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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Repurposed Christmas Cards


I created these anniversary cards from Christmas cards. I took verses from the inside of different cards while the hearts were from a beautiful glittery Christmas trees on a card. A tree upside down looks a lot like a heart.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oops


I forgot to add the Scripture reference. It's machine quilted.

Be Still



A few months ago, the subject of slowing down and being still came up in a conversation. I mentioned to that one of my favorite verses is from Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I AM God". The other person said, "Yeah, for everyone but you!" I realized that they were right and have consciously spent more time being still, which is not easy but obtainable. It's a good practice.

After finishing some colorful, fun quilting, I added the verse part and 3 organza ribbons to the focal part of this piece from yesterday. The "I" "AM" "GOD" additions were made by first painting NO Flow on the fabric then written using a purple Sharpie pen - an experiment.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Background


Several days ago while playing with batik remnants, I pieced some square in a square blocks. They were no particular size only using what size remnant was in the bin. I've used some of them to piece a background with a fuchsia center focal piece. I've started machine quilting it and will add the focal verse in 3D when the quilting is complete.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thankfulness


I am thankful for family which is spread out over several states.
Only 1 son home for Christmas Day this year but it was a fun time.
I am thankful for technology of phones, email and Gchat.
I am thankful for the Prince Of Peace - Jesus
who offers a close relationship with Him
24/7 without technology!
Thank You LORD.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Unto Us A Child Is Born!


""Unto Us A Child Is Born" is another piece from my earlier quilting days. It was paper pieced along with our Mini Bee group doing a section at a time for the year's challenge in 2001. Even though I now prefer other methods of creating quilted art, I really like this piece and it's reminder of celebrating Jesus' birth at Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Celebrating Christmas Eve


I began quilting in the early 1990's and this is one of my first pieces from 1995. I used templates and wanted it very symmetrical. It is hand quilted. My style has changed a lot since then which can be viewed in previous posts. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Be Joyful In Hope - Finished


Some pieces just seem to flow and go together quickly. This piece is not one of those type of pieces. This piece seemed to take a lot of thought and time to complete. But it is complete. And I like it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Birds Of The Sky

Matthew 6:26 - "Look at the birds of the sky: they don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they? "
My mystery project from yesterday is a Gold Finch Bird Feeder.
Here's how simple it was to create:
First, sew on Velcro to create a flap that fold over the opening completely.
Then, sew side seams closed. Next, hole punch 2 holes on the back side of feeder as openings for hanger.

Then, thread thin piece of screen as hanger through holes and sew hanger into circle.

Lastly, fill with Niger Thistle and place on pole and watch for Gold Finch's approval.
Click photo to better view happy Gold Finch.





Sunday, December 21, 2008

"...Yet Your Heavenly Father Feeds Them"


I have a mystery project for today. I've had this idea for while and now that our dog "helped redecorate" a window screen, I have the materials. The photo is of a washed piece of vinyl window screen cut and ready to sew. Can you guess what it will be? There's a clue in Matthew 6:26.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

"Be joyful in hope"


I finally decided how to embroider the verse on this piece. The 2 strips of masking tape temporarily provided good boundaries for height. I used this chalk pencil that that I borrowed from Carol R. and it worked great to mark the verse. She warned not to leave it on too long, so I used this special sponge to "erase" the remaining chalk after the embroidery. Now just to add Romans 12:12, machine "sign" my name, finish sun rays, binding.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Fabric Throwing" Day

I'm in the "thinking" process on a couple of projects so I just wanted to create today.


I call it a "fabric throwing" day.



Post Cards are a great way to create "quickly".
I seem to create best when fabric and supplies are all over the room. And I like tiny pieces.
What fun!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Rusted Fabric Use

As I looked though the fabrics I have hand dyed, I came across this piece that I dyed with rusty objects awhile ago. I put it away since I don't usually do much with browns. But, today, I knew it was perfect for the back of a couple of green and brown fabric post cards I was finishing today. I'll use it for some others too.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tiny Knitted Stocking


This tiny knitted stocking ornament was a gift from one of the Crafting With Kindness ladies at our party yesterday. That's a chap stick inside which gives you a good idea of how tiny the size of the stocking. Thanks Barbara. (I find it difficult to photograph tiny items with good clarity.)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Traveling Project

A gift from Marti a few years back, this transformed mailing tube safely holds a project in progress in transport. It is perfect for days like today when I will take an unfinished piece to the Crafting With Kindness group for opinions.
It unties and rolls out to hold the project on a thin layer of batting. There's also room inside the tube for other supplies ready to go.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Quilting and Bead Added


This piece, first posted Dec. 3, was quilted using a similar thread color to each section. There are gold and reddish orange beads forming the rays of the sun set. After I add the binding, I'll finish the last ray of the sun since it's so close to the edge. I still want to put a verse on it, but since it's only 8 X 10 I'm not sure where and what color to use. Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Felt Snowmen and Mittens


I created these a while ago out of felt and polar fleece with beads for eyes and on the "buttons". Any suggestions as to how to use them?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Diego


Meet Diego, my daughter and her husband's new puppy. He is very sweet and loves to play.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Snowy Ohio


I rarely post photos of people or things other than quilted art etc here but since I've been gone for several days without any art to show.....here is my daughter and her husband, my hubby and I outside their church in Ohio before our son in love preached this AM. There was about 3-6 inches of snow.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fabric Christmas Trees


Last week I posted the beginnings of these Fabric Christmas Trees the Crafting With Kindness group. We used 3 1/2 long strips, 3 inches wide ironed into thirds. Then we used applique pins to attach the folded in half strips to the Styrofoam cone. The bottoms and tops of the cones were also covered with fabric. Lastly beautiful bows and streamers were added to the tops. They were a lot of fun to make.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sunset Added


Thanks to everyone who commented on this piece a few days ago. I hand appliqued the sunset yesterday while visiting my granddaughter. As always. she wanted to touch to pretty fabrics, thread etc. She carried the orange spool of thread for awhile as treasure which of course only lasted a little while. I'm considering tiny orange beads for the rays of sun. Any thoughts??

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lettering


Recently, I saw a quilt that incorporated lettering similar to this photo. So, I cut a strip of interfacing and wrote in pencil, " He who began a good work in you ...." from Philippians 1:6. I used the free motion foot and played a bit with the width of the zigzag stitch. Next I doubled the interfacing and came up with this. Narrower works better. I know I need more practice but then I plan to do the lettering on a strip of fabric before piecing it in the quilt. A new adventure with words on fabric for me.