Thursday, July 15, 2010

Movie Quilt Swap ~ Alice in Wonderland

1. 2010-07-14 15.01.44, 2. June STUD ~ Movie, 3. 2010-07-14 15.02.26, 4. STUD June ~ Movie, 5. June STUD ~ Movie, 6. STUD June 2010 ~ Movie

This is the quilt I made for Dena in a quilt swap on Flickr. So, ... We've got the overall shot of the quilt ... the Red Queen's window in the throne room (not the bathroom! Where she sits, on the throne.) It's based on the ticker tape method using a black background to emphasize the swirls. I drew out the swirls and glued all those tiny pieces around them. Next time, straight ticker tape all over fabric and applique black swirls over the tiny pieces.

The map I found on Google images by searching for Underland Map. I printed it out and to it to Kinko's, and a nice young man enlarged the picture and reversed it. My good friend, Kelly, introduced me to Citrasolve, a natural cleaning product. This method is VERY handy! AND easy! (two of my favorite ideas) You take the picture you want to transfer and put it over the fabric (it's good to use tape to keep things from shifting), take a bit of paper towel and dip it into the Citrasolve and dab it onto the paper. Then you use the back of a spoon and rub the snot out of it and then a miracle occurs and the picture transfers!

The chess board and figures were a lot of fun to figure out. I was so pleased to create a dimensional chess board. I am very pleased with the White Queen's silhouette.

The blocks in the right hand corner are a modified tea party block made with colors to represent the March Hare and Hatter.
The flowers were fun to make. I used my AccuQuilt GO! cutter to make the flowers. Quick, easy and accurate, so I could focus on getting to the creating! My artistic and supportive husband drew those sweet faces for me! A little salute to the Disney classic.

The package is in the mail, don't tell Dena I blogged her quilt before she got to see it!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spring Fever Bingo!

Yes, I know it's May and I still have a snowman on my blog. It's crazy, I know, but I really like snowmen. Stay cool * it's okay to be a little bottom - heavy * live well, life is short * spend time outdoors * avoid melt downs * be well rounded * be a jolly happy soul ... are all good ideas for living. So, until I find something that "speaks" louder than these timeless pieces of advice and that cute snowman ... it's staying.

Having said that, I am thrilled to announce that it's time for
It started Monday and I already have seven words crossed out! Click on the the logo to check it out yourself! The Quilt Shoppe is delightful and a lot of fun.

Spring Fever Bingo Word List:

allergies blue jay clean crow dandelion fresh galoshes humming bird insects leaves May nest poppy quilt rabbit rain raincoat resurrection spiders spring break sweater sweet pea umbrella vegetables windy

Having a lot of fun checking out other blogs and exploring The Quilt Shoppe! You should check it all out too!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Made this for my Mom's birthday next week. The woman in the middle is meant to look like her. On Sundays when we eat together there are 10 of us around the table, (The 10 hearts over her head). She always wears an apron. I gave her the fabric for the apron she is wearing. The words are the way we describe her when we talk about her. I am excited to give it to her.

Friday, March 12, 2010

6" ~12" mini quilt swap

You're smiling aren't you? Carol made this cheery, bright, happy quilt for me! I just love that bunny, and those carrots are SO orange it makes me sigh in contentment. She name this quilt "9 Carrots." Pretty clever if you're asking me!

I am thinking Easter candy ... Thanks Easter Bunny, bawk, bawk.

6" ~12" mini quilt swap

This is a mini quilt I made for Carol in Wisconsin. She was tired of the cold and ready for some spring and was feeling like she'd lost her creative mojo. I really wanted to send her some joy and the result was this mini.

I was inspired by this tutorial girl on a swing by comfortstitching. I changed it up a bit ... can you believe I created that girl doing a cartwheel? I was pretty excited that it turned out the way I saw it in my head!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

An Apology

I cannot for the life of me figure out why my font sizes are different. It frustrates me to no end that I can't solve this blogging eyesore. When I create my post, it looks great until it publish and then I get this font mess.

So I am sorry for the gigantic print in these posts. xo

Sewing Olympics ~ 2010

I am participating in the 2010 Sewing Olympics! My application was recently accepted. My first event is the binding ~a~quilt event. This event requires a steady hand, a good eye and even stitches. Wish me the best!

Valentine quilt made with Accuquilt GO! Practice included applique by machine and echo quilting....

This is the quilt

that I am using in the highly anticipated event! You can see the echo quilting. 02.13.10

My "coach" checking the underneath to be sure not one stitch goes through to the top. This is a difficult competition, we aren't taking any chances! in progress 02.13.10

WooHoo! Gold Medal in this time consuming event! I'd like to thank my coach for staying by my side throughout this challenge!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Random Catching Up

This the quilt mini sent to me by QuiltinKimmie for the January swap . The theme was rainbows. I feel so honored to have this beautiful quilt.
This is the quilt I sent to Kimmie.

This wonderful table runner was from Erin in New York. She and I did a Valentine Swap. I sent her the bird and heart quilt shown in the last post.

The AccuQuilt GO! cutter helped me make this last minute Christmas Eve gift for my SIL.

And finally, a picture of a birthday present for a friend. I took this picture a night and the colors are washed out. It's actually a bright and sunny little table topper.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Workin' on Sending Out Some Love 4

Thanks everyone for the encouragement and fun today. I was able to finish my project. Now I can move on to the next quilting project! Yay! Too tired to do anything else tonight, so I am calling it quits!

Workin' on Sending Out Some Love 3

Well, I decided to go with some echo quilting around the applique and some fake hand stitching around the bordering blocks. I am very pleased with the outcome. Just need to take care of some stitching around the hearts and bind. Putting Green Fried Tomatoes (or Working Girl or Pride and Prejudice)(it's a real tough choice!) in to watch while stitching down the binding!

Workin' on Sending Out Some Love 2

Well I've put it all together and now am finding a backing and deciding on how to quilt this little gem. Hopefully a miracle will occur ...

Workin' on Sending Out Some Love

The wonderful woman behind Charming Chatter is hosting this party to give quilter's a chance to encourage and be inspired by one another. Please go and check out what the other quilters are creating.

This is a project I am working on for a swap. Obviously I can't say much or it would ruin the surprise for my partner. I just finished all the embroidery and stitching down the applique. Next up ... putting the pieces together!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Catching Up

What did the Mama Tomato say to the Baby Tomato? Ketchup your falling behind. (I can hear you groaning :o/) The truth is, I have too many things to share. So, I guess I should just get started.

Over the summer Cher and I took went on an adventure in Tennessee. We came across this quilt somewhere along the way to Kentucky. Sandy Gervais is the designer of the pattern and the line of fabric, Crazy 8. The polka dots nearly knocked me over, I just love them. The Reindeer make me laugh nearly as much as Snowmen.

My zigzag quilt entry into SewCalGal's Virtual Christmas Quilt Show earned me a prize! It's not that I am such a great quilter, the random prize generator picked my number. I am claiming my fame any way it comes. I won this incredible package of 30 fat quarters from FatQuarters, a wonderful online quilt store. I just love Odyssea by MoMo. I would have never gotten this for myself so I am drooling over this fabric. I was thinking it would look good in a Storm at Sea or Snails Trail pattern.

One of my Swap groups needed an Angel quilt for someone whose quilt went missing, so I volunteered. I paper pieced this doll quilt for the recipient and the bunny and blankie for his/her child. The pattern for the bunny and blankie is available on Esty from mmmcrafts. Go on over and check out her patterns.

This is the Christmas Eve quilt. Rolling Thunder's family decided the Sunday before Christmas we should do a Yankee Swap. Rolling Thunder wanted me to make a quilt for the swap so I made this Easy 3~D quilt from a quilt block by Maria Umhey at Cheerful Quilts. I used this Christmas/Birthday present Cher and I decided to purchase for each other to share and came up with this quilt in practically no time at all. Thanks to AccuQuilts and Go! for lowering my stress level during the Christmas season :o)

I was so thrilled with my (and Cher's) GO! that I used it to cut out a bunch of hexagons to make this vintage looking table topper. Some how I was able to figure out how to sew them with my machine rather than hand stitching all of them together. Hopefully I will post a tutorial on how I managed to make this happen.

I was accepted into a swap group named Swap 'Til You Drop or STUD. An incredible group of people that create quilts that are 15 inches or smaller each month. This month the theme is rainbows ... yea, that's what I thought, but I managed to come up with something I could live with. That picture will have to wait because I haven't sent it yet and it would spoil the surprise.

But I can show you the block I made for the Charming Robin! Liz wanted a liberated log cabin so I made this block. She picked a Wonderland charm pack by MoMo. I am excited to be included in this group, but it deserves a post of its own.

I think that should bring you fairly up to date and I can now say I am KETCHUP!