Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The first and third quarters are a tan/cream paisley I used to make place mat and napkin sets for a life-long friend. The second and fourth (which has tiny red dots that didn't show on the picture) are from Lily's EZ Camper Quilt.
I didn't make it to the post office yesterday, but I definitely will today. I really love putting together swap packages. I was so happy with them, I forgot to take a picture of what is in the packages. Making little note cards and address labels to match gives me warm fuzzies.
Winning stuff also gives me warm fuzzies. I was a lucky winner of the Blue Mix Fat Quarter pack from the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog! All I had to do was check out their fat quarter project of the day and leave a comment. I was going to do that anyway. These came late last week and really made my day. I don't know what to do with them yet, but I think I will incorporate some of them into Jaxson's baby quilt. I should really get started on that.
The fabrics are Ocean Garden Mist~Nouvea Moda, Briquetage~Alexander Henry, All Cotton~Alexander Henry, Darla~Tonya Whelan, Woodland Wonderland~Jay McCarroll (which has the cutest little pink ants roaming the wood rings) and Rose Ocean Mist~Nouvea. All of them are beautiful and soft. I can hardly wait to transform them into new stuff.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
It is pieced together with gifted fat quarters and backed with a marbled black fabric like the dividing strip. My feet are quite pleased with their new mat, too. They only have throw a fit when we have to stand at the sink to wash dishes, not that we do that too often.
Overall I am pretty happy with it. It has nice bright colors, it's a little wonky to offset the checkerboard kitchen tiles, and I made it. What more could a girl ask for?
Well, it does need some kind of anti-slip grip on the bottom, but that will be worked out. Jeffery T sends it flying when he tries to run after laying on it all day.
Free-motion quilting is still a skill I need to work on, but I am getting much better. All the wonkiness is practice for my next project. A friend of mine in Mississippi is having a baby boy in May. Her shower is in a few weeks and I am making the baby a wonky log cabin quilt and some bibs as a present. I hope to start on that this weekend.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So many things went wrong with this, but I am still OK with it. Not super proud, but OK. It's about 2 inches smaller in each direction than I had planned. I should have added two more rounds, but the reason for that kind of goes back to starting wrong. I should have started by making a bunch of 1-1/2" strips then pieced those rather than freelancing everything and running out of usable fabric pieces. Oh, well. I have started on attempt number 2 and it is going much better. The printed directions are sitting next to my sewing machine. It really is quite amazing what happens when you do what you are supposed to.
Friday, February 13, 2009
These babies were consumed nearly immediately. I like to call it a poison check, just to make sure no one gets sick from them...
This set was able to make it a few more days, but not many.
The lovely folks at Sew Mama, Sew! blog are spending the month of February in the world of Fat Quarters. Daily projects, swaps, interviews and of course fat quarter giveaways. Last week one of the projects was making bunting. I took the opportunity to make a string of bunting for my friend's son's birthday. It was very easy to make and makes me smile everytime I see it. I hope he enjoys it to. It was sent off to him with a little chocolate covered popcorn for the rest of his family.
SMS is also hosting a fat quarter swap. Sign ups end Friday, so go there now if you would like to join in on the fun.
Another great swap is about to start again. I started the Bend-the-Rules Sewing Swap using projects from Amy Karol's awesome book last year. We did three projects and took time off for the holidays. In the mean time I handed the admin duties over to Adrienne of A Cultivated Life. She's asking for suggestions for the next project and will start the sign ups on Sunday. This was a great swap with great projects and you should join it, too!
I know this is a random change of subject, but my guy is an amazing artist. He owns DCsurfaces, a decorative concrete company where he applies and sells acid staining materials and concrete countertops among other things. He always has things swimming in his head and when he gets them out it is truly amazing. Several weeks ago he made these tiki masks. Three very different styles, but all made by hand from concrete. Once they cured enough he acid stained them for color.
The one above is an island style mask. It really looks like it was carved out of lava rock.
The tribal style tiki mask was acid stained in several colors to show off the details.
This Mayan style tiki mask is huge. It's between 3 and 4 feet tall and 2-1/2 to 3 feet wide. If you are interested in any of these, you can contact him through here. He's amazing, I know.