Friday, December 09, 2005

lace ornaments

I recently learned that making lace on an embroidery machine is very easy and fast. These are the first ornaments I tried. I've heard these sell well at craft shows; I'd love to know if that's true because, from a seller's perspective, these would be money-makers.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Baby Quilt

This is just a little quilt I recently made for a new baby boy in our church. The pattern is from the book, Sweet & Simple Baby Quilts. I "wrapped" it in a matching Humbug Bag, of which I forgot to take a photo. The blues in this photograph don't show up as vibrant as they really are. I really need to learn how to take better pictures of my projects.

a commissioned piece

This is a flyer from a church in PA; the image was photographed from inside the church through a window. I was asked to created a pillow for the retiring pastor, using the window as the focus of the pillow. Here's what I created.I used plain black cotton fabric for the main body of the pillow, and a soft yellow swirl print for the background. The pillow is edged with a satiny black trim.

Monday, November 14, 2005


My lack of recent posts is no reflection on my creative output - really! I've had a sick computer, and the software on this secondary computer might as well be written in Mandarin, it's so foreign to me. Anyway, I think I managed to scan a picture today, so you can see I haven't been a total sluggard.

This is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I created for an online swap with the atc group at yahoo groups. The theme of this particular swap is "Black & White." I got the idea for the design of my cards from a quilting book, Circle Play. I couldn't decide whether or not to add some kind of decorative stitching around the edges; in the end, I left them alone because I didn't want to detract from the the interplay of the lines in the center of the card.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

One Christmas gift done, 12 (or more) to go...

This is a flannel quilt I made for my brother & his wife. They have FIVE boys, so I know this quilt will be machine washed & dried a lot, and probably won't live to see "heirloom" status. For that reason, I broke a few quilting rules.
1) I used polyester thread, which is normally a no-no with cotton fabrics, because the polyester cuts through the cotton. But the poly thread is stronger and should last a long time.
2) I sewed the binding on the back and then machine stitched it down on the front. Normally I sew it to the front first, then hand-stitch it down on the back, but again, the change was made in the interest of longevity.
3) I used a cheap batting from WalMart. I hate this lumpy batting, but it worked okay with machine quilting and the thicker flannel fabrics.
This family is big into outdoor activities - camping, kayaking, hunting - so the fabric themes "fit" them. I decided to free motion quilt pine trees in each black square. I like the way they came out, even though I had to do some of them upside down to get the quilt under the machine. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fabric boxes!

I've made fabric bowls before, but this was my first attempt at a box. On the first go round, I didn't read the directions carefully and ended up having to throw out the box bottom. THEN, I re-read everything and found I didn't have enough of the original fabric to match the completed box top, so I had to dig around in my stash to find a suitable match. Lesson learned - READ everything carefully and more than once, and check each step before proceeding!

I'm going to attempt a few more of these in different shapes and with beaded trim.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

machine embroidery

I made these coasters on a whim, and sent them off to my mom. Now she wants more. :)


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Summertime Stars

This quilt pattern is from the book, Quaint Quilts. I love the soft colors and the "antique-y" look. It was tough to wrestle it under the sewing machine for quilting, though! I think if I ever make a king-size quilt, I'll have to pay someone else to machine quilt it.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Another Recent Project

This is "Stars and Bars," a quilt pattern I saw & loved last summer. It took me until this summer to get it done, but... such is the life of a quilter. :)

My Recent Creations

This is a small wallhanging quilt I made after studying the value of fabrics. This was a lesson from a recent issue of Quiltmaker magazine which taught the learner to "read" the darkness/lightness of a fabric relative to the fabrics close to it. I learned a lot from the project and am pretty happy with the outcome.

Friday, August 05, 2005

I've joined the 21st Century.

WOW. Who'da thunk creating a blog could be so EASY I could actually DO it?!

This is where I'll post my rants, raves, musings, and pictures of my latest creations. Gee, my own little spot on the World Wide Web. This is almost as exciting as owning a little piece of America. :)


How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Part I

Kids & I drove from Texas to PA to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. All I can say is, THANK YOU, whoever invented on-board DVD players. But other than the l-o-n-g drive, we had a great time. Looking at the pictures now is bittersweet, as my oldest cousin, Art DeYong, died unexpectedly just a few weeks after the party.

We spent some time with my brother and sister and their families. The picture above is Tyler at my brother's pool. Typical Tyler: never do anything the normal way when you can be extreme!