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Archive for February, 2005


Posted by debraroby on February 27, 2005

I’m running on half speed.

I’ve tried to write a great blog for today… witty and light and a true joy to read. I’ve tried about a half dozen times. And the muse must have a cold, too. It ain’t happening. So, rather than bore you with the dreck I’ve written so far, let me just ask you to consider these points and respond:

At tonight’s Academy Awards:

1. Best dress.
2. Best hair.
3. Best jewelry.

And the most important catagory:

What was he/she thinking?? (for that truly bizarre costume of the evening).


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Posted by debraroby on February 25, 2005

I’ve got to share… I”ve figured it out… the Manolo, the Fabulous Shoe Blogger… writes just like Hercule Poirot speaks. Think back to the the marvelously talented David Souchet… speaking the words about “the little gray cells, they need exercise!” and it becomes crystal clear.

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Posted by debraroby on February 25, 2005

Am I working? I started writing this blog to encourage myself to work more.. to focus my efforts and have record of what I’m accomplishing.

When I finish work for a day, I want to document what was accomplished, and when possible put the photos up so I can see how a project changes as I work.

Looking back on the past month, I haven’t been working much. And I have the evidence at hand in these log.

Monday is the first day of a week… and close enough to the first day of March. Got to get myself back on track, and get some real work done.

Part of the problem, I think, is working to machine quilt these items for our quilt show. These are not pieces that I’m very emotionally invested in. I don’t really care much about them at the moment. And working on them feels like wasting time. So, rather than waste time working, I just waste time and avoid working. Guess what, deb, the work is still there. It’s not going away by ignoring it… and I know it!

So here’s my deal with myself. I can spend 2 hours working on something creative… moving forward on my work… for every one hour I spend finishing up these committed pieces. They may take a little longer to get done, but I won’t avoid any work at all.

Stay tuned to reports of exciting things.. and feel free to hold me to my word.

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Posted by debraroby on February 24, 2005

Just a note. It’s Thursday evening. I’ve been trying to fight off a cold for about 10 days… and it feels like the vacation finally pushed the advantage into the cold’s corner. I drank plenty of water; got plenty of rest.. but finding a variety of fruits and veggies when eating in diners?? Not going to happen. Even the echinacea and vitamin C I was taking hasn’t successfully fought it off.


I can’t take decongestants (contact, nytol, etc.)… as they give me dangerously high blood pressure. I’m dreading the next few days…

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Posted by debraroby on February 24, 2005

I promised a chat about adding layers of stitching to my work. Why do I do it, and where did I get the inspiration?

I actually often THOUGHT about before the first time I did it, but I was trapped into the idea that it was somehow wrong. Not part of the “quilting rule book”.

Then I discovered the stitching queens in Britain.. Maggie Grey, Valerie Campbell-Harding, Jan Beaney and Jeanne Littlejohn. Their whole approach to work is often to layer textures and colors. I found their works to be “soul candy”. I didn’t want to copy thier styles, but I wanted to take in some of their message to define my style.

Two of the books that really changed the way I work are: LAYERS OF STITCH, Contemporary Machine Embroidery by Valerie Campbell-Harding and Maggie Grey and MACHINE EMBROIDERY, Stitched Patterns by Valerie Campbell-Harding. Both books are available from Meinke Toys. But, be forewarned. Whenever I visit the Meinke site, I MUST set a dollar limit for myself or I’M IN BIG TROUBLE. Just writing this blog has cost me $100!!

With “permission granted” to add stitching texture to my pieces when I wanted… not necessarily only at the end… I was on roll. Odd that my “quilting” permission came from a non-quilting source? Probably not. We find inspiration and lessons where we may.

In the current piece, Vessels, the background texture will be made continuous, and when the foreground images break up that texture, it will be accurate..not contrived with stops and starts in the stitching. Any pieces that I do in transparent fabrics will show the stitching and texture behind them.

And this is what I like.. the layers of textures both in stitch and fabric added over time. As I continue to work in this manner, I suspect that this one trait will be the “thing” that identies a work a mine. The subjects will change; the palette may not be predictable; the layering of stitches and color will always be there.

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Posted by debraroby on February 21, 2005

Katy (on the right) and Jake (on the left) are loaded up and we are heading out of town for a couple days. We’ll be staying at a nice little motel up near Mendocino. Walks along the bluffs, playing in an estruary, and a trip to a gorgeous botanical garden are all in our plans. Let’s hope that weather cooperates.

In the meantime, why not visit Nita Leland’s Creative Projects and Links for some ideas for play yourself.

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