Burst of Color!

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Come join me and the Orlando ASG Chapter for their Spring Event "Burst of Color" on Saturday, April 18th.

I'll be opening your eyes to color, teaching you to create your own fabric, and stitch a fun project with sewing techniques you can use on a variety of projects. You will leave with a finished project and the expertise, knowledge and excitement to do it again.

Just bring yourself and basic sewing supplies - small scissors for clipping threads, pins, a chalk marker, rotary cutter and ruler - everything else is provided!

Plus there will door prizes and lunch, what a great way to spend a Saturday!

Go to  http://www.asgorlando.com/ for details and to sign up.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Zip Pouch marbled with Tsukineko Inks - ASG "Burst of Color" Spring Event project, pattern provided by Fanciful Threads

Zip Pouch marbled with Tsukineko Inks - ASG "Burst of Color" Spring Event project, pattern provided by Fanciful Threads

New Obsession!

Weaving has held a fascination for as long as I can remember. I love the texture, colors, and endless possibilities. So when I saw a class on Craftsy called "Rigid Heddle Weaving" I took the plunge and signed up. If you are not familiar with the Craftsy Platform you should check it out!

32 Inch Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom with my first project.

The class helped me with a solid start in researching looms, finding books and acquiring yarn. Instructor Angela Tong laid out the basics beautifully so getting started was easy. The Woolery is where I finally decided to get my loom, they ended up being a wonderful company to work with and I'm very happy with my purchases from them. My stash yielded some fun fibers, Sari silk ribbon, and Kimono silk ribbon, I already have a project, or two, in mind for them! Michaels yielded a nearby, easy and fairly inexpensive yarn supply for my first projects. The day my Loom arrived I was ready to get started. By the end of the next day I had my first project finished and was started on my next! 

The class started you off with a scarf and then these wonderful 100% cotton dish towels. I have already given the green ones to a friend as a birthday gift, she loves them. 

So my mind is sparking with ideas. I had a ball of string and a stack of fat quarters, hmmm... How about a tote bag woven with strips of fabric? My sample isn't big enough for a tote bag but I love it. I tore 1 inch strips of fabric, knotted them together and used them as the weft with the cotton string as my warp. The knots are fun and I love how it came out. My sample is going to be a bag I think. Now on to finding a source to buy cotton string in bulk for a tote bag sized piece.

This is just the beginning of my weaving adventure. My goal is to create one of a kind art to wear garments with hand woven cloth.  I love learning new things, exploring new ideas and bringing them to life and my long time love of hand woven cloth is becoming a true obsession!

Wrist Pin Cushion - update (original post August 2010)

Do you ever wonder where all of your pins go?  It's kind of like the sock monster, before you know it your pins have all disappeared.  Or, as my husband can attest, they find their way into your toes, the carpet, the arm of the chair or couch, and in corners and crevices everywhere! My High School Home Economics teacher is who first introduced me to a wrist pin cushion, she told us "try it, you'll like it" and she was right!  I don't feel complete without one on my wrist now when I start to sew.   On a few occasions I have tried to add a pin to my actual wrist out of habit!  If you want your pins to behave, travel with you from machine to ironing board to cutting table, then make yourself one of these inspired, creative beauties! It's easy to create your own, so here goes...

Supplies -

Felted wool for base, felt bits or anything fun to embellish
Ribbon or twill tape (it's fun to use the printed ribbon from your fat quarter bundles!)
2" piece of 1/2 inch velcro
Small button or fun bead
Template plastic or a hard plastic lid from an empty container
Fiberfill
Thread

Tools: 

Scissors 
Pins 
Edge Stitch foot 
Quarter Inch foot
Optional - AccuQuilt Go Cutter

Step 1:

Start by drawing out your pattern pieces.  You can either draw them on paper, or draw directly onto your wool felt to cut out.  Cut two 3 inch circles of wool felt for pin cushion base. Cut one 2 inch circle of template plastic. (I used my AccuQuilt Go Cutter, there is something so satisfying about perfect circles!) Cut one piece of ribbon 11 inches long and one piece of felt 10 inches long by the same width as your ribbon.

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Appliqué a design, stitch on embellishments or just leave plain one 3 inch wool felt circle, whatever you want! Secure your design if it's dimensional with a small button or bead.

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Place ribbon on top of felt strip folding in both ends of ribbon to sandwich between felt and back of ribbon and stitch down both sides close to the edge - I used my Edge Stitch Foot. To hide stop and start begin stitching at the center point.

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Stitch down the center of the ribbon band to the center of the second 3 inch wool felt circle.

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Sandwich the plastic template circle between the bottom and top 3 inch circles of felt. Using your quarter inch foot stitch around the outer edge with a 1/4 inch seam leaving about an inch opening.  Make sure to move ribbon wrist band out of the way as you stitch around the circle.

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Stuff firmly with fiberfill making sure to stuff on top of the plastic disc. Stitch opening closed, it helps to push as much of the fiberfil away from the seam line as possible and pin opening closed before stitching. 

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Stitch loop side of 2 inch piece of Velcro to one end on the ribbon side and the fuzzy side to the other end on the felt side.   Try on, add pins and enjoy!

Here are some more!

Vocabulary!

I love working with kids. I love their abandon, originality and how much fun they have creating.

Recently my granddaughter Madison asked me to help her create a hat that represented one of her vocabulary words for a school project - this is what she came up with...

To get started she had a hat she was growing out of to use as a base. Then we started looking through my stash of fabric and anything that glittered because her word was "Sparkle". Um, wait - how did "Sparkle" turn to "Ruffled"? 

First we found some Lame' fabric in a  bunch of colors from a Halloween Costume. I had some glitter and glue so she started by writing her word in glue and glitter on a piece of Lame'. While that was drying I cut strips of Lame' fabric in three different colors and showed Madison how to use my serger. She had fun with that! Who wouldn't? I know I love it each time I use my serger to make something look beautifully finished, it's like magic!

Part of the instructions were to add her word to her hat so we fused a piece of fabric to both sides of Timtex. She then wrote her word and cut it out freeform. The last step was to glue it to her finished Ruffled hat.

I know Madison had lots of fun creating her Vocabulary Hat, but I think I may have had even more fun watching her be creative and original!

After Madison folded her strips in half the long way and serged the raw edges together my ruffler foot  gathered them up. The next step was to hot glue the strips in layers onto the hat topping it off with a grosgrain ribbon. I was a little nervous about Madison wielding the hot glue gun but we made it with only one burn, whew!

Once the ruffles were glued in place she ran to model it for herself in the mirror. That's when she excitedly announced that "Ruffled" would be the perfect word to use and she was changing it! I love that she didn't have to stick with her first decision and was flexible enough to change her first idea!

Making Changes

Change, one of the hardest things to do sometimes. Also, the best thing to do sometimes! I'm in the process of changing my blog from Wordpress to Squarespace and it has been quite a challenge but hopefully worth it in the end. My son is a brilliant web person but doesn't have time to help me do what I want with my blog so he suggested Squarespace since it is so user friendly.

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Also, my husband and I are in the process of building a house, to start with it's 900 square feet of awesomenes!

This is the first phase and after we move in we will start building my new studio space! 

I haven't done much sewing, I prefer to wear things I've made and have a number of things I want to create and will share when I get my new blog space up and running and the move is done. Until then, I have packing to do, move in date is swiftly approaching. We are hoping to be settled in by Thanksgiving!

Oh what a doll!

What happens when someone who sews has a good friend who says "Do you think I could make a doll"?  I would hope they would teach their friend how!

My friend Holly is amazing.  She is an eloquent writer, paints beautifully, and see's the beauty in everything.  She is also a kindred spirit who loves to create into the wee hours!

We had made a play date to spend a day together in my studio. The plan was I was going to make a bag (the Granny Bag from "Carry Me, 20 Boutique Bags to Sew") for her while she was going to hang out with me and take some sewing baby steps.

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Our first task was to go shopping for fabric for her bag so I took her to our local fabric store.  She had never experienced anything like it, she was like a kid in a candy store! Imagine being an artist and stepping for the first time in a place awash with color and texture. It was a little overwhelming until I broke it down by fabric content area - quilting cottons, garment fashion fabrics, speciality fabrics. Once she got oriented and feeling a little more comfortable she was off and running!

We played in the fabric isles longer than I thought we would but I had fun watching Holly dart from one fabric to another, artfully putting patterns together to create her bag. The problem was deciding on just one. The end result is she has two!

So now we are back in my studio and she picks up a book I had out and says "do you think I can do this?". It was "Creative Cloth Doll Making" by Patti Medaris Culea. Holly is a beginner, but has many talents so I said "why not, lets try and see!"

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We decided on Batik fabrics for the body because they are more tightly woven. Holly was able to trace the pattern directly onto the fabric with pencil.

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 Then she slowly stitched on the pencil line after pinning the layers together. As she got more comfortable with using the sewing machine she was able to go a little faster!

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I had her use pinking sheers to trim the seam allowances.

Once she was done she turned all the pieces right side out and stuffed with fiberfill.

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The next step was to paint the face and then put the pieces together, which is as far as Holly got. I am hoping she will finish her doll someday!

Unconventional Quilting!

Meet my beautiful daughter Briana, super mom and super creative. As a little girl the last thing my daughter wanted to do was learn to sew, which I have to admit made me a little sad. But as a new mom she finally got the bug and was I surprised and delighted!

I did learn quickly she has a very different approach to sewing and quilting and hopefully understood in time to let her do it her way. The funny thing is I have learned from watching her create one fun thing after another using at times some unconventional methods that clearly work for her. Which just proves there are many ways to create!

For her niece Charlee's birthday she decided to make her a quilt, wanting to make something fun and bright that included her name. After seeing the quilt I made for Gentry (previous post) she decided she wanted to tackle some unconventional piecing of her own. She started by looking for all the bright, solid colored fabric pieces she could find in her stash, and mine.

To start figuring out how to create the letter blocks she sketched them out on paper as a guide. Then she just started with strips of fabric building out each letter then trimming the blocks to square them up. Next she decided on the background, black to make the colors pop!

Once the blocks were done and laid out like she wanted all she had to do was add background pieces to fill it out.  When that was done she decided it needed something more so back to the stash she went to find a color to accent and also to bind the quilt. But it was still missing something... Circles did the trick!

 I love the finished quilt, Charlee is one lucky little girl and I am one proud mama!

Over the Rainbow

It's always fun to create a little magic. My 6 year old granddaughter Abigail has fallen in love with Rollerskating, so when I was asked to create a Dorothy costume, Ruby Slippers and all, for a skating competition I said yes!

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The music for her freestyle routine is from the Wizard of Oz, one of my most favorite movies. I've been in love with Dorothy's Ruby Slippers since I was a child, so of course I had the most fun figuring out how to transform her skates with Ruby Slipper covers. They are made from a sparkly red lycra fabric for the shoe part, black for the heels and a flesh color for the arch inset. Dorothy had blue anklet stockings so blue lycra covers the rest of the skate!

This is called "Shoot the Duck".

This is called "Shoot the Duck".

Next came the design of the dress, it had to be skate costume style while looking as much like Dorothy's blue gingham jumper with the white blouse as possible. I used a lighter white lycra for the blouse adding blue ric-rac at the neck and sleeves like the original. Even though the fabric is lycra it needed a zipper so there is an invisible zipper in the back. It was actually quite easy inserting it, I thought I might need to treat it differently because of the stretchy nature of the fabric but it was not the case, which was a surprise. I did use Steam-a-Seam to keep it from stretching too much and to match the back, the main thing to be aware of is not to use too hot an iron. Maybe it was just beginners luck? I'm sure I'll find out sometime in the future with another costume creation!

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The first of many blue ribbons!

 

And here's my little Dorothy, my granddaughter Abigail.

My Winner!

DOL - Reflection and Discovery

There are many things I'm grateful for, and I was fortunate to spend time with a group of incredible women this past week adding to my long list. Design Outside the Lines with Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson was for me a week of reflection, discovery, learning, bonding and inspiration. You are probably thinking "what does this have to do with sewing?" I'll tell you - everything! Stitching has been used as a metaphor by many writers and poets and I now understand why more deeply. I love creating beautiful things. I love making someone smile, giggle, twirl or even cry because I have given a gift of something made with loving hands. What I've been struggling with is how to move past what I have done and towards what I envision. Marcy and Diane gave me a glimpse and changed my perspective, now I just have to open the door!

For years I resisted traveling to a sewing retreat, when I finally made the decision to go I was still uncertain if it was going to be a good decision. Life is made up of experiences so when you have an opportunity to choose a good one, do it. For me it was an amazing decision!

Marcy and Diane's DOL retreat was a delightful series of well planned teaching segments, demonstrations and free time. They also spent time with each of us at breakfast and lunch, sharing their wisdom in guiding those of us who needed it. I appreciated how open, sincere and genuine they both are and enjoyed their spirits immensly.

Have I mentioned how incredible the meals were yet? The retreat was at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House which is a beautiful piece of history having housed Georgia O'Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams and many other creative notables. Having stayed there I understand why it was a favorite place to write, meditate and create. Melody Sayre was the main Chef and when I discovered she has a cook book, "From Taos with Love - Recipes from the Land of Enchantment" I had to have it. I'm delighted to say a signed copy came home with me!

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 What I am working on as a result of my time at the retreat is one of Diane's vest patterns.

 Diane has a technique for making a piece of fabric out of many pieces, I has some fun and will use my "fabric" four the collar pieces. I'm inspired by the number 7, so this will be my "Vest of Seven's". I plan on doing some hand stitching, using bits of leather and maybe some other odds and ends. 

hand dyed silk for my vest lining

Both Marcy and Diane have blogs that are informative, fun and a great way to get to know these two incredible women. Start saving your rainy day money now for DOL 2013!

Reflections of Mabel Dodge Luhan House

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THANK YOU MARCY AND DIANE!

Majestic Sunset

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Majestic Sunset is my latest garment creation,  a "Design Challenge" garment for the Hand Weavers Guild of America. I was invited to create a garment, the twist was that I would be paired with a hand weaver to create the primary fabric out of yarns chosen by the guild. I decided it would be a fun and interesting challenge so I said yes!  Ruth Ronan, from New Mexico, was introduced to me as the weaver for our project.  When we were given the silk and tencel yarns we started to talk and email ideas back and forth. Ruth then created two different woven fabrics sending the fabrics to me to design and create the dress.

When the fabrics came I worked on some final changes to my design idea, then I chose the beautiful blue Silk Dupioni  for the mermaid skirt and jacket and a variety of bright colors for the flowers.  The flowers are embroidered from Silk Dupioni, then hand beaded and hand appliquéd onto the skirt.

Now that it has been showcased during the HGA 2012 Convergence Conference in Long Beach, CA on July 18th I am able to finally show off the completed garment. This has become one of my favorite projects, it's so pretty with the combination of woven and silk fabrics, embroidery and beading. It was a joy to create! 

As the earth magically meets the sky,
the threads of fabric join the hands of Florida and New Mexico artists.
Tropical foliage intertwines with the southwestern desert, 
and the two merge as one. 
Brilliant colors and textures from the blooming earth and deep ocean
collide with the sands and desert sun to create a connection between the earth and the sky.
Layers of texture unite with fragments of color, woven and stitched together. 
This convergence of earth and sky, along  with the prismatic light of day and the dusk of evening blues, meet at the horizon.
At this horizon, we are united with a Majestic Sunset.

Garment Artist -  Susan Van Swearingen
Weaving artist -  Ruth Ronan
Word Artist -  Holly Jefferies

Reflecting on 2011 - Anticipations of 2012

2011 was a year of growth - creatively, emotionally, and in family too!  I have been blessed with: A new grandson - Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

My granddaughters Madison and Abigail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wonderful family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a very lucky woman!

One of my plans is challenge myself to submit a quilt or two this year, I'm a garment maker but I love making quilts as well!   A professional friend suggested I should consider entering a few quilt shows and I decided it could be fun.

My creative journey continues to to be fulfilling, expanding my knowledge of stamping, stenciling, and fabric manipulation this past November at the Houston Quilt Festival. There is a garment design challenge I have been invited to participate in, I will be able to share it with you after July!

I'm looking forward to sharing my projects, thoughts, and ideas with you in 2012.

Live, think and feel creative!

Susan

A Quilt for Baby Gentry!

I have a co-worker and good friend who announced to me she was pregnant by telling me it was finally her turn to get a Susan original baby quilt!  The next few months were spent in thought about what I was going to do.  There were several ideas but none grabbed me as being just the right thing.  Time was getting short so ultimately I did what always seems to work best.  I went to my studio, pulled out a bunch of fabrics from my stash, and started sketching. I was inspired by the amazing mural of animals she had painted in her nursery, and her new son's name "Gentry", which is also part of the mural. This is what unfolded...

The letters were created first by cutting strips and building them one section at a time. They were pieced in a consistent finished 8" block size. Next I cut rectangles with right sides together, then slashing to create long triangles. The triangles were stitched to the sides to angle the letters, and because I cut right sides together I ended up with right and left angled blocks.

 

 

 

 Once I had the letters my next task was to figure out how to piece them all together.  There was too much black, I decided, so adding the nine patch blocks at the top and bottom worked to bring the colors together. Then the borders were added to make it a standard 45" by 60" size.  I love the frogs! This is a lap size quilt, not typically a baby quilt size, but I like to keep in mind a child, not a baby.  They don't stay small for long!  Next I started adding the vines and leaves, then the embroidered birds, and finally the monkey.  The bird appliqué's came from Lunch Box Quilts, Fancy Feathers Applique Designs for Machine Embroidery.  I actually digitized the monkey myself, the inspiration was from a piece of fabric with fun animals.

As I quilted it I wanted it to be very free, almost folk art in nature, so I had lots of fun changing the quilting designs as I went along. The batting I use is Quilters Dream, specifically "Dream Angel" which is made with 100% flame retardant fibers. The fabrics are 100% cottons and batiks.

I had so much fun making this special quilt for Baby Gentry!

PJ's, lots and lots of PJ's!

A while ago I made a pair of pj’s out of fun fabric for a friends' birthday, they were a hit!  I have two friends who are a huge part of my life, we make a trio that has worked for many years giving loving support to each other through personal and family challenges, and triumphs.  There are people in your life you would do anything for and outside of my family these two friends fit that description. Now I know nether one would ever expect me to make anything for them, but it's so much fun to make things for someone who appreciates your time and talents.  I knew from their reaction that I just had to make us all fun pj's!

So, off to the fabric store we went where we had such a great time picking out fabric we ended up with enough to make 14 pairs!    We also decided we needed matching t-shirts, I decided they needed added embellishments.  We found fabric with buttons, birds, coffee, campers, frogs, lizards, wiener dogs, alphabet, cityscape, modern art, stamps and flowers!  They are so comfortable to wear and did I mention they are fun?

The pattern comes from one of my standby favorites of Cindy Taylor Oates called "Sew Easy Pajama Pants".  I altered the pattern a little by changing the bottom pant edge to be either two bands of varying length, or a band and a trim, or a band and a flat piping.  I used elastic in the back of the waist and either a ribbon trim, or a strip of the band fabric to make a coordinating tie.  I made sure to pre-shrink all of the fabrics first by washing and drying on a cotton setting. If you haven't tried Cindy Taylor Oates patterns you should. They are well designed with a large array of fun projects. I have several of her pattern books which I have used for many projects over a long span of time!

Carry Me: 20 Boutique Bags to Sew

Labor Day day is a Holiday which means for me a bonus day to sew!  I was able to take advantage of the extra time to finally make a bag from "Carry Me: 20 Boutique Bags to Sew" by Yuka Koshizen. There are 20 different bag projects with the unique design sensibility of many of the new Japanese craft books available today.  The sewing techniques are simple and pretty straightforward starting with an introduction of basic sewing instructions.  Each project starts with a supply list of fabric and notions, than a list of steps.  The rest is presented in construction diagrams that are easy to follow.  The bags have wonderful details and a section on tips and techniques to give each project a professional look.  There are also some fun companion projects included as well.

I wouldn't say this is a book for beginners, but a beginner who has a little help and guidance could be successful with many of the projects.

Here's my "Granny Bag"...

I love the look of the black and white stripe fabric used on the Granny Bag in the book, which is featured on the cover, so I took a clue from the original and choose a fabric from IKEA with a dramatic design.  I accented the fabric's grey and white with appliqued yellow circles to mimic part of the design.

Then added circle appliqué's to the top band as an added touch.

The lining includes a zippered pocket which I changed just a little bit by doubling the fabric so it shows the right side of fabric on the inside.

I also added a small strip of fabric to each end of the zipper to give it a nice finish.

I plan on having more fun with "Carry Me" and would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a collection of great bag patterns!

Bernina University 2010

Bernina University is a yearly dealer training conference held in a different city each year which culminates in a fashion show. For the 2010 BU held in Orlando, FL I was asked to take a specific embroidery collection, jacket pattern, and black linen, then design it however I wanted.  The jacket you see here is the final result:

The pattern is Kwik Sew 3584 with Embroidery design from OESD - "Best of Fashion".  I started by choosing the Embroidery design as my beginning inspiration. Next I decided on a simple decorative stitch for an overall grid pattern creating texture for a foundation. Then for a solid pop of color I appliqued rounds of Silk Dupioni, then the chosen embroidery design last.

To create movement and interest the designs were place asymmetrically.  A little sparkle was added to the grid design, and three covered buttons, including embroidery, in three different sizes completes the jacket.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this fun jacket!

Cupcakes everywhere!

Have you noticed there are patterns that involve cupcakes in some way or other popping up everywhere?  I did a little search and found...

Katie Cupcake - The cupcake is in the name!  Love her patterns especially the "My Favorite Bag" pattern.

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Creative Machine Embroidery - In the Hoop cupcake coasters with a free down load embroidery design to make them.

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Spud and Chloe - Free knitted cupcake pincushion pattern

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You Can Make This - Felt Cupcakes, plus lots more if you do a "cupcake" search

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Mini Cupcake Quilt - from CT Publishing

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"Cupcakes" by Lynn Koolish - A book with 29 "yummy" projects

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Cindy Taylor Oats - Cupcake pincushion pattern

Just sayin', if you love cupcakes....

Joplin, MO disaster - Quilters helping Quilters!

On Sunday, May 22nd, a massive tornado hit Joplin, MO.  Town and Country Quilters of Joplin work hard to contribute over 170 quilts a year for the needy, and now they are the needy.  Four of their 70 members have lost their homes, one of the houses lost in the tornado held all their supplies for making these charity quilts.  Gone is their fabric, rotary cutters, irons, cutting mats, batting....everything! Gloria Park,who is the contact for the Joplin Town and Country Quilt Guild, is asking for help.  She says they would welcome checks made out to “Bed Bath & Beyond” or “Block by Block Quilt Shop” where they could purchase bigger items that would not make sense to ship.  Fabric, supplies and finished quilts and quilt tops would also be welcome, and will go to those affected by the tornado.

If you would like to help leave a comment and I will send you Gloria's contact information.

Quilters helping Quilters!

 

The Quilt Life and Iraqi Bundles of Love

I was excited to find my latest issue of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson's "The Quilt Life" magazine in my MailBox and immediately did what I always do, take a quick look before going back and reading each article.  But this time instead of thumbing through from beginning to end I found myself stopping at the article entitled "The softer side of deployment" all about the newest iteration of IBOL, the Iraqi Bundles of Love program, that was started in 2009 by Art La Flamme. IBOL was originally created as a charity project to help the efforts of our Military to provide the security and stability needed to protect the lives of all Iraqis. To find out how you can contribute go to http://ibol.wordpress.com/building-a-bundle/ for instructions and leave a comment to get the mailing address.

I decided I needed to contribute so off to the Post office I went to find a Large Flat Rate Priority Mail box.

While putting together my "bundle of love" I included a bag of buttons and several spools of thread.  It was amazing how many thread color duplicates I found!

Get the word out to your quilt friends and quilt groups.  Be a part of helping IBOL meet their 2011 goal by doing a little stash busting and sharing.

If you send an IBOL leave a comment and let me know!

"s t i t c h" Magazine

I have had a love affair with Stitch Magazine for a while now, but I never knew when I would find the next one since it's quarterly and only available on Newsstands.  Imagine my delight when I recently discovered "stitch" now has an Auto-Ship program you can sign up for!   Of course I immediately signed up and have already received my first issue!

This made me remember a past issue with a bag on the cover I have wanted to make for a while now, using different small strips of favorite fabric embellishment.  I decided to use some of my stash of fabric selvedges I have been saving.

I started with a piece of Osnaburg Fabric larger than the dimension I needed.  I overlapped the outside edge over the raw edge of each selvedge strip staggering the lengths, leaving the ends unstitched.  When I cut it down to size I realized I trimmed it a little short, so I took the end I cut off, turned it around and stitched to the other side, creating an additional design element.  I love happy mistakes!

The piece trimmed off the bottom worked well as part of the handle.

As I have said before, I save everything, so from another project I had this flower and leaves left over from Silk Dupioni and piece of fabric painted with Shiva Paintsticks.  Adding more selvedge pieces I then appliqued the flower and leaves to the other side of the bag.

Next the bottom pieces were added, rows of stitching the width of the presser foot are added for a great detail and durability.  I love the way it looks!

Buttons for embellishment were added on the handle and the back.

This was a fun, quick project, and a great little bag I really enjoy using.  It's the perfect size if you just have a few extra things to carry that won't fit in your handbag.  I use it to carry my iPad along with a magazine and notebook for sketching when I know I will be going somewhere I'll be waiting!

If you are a fan of Stitch Magazine I highly recommend signing up for the Auto-Ship program!

"s t i t c h" Magazine

I have had a love affair with Stitch Magazine for a while now, but I never knew when I would find the next one since it's quarterly and only available on Newsstands.  Imagine my delight when I recently discovered "stitch" now has an Auto-Ship program you can sign up for!   Of course I immediately signed up and have already received my first issue!

This made me remember a past issue with a bag on the cover I have wanted to make for a while now, using different small strips of favorite fabric embellishment.  I decided to use some of my stash of fabric selvedges I have been saving.

I started with a piece of Osnaburg Fabric larger than the dimension I needed.  I overlapped the outside edge over the raw edge of each selvedge strip staggering the lengths, leaving the ends unstitched.  When I cut it down to size I realized I trimmed it a little short, so I took the end I cut off, turned it around and stitched to the other side, creating an additional design element.  I love happy mistakes!

As I have said before, I save everything, so from another project I had this flower and leaves left over from Silk Dupioni and piece of fabric painted with Shiva Paintsticks.  Adding more selvedge pieces I then appliqued the flower and leaves to the other side of the bag.

The piece trimmed off the bottom worked well as part of the handle.

Next the bottom pieces were added, rows of stitching the width of the presser foot are added for a great detail and durability.  I love the way it looks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttons for embellishment were added on the handle and the back.

This was a fun, quick project, and a great little bag I really enjoy using.  It's the perfect size if you just have a few extra things to carry that won't fit in your handbag.  I use it to carry my iPad along with a magazine and notebook for sketching when I know I will be going somewhere I'll be waiting!

If you are a fan of Stitch Magazine I highly recommend signing up for the Auto-Ship program!