Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sharpie Tie Dye Project


Here's my Sharpie tie dye fat quarter.  I auditioned it with other fabric and found a pretty intense aqua that worked.


I cut four 9" squares from each and used the instructions for "Peppermint Pinwheel" in Cultural Fusion Quilts to make two blocks.



The pieces are kind of wonky when the sewing is complete.  I pressed each piece well and squared to 7".  Then I made two blocks.


I'm probably going to put them together the same way I used two blocks made with a leaf print fat quarter back in 2015.








Thursday, July 6, 2017

My New Big Ugly Bag

True confessions.  YEARS ago (5-6) I happened to pick these up FREE in NYC while visiting my sister.  A chunk of pre-quilted fabric (yes, it looks a lot like a moving van blanket) and a roll of wide tape.  I  thought I'd make a tote bag.


I didn't get around to it.  For a while they lived in my attic.  Then they made it back into my sewing room.  Recently, I was packing up a box for Goodwill and they almost went in.  

ALMOST

Today was the day!!!  I set out to make a big tote bag.  I referred to another bag to figure out handle length. 


There was binding on two edges only that I wanted to take advantage of.  I was able to figure things out so that there would just be one side and one bottom seam.

I boxed the corners and turned down a cuff.  In the future I may add some big buttons to secure the cuff behind the handles.


It's not the most beautiful bag, but it's big and soft, about 19" wide and 20" deep.  You can never have too many tote bags!

What do I do with the leftovers???  Maybe they can go to Goodwill.





  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sharpie Tie-Dye

Short and sweet, this is what we all did on Saturday at our monthly meeting of Artrageous Quilters.  First, we ironed fabric onto freezer paper.  Then we drew on the fabric using colored Sharpies.  Some decorated scarves, some experimented with different effects.  I drew flowery pop art shapes with curling lines of dots winding through them.  The next step was to drip, dribble or spray alcohol to make the Sharpie ink run.


Once the ink and alcohol were dry, the freezer paper was removed and the design heat set by ironing or in the clothes dryer (I used the iron).  My colors really spread out so I chose to enhance the blurry shapes by adding more to the drawings with black Sharpies in two widths. It was FUN!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where did the week go?

OK, it's my own fault because I have a short attention span.  

All I did with the colorful paper pieced blocks this week was move them around.  I'm leaning toward the pinwheel arrangement.


The big stitch quilting on the batik lap quilt continues.  I hope that by the time I finish the inner border I have decided what to do in the outer border.


I made two more "Splendid Sampler" blocks.  I'm going to have a Stitch and Sew group at the shop for people making the blocks, so I'd better be a good example!



Then I took time out and made another pair of baby socks. 


Last but not least, I've cut pieces for another quilt.  It will serve as class and shop sample but I think I'll enjoy it in these colors.  Batik fun!!! 




Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I did with my weekend

I went upstairs to the playroom this afternoon.  It's not fancy enough to call it a STUDIO.  Across from the sewing area, on the opposite wall, I have a smaller table set up with an Ott light and my beads.   Copper wire in 4 different sizes and tools.  It had been a while, and I was rusty.


I persevered and now I have a new bracelet!


Not the greatest photography, taken with the phone, not my nice camera.  Now I think it's time to head for that easy chair and a pair of socks that are almost finished.

So, no quilts today, but there will be quilting again tomorrow in my special Monday group.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Playtime

I'll start with the little idea I found on the internet, searching for "turtles", believe it or not.


I drew it out on EQ4 and printed 15 copies, thinking that I would make 3 columns of 5 blocks.  Just as I was finishing the 15th block, it dawned on me that because it takes 2 columns to form the pattern, I would need 5 more.

Tonight I trimmed.


Then I arranged my blocks in 4 columns.


THEN, I had a "what if?" moment ......


So, I might need to think about that for a while.  It's a good thing I have 99 other projects waiting for me! I've gotten started on my Splendid Sampler blocks by making the first three in the book. 


Then I picked out a couple of easy ones from the middle of the book.  The blocks vary widely in difficulty and method.


I've invited interested people to come to the shop on the 3rd Saturday of the month, beginning in July, to work on the blocks together, sort of a Splendid Sampler Support Group.

I've put the hourglass quilt aside for just a bit.  I have another hand quilting project that I've worked on sporadically for a WHILE.  Now that I've reached the borders, I want to concentrate on getting it finished.  It's one of my Cotton Fields patterns called "Crooked on Purpose".




I challenged myself to quilt it with no markings.  The only guide I gave myself was to score lines with my stiletto in the side triangles to keep myself even. I used the stiletto and a 1" ruler because, who knows where my hera marker is?! 







Thursday, June 8, 2017

Progress

Well, I'm working on about four different things this week, so progress is slow on each but it IS progress.  I had a chance to start the quilting on the hourglass quilt.



I've also had time to play around a little with the quilt idea I found on the internet while looking for something else.  



I'm making a quilt along side my beginner class AND starting the blocks for the "Splendid Sampler".  There's a SAMPLER support group meeting for the first time at the shop on July 15.  So, I'd better get back to the machine.