Friday, September 22, 2017

WIP

Nothing finished to show this week but 4 in progress

adding a puffed out trapunto look to this one

A landscape with the quilting done ( here is the back)

A few more tablet pillow stands in the works

Another landscape being quilted

Well Here is something finished - a mug rug from scraps and practice quilting.
At least one of these will be finished to show next week - promise.

I also wanted to recommend a podcast that i listened to this week. Its an interview on the new zealand quilt show with Lisa Call. Lisa is a full time textile artist. She has inspired me to try to start a sketchbook.
Here is a link to listen

Friday, September 15, 2017

Giraffes with butterfly earrings

I finally finished this! It's taken much longer than it should have, more than a month now. Maybe because it's a purchased pattern and I dont usually follow directions but fly solo by the of seat of my pants. Maybe its because I used the colors that the pattern cover had so I knew what it would look like so had no reason to keep at it to see what it will look like when finished because I already knew? Phew! Long sentence but you know what I mean, right?

Anyway it is a cool eyecatching pattern that really caught my eye in a booth at a quilt show. The pattern is by Sandy Fitzpatrick called my favorite earrings.

Of course I had to quilt the background heavily so that took awhile but I am binge watching a show called A place to call home which I am obsessed with at the moment and so watched that while quilting this.

If you liked Downton Abbey you will love this. Its better. Takes place in the early 1950's and it beautifully made with lots of family secrets and lies, twists and turns. It airs on pbs and netflix or hulu doesnt have it but you can get it through acorn tv . its free for the first week and then is 8 bucks a month or something and you can cancel anytime. Its like netflix and they have all 4 seasons. I highly recommend.

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sewing with Nancy


Before you tube, craftsy, blogs and all the online ways of learning, there was sewing with Nancy. She taught us how to sew and became our friend. Her program is by far the longest running sewing series on tv and still on PBS today started in 1982 - 36 seasons recorded! She also started a sewing supply mail order company called Nancys Notions back when you actually ordered and recieved stuff thru the mail!

Recently Nancy announced that she will be retiring due to health issues. Read about it here on her blog.
she will be truly missed.


If you are interested in hearing a really good interview with Nancy go to While She naps and listen to the podcast interview here. I highly recommend it as she talks about how she started out back in 1979 with Nancys notions and dealing with various hurdles along the way. You will leave with a huge admiration for the woman as I do.

On a higher note, the champlain valley fair was last week and both me and my mom both won one of these!

My mom for this beautiful lone star quilt - best pieced workmanship.

And me for my camels hump landscape - best machine quilting.

we each won a whopping 20 bucks 👀 But then its not about the money its all about the glory, right?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pour painting experiment

I've seen people do pour painting on canvas or plastic so of of course I want to try it on fabric.

I taped fabric on a plastic lid hoping to make it easier to turn to make the paint flow.


Now the people that do this alot use a product callled paint flow (or something like that) but this may be a one time thing so i found the cheap way to try it. You can use Elmers glue, so elmers is poured in 3 small plastic cups.

Then paint is added. They also say to add a bit of liquid silicone which is a lubricant that is supposed to create cell like bubbles. I added it but didnt see any cells.

Then one at a time pour the paint into a bigger cup kind of like in layers.

Then just dump it on the fabric. Its really thick so you turn the fabric so it flows and mixes sort of like a lava flow. Stop when you like what it looks like.

After it dried though there are alot of sort of nubby - ness. Probablly caused from the paint absorbing into the fabric.
So last night i tried ironing fusible web on the fabric first. Then i found some all purpose sealer and painted that on first and let it dry. Then did the same process as before.

This morning it is not dry since the paint is so thick but the results are much better.

We shall see once its dry but it looks really cool! I wont be able to quilt through this being so thick with paint but it was a fun thing to try. I have an idea on what to do with it so stay tuned 😉

Now i just have to see if i can get the fabric off the plastic lid since i poured elmers glue all over it.
Hmmmmmmm.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tablet pillow rests

I love these things!

They work perfectly for my ipad and i use it alot to watch hulu while sewing. Right now I'm working my way thru all 96 episodes of "the good wife" I am hooked.

This time because i knew i was going to make a bunch - instead of the usual rice or beans for weight, i went to a discount place and found a 20 pound bag of bird seed for 5 bucks. It works great!

Thye have just the right combination of machine sewing and sit on the couch hand work to make them very enjoyable for me.

Here's all 20 of them, ready to go complete with tags to tell people what they are for. I hope they sell because i have alot more fabric i would like to use up and lots of couch time to attend to 😜

I also want to thank Swooze for her comment and suggestion to try blogo for writing posts on my ipad. I had tried it but didnt take the time to learn to use it, so went back to it and it is easy, intuitive and meets my needs. I bought blog pro and found it to be a waste of 5 bucks and blogo is free. Live and learn 🙉

Friday, August 18, 2017

The rust diaries continue

  Glen suggested I try steel wool - why not? So I took an SOS pad that the soap was used up and wrapped it around a bottle.

 Then tied the fabric after soaking in vinegar and water.
 It works! Here it is the morning after.
 And here it is after rinsing. - nice! Thank you Glen 😍

' The next thing was to try a bunch of big rusted things. I laid them out on vinegar soaked cotton that has a nice loose weave - kind of linen like.
 This was left overnight in the rain.
 And here it is after a couple days. It didn't really take the shape of the different items but I'm not really after that. I want some interesting mottled blobs of color.
 And that's exactly what I got. Nice texture to it. All and all I'm very happy with how they came out. I have no idea what I will do with it but it's sure fun to see how it comes out 😊

If things look alitttle weird with my posts, I got a new iPad and the app I used before (blogsy) is no more so I cant use it and the only thing I can find to use is called blogspot pro and it is not the most user friendly even though it cost 5 bucks. I think google shows its feelings about apple by not allowing us a decent app to use with their blogspot. Do any of you use an iPad to post on blogger? If so, what do you use? I tried going right to blogger and that is frustrating as hell. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

The rust diaries

 Let the experimentation begin!




First after spraying with vinegar some rusty stuff was wrapped in white cotton.


I didn't like the stark white so decided to make a tea bath and let it steep in that for awhile.

It didn't take the tea like I had hoped so threw on some more rusty stuff and let it sit in the rain.

It turned blue !


Most of the blue went away after rinsing in salt and then water and soap. 
It was then laid out to dry.


Since the forecast called for rain (again) I left it for another rinse and what the hell, lets throw the leftover dark rusty water left in the container from the last rain in the middle.



This is what I ended up with, sort of looks like an old paint rag.

But if you break it up look! 
Good stuff!