Thursday, December 18, 2014

Busy, Busy....

I haven't posted in a while because I have been SO busy!  Pulled in 50 different directions all at the same time, and getting nowhere.  Actually, that's not true, I guess.  I did an exhibit, and a show, and met with committees working on things for the Iron Mission Museum Foundation, and, and........  I know you all know the feeling!

For the past couple of days, I have been working on this quilt.  I started it prior to the exhibition and took it, on my quilt frame, with me as a work in progress.  Since it was my husband's idea, this quilt is named Paul's Covered Bridge.  I've quilted from the top down, and today I am working on the water.

It always amazes me what effect quilting has on a piece.  The photo on the left is the water material with no quilting.  The photo on the right is the same material quilted.  I decided, to give the water motion, that I would quilt only at the top edge of white areas.  It always tickles me when an idea works, too!  The photos were taken at the same camera settings, under the same light conditions.

Here's a photo of the entire water area.  I'm working from the top down and you can see the quilted area toward the top of this photo.

I hope you've all been well and happy since I last wrote.  Have a terrific holiday season, everyone!

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Custom Angel Finished!

This is angel Number 3.  Her name is Georgia.  She is a custom order.  I am having fun making these angels.  In fact, I have everything laid out to make two more; one brunette and one blond!

Have a great afternoon everyone!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rag Doll Angel!

I would like you to meet Angelica!  She took me all day to make.  I thought you might like to see the mess I make while making a doll.  I will admit to having cleaned up a bit before taking this picture, when it suddenly occurred to me that I should take a picture!  But the result of the mess is worth it!




Handmade Rag Doll Angel - Angelica - for more information, click HERE

Angelica is signed, dated and numbered (#2).  If you remember, a while ago, another customer special ordered a rag doll angel.  I had a feeling that if I did one, there might be more in my future, and I was right!  Angelica is for sale in my shop, but angel #3 has been ordered.  The first angel I made was miniature rag doll size.  This order is for a full size rag doll angel, so Angelica is my prototype for that special order.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I Have Been Busy!

Last week, I concentrated on miniature rag dolls - that is, when I wasn't working on art exhibits, planning committees, and attending a bunch of meetings!  But I got a lot done and I am happy.  I don't think I have enough, yet, but happily, other things are pushing me in a different direction.

 










Emily and Ilsa are leaving today - both are going to collectors!  And it's two different collectors.  Plus, one of them has commissioned an additional full size doll that is a blonde angel!  With Emily and Ilsa leaving the brood, that leaves me with only 7 full size dolls.  So first, I need to make the angel and then, some more dolls!

Also in the business of last week, I took the leap and applied to the St. George and Park City Art Festivals.  These juried, annual events are very prestigious and hard to get into.  Crossed fingers for me on both of these are appreciated!  I won't know the answer on either until spring of next year.

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pioneer Dress - Finished! (Well - Almost)

Handmade Pioneer Dress - front
Handmade Pioneer Dress - Back
And here it is!  I need to do the hand work...  hem on the apron and inside the waistband.  I also altered the pattern just a bit.  I called for elastic in the cuffs of the sleeves, which I had in originally, but have removed.  The apron was nearly as long as the dress to begin with, but I wanted more dress at the bottom.  Also, the apron didn't have pockets and I added them.  It have my grandmother's Moonstone pendant on my dress form.  It's not quite 'period correct,' as it dates from the 1920s, but I think it's close enough!

The pattern was reasonably easy to work with.  If you would like to make yourself this pioneer dress and apron, it's McCall's 9423.

Tomorrow, it's more miniature rag dolls...  I am down to just 9 of them left and Christmas is coming.  I think 2 dozen of them is a good number!

Have a great evening everyone!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pioneer Dress - A Work in Progress

I promised a picture today, so here it is.  This is definitely still a work in progress!
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finshed!

My latest quilt is finished!  My wonderful husband came up with the perfect name for it...  La Casa.
Hand-quilted wall-hanging, entitled La Casa - for more details, click HERE
So what will I do with myself for the rest of the day?  Well, I've been invited to be a featured artist at a Christmastime event at Frontier Homestead Museum!  The only glitch is that "period appropriate dress" is encouraged.  I need a pioneer dress!  So last night, we went out on a 'date' and purchased about a mile and a half of material and a pattern.  This will be a new-old experience....  I can't tell you how long it's been since I made something from a pattern.  Pictures tomorrow - I promise!

Have a good evening everyone!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilting is Done!

The quilting is done!  Tomorrow, this wall-hanging will get binding and hanging sleeves, and it will be finished!  And why, you ask, aren't I doing this today?  Because I want black binding and I don't have enough of any black material!  So a trip to the fabric store is in my future!

Have a great evening everyone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm Alive!

My apologies for not posting for over two months - honestly, I can't believe it's been that long.  But those of you who have been with me for a while know that I won't post unless I have something to say!

In the last two months, we've done three different shows, which led to two completely different quilt commissions.  I just love working with people to get an idea out of their heads and into reality.  The first one was this:
As I said....  completely different.  Here's the second one:
Interesting to me, the buyers of the first quilt above rejected my favorite sketch - their prerogative, of course.  So here's the quilt I'm working on right now:
I think it is so very interesting that these two desert scene quilts are so different, even though they incorporate many of the same features.  So far, the sky and the horizon are quilted.  With any luck, this one will be finished this week.

Nothing else to say right now.  I will post pictures when this most recent quilt is done.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Don't Get People....

We've been so busy the last couple of weeks, that we decided to take the weekend off and go camping.  So Friday evening, we jumped into the truck, with our dandy little camper in tow, and went to a nearby place in the Mountains called Yankee Meadows.

Yankee Meadows is a popular spot.  It's lovely to look at, the weather is perfect, and there's a reservoir within a mile.  The US Forest Service has marked several spots where you can camp for free.  So we had our fingers crossed that we would find a spot on a Friday night.

We drove through the left side off the dirt road, and found one camp site that was severely off-level for our camper.  So we went to the right side of the road.  Toward the end of the camping lane, we came up to another truck coming toward us, between two empty camp spots.  The charming young man explained that these seem to be the last two left...  which would be easier for us with our little trailer?  What a wonderful, considerate thing to do!!!  We picked site 13, and they took site 12.

We backed our little trailer into the site.  We waved at a woman in the distance near a red vehicle parked near the creek, and went about the business of leveling and stabilizing the trailer....  blocks under one side, disconnect from the truck, level it front to back, stabilizing jacks, awning out...  you get the idea.  This took us about 25 minutes or so.  Paul got into the truck to move it to the side of the trailer and I started cooking us some dinner.  It was at this point that the red-car-woman shouts, "You can't stay there - you're blocking my driveway!"  I came out of the trailer and just returned Paul's puzzled expression.  The red car was parked behind the campsite next to the one we were in.  Huh???  Then she shouted, "I'm in site 13.  It goes all the way back in here."  WHY THE HELL DIDN'T SHE SAY SOMETHING HALF AN HOUR AGO?

So we undid everything we'd done and went to the seriously unlevel space on the other side of the road.  But really, folks...

WHY CAN'T WE ALL BE MORE CONSIDERATE OF EACH OTHER?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Make a Baby Comforter Tutorial

This tutorial will take you through the process of making a Baby Comforter. 

You will need:
  • two pieces of fabric
  • yarn for tying the comforter
  • a darning needle
  • quilt batting and scissors
  • A measuring device
  • A sewing machine. 
The first thing to do is to pre-wash the fabric using the machine settings you want to use for the finished comforter.  For my comforter, I am using 100% cotton baby flannel for the face (top) and the back.  Polyester/cotton blend fabrics also work just fine, but I want the soft, comfy feel of flannel.  The choice is completely up to you.

Once the materials are washed, the next step is to get them square and the same size. My comforter is going to be 60" x 42".  Your comforter can be any size, but be sure to buy 1 extra foot of material to allow for shrinkage.

Lay each piece of fabric out on a large surface, folded in half lengthwise, with the selvages even.  Measure the fabric, allowing 2 inches for seams, pin it across your cutting line and cut it.


After both pieces of fabric are cut, lay them right sides together and pin all for edges.  One one short edge, leave a space at least 12 inches wide which will not be sewn.  This will be for inserting the batting once the comforter is sewn and turned.  Sew around the edge of the comforter, making 5/8" seams, trim the corners and turn right side out.  


Once the comforter is turned, lay it on top of your batting on a flat surface.  Trim the batting edges even with the sides of the comforter.  One would think that you want to trim it a bit smaller than the comforter, but trimming it even will give you a nice poufiness around the edges when the piece is finished.


Next, roll or fold the batting from the edges into the center.  You are going to insert this through the opening you left in the perimeter, and then unfold/unroll it out flat inside the comforter.  This doesn't have to be perfect - it just needs to fit through the opening to the inside.  You will unroll it with both hands/arms inside the comforter.

Here is a picture with the batting, still rolled, inside the comforter.  I left the end out so you could see what I am talking about.  Unroll the batting gently, as you don't want to tear it.  Once you get the top of the batting lined up inside the comforter, it goes pretty quickly.

With the batting flat inside the comforter, again, pin all the way around the perimeter, including the opening through which you inserted the batting.  Whip stitch that opening closed with tiny stitches.  Using the sewing machine, sew around the edge of the comforter 5/8" from the edge.  This creates that nice poufy border on your comforter.

Before the comforter can be tied, you will need to do some math.  Measure the width and length of the piece.  You can tie a comforter at any interval you like, but it should never be more than 6" apart.  My preference is not more than 5".  I've decided to tie this comforter at 5", with rows 2.5" apart and the ties staggered.  Using a piece of quilter's tape (which is simply narrow masking tape), I've marked every 2.5 inches, using horizontal and vertical alternating lines.  For the first row, I will tie at each vertical mark, for the second at each horizontal mark, etc.  All I need to do is to move the tape to the location of the next row, and tie...  no need to measure the tie placement in every row!

Note the lines of yarn across the face of the comforter now.  Each row is staggered from the row before to add interest.  Plus, by tying it this way, it gives the comforter more integrity to stay in tact wash after wash for years.  All that's left to do is cut the yarn half-way between the stitches and tie all the ends in knots.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finis!

I fussed with her wings for quite a while, but I am so glad that I did.  Yesterday, she had really long wavy blonde yarn hair, but you could hardly see her wings from the front when she was finished.  So she got a rather massive haircut!  Her halo is a piece of silver trim, wired to hold its shape.  It is also wired into her head so that it will not come off.

When all was said and done, I thought, "hmmmmm....  I might do this again."  So in addition to signing and dating her, she is also numbered ...  #1.

Have a good evening everyone!
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Angel Update...

I worked on this angel into the afternoon and had very little to show for it.  You see, this angel rag doll is a Christmas Tree Topper, so I needed to figure out how to get it on the spire of a pine tree.  Just sitting it there wouldn't work for me.  So it was a bit of an engineering problem.

I thought about just attaching some sort of tube to the back, but that didn't work for me either.  Somehow, I needed the spire of the tree to go into the center of the angel.  So I cut a whole bunch of different doll bodies until I hit on one that did work for me.  This angel, at the customer's request, is supposed to be 5 or 6 inches tall.  Also, there has to be room on the body for my tag (thank you US Government).  
To accommodate these requirements, this doll body has really long legs, and a significant space between them.  Once I had the body sewn together and stuffed, I made two spacers out of the same material into which I inserted a piece of poster board.  Once the ends were secured, I bent the two pieces around a pencil to make them curved.  Now the angel has a place to slip right over the spire of a tree, just the way it is supposed to!  It looks a bit weird in the photo, but I do think it will perform beautifully.

Once I got passed this issue, things went along smoothly.  She has a white satin slip and a white chiffon with silver glitter swirls dress.  She has lots of wavy blonde hair, which still needs to be styled.  Tomorrow, she will get wings and a halo and her hair done and the lace trim on her satin slip, and she will be ready to go.

Have a good evening everyone!

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life Goes On!

We had an "okay" show over the weekend.  Fortunately, it was local, so we didn't have restaurant and lodging bills to take a bite out of our sales.  This is a good thing!  But we sold a bunch of miniature rag dolls again, so I'm making more.  I have all the little bodies cut and sewn, and all of the little dresses made.  Now, it's just a matter of stuffing and hair and faces and dressing!

Tomorrow, I will be doing something I haven't done before...  making an angel.  This angel will be a rag doll - which is not different - but she will need to be a bit more formal and much more fussy than my dolls typically are.  She is a special order and she's paid for, so here I go!  I will post pictures tomorrow of my adventure!

Have a good evening everyone!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'm Still Alive!

I can't BELIEVE it's been almost a month since I posted here...  please accept my apology!  I've been crazy busy (obviously) and the time has just flown by.
 
We did shows two weekends in a row - actually four days apart - and they were diametrically different.  You already heard about the one where Caleb gave me such a wonderful gift.  The next Wednesday, we headed out for a show in Brian Head, Utah, over Fourth of July weekend.  Brian Head is located in the mountains at just shy of 10,000 feet elevation.  The scenery is very alpine - with lush green meadows and stands of tall, old-growth pine.  It's worth doing this show just to enjoy the beautiful views and vistas.
 
But we hardly got to do that!  We were crazy busy all four days of the show.  It was just wonderful!  When we got home, my brain was in a frenzy - yes, it's terrific to have such a good show, but now I have just over three weeks to recover and be ready for the next one!
 
So in the last three weeks, I've made 33 miniature rag dolls (and sold some more through my shop at HandmadeArtists.com), 24 headbands (all but two of them with flowers), assorted baby footwear, and a bunch of ruffle scarfs.  We set up for the next show this evening, and I'm as ready as I am going to get.
 
So I hope you are all well, happy and busy.  I promise it won't be another month before I post again!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

More Rewarding Than Sales...

Artsy people are an interesting bunch.  They don't evaluate like 'normal' people, and I suppose it's a left brain/right brain thing.  But that people are different is what makes life so interesting.

I'm in that artsy group, and did a show this weekend.  I spent 36 hours in the park just in Thursday/Friday/Saturday.  The 'normal' people would be settling their books, recording expenses and sales, figuring profit margins and such.  Of course, I do that too.  But the 'normal' people would be would be calculating the success of the event in dollars and cents and then they would be done.  Again, I do that, too, and this particular show was forgettable in that regard, but at this point I am not done.  Since I fall into that artsy group, I must tell you that this was one of the most wonderful shows I have ever done...  ever!

If you are familiar with my work, you know I make a lot of things where my target market (so to speak) would be children...  not because I want their money, but because a child with my bear will be able to pass it down to their child years and years from now after they've loved it to death all through their growing up years.  

I am just completely delighted when a tiny customer shows an interest in the care that went into the finished product; they don't look at it as another "thing" that they just want for no reason other than to have more things.  They look at it as a special creation.

Just such a special little person visited with me during this show.  He was an adorable young man who stood a bit less than waist-high to me. He had deep brown hair and wore a hat that seemed Bavarian to me; so grown up in such a small package.  He was just fascinated with my dolls.  I suppose it could be considered evil of me to display these types of things at eye level for children.  He spent quite a bit of time in my booth, and left with my card in his hand, after I explained that the card would tell him how to get in touch with me in the future if he ever needed to do so.

A bit later, this youngster's father came back to my booth, and handed me my card.  I looked at him quizzically, and then he turned the card over in my hand.  "Caleb drew you this picture," he explained; "he wanted you to have it. I'm going to take another of your cards if you don't mind," he grinned.  He picked up a card and walked away.  I am really glad that he did, too, because I needed a moment, since I was all teary-eyed and emotional.

I didn't see Caleb or his parents again through the rest of the show.  But Caleb's very special drawing is pinned right in the center of my bulletin board and will always stay in that special spot...  not just on my bulletin board, but in my heart.  Thanks so very much, Caleb, for reminding that what I do is important.  I will never forget you. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Missing in Action!

I haven't written in days and I apologize.  But there is probably going to be more of the same for a bit here.  GROOVEFEST Music & Art Festival begins tomorrow, which means I start in earnest today.  Artists and food vendors will begin arriving to set up today at 4, which means I will be there today at 2.  The entire layout must be clearly marked in those two hours so that we can check in and place those arriving to set up.  That goes on until 8 (probably more like 9) tonight.  Then I will be back at the park tomorrow morning at 7 AM to check in everyone else.  We're live at 10 AM.  Saturday is not quite so early, but we'll be there until 10 or 11 PM to make sure that everyone gets torn down successfully.  Sunday, I will just be brain dead!

See you all next week!

Friday, June 20, 2014

And Now, There are Twelve!

Did you miss me yesterday?  It was a crazy day.  I answered a boatload of art festival emails, worked on the layout, worked on miniature dolls, and then went to a two hour meeting - the final one before GROOVEFEST begins!  Whew!  But I did get 4 more miniature rag dolls completed. They are the ones in the front.

Today was a frustration.  If my instincts are correct, the hard drive died in our two-month-old computer!  Now I'm trying to get service on it.  I called the help number, and the recording told me I was sixth in line - please hold.  About 3 minutes later, still sixth.  After ten minutes, and still sixth, they gave me an option to leave a voicemail so that they would call me back....  so I did.  Will it happen?  Only time will tell.  

The rest of the day, I cleaned house and did some laundry after I swapped out the new/dead computer for the older computer it replaced.  Tomorrow, we're having a barbecue!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

And Now There Are Eight!

With Groovefest Music and Art Festival just two weeks away now, I have been very busy answering questions and getting the final touches put on everything.  (In my spare time, I'm the coordinator of this large event.)  If your going to be in the neighborhood of Cedar City, Utah, on June 27-28, you should check it out!  It's so much fun.  The website is GroovefestUtah.com for more information.

I now have eight tiny dolls - today's batch is in the front and they are not yet in cellophane bags.  Four a day, with everything else that's going on is okay.  It means I'll be working on the angel within a week, and that works!

Have a great evening everyone!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Seven Step Approach...

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are 7!

Step 1: Gather everything I'm going to need into one place (make a mess).  This includes all the dolls, embroidery floss, Pink and White fabrics (customer wants them all in pink or white), yarn and doll hair, a freshly sharpened pencil, scissors, thread nippers, an assortment of needles, hemostats, and polyester fiberfill.

Step 2:  I decided to try a batch of three dolls.  So step 2 is to sew the two cutouts together, leaving an opening at the top of the head for stuffing.  Once they are sewn together, they all got signed and dated adjacent to my label.  This is all on the backs of the dolls.







Step 3:  With my freshly sharpened pencil, draw faces on the three dolls to embroider.  I took this picture before they got rosy cheeks (also in this step).  Rosy cheeks are simply powder blush applied with a cotton swab.





Step 4:  Embroider their smiling little faces.  Those are my fingers holding these little dolls still for the photo.  This gives you a really good idea on the size of these dolls; they are just over 3 inches tall.


Step 5: Give them all some hair!  Just like my full size dolls, my miniatures also have wild, big hair.  Their hair will get styled a bit later.


Step 6:  Make their little dresses.  Each dress is gathered at the neck to make the ruffle with embroidery floss.  The floss is securely knotted so that the tiny bows will not come untied.  These dolls never get undressed.  Also in this step, their hair got styled and the embroidery floss hangar was added.  A couple of them also got additional rosy cheeks.  I like rosy cheeks!

Step 7: Put each one in its own little cellophane bag.  This keeps them clean and keeps their dresses from getting wrinkled.



I suppose Step 8 is "Repeat until you have 25 of these!"  I learned making the batch of three that it is far more efficient for me to make one at a time.  I did only get four done today, but I was interrupted about a million times.  I am glad that I have lots of time to finish these!

Have a great evening everyone!

Monday, June 16, 2014

And So It Begins...

I thought about these 25 miniature rag doll Christmas Tree Ornaments while I was doing laundry and dishes and bed-making, and other things all day.  Do I do one thing to all of them, then the next and the next?  Or do I do them in smaller batches?  Knowing me, I might tend to burn out if I was embroidering 25 pairs of eyes, then 25 noses then 25 mouths, then 25 heads of hair, etc.  So I decided on 5 at a time.

I didn't get to it until about 2 this afternoon.  The first thing I had to do was make labels.  You see, the US Government has made us small producers of things label absolutely everything.  When this went into effect, it put a lot of small fiber artists completely out of business - they had no desire to deal with it.  But I am stubborn..........

My labels are on iron-on transfer paper.  To make five labels seemed silly; better to make a whole sheet, so I did.  Then I started cutting out doll bodies and ironing on the labels.  When I had 5 done, I realized that putting everything away and moving to the next step was silly at this juncture...  May as well do the rest.


As you can see, I have 27 miniature rag doll bodies (the labels print out in columns of 9 labels...  why save two?) all cut and labeled.  My customer wanted dolls with different skin tones - after all, we are all not white muslin!  



At this point, I'm still thinking batches are a good idea, but we will see what tomorrow brings.  Have a great evening everyone!

Friday, June 13, 2014

And We Have a Sheet!

It was so tempting to give this post a snappy title....  Oh, Sheet!, or Sheets That Pass in the Night, or One Sheet to the Wind, but I restrained myself.  Not that much, though!

We have one fitted sheet to fit a 10 foot by 7 foot mattress that is 12 inches deep!  Whether it actually fits or not is yet to be seen.  You see, I had the exact dimensions of the mattress, but I've got absolutely nothing to try it on even close to that size.  So I have my fingers crossed that my customer will be thrilled.

It wasn't that difficult in the long run, if you disregard the fact that I measured for more than two hours....  no lie!  Cut the Egyptian cotton sheets wrong, and I'd be shopping for replacements.  And if you Googled the price on such sheets, you KNOW that I didn't want to go there.

I tried a number of different ideas on laying it out to cut, none of which worked.  So the whole cutting thing was done on the floor....  which explains why the sheet is in the washer as I type this.  The bonus is that I had two pieces of sheeting left, each big enough to make a king size pillow case.  So the sheet and two pillow cases will ship Monday.  And then, I start 25 miniature rag doll Christmas Tree ornaments and an angel.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Dog Ate My Homework...

Today was so incredibly busy!  The quilt is signed and tagged and put away.  This does take a while, since I actually sign the quilt and then embroider over my signature.  I just don't like the look of writing on a quilt, even if it is small.  Anyway - it's done.  Then I spent a couple of hours on Groovefest Music and Art Festival (the layout is nearly complete).  I had to go into town to pick up the t-shirts we ordered for the event, drop off some paperwork at the City, and drop off a check at Groovacious.  It's lovely living "in the country," but going into town is an hour's travel time plus errands.  It took a chunk out of my day.

I finally got to my sheet project .  When I took them out of the package, I noticed how nice and silky they felt.  So I made the mistake of looking up the price of a Hotel Collection, extra deep, queen size flat sheet...  if you want a real thrill, Google that phrase...  Holy mackerel!!!!  And I have two of them to make into one giant fitted sheet.  Now I am really paranoid about cutting wrong...  The good news is that the center seam is in and so far, I don't need to replace one of the sheets.  HOORAY!!!

When I got home from town, I had a box of shirts to carry into the house, my purse, a couple of papers, and I had stopped and picked up the mail.  I like to do this in a single trip, so I piled everything on top of the box, and with my house key in one hand, wrestled it out of the car, across the driveway, up the stairs, across the porch, unlocked the front door, and got everything (I thought) safely plopped down on the dining room table.  

I picked the mail up and walked it into my room and dropped it on my desk.  Then I fussed about a bit, getting myself a nice glass of ice water, and headed back to my room to open the mail.  Bill from the gas company, bill from electricity....  wait a minute...  where is that other envelope?  I retraced my steps, knowing that there had been a small white envelope that I knew contained a check.  But it wasn't with the other mail on my desk.  Crud...  where is it?

In the process of retracing my steps, I was so upset to find a shard of an envelope containing a return address.  Then I found the bottom of that envelope with the bottom of the check still in it.  I found the top right corner of the check.  I found bits and scraps of who knows what.  Then I found our puppy happily chewing on what was left at that point, which wasn't much!  Grrrr..............

So now I get to call the sender and ask if I can stop by some time tomorrow and get another check.  At least I'm in a position to present the evidence showing that my dog really DID eat it!  So embarrassed though......

Have a great evening everyone!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Finished and Listed for Sale!

It's done!  And I got great pictures for the listing on HandmadeArtists.com. Whew!  I'm happy with the way it turned out.  All that's left to do is to make a hang tag for it and actually sign it.  Funny...  I don't know why I leave the "sign it" part to the very last thing, but I always do.  I guess it's just one of those things that we all do the same way every time and can't possibly explain.

So, for the rest of the day, I'll be finishing up the above and then working on art festival (Groovefest is soon now - just over two weeks away!).  Tomorrow...  One fitted sheet measuring 120" x 90"...  should be a real adventure...  How far can you cut a straight line? 

Have a great evening everyone!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It Wasn't Broken, So I fixed It...........

How many times have we all decided that something perfectly fine and functional needed improvement, only to sincerely regret that decision down the road?  Welcome to my world!!!!  I know better than to mess with something that is just fine the way it is, but I haven't yet learned....

Yesterday, I was nearly to the bottom of my quilt.  "hmmmm," I mused.  "I could take the bottom off the back of the quilt and move it up just a bit and then it would be just the same as the other sides.  Otherwise, I will need to trim it, and it will be .5 inch narrower than the other sides."  There really wasn't anything wrong with it that anyone other than me would ever have noticed.  But take it off I did.

What a mess!  Taking it off wasn't a huge problem, until I realized that it would have to come off not only the bottom, but the sides, as well.  And the sides were impeded by areas I had already quilted.  So some of the quilting came out, too.

But wait - there's more!  When I put it back together, even though I measured about half a bizillion times, the back ended up .5 inch shorter than the face.  At that point, I was so frustrated, that I was about ready to throw the whole thing out the window.  So instead, I decided to do something else.  So for the rest of the afternoon, I worked on art festival a bit, ran some errands, and then made a batch of raspricot (raspberry and apricot) jam.  Is there anyone out there that does NOT have a similar story to this one????

Today was a different story!   It is done!!!  The photo here is taken at a slight angle so that you can readily see the dimension given to the quilt by the quilting itself.  Tomorrow, all that's left is to trim it and bind it and list it for sale.  Hooray!

The quilt measures 41 inches wide by 35 inches tall.  The angled photo here makes it appear to be square, while it really is a rectangle.  It will be a nice wall hanging in back of a couch, don't you think?

Have a great evening everyone!

Friday, June 6, 2014

It's Friday... Again!

Well, not only did I get to the wall, the top of the wall is now quilted as well.  All that is left are the bushes in front of the wall, the lawn and the rest of the perimeter.  Who's idea was it to put so many bushes in this quilt anyway! I had some just perfect lighting for a bit today and got really great pictures of bushes quilted and bushes  not quilted.  Here they are, right next to each other.  It makes such a difference...
Bushes NOT quilted






Bushes Quilted







































I would like to thank the person that designed this amazing material...  Don't know who or where you are, but THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Have a great weekend, everyone!