Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
My May challenge really had me stuck. My subway token plan just didn't go anywhere.
Meanwhile I'd been saving produce net bags to recycle.... they reminded me of my mom's old veils. The other day my friend Naomi gave me some lovely leaf fabric that she had dyed. Then I remembered Victoria's own Mary fabric. I dug in my treasure bin and came up with it and a satin rose taken from a valentine from my hubby...also some ribbons from holiday gifts. Every element had special meaning, and it went together magically. Sometimes you just have to wait a while for inspiration.
I used the pink net on Mary and the leaves, the yellow on the upper portion, and the green on the bottom. It made subtle color changes and added texture. Very ease to sew through, by the way.
This year has been great fun. I love the challenges we've had. Thank you all very much!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I didn't want to show it till my recipient had seen it, but she has it now, so I'm here to tell about it.
I made this for my friend, Stephanie, who's had a pretty rough and stressful year so far, so I thought she could use a friendly heart, especially one that bore some messages of encouragement.
First, I made a white fabric background. This will have specific significance to Stephanie, because I made it using leftovers from a block I made for the Two's Company Quilt Bee that she and I are in together.
I made red fabric and cut my heart out of that and appliqued it on.
At this point, I went ahead and put the binding on the quilt, since all that was left was embellishment-type things.
Then I used cardboard rectangles and scrapbooking paper to make the individual quote posters to hang on the quilt. I printed out the three quotes I wanted to use on my printer, then cut them up and embellished them. Then I had My Cowboy drill holes through them so I could run the thread through.
I attached the thread (which is just perle cotton) to the quilt, then ran the ends through the drilled holes, and tied the cards to the quilt. I put little beads on the ends of the strings, tied knots, and fluffed them up.
I thought about adding even more embellishment, but decided to quit while I was ahead, and it looked OK to me. Sometimes I get carried away and do too much!
Then I mailed it off to Stephanie. And after it was already in the mail, I realized that I hadn't put anything on the back for it to hang by. I'm so sorry, Stephanie . . . you'll have to add that part yourself to get it to hang!
Stephanie has blogged about it: Stephanie's Heart Quilt, and she has much better pictures of it than I do, if you'd like to see some other shots of the quilt.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I blogged about it earlier, and did indeed decide to add the black embroidery around the letters. I think it helped.
I used "made fabric", all in various blues, for my background.
Then I added my word in bright colors that I thought would stand out on that background. But the background was pretty bright itself, so adding the embroidery helped them stand out a bit better.
That upper right corner seemed a bit bare, since all the letters were down low, so I added the sun. I don't know about you, but I'm always inspired more on a sunny day . . .
I quilted it with a blue variegated thread, and experimented with all sorts of little mini-filler designs, just for practice. The finished quilt measures 12" x 24". Perfect size to hang on the wall in my studio and be inspired every day.
Am I the last one done with this challenge?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Here is the top of my turnip I just bought from the farmer's market this morning. I looked at it and thought, WOW! This just might work!!
When I look at it, I think Shabby Chic!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Have I mentioned how much I love this group? You all have made me try things I never would have thought of on my own. And even tho I’m behind, I fully intend to finish each and every one of the challenges. They’ve all been so fun!
I’ve had lots of time to think about what challenge I’d offer up, and therefore, have changed my mind a million times from the beginning till now.
Besides, all of you are a tough act to follow.
But . . . there’s something I’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way I’ll make myself sit down and do it is by offering it as my challenge to all of you as well.
So here goes . . .
April Challenge “Rules”
2) Crop it to pull out a section that is nearly unrecognizable as a “thing”.
3) Interpret this portion of your picture into a quilt.
4) Size is totally up to you. Make it a size you’ll love and want and use.
You can use any colors and fabrics you desire. You can embellish or not as you see fit. Use any technique that’s fun for you (or try a new one you’ve been wanting to play with).
Here's some examples . . .
An original photo of my kitchen cabinets:
A close-up portion of it:
An original photo of My Cowboy's antique dresser that belonged to his Grandma:
A close-up portion of it:
An original photo of the front of one of my sewing cabinets in my studio:
And here's one I'm thinking about using (altho I'm still snapping pictures and thinking some more):
I'll reveal my original and how I'm planning to interpret it in another post. You can make this as easy or as difficult as you wish, based on the photo you choose to use.
You can choose to reveal your original at the beginning, or show your quilt and then reveal your original afterwards and see if we can guess! Up to you . . .
So . . . I hope this is something you can have fun with. Can't wait to see what you all do!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
But I promise, I'm still in the game, and chugging along . . .
Here's the beginnings of my October challenge:I've decided to make a fairly large quilt for mine, so it might take me awhile, but since it's not a race . . . I'm making what I want to make, and enjoying the challenge and the process for what it is.
Here's my January challenge piece:
I don't have it quilted yet, and I'm toying with the notion of outlining the letters with black embroidery before I do, since they don't seem to stand out as well as I'd like from my made-fabric background. What do you think?
And I have a plan and a recipient in mind for my February challenge, but I simply haven't taken the time to start it yet.
I also have plenty of orphans to use in the March challenge, so I'll be getting busy on that one fairly soon.
I'll post more when I have more to show!