Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sewing for joy!

Sometimes I just need to sew for the fun of it, nothing serious, just little experiments.  I always take my featherweight with me when we go camping, which we just did a couple of weeks ago.  Since the first time I sat outside at the picnic table sewing in the sunshine and the light breeze I love it.  Usually I have stitching friends with me but this year I was on my own.

My friend, Nancy, shared her "inspiration" file on her blog and there was the cutest quilt, just so happened to match a die I have for the Accuquilt GO!...of course I was thinking...fast and simple camping project!!  Awhile back I pulled all of the brown, red, green and gold fabrics from my stash into one bin with the goal of using them together until they're gone (unrealistic, I know!)  I still need to add the border rows.  It's not very big, but big enough to try an old/new idea.
Another little project I played with was the Lil' Twister tool (template).  I love the Moda collection of Sherbet Pips, it's adorable, and I had not come across it in any of my usual fabric haunts.  Lucky me, on the way to Phillips Lake (west of Baker City) we stopped at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, OR and there was ONE (1) charm pack...good enough.  I think it turned out simple and sweet, though the tiny designs were lost in the cutting.  I'll find some grey minkie for the back and bind it with a darker grey, good for a tiny baby or better yet a grandgirlies dolly.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Teeny weeny name in print!

The July issue of American Quilter has hit the stands.  Besides the beautiful winning quilts from the AQS shows there is a great article on page 40 by Michele Byrum.  She explains how she uses commercial prints (non-typical to say the least) for her beautiful floral applique.  I've taken a few classes from her and if you ever have an opportunity to learn from her, do it.  Michele allows me the privilege of "quilters choice" when it comes to working on her quilts....and that is why my name is on the credits.  I'm honored, and excited.