Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Snowmen in Summer

It is hot here in Florida so I decided to cool off with some snow. I had lunch with two of my quilting friends, one visiting from Tennessee, on the river. My local friend brought this snowman fabric for me to make her a bowl cozy. 

I fell in love with it! I ask her where she got this fab fabric and she told me one of her customers gave it to her and it was just a scrap. :( I have searched high and low with no results. So if you know the name of this fabric or where it I can get it, please let me know.

I am still working on the house wall hanging. I threw out the snowman made from scrap bating and made a practice needle turn snowman.

Needle turn is something new I am learning. I wanted to add depth so I stuffed this one as I went with cotton bating.

Added arms and a face.

And here he is

I also decided to outline my trees and house. I did not take a picture of it complete yet. Now I will add Mr. Snowman and see if anything else is needed before I quilt. 

Thanks for stopping by and remember, if you know where I can get that fabric let me know.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Experiments and Independence

These Last two weeks I have been a busy beaver and not all of it has been fun. 
Fun, Experimenting with tree placement on my Winter door Hanging.

 I settled on this one. I am not much for symmetry.

And working with my new bird fabric.

Not so fun, experimenting with different styles of lavender sachet designs 

and finding out you are allergic to the dried buds. :(

Now what do I do with this giant bag of lavender buds? 

Finally, the icing on the cake was making these placemats for a customer.

I have put at least a hundred bindings on by hand with no problems but for some reason I could not get the corners to lay properly on these. By the time I ripped off six bindings my deadline was less than a day away and there was no way I was going to finish these with hand binding. Solution? Youtube video on machine binding. I watched Missouri Star's video on machine binding a couple times and finally finished them. I do not see placemats in my near future again.

The final project was opening a gallery on a new selling site, ArtYah. Etsy has gotten so over crowded with sellers and their buyers have dropped by 14%. This led me to think I needed to move some of my eggs to another basket. I am praying the Artyah basket is a good thing.  You can check out my gallery here

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Hello my friends. It has been a couple weeks since I posted. Picasa shut down so I have been trying to find a free photo edit program that is easy to use. So far haven't found one but I still have a couple more to try.  

As for quilting, I haven't  been very productive since my scrap busting projects. I do have a few new bowl cozies half finished and my sister's runner almost complete but most of this past week and a half I have spent on what I thought in the beginning was an applique door hanging. 

I have two sisters who keep their eyes out for quilt fabric when thrift store shopping. Rita, my sister in Ohio, sent me two door hanging patterns that she thought were cute and were only 25 cents.  

I pulled the fabric on Sunday and

Cut the pieces and set aside for Monday. 
On Monday I realized it was not applique. :( 

I also couldn't find the directions.

I thought, "I can figure this out." Wrong. 
When it came time to join the side and front I was totally confused. No matter how I laid the pieces they were not going together. ARGH!
I searched again for the directions then gave up. 

The next day I was cleaning off my cutting, um dining table and there were the directions. Time for the seam ripper. The pieces are now separated and ready to be pieced properly when my mojo returns. In the meantime...

I haven't been in a fabric store for a month; I am determined to use what I have, but I did need some muslin for an order. I tried, I really did, but I could not resist a little of this sweet bird fabric. 

How about you? Do you have a store you try to avoid because you can't resist their items? 


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