Monday, November 20, 2017

Pincushions…Love Them

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I never thought I’d make a pin cushion that was this much work. These appealed to me and I happened to have some scraps of these border prints I cut off the ends of some quilt borders.
The symmetry and design of the finished pieces were worth the time.

I am burned out from working on larger more involved projects after the last few years completing around 100 works for my show in early 2017.

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I also had enough scraps of a border print to make this larger one. The larger size was easier to construct. I was afraid I would run out of wool batting scrap which is what I stuff them with. I made it with batting to spare. I love using wool batting to stuff. It holds the shape well and is so easy to stick pins in.

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You can see the difference in size of the two of them. The pieces for the red one were cut on the bias. The green ones used pieces cut on the straight of grain.

The buttons came from a friends late Mom’s button box and are very old.

Sometimes we just need a little therapy sewing and this stint turned up two pincushions I am in love with.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bulls Eye Quilt

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This was a popular raw edge quilt idea several years ago.
Of course I had to add my own twist to it and used my magic circle stitcher to made the circles.

After they were made each one was cut in quarters and connected with 3 different ones. I think the Jinny Beyer border added a lot to this one.
Like so many other of my pieces it sat for years waiting to be quilted. When Eileen Mirr said she could long arm some quilts for me I had her do this one right away. Of course she used her famous spiral design.
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The backing fabric has cows on it which is simply a coincidence. I looked in my fabric supply and found this piece that was wide enough and just a few inches longer than I needed.
The quilting added so much to this.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Changing Up What I am Finishing Again

I just finished these pieces from a collection of beads I made some time ago.
necklace bracelet outside
A close-up of the necklace and bracelet.
The collection of beads is made from the same colors of polymer clay. Some of the beads were similar and many were one of a kind.
I made the necklace first trying to balance similar beads on each side.
Necklace ourside
I finished the back with small black glass beads.
Bracelet displayed on wisk
It was a challenge figuring out how to photograph the bracelet but my whisk worked great. The bracelet used the leftover odd beads as well as black and red glass beads.
I always feel great when I finish a project.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Half Log Cabin Miniature

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This log cabin quilt is made with 1/4 inch finished strips. It is 8 inches square finished.
The binding is 1/8 inch wide. I pieced it about 20 years ago but got too busy to finish it. At one time I had quilted all my own miniatures.
It was hand quilted by  Robin Koehler. She is a fantastic hand quilter. 
You may have noticed I am getting help finishing some of my work.
I realized that if I want to finish so many of my pieces I need to have help doing that.
I was fortunate to find Robin as her quilting is up to my standards.
This is a serious work of art and not to be confused with a potholder.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Another 8 Pointed Star For One Arm Quilter

I finished several quilts in the recent past.
I have not posted them for various reasons: gifts, no time, etc
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I have been fortunate to have Eileen Mirr do long arm quilting on some of my quilts for me. She is an expert at quilting spirals. I think they might just be her trademark because when my granddaughter Dana saw the work she did she knew immediately who quilted them.
A little on the history of this quilt design. About 20 years ago I had a frozen shoulder. It was so bad I could only move my hand about an inch from my side. The Doctor said it was the worst one he had every seen. He wanted to operate right away. I said NO and he recommended a physical therapist who was excellent. It woke me up at night with the pain. I was sitting at the table looking at quilt pictures and I say a star quilt made with diamonds.
My mind began to race and I though why couldn’t that be done with fabric strips. I rushed up to the computer and drew it up.

I had a lot of strips cut and make the first one in rainbow colors. I could sew the strips together with just my right arm. There is nothing like doing something to love to help one’s recovery. When it was time to cut the slices from the strata of sewn together strips I had healed enough to do that.
And the rest is history. I taught this as a class, but students were allowed to use both arms.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Finished Chair Seats

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I bought these 100 year old walnut chairs at an auction about 40 years ago.
13 years ago we put a clear coat finish on them and upholstered the seats.
We didn’t replace the original bases for the seats and recently 2 of them broke through the bottoms. We removed the fabric and had new bases made about a year ago.
I just finished putting them back together with the same gorgeous fabric.
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I had replaced the fabric on two of them but ran out of staples.
Yesterday I finished replacing the covers on the remaining 4 of them.
Happy to be able to check off one more item on my TO DO list.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It’s A Brigadoon Day Today

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I knew there was fog today but could hardly believe how thick it was when I opened the blinds. It's much thicker than the photo shows. It also is playing with the perspective. The palm that looks closest is really quite a distance away.
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The fog was so thick it is raining fog on the screens…something I’ve never seen before.
It should burn off soon and we will have a mid 80’s high today.