Monday, September 1, 2014

Timber!

I have finished the Celtic Solstice quilt. I am not happy with it. As I readied it for quilting, I found the edges were wonky and wavy:
I did the best I could do, blessing the quilt, as I stitched, with language not quite as colorful as the quilt.
If you click on the photo, you can see more detail. I mostly meandered on this one. The batting is a flannel sheet. I should have left the backing off completely! This thing is HEAVY!!! Oh well, it still makes for a nice utility quilt.
I just started quilting the Leaf on a Log quilt. I really thought I had stretched the backing correctly, but it is already puckering too. Grrrrr!!!
 
I am afraid to start quilting the My Tweets quilt. I do not want to ruin that one! I think I may try a quilt as you go method.

A new-to-us flower is blooming in our backyard. This is a mandevilla:
I plan to labor on Labor Day, and work on quilting the leafy quilt. Hope you are enjoying this first day of September! Happy Sewing!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BOM progress and stuff I am selling

I'm on a roll! On my design wall are the blocks and filler blocks that I figured out how to make. They are not all sewn together yet, but almost. What a fun and busy quilt!

Ziva was very helpful today.

I am selling off my Glitter threads. 
The link to the sales page is on the upper left of this blog.


This is a vintage spool and bobbin box that is also for sale.

I also did some stitching on a table runner and deconstructed a renfaire costume. All in all, another fun and busy day in the studio! I LOVE Fabric Therapy!!!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm back in the saddle again!

Oh how I missed you! Something clicked and I've been in the studio a lot more lately. I love it!

I have been trying to make myself let go of things in my studio. I feel that clutter weighs me down. I've let books and magazines go, as well as some fabrics. I was real honest with myself when I decided to give up doing the LE quilt. It was an online quilt project that would last 18 months. The end result would be a heavy appliquéd quilt. I got as far as the center and realized I was not enjoying the process. I like appliqué, just not this one. I was able to cut the center down to a 12.5" block that I will use in a future quilt:
I might even use it in an orphan block quilt for charity.

This quilt is now finished and delivered to my guild's charity person. It is made from orphan blocks and a panel I had purchased several years ago. I hope the recipient enjoys it!

I think I figured out some of the finishing steps on my night guild's block of the month. I think I need to make a bunch of flying geese sets. These are the the first steps to make the sets I need:
I am using the no-waste fast flying geese method. The chart to the right of the blocks helped me figure out the correct measurements. 

It worked very well and now my birdhouse block 
has geese to carry it away!

The latest block pattern was for a sailboat block. Instead of using a solid piece of fabric for the background I used two. One is the sky and one is the water. I also had to put a little skull on the flag.
I might put some crossbones on it too!
That is the latest from my sewing room! Happy Sewing Y'all!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

House Remodeling

I wish I were talking about MY house, but no, I am talking about that recent block of the month block I made. This is how it looked:

It bothered me that the 'inside' of the birdhouse was so light looking. I wasn't happy with the satin stitching around the outside edge of the hole either. So what did I do about it? I very carefully did some frog quilting. Rippit, rippit, rippit. I very carefully removed the satin stitching and the fabric with the female cardinal on it. I then appliquéd the female back on to a dark brown piece of fabric.
I tucked in the brown fabric and restitched the hole around the bird. I like how this looks MUCH better!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Clean up that mess!

I have been avoiding the task of cleaning off the messy half of my studio table by making up things to work on, instead. For example, this shirt:
It was made from a piece of fabric that I was going to toss out or give to charity. I've had it for five years and originally bought it because it was just such a pretty print and soooooooooo silky!
Being the rebel that I am, I decided to not use a pattern. I was shocked that this actually turned out to be a wearable piece! I plan to wear it this fall with a black sleeveless turtleneck underneath. I think it will be quite flattering!

Out in the yard, our Rose of Sharon's are blooming. We have a white one:
We also have a lavender one:

Back inside the studio we have the June block of the month almost done:
I was playing around in PhotoShop and darkened the circle around the birdhouse hole. I also put the line under, thinking the house needed a perch. The red male Cardinal also has legs drawn on. Once I decide what looks best, I will turn the drawing parts into thread painting. I love using PhotoShop to audition ideas on fabrics, instead of trying things and then ripping out my work to redo.

I have the top together for the latest charity quilt too:

I work a little bit, every night, on the final border for the My Tweets quilt. I have two quilts waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. They are waiting for me to clean off my messy studio table, so I can do that. And that brings us back to where I started this posting!

Till next time, Happy Sewing!