Hi Sharon – Thanks for your info on the other blogs. I’m sorry but this month I am not going to do the concept challenge – I really don’t want to think of the past as it only brings up memories I don’t want to remember. So this time round again it will be the colour!! You sure do make these challenges tough!! THANKS – I love it!
Gosh – that’s a good one. Strangely enough I was showing some pictures of Word War II rations to some 9 year olds today and they couldn’t identify the milk bottle, it was so far from their reality. I’m not quite(!) old enough to remember the war but this is certainly going to be interesting.
Thanks by your informations about the others
Still I’m finish the piece by january, but soon publish my III part before the end.
After end this, only send a new coment, in your january post? or here?
For this new mounth I love the color!! Really I enjoy your idea.
Thanks you very much Sharon.
Wasn’t going to look until the weekend but couldn’t resist. Still finishing off the end bits of my Jan concept and colour challenge but I have been posting my progress here:http://happyjacqui.wordpress.com/
Well I’m a bit – quite a bit – older than you are, Sharon! I was a tiny little kid during WWII, so lots to remember. I remember watching the clothes whirling around behind the glass door on the new automatic washing machine – we had no TV back then. Great challenge – it’s not Feb.1 yet here, but I had to check just in case. wooo hoooo!!!
Hi Sharon and all of the other TIF’ers…
This is going to be another interesting month! The colors are nothing that I am familiar working with so right there it gets difficult. I am trying to work both the color and theme through out this whole challenge so this is a doozy! Jane
PS I too have so much enjoyed everyones collaborations for Jan!
Yes I made it, finished by the skin of my teeth. Love the challenge, I’m ready to start on February. My blog link is:http://msliz.wordpress.com/ if you would like to see my results.
Blessings Sharon. Ms Liz
Sharon – thanks for introducing me to the Colour Lovers website. I have registered, and can log in and ‘play’, but I can’t seem to find any sort of help page that explains exactly how it works. I have created a palette, but can’t figure out how to import it into my blog, the way you do – any tips???
last month I was a lurker now I want to join, I love the idea of remembering and thought immediately of dishes and my granny’s kitchen and her cooking,including the stories of her childhood and the one of my mum and mine and how my kids are now brought up and how things changed but not gold old china, the color palette you chose is really perfect for my february quilt.
Excellent challenge!! I’ve been chomping-at-the-bit waiting for today! Now I can begin thinking about the concept you have developed for us. I can’t wait to start blogging on this, creating the bones of my own February TIF.
Thank you so much for creating this year-long challenge, Sharon. There are so many talented people in this group. I already marvel at the creations made and we’re only one month into the year!
Hi Sharon, This is very interesting topic!I was only recently thinking how the things we(i.e.my generation)used to do here(in India)would notbe done by the next generation for want of time/inclination.I am going to write about that -hope that is OK.Should I use all the colours or just a few colours?
I can add to your list. Oleo with a yellow dot in a heavy plastic bag that had to be squeezed and manipulated to make it butter color.
Ice boxes instead of refrigerators.
Taking baths in a wash tub.
What a great concept for this month! Thanks! I love the color palette too and will be working with both as has been my intention since the beginning.
I decided to go with the first image that popped into my head this morning as I was reading your post. That can be found in my blog post for today along with the matching DMC Floss colors for the palette.
Thank you again Sharon for this challenge. I can’t wait until next week when I have time to sew up my block and start stitching on it!
I too am older than dirt – WWII vintage, even. BUT it has now been decided (by me) that I will do the 40 years of “evolutions” of my own needlepoint design, as I have been going back to the beginnings anyway with the added enhancement of the art crazy quilts. I can remember waaaaaay back when it was primitive, in that all we had to stitch with was Persian wool or cotton floss, and did little more than basketweave.
Here is a photo of my January TIF piece http://flickr.com/photos/helenad/2234878812/. I have also put it up on the group flickr
I have illustrated the processes I went through to make this piece and also some photos of bits and pieces which I thought I might use. http://flickr.com/photos/helenad/sets/72157603779714908/ . I have found it quite a challenge to stop working on the piece knowing when to stop is quite an art. I really enjoyed the discipline of keeping myself on one track and even if time escaped me a little this month. I have already learnt new stuff. ( Using camera, tracking the making processes, understanding colour a bit more) Really enjoyed seeing the range of work going on.
Both Jan and Feb colour schemes make me think of landscapes ( mauve and green= Scottish moorland ,stone and blue and sand=cornish coast) but perhaps I see landscapes in all sorts of things.
hmm these colours are a challenge because they look different on the computer and printer, the first one looks greeny blue on the computer and pale blue when I print it, so what I came up with on dmc was 964 793, 945, 792 and 783. Does it matter if we are a bit out with these? I may have to revue 793.
I just found your blog, would really like to be a part of this, even if just by following along. I plan to do the blocks, hope this okay. I love this idea as just a few nights ago was thinking over this very thing when it came to light that my youngest daughter had no idea what an eight track is and asked if records were what we had in the box in storage. I am certain she would think I am crazy if I told her we use to smash up a tablet and mix it with the margarine to give it a butter color. I am not that old, just had old parents.
I’m not quite finished with January but I can finish it while I think what to do for February. My grandkids have school assignments where they call and ask us what we had that they don’t now. Hmmm….what to do.
Find me at: http://www.freebirdsings.blogspot.com/
Well this looks interesting. I’m older than
dirt also and can look back to all kinds of
changes, in fact my husband and I were talking about that just recently, how many, many,
new things in our lifetime. I believe more
advances have been made in this century than
any other before. on the other hand not all of
them good.However I think I’ll come up with
something this time not just color.
I find that rather an unusual palette ,
Happy Birthday for this month. The thing I’m old enough to remember that REALLY sticks in my mind is trying to put the stylus needle of the record player on the third song of a vinyl album – the only way to skip or fast forward to your favourite song. One slip and you scratched the record and that was the end of it. I’ve sketched out a rough idea but I won’t blog anything to Wednesday when I’ve had a bit of a chance to play.
What a challenging concept!!!! Yesterday I told myself I’d do only the color scheme, couldn’t see what or how I could portray it, but after a night’s sleep and a nice long hot shower, some ideas have come up!!!! Need to think some more though!!!
Happy Birthday this month, whenever it will be!! I wish you all the best!!!!!!
I Sharon, I tried to post yesterday, but I think it failed. (I would have been poster #38 or 39…)
I love this topic! I remember listening to ‘Kindergarten of the Air’ and ‘Maggie Muggins’ on the radio…A television that had to warm up, and was all black and white. Dial ‘phones. My mother placing a grocery order on the phone and getting it delivered later that day by a kid on a bicycle. No two-wheelers till you were 10-11 years old, no gears, no helmet required. Playing outside till it got dark, or you were called for supper — whichever came first. The moon walk (I was 16). Woodstock. The Kennedy era…and in Canada, the Trudeau years. Four-wheeled roller skates that had a key and fit onto the bottom of your shoes. Hoola-hoops. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan! My first camera: a Kodak Brownie. My new husband’s baby blue polyester leisure suit for our honey moon — complete with black buttons and epaulettes! Bell-bottomed jeans…
I hope I can do the challenge this month — just jump in — I’m assuming you don’t have to ‘sign up’ to do every single one…
This month’s concept has had me thinking all day. I can’t help but remember all of the major political events that I have lived through, especially during the 1960s. Maybe its just part of my midlife crisis. I didn’t want my blog to have anything to do with politics coz I get enough of that at work but I can’t stop thinking about how to put all those thoughts into a quilt block. A literal interpretation is easy but I need to think more on how to take it further!
Hi Sharon, I remember the same things as you, we are the same age!!! Congrats on your coming BD!
Actually my first outside family memory is the death of John F. Kennedy. I can remember how shocked my mum was when she heard the news on radio.
I have worked on the January challenge and got it done, I will take a picture tomorrow in the daylight. It was an important work for me, a tribute to my Mum, the very person who taught me to stitch, knit, crochet, weave…
I like this colour combination a lot. Maybe i do something smaller this time.
What an interesting subject Sharon! I have decided not to present any of my actual memories but to try to design something that shows how memories intensify and somehow become more important to one as one gets older and has time to dwell in the past. I have written something about my early memories (I am as old as dirt! – love that expression! and about where I am heading in my blog maggies-textiles.blogspot.com
What a fun challenge. An idea popped right into my head and now to work out how to do it. Will not be able to do much this week as I have a retreat coming up, but plan to do some sketches. We will see what happens.
I’ve justed taken two photos of fabrics that I will be using — along with some (cough) hibernating blocks. The warmer tones will cut some of the cool blues. My goal is to get the top pieced by the end of February. I’ve posted on Flickr and on my blog.
I’m old enough to remember the hub bub of the first color televisions. I remember when there were only 3 TV stations. I remember that TV went off the air at midnight and they played the Star Spangled Banner, then the noise of an air raid test and lastly the black and white ‘static and snow’ that filled the air waves till the following morning. I remember this because I would be babysitting and the TV would be on to keep me company and if I fell asleep I would always awake to these sounds. I also remember when stores were closed on Sundays….oh the list goes on and on. I am not a stitcher but I will stop by to check up on your work and that of all your creative blogging friends.
It’s already so fun reading about what others remember! There are a lot of similarities to what I remember and that has prompted me to try to reach a little further for something to base my challenge piece on. My first thoughts are posted on my blog at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com.
Hmm, I think all my memories are already contained in everyone else’s…I can’t remember the moon landing (although officially, I did watch it on TV) and I wasn’t around when either Kennedy was shot….Anyway, my first thoughts are on my blog:
Es dificil responder en ingles caundo pensamos en otro idioma.. mas aun tratar de entender lo que quieres decir cuando el idioma nos separa…
Tengo una pregunta luego de recoradr que hare con ello…
Por que lamentablemente… Los colores que estas seleccionando no son de mi agrado… y normalmente trabajar con lo que nos desagrada no genera cosas interesantes..
Aun sigo en los conceptos de la pregunta y no en los colores asi que tratare de recordar y luego vere que se me ocurre conm mis recuerdos…
This is a great topic! I remember … summer without play APPOINTMENTS!! Long summer days, wandering around the neighborhood just killing time until we could go home for supper!
But what pops into my mind is when the whole school was watching the moon shot and a GIRDLE commercial came on! The science teacher turned bright red and turned off the TV immediately! Those were the days!
My first thoughts on the February challenge are on my blog. http://quiltsnmore.blogspot.com/ I have been having a great time visiting everyone’s blogs. I think that’s the best part of the challenge is getting to see what everyone is doing and has to say. : )
Sorry Sharon for my error yesterday.
A friend sent me a text about “Grandmother’s apron”. I embroidered it while thinking about this granny who used to make me those delicious chocolate mousses, who knew how to scold me well, but also knew how to be tender and caring and comforting with me when I was sad.
Sharon, after 3 long posts on my blog full of my memories I am now waiting for the light bulb to come on over my head, LOL. It is certainly going to be an interesting ride this month if everyone else’s posts are any indication. Will post again when I finally decide my project for February.
Just to let u know I am still doing this challenge but I am working on a couple of projects I need to finish, so am concentrating on them at the moment.
I have bloglines set up but have decided not to look until the end of the month, with 444 post since I decided to stop looking on 3rd Feb, I am hopping everyone is putting in TIF in their titles and its no where near 444 posts in actual terms.
I posted a blog about an article in Modern Painters and the ‘re-emergence’ of craft. If you are interested, I could scan the article for you to read and email it to you.
Sharon I like this months challenge better than last months only because I can come up with something quicker than I did last month. But I am not going to cheat myself! Before I start this months I have to finish up last months which should be by Tuesday.
I’m having a wonderful time walking down Memory Lane for the Feb. challenge, but I’m having a bit of trouble with the color challenge. I’ve seen 4 different ideas for matching DMC colors, none of which are quite the same. My ancient monitor must be playing tricks on me, as the last one looks more burnt orange than the tan or topaz others have read it as. Is there any way that we could have a standardized DMC matchup so we don’t have to guess? I’ve gone with Pam Kellogg’s, and will continue to do so. Thank you Pam!
I’m having the same problem with color matching. Since I may have to on-line order my threads it would be helpful to have.
I haven’t made a lot of progress but have done a sketch for possible embroidery design.
It’s posted on my blog.
On my most recent post “gathering thoughts” I’ve finally found a focus for my February TIF challenge (I think) Now I just have to plan how to execute it, VBG. Too many interesting techniques and not enough spare time!! This might result in a design board and an IOU yet.
well my first idea has done… and I’m now working with the expression ‘mind like a sieve’… the fabric is a piece I found on the beach… it’s full of holes which seem to fit right in … pictures are on the groups flickr site and on my blog…
What a great challenge! I am a child of the 1960′s and have lots of cool memories. I searched through my stash for some of my grooviest fabrics and came up with something fun and reminiscient of my youth.
You can see what I came up with here:
I decided to use the colors again. I am stitching again but in a much smaller size, 2×3″. I am not done with January but getting close. I have an update on flickr as well & will not be updating again until I am finished.
Hey Sharon. You can go ahead and take me off of the list. I can tell already that I’ve got more than a busy year ahead of me, and I’d like to help make room for someone who will be able to stay dedicated to the challenge. I’ll still follow along casually and post what I can on my blog. Thanks for the opportunity though!
I have finished and blogged my blocks for February. I created two as I wasn’t too sure about the first.
On the memory challenge. My earliest is of sitting in the back of a tray truck and seeing the timber railway crossing sign. When I was about 7 my dad asked the same question. What is your earliest memory? When I told him, he said we’d been on holidays and I was about 2 1/2. I can see the words still but would not have known what they were at that age.
Sharon I guess I got the last challenge wrong. It isn’t our earliest memory but what we can remember. So if you wish, please eliminate the above.
I do recall all that you do and am surprised some of those things were still around when you were young. I still use and wouldn’t be without my twin tub.
Hi Sharon, I finished up my February block yesterday. My theme for your concept is the Apollo 13 Space Mission. It was the first thing that came to my mind so I went with and I’m glad I did. The specifics for this block are on my blog:
I have started from the top of these comments and have been visiting many of the blogs. I got to one and could not leave a comment (the blog owner asked for comments) because you had to sign in and only those with the same kind of blog (wordpress in this case) could. If you want comments please check and make sure we can leave them. Sharing the journey is half the fun!
No land line for two weeks – not able to access at work – frustration abounds!! However my February peice progresses – I have opted for the colours this month, but the flipside to this challenge has really brought many memories to the surface.
Sharon and friends, the quilt guild in my little town did a studio tour yesterday. My studio was one of them. I have not been able to work on the February challenge but now I will get started. I had over 200 people walk through yesterday. It was fun, but …. At least I have been doing some sketching, etc regarding the challenge AND I have a very clean studio :>)
Continuing the journey – Bonita
I have had a very busy month, but have published my thoughts about the concept on my blog, and will be doing a paper collage. I love the concept, and have had fun planning what I will do, and reading other’s memories.
Having dithered around for two weeks I have finished the stitching on my February challenge. I started with the colour option this time Sharon. Thankyou. My story is on the blog maggies-textiles.blogspot.com
this month I worked on the color challenge – it surprised me to find that the placemats I made fit so well in my kitchen. An extra treat. To stretch and take it further, my push was to write a tutorial. Comments to help me make the tutorial more helpful, clear, useful to beginning sewers would be wonderful.
I have posted a picture of my completed February challenge piece on my blog (http://fiberhart.blogspot.com, and on the Take It Further blog. There are also several posts about the design process on my blog.
I had fun with this one, and am very happy to have it completed before the end of the month. Time to work on other ongoing projects before March is posted!
Having a terrible time getting what I want for the I remember— know what I want but can’t seem to make it work out right. Now I need more copy paper as what I want to do has to be photo transfered, so hang in there with me hope to get to the shop to get the photo paper this week. Joan
I’m loving these challenges you set us Sharon. I have posted a tiny corner of my piece for this month as yet unfinished. I love looking at other people’s work each one sending me back to a memory I thought was forgotten.
I am having much more trouble figuring out how to use this site than I am doing the challenge; poor Sharon. I posted details on my blogspot about how I achieved the image I used for my piece. This is getting to be fun.
Finished it off with a bit of simple stitching as it didn’t need anymore. Took an easy framing option – have a look at http://susaneta.wordpress.com/2008/02/21/tif-feb-finale/
The angelina sparkle doesn’t show that well but its wonderful in real life. Looking forward to the next month!
I’ve finished my Feb. TIF
Some of my best memories are of the summers spent with my grandparents on their farm in southern Ontario. I love the old buildings with their sun bleached wood and hollyhocks growing wild. As children, we played in the fields and with the animals … days filled with sunshine!
I have finished my february piece. You can see it on my blog http://www.tyquilts.com/blog and on flickr.
I am so enjoying the creativity of this group although I spend too much time checking out everyone’s blogs there is much inspiration to be found in them.
I’ve made slow progress this month. It has been an interesting process this month as I wanted to combine both the concept and the colours and they weren’t playing nice together. I finally have something workable and hopefully I can get in some serious sewing this weekend and get it close to finished. http://tangomusings.blogspot.com
I am going with the color scheme this month, though I did reminisce about when I was a lass in the 70′s and 80′s….I started two 9 x 12 inch quiltlets and 2 postcards on my blog: http://www.enchanted-art.blogspot.com Come take a look!
I finally got started on February’s crazy quilt block! I’ve posted my idea (which I may or may not be using) and the initial embroidery on the block. I put it off for quite a while and it was such a relief to start it!
Yes, yes, yes I AM behind. January and February are audit months for me at work. The auditors finished up yesterday so now I can get back to my FUN life and really zero in on TIF. Sharon, the subject this month was wonderfully thought provoking. I think after many days of commuting to work and trying to come up with ideas I’ve decided on one————-I’m old enough to remember when there were no color tvs, only black and white. So this is my theme. Now I need to start working on sketches to translate the idea into thread. I will probably run over into March before it’s finished but I hope to make strides this weekend and have something to post on Flickr.
Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing.
I’m sorry I didn’t get to share the progress as well as I did last month. Again, thanks to everyone for sharing their challenge pieces. Perusing the photos and sites is becoming a part of this for me as well.
I got my Feb challenge finished. My colors are off from the color scheme but maybe next month I will get them right. I decided that I was going to choose the colors scheme and then continue with my studying of color using either the compliment, or triadic colors of that patch.
My February challenge turned out to be a bigger project than I’d anticipated. It’s going to take me quite a while to finish, but I hope getting the design worked out and the story written will do for a start.
The work was simple for an experienced sewer, but my stretch goal was to complete a tutorial to help new and inexperienced people wanting to sew and work with fabric. This past week completed the “no sew iron on applique portion of the tutorial. And now looking for appropriate sites to share the tutorial. So if anyone has a chance to visit my blog post, suggestions for where to publish it are very welcome.
my february challenge is now finished and you can see the result on my blog! It was a wonderful challenge and I am looking forward to the next!
I finished my challenge a little early as I am leaving to visit my daughter. When I get back I’ll get my new colors for March. This challenge will be getting more difficult now. I am using the stitches that we were studying last year in the same month. Thanks for the inspirations.
Well, some progress has been made, and I’m confident I can finish this TIF challenge by Friday. I developed my idea fairly quickly, but the format was a bit harder. Finally, time has decided for me, so a postcard it will be.
The last 2 posts on my blog tell the tale.
Finally off and galloping to the gate. The piece is coming together in concept and materially. Here’s where I am now, how I got there, and where I’ll be going in the next day or two. Thanks for your patience, everyone!
I have posted my finished piece on the group flickr page. I was going to work on a piece that showed my memories of travelling to the beach in a car full of kids, 6 of us in the bakc seat all piled up and a labrador dog as well.
But with time constraints I ended up working a small piece in the colours. Maybe one day I will work a peice from the image i have in my mind
I did it!!!!! Tis done, tis done. And not even the last day of the month. A new goal of mine is to finish these a bit earlier each time if I can. For those who want a little lookie: http://midge-wwwpathtohell
My finished February TIF piece is shown on the group flickr page, as well as on my blog. On the the blog I give a description of how I arrived at the design. There are also pictures of a WIVSP (Work in Verrry Slow Progress) I have that is also in February TIF colors.
I am almost finished my Feb. Block. I have changed my plans for the embellishment twice and wish I could go back to my first idea. However, its too late now. I never realized before how much planning needs to be done on a themed block. My blog is at http://handquilting.blogspot.com.
I posted my Feb TIF.
so far I havent managed to do what I intended
when I started. Oh well, maybe next month.
anyway its fun and hopefully the brain and
hands will improve with practice!!
my blog is http://creative-challenge-2008.blogspot.com
Sharon, I’ve posted my latest progress on my blog, with an apology that I may not be able to completely finish by tomorrow night. A costume job deadline has been brought forward unexpectedly and the schedule I had roughed out is now out the window !! I’ll try to do more ASAP, I hate letting things get on top of me too much. Have enjoyed the trip down memory lane though, just as well this post doesn’t have audio or you’d hear me humming that darned “Autumn Leaves” yet again !!
With deepest apologies, I haven’t finished January or February except in my head. I guess I’m not a very good “joiner.” I should probably gracefully exit this series of challenges and make room for someone else to join, as I too have an unexpected design/costume project this weekend. Congratulations to everyone on their fabulous work, and thanks to all those who visit my blog.
I haven’t had a good month for working having had visitors for most of it. I have managed to do some sketches for the TIF challenge for this month but I don’t think I’m going to get anything actually made until next week. You can see what I have in mind on my blog. http://dyeing2sew.blogspot.com
I’m not going to finish by the 1st either. have to go out of town tomorrow for several days and no sewing machine is going with me. sigh. I hope by next week sometime I will have that typewriter in its place :)
Thanks for this challenge Sharon – it has enabled me to finally work directly with the fabric rather than planning to the death beforehand. Whilst the final piece is nothing to shout home about, what it represents pleases me greatly!
I finished my February challenge – didn’t quite make it Australian time. You can view it on my blog http://ruthsfiberphotos.blogspot.com/ or on the other TIF blog. Thanks for doing this Sharon and on to noticing the small things.
Whoa is me—Febr challenge did not materialize (YET) The “bug” got hold of our household last week and I am afraid Febr. will be running late. However I do still plan to get it done. Just checking in so you will know I am trying.
I am finished!!! This is my first piece of all embroidery that I have finished. This is my statement about the piece, I chose the color scheme.
This represents my broken & mending heart. The rusted side contains my old loves, some that blossomed & then dried up, others that never matured & died a quick death. The blue side represents the coldness of my heart from having been broken before.
This isn’t a sad piece, more like a healing piece. My name for this is My Very Jane Austen Heart. The only way to find Mr. Darcy is to make him up.
I am going to have to finish embellishments for my Feb. challenge in March partly due to my work schedule/deadlines and knowing that I have one week off in March to help me play catch up. I am at a quandry with my Feb. challenge partly due to the large size of my piece. I have decided to do the March challenge in a postcard style and size,utilizing a technique that I want to try out. This will enable me to continue to work on Feb. without taking a break from trying a new challenge. I find the colors invigorating. I can’t wait to play with the March challenge palette.
I’m finished! I chose the color scheme for this month’s challenge, and I made two 8.5 x 11.5 fabric collages and two 4 x 6 inch postcards. I haven’t worked with fabric as much recently, and it really felt good to get back into fabric. The colors reminded me of the colors I see here in the Southwest. You can see my work at http://www.enchanted-art.blogspot.com Thanks for looking!
finally finally!… sorry i just had to run with this and it needed ages to evolve. Lots and lots of memories that often lead me to tears (cos I miss mi Gran). Anyway hope you like the piece. I’m glad I can move on to March’s challange now :D