Friday, February 16, 2018

Mindless sewing

Not feeling particularly creative this week probably due to the February blues. This part of winter is the worse part for me. No real snow but rainy mushy icy crap and everything is ice and mud. But sewing does make me happy .

So I took some scraps. Threw them in a pile and just sewed together at random. Then quilted it. Not a very good job but remember this is mindless feel good sewing. Binding? No, to much work so it got the pillowcase treatment. (This project is only about 11”x 7”) turn it inside out. Now what? 
Well it could be a large mug rug or a clutch bag type of thing. I can always use another tote organizer.

Sewed up the sides after adding strips of Velcro. In true mindless sewing style, the Velcro is crooked and the sides are uneven. The sides are so thick because I used flannel I couldn’t go to the top end as you can see on the top photo but it will work.

Ta-da! Not that bad and it feels good with the quilted flannel.
And yes, it made me feel good to make something quilty.

I have started a new project here but it will involve writing with free motion so I have to have my wits about me. 
Hopefully I will show you progress next week. If I screw up the writing I’ll show you that too. I do know from experience to write out the words to look at while quilting even if they are simple words. Something about writing with free motion my brain doesn’t associate it as writing.

Do you get the winter blues? How do you combat it?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Downey woodpecker

 Finished! I love how it came out
 Wrapped around a canvas

 The back. Wanted to cover up the staples so glued down some ribbon
 I’ve only done the wrapped canvas thing once a long time ago and don’t remember much about it and was concerned about the thickness of the batting and 3layers but I use a really thin batting in mostly everything and it was no trouble at all. I just had to cut out a little on each corner and it came out fine. Not being a very good planner there wasn’t enough to wrap around the top and bottom so I added some fabric the same colors a nd it seemed to work. I should do the canvas again. I really like the look and it’s so easy to hang.

Have you ever put one of your quilts on a canvas or stretcher bars?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

WIP downy woodpecker

Nothing finished this week but I am in the quilting stages of this Downy woodpecker.

They have pronounced black and white speckled feathers on their backs. To make that I took a black fabric and pounced white pearl fabric paint on it.

I walked by this yesterday. It looks like a rusty waterfall but it’s ice. The iron in the rocks must get mixed with it.
My friend Glen loves to take rusty things and use it for surface design on her fabric. I can see her running to the top of this impressive sight and attaching fabric at the top, having it cascade down and leaving it until spring. How cool would that be!  

Stay tuned next week for the finished woodpecker 🤗