Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Then on a whim I dragged it downstairs as I often use these quilted whole cloth spreads on the round table. Whoa! It matches the fruit in the big area rug. It is very close, if not right on, with the painted hutch. Definitely a keeper!
So that wraps up the winter decor. The plan has been documented and I can hit the winter season running when the snow returns.
The new leaf you hear turning will be spring and that will include a fresh decor and also some fresh resolutions to keep the Triple F formula front and centre and foremost.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Now, where was I ?
Gently push 4 small dowels (K) into the holes in each of the fixed shelves (B) as shown.
B, which one of you long guys is a B.......
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Now I DO have texture!
We had a demo on beading last night and I'm wondering what I could add to this guy to 'enhance' him. The pleats kinda lay down and look less than stellar if I don't keep the nail brush in his sight as a reminder to 'perk up'!
This was quite fun and I need to push the technique a bit to see if I could get it more to my liking.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Aha, this is how you get those layered effects!
Now this is what I learned.
1) I should get more foam rollers as that would have been better to roll in the paint and then on the stencil. Less would have gotten down in the grooves and the stencil would have been clearer when pressed onto the fabric.
2) The bigger the stencil the less mess.
3) Anything with fabric needs to be done in the basement. The mixed media counter area is too small and I am sure glad my sewing table came clean. yikes!
4) This is a lot of fun. I had a bit of a time crunch and lots is happening here in the coop. I will definitely be designating some long summer days to DYE for!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The BOM has been completed. I now have 7 blocks and no idea what I'll be doing with them. But I really do like them. My dearie has even commented that they are 'better' than usual. Ah, spoken like the good Ukrainian he is! lol
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The focus for the week is my daughter's quilts. As her wedding quilt isn't quite ready I offered her this Karla Alexander quilt. The stack, slice, shuffle then sew concept is great for breaking out of the matchy matchy formula for fabrics and colour that I began quilting with. It also is super for keeping the WOW factor up as the blocks begin to go up on the design wall. I am MQing it and then I need to decide on a colour for the binding.
I did take about 5 different pictures. It is a dreary day, the blocks look blurry to me. But it is pretty vibrant with limes, periwinkles, and some teals. hmm, I wonder if the colour should be a light, a medium or a dark???
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I think I may have been too hasty in designing these place mats. The colours need to be yellow and cranberry. I found some FQ's. The shapes for the winter season are squares and rectangles. They need to be kinda traditional. Perhaps the shapes are too big? The darker strip could liven things up? That light is too blah? Hmm, I wonder what is right!!!
I do like to make place mats and table runners. They are great projects; quick, motivating, samples for new techniques and practical. I think I need some help to fill up my idea file for my own deco vignettes as well as gifts for those special occasions. Ha! I guess I could make these the back and start again on the fronts! 8^)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Blue is probably not my favorite colour but I made this for my Mum hoping she'd be happy with it. But she had her heart set on a red and white quilt that had memories from her childhood. So this kept them warm while I cranked up my enthusiasm for a quilt made with one block from two fabrics. Maybe next Valentine's Day I'll show that one.
But I do like this technique and I should do more with it. If it were done with squares of batting and backing the look is quite different.
If I can get DD's quilts done then perhaps I can make some quick quilts with this technique for the 2 grand children. See how patient she has been! 8^)