Monday, November 29

Back to Sewing

Well with Thanksgiving behind me I can get back to sewing a little. It seemed I spent most of the day yesterday on Etsy uploading new stuff, getting ready for Cyber Monday. Hopefully folks are buying some hand made items this year. And if you aren't shame on you, click over to Etsy and find that perfect gift. The TAFA members have a great variety. I think we're special of course. 


After cleaning up my sewing room yesterday, WOW you can see the floor now - I felt I could take some time to do something not on my to do list and just play. My friend Edna told me about these cute little quilts called mug rugs, which are cup coasters big enough for your cup and a cookie.  That got me to thinking, that's nice, but what if it was just a little bit bigger? Maybe lunch or - oh snack size. So I made a little Snack Mat. OK it's silly, but was fun to have a small project I could start/finish and eat off of all in under 2 hours. How can you beat that? There is also that all consuming need to eat pie. It's 12" x 12" and I just did a wonky log cabin. Think I'll make a few more and it will be great ways to try out new free motion patterns. 


Hum this makes me want more pie...




Yesterday I also worked on some jewelry and one of the things is for a class at JoAnn it's called a Wiggle Cuff, not sure about why they named it that. It was a fun project and of course I made mine from copper. 



Friday, November 26

Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sales


Well yesterday was for family and food. I cooked here this year. Angel and I swap each year. This will be her year to do Christmas breakfast. So with dinner here yesterday I started cooking around 7:00. It is fun but tiring to cook a big meal and by 2:00 I was full and ready for the couch. It was good to sit and relax after all that eating. Angel brought over 2 really good pies which I of course had to try each along with the pumpkin cheese cake I'd bought. 


I'd hoped to have my Santa hand towels completed but due to a little tragedy we had here at our house on Tuesday I didn't get any sewing done this week. My napkins didn't even get hemmed.  My sweet baby Auggie was very sick and had to spend Tues. and Wed at the vet on an IV. I was so worried. He's on antibiotics and special food now and we're taking him back to the vet this morning to hopefully get the IV port removed. He is doing better but I just have to watch his water and food intake and limit much to his disappointment the amount he's eating. Little Ginger sure missed him while he was in the baby hospital and we're all so glad he's home now. He's sucking up the extra attention and hopefully he'll be back to normal in a few more days.


BLACK FRIDAY SALES
Also I wanted to let you know I've marked down almost every item in my Etsy shop. If you are doing your on line shopping today please take time to drop by my shop. Buy handmade when you can, and give the gifts that are made with love, not by machine. Drop by the TAFA site and view a wonderful selection of handmade gifts. 

Monday, November 22

New Addition to the Tiny Sewing World

On Saturday we had our guild meeting and I did a demo of the embellisher. I took samples of finished work and also took duck cloth, felt and roving. Each member had a try at playing with the embellisher using both sheer, or silk like fabrics and also the wool rovings. We all had a good time. 

Sunday my friend Paula came over for us to celebrate her birthday. She came bearing gifts too even thou it was her birthday! Hey who am I to object? So she brought me the Crafts book on the left as gift and I'm borrowing the Centennial Quilts book on the right. The Crafts book was published in the 70's but has some wonderful techniques that are still current. It covers everything from paper making, basketry, felting, jewelry, clay and leather. It's very interesting and will be giving me great ideas for a long time. 



Here is another wonderful present Paula brought me. Isn't this the cutest little machine!
Paula sent me the link when she saw it on line and when I went on and on about it she just bought it for me. It's so wonderful. The crank and needle still work fine. 


And as an added treasure, look at this spool of thread! It's wood and the scalloped bottom is something I've never seen before. I have no idea how old the spool is. 



Today while out running errands I picked up this fabric to make new napkins for Thanksgiving. I'll just put a little hem on the edges and say I'm done. 
Good fall colors.


Friday, November 19

Starting To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Got a jump on my Christmas decorating yesterday. Wanted to have the house all festive for Thanksgiving, yes I know it's a bit odd to do it before Thanksgiving, but I just wanted to this year. I love looking at the trees all threw the house and wanted to sap an extra week out of them. 

I got several goodies in the mail this week. The exciting leggings I ordered from Dye Diana Dye came yesterday and I'd already made a new necklace to go with them. Her tie dyeing is...well to die for. The colors are beautiful and these are the softest leggings - beyond comfy...hum what's beyond comfy? 
The other goodie was a really big bag of Apaca roving from Linda at Fiber Fabrications. This will be for some future felted fiber art. The selection she sent was mind blowing. 

I'll be showing some of these at the Music City Modern Quilt Guild's meeting tomorrow. We'll be exploring using an Embellisher to do needle felting with. Will be a fun meeting. Check out our site with the button below. 



Even the sewing room gets a little decoration this little piggy was made by my mom and rather than just let him sit I thought this year he should be used. So Piggy Pin will be a good helper during the Holiday season. 



Well off shortly to go see Harry Potter...so excited. 

Monday, November 15

The Christmas Rush is On

Had a busy and fun weekend. On Saturday Stefanie and I went to Christmas Village. It was the first time I've been in many years. I was overcome by the crowd. It was shoulder to shoulder in the 3 buildings it filled. There were so many wonderful things I just wanted them all. We sampled some really good foods and looked at wonderful hand made items. I picked up a few Christmas presents, which I of course can't share just yet. We stopped by Michael's afterwards and I got some beading supplies for several presents I'm making, then off for a good lunch. It was a fun day. 

Yesterday I taught a jewelry class at JoAnn and afterwards went to Sam's to pick up a few things and the crowd was pretty intense there too. It seems that the rush for the Holidays is upon us. No more shopping on the weekend for me till after the first of the year. Crazy traffic. I did pick up a goodie on Sunday, yummy truffles. These just might have to go with me when we go see Harry Potter on Friday. Can't wait to see the new movie, must admit to being a huge fan. 




Got off to a busy start this morning and put hangers on 3 wall hangings I'd made for gifts. They are all Christmas themed. Also made 2 pair of Swarovski earrings and this necklace. Now with a little jewelry behind me it's time to get back to sewing. My list is getting somethings checked off. 

Wednesday, November 10

Good Mail and Good Friends

Well here I sit rocking out to Tina Turner and enjoying my new wall quilt I got in the mail yesterday. Can a day just get any better. Sweet puppies at your feet which are tapping away to a great song. Yesterday was such a great day I think I'm still over filled with happy from it. 

I went out to the post office to pick up a box from Jim Shore I'd ordered for a friend for Christmas and what a wonderful surprise to get this package for me! A beautiful inchie quilt from Gwen. It's a thank you for hosting the "Fall Colors" block swap on the Quilt With Us group Art Quilts. We do these block swaps and then after you get your block you continue on with the design and create a wall hanging from it. It's wonderful. This photo just does not do justice to this beautiful quilt. The free motion is great and the inchies are wonderful.  You can't really see but each inchie has a glittered tulle "drop shadow" beneath it. The tiny sparkles are just the right touch. 



Full view of the 9" x 11" quilt


 Detail of the inchies

Then yesterday afternoon I spent some good time with a high school friend in town from California. Went over to her mom's house and we just had a great time. Her mom reminded us of when she caught us skipping school (we weren't really bad girls) We all laughed and had a good time. Her mom quilts so I took over a few quilts I've made for Christmas presents and we talked about them. Was sorry to say good by and know Janice my SBC (sister by choice) is flying away today. Will miss you buddy. 

Need to get to work on one of my last Christmas presents today. It has a good bit of applique and I'm still not done with cutting out all the little bits. 

Sunday, November 7

Scrapbooking With Friends

Yesterday I had a really good time scrap booking with some great ladies I don't get to see too often. I didn't get my cards finished liked I'd hoped, but with all the talking, laughing and eating there just wasn't enough time. Oh well I still have plenty of time. I took a little time out to check out the new items from Stampin Up and saw several things that I just must have. I normally only scrap at our yearly get together in February, so this was fun to get together and see everyone's projects and learn different techniques. Stefanie is fabulous with paper and showed me how to make these wonderful paper flowers. My first thought was could I make these from fabric? Hum I might just have to try, after I master them in paper of course. 


Hopefully today after a few errands I'll take some time to make some jewelry for Christmas presents. I have 3 sets to make. After that I only have 1 quilting project left to do...whew I'm so glad I got started early. Now I just might have time to make a new table runner and table topper for our house, maybe.

Friday, November 5

Another Holiday Choir Started

One of my favorite things about the Christmas Holidays is cards. If you buy them or make them it's just fun to send them out and keep in touch with your friends and family. I do try to make mine when possible and tomorrow I'm going to a one day crop, and working on my cards is the plan. 
I really want to get my cards done tomorrow so I thought I'd get a little head start today. It just so happens that my good friend Stefanie is a Stampin' Up distributor and so I picked out some paper while over at her house yesterday on our sewing day.  So today I stamped all the designs I'll be coloring and embossed the cards. So it's down hill from here. I just have to hand color a good stack of little elves, snowmen and reindeers. Oh the fun part.






Also wanted to send a Big Birthday wish to Burgundy Buttons. She is 2!




Drop by her blog for a give-a-way and a good sale too. 

Thursday, November 4


The Dark Side of the Moon
12.25" x 21"

Just finished today. 


Tuesday, November 2

Needle Felting...

With a machine of course!
This is what I've been working on today. I'd not used my Embellisher in months and it was great getting it out again. I got 3 pieces of fabric on Saturday while at Jo-Ann for the embellisher. You don't use your well loved quilters cottons for this machine - nope it's synthetics all the way. I tossed in some wool roving too. 

This is how it started out. 




After all the felting is done.



Then the free motion.



The next thing I'll do is some hand beading. That's sitting in the big chair watching TV sewing on the beads and possibly adding a little metal in the mix. Hope to get this finished in the next few days. 

I had to put the other project on hold for a while cause I just needed to mull over the design a bit longer. It was just one of those projects that didn't want to play with others. 



Here are some of the pieces I'd made for this art quilt. After laying them all out it was a disappointment. So I'll save the large back section for something else and then regroup on what to do with the bird quilt. Some times things just fall together and then there are stubborn quilts like this one.

Monday, November 1

I hear Christmas sneaking up on me

When I realized Christmas was just 54 days away, I must admit I had a small panic. I still have several projects to complete. All the quilts I made have no labels and then there are things I've not even started. Oh dear where did the time go. So I've made a list and after checking it twice I've got a plan of action to get things hopefully finished by the 2nd week of November. 





I posted back in Oct. a pattern I'd designed for a Christmas Card holder. Several ladies took me up on testing the pattern and this is the wall hanging made by BJ (top) and Brenda C. (bottom) in the Quilt With Us Group. I really like how Brenda embellished her Santa hat. I'd not thought of that. 










This morning I made up some samples of fiber beads. It took me about an hour to make all of these. They are so quick and easy and can really add some pop to your fiber art. What got me started on these was to see if I could come up with something with feathers on it. Then I just got carried away and made the others. You can't make just one.



Hopefully today I'll be able to finish the wall hanging I've been working on for several days. It keeps evolving as I go. So off to the machine and see what happens with it next.