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Exciting New Project

Yesterday a new group was started over at Quilt With Us and I'm so excited about it. It was started by Brenda C. and it is called Techniques4Textiles. We will be following her lead to create a Techiques Journal filled with new techniques we will be learning during the year. 
I'm pretty hyped this should be really fun. Each person has listed 3 things they are interested in learning. I got over excited and listed about 10 and Brenda calmed me down and I came back to 3. Got a little over excited I think.
So this morning I kind of came up with a plan for making my journal which I think I'll do first. I'm falling back on my love of scrap booking for creating my journal. I've made books before and this will be a known area and not require too much thinking, just playing. 
Also yesterday I tried pin weaving for the first time. I didn't use the tiny threads for the warp as my book suggested, but used strips of pleather and cotton. Just wanted to try a quick swatch to see …

Little Bonnie's Quilt

As I mentioned a while back my sister's cat Bonnie is a big fan of quilted items. She loves to curl up in them and I thought I'd make little Bonnie a quilt of her own for Christmas. So this little quilt was made from some cute cat fabric I had. I kept it small cause Bonnie loves to roll up in them and maybe drag them around.
This is Bonnie on Christmas day checking out her quilt. 
A few days later Angel put her quilt on the foot stool and Bonnie took to it right away. 

A White Christmas

We were oh so lucky to have a nice 1" of beautiful white snow on Christmas day. Just enough to be pretty and no fear of the roads. I was so glad that I got all my Christmas sewing done way in advance cause about a week before I came down with a nasty cold. So I had my decorations to enjoy and no worries of things left to be done. Just getting back on my feet from the cold and wanted to share some of my Christmas memories. 
My dear brother in law did a good bit of searching and found this honey bee.  My grandmother had one of these and I'd been looking for one for many years.  He was very determined and now I have my oh so dear honey bee. 
My sister also found this darling little children's machine at the 100 mile long yard sale this summer. It's just darling. It runs on batteries and the little light still works too. I've not tried sewing with it yet. I like to put a tiny section of fabric on these and sew a few stitches and leave the fabric on the machine. If any one…

Snowed In and Sewing - Love it!

Yesterday as I was standing in the check-out line at JoAnn I looked out the front window and saw these huge beautiful snowflakes. It was really coming down and snowed most of the night. We don't get a lot of snow and it's normally in Jan-Feb so this was nice to get 2" this early.   This is a perfect day for sewing and I finished up a wall hanging with some beautiful inchies by Gwen from a swap at Quilt With Us.  The old off-white fabric was a great yard sale find by my sister. It's wonderful and has rust  and odd sections sewn together. I added some walnut spray and did some fabric painting. 


With some of the fabric left over I made a quick ATC.  I love the look of copper wire, well metal in general on my fiber art.  I was toying with beads on this too, but knew when to say stop, at lease on this one.

Need to get back to my civil war blocks, but first I think I'll warm up the kitchen with making some ginger snaps.

My "Little" Fan

I've given my little sister a few quilted items for Christmas deco and they seem to have made quite an impression with Bonnie. Bonnie is her sweet, silly, spunky little cat. Bonnie sometimes acts somewhat like a dog in that she follows my sister around the house and sits in her lap while they watch TV,  just like my Auggie does. But in all other ways Bonnie is quite the typical feline. My sister keeps sending me these cute photos of Bonnie rolled up, hiding under and sitting on the quilts/pillows I've made them for Christmas. So I dedicate this post to Bonnie.

 Rolled up in a quilted wall hanging.

 Perched on the Christmas Pillow

 Hiding under the Crazy 8, Christmas Quilt

So I decided to make Bonnie her own quilt.  It's only 27x32 so she might even be able to drag it around too.  Merry Christmas Bon Bon.

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

The first Christmas Party of the season, sparkling lights on the tree and presents to wrap make all my childhood memories of Christmas come alive. My mom made these sweet snow men. Looking at them brings memories alive of how she always went all out on her decorating. I can see her house so clearly with Christmas pillows all but covering the couch and every room having been decorated. She gave me the gift of loving Christmas and I treasure each memory.

New Tools and Supplies

Well I resisted going out shopping the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, trying to give my wallet a break. So I did miss out on some killer deals but did I really need them? Well maybe, but I was strong. One item that has tempted me 2 years in a row was the large wood container of Gutermann thread that shows up every year at JoAnn. It's over 100 spools and screams my name.  Once again my cheapness over came my desire. I did break down this year and get it's baby of 26 spools with a 50% coupon. 


I am also shamefully behind in making some really cute Santa towels. Stefanie and I were making these and she has of course finished her's and mine are still in the package. But I did get the buckles for Santa's belt on Tuesday so I am getting closer to getting them underway. Hopefully today they might even get sewn together. 


I enjoyed an afternoon sewing with the girls at JoAnn Tuesday afternoon and I took my Civil War blocks to work on. Traditional piecing is not a normal…

Back to Sewing

Well with Thanksgiving behind me I can get back to sewing a little. It seemed I spent most of the day yesterday on Etsy uploading new stuff, getting ready for Cyber Monday. Hopefully folks are buying some hand made items this year. And if you aren't shame on you, click over to Etsy and find that perfect gift. The TAFA members have a great variety. I think we're special of course. 


After cleaning up my sewing room yesterday, WOW you can see the floor now - I felt I could take some time to do something not on my to do list and just play. My friend Edna told me about these cute little quilts called mug rugs, which are cup coasters big enough for your cup and a cookie.  That got me to thinking, that's nice, but what if it was just a little bit bigger? Maybe lunch or - oh snack size. So I made a little Snack Mat. OK it's silly, but was fun to have a small project I could start/finish and eat off of all in under 2 hours. How can you beat that? There is also that all consuming…

Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sales

Well yesterday was for family and food. I cooked here this year. Angel and I swap each year. This will be her year to do Christmas breakfast. So with dinner here yesterday I started cooking around 7:00. It is fun but tiring to cook a big meal and by 2:00 I was full and ready for the couch. It was good to sit and relax after all that eating. Angel brought over 2 really good pies which I of course had to try each along with the pumpkin cheese cake I'd bought. 

I'd hoped to have my Santa hand towels completed but due to a little tragedy we had here at our house on Tuesday I didn't get any sewing done this week. My napkins didn't even get hemmed.  My sweet baby Auggie was very sick and had to spend Tues. and Wed at the vet on an IV. I was so worried. He's on antibiotics and special food now and we're taking him back to the vet this morning to hopefully get the IV port removed. He is doing better but I just have to watch his water and food intake and limit much to hi…

New Addition to the Tiny Sewing World

On Saturday we had our guild meeting and I did a demo of the embellisher. I took samples of finished work and also took duck cloth, felt and roving. Each member had a try at playing with the embellisher using both sheer, or silk like fabrics and also the wool rovings. We all had a good time. 
Sunday my friend Paula came over for us to celebrate her birthday. She came bearing gifts too even thou it was her birthday! Hey who am I to object? So she brought me the Crafts book on the left as gift and I'm borrowing the Centennial Quilts book on the right. The Crafts book was published in the 70's but has some wonderful techniques that are still current. It covers everything from paper making, basketry, felting, jewelry, clay and leather. It's very interesting and will be giving me great ideas for a long time. 


Here is another wonderful present Paula brought me. Isn't this the cutest little machine! Paula sent me the link when she saw it on line and when I went on and on about i…

Starting To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Got a jump on my Christmas decorating yesterday. Wanted to have the house all festive for Thanksgiving, yes I know it's a bit odd to do it before Thanksgiving, but I just wanted to this year. I love looking at the trees all threw the house and wanted to sap an extra week out of them. 
I got several goodies in the mail this week. The exciting leggings I ordered from Dye Diana Dye came yesterday and I'd already made a new necklace to go with them. Her tie dyeing is...well to die for. The colors are beautiful and these are the softest leggings - beyond comfy...hum what's beyond comfy?  The other goodie was a really big bag of Apaca roving from Linda at Fiber Fabrications. This will be for some future felted fiber art. The selection she sent was mind blowing. 
I'll be showing some of these at the Music City Modern Quilt Guild's meeting tomorrow. We'll be exploring using an Embellisher to do needle felting with. Will be a fun meeting. Check out our site with the button…

The Christmas Rush is On

Had a busy and fun weekend. On Saturday Stefanie and I went to Christmas Village. It was the first time I've been in many years. I was overcome by the crowd. It was shoulder to shoulder in the 3 buildings it filled. There were so many wonderful things I just wanted them all. We sampled some really good foods and looked at wonderful hand made items. I picked up a few Christmas presents, which I of course can't share just yet. We stopped by Michael's afterwards and I got some beading supplies for several presents I'm making, then off for a good lunch. It was a fun day. 
Yesterday I taught a jewelry class at JoAnn and afterwards went to Sam's to pick up a few things and the crowd was pretty intense there too. It seems that the rush for the Holidays is upon us. No more shopping on the weekend for me till after the first of the year. Crazy traffic. I did pick up a goodie on Sunday, yummy truffles. These just might have to go with me when we go see Harry Potter on Friday.…

Good Mail and Good Friends

Well here I sit rocking out to Tina Turner and enjoying my new wall quilt I got in the mail yesterday. Can a day just get any better. Sweet puppies at your feet which are tapping away to a great song. Yesterday was such a great day I think I'm still over filled with happy from it. 
I went out to the post office to pick up a box from Jim Shore I'd ordered for a friend for Christmas and what a wonderful surprise to get this package for me! A beautiful inchie quilt from Gwen. It's a thank you for hosting the "Fall Colors" block swap on the Quilt With Us group Art Quilts. We do these block swaps and then after you get your block you continue on with the design and create a wall hanging from it. It's wonderful. This photo just does not do justice to this beautiful quilt. The free motion is great and the inchies are wonderful.  You can't really see but each inchie has a glittered tulle "drop shadow" beneath it. The tiny sparkles are just the right touc…

Scrapbooking With Friends

Yesterday I had a really good time scrap booking with some great ladies I don't get to see too often. I didn't get my cards finished liked I'd hoped, but with all the talking, laughing and eating there just wasn't enough time. Oh well I still have plenty of time. I took a little time out to check out the new items from Stampin Up and saw several things that I just must have. I normally only scrap at our yearly get together in February, so this was fun to get together and see everyone's projects and learn different techniques. Stefanie is fabulous with paper and showed me how to make these wonderful paper flowers. My first thought was could I make these from fabric? Hum I might just have to try, after I master them in paper of course. 


Hopefully today after a few errands I'll take some time to make some jewelry for Christmas presents. I have 3 sets to make. After that I only have 1 quilting project left to do...whew I'm so glad I got started early. Now I just…

Another Holiday Choir Started

One of my favorite things about the Christmas Holidays is cards. If you buy them or make them it's just fun to send them out and keep in touch with your friends and family. I do try to make mine when possible and tomorrow I'm going to a one day crop, and working on my cards is the plan. 
I really want to get my cards done tomorrow so I thought I'd get a little head start today. It just so happens that my good friend Stefanie is a Stampin' Up distributor and so I picked out some paper while over at her house yesterday on our sewing day.  So today I stamped all the designs I'll be coloring and embossed the cards. So it's down hill from here. I just have to hand color a good stack of little elves, snowmen and reindeers. Oh the fun part.






Also wanted to send a Big Birthday wish to Burgundy Buttons. She is 2!




Drop by her blog for a give-a-way and a good sale too. 
The Dark Side of the Moon 12.25" x 21"
Just finished today. 

Needle Felting...

With a machine of course! This is what I've been working on today. I'd not used my Embellisher in months and it was great getting it out again. I got 3 pieces of fabric on Saturday while at Jo-Ann for the embellisher. You don't use your well loved quilters cottons for this machine - nope it's synthetics all the way. I tossed in some wool roving too. 
This is how it started out. 



After all the felting is done.


Then the free motion.


The next thing I'll do is some hand beading. That's sitting in the big chair watching TV sewing on the beads and possibly adding a little metal in the mix. Hope to get this finished in the next few days. 
I had to put the other project on hold for a while cause I just needed to mull over the design a bit longer. It was just one of those projects that didn't want to play with others. 


Here are some of the pieces I'd made for this art quilt. After laying them all out it was a disappointment. So I'll save the large back section for …

I hear Christmas sneaking up on me

When I realized Christmas was just 54 days away, I must admit I had a small panic. I still have several projects to complete. All the quilts I made have no labels and then there are things I've not even started. Oh dear where did the time go. So I've made a list and after checking it twice I've got a plan of action to get things hopefully finished by the 2nd week of November. 





I posted back in Oct. a pattern I'd designed for a Christmas Card holder. Several ladies took me up on testing the pattern and this is the wall hanging made by BJ (top) and Brenda C. (bottom) in the Quilt With Us Group. I really like how Brenda embellished her Santa hat. I'd not thought of that. 









This morning I made up some samples of fiber beads. It took me about an hour to make all of these. They are so quick and easy and can really add some pop to your fiber art. What got me started on these was to see if I could come up with something with feathers on it. Then I just got carried away and ma…

The Disappearing Design Wall

I don't normally use a design wall, most of my pieces are small and I don't really need one, but with the Civil War quilt I've started I thought I'd need it. I have 5 windows and 2 doors in this room and there just isn't any wall space bigger than 3 ft. So I remember someone saying that you could use the back of a cheep table cloth...hum. So while I'm out shopping on Friday at Wally World I see Thanksgiving plastic table cloths for $4.65. That's cheeper than a yard of the same fabric so I thought I'd give it a try. 


Hubby stapled it to a long tube - packaging for track lighting. Yes, I'd been hoarding it for months for no good reason. When it is unrolled it's there and then in just a few minutes, it's rolled up and gone. The blocks don't "stick" to it as well as I'd like, but it should be OK for as little as it will get used. I used a little Sulky temporary spray adhesive on a few of these blocks. 

You can just see a little w…

The Excitement of A New Art Quilt

Yesterday I printed out a bird from a book I illustrated and thought I would use it in an art quilt. This quilt will have the inchies in it I received in a swap. One of the little inches has a birds head on it and that was my inspiration for this wall hanging. First I drew the bird with my new favorite tool the Fonts & Porter mechanical pencil with the white lead. Then I started coloring in with a combination of Crayola fabric Crayons and Pentel Fabricfun pastel dye sticks. The Crayola's are not meant to be use directly on fabric, but you know I seldom pay attention to things like that. (It's just not machine washable.)

Next I'll outline the bird and give him a few extra line with free motion. Then more coloring, and move on to the next part of the piece - the background for the inchies.

I just love starting a new wall hanging, it's very exciting to see what direction things will flow. I've already changed the design once. Sometimes what is great in my head is…

Our First Guild Meeting

Yesterday we had our very first meeting of the Music City ModernQuilter's Guild.
Our meeting was held in a very old house which is now a club house in a Franklin TN neighborhood. I just loved the furniture in the room we had our meeting in. 




This is a very interesting chair I'll have to look up this design.



My mom had reproductions of this type of chair in her living-room,  so this made me feel right at home. This is by the way the men's chair.  The women's chair had very low arms, so there would be room for the huge  dresses worn in that time period. We're talking Gone With The Wind big dresses. 

and after all what is important at any gathering - food  I totally forgot to take a photo before it was munched on, what was I thinking - oh well eating I guess. 
Burgundy Buttons sponsored our first meeting and each new member got a wonderful goodie bag. She also had a good selection of  fabrics for sale with my favorite word DISCOUNT! So I just couldn't pass up getting a "fe…

Finishing Up The Old & Getting Ready For The New

This is the quilt that had been sitting around unfinished for months. It's not my normal way to let things sit, but this one just fell aside and well you know how it goes. So Wednesday I sewed the binding strips together and machine sewed it to the front of the quilt. I went to my big comfy chair to clip the binding around to the back with the little clips I use and got engrossed in a movie my hubby was watching. Next thing I know I'm doing something for the first time...hand stitching the binding on the back. All my quilting buddies who have been quilting for years say this is the way to do it, but I was very resistant. I am known for saying "I only hand stitch when adding embellishments." Well, I might have a change in my thinking now. This was so relaxing, I was shocked. For those of you who do your binding this way all the time I'm sure you are smiling to yourself and nodding at your screen, but this new experience was just a zen moment for me. So now this ol…