I have somehow gotten a wild hair and am dying to make a skirt. Sew Mama Sew has a great listing of skirt tutorials to pick from... how to choose??
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
A few days ago, I stopped in to my local quilt shop since I was picking up my meds next door. I found a few fabrics that seemed promising as borders for my quilts, but I'll have to bring in the tops I've got finished so I can get going on them.
Since my cousin taught me to always buy a little something to support your local shop, I picked up two fat quarters of a fabric that really caught my eye. It's a black fabric with maple leaf shaped on it, in orange, golden yellow, and shiny gold. I'm such a sucker for gold on black patterns. Can't wait to figure out what to do with them.
I played with a recipe from KAF, called the Mother Cookie. It's a bare-bones plain drop cookie recipe, meant to be used as a starting point for customizing your own drop cookie recipe. I subed in a bit of hazelnut flour and added in chocolate chips into mine. I'm going to have to tinker with the recipe a bit, but they were pretty yummy.
Also, I've been thinking a lot about trying hand-dyeing fabric. I'd especially like to try the snow dyeing technique that so many people are blogging about right now, maybe I'll order a kit...
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
For some reason I am on a quilting streak. Must be the long weekend allowing me to relax and get the creativity going =) I started a funky wall hanging. It's purple scrappy square background with a white tree made from snowflake fabric I love, and then probably birds appliqued onto the branches as well. We'll see how it develops and changes. Without a pattern to follow it can be whatever I want!!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I went to JoAnn's today since they were having a sale. Bought a fabric gluestick for my applique, then got some fleece in animal print and mousey gray for making stuffed animals. I came across the cutest blog post about making stuffed toys, had to try it. Bought some black buttons to use as eyes and noses, for older kids, not small children or cats.
My "applique practice" Word lap quilt. Trying to decide what else to put on.
My kitty "monster" filled with catnip and stuffing for my real kitty
Friday, January 15, 2010
Well I got all my little 5 in squares sewn into 4 or 6 patches. It looks more cohesive already. I was cutting out my freezer-paper applique templates and sliced my finger with my rotary cutter. It didn't hurt too badly, but it bled like a stuck pig, and I apparently have no band-aids in the house. Oops.
The quilting gods must have wanted me to stop for the day, because I then searched for gluesticks, and the only one I could find was so dried out and shriveled that even slicing off the end wouldn't revive it. So, applique will have to wait for another day...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I went to a few animal shelters Monday and Tuesday, and finally, at the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury, Vermont, I found my new roommate. She's an 8 year old, previously declawed female. She is a bit of a scaredy cat, but she's been an absolute love bug.
I've got a new project working, just a lap quilt for me to keep so I can practice skills. It's just little 5in squares I got from Moda, mixed in with a few 5in squares I already had. I'm sewing them together, then I'm going to practice some freezer-paper applique techniques to embellish the quilt.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I fly back to Vermont from sunny gorgeous Southern California tonight. While I'll be sad to leave my family and the gorgeous sunshine, I'm excited to get back to my apartment and my sewing corner (can't rightfully call it a studio). I decided to lay out specific project goals for when I return here.
- Learn to put zippers in my purses
- Make a bag with a flap to cover opening
- Add zippered pockets into a bag
- Try my hand at pieced and appliqued circles
- Try the "quilt as you go" technique
- Find a class for an "art quilt"