Sunday, December 21, 2008

Last post of the year

Since it has been snowing a lot here my evenings have been pretty free - my days too for that matter. So I finished up a lot of projects. We got some great new striped batiks at Quiltz and I just had to do something with them so this wall hanging was born. It is a great brightener on a gloomy day. We also got in a gorgeous line of flannels and I just had to create a snuggly rag quilt using some of them. Luckily my co-worker, Carol volunteered to do all the snipping. It took her three hours. .. and I really appreciate her help.

I knit these scarves for the two kids who I babysit for. Shoshana picked the yarn and Rascal had a field day with it before the knitting began. Two balls of ribbon yarn wrapped around him, Darcy(the collie) and the coffee table. It looked like Mardi Gras in my house. He was so pleased to see me when I returned home to the mess.

This one was fun to create and the sewing was easily done during a couple of meetings that I attended. I was really tempted to buy more wool felt after creating it but I stopped myself from filling that online shopping cart when I realized that I really don't need $150 worth of felt....the colors were so gorgeous that I wanted it all. Ah well...
maybe next year.

Hi Everybody,
This is my last post of the year because I am off to Egypt on Tuesday to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday. She is a retired travel agent and we just can't get the travel bug out of her blood. Should be an incredible trip with the whole family.
I am pretty proud of myself looking back on this year. I actually posted something every week except one! Not bad. And I have four things to post today to make up for future misses. I intend to continue my weekly postings upon my return so expect to see something mid- January. I do love blogging because it keeps me on track and it is great to share what I am up to.
So a special thanks to those of you who read my blog and especially to those who make comments. May your holidays be full of love, health and happiness and may your New Year bring more of the same plus a lot of creativity.

Much Love,

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Add Pizzazz

It has been another busy week with lots of quilting going one. I started the Asian quilt at the store a while ago and I just had to get it off the wall and finished so that took priority. It is a simple pattern using great fabrics.

I am gearing up to teach some new classes so I also needed to get some samples done. This one is for my Add Pizzazz class. We will be playing with Angelina fiber, fusible braid and crystals. I had so much fun creating this one. The braid fuses really easily and I like the look.

I quilted it with a variegated thread and I was very happy with the outcome. The flowers seem to be dancing.

I know this picture is in here twice but I can't figure out how to get rid of it!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Batik Scarf

First I have to apologize. I have been so busy the last few days that it only hit me Monday morning as I was running out the door that I had forgotten to post! This has been a crazy week. I was notified that "Slick" was accepted to the SAQA Transformations Show and I am thrilled beyond belief. The funny thing is that I made that quilt for me - because I wanted to try new techniques - not because I was hoping to get it into a show. So I have learned a huge lesson - I need to create for myself rather than for others....
My mother saw a scarf at our fabulous local yarn store, Websters and she wanted me to see it. The original is made from silk but I tried it with batiks. After a few mishaps, I finally figured out an easy way to create it using Solvy and I love the outcome. I will be teaching a class on it at Quiltz next year.
I have also been making a Lone Star quilt as a commission and after sewing diamonds together for about 4 hours, I discovered that I cut them at the wrong angle and I have a 6 pointed star instead of an 8 pointed star. Quite the surprise! Back to the cutting mat...
I will post more next Sunday. I promise.