Sunday, April 20, 2014
Mind's Eye failed me...!!! I had this fabric that I purchased from the Sewing/Crafting Festival I attend each January. I saw a finished lap quilt in my mind's eye. Sadly I didn't have enough of this fabric to finish and so I grabbed up this n' that ... so I do have a lap quilt but it's more like a jumbled array of bright prints and colors. Needless to say, it isn't what I imagined but someone will find comfort to fling this over a cold lap.
Friday, April 11, 2014
In that huge stash of fabrics I was given, I found some delightful things.... This little quilt below is a spattering of little pieces that came together to make what I called My Lil' Zoo quilt. There wasn't a whole lot of the fabric with the cute little animal faces on it but nonetheless I sewed up some squares to make a cute wee-little quiltie for someone....probably a boy since this is in blues.
Jack and Jill went up the
hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his
crown, And Jill came tumbling after.
I decided I wanted a cute gentle quilt...so I cut away the rhymes. Someone will like this, I am sure.
Thanks for visiting....
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
My sweet neighbor of almost 29 years is having her wonderful family over for Easter Dinner...she showed me some mason jars that will be filled with chocolate bunnies and of all things, edible green grass. I offered to make some jar covers with my embroidery machine. In one of my many designs, I found a boy bunny and girl bunny and that works out fine because there will be 4 of each at that Easter dinner. Here they are.... mason jar bunny covers.
Just so you all know I am not slouching around and eating bon-bons...!!!!!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
A Gift of Love
As I've told in a prior post, I fell heir to a most wonderful big stash of fabrics that came to me from a Northern AZ pine-tree city, and I knew this gift would be used to donate some of my sewing endeavors to the homeless in Prescott, AZ. It's a sad sad situation, like in most cities, homeless and homeless veterans living in the forest and in storage units. Families who have lost their homes, some living in their cars. Prescott gets snow and the forests are cold. I was on a mission to make as many quilts as I could. Here are the first three, with more to come. I made labels for the back of each quilt that says "May my simple quilt give you comfort" and "Made from Scraps with Love"..... I have 4 ready to quilt the 3 layers together, there are 3 out for that process and I have more in the hopper to work on.
Monday, March 03, 2014
I try so hard to keep my 2nd spare bedroom all bedroom but I fail miserably. It has always been, and perhaps always will be, a holding station for stacks of projects...some in process, most completed. Recently my friend Jean from Prescott brought down 22 big tubs of fabrics of all kinds, all measurements from a closed art/fabric shop. It took 2 cars to bring the tubs here, and once unloaded, the second car left and Jean and I began the process of going through each tub crammed with fabrics to see which pieces I could use. I ended up with 42 bags of fabrics. It took me 6 days to sit and inspect each piece, to open the piece up and make sure nothing was snipped from the center or spot. I squared up each piece and stacked and stacked AND stacked the fabrics.. Eventually the stacks, sorted by colors, were put on a shelf unit in the spare bedroom closet, and the larger pieces (which I can use for much needed quilt backings) were put into a tub and a rolling 3 drawer plastic dresser. Ten tubs were left behind that could not fit in Jean's car for her return trip, and those fabrics were given to my friends who also do charity sewing...I am in what any sewist would call "a Fabric induced delight". My friend Jean operates a much needed business in Prescott to help out homeless veterans so it was an easy thing for me to say "I will sew quilts for them". Some live in the forest, some live in their cars, and I will love being able to donate some warm covers to each.
Stacks and Stacks and Stacks
A few of the totes I've made. Some are adorned with embroidery. These can be sold to raise needed funds. And they are such fun to create.
Three quilts are out for longarming by my friend Yvonne....and I have 4 quilt tops "in the hopper" waiting to be added onto and ultimately ready for longarm quilting. And many many more quilts are wandering around in my creative eye. I am a happy quilter/sewist. I have to chuckle when I refer to myself as a "sewist". At long last someone decided that referring to "us" as sewers should be dismantled. I mean look at that word. At least it should have been sew-ers so we don't like like a bunch of underground holding tanks. Donchathink?
Saturday, March 01, 2014
I simply had to post this. It's my kinda stuff.
Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I sew a lot and therefore I end up with a LOT of scraps...small little bits of colorful fabrics that I simply cannot toss aside. If there is enough available, I cut strips 2 inches wide and for whatever length is allowed. The cuttings from those 2 inch strips go into bags and bags AND bags that are given to a lady who uses them as stuffings. Nothing is wasted. NOTHING. The 2 inch strips can make such a colorful strip quilt such as the one below. No rhyme or reason on the gatherings of the strips, except for that cute little white square in the center of each block which is the beginning of each block. . I have two strip quilts out currently for long arm quilting (thanks thanks thanks to my sweet friend Yvonne).
BTW, Happy Valentine's Day today, my friends.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The annual Quilters/Sewists/Craft Show always starts on the last Thurs of January, and extends for 3 full days of fun shopping, oogling over wonderful products and quilts and talent. My friend Judi and I hit the show on the first day usually, and this year we went again on Saturday. This is a mere spattering of what I bought on Thursday, and on Saturday I bought fabric packs after fabric packs. It was like Christmas coming home and opening up the packages and laying out the wonderful buys.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Heavy post warning. If you care to meander with me through my quiltings, I thank you. I had several quilt tops finished but as is often the case, I put those aside knowing the hard work ahead of me to finish it with the 3 layers. My friend Yvonne, bless her heart, took pity on my poor quilting shoulders and hands, and she did the "Cat" quilt on her longarm. There is such a quality about a quilt that has been longarmed. You can see Yvonne's work here. The little CAT quilt is a joy to me with all the cute little cat designs which are so simple and done in almost a 'red work' simple stitching. The embroidery CD for the cats was a gift from my friend Judi. I bought the cat fabric at the annual Phoenix Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival which I have attended for at least 15 years.
At the Quilt show last year I purchased several Embroidery Design CD's. One was a Paris France theme with really cute cute designs. I embroidered the blocks, and then pulled out the big fat packs of ribboned "fat quarters' and added sashings around the quilt block...and then those were all combined with black and white polka dot sashings and a strip of bright and colorful floral fabric. I love this quilt. This was done in a "quilt as you go" process which is really easy at the start since each block is finished. The final process is, of course, to sew the blocks all together using strip sashing, and then as the rows are completed, the rows are attached to each other to complete the quilt. This process is a shoulder-jolt to me. I love sewing and I can spend hours hunched over the machine, arms up on the plate, pushing, shoving, pulling and tugging the fabrics together and as the quilt grows, the struggle increases. Often my shoulders rebel and I cannot lift my arms above shoulder level but that passes after the quilting process is finished.
Have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Here I am, sewing for fun. I had purchased an embroidery CD that does cross stitch. I used to do cross stitching but I was eventually reduced to doing so by wearing a magnifying glass around my neck. Now I can cross stitch all with the simple ease of my embroidery machine. Amazing designs. I gathered up a bunch, grabbed up some fabrics and made a quilt. I love it....
Monday, December 02, 2013
For those of you who follow me, you know how I love to take sweatshirts and make jackets. I have never been able to wear a pull over sweater or sweatshirt because I feel confined. Long long LONG ago my parents gave me a pretty sweatshirt and sweatpants and the only way I could wear the sweatshirt was to make a jacket out of it. It was glorious. I appliqued southwestern fabric designs, I beaded, I added dangles and sequins and wherever I wore this jacket, I got compliments. So from then on I was on a roll to alter sweatshirts. Here is my most recent. A pretty turquoise in SM, with flowery fabrics on the prairie points and pocket. And a tote to-boot with a felt yellow flower. Hope you think it is as pretty as I do.
Friday, November 22, 2013
More fabric fun.... I love making these hanging towels. I bought some nice towels at Costco, and got two for the price of one since these are cut in half. I had fun bringing out some of my fabric stash to coordinate with the color on the towels. This towel pattern is really a good one. I used some mesh stabilizer that I would normally iron over the back of an embroidery design to cover the thread ends but it works wonderfully to enhance the fabric thickness. Instead of a buttonhole and button, these are secured with a small strip of Velcro. You can find this fun and easy pattern here: http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/christmas-prezzies-6-1-for-you/.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
These are a few of my favorite things. (sounds like a song, doesn't it?)... I have so much fabric and I never throw even the smallest piece away. The photo below shows some little pouches, a credit card purse, and an eyeglass pouch. Great little projects.
Thanks for stopping by.