Saturday, May 13, 2017

Playing with Green

    I have enjoyed playing with all types of green this month.  First I pulled precut green squares and bricks from my stash. Here are a few of the resulting blocks I will add to my rainbow blocks.

   Then I supervised my granddaughters' play with a new PVC construction kit and their green castle.

Fun all around.

A few days ago I cut back an old pink very large azalea plant and potted 12 pieces that had rooted.  I hope to have several new plants to give away in the fall.

This is a great month for all things Green.  Linking up with Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Irene’s Art Dolls

      I was visiting with family after a cousin's graveside service and talked some about my sister Irene’s art dolls. Instead of quilting she is focusing on art dolls and they are quite unique.  I know I have shown a few here before but decided to share a few more and her latest.
      This past January her art doll group participated in an exhibit called “White Out” and each piece was supposed to be 70% white.  She entered this all white ballerina. 

Previously she made this punk doll for her daughter’s birthday.

After a week-long class with Dutch art doll maker, Ankie Daanen, this is her latest finished doll. 

My sister Irene has been a fabulous quilter for many years.  Now she is an extraordinary art doll maker.  

*update*  Here are are couple of photos of the Raven Lady finished and up close. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Working on This and That

       Instead of focusing on one project, I am rambling between several piecing projects.  I finally made the 12th dog but halted because I did not like it.  It is growing on me.  Today I appliqued 12 bones.  Next I plan to machine embroider dog sayings. I hope to get this quilt together by July. 

      I have had 2 leader/ender projects but just wanted to sew so decided to work steady since I did not want to start something else. I pieced many parts for wonky stars. I enjoy the improvisation of the points.

      I also finished piecing enough ”Circle Back” blocks for an adult lap quilt.  These may look familiar.  Last spring I made a quilt just like this for a gift.  I had enough of the same fabric and jelly roll strips to make another.  This one will probably be a gift also.  The blocks are easy and there is not much seam matching.  The pattern is from Cozy Quilt Designs.  You can see more about it here on this YouTube video.
Enjoy some time sewing or quilting. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back to Sewing

      Not much sewing or quilting has gone on here the past couple of weeks.  After spending time preparing for a family visit, we enjoyed a great Easter weekend. Hope you did as well. 
     A few days later I made a trip to visit my sister Irene in the NC mountains.  It was a nice but short visit. I had a plant, a child’s chair and stepstool to take her as well as a box of items.  She had a few things to send home with me and I added more after we spent a day in town shopping.

     Then I made a trip to GA and a day with granddaughters.  Lily’s preschool class had a nature center field trip in the rain.

     Wednesday was sew day for church quilt group.  I pieced a backing and got this zipper top sandwiched.  Before Easter I wanted something easy to piece one evening.  It was not so easy that I did not make a mistake and had to unsew and resew for the zipper pattern to be correct. 

First Try  

Hope you make some time for sewing and quilting.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Comfort Quilt Finish

    I finished quilting and binding the Carolina Chain quilt.  It will be a comfort quilt for church.

I know I have said before that I enjoy making these blocks as leader/ender.  They are great to use my stash of 2 ½” squares and 2 ½ by 4 ½” bricks. 

     I also made another coiled fabric bowl, only I made it into a basket with a braided handle.  It will be a perfect addition for Easter. 

Enjoy some time sewing/quilting.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Work In Progress

     A few days ago I made a blue coiled fabric bowl pictured here.  

 Today I decided to add tabs for handles and accent. 

The tabs were finished pillowcase style with a layer of batting before being added.  I had a little difficulty because of the thickness but I like the look. This is another sample for the class offered at Creative Sewing in West Columbia.

     I was quilting on a Carolina Chain (Bonnie Hunter design) for a comfort quilt. I love this pattern and make blocks as a leader/ender project.  Quilting was paused to unplug machines because of lightening and storms.

Stay safe but enjoy some time sewing and quilting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Projects in the Works

    Of the many quilts I have made I have not made one especially for my younger granddaughter.  She LOVES dogs and I have been planning a dog quilt for her which I hope to have finished for her 5th birthday in July.  I am finally making good progress.  Here are 8 of the blocks with 12 planned.

 I love the 3 D ears.  The faces are paper-pieced.

     I am blessed to have my mother’s 1923 Bilo baby doll and carriage. 

Many years ago my sister Irene made the body for the small Bilo style baby doll. I did not like the extra wide hips so I recently cut down the hips revising the body and made an outfit.  I plan to make more. 

      April 13th I am scheduled to teach a class at Creative Sewing for making a coiled fabric bowl or basket.  Here is a small sample I recently made. I plan to make a few more before the class.  

      This lovely spring weather also has me spending more time in the yard.

Hope you enjoy some time sewing or quilting.