Tag Archives: fiber art

Loud Animals

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I came across this wonderful fabric during winter on clearance at Fabric.com and finally got around to working with it.

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This one is going to hang in a local crab restaurant “Crab Crazy at Friendship Farm” in Amityville.  They are nuts for crab decorations so I asked Tim, who works there (7 days a week !) to hang a crabby quilt and my info.  And, because he’s such a nice guy, he said “Of course!”

People seem to shy away from quilts because of the traditional hanging method.  I agree that it’s kind of a pain in the butt.  You need a level, some sort of brackets to hold the pole, wall anchors for the screws…  Worth it for a large piece but for small quilts I came up with this method in the pic below. elephant-3

First, instead of a sleeve, I use triangles, which is common enough.  But to display at The Gallery on High, the art must have a wire hanger.  So I now attach a wire loop on the dowel which makes it very easy to hang and balance.

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detail of elephant

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detail of quilting with the gold metallic thread

These quilts were so much fun to work with.  I got a simple system working and plan put this style on my Custom Made page.

Update on Jody’s Quilt

Hard to believe but Jody finally got her quilt!  It was a little more than a week ago.  The USPS somehow destroyed it.  They offered no explanation.  Then there was some run-around…  In the time that passed, poor Jody was in the midst of all of those crazy storms down south.  I gave it a little time to make sure the quilt would arrive safe.  In the email she sent, she sounded very happy and said she was testing the quilt against every wall, windows and mirrors- because it’s transparent.

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Jody’s Quilt.  I asked her to pick one of my other quilts since her first one was destroyed in the mail.

Dolls to new homes:

Audrianna’s  doll arrived safe and sound.  This is the little girl with PWS.  She loves her new SkyGirl doll and named her Maggy.

Another SkyGirl went to a 3 year old girl.  She named her doll G. G. for her great grandma.  She’s called G.G. for “Gorgeous Grandma”.  Love that!  I love all the neat names that people come up with for grandparents!

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Maggy and G.G.

This is going to be a great sewing week!  Finally spring time temperatures!

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And The Winner Is…..

The Bowl sits waiting….

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I’ve been adding names as they trickled in….

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Finally it’s 8pm!!!

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I enlisted my 10 year old kid to do the honors…

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And the winner is…….

Jody from Arkansas!!!

Congrats Jody!!!  I’ll be in touch about shipping this quilt to you ASAP!

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This was So Much Fun!  I think I might have to do this again!  Thanks to everyone who checked in and entered the drawing.   I hope you will come back to join in on my adventures in textiles.  

‘Til the tie dyes……….

XOXO!

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A Sense of Adventure countdown

The deadline for A Sense of Adventure show with SAQA has been extended!  I gave up on my entry when the Feb 28 deadline was crushing me along with learning Word Press and working with my business coach Cyn Long of Cyn Works.  More on that another time…

So I have this piece that I began near the beginning of my Scar Tissue series.  I am having some problems.

  • for one thing, I made my border too narrow to allow for a sleeve and the required sleeve width is the usual 4”.
  • besides that, I think I want the border to be wavy on the outside like on the inside.
  • most important:  the quilt isn’t large enough for the minimum dimensions.  required: min: 36”  max:  42”   Actual size:  19 1/2” x 31”
  • the silver pieces you see are aluminum I cut and sewed to the quilt.  This makes it difficult to maneuver while sewing.  What was I thinking?!  (impatience!)

Here is what I started with

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Here are some ideas I worked on PSE

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Idea 1 is to extend the wood grain style quilting into the new border addition and borrow the quilting style I used in Flow in the Scar Tissue series.

Idea 2 is to make window panes with additional lacy fabric inside.

So far, I sewed more border fabric to the narrow ends.

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You can see that I sewed the front and back, right sides together on the edge of the quilt so that there are no raw edges.  The third pic is testing possible ways to make the additional border space look intentional rather than just trying to make it bigger.  In the third pic I am considering sewing the lacy fabric on top of the fabric instead of the cut out because of the sleeve issue.

Did I say that the problem solving is one of my favorite parts???  Surprised smile  Yup.  I still do.  I guess the time has come to do something else while the ideas marinate for a while.

So, I have this all pinned up on my design wall and as I stare at it, it occurred to me that this could be a good blog entry!  As you might be able to tell, dear reader, I am new at this…  Open-mouthed smile   (and it’s one of my assignments!)

What would you do?

I’m also trying to find the words for something like rising in the mist…   or spirit rising…   for a title…   What to you think about Exhale  or Sigh of Relief ?