Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Wish Quilt, by Red Brolly, is a quilt that I almost finished during the time of its initial release. However, running into a road block with one of my little star blocks, I stopped working on it. The thought of doing all the remaining checkerboard blocks was a factor, as well.
However, once the star block hurdle was crossed, I moved forward with those checkerboards. And...lookee here! It is almost completed. Four little applique hearts are to be applied to the dark burgundy rectangles, and the outer border, and it will be done!
Now to audition those fabrics for the outer border. ;0
Another one that has languished is my Bluebirds and Berriess by Gail Pan Designs. Mine will have to be called Blackbirds and Berries....
Another one that just needs the outer borders. Who knows?? Maybe two more finishes before Christmas!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
...and no, I haven't forgotten Part 4. I had started doing the flowers for Part 4 in broderie perse. I eventually made the decision that I did not like my choices. Took them off and now have to redo those parts. But...here is Part 5 with quite a few little extras of embroidery added.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Well, for the past several years, it seems as though my Christmas spirit had gone AWOL. And yes, I know...a little bit early, since Thanksgiving is next week. But for some reason, while playing around with a pattern I was drawing, I was feeling a bit silly and came up with this. Another quilter's version of The 12 Days of Christmas.
(I will start backwards to get all twelve days.) :)
On the twelfth day of Christmas I purchased this for me:
Twelve quilting needles,
Eleven yards of fabric,
Ten brand new glue sticks,
Nine pieces of wool felt,
Eight marking pencils,
Seven spools of thread,
Six hand-dyed fabrics,
FIVE GOLDEN THIMBLES!
Four bags of batting,
Three bottles of glue,
Two pairs of scissors,
and a brand new rotary cutter for me!
Silly, right? But...at least I found my Christmas spirit! ;))
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Another two blocks for Miss Rose:
This block still needs the lampshade to be stitched in place, as well as the buttons. (This block is to be pressed prior to stitching that lampshade.)
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A big happy dance going on here! My Merry Mouse-mas! quilting was finished last week. I attached the piece binding, finishing it yesterday. Yeah! It turned out pretty cute. Here's a video showing the individual blocks and border.
Friday, September 6, 2013
The Enchanted Garden is another freebie BOM that I have been working on lately. By Shabby Home, this one includes patchwork, applique and some embroidery. Check it out here.
Initially, I tried to make mine in similar colors to the original. But, I was not very happy with my results. So, I decided to try something else. I have used some of my Japanese fabrics, some Lynette Anderson fabrics and a few others. Luckily, I had a very large piece of linen fabric that was originally intended for another project I decide not to complete.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
I have been playing around with a few corner blocks for my Annabelle in Wonderland. This one finished up very quickly. He or maybe she...makes me smile. :) Meet Shroomie:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Between working on Love Entwined, I have been working on yet another freebie BOM. This one is called "The Enchanted Garden" by Shabby Home. The model is shown in some very pretty pastel pinks and greens. I did start to make it in very similar colors. However, since these are not my 'usual' choices, I was not too happy with the results. So...instead I chose to use some of my Lynette Anderson blue fabrics, as well as an assorted selection of fabrics, including some Japanese ones.
As the title above indicates, for now, a few glimpses...
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Bad picture aside...here is an update on my Love Entwined progress.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
48 teeny circles..no, no, not again!! There were 32 teeny circles in Part 1 of Love Entwined (Esther Aliu's freebie BOM). I tried the first time around...I hated my circles. I decided to make them out of felt and attach with a black bead for Part 1. Phew! Done...but no...Part 3 has 48 more of the little (buggers...oops!) circles. ;) I knew I was not going to be a happy camper if I had to keep making all these tiny circles.
Thing is, if the circles were the same size as the flower centers in Part 2, I would be fine...grumbling, but fine. For some reason, I cannot get the tiny ones to turn out nice and smooth. I have tried washers, the tiniest of the Perfect Circles and hand basting them in place. Still not happy. :(
I finally found a solution. And it is something Esther has done on previous quilts....stenciling those little ___, guys! I tried it on one of the leaf shapes that had not been attached yet. Perfect!
So how do you get 48 little circles in an hour? Stencil them! Yeah!!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Yeah! My birthday present came today! I'm so excited and can't wait to try it out! A brand new Artograph LightPad. I wanted the 11" x 17" size. I immediately unpacked it as soon as it was dropped off on my doorstep. It is great! It lies flat! The lighting is all uniform across the surface!
There is only one down side to it...it is a bit expensive. But...I have been using my current light box forever. It never seems to give me the light where I need it most. I am always squinting and lifting the pattern to see underneath. To me, this is well worth the money...well...not that I spent it. A very nice birthday present indeed from my husband, Dave. Thank you lots!
Here's one with a look at the last zig-zag border for my Love Entwined, Part 2.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A little more love, Love Entwined, that is:
Monday, July 22, 2013
What?? Another Annabelle doll? But...this one is a bit different. She is much bigger, probably about 15" when she is all stretched out. Her arms and legs are jointed this time, so she is posed a bit more easily.
She is a 'preview' of her new adventures in something else I have in the works for her.
This Annabelle is my version of a sort of "Annabelle in Wonderland." A cross between the March Hare and the Mad Hatter....(she is not holding the watch charm I have for her yet). She is wearing a red-buttoned vest, a pretty little shirt with buttoned cuffs, and armbands with a scalloped felt collar. She also has a red checkered skirt with the checkered band to match her hat. And...spats! Yes, I know, they are usually for men..but they are in my original sketch, so I decided to make them for her.
I made her wool felt hat entirely by hand. It is very similar to the Mad Hatter's in that it is a Wellington-style hat. (Had to look that up..as well as a pattern to make it, or at least what the pattern looked like and adapted it to her size.) It has the price tag, some ribbon roses, and funny little bird stick pin (on the hidden side) and some ribbons hanging from the back.
Posted by Michele at 8:13 AM
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The tiny leaves were made using a "v" shape, rather than making tiny, individual leaves. I then stitched the stem stitches over the leaves, making them look like two separate leaves. And...I redid my little circles around the compass. I still used the wool felt, but made them smaller, and attached them with a blanket stitch done with one-ply floss.
Thanks for taking time to visit! I always enjoy reading every one's comments :)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I feel like the little bee flitting from flower to flower with all my different ongoing projects.:)
Here's one: Block 1 of Chateau Hexagons by.Lynette Anderson Designs.
Esther has released Part 2 of Love Entwined, which is now taking up the majority of my time. Lots of discussion in her Yahoo group and tons of great WIP pictures. Become a member of her group and check it out. :)
Posted by Michele at 2:29 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
In between working on Love Entwined and a few of my other BOM's, I have been working on a lot of small blocks to create the latest Annabelle adventure. I wanted to challenge myself and limit the color choices to blacks, tans, creams and rust. However, the rust color is only wool or flannel (the flowered, rust-colored portions). Difficult? It wasn't as hard to do as I thought it might be. It was actually quite liberating, in that I did not worry about bringing so many different colors and hues into play.
The second part of my personal challenge was to use hexagons, but a bit differently than, say Grandmother's Flower Garden where the hexies are all joined together. There are a lot of different size hexagon flowers, a few hexagon cactii and hexie bees! ;) And...lots of pottery waiting for new flowers to be planted. :)
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
OK...just too addicting already. I don't know what happened! I usually do not do this, but something called me to make a second Mariner's Compass for Love Entwined!
A quick peek...the little circles are not sewn down yet, but you can see the overall choices I made. I haven't posted a picture of this one on the group yet...waiting to finish making the rest of those tiny circles!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Love Entwined is a new free BOM from Esther Aliu. The first part has just been released, and has created quite a stir in the Yahoo group. If you are interested in checking it out, click on the box on the right-hand side.
I made my fabric decisions for the first part, a compass. Take a peek!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Planning something new for Annabelle...lots of pretty wool pots and hexagons...
The rust colored wool felts will only be used in the various pots I have made, and a little on Annabelle, herself.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Primitive Gatherings - a favorite of mine for their fabric and designs. I decided to join in the BOW (Block of the Week) Yikes! that they started three weeks ago. Here's a picture of my first two blocks. You also receive a 'freebie' block, only 4 1/2" square for each block.
These are all wool applique on cotton backgrounds, Primitive Gatherings fabrics, of course! There will be 13 blocks in all.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
My husband, Dave, loves my Peek-a-Boo mouse. Any time I am working on something and he sees me, he says, "Peek-a-boo mouse?" I usually have to answer, "No." and he always seems so disappointed. So I decided to make him a Peek-a-Boo quilt. I am using the drawings I made for my monthly Mousie, as well as a few new ones. I have been working on this in plain sight of him. He asks me the same question again, and I answer, "Yes!". However....what he doesn't know is, it is for him. I have one more block to applique (there are 12) to complete the middle of the top of the quilt. I may have to buy some fabric for the borders I want to do....but he will have his "Peek-a-Boo Year" quilt top for Father's Day. He hasn't seen the whole thing together, so there will still be a bit of a surprise. Plus, there are a couple blocks he has not seen. Have a peek at one of the new ones I drew....January, my little snowball juggling mouse:
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Did you eat all your veggies as your mother told you when you were young? Well.....I didn't necessarily eat all of them, but some of them.
I showed you a preview of Annabelle with her basket of veggies. Now it's time to show some of the veggies...made from wool felt and fabric and floss.:)
First, one that turned out to be one of my favorites...the mushrooms, along with a bit of polka dot lettuce:
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Wow! Look at this: