Friday, December 31, 2010
This one used the most ravely pieces of upholstery weight fabric (the light yellow), and I kept all those tangled pieces on the edge and even ended up referring to them in the six words chosen for the piece. The two crossing pieces on top the blue and yellow are my hand-dyes, the rest commercial cottons.
Trying To Be Sunny
Tangled Instead" Funny how these words kind of sum up the past year in a way...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
This is the 38th in the year long series.
Words say: Decision Time Easy. Black And White. This was from the week that I decided that I would go ahead and have my hip surgery.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Words say: "Seeing Through To What Is Underneath". Stitched words, with bubble wrap quilted onto the top of the quilt sandwich. The bubble wrap was a little hard to stitch, but not too bad if I went slowly. Sure squeaked a lot more than I thought it would!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Finally Finishing Work Worth The Time". And yes, I'll be posting pictures of the pieces I did actually finish which these words refer to, ones that had been hanging around in the finish-ASAP-pile for an embarassingly long time.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I made only a very few attempts at sewing in October besides the six-word memoir quiltlets. First of all, I made this Halloween House quilt block for my Halloween Houses quilt-in-progress. Yes, it is definitely supposed to wonky. No I didn't measure or use a pattern. I like this fabric combination a whole lot. I've found there are two distinct colorways in my personal Halloween fabric collection. The slightly dusky, muted, yet still bright and then the just plain obnoxious, almost too bright. Turns out they are hard to combine. Going forward on this project I may have to rethink using them all together. Or maybe one side of the quilt can be bright, and the other side can be dusky.
That makes 8 total house made now. This Halloween Houses quilt is really taking a while to come together. I know, I know, I write about it every year. Some year (hopefully soon) I'll make a big effort and actually finish it. (Hey, I have almost a year to get it done, right?!)
I especially still want to make houses with pictures of my boys in the costumes I've made them over the years in the doorways and windows. Until then, it makes a nice, colorful, seasonal decoration in the studio when there isn't much else up on the design wall.
Speaking of costumes I was only asked to make two this year for my son Alex and his friend CJ. Alex found me the pattern online and we made these so he and his buddy could go as Finn the Human and Jake the Dog from their favorite cartoon show Adventure Time. Have you ever seen this show? It is deeply strange, and very funny. I can see why they like it!
I had to do something with my favorite orange t-shirt, the collar was frayed all of a sudden. The rest of it still looked fine. This was one I overdyed a while ago, I think it used to be bright yellow and got very faded, very quickly, but the fabric was still in very good shape .
Saturday, December 04, 2010
This six word memoir quiltlet is the 35th in a year-long series. It was done in the same manner as the last ATC's I made to trade at CQFA in September. Just in a much bigger size than an ATC.
I wrote the words: "Giant ATC memorializing trading with friends" on a piece of rice paper, tore the edges and then glued it into the plastic slide sleeve. I like how the glue made it a bit transparent in some spots.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Starting right back in with the year-long series of six-word quiltlets. Yes I'veactually kept up with them and am excited to get back to sharing them with you now. This one is from the week of 8/29 and is the 34th of the year.
The words say: "I'm always watching, waiting, wishing, hoping." Written on paper, colored with colored pencil, glued on top of rice paper, then glued onto a piece of a leather sample journal cover which I picked up from FabMo, then stitched down with two buttons with orange thread.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
They are gone now.
Mostly due to being made of licorice.
This is what happens when I take phone calls in the middle of working, I fiddle with what is around me and make a little tableau, which got photographed this time.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Should I do some book reviews? I've toyed with the idea and guess that it might be worth a try.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I'm a wanna-be beader, mostly I buy beads, and use them by sewing them onto my quilts. I finally read the magazines and books I've been collecting and actually bought some of the tools I needed to make some jewelry for myself. Boy do these ever make a big difference. Wish I had bought them back when I first started trying to make stuff. Yes, the right tools really do make the job easier.
Buying all the components from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads big selection, and then putting them together is pretty easy for a beginner like me. I liked the expressions on these probably supposed to be Buddha faces.
Two pairs of moonstone earrings, haven't decided which are my favorite, but I'm enjoying wearing them and nothing has fallen apart yet.
Monday, October 04, 2010
The accumulation of interesting fabric items continues thanks to my friends in CQFA! How about these mini zippers? (Note the heart charms on a couple of them).
FabMo, and I find myself wondering for what real-world decorating applications one would use these weird, yet cool fabrics. Zebra-striped padded vinyl, hmmm, I guess you could cover a padded bench or bar stools. Guess I should check out some home decorating magazines if I really want to know!
What will all these end up being? Besides part of my stash? Who knows....stay tuned.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
I got to attend a really fun workshop at CQFA last meeting, led by one of our member's Sonja Jeter. She was helping us learn about working in a series. First we water color painted white index cards with colors representing our feelings.
We also did a blind contour drawing of a simple bird shape, filling a page. Then we selected a few we really liked the best (those are circled). We traced those on tracing paper.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
ATC's I acquired in trade at the last CQFA meeting. Aren't these fun? I love the sense of discovery every time we do this swap, we never know what everyone will come up with. Always a surprise.
First is one from Bron McInerney, this one just cracked me up. I think she said the person was from a singing group she liked as a child. I really liked how she stitched the body, along with the numbered stripe.
Next is one from Caroline Ogg, you can't see it but the kitty picture is a lenticular so it changes as you move it.
CQFA meeting coming up in early November, hmmmm, what to do this time?