Friday, March 19, 2010

One Step Closer

Dharma came thru with a great Tjap , a tool used to make Batiks. So I am one step closer to making my own batiks with soy wax. Note, the retayne product in the back ground. That is good for washing any quilt  to remove excess dye. I wash my hand dyes 3-4 times , but they still have residue. I have a couple of quilts I need to wash to get rid  of the excess dye. I have used  Synthapol , the concentratred soap I use on my fabric but the Retayn will make the dye stay in place instead of just removing the excess dye.
Now if I can just go to my room and work with out any animals needing rescued , fed , doctored, or hugged this will be a good day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What's in my wallet



Not a lot of dough but it's purty and color co-ordinated.
I made this purse from one of my daughter's old purses , and some upholstery fabric I bought when I was re-upholstering a chair.

The colorful purse isn't squished its an optical allusion. So sit up straight and wear vertical stripes and you will look thinner too!

The wallet pattern is by Karen Comstock , I modified the 1st one  to suit my fabric choice. My "Too Bee" Bud Patty sent the "Too Bee" a box of cool fabric from G-Street fabrics , when she moved away to DC and became a out of state  member. We each made a section with  the fabric using a Kaffe Fassett's book for inspiration. I turned my section into my wallet , but I didn't want to cover the fabric up on the back of the wallet with another fabric so I made a change purse  and sewed it in the center of that wallet.
The "Too Bee or Not to Bee " bees together now for 11 years  cause we want to always bee .
And Sew on............ 

And Sew on ................

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mystery Quilt Revealed

This is my Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. Bonnie came to  Hall County Quilt Guild in October ( I think) This is her newest Mystery and was published in Quiltmaker magazine in installments. I set mine with aqua triangles and used a black border so mine doens't look like Christmas. Bonnie's quilt is called Chistmas Lights and was quilted all over with a motif that looked like the lights for a Christmas tree.


It was fun, I have never been brave enough to try a Mystery Quilt. In such a quilt project you are at the mercy of the designers description of the fabric choices as well as the instructions for assembling the blocks. Since I did  meet Bonnie before embarking on this voyage , I felt some what  assured I would end up with a quilt I liked. However, mid way through as I looked at those 2 very different quilt blocks I was really not sure at all. I am amazed at how great they look together in this quilt. This put a serious dent in my already meager stash and I only have one more UFO . This is all part of my master plan to start working my way the Quilting Arts Magazines with Kathy Jo. The other plan is to sew up patterns I have on hand . Tune in next time for pictures of my funky purse made with mesh screening.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Try Triangles Purse

This is a purse I made using mitered triangles. I am offering it  for a class at my LYS , Main Street Yarns http://store.mainstreetyarns.com/stores. I used 2 different wool yarns and then felted it . I was very please with the results. 
Yesterday was my Hall County Quuilt Guild and I meant to get a picture of my Bonnie Hunterhttp://www.quiltville.com/ mystery quilt but the meeting was such a riot I never got to it. I still have ends to work in so after I do that I will get a picture on here. 
May the rain and snow please go .
 I am ready for spring 


Monday, March 1, 2010

Long Time no Post

Here are some pictures of one reason February held no posts. I have proof of some hand crafts that occurred duing the short wee month but they will come later.
All I can say is
Happy March !!