Saturday, May 27, 2017

Time for Some Scraps and Planning

    This week has flown by with not much sewing but lots of planning. I did manage to sew 2 scrap wonky star blocks of green.  I love them. 

    I made progress on the dog quilt.  I machine embroidered dog sayings and silhouettes.

I also planned it out in EQ.  This is not the actual fabric but an alternate block and setting plan.  

After days of rain, I did manage to get some yard work done and lots of errands so I am ready for the start of summer. 

Enjoy some time sewing and quilting.

I'm linking up with So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Playing with Green

    I have enjoyed playing with all types of green this month.  First I pulled precut green squares and bricks from my stash. Here are a few of the resulting blocks I will add to my rainbow blocks.

   Then I supervised my granddaughters' play with a new PVC construction kit and their green castle.

Fun all around.

A few days ago I cut back an old pink very large azalea plant and potted 12 pieces that had rooted.  I hope to have several new plants to give away in the fall.

This is a great month for all things Green.  Linking up with Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Irene’s Art Dolls

      I was visiting with family after a cousin's graveside service and talked some about my sister Irene’s art dolls. Instead of quilting she is focusing on art dolls and they are quite unique.  I know I have shown a few here before but decided to share a few more and her latest.
      This past January her art doll group participated in an exhibit called “White Out” and each piece was supposed to be 70% white.  She entered this all white ballerina. 

Previously she made this punk doll for her daughter’s birthday.

After a week-long class with Dutch art doll maker, Ankie Daanen, this is her latest finished doll. 

My sister Irene has been a fabulous quilter for many years.  Now she is an extraordinary art doll maker.  

*update*  Here are are couple of photos of the Raven Lady finished and up close. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Working on This and That

       Instead of focusing on one project, I am rambling between several piecing projects.  I finally made the 12th dog but halted because I did not like it.  It is growing on me.  Today I appliqued 12 bones.  Next I plan to machine embroider dog sayings. I hope to get this quilt together by July. 

      I have had 2 leader/ender projects but just wanted to sew so decided to work steady since I did not want to start something else. I pieced many parts for wonky stars. I enjoy the improvisation of the points.

      I also finished piecing enough ”Circle Back” blocks for an adult lap quilt.  These may look familiar.  Last spring I made a quilt just like this for a gift.  I had enough of the same fabric and jelly roll strips to make another.  This one will probably be a gift also.  The blocks are easy and there is not much seam matching.  The pattern is from Cozy Quilt Designs.  You can see more about it here on this YouTube video.
Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.