Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Presents, I Got Presents

One of the great things about being a list owner, is that sometimes people send you presents -- really neat presents (LOL). Seriously, I have a great bunch of people at CQForNewbies, and they are a very generous group.

My first gift is from Christy and it's a cool notebook cover. She figured this out on her own (with a little help from her hubby). Don't you just love it? I know I do. I love the colors and fabrics she picked and her stitching, as always, is great! This is the front of the notebook. Her stitching for my name is so nice and neat!
And here's the back: She hsa stitched the stem section of the vine on the butterfly fabric to give it more detail and texture and the little flowers are 3-D sequin and bead embellishments. All together the neatest little notebook cover. I'm sooooo glad there's a nice fat little notebook inside so I can use it for a long time.

Another gift I received is from Ati:


As some of you may remember, I've been working on a bunny block of the month quilt. Ati foundation pieced this little guy and sent him to me. I think he will look perfect on the back of my bunny quilt so he can keep company with all the other little bunnies.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Snowed In Weekend

Yet another snowed in weekend in the wonderful place I live. At least staying home all weekend helps you get things done. Here's some more work on the block I'm doing for my fantasy quilt. I did lots of silk ribbon embroidery on the bottom and then beaded, beaded and thought, gee, let's add some more beads (LOL). I still have work to do on this. I really like more of an encrusted look. And Trish, do you recognize anything on the left hand side of the block? My friend Trish is a big jewelry person. She gave me a bag bag of her old jewelry -- you know, single earrings, broken necklaces, etc. Such fun things to look through and add to blocks.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

UFO Philosophy and/or Justification

My friend Christine (a cyber-friend of many, many years) has come up with the most excellent philosophy for UFO (unfinished objects). This is one of the best justifications I've seen and I wanted to share it with you all.

If you bought the materials for the project because it made you excited and you enjoyed working on it -- then it was bought as entertainment.

If the entertainment factor is over before the project is completed, then the project is DONE. It served it's purpose. It's purpose wasn't to own a sweater, a completed stitchery or a quilt, it was ENTERTAINMENT.

So there should be no guilt in declaring it "DONE" and moving on to the next entertainment project.

Don't you just love this?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mini Tutorial

For my newbies at CQForNewbies, here's a little mini tutorial on one method of finishing the 3 inch blocks for our swap.

I've pieced the block, added some embroidery, some lace and beads. I put stabilizer (or interfacing -- whichever name you prefer) on the back and have machine stitched a very tiny seam around the piece to hold the backing on. (Later I will write my name and the date on the back of the block -- that's the reason for the white backing).

Now to cover those edges.

I had some beautiful ribbon so I sewed one edge of the ribbon onto the front, carefully easing it around the corners of the little piece to cover up the machine stitching. (Please don't look too closely -- this is strictly an example piece and I can see now in the picture I need another little stitch there on the right hand edge (LOL)).

Now here's the back showing how I stitched the ribbon on the back side -- this method is basically like binding a regular quilt. And you can also see the interfacing/stabilizer backing.

Like I said, this is just one method for finishing. I have another square where I only did Step 1 (the sewing of a very small line all around the block). On top of the line of stitching, I have attached some of the fancy fibers for a totally different look.

For other versions of how to finish off your little squares see:


Jo's blog with an EXCELLENT tutorial.

And then there's also Wilma from Holland:


Wilma shows a version using machine stitching. These are just a few examples for you. Have fun and let's make lots of cute little 3 inch squares.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Baby Steps

Here's one of my fantasy blocks I'm starting to work on. Thought I'd show you each and every step until you're bored silly (LOL). I started with chain stitch on each side. The thread on the right is a very pretty hand-dyed green -- don't know why it looks so muddy in the picture -- it surely can't be the photographer! The purple thread is rayon and that was such a joy to work with (not!).

The piece of lace is some of my hand painted lace. I use the paints instead of the dyes.

And the stitching at the top is gold metallic. This is only the bare beginnings of this block. There will be lots more stitching and beading. Where the dragon and the fairy are sitting in the forest, I'm considering extending the "forest" section down into the patch below it with lots of silk ribbon embroidery.

Stay tuned for more progress -- a little bit at a time (baby steps, baby steps).

Thursday, February 01, 2007


I spent last weekend and my day off in Fairy Land. As some of you may (or maybe not) know, I like to play with altered art. I'm doing a series of little "fairy houses." I made several of these last year for my craft shows and they were very quickly snapped up -- usually in multiples -- which is nice because I wouldn't want the fairies to get lonely (LOL)

Here's the front of one of them.

For feet, the house has bingo markers. It's been painted with a variety of paints, lots of collage elements, including tissue paper, pages from an old math book, rick rack, and of course the little fairy with her violin.

And one side and the back.

These are so fun to do -- I really enjoy them and I hope they find new homes during the craft show circuit.