Maddie is our scruffy, old lady cat. At this point, we are not sure how much longer she will be with us. We help her onto the bed, give her treats whenever she wants them, and laugh as she still holds her own against our other cat, Emmet.
Sweet Little Maddie
The scruffy tail of inspiration
One morning she was waking me up, and the sun silhouetted her tail as it flicked back and forth. That is where this pattern was born. It is an easy pattern to draw (all straight lines) and has a couple variations. Here are the step outs and a few sample tiles:
I’d love to see what you do with it! Let me know in the comments if you give it a try.
Fall is my favorite season of the year. I know Spring is considered the season of rebirth and fresh starts, but for me, this really happens in the fall. I think it all goes back to the start of the new school year and the excitement that comes with that. Temperatures have also taken a dip this week, so it feels like fall. And there is candy corn at the grocery store! (Unfortunately, there is also pumpkin spice everything. No offense to those who are fans, but I am not. No pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving either, thank you very much.)
This week I actually managed to get the Its A String Thing challenge completed by the deadline. Adele challenged us to use Hamail as part of our tile and continue with one of our favorite patterns. I had to go with Narwal as I am enamored with it these days.
Hamail and Narwal for IATS#111
I was also able to wrap up a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a mail-in swap and got those sent off in the mail. The theme for this swap was ABC, so we had to create cards with mono-tangles of patterns that started with either A, B, or C – 3 cards of each.
Artist Trading Cards ready for the swap.
This was a lot of fun – can’t wait to see what I get back in the mail. I’ll definitely share them here once they arrive.
I used the zendala template from this week’s Bright Owl Zendala Challenge to work on a larger piece, so it isn’t done yet. But seeing as today is the day Erin normally posts the new challenge, I figured I would post what is done, and will provide an update later when it is complete.
I have been playing around with Tri-roda (from Eni Oken) and Narwal (from Samantha Taylor) a lot lately, and thought they worked well together to form these trumpet like shapes. Filled in the rest with Fleavy (from Hanny Waldburger). I still have some rounding to do in ink and then the decision of keeping it black and white or adding color. I am leaning toward color, but let me know what you think.
Tri-roda, Narwal, Fleavy
In the Square One Facebook groups this week’s focus is on Meringue. I had a lot of fun with this (those curves are my fav!) and threw in some Buttercup as well.
Merinque and Buttercup
Last night was the first night of the 6 week course I am teaching as part of our local night school program. I have a wonderful mix of students and we all had a great time. After our first tile, we only had about 15 minutes left, so we did a quick Bijou tile to get one more pattern in. Can’t wait for next week!
Tile 1: Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Printemps, Florz
Tile 2 (Bijou) – Flux
Quick post today to share the tile I made for the Diva’s weekly challenge. This week she challenged us to use a striped string, but with whatever patterns we wanted. I’ve been having fun with Narwal, so I had to include that, and threw in ‘Nzeppel, which is the weekly tangle for the WZTV facebook group this week.
Fescu, Flez, ‘Nzeppel, Narwal, Hypnotize
This week Laura Harms, AKA ‘The Diva’, challenged us to use the tangle CanT by Chris Titus. This is a great pattern – very easy to follow and tons of variation possibilities. The circles in the centers of the grid reminded me of Well, so I included that as well.
On the Square One facebook groups the focus pattern this week was Opus. I went pretty straightforward with this one, but if you are on facebook, you should check some of the others – I was really amazed this week with some of the Opus tiles!
I also wrapped up the Zendala I am donating to the Prayers for Talan fundraiser. Here’s a pic of the finished piece (sorry for the reflection) as well as a close up of some of the detail. Please send along some healing thoughts for Talan and his family as he moves along his road to recovery.
Zendala for Prayers for Talan
Heart shaped Fengle, Flux, Fife