Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This year, sewing and quilting have intrigued me, and I have had a lot of fun creating all kinds of things.
Meanwhile, happy fall!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The other night, I blogged about taking my ugly prototype runner apart. It just wasn't working. It looked like this:
This runner was my prototype, and I intended to give it away. The Pensacola Quilter's Guild has a booth at the Arts Festival every year and they sell hand made items to raise money for some of their other charities, I think. So anyway, it just wasn't up to par.
Tonight, I sat down to put the new center in. I got the pattern from Kimara and Michelle at Wee Folk Art. You can find it here. I enlarged it a bit, and then appliqued it on the machine. I have to admit that it was something of a challenge to replace the center when the rest was already quilted. Here is the finished product (the center detail is at the top).
On a side note, I think I have figured out the camera a bit. It still doesn't have the flexibility of an SLR, but I'm finally beginning to get some detail in the shots. Check out the tone-on-tone detail in the fabric in the photo at thte top of this post. And, they are (mostly) in focus. Again, much improved.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Lunch finished, we betook our overstuffed selves back in the car and journeyed on down the coast to Destin. We stopped briefly at Destin Commons (Beautiful Daughter #2, there is a brand new Forever 21 there now) before going on to SanDestin and visiting the outlet mall. Such a pleasant day, spent with my own true love.
So here is the result! I love it! It is perfect!
I love that the project was made with love.
And the project now has a name - it has officially been dubbed "The Blue Thingy." Every time we say it - it cracks us up. And WH seems proud of his accomplishment, which is nice too.
Thank you, Wonderful Husband, for a great anniversary. I hope you had fun too!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sometimes, the things you create don't turn out as you expect. You have a vision, you execute it, and something just isn't right. That's the way it has been for me lately as I have tried out new things. I see it in my mind, but when it comes down to it, it's just slightly off.
Always one to use things at hand, I decided maybe if did a little large-scale embroidery it would add what it needed. Frankly, that was a disaster. Not only did it not have pizazz, but it looked positively crude. NOT the right answer. I played around with other color combinations in a couple of other table runners I made (see, I'm really into table runners this year) and they turned out ok, but every time I came back to this one, I just shook my head.
Finally, tonight, I sat down and took out the yarn. That was a real mess since the yarn has so many threads and the needle holes were so big. What to do now? I decided to try the same technique, only with perle cotton. Nope. It just had to come out. So I sat down and ripped out the entire center motif. Creating the new one will have to wait for tomorrow.
Anyway, it's funny how sometimes you have to look at something for awhile and mull it over before you figure out what's wrong.
And it's great to have feedback from people you know will be honest with you and tell it like it is. Thanks, Daughter.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
We had such a good time in there. The first time we went, I was actually a little bit proud that I didn't buy very much at all. In fact, I didn't buy any fabric at all! So totally out of character. I bought some ribbon, and some greeting cards that later became birthday gifts, but I didn't buy any fabric...
Honestly, I like it just as much now as I did in the store.
And I really seem to be into table runners this year. Not so much trouble as a quilt, and they don't take as much fabric, but you still get the thrill of the creation of it. I especially like the way the patch in the center pulls the piece together.
Here is the finished product. Do you think it will make nice Christmas gifts?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tonight I finished the second ornament for the Handmade Ornament swap. I got the pattern online from maggiebsmocks. Her instructions were great and very easy to follow. She had great pictures. Unlike maggieb's photos, the photo above was taken with my phone and therefore is not very crisp. I think I need to work a little more on the "poles". They just will not lay flat. Must be a learning curve there I haven't grasped. But, in general, I like it. Another thing the photos don't show very well is the colors, which are aqua and red. The beads are random colors, just to give the impression of ornaments. I was toying with the idea of a jingle bell, but haven't decided yet whether I like the idea or not.
Meanwhile, I need to get the photos off the camera (which is not cooperating) so I can finish my tutorial. I have tried everything I can think of to retrieve the pictures, so tomorrow I will take it to work and see if our computer guru can get them for me. If not, I guess I'll try the camera store. Barring that, the only other thing I can think of to do is to re-create the item so I have the pics I need. Very frustrating. For the most part, they weren't bad pictures. I bought a new memory card, which I hope will solve the problem. I'd hate to think it was the camera itself. That would make me cry.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Today we were busy here. We went to breakfast, then to several garage sales, and then to a fabric store (imagine that - the two of us in a fabric store!!) We exercised a great deal of restraint, however, and bought only what we needed. We came back and made some banana bread, cored and peeled a ton of apples (Beautiful Daughter has such a neat tool for this - it was fun to use and went so quickly!) and made applesauce and 2 apple pies. I made some banana bread, but it was a little dry. It might have been the altitude, but....
Then we started to organize Beautiful Daughter's sewing room. Her sewing space is a corner of her laundry room, so space is at a premium. We made good progress. And in between, I got to play with Abby. She is such a little character. I had a blast. All in all, a fun, productive day.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Fabric is Amy Butler. I used an elf shoe pattern from this link. The "cuff" and the hanging loop are folded ribbon. The shoe was sewn, stuffed, and hand beaded. I tried a pompom at the point of the shoe, but Beautiful Daughter said it didn't work, so I tried the jingle bell. Better?
So, that's it for tonight.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Anna Maria Horner's visit to Martha Stewart's show. In it, she shows how to paint silhouettes on fabric. Beautiful Daughter #2 and I had just been talking about how hard it was to find art for the walls of her apartment since she didn't want posters, and didn't want to spend a fortune. When I saw the video of Martha Stewart's show, I knew I had found my answer. (Just by happenstance, Michael's had 7-packs of stretched canvas on sale that week - sweet!)
Saturday, October 2, 2010
|Don't fall colors make you just want to sit down and CREATE something?|
This morning I got up with a plan. I really wanted to get a lot of things done. I really needed to clean my house, but somehow the draw just wasn't there (the house will just have to wait until tomorrow
Avignon Picnic quilt from Moda Bake Shop. The "S"'s were fine, but I had a terrible time with the "Z"'s. I'm going to blame it on the fact that my sewing room was an oven and I really should have been taking a nap. But I persevered, and I have my blocks done. Tomorrow - to the floor for layout.
leftover quilt I made from the - uh - leftovers).
I was inspired for this project by something I saw on Anna Maria Horner's website, although this project will be quite different, if it turns out. I'll be sure to let you know.
Last of all, I received my 3 partners for my handmade ornament swap group. Fun!! What should I do? I thought about smocked ornaments but there are others that look fun as well. In searching, I discovered Fern's crafty blog that has some pics of some really cute Christmas ornaments that look like tons of fun to make. So many choices! And the contemplation of it all is so much fun too! Ah, sweet!
In the meantime, I just found out that this is National Card-Making Day (it's true, I promise!) so I think I'll go make a card in honor of the occasion.
Or maybe I'll just go to bed.