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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quilted Desk Art & Fabric Post Cards
















Here's some examples of the Quilted Desk Art (4"x6" insert) and Fabric Post Cards (mailable 4"x6") that I make to give as gifts and to put in galleries. My desire is 2 fold: 1: To bless others with beautiful quilted art and inspiration through scripture in their homes and 2: To use 1/2 of my profits benefit missions.

Hand Embroidered Guatamalan Skirt



My daughter and her hubby brought back this beautiful hand embroidered skirt from Guatemala for me. It's even more beautiful in person.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Finished Matching Pillow Cases




The pillow cases are finished. I decided to just machine "quilt" the fronts of the cases without batting. They are for decoration any way.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Matching Pillow Cases




I'm using "left over" strips from Jose' and Melanie's king sized quilt (see June 12 post) to make some "matching" pillow cases. They will be the fronts of the cases. The backs and edges will be the same fabric I used for the backing and a border. I'll use the "hot dog" pillow case method. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Discharged Backing Fabric


My friend Joy once said that I seem to always have at least one fabric in my pieces that I have stamped, dyed or discharged or something! I thought of her as I previewed fabrics for this backing and decided to discharge it to give it some excitement. Swirls, of course! Thanks Joy!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fabric Dying




My good friend, Carol R. took a dying class at John C. Campbell School last week and showed our Crafting With Kindness group her pieces today. THEN, she gave us all
some muslin that she had already prepared and we played with the left over paint. It's still drying in plastic at her house, so all I have to show for now is my gloves. It
was fun to experiment with stamps, rubber bands under the fabric and then roll over it with dye. Now, what to make with it!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Machine Quilting



I drove yesterday to TN to spend the day with my granddaughter. What fun!! She is almost a year old and is usually intrigued with the pieces I bring to work on while I am there. Yesterday she pulled this unbasted piece out of my bag and showed her approval by hugging it, pulling it apart and finally tasting it too. Later during her long nap I used the escape hatch finish and began quilting it. I also took out the "a" in the verse and replaced it with a capital "A" and think it looks more in proportion.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fall Leaves


I needed/wanted to make a simple yet colorful piece to put in the Asheville Quilt Guild Boutique next week.... hmmmmm. I am planning on machine quilting it ....hmmmmmmmmm....we'll see. The verse I put on a piece is usually something God is speaking to my heart and this time that's true as well.




Saturday, July 19, 2008

Caleb's quilt




I gave Caleb his quilt today. It's made of 6 inch strips. I did some machine wording on it.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Post Card Give Away

Well, our computer died last night so I'm doing this via library. The post card give away is still Wednesday - just leave a comment. I've started a new project that's a bit like Fall. I'll have photos when our computer situation is rectified.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fabric Post Card Give Away


Just leave a comment if you want to be in the drawig for this Fabric Post Card.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

New Shoe Bag




Many years ago Grandma Bessie, who lived with us after her house burned, made me this colorful shoe bag in the first photo. It's well worn and now it's time to replace it. I've used a purple upholstery piece with cotton pockets. It took me longer to divide and pleat and place the pockets than to actually sew it. Notice the extra plain pockets at the bottom in the 3rd photo. I'm not sure what will go in them yet. Hopefully hubby will hang it on the door today.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Button Post Card


I used the buttons for the Carolina Shop Hop on this post card. I simple made a grid using variegated thread and a speciality stitch then machine stitched down the buttons.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Any ideas??


I agreed to make "something" with these buttons for an example for the Carolina Shop Hop. I'm thinking of using them on a patchwork block post card or in a button bracelet. Any ideas?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July Birthday Cards

Here's some of July's Birthday cards that I like to create and send to friends and many family members. I generally make several cards at once (we are a large family). I go ahead and address the envelopes, put the birthday date where the stamp will be placed and they are ready for a balloon to be added before mailing.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Making Fabric Bowls




What great fabric from a friend for a fabric bowl. Here's also the first of a smaller size bowl. These will be for sale in the boutique of the Asheville Quilt Show the first weekend in August.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Pray for America


Here's a small wall hanging I made years ago. It's a true charm quilt using the same pattern shape throughout with each fabric unique.
"And my people, who are called by My Name will humble themselves, pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Online Class Progress

Here's my Daisy Doodle progress. I've added machine stitching embellishement and a dragonfly with I plan to bead later. Now onto Lesson 2.




Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Handmade Stencil

I made this stencil a few years ago out of a piece of craft foam. I drew my design and carefully cut it away with regular scissors being careful to leave connecting pieces. It's come in handy as I am quilting the last section on my latest "hand" project. (See June 7 & 16 posts.) I add the middle vein of the leaf as I quilt.

Fabric Post Card Give Away

I'm giving away this fabric post card. Just leave a comment if you are interested in the drawing which will be Wednesday, July 16.