Friday, January 28, 2011

Maggie's Quilt Top Progress...

 Here's a picture of Maggie from last summer, laying out by the fish pond, on a soft cushion of course, soaking in some sunshine.    We hope to get outside some tomorrow here as the high is to be in the middle 60's.  YEAH!!!  The south has been a deep freeze for a couple months now.  This one day of warmness will spark the daffidoils to start emerging from the ground.....That's my sign of spring around the corner. I can't wait!

The top is completed and it has been pinned to the batting and backing waiting to be quilted.  I will be using this one to practice free motion quilting.  No matter how it turns out I know Maggie will think it is wonderfully soft and snuggly.   I'd be willing to bet I won't hear the first complaint from her that the stitches are not quite even or there's no dog bone applique on it!  (When I first showed the quilt top to my husband, he said, "That doesn't look like a dog's quilt.  There's no bone or anything on it."   Man, he better be glad it's illegal to sell husbands on Ebay!)   I'll finish it up this weekend.  I suspect she will have plenty of time to snuggle in it to stay warm while dreaming about warm days to come soon so she will  be able to stretch out on the deck and enjoy sunshine, listen to the birds singing and the babbling water from the fish pond. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This is Maggie and the beginnings of her new quilt

This is Maggie, our 11 year old beagle.  Here she is chillin' on her nice old soft crocheted blanket, on a nice soft leather sofa,  with a nice soft fleece throw on top!  If you know anything about beagles, it is that sleeping all "piled up" is one of their two most favorite things to do in the world.  This activity is only superseded by eating!!  Hmm.  I may be part beagle myself....

So since I wanted to learn to quilt and she loves snuggling up the soft things it was a given that she'd get my first experiment.  Besides, it would be a small scale project and no matter how it turned out, she'd appreciate it and would use it daily!

Last of the Valentine Dotees for ATCSFORALL SWAP

Here's the last of the dotees for the Valentine Swap over at ATCSforall.  I usually use the blonde or light color for the hair.  But sometimes red screams black and I think the black hair looks good on this one. Makes her face stand out!

Now on to the next project.  My doggie quilt.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Meet Rose, ATCSFORALL Valentine Dotee Swap

Here's Rose!  She's the second of the three dotees for the ATCSFORALL Valentine dotee Swap.  She also has a paperclay face, Fun Fur hair and ceramic rose beads.

I'm working on doing a tutorial with her and hope to have it posted soon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Meet Amorette, ATCSforall Valentine Dotee Swap

This is Amorette, that's Latin for "Little Love".  She is the first of three Valentine Dotees for the ATCSFORALL dotee swap.  She has a paperclay face, painted with watercolor pencils for skin texture and eyeshadow, Micron Pen for eyes and eyebrows and felt pen for the lips.  Her face is attached with 6/0 seed beads.  She has long curly white hair with a gold tone hanger and a glass beaded tail.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Swap Bot Mug Rug Swap

This is the Rug Mug I completed for a swap at Swap-bot.  Complete with the recipients name.  This was my first quilted project and turned out ok.  Instead of pre-made store bought bias tape for the binding, I made by own using Clovers Bias Tape Maker.  I first saw this little cool tool on "Sewing with Nancy".  I purchased the entire set at Joanne's.  The first tape I did was a little time consuming, but after that I just zoomed along.  I can't say enough about this little tool!  Not only does it save money by not having to buy pre-made tape from the store, but solves the problem of the shades not quite matching up.  With this baby, everything matches!!  Love it!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

We have snow!!

Yep, Atlanta Georgia got snow.  And lots of it!  The storm moved in on Sunday, four days ago, and the roads are still dangerous.  I live 6 miles from my office and it took me 90 minutes to get there.  One little accident was all it took to back traffic up for four miles!!!!  It's been brutally cold, lows in the teens and the daily highs below freezing, so not alot of melting has occurred.  First couple days were great.  I stayed home and logged in to the work computers from the comfort of my den with a nice warm fireplace and able to look out the window at the beautiful snow while getting the essentials done.  Then still had time left to play!  But then "they" made me come in to the office and I had to get out on the streets slipping and sliding.  So I'm over it!

While I was home I got one Dotee completed (and several more started) for a Valentine swap on ATCSfor all.  This website swaps various art forms.  I swap on that site as well as Swap-bot.  It's very interesting to see what other folks are doing and their styles and by swapping you actually get to see it, touch it.  These swap sites also force me to stretch myself and try new techniques and different art projects that  I probably would put off trying thus eventually never getting around to do.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Snow People Softie Swap on Swap Bot

Meet Henry and Alexander, twin Snow Brothers and were created for the Snow People Swap I hosted on Swap Bot..  They have been hanging around the last couple days waiting for me to be able to go to the post office to mail them to their new homes.  Henry is going to Durham County in the United Kingdom and Alexander is going to live in Pennsylvania.  They are very excited to get to a cooler climate than Georgia.  :-).  They have been hanging out with my girls (Dotee dolls) and it turns out they are quite the "Ladies Man"

They are approximately 7 inches tall and made of white felt I found at Hancocks as a remenant for 67 cents and still have a ton of it left.  So that was my only costs for these guys.  The buttons are from my stash. The nose is a very small triangle of orange felt rolled up with white cotton thread wrapped around it then sewn on the face with that same thread.  It seemed to hold the nose upright beautifully!   The hat and scarf were crocheted from some left over homespun yarn. 

Next project on Swap Bot I will be tackling is a Mug Rug.  A mug rug is an extra large quilted coaster made to hold a cuppa and a snack.  It will be my first time trying to quilt anything!! I emailed my partner to find out something about what colors she would like and found out she as been quilting for years. Also had to ask my quilting teacher, Professor Google, about some of the types of fabrics she was talking about!   So I'm pretty nervous about make one for her!!   I am planning on going through my stash tonight and find some of the colors she said she would like and make a plan!