Wednesday, July 27, 2011

From This....

To This....

 Today I finished zig zagging the smaller one and glued the swirly part on the big one.

Is it too early to put out fall decorations?

The two bowls combined are made up of 100 yards of cotton clothesline.
My Daughter wrapped all the clothesline for me while she watched TV.  

Below is the fabric we used for both bowls.  I got a lot of it a couple years ago for about $1 a yard so I didn't mind cutting some of it up for these bowls.  It has all my favorite fall colors in it and I was anxious to see how it would look in these bowls.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Newest Drawing

 I finished the coloring on this drawing today.  

This next one is a work in progress.  My recent trip to the marsh inspired this one.

I need to find myself a nice portfolio that is small enough to hold all my drawings.
They are all 8in x 6in and right now they are stuck in the back of my notebook.
I want to be able to flip through them all like an album.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Found My Machine

After a busy summer spent on the road visiting relatives and playing at the beach I have finally returned home long enough to play around on my machine again. First thing on the list, finish up some client quilts and a donation quilt.

This first quilt wasn't made entirely by me. A guild member donated the top and backing to the guild and asked if someone would quilt it and I volunteered.  One of our members is from Japan and she has set up a project to have a bunch of needed quilts sent to Japan in the middle of August.  So this is my contribution to that cause.  I was going to just meander all over it, but for some reason the quilt just wouldn't let me do that. It begged me to do something different  ;)  So I did some free hand quilting in each block.  It was really fun coming up with ideas for each block.

 This next one is a quilt made by one of my guild mates.  She hand embroidered all the flower blocks and paired them with some nice batiks.  First I did an echo stitch around all the flowers, then I did some swirl meandering around each one.  My guild mate doesn't like dense heavy quilting.  She likes the quilt to feel more soft and fluffy.  So for the rest of the quilt I did a loose meander all over.  Then I trimmed the batting edges so all that she needs to do now is add the binding. 

Next on my quilting to do list is to finish up another quilt for this same client.  It is already basted and ready for quilting.  After that I need to add a sleeve on one of the quilts I made for my neighbor in December.  They want to be able to hang it on the wall instead of drape it over the couch as they first envisioned.  That should keep me busy the next few days.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cotton Dishcloths

On my travels this summer I took my yarn with me.  Lots of driving time and relaxing at relatives gave me plenty of time to finish up this set of dishcloths and hot pad.
These are all free patterns I found on the internet.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Not much Sewing going on

There hasn't been too much sewing going on around here lately mainly because the kids and I have been have been traveling. But today I did manage to make some pickles from cucumbers that came from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's garden.  I added a couple of cucumbers from my own garden, but I didn't have nearly as many as I got from my BIL last night.

The kids and I have really been enjoying the summer. We spent half a week in NC visiting in-laws, then we spent a week at the beach last week.  We came home for a day and then went back to the beach for the 4th and tomorrow we hit the road again and will be gone for a long weekend.  Seems like the days in between trips are spent getting laundry ready for the next trip and other odds and ends that need to get done around here.  That doesn't leave much time for crafting, but it's summer!! Time for other kinds of playing.  :)