Friday, October 17, 2014

Mixed Media Tag

Got some time in the studio today and here's what I came up with. A little sewing and some mixed media.  Trying to get some small projects going for an upcoming event.  So just trying some ideas.

I'm loving working on a smaller scale!  But the mess is not smaller.   ;)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Finish Along

I'm linking up with the fourth quarter Finish Along over at The Littlest Thistle.  I have a few things that need to be completed. This is the first time I have joined in this Finish A Long.

First off is this quilt - Angled Frames. The top is done - But I took it off the design wall before I got a pic of it completed.  I'm planning to use another bed sheet for this one. A new sheet that was incorrectly sized and did not fit the bed. It has a multi-colored stripe so I think it will work with this.

Next up is my top from the Around the Bend and Across the Pond. What a fun project this was. It was a round robin - free form style. This top has been across the US and made a few stops in Great Britain, too!  I have siggy blocks to go on either the front or back. I may want a white border for this one.  Don't know what I want for the back, yet.  This was started in  January of 2012 and the Round Robin was completed in late 2012 or maybe early 2013.

And third I have this little Mermaid Mini Quilt in process.  It needs some more applique and I think I envision a fair amount of hand embroidery. I like having some embroidery to do when I want to hand sew.

I currently have another big project on my design wall that may take priority, but maybe I can get all of this done.  ;)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Angeled Frames

I have a new quilt design in my mind  - all solids - which I had to order fabric for. I got a good deal (from Pink Chalk Fabrics - they are having a liquidation sale) but am having to wait a little while for it to arrive. So while I am waiting I decided to make another fast quilt using what's in my stash. I am making a quilt based on Round 15 at The Old Red Barn Co quilt along on Flicker. This one is called Angled Frames. The tutorial was by my friend Dolores at DeeRoo Designs. There's a link in her sidebar if you're interested. She made a bunch of these and it's fun to see them all! This quilt is very different from what I usually do.  I had to resist not adding white in between the rounds! It is basically a giant (rectangular) log cabin block. I think the idea is to be random about it and let the strips fall where they may, but I exerted control over the colors.
Here's what I have so far.

I am planning to add about two more rounds then it will be ready for quilting.  I think I have enough batting left and maybe another sheet I can use for a back. Feels good to use what's in my stash!

Finishing up a little hand sewing on a small project tonight.

When the fabric arrives for my solid quilt I plan to shop for thread, batting and backing - everything! So that's even more incentive to use what I have for these quick quilts.

What are you working on this week?

Linking up with:
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AB Quilt Finished

I had a busy time this past weekend, but I managed to get my Amy Butler quilt finished. I'm calling this my "Amy Butler" quilt since it has a bunch of AB prints in it - but there are other fabrics in there, too.

I quilted it simply with  random straight vertical lines, but used a stitch that undulates. Ir's called a running stitch on my machine.

The backing is an old sheet.  I had challenged myself to use only things I had on hand.  This sheet had a rip in the side where it had been caught in the mechanism that folds in and out the pull-out bed in our old sofa, so we weren't using it anymore.  The blue and green color went well with the primarily blue and green color scheme.  And this old sheet is so soft - makes the quilt even more "snuggly feeling".

I used the Michael Miller "Feeling Groovy" print for the binding.  I had a yard of this so I knew I could get the binding strips cut from it.

I  did a machine sewn binding on this one because I would like to be better at that. I sewed the binding to the back and brought it around to the front then top stitched it with a straight stitch.

I'm anxious to put it in the wash and see how it comes out.  All in all I enjoyed making this quick, simple quilt, and it was fun to use only what I had on hand.  I have an idea in mind for another quilt - but would totally need to buy everything to make that one - fabric, batting, thread - the whole works! Time to do some quilt math . . .

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Cre8ive Klatch

You know how sometimes you meet people who you feel a connection with?  You know how that can even happen online sometimes?  Well, I met a great group of creative artists a couple years ago in an online class. It has become a supportive group where everyone supports each other as they move forward in their creative endeavors. If you have a question - someone probably has an answer  -  and won't mind sharing what they know.

Out of this group has come a collaborative project. The Cre8ive Klatch.  This is a place to share creative projects and inspiration. I love finding online creative inspiration, so I knew I wanted to work with these artists to spread some happy, creative love.  There's a wide variety of styles of art represented and I'm sure you will find something that inspires you.

Pop over to the blog and meet all the other cre8ives and read more about it.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AB Quilt Top Complete

This week I got all the blocks up on the design wall and had fun rearranging them until I liked the balance of colors and value.  I always enjoy having one on the wall like this and moving blocks around as I go by.

You can see my high tech design wall.  High tech felt adhered to the wall with high tech push pins. But it totally works and the cost was truly minimal.

A little sewing time today to get the top together and then I headed outside to get a pic in natural light.  So far so good with this quilt.  Planning to use an old sheet (in soft blues and greens) for the back and that Michael Miller print (second row, third from the left) for the binding.

 And yes, I did get more mosquito bites getting this shot.  Apparently I need high tech mosquito repellent!
Hope you have a happy week - Fall is on the way!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday, Freemotion by the RiverShow and Tell Tuesday, Freshly Pieced, Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Studio Table

I'm taking  Seth Apter up on his challenge to post pics of your studio table in it's "real" state - not prettied up for a blog post photo.  I love seeing people's work spaces - whether neat or not - so thought I'd share mine.  I am sharing two photos from two different times related to two different media. So I guess you could say it's a two-for-one deal.  ;)

I do a variety of different creative things and right now I am making a quilt. This is probably not what most of you are into creatively but maybe you'll still be interested in seeing my work table. The messiest part of quilt making is the stage where you are selecting and cutting all the fabric pieces. I've passed the point of cutting fabric so most of the mess is gone.When you are sewing your blocks together you have to be organized so you get the right pieces in the right places.  I just have a few block pieces waiting to be sewn and a stack of completed blocks on my table at the moment.  But this is an honest shot of what it looks like in there right now.

 A year ago this month I was knee deep in an art journaling/collage project for an online class I was taking - Mermaid Circus with Teesha Moore and Jane Davenport - and things looked like this:

I love being in the midst of creating and making all the mess. But I have to admit I DO like to clean up and have everything in order again, too.   What about you?

Visit Seth's blog for a list of all participants so you can visit all the studio tables!