Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Mermaid’s Tale – Introducing….. the Girls!

Well, I am fairly happy with them as a whole. Some more than others….but I guess I’m allowed to have favorites. Each block is 16 inches wide by 20 inches tall.  I plan on a non-straight kind of oceany sashing. Still debating if I will order white silk and dye it? My dying silk sometimes consists of me using it for a sponge and different dyes….I do love surprises when it comes to dying ribbon and fabric. Probably won’t even tackle the sashing until Christmas time. I still have two of the ladies unembellished and so will have to get them all done before I can decide what exactly I want to do when I put it together. The octopus is the center block…that is decided.They could all use a little more seaweed….maybe more little fishies.

It was mentioned to me that their TA-TAs may be a problem with showing. Might be considered offensive. I thought maybe I would present it to the show committee and see how they feel. Attendees may not like it. So….the burning question is: Do I break out the sequins and make them all bras? What do you think?











Saturday, July 27, 2013

Arsenic and Old Lace – Block One

I’m happy with my first block. However, what is in my head is not what I’m getting. I need to take a deep breath and block out interference when I am piecing. I have crates (yes crates) of lace and I’m not organized. I’m better this time than I was when I pieced the mermaid quilt. Tomorrow I will take pictures of my mermaids and post them. Anyway….I know I have some really,really cool lace here somewhere and I need to take a weekend and just go through it all.

Below on the left is the pieced block and on the other left is the embellished block. What is really great about working in a small area (10 inches at widest point) is that I see progress quickly.

My 5 am sewing sessions seem so productive Smile

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Prisoner of Love

I doodle….all the time. I find it very freeing. My imagination seems to work better when I’ve been doodling. Some of my best embroidery designs come from doodling. So did the beaded spiders.

Sometimes quilt designs float to the top when I’m not focused and just doodling little designs. Prisoner of love is like that. I have the pattern about half written. I love this pattern and plan on making a full size bed quilt when I get a chance. I doodled this one about three years ago before I had thought of writing patterns.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Arsenic and Old Lace

I’ve started on Arsenic and Old Lace. I don’t know what possessed me to do it in a hexagon pattern. Putting them together may just be a challenge. I’m thinking maybe black sashing between the blocks with red triangles at the corners.

I have no idea how big this will be. I guess it depends on when I get tired of piecing blocks. It will give me a chance to use some of that massive stash of lace I have. I had a large stash already when a lady from my guild brought me a HUGE box of lace that had been her mother’s stash. I have no shortage of fabric and embellishment; I’m at the point where I just can’t find what I’m looking for.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Have you ever threaded a treadle sewing machine?

I was sitting down to experiment with the movie program in my laptop and found this video I made last year and forgot about it. The Carson Valley Quilt Guild had a heritage exhibit at their show where we demonstrated crazy quilting, hand quilting and working with a treadle machine. We also had an incredible display of antique quilts. We had talks about their history and dating antique quilts. I think it was one of the highlights of the quilt show.

The two hilarious ladies in this video are Loyann and Marilyn…two delightful quilters with a tremendous amount of talent between them. Loyann had so much fun demonstrating the Treadle machine that she has been making a quilt top on a treadle. Marilyn is one of the most talented hand quilters and applique artists I have ever seen.

Threading a treadle sewing machine in preparation for a demonstration at the Carson Valley Quilt Show

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Exciting News – My Book is out


I stepped out of my box again. Feels good to do that. I published my book on Craftsy.com and I have had so many wonderful comments and a great deal of encouragement. This is volume one. I felt I would never finish it if I didn’t break it up. Volume two is in the works.

Included in this volume is my beaded spiders and spider webs. Stitch combinations, etc.

The picture on the cover of the book was supposed to be part of a challenge quilt last year, but it made the quilt too big for the challenge…so it was just hanging on the wall waiting for something special.



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Monday, July 1, 2013

Sewing Expo and Stuff


Chinky has been moved into the living room and I’m reorganizing my sewing room. I’m horrified. I mean…at what point did I become one button jar away from an episode of Hoarders? At this point I have Five (count them…5!) full gallon jars of buttons.  Almost all are vintage. And then I came across an organizer box with all these vintage buttons neatly divided by color. This doesn’t count the other embellishments. I have three more boxes (so far) to tackle and I know there are going to be baggies of buttons in one of them. Somebody is going to have a blast digging through my stuff after I die…..

I went to the sewing expo in Reno. Spent quite a few hours there. I had a chair entered in “The Chariatable Affair” contest. Didn’t win, but it was fun. Saw lots of people there that I knew….but it was Allie Aller’s quilts that stole the show. I wish that I had taken close ups, but I didn’t. There was a gorgeous Heart quilt, but that was one of my blurry pictures. I really need to take a tripod with me.