Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I whipped up a few luggage tags to coordinate with our new luggage purchases. And I must say, they are lovely! I used Good Folks, for it's bright, bold, eye-catching patterns. Won't miss these babies on the carosel. It was very tricky working with vinyl though. I think I'll invest in a teflon foot - has anyone used one of those before? Apparently nothing will stick to them...so smooth sailing on vinyl. Next time...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My strippy quilt (which I had completed the top months ago!), is finally complete! And I'm so in love!
I did zig zag quilting in the center, then a few straight lines along the borders. Simple, yet so very pretty. Thanks to Heidi for her suggesting this quilting design.
I did a simple backing with a scrappy border.
I love it soooo much, that it is pushed it's way into my living room. So sorry to be packing away my Amy Butler brick quilt, but have to make room for this little gem. My husband is happy too...this quilt doesn't have any pink in it.
So now I just have to create a label for it. I think I'll embroider another one like Hopscotch.
Oh ya...and I named this one "Tootsie Roll" for two reasons.
1. It was the first jelly roll I worked with, and,
2. I kept wanting to break out in dance to that ol' school song "Tootsie Roll", which kept playing in my head as I was making this quilt.
On a similar note, have any of you used Retayne or Synthrapol??? I'm worried a little about washing this one, and the Hopscotch quilt, because of the bright colours & the white sashing. I bought some Retayne, but I'm too nervous to use it. Some sites say it's okay to use it on a completed quilt, while others say no. Any experience with either of these??? It's nerve wrecking because I truly love both of these quilts!
Posted by Kerry at 5:02 PM
All quilted and bound and ready to be delivered to a very special friend.
I free-motioned my way around this one, trying out my new Janome...and boy was I impressed. That quilt glided through that machine!
I choose a dark, vibrant backing. My friend, Adrienne, LOVES pink...so I thought the flowers quite fitting.
And my first attempt at embroidery! Not too shabby! I kept it simple, but really enjoyed creating this label. I usually have a hard time with labels as I haven't found my preferred method...but maybe now I have??? Time consuming, but worth it in the end. How do you do your quilt labels??? If you have any reference/link for a how-to for different methods, I would love it!!! Comment & post it here!
Thanks again to everyone who voted to name this quilt. It was a lot of fun!!! Maybe more contests in the future???
More pics to come of my other completed works...since buying that Janome, I'm a quilting machine!
Friday, September 11, 2009
And I was also able to complete Sara's block for Mish Mash Stash Bash Quilting Bee. She requested hexagons, something completely new to me, and provided a beautiful vintage floral piece of fabric. Instead of doing the paper-piecing method, I decided to take the easier route with half-hexagon construction. I've never tried paper piecing, but from what I hear, this is much faster. You can check out a template/tutorial on flickr here.
I tried to keep with the retro feel by using all 1930's inspired prints...mostly from Aunt Grace's various collections. I hope she likes it!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
So after nearly 2 years in the making, I have finally completed my thrum mittens! Aren't they beautiful? Thrum mittens are a unique way to knit-in pieces of roving to create bulk and warm on the inside of the mitt. Cool eh?
A lovely wool maker, Fleece Artist, in Nova Scotia, Ontario, creates these beautiful kits, with a large variety of colours. I picked mine up at a local yarn shop, but click here for links to a store near you.
I know it's been a long time since my last post, but things are starting to pick up in my own crafty world...I have upgraded and purchased a new sewing machine...
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Monday, August 24, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Krista sent out two solids and was requesting an amish type quilt with a twist...
...so I took it literally (he he).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
- Vote on the Poll: look to the right hand side of my blog, and you'll see the poll question. Vote for which name you feel best suits my quilt.
- Leave a comment on this post. Make sure you let me know you voted, so leave a comment here...it's the only way I can enter you in the contest. Please include contact info (email address, blog, something, so that I can get ahold of you if you win).
Then more when we arrived. Dark clouds looming over us while we're paddling.
An intermission perhaps??? No...a thunderstorm and 3 scared children (it didn't phase the youngest Sam...he was cool as a cucumber). Once the thunder struck they all recited "I want to go home!" Instead, we all huddled around their mother (my sister). Thanks Carm, for keeping us all in check.
But alas, the dark clouds rolled away, and the sunshine (with lots of large fluffy clouds) came through. It was lots of fun and I was upset to leave. Until next time (which I think may only be another 2 weeks away), we'll stow away the canoe, and dream of sunny days with crystal calm lakes.
Posted by Kerry at 4:44 PM