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!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Decisions, decisions, decisions

I am working on my latest charity quilt. This one is made from orphan blocks and a panel that says "Love" on it over four blocks. I am ready to sew the blocks together but am not quite happy with the layout yet. The center row has to stay center, due to sizing issues. All the other blocks are interchangeable. Thank goodness for design walls!
I hope to figure it all out and sew it together over the weekend. I will post photos when I am done with it.
That's it for now!
Happy Sewing Y'all!!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Productive Month

I am finally back in the studio after avoiding it for over a month! I have no reason for why I avoided it, but I did. To get back in the swing of things, I started by making a new chemise for my renfaire costume. I liked how it turned out. I had a photo of it, but lost it by accidentally deleting it and since it is packed away, I was too lazy to take it out to retake the picture!

The next thing I tackled was the May BOM for my night guild. It is the purple one on the left:
The umbrella block was for April and the green hat was for March.

My design wall looked like this a few days ago:
The February block is the heart block on the right. The odd blocks below the BOM blocks are bits and pieces of orphan blocks and fabrics. I was working on making a charity quilt for a boy.
This is how it turned out:
I think Charlie Brown, Snoopy, bug jars, sailboats, dragons and sports are all good choices for a young man!

A crafty project I am working on are banks. I use liquor canisters to make specialized banks. This one has a quilt theme:
 
I like to think of this as a place to save up your pocket change and when it is full enough, you can go on a guilt-free shopping trip to a quilt store! There will be a slot in the top of the can that you can put your money into. It is pretty enough to sit in your studio. The top comes off for removal of your treasure. I haven't decided how much to sell these for yet.

Last, but not least, I MADE myself sit down and sew together all the blocks for the Celtic Solstice quilt top! THEN I sewed the blocks into rows and I now have the center done. Next will be a narrow border, followed by a pieced border, and the final border. This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern. What a challenge to work with all those itty bitty pieces of fabric!!!

I plan to share this posting with Nina's "Off the Wall" Friday, since I actually have stuff to show!

That's the latest. I hope I don't stay away for such a long time again! Fabric therapy really does elevate one's mood.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tini Time

My friend has been in my life for not quite a year now. She's an awesome woman! She has been very generous to me in so many ways and I wanted to give her a little gift. I know she likes martinis, so I decided to make her some martini mug rugs:

I made a set of four. They are pretty basic. You just cut out the shape of a martini glass and appliqued it down.

I did a meander quilting pattern around the glass:

Using a satin stitch, I made the pick that goes through the olive:

The single olive is colored and heat set, using Prisma pencils:

I used some metallic thread to quilt around the glass as well as a little quilting inside the glass. Under the right light, it sparkles a little!
I hope she likes them!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

99¢ Sewing Machine Cover

I have a little Singer Featherweight sewing machine that I actually use. She isn't an ornament on a shelf; she has to earn her keep!

At a recent guild meeting I picked up a shopping bag off the free table. This was a cheap one from the local Dollar Store. I brought it home and noticed that it needed one seam restitched so I set it in the studio for a few weeks.
Yesterday I went to fix the bag and noticed that it had a wider bottom as compared to narrower bottomed ones I had seen elsewhere. I glanced over to the table where the FW is set up and thought, "Gee, I wonder if this bag would fit over the machine?"
It fits over the Featherweight!
 I folded up the bag to see how much I needed to shorten it and pinned it in place.
I pinched the sides of the top and pinned. I wanted to have a way to grab on to the cover when removing it from the machine. I thought that having a pinched seam there, would do the trick!

I thought about having pockets for accessories and decided against it. They would have gaped open and collected dust. I really wanted a simple dust cover to put over the machine when it wasn't being used.

I wanted to cover the Dollar Store's logo so I took a scrap of red felt and cut out a heart. With tear-away stabilizer behind, I used a blanket stitch to sew the heart down. I then used a satin stitch setting to make the letter S.

The S could be for Singer or for Sherri!
There you have it! This is a super easy, super inexpensive cover for your little FW.
It took less than an hour to make. You could argue that it cost less than  99¢ because I got the bag for free. Let's say that all the thread and the felt heart equals 99¢. Ask me if I care? hahahaha

Happy Sewing!