Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lotus bud



I made one awhile ago that was alabaster with a greenish background and wanted to try a pink one.

Here's a close up



I'm making fabric baskets and this small one is the perfect size for a remote!

The inside flaps help keep the remote upright - who knew?

And I have a few others of these addicting baskets in various stages of construction


This one has sheep on the outside and grass on the inside - just needs buttons.


Care to roll the dice?

Ready for quilting


State birds - Vermont is the hermit thrush

What's your state bird?


Friday, July 22, 2016

Land of Zu improved


Much better thanks to a suggestion from Glen, Inktense pencils and a quilted moon


This is the before - what a difference a moon makes


And this is the Zu being my co pilot - ever since she saw the movie Ace Ventura Pet detective, she hangs out the window shouting "ALRIGHTY THEN!"

(Don't worry I was on a dirt road going 10 mpr while taking this picture)


And last but not least finished one of these fabric baskets I love to make.

Those are fishing flies on the outside. Why fishing flies?

Why not?


Friday, July 15, 2016

Fat quarter landscape


The land of Zu

(Sorry the photo had to be taken in not so great lighting, the colors are better in real life)


I'm still finishing the binding on this one but finished enough to show. My idea is to make a landscape using just one fat quarter as the whole sky and water. Problem is I think the mountains/land look like clouds or something. The sky needs to be just alittle different. Also I used an almost white color which is cloud like.

I really love the colors though, so it's staying like it is.

I started another like it and really liked this color combo but .........

Once cut out - not enough contrast - kind of muddy


Better? Sort of

I think I'll go with this background and this one will try to quilt the sky and water with different color thread to see what that does. That's what I love about quilting - it's like a puzzle. Keeps you interested because you want to see how it turns out.

I'll let you know next week how it turns out


Friday, July 8, 2016

Cardinal art quilt

Meet Carl - he lives in my backyard and sings to me a lot . Or maybe he is yelling at my dogs as he thinks it is his backyard. His mate is not as vocal and she demurely sits in the background while Carl flies around getting all worked up when someone comes in his yard. Mrs.Carl is not red but a sophisticated brownish olive color. She does sport the red beak, a girl has to have a splash of color to make her look complete.


I haven't finished putting the facing finish or sleeve on but thanks to the miracle of cropping I can still show Carl as a finish to you this week. Speaking of facing, I am doing them a new way which is really simple although not new. Really you could call it the "old fashioned way" but it works! The old way I was doing them left the corners to "pointy". I made a tutorial here on the blog as a separate page if you are interested.


I've started on a landscape using this beautiful background. A lot of people don't like brown but it's one of my favorite colors. Granted it's a bit weird to have browns as a sky and water but think foggy morning light.

I drew it out just the right size to use some of the gorgeous fat quarter sky/water fabrics I bought at the quilt show a couple weeks ago. I'm sure you will be seeing variations of this in the weeks to come.

Hope you are enjoying the summer, it's getting hot and humid here in Vermont and I hate it. How do you people in the south handle it? Yesterday I went to Lake Champlain and the water was turning green and there was foam like suds all along the shore. Combination of heat and way to many tourists in boats. I make my living from the tourist dollar so I guess we need them but ............ What a price to pay :-/

Ok, enough ranting - have a great week!