Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Coasters Again

Okay, I couldn't help myself, I had to show you one more set of coasters. They are just funky, and when I bought the fabric, it supported breast cancer.

Give it one more week and I am full steam with quilting. Kids are back in school and life resumes with schedules and structure.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekend of Work

Saturday I received word that a quilt of mine had sold in our summer store. I was thrilled, yet at the same time, knew it left a big empty space in the window. I got a Hallowe'en quilt ready to go and decided some fall coasters may be in order. I made 4 sets of 4 coasters.

On Sunday, I was in the mood to sew a bit more, but didn't want to get into anything too big as summer isn't over just yet.

I decided to make another Jalie top using up some leftover lycra/knit from a blazer. They just go together so fast and are so easy to make.

That is one less item I have to sew for my fall wardrobe. Now I can go buy more fabric with all my newly earned money.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pansy Tablerunner

I was given some beautiful pansy fabric in the spring, along with a placemat pattern.
Pansies are special to me, so I wanted to make something unique and lovely with the fabric. I decided I wouldn't use placemats enough, so decided to design my own tablerunner.
The yellow/green leaves are free motion quilted and couched on the outside. The pansies are thread painted in the center. The tablerunner looked so good that it didn't make the table.
Instead it is sitting on my cedar chest with the perfect picture on top.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back To School Stuff

Creative Troupe, a group I belong to, asked us to post our back to school projects.
To start us off, is a book bag, complete with a crayon pouch on the outside for easy accessability.

Next up are book covers to keep those school books in good shape and look good doing it!

A laptop cover is a must have for the senior student.

A funky belt will set off any pair of jeans, any day of the week.

Look at this cute flower made out of a tie. This can adorn a backpack, lunch pack or your school tote.

Roll up crayon pack is perfect for the young student who always loses his crayons.

The most enviro friendly lunch sack yet. It is waterproof, trendy and recyclable. Put your lunch snacks in here and simply wipe out and reuse for the next day.

Over Dyeing

Here are the pictures of my fabric dyeing. The top one was dyed first in a hot pink bath and then scrunched and tied with wraps and put into a purple bath.
The second picture is of a bright blue dye job and then overdyed in a dark blue, with fabric manipulation as well. This is only a section of both pieces. They are actually about 70" x 70" with a lot of variety in the mottling.
When I put the 2 pieces side by side, they look like they match. I was originally thinking of just using one piece as a background and cutting it up, but now may use both for an art quilt.
I am still debating whether to discharge dye one or both as well.
As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tie Flowers

How cool is this? It is a flower made from a tie! I have alot of ties, a bit of time, and look what was created. I think this will make a fabulous 3D embellishment on an art quilt.

I did some fabric dyeing as well today. I dyed 2 large pieces, then overdyed them using tie wraps to batik them.

Look at that, I used 'ties' in two completely different methods.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Selling Out

I received a call today from the craft store that I sell my stuff in. They are sold out of my chalk placemats and my reusable snack/sandwich bags.

I quickly made 6 more bags and had 3 placemats ready to go.

I also have some custom orders coming in.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Welcome new follower Domestica/Chrissy.

Hope you enjoy yourself and please leave comments.

Creative Style

I came across this fun quiz to show your creative style.

Fall is coming and my list of quilting things to accomplish is getting lengthy. Better go and enjoy the rest of summer!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Family Vacation

I have been MIA because we have been away having family fun. And what a great time we had. We headed down south and took in Santa's Village, Muskoka Wildlife Centre and Elmvale Zoo. All were perfect for the age of my children.

Of all the animals, I was most taken with a baby zebra. But we did have fun feeding minature goats, giraffes, and deer.

Take heart, I will be back quilting with a vengeance very, very soon.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Felting Fun

I have been doing more felting. It is great as it is such a portable activity.

I really have to think of a way to use them. I have 15 now. I have considered cutting them up for an art quilt, or using them in a jacket somehow. Does anyone have any ideas?