Friday, March 23, 2007

Espresso





Second picture is the first appliqued quilt I made. It use to hang in my kitchen now it hangs in my daughter's kitchen. So I set to work to make me another one !!To the left is "MY" Espresso wall hanging quilt.
The very top picture is a wedding present for my niece. The designs were done on my embroidery machine and I found the stone tile frame for them quite by accident!!! I still have to make her the Espresso wall hanging quilt to go with them. I guess I better get busy her wedding is June 2nd!!!!


Friday, March 9, 2007

Quiltings



I ventured into quilting about two years ago. It's something I never saw myself doing, until now. ;-) But it is challenging and I am getting better at it!




The first quilt I ever attempted was a rag quilt for my Mom. I made bird blocks on my embroidery machine and then put it all together. It actually turned out fairly well even with me feeling like I had no clue what I was doing!!! There is a lot to be said for the first learning experience. I can look at that quilt now and think of things I should and would do

differently!! The rose quilt is staged on flannel. I am "stumped" as to how I want to put it together. I can't decide what I want to do with it. Should I sew the blocks together or make it into a rag quilt???? The roses on the tea dyed material were all done on my embroidery machine. I love that machine!!! I also made an attic windows Mickey Mouse quilt for my nephew but can't find any pictures of it at the moment.


These are quilt blocks my Mother made by hand when she was 12. I have fused them onto muslin and framed them for my niece who is getting married in July. She loves antiques so I thought this was a good way to preserve them for her!!!









Fiber Post Cards-Journal Pages










I joined a fiber postcard group about a year ago and have participated in some of the swaps. Making postcards is like making a miniature quilt. In some groups you can use anything, including paper. Other groups are fabric only. Here are some that I sent as swaps. I always make one or two extra for myself. The top orange card was done for a felt melt challenge that I didn't enter. The technique was fun and the melted felt did leave some holes just not enough. The bottom layer is orange glitter felt. I then sandwiched pieces of netting, threads, glittery chiffon, gold tissue papers between the felt and saran on top. I then put a piece of parchment on it and heated with the iron just enough to melt the saran to hold everything. Got out the heat gun and then melted it all together, from the back of course so as not to make the saran wrap run all over the place.


The western PC was done on my embroidery machine. The theme was called "In the Desert".



The blue & white adirondak chairs was also an embroidery machine design. The swap was"Favorite Color" mine being blue.

The two below are done in favorite color combinations. I love things that are old, antiques, yellowed doilies anything tea dyed.






















This is a fused landscape scene I have been working on. I need to cut it down to size and remove the smaller of the balloons. This is a journal page for a swap I am in. It still needs lots of work to complete it.



You Are Lavender

You are a sweet person with a very soft personality.
People become easily entranced with you. They seem to glow around you.
You have a quiet energy that can keep you active late into the night.
Even if you aren't the life of the party, you definitely keep the party going.








Memory Quilting




I recently made a small memory quilt for my Mom from pictures of my Grandmother. The center picture is of her at age 8, the year 1918. The other surrounding pictures are of her in different stages of her life. These quilts were made using hankies, doilies, crocheted pillowcase trims, all of which either belonged to her or she had crocheted. The jewelry and gloves also belonged to her. I did the ribbon embroidery roses for the gloves and lavender quilt. Ribbon embroidery is another love of mine!! Since I love all things old and especially yellowed, aged, tea dyed fabrics I decided to incorporate those colors into a memory quilt of my grandmother for myself!