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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Project Quilting Challenge 5, Through the Eyes of a Child


The inspiration for this week's challenge is children's art.  I wasn't able to find any artwork from my daughters' days in school and this little man isn't quite ready for a paintbrush. (But, he has the hat!)

I can't stand it!

I could have borrowed an image from elsewhere, but that didn't seem quite right. So, I thought about my own experience with art 50 odd years ago and could only come up with one memory...the bean rooster.  You know the one. 

Something like this...no image credit available.

Someone's dad (quite possibly my own) cut out plywood rooster shapes and we were put to the task of embellishing them with a variety of beans. My 10 year old self hated every single minute of it. 

Anyway, this is my little quilty rendition of the bean rooster. It's raw edge applique adhered with MistyFuse and stitched with monofiliment thread. Totally more fun than the original!  

12 x 11 inches on funky IKEA fabric!

Go to Persimon Dreams to see all the creative entries and to vote. (For me, if you want...wink, wink!) I'm also linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She. Thanks to both for supplying the link-up!






Sunday, February 21, 2016

Let's Go!

Project Runway Challenge #4 - "I Need a Vacation!" Due to procrastination issues, I needed a quick little project for this challenge.


"Let's Go!" luggage tag measures 14 x 9 inches. I even found a real buckle to add without taking apart anything we use. No danger of accidentally descending trousers. Here's the link for this challenge. There are always really fantastic entries!

I did a little grandson sewing.


The boots tutorial is here and the hat tutorial is here. Pretty easy and so cute! The quilt they're sitting on is also for him and needs to be finished. I have a quilting plan in mind so no more excuses!

We spent last weekend in Colorado visiting our daughter and son-in-law. She and I fired up the old Kenmore to do a little pillow sewing for her couch. Fun! 



I'm linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.



Sunday, February 07, 2016

Project Quilting Challenge #3 "Thread"


Project Quilting Challenge #3 is "All About that Thread". 
I very cleverly named it "Stitch"! 
(38 x 10 inches)

(apologies for running into the side bar>>>>)

The little quilt below that I pieced in 2011 would have been perfect, however, the project you enter needs to be made completely in the week the challenge is issued. 




So I made some new letters and thread spools and put it all together.




I typically like to hand sew bindings, but for these small projects, I've been experimenting with machine binding using the blanket stitch and other decorative stitches. That's some hand dyed orange...love it!


After looking at the photos, I may go back in and add some more quilting to fill it out a bit. 
Buzz on over to Persimon Dreams and see all the entries and vote if you are so inclined. I think voting opens this afternoon sometime.

In other happenings around the DJ empire, handy hubs (aka Dude) fixed a sewing table for me. I had all but given up finding a suitable table to cut a hole in, but made one more pass through Goodwill and there it was! It 's a solid wood computer desk with a keyboard shelf. After cutting the hole, he repositioned the shelf to make it the proper height for my machine. 


After fitting the cut out piece to go around the machine, it was ready to test drive with LOVE letters. I was on a letters roll.


Works wonderfully! I made two of these into wall hangings and sent them to our daughters. 








One more thing to share. This little man needed a bear helmet, right? (Pattern here.) Oh, those toes!



I'm linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.








Sunday, January 24, 2016

One Trip Around the Sun : Project Quilting Challenge #2

It's Project Quilting time again! My goals for this year are to beef up my free motion quilting skills, use fabric I already have and to push myself creatively. Challenge #2  is "Seasons" and although my intent was to stretch a little, I kept coming back to the predictable. So, here is "One Trip Around the Sun".


The center is foundation paper piecing with New York Beauty patterns found here. All the fabric was from my stash including many batiks and hand dyes. The diameter is 21 inches.

Winter is quilted with tiny mittens and snowflakes. Lori at The Inbox Jaunt has the cutest quilting motif tutorials.




Spring has a leafy vine.


Summer is quilted with a chain of flowers.



Fall is a beautiful orange batik and quilted with little apples in honor of our brave leader, Kim Lapacek, whose family owns an apple orchard.


And a peek at the back...busting the stash!



Thanks for reading! I'm linking to Project Quilting Season 7, Whoop Whoop Friday at Sarah's and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She






Saturday, January 09, 2016

Let's dust this thing off...


Hello there! It looks like the old blog needs some updating, but for now, meet the new man in my life. He's so cute, he needs his own portrait quilt, right?


Since my last post (over two years ago...what a slacker!) we've acquired a new son-in-law, bought a house and were blessed with a grandson. I sorta like him.

We moved into our house about a month ago and I now have the space to resume a more normal sewing life. It's downright palatial compared to the RV we've lived in for the last three years! In celebration, I'm participating in Project Quilting again. (Thanks Kim!)

The first challenge is "Confetti". Our daughter and son-in-law revealed the gender of this cutie patootie by putting blue confetti inside black balloons and the grandparents-to-be and assorted others popped the balloons. Seemed like a logical inspiration for this challenge.

This little portrait started with a posterized photo printed on fabric.


An easy way to print on fabric is to use full sheet shipping labels like these:


Just press the label to your fabric, trim to size and send it through the printer.

That gives a nice foundation to lay out thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Okay, maybe hundreds...a lot anyway.  It's similar to paint by number which is cool when you're not an artist. (Is that cheating?) I used a light coat of spray adhesive to adhere the fabric "confetti" and quilted it free motion style with clear thread both top and bottom. The whole process was actually much easier than I thought it would be which translates into more fun for me! Yay!




The link up for Project Quilting is here. Lots of nifty things to see. 

Thanks for reading this far...it's good to be back!

I'm linking to Whoop Whoop Friday at Sarah's blog and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She





Saturday, June 01, 2013

Notre Dame quilt top tutorial

A special welcome to anyone who is here from Craftsy! This quilt was a gift for my son-in-law and since I posted it, there have been a few requests for a tutorial. Because I didn’t take any notes during the construction, this will be a simple summary.  Take your best guess on fabric requirements! Before we get started and to honor copyright, I won’t be sharing or selling a pattern for this quilt or the logo. I will share my process, which can be used for just about any quilt of this type.  Okay, here we go!

notre dame

In addition to the fabric and general sewing supplies you will also need a paper backed fusible for the logo appliqué.  My preference is Wonder Under because it’s lightweight and doesn’t add any bulk.

You will also need a stabilizer for the back of your appliqué piece.

Let’s start with the center logo:

Find an image online or from another source to enlarge.  I searched Google for “Notre Dame logo” and then chose “images”. 

 

image

 

Save the image to your computer and enlarge it in your preferred photo editor. In Microsoft Paint I was able to use a fill tool to whiten everything but the outline for a little printer ink savings. Something like this:NotreDame

At this point, I’ll direct you to this tutorial for printing from Paint to multiple pages. Play around with it to get the appropriate size or use whatever method works for you.  I think mine was 24 inches across. Print, tape the pages together and cut out the pattern.

Cut a piece of fabric big enough for the logo and apply the fusible to the back of it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  REVERSE the pattern you made, trace around it onto the paper side of the fusible. You can also lay your pattern face up and put the fused fabric piece on top of it face up. Then flip the whole thing over to trace. Just make sure it’s going to be right when you cut it out!

Remove the paper packing and carefully position the logo on the background fabric. When you’re happy with the placement, fuse it down. Place the stabilizer under the piece and use your favorite method of stitching to cover the edges of your logo. I used a fairly tight machine blanket stitch. When you’ve finished stitching, cut or tear away the excess stabilizer.

Add a border to this center piece referring to my photo. I believe mine was cut 2.5 inches wide.

For the letters I drew a diagram like this for each one:

piecedletter

I used strips of fabric 2 inches wide for the letter color (if I remember correctly) and the background pieces are whatever size needed to fill it in.

The sewing order is alphabetical…sew A to B, add C, D and E. Trim this block to the appropriate size. Add piece F and trim again. Piece G is the space between letters and you’ll need to determine the width for your layout.

Here’s the rough layout that shows the basic shapes of the pieces. Make them smaller or larger to customize. This includes a border of about 3 inches. 

 

Notre Dame layoutnotre dame

That’s about it! If I left some vital part out or if anything is unclear, feel free to leave a comment or send an email and I’ll try to help.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Last year…

this was the view in our front yard in Tennessee. Beautiful, isn’t it?

bradford pear tree

Currently, in South Dakota, we have this. Equally beautiful in my opinion!

April 10 201313 See our house on wheels down there?

April 10 2013b The moisture is wonderful and none of us are complaining. Not much, anyway:)

In the midst of all that white stuff, I got my color fix in the form of new pincushion.

pincushion pincushion2 Other things I’ve been sewing are pillow covers to put in one of my Etsy shops, soon to be listed.

Pillowsblog

I bought some cotton yarn to see how it would dye, so a crocheted market bag was born from this pattern. My color taste usually run toward the brights when dyeing, but I think this one will get a more subtle treatment. marketbag

I’ve done a little dyeing for my new Etsy shop. purpleombre

Ombre hand dyed blue infinity scarf

The scarf market is not exactly hopping at the moment, so I’m considering some different items to put it that shop. It’s been a long time since I’ve sewn with knits, but my Brother has a great stretch stitch and makes it very easy. The serger’s been dusted off and warmed up, too.

Amber’s been playing with her iMovie app, so I’ll leave you with this little nugget. Enjoy!