Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's a Wrap!

My "Mrs. Santa" sewing is done and the gifts have been wrapped. I cannot believe that all is finished well before Christmas Eve! I had lots of fun making the aprons, doll clothes and doll quilts, and the best part was that I did the shopping for most of the materials for these items right at home. With the exception of one package of bias tape, all the fabrics and trims came from my sewing room. It is great to have a stash!
The multicolored doll quilt began with a collection of charm squares. The red/blue doll quilt began with a collection of fabric sample swatches. It didn't take much more fabric to turn them into these little quilts.
I hope that all your Christmas sewing will soon be finished. May your gifts be received with smiles and hugs. :) MERRY CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 5, 2011

Here it is!

My challenge piece should be almost to its destination by now, so I'm letting you have a look at it.
Remember that I was given a fat quarter of a really wild and crazy fabric (in my opinion), along with 3 beads and ~18" of 3 different ribbons. We had to use a recognizable amount of the fabric, plus all 3 beads and some of each ribbon.
When I opened the fat quarter of fabric to study it, the first thing I saw was the bird. That led to my design, and I'm very happy with the finished project! (And happy that I was able to mark this project off my "to do" list!)
Techniques used: hand applique, lots of hand embroidery, and hand quilting.
Title: Rock-a-bye Babies

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ho Hum

My blog is supposed to be all about the fun I have making scrap quilts. I haven't posted anything in a long time, mainly because I haven't been having fun making scrap quilts. The projects are there, waiting for me, but I cannot get going on them. I think I am finally feeling the effects of all the family events of the past 6 months. Family dynamics are now different and, especially around the holidays, we miss the loved ones we have lost. I don't feel inspired or creative. I'm sure this is natural, and I hope it will soon pass.
I did finish up the challenge that was put out by the editor of the NQA journal. It was mailed off to her last Wednesday, so she should receive it well before the December 15th deadline. My next post will contain a picture of my finished challenge quilt. Stay tuned!