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Friday, December 31, 2010

Comforters in progress

I have been using up my scraps to make comforters.  I've not bought any new material--just trying to diminish my stash. Last year I made the blue comforter for Rosie and Caroline, my 6 year old granddaughters.  It seems that Rosie has taken it over, and Caroline wanted a comforter of her own.  Her favorite color is blue, so I wanted to make this comforter blue-ish.  I have put pictures printed on fabric sheets of the twins and their cousins on the comforters. As you can see from the pile of fabrics I am working with, I am the original messy Bessie.   I will back the new one with some blue fabric that I have, and tie it with blue yarn.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas stockings

I've made Christmas stockings for all my grandchildren.  I already posted the picture of the newest one, made for Sean, now 4 months old.  The one made for Ellie, Sean's sister, features their two dogs.  Murphy, the black one, only has one eye.  Maggie, the fawn pug, has a tongue that would rival Gene Simmonds.  The other two stocking were made for Caroline and Rosie.  Caroline's has Snoopy on top of his doghouse, and Rosie's has the Grinch peering out from behind a Christmas tree. The stockings will be hung on the mantle, all ready for Santa to fill them. for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas hangings

 I went to Overland Park to help Rosie and Caroline make Christmas wall hangings (among other things).  They made houses and I sewed them on some starry night fabric.  You can see the houses and the girls holding them. We also made trees.  If you look closely you can see the Caroline's is a KU tree.  She's quite enamored with KU.  She even cut a KU for the tree star.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas stocking and another goodie

I made a Christmas stocking for my grandson, Sean.  His dad requested putting ugly dolls with party hats on the stocking, so that explains the decoration.

the second picture is a small quilt I have made for my niece who is getting married.  Both Debbie and the groom have a great interest in Native American culture.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ellie's Christmas Quilt

I have finally finished Ellie's Christmas quilt.  My daughter in law spent a lot of her childhood in Hawaii. The quilt is based on the book that belonged to Ellie's mother Belinda, Twas the Night Before Christmas in Hawaii.   The three little girls represent my granddaughters.  Ellie is the one with brown hair, Rosie has pig tails, and Caroline is asleep in the top hammock. The quilt is hand appliqu├ęd and hand quilted.  The back is a red flowered Hawaiian print.  Next on my list is a Christmas stocking for my grandson, Sean.  It will feature ugli dolls, maybe with elf hats on.  Haven't designed it yet.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Jude Hill class

Nov. 2, 2010
I am excited to start a class with Jude Hill.  I made 2 small quilts using her weaving method that I read about in Quilting Arts.  Australian story was the first one, as I was trying out the method.  My art quilt group had a challenge to use zentangles in a quilt, and after I finished the Australian one, I was ready to go on the zentangle challenge.  I drew zentangles with a micron pen on white fabric, making 5 zentangles.  I mounted them in the ninepatch, and used some colorful fabric to decorate the alternate squares.  These will probably be just baby ones once I am in the class.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ellie's quilt

I am quilting my granddaughter's Christmas quilt.  It is based on the book, Twas the Night Before Christmas in Hawaii.  It has been a lot of fun to make it--need to get it finished this month! You can see it in the quilting frame.
There are nine blocks and Ellie's name made from fish material.  today is Nov. 1, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

new Fast Friday submission

I submitted Mysterious Tree for the October challenge.  Our art group had a session on making a tree using many of the stitches that come with the sewing machine.  I machine quilted a batik background, zigzagged the tree rectangle onto it, added a son and rays.  I used a 1/2 inch trim to finish it by hand tacking the trim to the edge.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fast Friday Challenge #49

I had an old picture taken by my Dad in the Pacific during World War II, showing a number of parachutes hanging up in a hanger.  This was my inspiration.  I crazy pieced my background on top of batting using the sewing machine.  Then I chose a number of dark blue fabrics, one muted gold, and 2 gold fabrics.  I hand sewed them onto the background.  I added strips of fabric at the bottom of each element to suggest the lines.  I pillow cased a facing to the piece. I thought I would bead the piece, using navy and a few crystal beads on the dark fabric, and gold ones on the gold fabric, but when I finished the piece I kind of liked it as it is.

I would appreciate any comments you have. this is my first Fast Friday Challenge.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My new blog

This is my first entry on my blog.  I'm trying to find my way.  I have enjoyed reading other blogs, and hope to display my quilt art on this blog.