Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dress Shop

Another row house swap; this time the assignment was "Dress Shop." Here's where those little embroidered tassel dresses came in handy. :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Birdie stuffie

I'll soon be doing my first drop for The Toy Society. I found out about this effort through Swap-Bot, and am part of a group of swappers who will be dropping toys and then sending details of the drop to our swap partners. Since partners won't be assigned for another couple of weeks, I have time to think about where to drop my little blue birdie....

Oh, the details on the bird: He's made from a very soft sweater that I picked up at the thrift store yesterday ($1!), some lime green cotton, a bit of orange felt, two black buttons, and some poly fiberfill. The pattern is from the Spring 2009 issue of Quilts and More.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


More fabric charms to be swapped.

Monday, July 20, 2009

If this keeps up, I'm going to need magnifying lenses.

Oh my. Another project involving little bits and detailed work. After I finish these, I think I'm going to sew a quilt or something BIG.

These are fabric charms. 1" square, made of faux suede, copper and gold metallic threads, iridescent fabric paints in gold and blue/green, gold eyelets, and gold jump rings. (For a swap, of course!)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

little dresses

I attended the recent Martha's Sewing Market in Arlington, Texas, where I happened upon the booth featuring the embroidery designs by My Fair Lady. Had to have some of those little dresses!!

This weekend, I worked on stitching out an assortment in a variety of colors. Some will be used for an upcoming Swap-Bot project; the rest will be added as embellishments to other future projects.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Jessica's quilt

My friend's daughter, Jessica, was one month away from her college graduation when it was discovered that she's got non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She's halfway through chemo, and so far her scans have been good. (Thank you, God!)

I am sending her this quilt. Her mom tells me Jessa loves all things Asian, so hopefully this will make her happy and keep her warm and comforted on days when she's not feeling so great after treatment.

Front of quilt:
There aren't any borders on the front of the quilt, so as not to detract from the vertical lines in the piecing and quilting.

Back of quilt, in colors black, cream, and light sage green.

Wee pincushion

- one bottlecap
- scraps of felt
- thread
- bit of poly fiberfill
- ribbon
- 2 buttons

Mini pincushion! (To be swapped.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

My red birdie has a friend.

I used different eyes for this guy and I think he looks a little less hypothyroid than the red bird.
I think my next bird will have a little tuft of some fun yarn on top of his head...

Still doing Row House swaps. The theme for this one was Color Choice. I knew I wanted to do a beach cabana, and I thought I might use yellow as my color choice, but once I got started on this, I realized browns and neutrals were going to work best. The curtains were the hardest part, because they kept wanting to be stiff and to stick out in all the wrong places. In the end, I remedied that problem with the twine tie-backs.

The stuff at the bottom that looks unfortunately like flames is actually supposed to be beach grasses. My creations always look so much better in my head than they actually turn out in real life! Argh!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Swap misc.

Holiday quilt blocks.


And another Row House swap - this one is (obviously) a Post Office.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Fabric charms (NOT charm squares)

Swap-bot swap: Fabric Jewelry Charm Swap
I swap with Swap-bot!

I'm jazzed about this. I never even imagined one could make fabric charms until I saw this swap. I find myself waking up in the morning, already thinking about what kinds of charms I can create...

(For the crafting newbie, a fabric charm square is a 5" square that's often packaged with other coordinating 5" squares. This swap is for fabric charms - little jewelry charms of 1"-2", made from fabric, that can be hung from a chain or cord.)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Look at what WE made!

I think this is the first thing my husband and I have ever created together - outside of children. :)

He turned the maple scrap for the base, and I added the fabric pincushion top and hot glued it all together.

This he didn't help with. This is the Holiday Quilt Block Swap block I made for September.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

August quilt block

Over on Swap-Bot, I've been participating in a monthly quilt block exchange in which we have to create a 12.5" block that represents a holiday for each month of the year. Some months are pretty obvious - for February, we all did hearts; for May, most of us did flowers. But others are a little trickier, like August. I was going to do a beach/vacation theme, but then my plan was thrown for a loop when, in the July swap, I had to send to a Canadian swapper. I couldn't very well send her an American flag block (!), so she got my beach block instead. (I appliqued a seashell on fabric that resembles sand, and could kick myself for forgetting to photograph it before sending it off.)

So my August block ended up being a watermelon slice. To make the seeds, I cut my own little seed stencil from cardstock and stamped the fabric with black ink.

And, as a reminder to myself, here are the block themes I used for all the months so far.
February - stitch and split heart
March - stitch and split shamrock
April - umbrella on "rain" fabric embellished with crystal raindrops
May - appliqued tulips in 3 colors
June - wedding cake embellished with embroidery stitches and appliqued lace
July - seashell on sand
August - watermelon slice

For future blocks, I'm planning:
September - stitch and split apple
October - stitch and split pumpkin
November - autumn leaves?
December - something Christmas-y. Maybe a tree or holly leaves, or a stocking?
January - snowflake

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Another Row House swap; this one is a gnome house. I'm kind of aggravated that my trees look like palm trees. I guess these are retired gnomes, living in Florida.