Monthly Archives: February 2014

WIP #6 ~ The Starting Idea Of My Dyed Fabric Quilt

Can you say a fabric is luscious? I sure did when I received my order from Vicki Welsh’s shop! (Vickiwelsh.com) If you love the look of dyed fabric this is the place to stop in and look around. I found this wonderful piece of Pueblo brown and I ordered some of her standard packs of yellow, yellow-green, and red-yellow.  You really have to see the brown in person. Has a lovely movement to it!

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I don’t design by looking at a fabric to see what I can come up with. My usual design method is coming up with a design then looking thru my fabrics.  This time I wanted to make something specific for this fabric.

I see a photo or something in a magazine and think that would be a beautiful quilt. I then get out my sketch pad and rearrange or add something to it or just change the whole design. I don’t like to copy anyone. So doodling on my sketch pad I came up with this little design that will be made larger.

sun dyed draftI will have some tweaking to do to get it where I want it but so far I am really liking it.

Now I will have to figure out where I will put which colors and the size of it.

sun dyed 2I am not cutting up the brown background fabric so I want as much as possible to be scene. I hope to have my large template for this done this week and already starting to piece it or appliqué it.

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Raising Money for the PAWS

We had lost our last cat and the house was empty when I noticed the local animal shelter. I stopped in just to see what it was like. I have never been in a shelter before. PAWS was a no kill shelter in this area.  I decided to volunteer there a couple of mornings a week. I began to realize how much the shelter needed. I was a little shocked. The shelter lives on donations and times were tough in this little community with the Mill’s closing down and laying off their employee’s. People were dropping off their animals because they couldn’t feed them.

In Memory Of Patches and Tigger

In Memory Of Our Cats

If you have any animals in your life you know how much they mean to you and your family. To me they are family.  My husband was so afraid that I would start to bring them all home from the shelter! But as I fell in love with one or another, they would taken home by someone. My husband was safe for the time being.

Sold To Raise Money

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

After volunteering at the shelter I knew I needed to do something to help bring in some much needed supplies and raise awareness that there was a shelter in the area. The question came up, “How could I raise some money for the shelter?” What do I have that I could sell? Quilts!

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Years of quilting had left me with a few quilts. Well, OK lots of quilts. I went thru my stash of quilts, you know the ones that you wanted to try something new or the ones that you really didn’t like the way it turned out. Ones that have been folded and kept away and never used, those quilts.  I contacted the local Quilt Guild in the area and found out that there was going to be a quilt show in 6 weeks in the local area. I met with the committee and I paid for a booth/spot at the show. They were also kind enough to let me hang across from my booth two sections of quilts for sale and one special quilt. The special quilt was about my two cats who had passed and how I wanted to raise money for the shelter.

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

I went thru all my supplies and had a car full of stuff including stencils that I had not used in years. The kind that you mark your quilt with to free motion quilt. I had over 100 of these. OK I was a little obsessive about stencils. I used to machine quilt for a business. I also made 25 quilted paper back book covers to sell. One special quilt I decided to price really high thinking it would not sell. Little did I know it brought in the most because the buyer paid me $500 more than I had asked! I also sold some of my display pieces. I had an antique trunk that I had some of the quilts in. I had antique cups and saucers on a table on top of a quilt that a women insisted I sell! Which I did! I made sure that customers new that 100% of all the money went to the shelter.

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

While the show was going on I had a raffle quilt at the local Vet’s office selling tickets to raise more money and awareness that there was a local No Kill shelter in the area.

Raffled of to Raise Money for PAWS

Raffled off to Raise Money for PAWS

I was so happy when I handed a check over to the shelter with funds raised in this small community.

 I had to leave the shelter after that because I was becoming too attached with so many of the little ones and the older ones that I knew would live there for the rest of their lives.

I did walk out with one of my own though so my house is not empty anymore.

"Destiny"

“Destiny”

What can you do for your local shelter to raise awareness and money?

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WIP and What Not #5 ~ My Sew Room!

For the past month I have been trying to organize my sew room and I finally have it the way I think I can function with it. One problem I have is that my large daylight basement room is also the guest room and on top of that our house is for sale. Trying to keep it looking clean and being able to put everything in its place if someone decides to stop by and look is the challenge.

First is fabric storage. I had a couple of bins of batiks and cottons mixed together and it was getting hard to separate and look for what I needed. I love batiks! I am a batik girl.  I decided that each color of my batiks needed a special container, even the smalls scraps go into the container that has that color. Each box has tape across it with the color that is in the box.

Batik Fabric Corner

Batik Fabric Corner

I decided to go thru all my cotton fabric and just give most of it away. Yup sent it off in the mail to a friend, hoping she could use it. I kept just a little bit of it.  A great way for me to store the small amount of cotton fabric that I had  was getting a closet sweater holder and putting fabric in the shelves instead of sweaters. It attaches to the hanger rod  in my guest closet.

Closet sweater holder great for holding fabrics

Closet sweater holder great for holding fabrics

I bought three thread containers to hold all my thread. I colorized them and each thread has its bobbin with it. Did I mention I love thread. I might need to pick up a fourth container.

Thread Containers

Thread Containers

I then found this photo holder container with different inner containers. In these I colorized my fibers and my buttons. Holds quite a lot!

Fiber and Button storage

Fiber and Button storage

With all my magazines I collect, I went thru them and cut out what I wanted to keep. Especially those that have free motion quilting designs in them. I put them in plastic sleeves and in notebooks. Easy to look thru and try when I have the chance.

MagazineI found this big wardrobe at a discount place. The bottom section holds all my different paints and inks. The top section holds my storage boxes and my binders of different information.

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

On one side of the wardrobe I was able to add screws and hang most of my rulers! The other side is where I tacked some felt to the wall and use as my design wall. I will have to come up with something better some time.

Hanging rulers

Hanging rulers

Now my cutting table is a craft table. If you use a craft table to cut on you might want to add blocks of wood that will raise the height of the table. Using 4 x 4 blocks with a little grove so the table doesn’t slip worked out great! This saved my lower back from being in pain when I am cutting a lot.

Add blocks of wood to make the table higher

Add blocks of wood to make the table higher

Now the sewing machine table my husband built for me. I had two craft legs from a broken craft table that worked out perfect. Using ply wood for the top and a little bit heavier wood for  building the sewing machine platform that is bolted in. He did a bunch a fussy cutting so I can reach my bobbin latch to change my bobbin out without taking my machine out. The height was measured so the machine was flush with the top. I then secured clear heavy plastic vinyl to the top plywood so when I am quilting the fabric slides easily.

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sew machine 2

My sew room is ready to go and if I have a guest, a futon that folds out to a double bed is ready!

Full sew roomIf you have a great idea for storage please pass it on.

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WIP 4 ~ Spring Time in the Air?

Maybe we have a couple of more weeks until spring time but when I got these pastel batiks in the mail I just had to do something light and springy.

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I love to do things free form so I ended up sewing strips of colored batiks in sets of four then adding some white and another set of four.  I had some Snow White Kona fabric in my stash and decided to do a light bright wall hanging quilt. Once I laid the strips out I decided to add a 2 inch strip of white in between. Too much white! So I cut and add another small strip of the batik pastel going in a different direction. I kept doing this  until I liked what I had. This is what I call free form quilting.

Close up of top

Close up of top

Top pieced

Top pieced

With all these straight lines I wanted to add some quilted circles. I used different size round objects to make the circles and marked my quilt top with water soluble blue marker.  I added some smaller round circles within the larger circles.

Marking of circles

Marking of circles

 In the  circles I decided to quilt a pebble design.  Each one a different pastel color to match the pastel batik fabrics. This is why I collect thread,  just to make sure I have a color that matches.

Quilting inside the circles

Quilting inside the circles

Blue washable marker removed after quilting

Blue washable marker removed after quilting

I didn’t get as far as I wanted to this week but it is coming along!

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WIP 3B ~ Quilting and Finishing up on 3D flowers

My quilt background is done with my one flower,  my stems and leaves.  Now onto the quilting stages.

Piecing done!

Piecing done!

When I piece a background on an art quilt most of the time I like to do a different quilting design in each area. I collect quilting magazines and if they have a quilting design in it I put them in a notebook so that I can go thru them to see which one I like to use.

The Sun, quilting extends into the border.

The Sun, quilting extends into the border.

Rays of the sun.

Rays of the sun.

I use a shade darker then the background so that the quilting stands out.

I use a shade darker thread on the background so that the quilting stands out.

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I like straight and curvy lines to fill in space

I like straight and curvy lines to fill in space

Now that the background is all quilted it is time to start adding my  3D flowers. I used a zig zag on the edges of the fold to hold them in place. The rest of the flower tops float and are not attached to the background. Heavily quilted in the centers to keep them in place.

Small zig zag on the folded areas!

Small zig zag on the folded areas!

Last thing to sew on is my beautiful embroidered butterflies that I purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltSewLace

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All that is left is to put the binding on this quilt with sleeve and a label. I label all my quilts with the name of the quilt “Blooming in the Sun”, my name, the month and year it was finished, and last the number of the quilt.  This is a  great way to keep track of who gets them and where they go.

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WIP ~ 3A : Making Three Dimensional Flowers

Well I finally decided what flowers I wanted to add to my background piece. I fell in love with this photo of an African Daisy. Trying to get the petals to fold and make three dimensional was by trial and error. Tried a couple of different methods before I settled on this one.

Trying out different pedals

Trying out different petals

Cut two pieces of fabric out to a length that you would need for one set of flower petals. Lay one piece of fabric down on ironing board, then a piece of pellon fusible interfacing, then the second piece of fabric. Iron all three together.

Iron them all together

Iron them all together

Taking my template (after many tries to see what worked) I marked as many petals as I could fit with a water soluble blue pen.

Flowers 2I then did a satin stitch over the marked outline.

Flowers 3Cutting carefully outside each petal without cutting the satin stitch. I then went to the hot iron and folded over the outer edges.

Flowers 4

Now carefully stitch with same thread and a satin stitch in the center area to hold in place.

see stitching from the back of pedal.

see stitching from the back of petal.

I laid out the flower petals to see what it will look like.

First one done

First one done

Next will be another flower where the petals start to open more and then a full flower. I have to quilt the background first before adding the petals!

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