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!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Bag!

I have been doing some de-cluttering in my sewing room and when I came across this fabric I decided I needed to make myself a bag. It will have fabrics all made by me. The front and back are laid out and just have to be sewn together....fused to the batting and quilted....and then the construction of the bag can begin. Stay tuned.....