Monday, October 31, 2011

Slice and Dice

I finished up my Mother in Law's Christmas gift!
Slice and Dice
It is from a class I took this summer from a national teacher. The blocks were super fun and I had a blast picking out Kauffman batiks.
Slice and Dice Quilting
I had a specific vision for the quilting. I wanted a tight meander pattern. My wonderful long arm quilter scaled down her meander pattern to get it just how I wanted!
Slice and Dice Back
The backing is just a plain light blue that shows off the quilting just perfectly.
I'm so happy to have one holiday gift completed! Now I need to get to work on the rest of my list!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

WIP Sunday: My Biggest Project EVER!

I want to start this post by wishing my wonderful Hubby a Happy Birthday! I know this coming year will be the biggest and best yet! Finally, he is the same age as me again!

I thought I'd let everyone in on my biggest WIP ever!
Hamster @11Wks

I'm 11 weeks along! We are calling it Hamster for now, as that is what it looked like on the ultrasound machine and we felt it needed a name to make it seem more real. We are super excited and of course a bit nervous as first time parents. Don't worry I'll still be crafting up a storm, but with a few baby crafts thrown in. ;)
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone! I'll be back tomorrow to share a new finished quilt!

Monday, October 24, 2011

WIP Sunday: I Was So Busy!

Yesterday I was so busy sewing I didn't take time to blog! That's ok though since it means I think my slump is lifting! I worked on finishing up a quilt top I've had laying around for awhile. I managed to sew all the blocks together and put on an inner boarder. I choose a light fabric because I liked the contrast better than a darker fabric.
Split Decision With Inner Boarder

Now, this is all fabric left over from another quilt. The "Slice and Dice" that is currently getting the binding hand stitched on. (I'll share it when I'm done!) I over bought and decided to use it up in another quilt. Which means I'm very low on fabric and this needs another boarder! I have some strips left over so I tried out the idea of doing a "piano key" outter boarder.
Split Decision Outter Boarder Option
I'm really not feeling it! I think it looks distracting and just not with the flow of the quilt. All I have left are some 6.5 inch strips so I think I'm going to have to think of something else! I do have some solid turquoise Kona in my stash, but I feel the solid would be to heavy to boarder this with. Any suggestions?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Hand Made Ornies

I shared a couple of ornies last week, but today I felt in the mood to make more! It turns out I decided I wanted the ornies I sent out for the Trim the Tree Swap on Flickr to have a common thread. Don't get me wrong, I loved the pine cone and angel. I'm sure they will find loving homes anyway, but I wanted to send something different. I set about creating something this morning and three little ornies popped off my machine before lunch!
Linen Ornament Group
I was inspired by some small hoops I saw on one of my partners inspiration mosaic. I gave them my own twist and I love how they turned out.
Happy Holidays Bunting
I used my machines alphabet function to spell out Happy Holidays and a sweet little bunting of course.
Little Tree Ornie
Some little trees on a snowy hill.
Snowman Ornie
A little snowman all dressed for cold weather.
I think these turned out just how I wanted and now I can get them packaged up and sent! Oh, and no more thinking about Christmas until Halloween is over! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

WIP Sunday: I'm In A Slump

I'm in a slump. What more can I say. My crafty mojo has diminished! I'm sure I'll get it back, but until then I sit. Then today I checked my email and guess what, I won a spot on Tam's huge super fantastic class "life book"! I'm so excited! A year long class on willowing! That should get my juices flowing!

I did manage to make a couple of ornaments for the Flickr swap. I have one more to make, but first I must decide what to make.

I made a vintage inspired paper angel. Scrap book papers, a wooden bead for her head, and a spiral paper clip for her halo.
Vintage Angel

I also gave the popular felt pine cone a whirl. It was in the Better Homes and Gardens mag from last year and I had been saving the pattern. I used a dark chocolate and light aqua felt. I just need to add a string or ribbon to hang it.Felt Pinecone
So I haven't gone completely stale!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

WIP Sunday: Spooky Girl

Well, the Art Fest auction was today after being canceled by rain in September. We had a good turnout and made a wonderful amount for the center! $2,055! That beat last years total! I'm so happy it is done!

I'm working on a bout a million things right now, but none are really ready to be shown off yet, so I'll show you a drawing I did. She turned out rather spooky and wonderful.
Spooky Girl

I hope to get to work on some ornaments this week!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

MIA Update

I went a little missing in action to take a trip to the other side of my state to go to some art gallery meetings for my art center. It was a blast and I saw tons of great art and toured some fantastic museums. I learned a lot and got to help choose the exhibits our art center will be showing in 2012!

Before I left on my trip I did manage to whip up some more chemo caps to donate! Last Saturday the quilty gals and I had a quick sew day to make more caps. I have a total of 4, Betty made 1, and Jan did 2! I'm shooting for a goal of 6 by this Saturday when we have to turn them in. I think I'll try to make up 2 more tomorrow night. The come together pretty quick.
Chemo Caps
The first 4 starting from the bottom of the pile are the ones I've made, the first blue one is Betty's, and the last 2 blue ones are from Jan. I can't wait to hand them in!

I'm off to stalk partners in the Trim the Tree Ornament Swap on flickr now! :) Then I get to plan out some ornies!