Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fairy Under the Moon and Stars

Well, here she is! I made six of them, four to exchange and two for later use. I'm really happy with the result. The background is lutrador painted blue. I used 505 spray to hold down the stars and covered it with a gold tulle, then did some free motion over the whole thing with holoshimmer(?) in the bobbin. Once they were cut 4 x6, I edged them in gold thread. The fairy is stamped on fairy frost fabric and then embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder. Then I just used a decorative stitch to attach her. Lots of hours involved but lots of fun! I can't wait to see what the other gals do with this theme.

We are expecting some nasty weather today so I hope to duck out of the office early and head home to finish binding a charity quilt. This weekend we are headed to Mohegan Sun, one of the casinos in CT, to stay overnight and meet with friends from New Jersey for a concert. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. Everyone have a great weekend! Oh, and GO PATS!!

My 100th Posting and the Winner is.....

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! Sorry the 100th posting is a couple of days late but I was busy celebrating!!! LOL! Well, without further ado, the winner is......


Tracey, send me your snail mail address and I let me know if you prefer, FABRIC OR EMBELLISHMENTS and I will get your surprise package out in the mail this weekend.

Since this is my 100th posting, I just want to take a second to thank everyone who has visited my blog for their words of encouragement and friendship. This is an aspect of blogging that I never knew would become sooo important to me. I love sharing my quilting and my life with you and I really love getting to know each of you and your beautiful work through your blogs. There is lots of crap on the World Wide Web but there is also lots of beautiful people like all of you! It's nice to know that I'm not alone out here and that there are others who share in the my love of quilting and family.

Ok, enough teary-eyed stuff, *sniff*, I am now under the gun to get my Fairy Postcards finished and into the mail tomorrow. Who would have thought that fairies would be such a Pain in the *&% to get finished?? I'll post a picture tomorrow.

Until then, quilt til you wilt !!

Monday, January 28, 2008

50 years and 100 posts

Today is the first day of my next half century here on Planet Earth! Yup! I'm Nifty Fifty!! I have been mulling it over the last few weeks, actually dreading it but thanks to a lovely weekend with the greatest group of friends a gal could have, I am eager to begin. This is typically the weekend our guild holds our quilt retreat at a B&B in Rhode Island. We left Friday morning bright and early, hit our first quilt shop at 10 am and kept going. By four, we had been to 3 quilt shops, an antique store, a knitting shop and had lunch! The rest of the weekend was spent sewing, drinking wine and laughing late into the night. If not for these wonderful ladies, I don't know how I would be feeling today. They made me realize how great life is no matter what age you are or how many wrinkles or extra pounds you may be carrying! Thanks Apple Valley gals for making this another special birthday.
And...I see that tomorrow will be my 1ooth posting on my blog. Sewww, anyone who leaves a comment today or tomorrow will be thrown into the jar and a name will be drawn for a special surprise. I think I'll let Mr. B draw the name. He loves paper!
Speaking of my kitties, my hubby took them for an annual physical and just like her mommy, Miss Holly is carrying a few extra pounds. I think she is going to have to get ON the treadmill with me instead of just watching from now on.
Oh, and if turning 50 isn't bad enough, (*s*) I have to go and have my driver's license renewed which means a new picture. So, I'm off to make myself gorgeous for the camera! LOL! Have a great day everyone!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Take it Further Challenge- January- Revealed

Well, here is my TIF challenge completed one whole week early!! Yahoo! I really enjoyed this and want to share some of my thought process. The lilies I showed you last week and those were pretty easy to make. The vase was my own design. I had originally thought about using Lutrador for the base with wool roving but found the roving to be too flat looking. Then I realized that I could use any type of fabric I wanted. As a quilter, I tend to think cottons or wool. This is done with shatung ( I think I'm spelling that right) spray basted over the lutrador. It was still not as sturdy as I wanted so I added a layer of fusible fleece to it. I then started free motion quilting it with all the threads I had in the January color theme. I actually used a decorative stitch from my machine but lowered the feed dogs and just went up and down over and over and over. I added the purple edging on the top and bottom and then I had to figure out how to make the cylinder and add a bottom. This is a close up of the stitching. The color in my photo is a little off as it looks silver here but the fabric is really that minty green color from the challenge.

Since I knew that water was never going in it, I used a circular piece of rug canvas for the bottom and hand stitched it in place. I added my floral marbles to hold the lilies in place. I am really happy with it and it is in it's new home, my guest bath.

I am headed out of town to our annual quilt retreat in Rhode Island with 14 other gals from my guild early tomorrow morning. I have lots of unfinished projects packed and hope to get at least 4 of them completed this weekend. Most of them are adding borders. In addition, I packed lots of strips and scraps to work on Heartstring blocks. Won't be back til late Sunday so everyone have a terrific weekend.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hey, can you spare me a dime, I mean a QUARTER??

My hubby has been collecting the State quarters since it began back in ?? and he is collecting them from both mints. Now many of you may not know that coins are minted in Philadelphia for east of the Mississippi and are also minted in Denver for west of the Mississippi. You can tell where it is minted as there is a little tee-tiny "D" on the face of it. Most of us will need our magnifiying glasses to see it! LOL! Any who, he had a "west of the Mississippi" link for many years and she would send the state quarter when it came out but she has moved to NC. Soooo, I'm looking for someone west of the Mississippi who might be able to send me a UTAH quarter. I'll be happy to reimburse for the quarter and postage and will throw in a little surprise. You would be doing me a huge favor as I won't have to listen to a grown man pine away over 25 cents.

IN QUILTING NEWS, I am working on the vase for my lilies. I hope to have it completed by the end of the weekend. I also made snowball blocks for my son's quilt last night while watching my tivo'd "Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency" shows. That and "Project Runway" are my "trashy" programs.

Hope everyone's week is going along well!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Take It Further Update - January - Calla Lilies

I have finished part one of my TIF project. I had decided to go with the color theme and my inspiration was the Rose Parade. All those floats covered with beautiful flowers but how to translate the flowers to fiber?? I chose to work with felt and to do it three-dimensional. I had seen this book, Fresh Felt Flowers, and had tucked it away for a future project. And here they are......white calla lilies.

here is a closeup of the inside of the lily.. pretty neat, huh?? Perfect for those with allergies, as long as it doesn't include wool (LOL) and those who do not have a green thumb!

They were really pretty easy to make. The stems are floral wire inside of the flexible plastic tubing you use in an aquarium covered with felt. I still need to make the leaves to go with them and I am thinking about making a couple of irises (if time permits) using lutrador and wool roving. I have a Baby Lock Embellisher and I would like to try to incorporate it more into my projects. The second part of the project is to also make the vase. I have seen lots of boxes being made and I want to adapt that design for the vase. I am going to combine lutrador and wool roving to bring in the purple and mint green colors from the challenge. These flowers were perfect to make today as we were hit with 8 inches of snow overnight.
In other quilty news, I have nearly finished machine quilting the cowboy charity quilt. All that is left is the borders. I am going to free motion stars on it,then the binding and label. It will be my first WISP (Work in SLoooowww Process) to be completed for the New Year. I am still working on my son's snowboarder quilt and spent some time reorganizing the work area this weekend.
Well, back to work room.. Everyone have a great week!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Weekend Update

First, let me say that I am having a great time reading everyone's resolutions. We are an ambitious bunch of bloggers! You ladies are very inspiring both as quilters and as people.

This weekend, I worked on a UFO, well actually two which I have decided to marry. The star blocks were made back in 89-90(?). This is some of the first piecing I did. To say that the block sizes were inconsistent is an understatement. Yipes!! The blocks were 6"(supposedly). I decided to add borders to them to make them bigger and then I cut them on an angle so they are 8.5". I think they look like snowflakes. The center piece is the beginnings of a wall hanging I started for Alex about 4 years ago. I've decided to combine them to make a lap quilt for him to take with him wherever the snow flies. I'm also going to add the names of all the places he has snowboarded around the center and in the outer borders. I' m doing the letters "Lazy Gal" style.

I also did some brainstorming and sketching for my TIF project. Here is a picture of my raw materials.

My idea came to me while watching the Rose Bowl parade on New Year's Day. I'll be posting more on this after next weekend. I'll just say it is fiber based and 3D.

Still plodding away on my machine quilting. I will say that the last couple of days I did more sewing than unsewing so that's progress.! I hope to have that finished by the weekend and ready for the binding. Hope to have more to show later in the week!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A Good Start on my Resolutions

2008 got off to a good start the past couple of days. I decided that I needed to manage my time better when I was in my sewing room. I am easily sidetracked by other "shiny objects". LOL. The challenges and swaps I am doing are time sensitive. The Take It Further challenge is monthly, as in 30 days to come up with an idea and bring it to a final product, so there is not a lot of time to putz around. So I decided what I wanted to accomplish and how much time I had. Then I turned on the old kitchen timer. I spent 30 minutes browsing books, brainstorming ideas. and setting up a timetable to complete the Take It Further challenge. I then spent 45 minutes machine quilting a charity quilt, a bit more ripping than sewing but progress was made. Here's a picture of what happens if you leave a quilt on the frame unattended. It turns into a kitty hammock!! That's the lovely Miss Holly, always looking for a place to nap.


Next, I worked on some wonky letters, Tonya-style, for the UFO I pulled. I didn't get lots done but it was a start. I put together some hand projects in a basket to have ready to work on when watching TV with my hubby and I've also started a journal and set up a weekly calendar to track my progress and keep me on schedule. I really felt like I got my quilting mojo going! Hopefully, this will continue. And I've already met my goal of blogging something quilty once a week~ woohoo!!
In all honesty, I was not sad to see 2007 go. It was a tough year at work which of course affected my home life and health. I'm ready for the new year!

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