February 2009


A denim top and a room full of treasures that are speaking to me- Check back to see what they say!


I decided to post a few teaser pictures of a fashion redo I am working on.  This is truly my passion and now that I have my studio somewhat set up, I just had to answer the voices.  One of the things that I love about this type of project is when it starts to take on a life of its own.  I feel like I am just the helper and the project creates itself.  I have been so inspired by several artists I have seen in Altered Couture magazine.  Rather than be content to look at what others are doing, I decided to give it a try.  Check back in a few days to see the completed work. 

With any luck, a few more art supplies and a bit of warmer weather, I hope to make this a habit.  I can’t wait to experiment with hand dying, fabric paints and transfering print art to fabrics.     


A new friend has an awesome purse giveaway. You have just got to see her Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6779084 and check out her really kute & kool purses. They aren’t just kool but they are cool. She makes them with thermo batting so your lunch stays cold. What a clever gal!  Then go to her blog and enter to win one yourself but if you win, you gotta share with me, hee hee!   Here is the link to her giveaway   http://bagsnrags.blogspot.com/2009/02/grand-opening-purse-give-away.html

This is my second start to finish quilt project.  I had a really fun time making it and was able to use some of my fabrics from my dear friends.  I am still thinking of whether I want to quilt a design in the diamond shapes, but I am happy with the stitch in the ditch that I did.  I have decided that I want to make a table runner for each season and I am looking for a 4th of July pattern next. 

I don’t even know what to call myself. I am so weird.

After I got all the beautiful fabrics that I received during my fabric shower from the staging area of my work bench and layed them on my cutting table,  I took pictures of them for my blog. You can see them in yesterday’s post.  I had been putting them all together as they came in so that I could have a photo of them all. I grouped them in some sort of color order, took an overall picture and then a series of close ups of the groupings. I published the pictures and then went off to bed because I started this brainstorm idea late in the evening.

This morning is when the trouble started, I needed to get some sewing done and I didn’t want to move my fabrics. I still want to look at them all lined up so pretty and remember how fun it was getting package after package. I honestly cannot express how thrilling it was to open that mail box or have “her” come to the door ; you know when the mail lady comes to the door it is gonna be good!   But . . .    How can I put them away?  Those little strips that came all packed so neatly in a zippy bag of their own had to be separated! I felt like a bad mom shipping my kids off to the ends of the earth to live alone!  They came together, they needed to stay together.  But they didn’t quite go together in an aesthetically pleasing way when you lined them all up,  in little piles they seem to belong!  So I snuggled them into a little drawer where they will be joined by other strip brothers and sisters as I sort through my stash. That, I could live with.  As far as the cuts of fabrics, I plan to raid Joann’s cardboard pile and get some more bolts and put them together on my shelf as a group. That way I can see them together as they should be, they are a visual representation of my dear, sweet friends. My mind may not be able to remember what I heard someone tell me or that I have an appointment in a day or two, but I can remember each fabric and who sent it. I have a somewhat photographic memory that captures things in snipets and hangs on to them that way. I think that is why it is hard for me to separate the fabrics. To think of them going toward separate projects is almost painful.

But . . . I am also so excited about being able to participate in the upcoming mystery that I am willing to try to break free. In fact, as the first step, I have re-thought my plan .  the strips will go into the drawer and then I will let Sylas play in it so that they all get mixed up into a jumble.  I will put the fabrics on bolts and put them randomly on a shelf. Just as I had that thought, there was this voice in my head and I think it honestly screamed!  After having a little negotiation, it has been decided that I will put them on bolts and have another family member place them on the shelf when I am not in the room. That way, when I walk back in the picture will be new!

Cutting these fabrics is another whole issue I will have to work through! Geez, you try to help a gal out and look what happens!

I said I was weird.

Front of my Secret Sister Valentine Heart Basket

Front of my Secret Sister Valentine Heart Basket

Back of my Secret Sister Valentine Heart Basket

Back of my Secret Sister Valentine Heart Basket

I finally was able to sew now that my machine is fixed.  Here is the Secret Sister Valentine Heart Basket I made yesterday.  I filled it with a few goodies from my sewing stash and will add a bit of candy and pop it in the mail.  I don’t think it will be there in time for Valentines even with priority mail  but I pray it gets to her soon.  I hope my SS enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.  I have variations and possibilities swimming in my head so you will have to check back to see if they escape and end up as actual finished projects.



Fabric Shower

I was blessed by a surprise fabric shower from my super quilt group.  I cannot believe the generosity of these women and John!  Besides fabric, I also received a rotary cutter, a square ruler,retractable tape measure  and several books.  I am so excited and will be using the first of my stash to create a spring theme table runner, a mystery quilt from our group and also a BOM from Bunny Hill.    Thank you so much to all my good friends, you mean so much to me and I cannot thank you enough.