Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Bag from Jelly Roll Strips

It's been a while! I only had a little bit of sewing left on this, so I grabbed a few minutes late last night and wrapped it up. I changed the straps on this one...I'm trying to perfect a pattern of my will take a few more trys and changes.

I ordered some custom cut acrylic pieces for the bottom but they haven't arrived yet.

And I used bias at the top of the pockets to strengthen them. Felt good to sew again.

Monday, November 14, 2011

lost iPad Southwest

On my last trip to Orlando I left my iPad in the airplane (Southwest) seatback. That was three weeks ago. On the chance that someone who found it is looking for the owner who lost it (google), I thought I'd post here and see if magic can happen :) My stupid mistake....whatever happens, happens.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Quilt

This is traveling with me tomorrow...a gift....daughter and SIL got married 5 years ago on Halloween at Disney World....we had a fabulous time. 5 Years....don't blink :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Jacket with Buttons

Just wanted to show the buttons I used on the jacket....easy for little hands!

Girly Girl

This very girly quilt was made with the Girly Girl line of fabric. It will be donated to our silent auction at the beach. I'm so glad to have finished it in time.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


It's time again for the Family picnic and auction at our beach, which raises money for improvements to the playground and pavillion. I'm going to be donating this little girl's jacket and a couple tote bags and journals w/ quilted covers. And possibly a quilt. We'll see how much I get done.

I put this together yesterday with some scrap squares I had....quilted the fabric and then cut out the jacket. It's a size 3/4 but looks larger. I need to try it on someone to get a better idea before I mark it.

I have a few buttons I'm auditioning....I'll show the finished jacket later. I just love making little satisfying in a short period of time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Few Found Minutes

As I waited for some clothes to dry yesterday I took some time to discharge a small pile of hand-dyes. It's such an easy process if all the tools are handy.

I used a cut sponge for the circles, an eraser for the rectangles, and a brush for the others.

Only four weeks or so till our new granddaughter, Kira, is born....

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Bag!

I think this will make a great diaper bag....and it matches the little quilt.

There are a lot of pockets inside and space for everything, I think.

On to the next project.

Next on the Agenda!

I have so much of this fabric cut that I have to make a few more things....a bag was a definite.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone!

I spent yesterday making this little quilt for my is made from the extra pieces I had cut for a larger quilt a couple months ago. I love primary colors for kids, I think it stimulates their imagination and creativity.

The quilt is about 26x26.....perfect for a little one.

Also can be easy to change the baby on.....gets softer with every washing :)

And perfect to swaddle her with....3 months to go!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Discharge Paste Step 2

After they dried I ironed them with a steam iron (good ventilation). Different colors discharge faster than others....after you do a few you will get the hang for how long to keep the iron on a spot and how much steam it needs (some don't need any)....and you can go back over an area to see if it will get lighter....I like to get a variety of shades, it makes a piece more interesting.

Then I wash in the machine with hot water and synthropol....if a lot of color comes out I wash again and then iron. The pieces could also be over-dyed now...depending on your preferences.

Discharge Paste Step 1

I LOVE Discharge Paste! I buy this from Pro Chem or Dharma Trading. Of all the processes I have learned through Jane Dunnewold, (and there are many!) this is my all-time favorite. Perhaps because it is so easy...such instant gratification!

My hand-dyed fabrics are the perfect base for this. The fabrics I am using today were dyed in a pan with multiple colors at a time.

You want to do this with adequate ventilation...especially if you are susceptible(?) to odors. Read the label and guidelines on Pro Chem or Dharma before using. I've never had a problem.

I applied the paste (as is from the bottle) through a thermofax screen of a ginko leaf.

These were other screens I used. I also used a brush and did some lines on a couple pieces.

Then I cut a ragged circle from a sponge (with a hack saw :) and stamped right on the fabric. Then I dug out the center of the other side of the sponge and made an open circle....

which gave me this shape. I'll let them all dry and iron them this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WOW...2 months go by....

It's not that I haven't been crazy busy...I've been cleaning out closets....donating...selling...really preparing for the inevitable....selling this house a few years down the road. And I've only made a dent...that's ok...I'm starting early!

I discharged these fabrics yesterday (discharge paste with stamps and screens). This is one of my favorite easy and such a dynamic result.

I think I'll do some more today.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Busy Weekend!

I think this is as far as I will go with to borders and binding choices.

I spent about 3 years with my sewing room set up in a way that just felt this weekend I moved everything around...and now I have a much more comfortable setup. And what a mess I made doing I must finish today.

The fabric will be re-organized too....and some will be donated...some sold....this is only a portion of what I have.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

COLOR !!!!

I need some serious color after this last couple I grabbed a pile of my most colorful Kaffe and Brandon fabric and just started cutting.....squares and strips

Just having these piles laying on my table lifts my spirits and sets the creative juices flowing.

I decided after pieceing together a couple blocks that the squares were too big in comparison to the I trimmed the blocks....which has the added benefit of squaring them up beautifully....and left me with the scraps below....they're only about 1/2 inch...but I can't throw them out....yet.

I don't know what size it will be yet....I'll just keep sewing till I either get bored with it, or run out of pieces.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Revisiting an old project.

Many years ago I saw this trivet pattern somewhere and made many of them for gifts. Some people used them for the purpose intended and others hung them up and refused to actually use them. I think that's so funny....some people that I gave baby quilts to never let the baby use them ... they hung them on the crib or bed, afraid that wear and tear wouldn't be good for them....silly people :)

These are made from 3 sizes of circles....some are folded, some are flat. And there is a batting inside that allows for very hot items to be placed on them with no danger to the table. I really enjoyed the process....there may be more in my future.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tree Play

I needed to find a project that I could pick up easily, make fast, and use up things I already have in my sewing room. I certainly have fabric, batting, thread, crystals, rhinestones, beads, styrofoam, sequins, dowels....and so on.....I have used and collected these things for 40+ years.

And since I love christmas trees I decided to make one...stuffed it....glued it to a "stump" and decorated it. And that led to another and another....each time changing something. Then I found some scraps of already quilted fabric and just had a ball and tried many techniques. Some are sewn and turned....some are just top-stitched (love these the most).

This black one was made from a scrap of pieced fabric that went into a piece that I did in a Carol Taylor workshop...couldn't throw the scraps away and now I'm glad I didn't. The blue tree is made from Elin Noble fabric.

This tree has a cute shisha mirror I got from it!

I'm having a blast with these....I can make one in 15 minutes....nearly instant gratification....perfect for my sometimes short attention span :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

REALLY???....3 to 6 inches??????

We got closer to 16 inches!!! And it's wet, so the trees and bushes are taking a beating. These pics were taken before sunrise so they are a bit dark. I was so shocked that the predictions were so far off...and knew there was some serious shoveling in my future. Thank goodness my neighbor gave me a path out the front with his snowblower...he always helps us out.

This is out my back sliders on the deck.

They just said were getting some more tomorrow.........

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Strip Quilt

My latest quilt is back from the quilter....Designing Quilts....and Eileen did a great job once again. I made this from one Bali Pop and added my own sashing and border. It was fun and fast.

The quilt pattern she chose is beautiful...thanks Eileen.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

INSPIRATION...some great fabric!

I made great use of my snow day....I finished my bag made from fabrics I have dyed, batiked, discharged, overdyed, screened, shiboried and foiled.

I really have to hone my machine quilting looks ok but I want better.

I like all the pockets on this pattern.....I have another in mind now....well...I still have this evening :)


It's been snowing since 10 pm last night and is still snowing now at 8 no work today...schools are all closed too! I will be working on my new later.

Perhaps I should do some cleaning's a free day...sewing!