Friday, May 19, 2006

Second Block

And since blogger won't let me add more than 1 photo to a post today, here's the second block with the quotes.

Commission Quilt

I've been busy working on my commission quilt that I mentioned a few posts back. This is a memorial quilt for a beloved little dog, Justice. The owner is giving this quilt to her husband for their anniversary in August.

I first scanned in all their photographs of Justice (and Justice's sister, Lex). I did minimal photo manipulation, just cropping and resizing. I printed the images on a Dell Photo Printer, Model 924. I printed the photos off onto Color Textiles fabric sheets. I ordered a sampler package of this and would highly recommend it. It feeds into the printer like a dream, no jamming, no shifting. You have to lay the printed fabric sheet in a bath of fabric softener and water, but it's an easy process and only takes a minute of two.

The fabric softener bath really brings out the colors in the fabric prints. Plus, the Color Textiles sheets are colorfast!!! and they are as soft as regular fabric. Like I said, I would highly recommend these sheets.

Here's one of the blocks with the little doggies on it. This is my favorite photo of them. Justice is the one on the left. Some of the other blocks in the quilt will have "doggie sayings" on them and this is a sample.

I was going to make the quilt of 15 inch blocks, but after I cut one and saw the size of that block, I decided to scale it back to 12 inch blocks. So I make a few more blocks -- better than having to wrestle around with a 15 inch block.

The blocks will have machine decorative stitches on the seams. This will be a big quilt -- 60x72 (which is a big quilt to me since it's been a long time since I've done a full size quilt -- well, let's make that "finished" a full size quilt).

Hope you all like it.

Friday, May 12, 2006


Here's two versions of a DREAM pillow top. I got this pattern on line, somewhere, don't ask where because I simply can't remember now.

I first did it in the country colors and used denim for the sashing. I'm getting a little weary of the muted country colors, but since this is what sells in my area, this is what I do. However, my bright fabrics were calling to me and I had to try it out. Personally, I like the bright version the best. Can you just image what kind of dreams you would have with the bright, wild colors?

You can't tell from the photos but the letters are stitched on with various colored threads using lots of different decorative stitches. Life's too short to use the same satin stitch edging every time (ha!)

I'll take both versions to my craft shows this Fall and see which ones goes first.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

CQ For Newbies

It's been a while since my last post on my group, CQ For Newbies. This is a Yahoo group for people who love crazy quilting and who want to DO crazy quilting as opposed to just talking about it (ha!).

I created this group, along with my friend, JK, as a safe place to newbies to learn how to swap, do Round Robins and block exchanges without the fear of criticism. We all have to start somewhere and I decided there was a need for a group like this. JK worked up some fabulous lessons on how to piece a CQ block, with both pictures and words.

We're currently having our first contest block -- with prizes!!! -- for the 3 winners. We plan on doing at least 1 swap block a month, maybe more. I'm very pleased that the group has grown to almost 70 members in just a little over a month.

The group is not just limited to newbies however. We have a lot of experienced crazy quilters -- ones who are willing to help the newbies and members who are extremely generous in sharing their stash, their skill and talents and helping others.

If you'd like to join, or know someone who would like to join us, go to the Yahoo groups, search for CQForNewbies (no spaces), tell me where you heard about the group, and I'll approve you.

Hope to see some of you soon!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

New Sewing Machine

Everyone has been asking me (well, Iris Susan asked!), what I've been doing with the new sewing machine. So I thought I'd show you a few things.

This is a door hanger I made. The sunflower is cross-stitched. The stitching on the seams is done by the Janome 6600. I also wrote the word "sunflower" using the fonts on the machine. I sell at craft shows in spring, fall and winter, so this will be an item going into the craft show.

I have a friend I met through an ad in RubberStampMadness. We do challenges with each other every month or so. She sent me the pattern for this art doll. I painted the fabric and used the new machine to do all the fancy stitching on the body. The face is a rubber stamp image. All the beading is done by hand. This little doll looked a little like an amoeba, so I put a skirt on her.

I've been doing several things for the craft shows, and I'll show you more another day.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Madeline Gone Wild!

See that sweet little face on top of this blog? This is Madeline. A rather small, pixie-bob kitten. Yesterday, Maddie became fascinated with the outdoors. I opened the front door a teeny-tiny crack for some neighborhood girls that were collecting for cancer research. WHOOSH! Out the door runs Madeline -- out into the great big world where she has no clue what's going on.

She runs down the stairs, slinks under the chain link fence gate and runs into the back yard. I go running after her. After 10 minutes, I finally manage to trap her under the deck. She's soaking wet because it's rained here for 4 days now. Her feet are muddy -- now I'm muddy.

We go back to the front door to find out that when I ran out the door, I had not taken the lock off the screen door so now we're locked outside. The girls collecting for cancer think I'm a total idiot. Now to the next door neighbors house, where Madeline proceeds to freak out when we walk inside and run and hide in that woman's bedroom. No manners whatsoever.

An SOS call to my father brings him and his tools to the rescue. We can't get back into the house with his keys, as I had very safely thrown the security chain on my back door also! So we start taking the screen door off the hinges. This involves about 10 screws.

Meanwhile, Madeline is lying on the dash of my dad's truck, sound asleep in the sun, totally unaware of what a royal pain she has been to everyone involved in this story.

Owning animals can be so much fun!