Sunday, July 24, 2016

Electric Poppies


This is Electric Poppies--finally finished.  I'm happy with how it looks.  I posted about the process of 

making this quilt previously, here.  It measures 29" wide by 36" tall.  Just in time for me to 

enter it into Art in the Redwoods, an annual art show held at Gualala Arts Center.  It has 147 

separate pieces in it--no fusing at all!

Friday, July 15, 2016

What Have I Been Doing?

Yes, I know it's the middle of summer, but I seem to find myself making Christmas ornaments almost all year long!  Partly because my guild has a fund-raising booth at a summertime art festival in August, so we need things like this to sell in the booth.



Here are some close-up samples.


Most of the designs are from patterns I have purchased.  But I made up some of the designs myself.


An easy was was to "print" a word having to do with Christmas.






I drew this Christmas tree pattern.



Here is another of my word ornaments.

I had an amusing conversation with MisterStitches recently about these ornaments.  I told him that I don't think I can ever stop making these ornaments.  If I find that I have some of the small muslin rectangles left over, then I have to cut some more colored strips to make borders.  If I have border strips left over, then I need to cut some more muslin rectangles.  MisterStitches said, "Why don't you just throw the leftover pieces away?"  Now, isn't that a silly thing to say!  And I told him so!!  "I can't just throw fabric away."

He just doesn't seem to get it.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cord Wrappers


SisterStitches recently gave me this little cord wrapper.  Wow, is it ever handy!!



So I took the idea and made a few more of my own.  Think I got a little carried away!?!


They were fun to make.  I bought a special tool to attach the snaps, which took a bit to figure out, but then was fairly easy to use.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stencil Painting on Fabric with April Sproule

We had a great workshop with April Sproule at our guild in April.  She does beautiful stenciling on fabric and clothes.  In this two-day workshop she taught us about choosing stencils, arranging them, about mixing paint, and applying it to fabric with stencil brushes.  Lots to learn.  

We learned this procedure on pieces of fabric that we brought in to play with.  On the second day April invited us to bring in clothing that we might want to paint.  Some of us went to second-hand stores to find clothes, some used our old clothing.  I looked through my closet for things that I haven't worn for a long time, or things that I wouldn't mind trying to paint (meaning that I wouldn't mind if I ruined that particular garment!).

April brought in many pieces of her own clothing that she has painted with her stencils (she designs her own).  On the knit top below she made a mask using freezer paper to paint the curved pink area in the middle.



Here is a detail of that shirt showing the precise painting and her beautiful hand-stitching and beading which she adds to almost everything.  


Another garment had a stitch I hadn't seen before.  A back stitch which then had blanket stitch done over it.  I love this look.



A beautiful knit shirt transformed by April's painting.



She also showed us samples of painting on a separate fabric, then cutting them out and raw-edge appliquéing them onto a garment.  





Now here are some samples that I stenciled.




Here I was trying to give the oak leaves a little golden touch on the ends.  I need a little work on my subtlety in painting!



I thought this design looked nice on printed fabric.


On the second day of this class we brought in some of our own clothes to stencil.  Looking through my closet, I noticed a short-sleeved white knit shirt that I have hardly worn at all.  I also found a light blue shirt dress.  I've had this dress for quite a few years.  Suffice it to say that at this age, I feel I should no longer wear dresses of this length (or lack of length)!  My idea was to stencil it, then cut it off to make  it a tunic instead of a dress.


The finished product!


Detail of upper shirt.

Detail of shirt tail.


Then I stenciled this white knit shirt, too.  With a variety of different designs.




Collar detail.

Lower front of shirt.



Back design.

I'm very happy with how both of these garments turned out.  And I've given new life to two items of clothing that were languishing in my closet.  Win-win!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Blue Jeans and Lace

Pinterest can either be a blessing or a curse, I guess, depending on how much time you spend waste there!  I use pinterest to keep track of patterns I find and ideas that I want to try.  They send me many emails of ideas that they think I will like.  While I often ignore those emails, sometimes I look at them.

And that's how I found this idea for decorating blue jeans with lace.  It was from a blog that you can visit here.


I have a bag full of lace pieces and trimmings, so I went to it and pulled out this piece.  First it needed to be ironed.  You can see that it is about 2 1/2 inches wide.



On the inside of the pants hem, I pinned, then sewed the edge of the lace onto the pants.




Then I folded the remaining part up onto the right side of the pant leg and sewed around the edge of it.



Very easy.  Hardly took any time at all!




And here is the finished product.




Now I'm thinking that I should add some lace edging to the pockets maybe, or somewhere else on the jeans.  Maybe on a different pair of jeans.  Who knows what I'll come up with!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Number Eight Shirt For GranddaughterStitches

It's time for GranddaughterStitches's new birthday number shirt!  This time I chose a light heather blue t-shirt for her.  I like the v-neck on this one.




 For the number eight fabric I used a piece of fabric that I'm pretty sure is from Judith Baker Montano's collection of several years ago.  I love the different colors in it, and how it looks almost shiny.




Fusing between the fabric and the shirt, and with a nice soft stabilizer behind the shirt, the machine blanket stitching went very well.  



I can't believe how old GranddaughterStitches is getting!  And pretty soon she'll be taller than I am!



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sunbonnet Sue In Gualala

My guild's 2016 challenge theme was about taking something from the past and bringing it into the present or the future.  And since this is our 20th year as a guild, there had to be 20 of something in each quilt.

My Tuesday quilting group decided to use Sunbonnet Sue to start with, as she is a rather old-fashioned quilt pattern.  Then we added certain touches to modernize Sue.  We brought her to our town of Gualala, California!




This shows the section of the challenge show where our group of quilts was hung.




 I saw this pattern in a SBS (Sunbonnet Sue) book, and just knew that I had to make it!  Isn't she funny!  And also brave, as the water is very, very cold here.  There are 20 small real shells sewn onto the beach fabric.



Another one of mine, Sue standing on the bluff top.  It can be very, very windy here at the edge of the ocean.  Hard to see, but there are 20 little tufts of grass embroidered onto the green bluff.



This is Sunbonnet Sue watching migrating whales.  Look at the cute ruffle on her dress.



Sunbonnet Sue at the Yoga Studio.  Twenty different poses of Sunbonnet Sue doing yoga!  I wonder how she keeps her hat on in some of those poses!



Sunbonnet Sue is neighborly.



Sunbonnet Sue watches the sunset.



Sunbonnet Sue goes shopping.  Pay N Take is a local once-a-month charity re-sale market.  Everyone in the whole community goes there to shop and socialize!  It's really quite fun.  And Sue is, of course, carrying her reusable fabric shopping bag.




Sunbonnet Sue walking her dog.



And another one of mine, Sunbonnet Sue Makes a Quilt.  There are 20 squares in Sue's quilt.  The quilt and the curtains are 3-D.

It was so much fun making these little quilts.  It's nice to be a part of a group making an entry into the  challenge show.