at the Indy Star. This press is about 3 stories tall, and at least 2-3 football lengths long. Amazing!

Down the line

Inside the Indy Star press room. Yes, It's really that big!

Newspaper rolls 3 stories high

You're looking at the top of 3 stories of newspaper stacked in the printing warehouse of the Indy Star.

A judging we will go...

AM on the way to Indy to help judge the virginia state press associations advertising tear sheet competition. I was excited by the opportunity to see how this proccess works. After arriving, there were several who seemed to be dreading the job. I know what items I want to send for our state competition this year!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Busy Bees Quilting

Well, I've been convinced to create the Kindergarten Class Quilt this year. 19 little Kindergarteners have entrusted me with their sacred 'Bee' quilt blocks and I will have to create a *Masterpiece* for the PTO spring carnival on March 21st.
Not much time to create a masterpiece, but I have been planning since the call came in on Tuesday of Last week.
Here is the 'gameplan' layout I have come up with. All of the BEE blocks are 8"x10" and are on a very thin, cheap type of cloth that isn't 100% cotton. I am going to have to back the blocks with a durable, opaque cloth before starting. Perhaps a cream muslin. I have been supplied with a nice bee theme cotton print that will be used for most of the sashing. (see above picture for an idea of what it's like)

And so, you can see that there are the rectangle 'BEE' blocks set up so that 4 of these makes a larger block that is 20"x20". I will need 6 of these larger blocks to make a complete quilt, but I only have 20 pieces from the class. I have X'ed out the top right 2 blocks and the lower left 2 blocks to leave them as the background/sashing fabric, or perhaps a different quilt block- I thought about the honey bee quilt block... We'll see.
I have chosen purple prints for the 'pinwheel' that is in the center of the 4 smaller rectangles. there will be a solid black center, easing out in value to a dark purple, then a lighter purple, then a 'blender' fabric that has a blue/red circle motif on a yellow-ish background. this blender is the only thing that I'm uncertain about on the design.
Here are the fabrics for the pinwheel.

I also have included a picture of the black fabrics that I am going to use as a binding. I am leaning toward the black ground with white polka-dot circles. I think that when it is used as a 1" binding that only a portion of the circle will show, making a striking graphic edge... I have a few dark grey/black blend fabrics that I can throw in on a few pieces just for fun.

I'll keep you posted as work progresses. I'll try to scan or photograph blocks as I get them done.

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Snow again today!