Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eye Candy!

This is a short post but I wanted to share some wonderful eye candy with you. Check out the winners from the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, Virginia.  The quilts are just gorgeous!

I also found it HERE on YouTube.

If you don't have the opportunity to visit any quilt shows, the next best thing can be found right on your computer! Take a few minutes to 'stroll' through the following videos:
  • Houston Quilt Festival 2013 - Art Quilts - Part 1
  • Houston Quilt Festival 2013 - Art Quilts - Part 2 - Japanese Quilts
  • SAQA Exhibit - Seasonal Palette - 2012
  • Festival of Quilts 2013 - Birmingham UK - Pictorial Quilts - Part 1
  • Festival of Quilts 2013 - Birmingham UK - Pictorial Quilts - Part 2
  • Festival of Quilts 2012 - Birmingham UK - SAQA - "Masters" with . . .

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sewing Portifolio (2)

Sharon Boggon, from Pintangle, posted about What is a Hussif . I'm not going to rewrite what she has written as you can visit her blog to do that. She has made her own hussif in the crazy quilting / embroidery style. I, too have been interested in making sewing cases for carrying my stitching project supplies. A few years ago, I designed and created my very own and entered it in a show. It sold! Then, of course, I had to make another one for myself.

Closed, it measures 8" x 12" and when opened, it is 12" x 25". I used Bali Batiks for this project with nylon window screen used for the inside pockets. Some machine embroidery has been added to the pocket edges with variegated embroidery thread. I considered using fabric for the pockets but then I would never know what's inside them. As you can see, the front has been embellished with some of my Fantasy Fish. A magnetic bag clasp keeps it together. I added a length of green Velcro along one fold to hold small things such as a glue stick. The cotton threads are strung on a cord with a plastic toggle which keeps the threads from sliding off. There is a place for most of my small sewing / embroidery gadgets and supplies!

I did post about this same project in 2010. However, this post has more close up photos.

The back of sewing portfolio with another pocket

Nylon window screen is used for inside pockets.

Note the clasp on cord to hold small pair of scissors and the
toggle on the cord beneath the threads,

The edges of the nylon window screen are embroidered

Velcro is used so needle case, pincushion and holder can be removed

Fold over pocket

Velcro stuck to the glue

Friday, April 11, 2014

More Temari Ornaments

More photos of the Japanese Temari Ornaments. Here are several views of the same ball.


This one belongs to another lady in our mini group.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Transfer Paints

My friend and I spent the day experimenting with Transprint Inks by Kraftkolour. These Inks are concentrated Disperse Dyes for use on man made fibres such as polyester, nylon and poly cotton blend fabrics for transfer printing. I've used them before but not for awhile. The dyes were painted onto copy paper with various sizes of brushes, sponge brushes and stamps. After the painted papers were dry, we transferred the images by ironing with a hot iron onto poly cotton, Lutradur, organza and drapery interfacing.

Some of the colours were quite intense when transferred while others were not. I have the book, Color Moves, Transfer Paints on Fabric by Linda Kemshall. This is a very comprehensive book on using transfer paints. To date, I haven't used any transfer painted fabric in any specific project. I can see using some hand / machine stitching in combination with a transferred image.
Front Cover
Here's a few photos from today's experiments:

Drapery Interfacing


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

More Japanese Temari Balls

My friend has been busy making more Japanese Temari Balls. So far, she has made over 80 different ones. These are fantastic! Have a look.
Check out my other posts on Temari HERE & HERE.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Row Houses

Last evening I found some half finished Row Houses. Today was spent completing them. The last thing I did was embroider small flowers on the bushes. These will be framed in 4" x 6" black metal frames and taken down to the Craft Council of NL shop, Devon House.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Foggy Rock Fibres

Yesterday, at Some Good Market, I swapped one of my Fibre Art Pendants for this gorgeous skein of hand painted wool & mohair yarn! Anne Lucas, Foggy Rock Fibres, always has such unique coloured yarns. I will be using some of this in my next felting project. Thanks Anne.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

$ Shop Find

My quilting friends sometimes ask if I still find good 'stuff ' at the $ Shop. A couple years ago at Quilt Guild, I would share my finds during Tips & Tools. Well, I found another great little quilt / craft tool, Craft Clamps, at Buck or Two the other day. There are 6 clamps with a really good grip for $1.50. The tips and hand grip are molded rubbery plastic and so do not slip off easily. I've looked at Clovers Wonder Clips but opted not to purchase them. As I don't quilt in the traditional sense, I thought they were rather pricy for just occasional use. These craft clamps will do the trick of holding any fabric project I will do!

I did find a blog post at Sew Fearless, about the Clover Wonder Clips versus Binder Clips. It's worth a read. There's also a product review of Clover's Wonder Clips HERE at Lazy Girl Designs.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bunny Treat Bags

A few days ago, in my post, Where's Spring, I listed a few spring / Easter projects to view. Well, I thought the Bunny Treat Bags were so cute that I decided to make a few. They are small and light weight so are easy and inexpensive to mail. Just don't fill them! Someone else can do that. Don't the colours just ooze Spring?

The last photo is a view out the back patio door - more like Christmas than spring which brings up the possibility of turning these into reindeer treat bags. Just change the colours and the ears! I'm sure there are other animals with distinctive ears to use as well? Think about it . . .

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1st.

I'm not going to talk about the weather (the whole city is closed down with this spring storm)! Instead, I have this amazing video for you to watch. It will only take a minute but it is well worth it. This video came (as a warning) from Superior Threads and is called Low-quality Thread & Spontaneous Combustion. Don't let this happen to you!!!
Watch this fun video on Exploding Threads HERE.
I have no affiliation with this company.

exploding thread video

Monday, March 31, 2014

Out like a Lion!!!

The last day of March! It came in like a lion and is going out the same way. I don't remember a winter as harsh as this one has been. Happy Monday! Let's hope that April will be better. It doesn't look like it is going to come in like a lamb this year in St. John's.

Here's a few lion / lamb quilt related stuff:
Sheep at Stonehenge (below) is the quilt I made for my granddaughter three years ago.

Sheep at Stonehenge

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Some Good Market

I will be participating in Some Good Market next Saturday, April 5th. at Canon Wood Hall at the corner of Military Road and Kingsbridge Road. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and everyone will be out and about and eager to get some early Easter gift buying done. This will probably be my last market until September / October.

My Fibre Art Pendants are ready to go! At the last market I attended, I did some field testing on the pendants and could have sold all I had with me. For those in St. John's and area, please drop by to have a look and support local artists and crafts people.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Displaying the Pendants

I'm in the process of packaging my new Fibre Art Pendants. Here's what they look like.

I will probably have to order more chains as I have only enough for half the pendant trays in stock. However, the pendants do look nice on the card without the chains. My focus is the fibre art. They also present nicely on a cord or ribbon. However, the orders I have all wanted chains.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Where's Spring?

Spring has finally arrived! In theory anyway - we had 20 cm of snow on Monday and another weather system is coming up the eastern sea board this evening. It's time to bring some light and airy colours into the house since there's none outside yet. As Easter is close, I thought that might be the place to start! I checked around and found some nifty patterns for you. Most of them are free.
I can't wait to see these bloom under the globe cedar in the back garden. Hurry up Spring and get with it!!!