Sunday, May 20, 2018

What was i thinking?

I obviously wasn't when I did the last square for this wall hanging.  I am trying to get it done for my May OMG.  I had all of the blocks started except the be warm one.  I wasn't thinking and just grabbed a piece of black wool and cut it to size and finished the applique.  Today when I started sewing all of the blocks together I realized that the other pieces were dark navy.  I am so upset.  I don't have any more of the navy wool, that  is what I get for having the project started for a couple of years.  Going to go through all of my wool tomorrow to see if I can find a blue that is close, at least then it will be in the same family.  This is a lesson learned do wait two years to finish a project unless you have all of the pieces together.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fabric Painting Class

On Saturday I was lucky enough to go to a fabric painting class at Intown Quilters in Atlanta.  I have dyed different types of fabric, cotton, wool, and velvet  but have never done anything with fabric paint.  After the first technique I was hooked.  The first technique was color wash adding texture with leaves, and salt.  I loved using ginko leaves on this.  I also found that salt is better used sparingly.
Next we did a shibori style fabric.  I only had time try one of these, can't wait to do some more fabrics using this technique. I liked the shimmer that the metallic paint gave to this.

We also did fabrics using stencils, and stamps. This piece was made with a stencil with different sizes of circles, then I went over it with a color wash.  I should have waited a little longer before doing the color wash some of the paint from the stencils hadn't completely dried so it smeared some.   I have some great ideas of things I want to try. 

Due to the size of the class and the number of  people we were only able to use small 10 x 15 pieces of fabric.  I want to try some larger pieces. I would love to try some of these ideas on canvas to make some tote bags. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


I totally forgot all about this project until a couple of weeks ago.  I was trying to reorganize my sewing room and I found it.  I think I started it about three years ago, not sure, maybe 2 but it is definitely time to finish it.  The pattern is Snow Happy by Woolen Spool Designs.  This was a BOM from Homestead Hearth a few years ago.  I actually did the hand dyed wool for their BOM.  I kept some for myself and started it but never finished it. Looking forward to getting another project completed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

I did it

It took all  month but I finally finished my April goal, last night.  I can't believe that it took me all month to finish 4 pillowcases.  Glad they are finished, will probably end up being Christmas presents for some of the family.  This month has been extremely busy, we sold our cabin and had to  move everything out.  I realized that over the last 20 years everything that we should have gotten rid of we just took there, so there was 20 years worth of stuff, and I do mean stuff.  I have lost track of the number of trips I have made to Goodwill.  We sold some things, gave some away but still have a lot to sort through.  I would get rid of a lot of it, by my DH is a pack rat and wants to keep everything.  My sewing room is in our basement and unfortunately that is were we have put everything and I have to do some more cleaning before I can even think about sewing. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April OMG

My goal for this  month, is not a big one!!  I have been on  Spring Break for the last week, and out of town.  We have also sold our cabin and are in the process of packing it and moving everything out of it.  All of that means that there  won't be a lot of time for sewing this month.  My goal for this month is three sets of Christmas pillowcases that I have had cut and and folded up for the last two years.  It is one of those projects you think won't take long but gets put aside and never finished.  Hopefully I can get them sewn up before the end of the month.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March Finish

I  didn't think that I would be able to finish this panel this month, but I just finished it last night.  Now all of the stitchery panels are complete.  Putting it together will be  a project for another month. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Retreat

Last weekend was the first Anytime Stitching Sewing retreat of the year.  Leisa and Nancy do a great job organizing this twice a year.  It was a great time.  Got to spend time with  friends that I don't see very often (since I still work) and met some new ones.  There are some extremely talented ladies in our group.  Here a just a few of the great quilts people were working on.

Lynn's colorful quilt.

Marti's Civil War Chronicles.

Candy's squares

Quilt make for Charlie Elliot Center

Becky's Cats

Matri's Jen Kingwell

Jane's Shashiko stitchery  quilt.