|Tree hugger - 13"x18"|
Perfect for tree bark!
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and there is a giveaway!
a cute kit to make this felted wool block
|Tree hugger - 13"x18"|
On Monday 1/23 I will be participating in a blog hop hosted by seams to be sewn. We are free to do whatever we want as long as one of the fabrics is not cotton. I decided to use some sheer like polyester and some velvety like scraps.
I am still working on my project so will just give you a sneak peek today.
The velvety scraps
Sheer poly strips after being melted / burned - gives a texture like tree bark.
If I want to finish by Monday I will need an extra hand so I made two - lol!
Stop by on Monday to see the finish and a more detailed explanation.
The blog hop starts today ( Friday the 20th) then commences again on Monday.
Go here for a list of the blogs today. She also had a giveaway for a wool block kit and a free pattern for the cutest groundhog applique block.
Or Click the button on the right sidebar to get links to the participants. I am looking forward to seeing what others are doing. Remember to stop back in on Monday!
There will be another wooly block kit giveaway then as well.
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Snow geese visit Vermont in the late fall on their way south. If you have ever seen and heard a flock lifting off, you will never forget it. The word cacophony and awe inspiring comes to mind.
Here is a link to the sounds on a video but is one of those things you really have to be there.
I won't take you through the whole process of making the goose but I just want to point out how much any portrait comes alive with just adding a dab of white paint to the eye.
Such a difference!
If it's not fun what's the point?
Regarding my creative/quilting life this will be my motto in 2017 and I wanted to make a sign to remind me to only make things that I enjoy and have fun with
It's a huge needle! How fun is that!
I drew out the needle on a big sheet of freezer paper and then ironed it ( using parchment paper as a pressing shield) to some weird shiny silver polyester fabric that someone gave me. Did they not know that quilters only use cotton? Well, not this quilter. Guess that's why I got it :-)
There is 3 needles here since I figured I might screw up at least one. (Which is good since I spelled point wrong on the first one) I then sewed around the edges of the pattern after layering with batting and more weird siver stuff on the back. Next I did the words with free motion. I did the FMQ before cutting out the needle so I would have something to hold on to.
Then the needle was cut out and I sewed all the way around again with a short close together zig zag.
I must say this metallic silver stuff is horrible to work with. It frays very easily. I had to give it a haircut after and it still kept fraying. But it does look needle like.
The last thing was to add weight to the bottom other wise it would not lay on the wall flat. Took a small magnet, made a bag and then hand sewed to the back. Lastly sewed a small metal loop on the back to hang right next to my sewing machine.
Do you have a word or phrase to try and live by in 2017?
I have a friend who has 5 dogs and a big heart. She was not looking for another dog - lord knows 5 dogs can be a lot of work and money for a single middle aged woman although we all know they give back 10 fold with so much love and joy. But when she stopped by the local shelter and met Old Boy, well then there were 6
Old Boy had been at the shelter for a very long time. He's 12 and senior dogs are extremely hard to adopt. People don't want them. But Old Boy deserves a life outside a cage to enjoy his last few years. This was taken last Friday - look at that happy boy go! He is loving life!
To run and play .......... To be a dog.
I just had to make a quilt of Old Boy
This one I tried a different approach than my usual reverse drawing with fusible and freezer paper. I did use freezer paper but traced each piece on the freezer paper then ironed that onto the right side of the fabrics. I left all the edges raw but did make sure the adjoining pieces all had enough overlap to the piece beside it to cover well. I then took a thin piece of fusible interfacing, laid it over my drawing for a map of where to place all my old boy puzzle pieces.
After laying all of it out looking at the original photo and my "map" for guidance - all was then ironed to fuse in place using parchment paper as a pressing cloth. Then the excess interfacing was cut away before putting on a background.
Since he was all one chunk at this point I was able audition lots of backgrounds.
Once laid in place on the background he was glued in place by using a very thin line of Elmer's all the way around. And then each individual piece was also glued the same way. This prevents the fabric from getting caught in the hopping foot or flipped the wrong way while free motion quilting. Susan Carlson uses this technique on her amazing quilts. Have you seen her crocodile quilt? Omg, amazing! You can read about how and why she uses glue here.
Then he was quilted - a lot.
I gave him to Old Boy's mom and neglected to take a photo of him completed but at least you can see the process. He was a joy to create and I may use this raw edge collage method again. Lots of glueing but you end up with less glue in your project than fusible and a lot easier than turned under applique.