Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Project Quilting

What do these houses..


Tilford Rd2

have to do with this quilt?


You probably saw it right away.

First, a little background to help you follow me through this. Except for a couple of charity quilts, this is going to be the year of small projects for my quilting and other artsy/craftsy endeavors.  So far, so good.

In addition, I really want to push myself creatively. I have no list to follow, but as long as my nose is out there sniffing around, I’ll follow that and see where it leads me.

Now, I’ve been a fan of Project Runway since the second season and have watched a lot of the episodes more than once. (I especially loved the season of Jeffrey, Uli, Michael and Laura!) I cannot imagine having to produce a wearable garment in such a short period of time. The drama and the pressure!

So, when Kim over at Kim’s Crafty Apple decided to start a Project Quilting two years ago, I watched and admired from a distance. People are so creative!


This year, I waited for the first Challenge to come up to decide if I was ready to tackle PQ. Architectural Elements was the theme and was posted January 8th. A photo of the finished project was to be posted on the Flickr page by noon on Sunday, January 15th. Saturday evening, a little seed of an idea sprouted in the mulch of my mind when I thought of the two houses we built in the ‘90s.  (Photos above) We lived in the Black Hills and both houses have a lodge feel with the open floor plans and cathedral ceilings and …. trapezoid windows!


Tilford Rd2aBig-Horn-Loop2

I slept on it and at 8 o’clock Sunday morning hit the sewing room. Out came the bin of hand dyed fabrics and I built two log cabin style trapezoids, added the black borders and sewed them together. To add some extra funkiness, I scattered some little trapezoid shapes around.

Trapezoid 2b

I made a sandwich, quilted in a spiral sort of pattern, trimmed it, added a fast binding and posted a photo at 11:54 a.m. Sunday morning. In the true spirit of Project Runway, I was finished as the models walked to the runway!

Trapezoid back

All in all, it’s a pretty decent finish. The quilting is not a flowing as I’d like it to be, but I can work on that. I usually finish all my bindings by hand, but I had to hustle, so I went with two rows of zigzag. Somehow, the wonkiness of it works with the rest of the quilt. At least I didn’t staple it!

The size is roughly 20 inches by 12 inches.

All the entries can be viewed at the Flickr page…so many great interpretations of the theme.

If you stuck with me through all that, you get a gold star. Or maybe you’d prefer a silver one. Personally, I always liked the blue ones best.

Love you all!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

A few little things

Free pieced and quilted pillows – about 5.5 x 6 inches.


Mini pillows – applique with some machine embroidery


Winter forest scene


More crocheted and felted bowls – mint green


My photographer likes to add a little flora flair to her shots. ;)

Working on some new bowl shapes

red felted bowls

Free pieced wall hanging

love wall hanging

I may add some more quilting to the wall hanging even if it is after the fact. It doesn’t look quite finished to me.  Aside from that, it’s been very satisfying to have lots of small finishes.

Check out more good stuff over at Sarah’s Whoop Whoop Friday! Thanks, Sarah:)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Wooly bully!

Remember the felted soap?


If you guessed I couldn’t stop there, you would be correct.

Wool is a very cool thing.  If you’re not familiar with it, this is wool roving from merino sheep. Merino is said to be the best for felting.

wool roving 

In it’s original form.

imagePhoto credit here

These pieces of felt were made by layering wisps of the roving and then working it with soap and hot water. The little hearts were needle felted onto the white piece with the needle pictured above with the roving.


The little bowls were crocheted with wool yarn and then wet felted. The little one is only a bit over 2 inches across.

felted bowls

And these are needle felted hearts…about one inch in size.

felted hearts

Very habit forming. Of course, the thought crossed my mind that I could dye my own roving, but protein fibers (animal) need a different sort of dye than cellulose fibers (plant) and I don’t want to go there. I’ll let someone else have that fun!

I have been sewing, too! Here’s a peek.

love pillows crop


The real Wooly Bully.

Wooly Bully

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hello 2012!

The Color Palette Challenge for January has been posted at Judy’s blog. 


My goal for these challenges is to use my own dyed fabrics for the most part. That means I not only have to design a small project, but dye the fabrics, too. Seems like a good way to start the new year!