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A Wonderful Week

I love tools. Having the right ones makes crafting better and easier too. I'd been trying to make some small fabric leaves for a good while. The ones I'd made were sewn together right sides facing and then turned. After I'd turned them they looked like my dog had been chewing with them. I continued to try and they didn't get any better. So finally I asked another sewing friend and she smiled and quickly showed me how to make small turned items in just a few moments. I found out I was doing 2 things wrong - first my stitches were too big when I sewed around the shape and second was how I was turning the fabric. It seemed I needed to use a round end bodkin. Just the word makes me smile. I had to admit at first it seemed like something Data would tell Captain Picard he saw on his scanners, but after seeing it in use I found a wonderful new tool. I had the wire wrapped piece below as the framework (with no beads) and just traced the shape on the fabric, then sewed the outl…

On Line Sales

Well I have several things going on right now, but nothing is finished in my quilting world. I am trying to finish up 4 quilt tops and want to quilt them all in a row. I enjoy the quilting part the best of the whole process. So with some tops in many parts and some ready to cut the binding/backing and others already sandwiched and ready to quilt I have a good little mess around the house.



Then on top of all this quilting I'm working on some new jewelry designs. I've become fixated on wire work here lately and my dinning room table is my work bench and it's a mess too. My husband made me an anvil out of a small rail system. Then I'm also in need this week to get new samples for classes at JoAnn's done for the open house on May 8th. It's times like these I do get a little spastic and have that hamster in the wheel feeling. And on top of all these little things I will be starting a new children's book - hopefully tomorrow. If it weren't for the little calen…

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day I made a little art quilt from found objects. My one goal was to find them in my trash cans. The only new item used in this little quilt was the thread. I teach classes at my local JoAnn and when showing a student how to do something in class I end up with a lot of little "bits" of unfinished things. Small parts of wire wrapping or hammered metal, unfinished paintings and bits of clay beads or buttons with no little partners. All these little bits end up tossed on one of the tables in my play room and seem never to get anything done with them. So this morning I went around and gathered selvage, fabric from the trash, part of an envelope, dryer sheets, a lone bead, little bits of fabric, a flower painted on card stock and even a Walmart bag. I'd never done a mixed media collage and after getting over the initial wonder of how do I start it was a lot of fun. I also used fabric paints and walnut dye.
My mother taught me to cherish the earth. She loved w…

Playing with new fibers

A few weeks ago while out fabric shopping with Stefanie I ran across some beautiful green wool. I was looking for an ivy leaf color and at first when I went up to the shelf with wools I was so sad cause all I saw was the bright Christmas style green/red/yellow and while. Then down at the end of the row on a smaller bolt was this pretty green. It is made of several colors of green, thou that may not show up in the photo.
As I'd mentioned on an earlier post I'm a huge fan of Annemieke Mein and I was influenced by her work. Thou this is a far cry from her beautiful art, she has inspired me with her layered textiles that are filled with such life and depth. This little post card is for a swap over on The Connecting Threads group, Quilt With Us.


I also had some little scraps and made this little pin cushion today. It's for a quilting buddy. Yesterday's quilting with my Sashiko didn't go as well as I'd hoped but the quilt is almost done. When I've worked on smalle…

A Crafty Day

We started the day off with a yummy stack of Cracker Barrel pancakes, mine had pecans. I love their pancakes. Then off to run some errands and then back home for some craft projects. I'm almost done with my newest quilt top. I only have a one more row and it will be done. I don't have a back fabric for it yet. I will have to hunt one down. I got all this fabric several years ago while up in KY at the quilt show.

I'm filling in for a friend this Saturday doing a few demos at JoAnn. One is for the scrap bookers best friend the Cricut. I love my Cricut, but it only gets played with when I go off for Stefanie's weekend long crop. My sister and I wear it out that weekend. I've not tried the Cricut for cutting fabric yet, but with using the go cutter, I don't think I'll bother with it now.
The other demo is for a product to spray paint onto a t-shirts or fabric. I did 2 quick t-shirts to see what the little spray cans would do. They were easy to handle and I liked …

Spring is in the air

I've got a new quilting buddy...well not really. I've know Stefanie for years, but she just started quilting about a month ago. She has really taken to it and with years of sewing experience in making home dec and garments she was a natural with her added graphic design ability. This was her first project. I think it's made from Moda fabrics. I just love the bright colors/patterns and I'm sure this would cheer up anyone's time at there ironing board.


This is a top I finished up this morning. I now have 2 tops ready to quilt. I normally do the quilting right after I get the top finished, but since I have the Sashiko I am going to quilt several in a row to get used to the new machine. As you can see my advisor is there once again directing this photo shoot. It was so odd he didn't lay right in the middle of the top.


I am teaching jewelry classes at my local JoAnn and wanted to have a few different classes from the normal and have been practicing up on my hammered w…