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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Red & White topper done

This is a topper I finished last week. It is 50"x50". I like to but I am going to do another one to try and line things up a little more.

Redwork BOM finished!

This is the first BOM that I have ever done. I had a great time doing it and cannot wait for the next one to come out. This one is by Bunny Hill Desings. Super fun and I cannot wait until I get it in to a setting to quilt!






Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MIL Ornaments

I am making ornaments for my mother-in-law this year. She gets one for everyone every year and never gets one for herself! Sooo I decided to make up for the past 9 years that I have known her and make one for every year. Here they are:
In 2000 I met my future mother -in-law. I remember the day very well. The first words out of her mouth were, "Want a margarita?" I kid you not! She was smashed!! It was great! So I found a lime and added a beaded hook.
She taught me a game called Casino that her mother-in-law taught her. Apparently it is a rule that the mother always wins. So attach a beaded hook to a card and viola!
The woman takes pictures like there is no tomorrow! She has moved into the digital world now but I remember one of the first Christmas photo sessions that was with a 35mm and guess what ... there was no film in the camera! So a permanent reminder attached to another beaded hook.
The woman is queen and she is not afraid to tell you that she IS the Queen of Quite A Lot. So find a sparkly crown and ornament done!
Oh, did I mention that she is a sore looser? She still likes to poke people with a wooden spoon when she does not win - especially at cards! A wooden spoon it is!
She is the "glue" that keeps so many people's lives together.
She became a Grani in 2006 when my first daughter was born. Peyton picked this ornament out today because "it is Grani's favorite color!"
She became a Rani in 2007 when my second daughter was born. Molly still does not really pronounce the G in Grani. She picked out this ornament today.
This year she is going to spend Christmas with us in our new house. I purchased a plain white ornament today and added some beading to make it sparkle. It is suppose to me a snowball... I plan to get her good this year as she lives in Florida where it does not snow! HA!
I only have one left to make and it is the one that is giving me the hardest time! I will update later when I come up with something.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

This weekend has been busy...

Ok so on Friday I made a shower curtain for my girls' bathroom. I wanted to make it girlie but still adult. Does that make sense? Well I decided on a black with white print. It is a little hard to see in this photo but it is a swirlie design in white on the black background.


Then I had some dress-up material that I found this past summer on a trip to Florida and immediately thought of their bathroom. I did not know at the time what I was going to do with it but then it came to me - wall art! I cut the panel up and made individual pieces. I mounted all the pieces onto foam board and then hung them on the wall.


And yes, that is a black tree. I bought it for Halloween for next year but then when I started to decorate for the holidays a few weeks ago I thought about how I was going to have mainly black in the bathroom so why not. I am still without lights on it but they are coming.

Ok so then today I made a quilt top for a Christmas present that I need to send to Florida. The person it is for loves purple so I dyed some material yesterday and cut it up today. Really like the top but I think that there are two squares that are a little to close in color so they look like one rectangle instead of two squares. Oh well, live and learn.



So that was the weekend in a nutshell and now I am off to try to finish another quilt top for a different gift. I will try to get a picture up tonight.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This weeks dyeing

Playing with dye this week I found some neat ways to layer the fabric to get different results. All of these pieces of fabric were originally white muslin. I used dye from Dharma Trading Co.

This first one was done with all three primary colors, folded into sections and then just put splashes of dye on them to see what would happen. The same was done with the second piece, only it was folded differently.



These next sets were done in layers. I first put a piece of muslin in the bottom of a container and added the first color, then soda ash, then the second color, then soda ash, then the third color then more soda ash. The results were really neat!

This set was started with yellow, then blue, then red. The red was really saturated and got all the way to the bottom yellow layer.


In this set red was the bottom, then yellow and finally blue. Same three colors just applied at a different time and the results were completely different.


In this last set blue was the base color then red and finally yellow. Once again completely new results!


This was really fun and I am really enjoying this new hobby of mine! If you want some of these different fabrics for your crafts let me know! I have all the formulas written down.

Latest stitching finishes

Here are this weeks finishes.

Tuesday:
This was suppose to be a clothespin angel but when I finished stitching it I saw a mini tree skirt instead. I decided to leave it like this and I hung it in my girls' room with their fairy tree.




Wednesday:
This saying was taken from something that I saw at Cracker Barrell. It may have been a pillow but I decided that I could make it just as easily as buying one so I did. It is now a pillow for my "blue holiday room".



Thursday:
I started this last night and finished this afternoon. It is a free pattern from My Big Toe Designs called Christmas Snow. In the original pattern the swirls go up above the word now and the star but as I was getting round the top of the star I decided that it was too much and started ripping it out. I like the simplicity of this better. I stitched it on 18 ct. aida that I dyed myself.



And there you have it. A week in the making. I also did some other dyeing .... lookin the next post for pictures.