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Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's finished!!

I fixed my mistake and sewed like a mad woman yesterday and this morning.

I'm very happy with the quilt. I made 3 edges scalloped and the top edge straight so it would fit more like a bedspread.

  • 238 denim circles cut by hand from jeans, shorts and a dress
  • countless small spools of colored thread
  • 46 semi circles and 192 5 in squares of fabric from my stash
  • 3 band-aids...pins and my fingers don't play nicely together
  • size: 75 x 90 inches
  • weight: 8lbs

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What's wrong with this picture?

See the square piece laying over the rectangular hole!!!!

AGH! I hate it when I mess up!!! Lots of sewing to rip out...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Finally some progress

In preparation for Christmas I set aside packed away my circles quilt and promptly forgot about it. Outta sight, outta mind.

I broke out the sewing machine and iron this morning and got back to work. It's really coming together quickly now. I was very surprised when I laid all the pieces out on the living room floor that I was only 8 circles short. Easy peasy to whip those up.

Hopefully I'll have a completed quilt to show by weeks end!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Unrequited Love ATC swap

This swap sounded kind of fun. Not your typical over the top Valentine business dripping with sap.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Snow ATC

Just a quick ATC using mostly scraps and trash.

The substrate is a waffle box. Book text for background. The "snowflakes" are bits cut from tablecloth I cut up to use as doilies in my lawyers bookcase. The metal is from around the neck of a wine bottle. I had to print backwards, which is no easy feat for me, with an embossing tool to make the word SNOW. I lightly grazed the raised metal with Staz-on ink to give it definition.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

I'm so fascinated by hoarfrost. It is so beautiful... This time I got up close and personal with it. It's so amazing that my little point and shoot camera can take these photos!!

Quotes AB tip-in

Wanting to play a bit, I pulled out an old project so I'd have a direction.

I don't know why I'm having such a hard time completing this book. I'm thinking maybe it's the book itself. I didn't choose wisely with this one. It's too stiff and unforgiving. I fear that I'm going to break the binding if I bend it too far...which is a very likely scenario. My friend Elizabeth has a great tutorial for picking the right book to alter. Too bad I didn't read this BEFORE starting the book.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

UHU Candy box project

UHU sent me a tiny candy box, papers and the UHU gluer roller this month.

I took a few extra goodies from my stash and came up with this design.

Check out the full instructions on the UHU Blog.

There may be some free samples left...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Braided fabric bowl

Funny story about this bowl...it started out life as a rug.
What I mean is, I was trying to make a braided rug but somehow it started curling upward as I stitched the braids together. Instead of pulling it all out and starting over I punted and made a bowl. I really like the look of it. I may try to starch it so it has more stability or I'll just choose what I store in it very wisely.

I forgot to mention that a good share of the strips of fabric are from my dad's old button down shirts. They were so worn that the only thing they were worth was rags...or a rug gone wrong. :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside...

I needed to warm myself up so I created this Spring inspired altered book page.
Now doesn't that make you feel a little warmer already...

The doily was snagged from a free box at a garage sale. I used my favorite UHU twist & glue on all the fabric pieces. I sprinkled some fine glitter over the page to cover any spots that the glue seeped through. Made it look like a meant to do that. Maybe I should have just kept quiet and you'd just go along thinking how brilliant I am. Just kidding!!
I think I've been shut in too long. Cabin fever is setting in. Symptoms may include: laughing at yourself, by yourself and imagining everyone else thinks you are hysterically funny too.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

For the first time in 10 years I stayed awake to the ring in the New Year! Hooray! Ok, it was completely overrated. :)

I have set some goals for myself for the coming year. I'm calling them goals, not resolutions.

  • get back to eating healthy
  • get back to my exercise routine
  • paint the kitchen cupboards
  • plant more veggies
  • de-cluttter in prep for a monster garage sale
  • repurpose and recycle more
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