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What I am Working On

 

This is a photo of part of my sewing room (sorry about that light shining in your eyes!)  I took on a project to help out a friend that turned out to be a little more involved than I thought.  Her husband has been in and out of the hospital for the last nine months.  Several times they thought he wouldn’t make it.  She has drawn on her church family for strength and support over these months, and its time to give back.  The church is having a craft fair and she is setting up a booth to help support it.  I volunteered to help out, and I am making 20 tote bags for her booth.  It’s been a big project and I’m glad to be doing it!

If you’re in the area, stop by the first Baptist Church, Ashville OH on December 3 and support an amazing church!

My other big project has been setting up a new domain for this blog.  This has turned out to be more complicated and time draining than anticipated.  It’s getting closer and I’m really excited about how it is coming together.   And Gatorhost has really awesome customer service!

A Cozy Cuppa

Tea Cozy and Coasters

 

As the weather gets cooler and shades of Autumn are seen, my thoughts turn to a nice pot of tea on a Sunday afternoon.  Since I don’t have a fireplace, I am usually wrapped up in an afghan on the couch to enjoy my tea.

Showing off my teapot

 

This was made as a gift for my mother.  Shhh, don’t tell!  She doesn’t read my blog so no chance she will be tipped off before the big day.  Anyway, I was looking through some of my craft books, trying to come up with something to make for her.  And this seemed like a lovely idea.  Not only does she collect teapots, but she enjoys drinking tea as well.  In fact, in seemed like such a great idea, I made two!

 

And another tea cozy with costers

This one is staying here, but it may go up for sale in my Etsy some at some future date.

These were super easy to make and a lot of fun two.  Each cozy/coaster set uses one fat quarter of cotton fabric, and one fat quarter of flannel.  I cut a rectangle in each 10″ x 18″, rounded off the top corners and sewed them together up the sides and across the top.  I added the ribbon at the top as a nod to a traditional tea cozy.

I put the flannel piece inside the cotton piece, wrong sides facing and put some binding around the bottom edge.  I had enough fabric to cut four squares 4.5″ on each side.  I sewed them together right sides facing, leaving a space to turn them.  After I turned them right side out, I pressed then top stitched around the edges.

Anyone ready for a cuppa?

Dry Spell

It’s been crazy busy around here this week.  Shuffling cars around, doing some extra computer work, car broke down, holiday food coma hangover…you name it.  Lots of things that needed to get done, like food shopping, put off until they can’t be put off any more.

So from a studio standpoint, all this adds up to a dry spell.  Tea cozies and coasters half made on the sewing table, pattern set to be drafted set aside, and the studio needs CLEANED UP!  Got a little bit of knitting in but that’s about it. There may be some potential for the tea cozies and coasters in an Etsy shop…so making some multiples to see how they come out and how long it takes to put them together.

Did manage to get a vintage quilt top quilted up but that’s about it.  Hopefully will have some finished product to show you soon!

Computers and Creativity

PSE 8

 

I love to create — to work with my hands and make things like quilts that are pretty and let me be creative.  But I’m also a geek.  I love my computer, my smartphone, the internet, streaming video and all that techy stuff.  So when I can combine these two parts of myself, I am a very happy camper!

I have tried designing quilts with an EQ program.  I had some moderate success with it, but it seems so restrictive.  It kept wanting me to use traditional designs and had fabric samples to plug in that I didn’t like.  And I could work around all of those things, but the program is really written for quilters making more traditional quilts and maybe tweaking them up a bit.  Not really me.

I have used Photoshop Elements for years in one version or another to edit my photographs.  I have looked at using it to edit and modify my photos to use in artquilts and I have not been happy with it.  It’s much easier to use than the full version of Photoshop but I have never taken the time to learn how to use it beyond editing my photos to make prints.

Well, its time to Cowboy Up!  Because now I have this.

Bamboo Fun Tablet

This, my friends, is a Waucom Bamboo Fun Tablet.  AKA my new BFF.

With this, I can draw in Photoshop Elements.  I can design fabric and have it printed by companies like this.  I can use the pen and tablet to select objects in my photos much much much easier and then edit and modify for quilts.  I can draw motifs and print them on fabric with my inkjet printer for quilts.  I can design a quilt and have it printed at a print shop on really wide paper to use as a pattern for an art quilt.

The possibilities are endless!