you must admit
Friday, June 26, 2009
you must admit
Monday, June 22, 2009
And a close-up:
A *Huge* Bear Paw Quilt:
And a Close-up:
A Trip Around the World (made from Batiks):
And a close-up of the center :
That's all I have time for today Folks! =-)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I've been obsessing lately...
I'm making a quilt for Bunny (19 yo daughter), and it's applique'd!
Did I say it's applique'd? I mean the entire thing is applique'd!!
Yes, I *am* crazy, thank you very much.
I'm quite possibly STUPID too!!!
Anyway, the vision I originally had in my head looked a little bit like this:
But not quite.
Yes, that's a strange, Tim Burton-meets-Willy-Wonka-type curved, rounded or whatever tree. I wanted it to have another curved-rounded-whatever branch on the left, but it just was not cooperating. I just could NOT get the vision that was in my head onto the fabric (well technically, onto paper first, but whatever). Plus, I wanted many flowers and lots of greenery around the bottom of the tree, a silver moon on the top right, and a Luna moth flitting around on the left...
But things were not going as planned. The fabric was NOT cooperating...
So I went to plan B:
I decided it would look better as a more "traditional" tree...
Because the image in my head just would NOT become a reality for me!!!
So then I added a few flowers:
I haven't added any of the greenery yet (except for the one lone lily on the right). It is really slow going. Did I mention that the WHOLE thing is applique'd?!?!
Damn! Whose bright idea was this?!
Anyway, a close up of the large daisy-like flowers:
And the really time-consuming, but adorably cute... whatever-kind of flower:
Monday, June 15, 2009
Today seems to be an odd day for me...
I'm sort-of wandering around, talking out loud to myself...
Boyfriend is at work, our oldest daughter is at one of her college classes, and our youngest is taking her kitten to the vet...
So I'm stuck here, alone, wandering around between loads of laundry, with the tv on for noise...
I'm sort of lost today.
I'm in a funk.
But SHE gives me comfort! =-)
It's not a very focused picture, but really, are we supposed to *clearly* see faeries? Aren't they supposed to stay in the realm of "those things that we're not quite certain of"?
She found me at a yardsale, and my 18 yo daughter tried to claim her, but she stuck with me. (Yay! The gods smiled on me yet again.)
I still need to find a name for her. Any suggestions? I have no idea if she came with a set of anything, nor if she's a cartoon, or what. Nor do I want to know!
And the quilt I'm working on is lying there looking at me accusingly.
I need to get to work on it, but I'm stuck for a bit.
I guess I'll go look around the 'net for some tutorials on applique'...
Back later. But in the meantime, here's a sneak-peek at this thing I'm trying to work on:
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I won a give-away!!!
Rachael had a give-away, and I entered it, blogged about it, and even linked to it (Go Me!), and... ::drumroll::
I won her give-away!
Well, guess what came in the mail today? (Okay, okay. So I'm slow. It actually came on Thursday [TWO days ago, for those who are counting], but I couldn't find the time to post about it!)
Yep. My IKEA fabric that Rachael so generously gave away! =-)
It's four pieces of 58" by 18" fabrics, so it's like "chubby fat quarters"! =-)
I'm thrilled! (As if you couldn't tell by all of the exclamation points!)
I have no idea what I'll make with these almost-upholstery-like fabrics, but I'm sure *something* will come up in my little mind! =-)
Thank you Rachael!!!
I haven't won anything in a really looong time. This feels nice.
Maybe this means I should start looking around my scraps to see if there's anything in there that would like a new home...
Friday, June 5, 2009
I am finally posting pictures of the baby quilt!
Yay! Go me.
Unfortunately, the pictures are not as good as my daughter's would be, so you'll just have to bear with me. I apologize for that... But hey, at least I got up off my butt and did it for myself finally! =-)
The first picture is the whole thing. It's flannel! from "Giggles" by Moda. (I had saved the card with all of the info on it, but now I can't find it!!! Oh well.)
I got a jelly roll and just sewed the strips together.
I had a difficult time with this one, let me tell you.
First of all, I wanted to put yellow strips in there, in a blue-white-green-yellow-kind of pattern, but there were not enough yellow strips to do that!
So I left the yellow out, but decided to do a border strip with the yellow.
Once I got it put together, I got out the flannel fabric that I thought coordinated with it when I was in the store! Only to find out when I got home that it didn't really match!!
So I went to the pitiful fabric store we have here in town, and looked and looked for a flannel that would look good with it (and, YES, I took the quilt top with me! I have learned a thing or two over the years. lol ) and...
Nothing really matched! I did not want to go into the next town to look for fabric, so I settled on a plain white fleece.
I've never sewn with fleece before, but I thought, "It's just for a baby" and got what I thought would be enough fabric. (Mind you, this was after much debating with myself about the downfalls of having a basically white backing for a baby, and wandering from aisle to aisle between the flannels and fleeces... which were on opposite sides of the store!) I got it anyway.
It did not cover the back!
"Holy cow, how many more 'craps' am I gonna have with this quilt?!?!"
So I decided to put a stripped piece on the backing, kind of like Amanda Jean of http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ does. I've done this technique before, and have always ended up liking it. I like it on this one too. =-) Yay.
So, here's the front:
This quilt measures approximately 37" x 45".
And a close-up:
I'm not sure if you can see it, but I used a variegated mostly-green thread to machine-sew on the binding. It's fleece too, so I didn't double it or turn it under like I usually do on bindings. It went super-fast putting it on like that! =-)
Also, on this picture, you can see that I just straight-line quilted it, staying 1/4 inch from the seams.
And here's the back with the strip of flannel:
And a close-up of the strip, just so you can see how cute this fabric is! =-)
Okay, I think I'm done saying "cute" for the day.
Well, you go have a great Friday, and a restful weekend... Hopefully I'll be quilting! I've sort-of started on my next one. It's for my 19 yo daughter.
And it's different from any quilt I've ever done before!
Wish me luck!! =-)
I'll be applique-ing this one. I'll need all the help I can get!