Friday, July 30, 2010

Stuff to look at.

Coming up with a title for each post is not one of my strong suits! But I took some pictures of my quilt/craft space and stuff that's on there right now, so let's take a look.

fabric I am thinking of using for a border on flower quilt
I love this pincushion

pink fabrics stacked on quilt pieces
fabric scissors, ruler, mat and rotary cutter, which I cannot do without
fabric stack reflected in ruler.
That was the quick tour of what is on my craft table right now. The flowering vines quilt is rolling around in my head all the time and so all the fabrics sit on my desk. At the stage right now where I need to put a border around the main area so I can put the outer squares/rows on the quilt top. Then I can move onto the applique part.
This border part is like a mini roadblock, not sure what fabric to use for this. My ability to be very indecisive is coming out!
I could ask you my lovely readers to help me in the decision! I will show you the fabrics I am considering and you weigh in! I like this idea, so check back and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Flowers, flowers everywhere!

The Flowering Vines Quilt is moving along. Below is a reminder of the flower quilt, on the cover of this awesome book.

I've gone through a few packages of the Lite Steam-A-Seam already, so I will have to find a larger package of this stuff! Now let's take a look of what's new:


Flower centers


Flower fabric

Fabric for more flowers

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Make it Lite!

Applique, I continue to work on my skills. You see right now my applique knowledge is at a medium level from all the reading I have done on this technique. But getting comfortable with actual applique is still new to me.
Yesterday I went to Joanns, 40% off coupon in hand, and bought this lovely pack of fusible web sheets.

I was thinking I originally wanted a fusible web that wasn't double sided, but not sure now that I roll it around in my noggin if that would work. I really want something that doesn't add bulk to my applique, since right now the applique flowers I already made with a regular Steam-A-Seam2 are super stiff and will have to come off the Flowering Vines quilt.

You can't tell in this picture, but it's like cardboard and will totally not work on this quilt! I love this flower though, oh it's cute.

I went searching for more info on fusible web applique technique the other day and stumbled upon critterpat's channel on Youtube. The lovely Deborah Konshinsky had a whole video series on Machine Applique. This particular video is Machine Applique part 2 raw edge:

I like the raw edge and the "drawing" on the applique, there seems to be so much freedom in this technique. I need all the space to be creative and explore. Not that anyone is holding me back, but my own sense of needing to be perfect!

Here is my first quick attempt at using the Lite fusible web and machine applique raw edge technique (whew).

I had to mess with the tension a little to get the stitches looking and working how I wanted but I love how soft and pliable this turned out, and I can't wait to keep going!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Works in Progress

The Flowering Vines quilt is mainly what I am working on right now. The applique is where I am stuck, but got some great advice from Melody, an amazing quilter, check out her blog,

This quilt is waiting patiently for me to put this lovely flower fabric on the back, so basically finish it. Hopefully I can finish this one by the end of the week!

Photographing and posting amigurumi teddy bears.

I have had these bears done for atleast 6 months. I went on this huge streak of constant crocheting once I learned how to make the crochet stuffed animals. Then I hurt my wrists from too much crochet so I stopped and these got put away in my craft closet. put all three of these teddy bears up on my etsy shop

My makeshift photo studio in the bedroom. I am still figuring out the best way to take pictures of the things I make! This seemed to work pretty well though.

I was able to take some pretty good detail shots of the bears, here is one that I really liked.

My puppy Mason wanted his picture taken to and kept taking the teddy bears for himself when I wasn't paying attention. Caught in the act!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Flower quilt in process

I cut more stacks of fabric for the flower quilt. I have so many quilts in progress, along with other projects, I thought I should go back to this one and see how much I could get done.

I included some new fabrics, like the cherry fabrics.

A snapshot of the progress on the flower quilt and the new fabric stacks waiting to be sewn together.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Crochet Octopus

I am starting a new crochet animal! It's going to be a Quadapus (a four legged octopus) as designed and named by the boyfriend.

He helped me pick out the colors for a crochet bunny that I make and has really been the best selling one that I have made.

I decided to use a darker blue for the Quadapus's sweater. Check back to see his super cuteness come together!