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's good to be back!

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