Saturday, June 18, 2011

Google Image Search

This is sooooo incredibly cool and amazing.  I just noticed that Google has a new image search where you can actually drag a photo into the search box to find similar images.  They've posted four images to demo it.  I thought that was too easy and dragged in one of my own photos, the one of the quilted rocket ship I just made.  Look what it found in 44 seconds.  I am all astonishment!

To learn more click here.

Here's an example of what it does if it can't find the exact image, in this case a close up of a seagull in San Francisco.  Kinda funny.  It seems to match color patches.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Paper-pieced Rocket

I'm part of a Long Distance Quilting Bee.  Last month's theme was space - outer space, inner space, time/space continuum, whatever space.  After searching cyber space for a free pattern and having no luck, I decided to design my own.

Not wanting to destroy my original, I photocopied the sketch and sewed it onto lightweight green masking paper to extend the pattern to the right size and shape.  I also extended the sewing lines onto the green paper.

Below is the final product.  I'll change some things about it before making it again, but not too shabby for my first design.  I'm not crazy about the rocket fabric, but that was the best I could come up with from my stash.  I love the exhaust fabric though!  And, can you see who's in the capsule?

Did you notice that the shape of the exhaust is different in the sketch and in the quilt block?  My hubby politely informed me that the physics of the exhaust was wrong in the sketch. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

World Wide Knit in Public Day

I just thought you would all want to know that June 11th is World Wide Knit in Public Day.  This makes me laugh because in college I used to hide my knitting, especially if there were boys in the vicinity.  It was not cool back then or maybe I just wasn't cool enough to make knitting look cool.  I would have been mortified for anyone to see me knitting other than my roommates.  If I was knitting in the living room of the Garden of Eden (the name we gave our apartment - ha!) and someone knocked on the door, I would hide my knitting before answering the door.  I didn't want people to think I was a boring old lady!  

A few years ago celebrities like Julia Roberts started to knit in public, which generated more interest in knitting.  It's so unfair that you have to have a beautiful smile, great hair, and a gazillion dollars to be able to make knitting look appealing.  Anyway, grab your knitting bag and head for an event near you.