Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sewing: L'amour Est Tout Quilt

Materials:  Cotton + Steel fat quarters, Kona Cotton "Baby Pink" yardage, Coats Machine Quilting & Crafts Mercerized ELS Cotton thread
I took the easy way when it came to color choices for my second quilt ever (though I did complete 2 jelly roll quilts before my class was done).  I love pink and purple and a little bit of orange, or in this case, dark coral (and I especially love the juxtaposition of purple to rust brown) and modern motifs like Viewmaster images and bowling alley and mid-century geometric shapes and went for the monochromatic route with my favorite fabric company.  The colors also tied in with the conventional colors of Valentine's Day.  Love love love this quilt I started in my "Beyond Basics" quilting class, and so now I need to complete the quilt I started in my "Basics" class.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sewing: "Sunrise" Charity Quilt for a High School Scholarship Auction

Dimensions:  42.5" x 53"
Materials:  Kona organic cotton "Sunrise" jelly roll, 100% cotton backing, polyester batting

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I love craft books (especially from the public library)

Work in Progress: Doghouse Quilt

I attempted to sew a pet postcard in March for a Chicago SPCA fundraiser but couldn't figure out how to quilt stiff fusible web. And so just consider this an audition for a quilt of doghouse blocks. I found fabric to fussy cut and sew log cabin strips around.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sewing: French Seamed Pillowcases

These are pillowcases I sewed a few years ago in a class taught by Winnie Wong offered by San Mateo Parks and Recreation.  I still had the sewing bug, and Yarn, Paper Scissors had closed in Burlingame.  I wanted instruction.  These pillowcases were so doable and fun that I should make them again as holiday gifts.

Ceramic: Tiles

Clay:  B-mix with grog
Firing:  Cone 5
Underglazes, Minnesota Clay Pad, Clear

Friday, May 6, 2016

Work in Progress: Quilting Matchstick Lines

Since my heart quilt is a sampler and is rather busy, I decided to keep the quilting stitching straight lines with a walking foot rather than free motion stitching with an open-toed foot is in my skill set.  Well even quilting straight lines can be difficult! The lines are rather wonky, but I'm embracing the wabi sabi and falling in love with its homespun look and think I will enter this "l'amour est tout" quilt into the county fair.